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Meet the Governors

Welcome to the governors’ area of the OPJS website.
The governors at OPJS have an important role in setting the strategic direction of the school. We are not involved in the day to day management of the school but we agree the objectives and aims of the school. This includes formulating development and financial plans, agreeing the budget, updating policies, setting targets, keeping on top of health and safety and reviewing progress against targets.


Who are the school governors?
The governing body is made up of staff, parents, members of the local community and representatives appointed by the Education Authority (LEA):


Name of Governor Type and Position
Helen Eastwood Chair of Governors and Co-opted
Paul Davis Vice Chair of Governors and Parent
Mark Gunning Safeguarding and Co-opted
Claire Hudson Curriculum and Co-opted
Katie Payne Parent
Jennie Tapscott Staff
David Goucher Headteacher
Jane Youdan Co-opted
Simon Cooper Co-opted


Any governor can be contacted via the school office.


The term of office of a governor is four years.


What do we do?
The work of the governing body is shared by committees, covering ‘School Improvement and Pupil Progress' and ‘Finance, Health and Safety and Premises'. Each committee meets regularly throughout the year to discuss issues that arise, such as the budget, staffing structure and performance, and to review school policies. The committees report back to the full governing body, with recommendations and advice about decisions that need to be made.
The full governing body meets every term (six times a year). We work together to decide the aims of the school, and set priorities for how the school should develop.
In addition to these roles, each governor is linked to a member of the staff with responsibility for a particular area of the curriculum, to provide support.
Becoming a school governor
Vacancies for governors are advertised in newsletters and bulletins in school, and on this site. Currently we have two vacancies, one  for a Co-opted and one Parent Governor.
As a governor you would be expected to attend meetings of the full governing body, to join one of the committees, and to link with a member of the teaching staff. Time is also required to read relevant documents prior to meetings and follow up on actions agreed.
Training for governors is provided by B&NES, for induction and to help with the development of particular roles. We encourage our governors to attend training regularly.


Being a governor is a serious commitment, but it can be rewarding. More information is available on the Directgov website: