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Meet the Governors



At Pirehill we strive to develop confident, self assured, positive young people who love to learn, who want to contribute and need to achieve. The governors of the school work together with the headteacher and dedicated team of staff to deliver this vision for the whole school community.


The core role of the governing body defined in the governors handbook is to   :-

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. 

To carry out this role effectively we have a clear organisation within the governing body linked to the schools self review and development planning process. 

  • Full Governing Body meets twice a term to bring together the work of the sub committees. The second meeting of the term is the official clerked meeting where we receive the headteachers report on the school for the term and ensure the statutory responsibilities of the governing body are fulfilled. The first meeting of the term is less formal used for self review, training or to discuss specific development matters.
  • Finance & Personnel agree the annual budget and monitor expenditure throughout the year to ensure the school is financial secure and the money is well spent; agree staffing structures including the salary policy.
  • Link Governors : There are specific link governors for special education needs and disability, safeguarding, pupil voice and pupil premium. We have also introduced link governors for each subject where the links are meeting with subject leaders to discuss to ensure the governors have a better understanding of the issues and discuss future plans. 


Who are the governors?

The governing body is made up of a specified number of different types of governors to represent the community. They are parents, staff and representatives from the community that have been coopted onto the governing body.  Governors serve for a specified number of years and we are always looking for new and enthusiastic people who care about the education of our children to join the governing body.

  • Susan Crookshank : Chair of governors.  A parent governor for 6 years before transferring to become a co-opted. Susan has a background in computing and runs her own business. Pupil premium is extra funding from the government for free school meals aimed at reducing the gap in educational performance, Susan is the link governor reviewing spending plans and the impact the money has.
  • Karen Williamson Smith : Headteacher and member of the Finance & Personnel Committee.
  • Kate Proffitt : As the deputy head teacher Kate is a co-opted member of the governing body.
  • Louise Walmsley : Louise is the staff member and sits on the curriculum committee. She leads Mathematics and Computing in the school. 
  • Marco Morganti : Marco is a parent governor and is the link governor responsible for PE which includes monitoring how the government sports premium money is spent to increase sports participation. 
  • Gail Cooke : Gail is a parent governor and sits on the finance and personnel committee. Gail has taken link governor responsibility for maths which has included reviewing plans and attending the parent workshops.
  • Zoheb Shariff : Zoheb was a parent governor for 4 years but has recently transferred to being a coopted governor.  Zoheb provided invaluable support with our building works for new classrooms and office space and takes the lead on the health and safety reviews.
  • Patrick Lester :  Patrick used to be a parent governor at the school before moving away from the area. But he has now returned and has become a coopted governor sitting. With his extensive knowledge in science and ICT Patrick has taken these link governor roles.
  • Rebecca Peck : Rebecca is a parent governor and sits on the finance and personnel committee. 
  • Reverend Morris: Reverend Morris is an LA governor and is the link governor responsible for RE and SMSC.


Governor Terms of Office


Name Type Term Register of Interests Full Governing body Attendance 2016-2017
Mrs K Williamson-Smith Headteacher 01/09/2015   6/6
Mrs S Crookshank Co-opted 01/09/2014 to 31/08/2018 Governor at Alleynes Academy 6/6
Mrs G Cooke Parent 09/10/2015 to 08/10/2018   4/6
Mr P Lester Co-opted 09/10/2015 to 08/10/2019   2/6
Mr M Morganti Parent 09/10/2015 to 08/10/2018   3/6
Mr Z Shariff Co-opted

09/10/2015 to 09/10/2019

Kate Profitt Co-opted 01/01/2016 to 31/12/2020 Deputy at Pirehill 5/6
Mrs L Walmsley Staff 09/10/2015 to 08/10/2019 Teacher at Pirehill 6/6
Mrs R Peck Parent

01/01/2017 to


Reverend J Morris LA

01/01/2017 to