Dear Parents,

The responsibilities of a school governing body can be summarised as: setting the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school; holding the Head Teacher to account for the school’s performance and performance management of staff; overseeing financial performance and ensuring that it achieves value for money. The governing body of St Stephen’s aims to carry out these responsibilities in a supportive and constructive way and we have excellent relationships with the Head and teaching staff/Senior Leadership Team.

We currently have ten governors from a variety of backgrounds. In addition to the insights of past and present parent governors we bring a variety of skills and experience including education, legal, business, finance and information technology. Our school vision and values can be found on the homepage and we are focused on ensuring that these are embedded in everything we do. Our aim is that every child progresses to achieve their maximum potential during their time with us so that they move to the next stage of their education as a well-rounded, confident and resilient pupil. Parental support and involvement is vital in achieving this and I would encourage parents to take every opportunity to engage with us.

We are a Church of England school, with a strong and distinctive Christian ethos, serving a culturally diverse community. We believe that we are all enriched as a result of experiencing these different cultures on a daily basis and that this is of significant benefit to our pupils.

Please click on the Governor Information link here to view further information regarding our Governors: Governor Information  and Governor Attendance and CRSAAT Scheme of Delegation link.

If you are reading this ahead of choosing a school for your child I hope you find the remainder of the website interesting and informative and we welcome further enquiries. If your child is already a pupil I hope we are meeting or exceeding your expectations and that your son or daughter is happy and making good progress.

To everyone, welcome to our website.

Vicky Jackman & the Governors

Chair of Governors

Mrs Sarah Callanan

Head Teacher

Mrs Sarah Barrett

Staff Governor

Mrs Vicky Jackman

Chair of Governors / Local Authority Governor

Rev Paul Lawlor

Vice Chair of Governors

Mrs Wajiha Shah


Mrs Gail Stone

Foundation Governor

Mrs Zoe Newman



Co-opted Governor vacancy



 Mrs Gill Jarvis

Parent Governor

 Mrs Kate Figgit


Further Information about our Governors.

Our Governors are all volunteers and help to lead the school. Their role is one of strategic leadership, leaving the day to day management of the school to the HeadTeacher, Mrs Callanan. Declarations of pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests are a standing item on Full Governing Body meeting agendas.

There are four categories of Governors, all of whom are appointed for four year terms: 

  1. Parent Governors - we have 2 of these, appointed by the governing body
  2. Foundation Governors - we have 2 of these who are appointed by the Parish and the Diocese.  The Vicar of St Stephen’s, Revd Paul Lawlor, is an ex-officio officer.
  3. Local Authority Governor - we have 1 of these who is appointed by the Local Authority.
  4. Staff Governor - there is 1 of these, representing the teachers and non-teaching staff.  They are elected by the staff;
  5. Co-opted Governors – up to four governors may be appointed by the governing body to bring specific skills and experience to the governing body. We currently have three of these.

Governors may be reappointed at the end of their term and have voting rights on their committees.

The Headteacher is also a Governor.