Garway Primary School

Garway Primary School

"Pupils behave well and the arrangements to keep them safe are good. They are eager to learn and they try very hard." - Ofsted 2014
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The school governors are all members of the local community. Our chairman, Tony Phillips, is a former pupil, and several other members of the governing body are parents or grandparents of children in the school. We share a common aim to see the school and its pupils thrive.

Governors have a number of statutory responsibilities, such as monitoring and overseeing standards, health and safety and matters relating to safeguarding and child welfare. In addition, the governors are responsible for appointing key members of staff, including the head teacher and deputy head teacher, and have overall responsibility for managing the school’s budget. Full Governing Body meetings are held twice each term, but committees with specific responsibilities also meet on a regular basis.

There are three committees - Finance, responsible for budget, health and safety,  buildings and resources.  Pupils, responsible for safeguarding, behaviour, attendance,  curriculum and attainment, and Staffing, responsible for recruitment, contracts, CPD, and Appraisal, and discipline.  The committees have the following members:

 Finance Pupil Staffing

 Mark Bevan (Chair)

Tony Phillips

Julian Lane

James Hughes



Fiona Mynors (Chair)

Hillary Smallwood

Lesley Turner



 Hilary Smallwood (Chair)

Fiona Mynors

Lesley Turner




Most importantly, we are all committed to ensuring that Garway Primary School is a happy, welcoming, nurturing environment where children love learning and experience a wide range of opportunities that allow them to develop as individuals and fulfil their potential.

The governors provide the school with expertise in a range of different areas, with professional experience in sectors including accountancy, education, marketing and project management.

Occasionally vacancies arise on the governing body and we’re always keen to hear from people who would like to get involved. The term of Office for all Governors is 4 years.

The governors can be contacted via our clerk, Chris Davies,( or the school office (01600750273).

Mr Tony Phillips (Co-opted) (Chair) and Finance Committee. A Governors since 1993.  Attendance FGB 5/6 Finance Committee 3/5

Tony is a chair and member of the finance and resources committee.  He attended the school as a boy and became a governor to put something back into the school.  He is a local builder and well known throughout the area, with a wealth of local knowledge and experience.  He has been a governor for many years and a valued part of the governing body.

Mr Mark Bevan (Co-opted) (Vice Chair) and Finance Committee- 3 children in Garway School. A governor since 2012, Mark is a dedicated member of the Governing, managing to bring his knowledge as an accountant into the Governing body. He is Chair of the Finance Committee.  Attendance FGB 6/6  Finance committee 6/6

"I moved back to Garway just over ten years ago, having gone to Garway Primary all those years ago (in fact I remember the old school!). Lucy and I have four children, with my three boys currently at the school, our daughter left a couple of years ago, and all four children have loved being part of this lovely little school of ours. I became a Governor four years ago and I am Vice Chair of Governors, as well as being Chair of Finance & Resources committee. My daytime job is that of an Accountant and I have my own practice in Hereford. My hobbies include sport, especially football and cricket. I also enjoy walking and managed to walk across part of the Sahara desert for charity. I thoroughly enjoy the challenges that being a Governor brings and I firmly believe we have a great team of staff and Governors taking us forward."    

Lady Fiona Mynors (Local Authority) Staffing and Pupils  Committees and responsible for Safeguarding - 2 Grandchildren in Garway School. A governor since April 2013.  She is chair of the Pupils Committee.  Attendance FGB 6/6 Pupil Committee 5/5 Staff Committee 5/5. Special Responsibility for Safeguarding.

"I have always been passionate about education, and the right of children to have the best that can possibly be provided to enable them to have useful and fulfilled lives beyond school. Having graduated in English, I spent over 30 years teaching in maintained and independent senior schools. I became head of a junior school, and have served as a member and subsequently chair of a number of school governing boards. I work as a freelance educationalist, and as part of that I am a Reporting Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. At Garway, I am the governor for safeguarding, and chair of the pupil committee. I greatly enjoy hearing from my two grandsons about the work and activities they enjoy as pupils of Garway School."

Mrs Hilary Smallwood (Co-opted) Staffing and Pupils Committees and responsible for SEN. A governor since February 2012.  She is chair of the Staffing Committee.  Attendance FGB 6/6  Pupil Committee 5/5 Staff Committee 5/5.  Special Responsibility for SEN.

"I am a resident of Garway and for the last 4 years have been a community governor at the school. Following university I had two careers: one in social work (mainly with disabled adults, but also in children's mental health); and a second varied career in arts outreach for young people, photography, picture editing, and running singing workshops for children and for disadvantaged adults. I have directed local group The Singing Tree for over 25 years, sing in a number of choirs, and am also involved in running a community choirs project for the Hereford Three Choirs Festival. I am wholly committed to seeing Garway School continue to thrive, and am of course thrilled at its growing musical tradition. I sit on the Pupil and Attainment committee and chair the Staffing committee, as well as being the school's governor for Special Educational Needs and Disability."

Mr Julian Lane (Co-opted) Finance Committee- 1 child in Garway School.  A governor since May 2015.  Attendance FGB 5/5 Finance committee 3/4

"I have recently joined the board of Governors as a parent governor and currently sit on the Finance committee. I have been in the IT Industry for 25 years as a consultant advising business on IT strategy and infrastructure. I am passionate about Garway Primary School and the wider community and consider it an honour to be a part of this great school."

Mrs Lesley Turner  (Co-opted ) Pupils and Staff Committee. A governor since October 2015.  Attendance: FGB 4/5 Pupil committee 3/4. Special Responsibility for EYFS.

"I have recently joined the board of Governors as a co-opted governor having moved into the area just over a year ago. I have spent all of my career in education; as a teacher then as a literacy consultant. Now retired, I am in the fortunate position of being able to choose where I live. Every day, as I either drive or walk in whatever direction, I am so thankful that I came to live in this beautiful part of the country.

It was an honour to join the governing body and every time I visit the school I can’t help but be impressed by all that happens there. I sit on the Pupil and Attainment Committee and Staff Committee and have a particular focus on Early Years Education."

Mr James Hughes (Parent Governor) Pupils Committee.  A governor since March 2016, James is our newest recruit, and is now part of the Finance and Resources Committee.  He comes to us with a wealth of experience as a businessman and auditor. James has two sons at school. 

Mrs Julie Jones (Headteacher and governor) Finance, Pupils and Staffing Committees.  Julie joined the school as headteacher in October 2013 and works 3 days a week in School.  Attendance FGB 6/6  Finance Committee 6/6 Pupil committee 5/5 Staff Committee 5/5

Mrs Bev Edwards (Staff) Deputy Headteacher. A governor since October 2014 and deputy head teacher.  Bev joined the school in October 2013 as teacher of Class 1 and deputy head.  She is responsible for Safeguarding and SEND.  Attendance FGB 6/6

"As well as being Deputy Head Teacher, Class One teacher and English Co-ordinator, I am also a staff member of Garway Primary School Governing Body.  I feel my role is to act as a voice for staff at our Governing Body Meetings and to liaise with staff around issues raised through the Governing body. I work closely with several governors, specifically around Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs' and make sure governors are up to date with the latest information in the se areas and are able to see this first hand when they visit school."


At present there are no conflicts of business interest within the School Governing Board, other than those governors who are parents/grandparents of pupils.


Garway School has a board of 10 governors whose task is to oversee the strategic direction of the school and to monitor its financial security, academic performance and the safety of the children. Miss Jones and one staff governor (Mrs Edwards) are part of the board, and the other members represent a wide range of skills and backgrounds, including education, school inspection, social services, accountancy, IT and business. We work through 3 committees: Finance and Resources, Pupils and Attainment, and Staffing, and each committee reports back to the full governing body. Governors are also designated to specific areas of school life (e.g. special needs provision, safeguarding, early years etc.). Governors are frequent visitors to the school to discuss with the head and the staff team their various areas of responsibility, and to enjoy the festivals and performances that are such a feature of the life of the school.

 The governors recognise that this is a school with mixed age classes and place a high priority on supporting the presence of Teaching Assistants in the classroom.

 One of our main focuses this year has been on preparation for the OfSted inspection that took place in June. Governors also come under scrutiny and schools can be down-rated if the governors do not come up to scratch, so we put much effort into ensuring that we were able to demonstrate that we were fulfilling our roles competently in order to support the hard work of the staff team. We were delighted by our new “Good” rating, and particularly thrilled that Early Years was rated as “Outstanding” and that the inspector recognised the very special qualities of the school by also rating Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare as “Outstanding.” It was clear during our meeting with the inspector that he was very impressed with the ethos of the school, where children work independently and confidently, and with the happy, safe and secure atmosphere across the school.

 Credit must go to the dedicated staff team who make all this possible; and it was also heartening to see the level of parent support and satisfaction in the responses on Parent View.

 Garway School governors are looking forward to supporting the school in all its endeavours in the coming school year.