Valley Road Primary School


A Governing Body consists of a group of people from the local community, from all walks of life, who bring with them different viewpoints, experiences, knowledge, skills and ideas. They may be parents, staff at the school, local residents or representatives of local businesses, who work together as a team, with the Headteacher and the leadership team to ensure that the school provides their pupils with the best possible education - and constantly strives to improve.

Governing Body Mission

To provide a happy, friendly, caring and stimulating environment where children grow in self-esteem and achieve their full potential, by:

  • Working with the school to set VRS’s vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding school leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent
  • Ensuring the school is accountable to all stakeholders.

Elected governors serve a four-year term of office, which can be renewed after this period. The Chair of Governors is elected annually. Any parent having a child in school is eligible for nomination as a Parent Governors.

Appointing Body Instrument of Government

Current Governors

Name Governor Category Appointing Body Position / Responsibilities Term of Office Ends Attendance 21/22
Dan Herbert Co-opted Governing Body Chair / Leadership & Management 15/05/23  6 out of 6 meetings
Mary Selvester Co-opted Governing Body Deputy Chair / Leadership & Management / Chair School Committee 30/04/23  6 out of 6 meetings
Claire Rilett Co-opted Governing Body Safeguarding / School Committee 13/12/25  3 out of 5 meetings
Richard Floyd Co-opted  Governing Body Finance Lead / Leadership & Management 13/12/25  6 out of 6 meetings
Laura Gater Co-opted Governing Body School Committee KS2 Link 02/10/24  5 out of 6 meetings
Phil Colborne Co-opted Governing Body Environment Committee 21/10/23  2 out of 6 meetings
Claire Samson Co-opted Governing Body School Committee KS1 Link 11/12/25  5 out of 6 meetings
John Powell   Governing Body H&S 03/04/26  3 out of 3 meetings
Kath Booth Staff Governing Body School Committee 31/07/23 N/A
Simon Booth Parent Governing Body   19/03/2027 N/A
Manjit Singh LOA Governing Body   05/02/2026


Zahra Bardai Parent Governing Body Leadership & Management 13/03/26  3 out of 3 meetings
Tim Coulson Headteacher Ex-Officio Leadership & Management  n/a 5 out of 6 meetings
Teresa Edwards Clerk     n/a  

Declared Relevant Business Interests

Mary Selvester - Teacher at a different school. Occasional supply teaching (declared 09/10/2017)

Other educational establishments governed or trusteeships held


Relationships with the school's staff

Dan Herbert - Rachel Herbert (wife) Y5 teacher (declared 09/10/2017)

All remaining current Governors have no interests to declare.

Full register of interests of the Governing Body 2022/23 click here

Meeting dates for 2021/22  Meeting Minutes
Monday 4 Apr 2022 Minutes 4 Apr 2022

Monday 23 May 2022

Minutes 23 May 2022
Monday 11 Jul 2022 Minutes 11 Jul 2022
Monday 17 Oct 2022 Minutes 17 Oct 2022
Monday 12 Dec 2022 Minutes 12 Dec 2022
Monday 6 Feb 2023 Minutes 6 Feb 2023
Monday 20 Mar 2023 Minutes 20 Mar 2023


To contact the governing body, please email the school office and the email will be passed on. Email