On behalf of the board of governors of Dobcroft Junior School, I would like to welcome you to our new website, and in particular, our governor section.

What do school governors do?

The governing body of a school has a strategic, rather than operational role. Together we:

  • set the strategic direction for the school

  • ensure the school finances are suitably managed and best use is made of the available funding

  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives

  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

Who are the governors?

A governing body typically comprises the headteacher, the deputy headteacher, at least one other member of staff, a number of parents, and representatives from the wider community appointed by the local authority. This is our current governing body, together with their particular role

Mrs Nicola Sexton Headteacher

Mr Michael Elliott Chair of Teaching & Learning

Mrs Shiraz Taraporewalla Chair of Finance, Staffing and Buildings

Mr Paul Wilde Ofsted Preparation

Ms Janine Farrah Y6 Team Leader

Mr Ian Besford Chair of Governors

Ms Helena Jones Vice-Chair of Governors

Mrs Sheree Doyle Deputy Headteacher

Mr Peter Odell Chair of Policy

Ms Sue Prestwood Safeguarding Governor

Mrs Elizabeth Towning Fundraising

Ms Jo Herold Teaching Assistant


When do we meet?

Our governing body meets formally, in full, three times per term for a Full Governors Meeting, Teaching & Learning Committee and Finance, Staffing and Buildings Committee. Each governor is expected to attend each of these meetings where possible. In addition, we have a number of smaller working groups, such as pay review groups, DIS collaboration, HT performance management, and policy review.

How can I get in touch?

If you have any questions, concerns, or want to get involved, email me at:

Kind regards, Ian Besford Chair of Governors