Welcome to the Governors page of Moat Hall's website.

The governing body is made up of parents, staff, community members and representatives appointed by the local authority. As governors we don't manage the day-today running of the school; this is the role of our Headteacher and the senior leadership team.

As governors we have three main roles:

  • Setting the school's vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

In addition to the main roles above as governors we regularly meet to oversee and scrutinise decisions about finance, curriculum, staffing, undertake reviews of policy, setting targets and careful monitoring to ensure standards are maintained or improved.

The priorities we have set this year as a governing body are:

  • To improve academic standards  
  • To review the school's budget and explore savings
  • To improve communication
  • To raise expectations of: governors, staff, parents and pupils

To manage these priorities we meet regularly as a full governing body and also as smaller sub committees which look specifically at Standards (academic), Finance, Personnel and Assets (buildings, IT, etc). To look at topics in even more detail we have link governors with a specific responsibility to oversee those areas. These details can be seen on the 'meet the governors' page.

Being a Governor is voluntary and involves regular meetings, at least every month.  We have legal duties and responsibilities and can only act as a' body'; not individually.  All Governors are elected for a 4 year period and have equal voting rights. Being a Governor is demanding but rewarding. If you are interested in becoming a governor, or would like to find out more about what is involved please have a look at the becoming a governor page.

If you need to contact the Chair of Governors, Mike Deakin, please email office@moathall.staffs.sch.uk or send correspondence to the school address and this will be passed on.

Useful Links



Meet the Governors

Michael Deakin Chair of Governors - Safeguarding- Asset Parent Governor
Georgina Raybould Vice Chair - Attendance/Pupil Premium Co-opted Governor
Holly Smith Finance Local Authority Governor
Deana Mucklow-Smith EYFS Co-opted Governor
Lee Taylor Standards Co-opted Governor
Andrew Bramwell Finance/SENCO Co-opted Governor
Alison Dowding SEN/LAC/SEND Co-opted Governor
Jane King Headteacher Headteacher
Jess Cross Teacher Staff Governor
Jackie Robinson Teaching Assistant Staff Governor
Carole Smith Clerk to Governors  


Moat Hall Governors





End Tenure


Mr Michael Deakin




Mr Lee Taylor




Mr Andrew Bramwell




Mrs Deana Mucklow-Smith



COP Mrs Clare Johns 24.9.15 Resigned 31.8.2019


Ms Alison Dowding



COP Mr Steve Woods 3.11.16 Resigned 24.11.2018


Mrs Georgina Raybould




Miss Holly Smith




Miss Jess Cross



Staff Jackie Robinson 20.11.2019 20.11.22


Mrs Jane King




Mrs Carole Smith




Becoming a Governor

Being a governor is a voluntary role. Our aim is to deliver our vision that the children of Moat Hall primary get the best possible education, that they are happy and safe and enjoy their time at school. We support the headteacher and the staff of the school but also at times hold them to account and challenge them to ensure that we deliver our objectives.

Our role differs from that of the headteacher. The governing body works at the strategic level, setting objectives and policy, whereas the headteacher has an operational role and is responsible for delivering the policies and meeting our objectives. As governors we make our decisions following discussions which we record in the minutes of our meetings; the head teacher manages the school using their professional judgement.

Governing bodies vary in their size and make up. Generally they are made up of representatives from the community, the local authority, parents of children at the school and staff members.

If you are interested in becoming a governor we would really like to hear from you, email the school office or pop in and leave your details, but please make sure you have taken the opportunity to understand exactly what is required of the role. To help we have provided a number of links to websites we have found useful in explaining the role of a school governor.

Here is some information that Governors may find useful:

Please click on the links below

Governors Attendance 2019-20

Register of Interests

© Copyright 2019–2020 Moat Hall Primary School