Norbury Manor Primary School


What is Governance?

 School Governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children's education.

Governors are one the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part in raising school standards.  The role of the Governing Board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school.  Ofsted has continually notes that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management, including that of the Governing Board.

What do Governors do?

 School Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools.  The main purpose is to help raise the educational standards and performance of Norbury Manor Primary School by supporting the work of the Headteacher and the school staff.  Governors ensure that the school runs effectively, that quality teaching and learning is happening across the school, that the budget is spent wisely and provides good value for money.

The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the Governing Board.

The Governors make strategic decisions and main responsibilities relate to:

  • Appointing the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher
  • Setting targets and promoting high standards of education.
  • Being part of the school's senior leadership team and to be strategic in their thinking e.g. monitoring the progress of all groups of children, evaluating the impact of the school's curriculum and promoting good teaching and learning.
  • Acting as a 'critical friend'. A 'critical friend' offers support, constructive advice, a sounding board for ideas, a second opinion on proposals and help where needed.  However a 'critical friend' may also challenge, ask questions, seek information, improve proposals and so arrive at the best solution for the pupils, staff and whole school community.
  • Making decisions on the school's budget and staff.
  • Being accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community.
  • Ensuring that the curriculum for the school is balanced and broadly based.
  • Ensuring that Health and Safety and Safeguarding policy and procedures are followed and embedded.
  • Approval of all school policies.
  • Making sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special educational needs.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteacher, staff and the Local Authority.

When do the Governors meet?

 The Governing Body meets 6 times annually, one each half term as a Full Governing Body.

The Governors have different backgrounds which enable them to bring a great variety of skills to the governing body, and this, combined with a shared commitment to the pupils and staff of the school, is one of the reasons why they are so successful.

What are the types of school governors?

The Governing body of a maintained school is typically four types of Governors.


  •  Parent governors are elected to be representative of the parent body. They should keep in touch with those who elected them but make up their own minds on how to vote on any specific issue.
  • Staff governors include the head teaching and support staff.  With the exception of the headteacher, staff governors are elected and should communicate with those who elected them.  All staff governors should make up their own minds on how to vote on any specific issue.
  • Local Authority governors are appointed by the local authority. As with all other governors they should be appointed with a view to their commitment to raising standards.  They should keep in touch with those who appoint them but should vote according to the best interest of the school.
  • Community governors should be living or working in the community served by the school or committed to the good government and success of the school.  They are invited to join the governing body and are entitled to vote when new community governors re being considered.
  • Associate members can be appointed by the governing body to serve on one or more governing body committees, and attend full governing body meetings.  They do not have voting rights.
  • A co-opted governor is a person appointed by the governing body and who, in the opinion of the governing body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

Composition and Register of Interest for the Governing Body


Name Governor Type


declared Y/N

Information of interest Start Date End Date
Sonia Potter Headteacher Y

NAHT Member 

Croydon Headteacher Association Director

Keran Currie

Co- Chair



KC Education Ltd

NAHT Member

22/09/2022 21/09/2026
Alison Hatt

Co- Chair



Governor of Orchard Primary School Lambeth

UCU retired member

28/04/2019 27/04/2023
Nneoma Onyemachi




NAHT Member

Ofsted Inspector


15/09/2022 14/09/2026
Mohammed Mir Co-opted Y

Labour Party Member

Ethnic Community Forum

THCAT Vice Chair


28/04/2019 27/04/2023
Freya Liddell Staff Y

NEU Member

 Member of Historical Association

26/03/2020 25/03/2024
Jessie Louise Crabtree

Vice Chair





01/04/2021 01/04/2025
Jolita Bruzaite




17/04/2023 16/04/2027
Jeeger Dodhia




01/09/2023 01/09/2027
Haroon Sarwar




17/04/2023 16/04/2027
Chiku Tambala




01/09/2023 01/09/2027

 Governor Attendance Record


Governor Profiles

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Governors (ID 1130)

  • Keran Currie
    Co-Chair & Co-opted Governor
  • Alison Hatt
    Co-Chair & Co-opted Governor
  • Jessie Louise Crabtree
    Vice Chair & Co-opted Governor
  • Mohammed Mir
    Co-opted Governor
  • Nneoma Onyemachi
    Co-opted Governor
  • Freya Liddell
    Staff Governor
  • Jolita Bruzaite
    Parent Governor
  • Haroon Sarwar
    Parent Governor
  • Jeeger Dodhia
    Co-opted Governor
  • Chiku Tambala
    Local Authority Governor