Local Governance Committee

The governors at OPJS have an important role in setting the strategic direction of the school. They are not involved in the day to day management of the school but 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 Local Governance Committee (LGC) is made up of staff, parents, members of the local community and representatives appointed by the Palladian Academy Trust.

Name of Governor

Type of Governor and Position


End of Term of Office

Katie Payne

Trust and Chair

Sept 2015

Sept 2023

Tom Boden


Feb 2019

Feb 2023

Rachael Van Roy Staff Dec 2019 Jan 2023
David Goucher


Sept 2015


Jo Williams


Jan 2020

Jan 2024

Alison Paul Parent Sept 2022 Sept 2026
Kathryn Brownell Community Sept 2022 Sept 2026
Binky Clark Governance development Officer Ongoing  

Any governor can be contacted via the School Office.

What do they do?

The LGC meets every term (six times a year). They 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.

As a governor you are expected to attend the six meetings of the full governing body, be a subject link with a member of the teaching staff and attend training and events. Time is also required to read relevant documents prior to meetings and follow up on actions agreed.

Training for governors is provided by the Palladian Academy Trust and the National Governance Association for induction and to help with the development of particular roles.

Although being a governor is a considerable commitment, it is rewarding and supports the school and community. More information is available on the Directgov website: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/parents/schoolslearninganddevelopment/schoollife/dg_1003836

Register of Business Interests

Find below the Register of Business Interests for our School Governing Body for the past two years.



Palladian Academy Trust and Governance

As noted in previous sections, please follow the link http://www.palladianacademytrust.com/ to find out more about the Governance/Trustee structure of the PAT.

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