Our Governors

Franche Community Primary School is overseen by a Governing Body. They work with the head teacher and the School Leadership Team to ensure the school is well managed, has a clear strategy for improvement and provides a high quality education for all pupils.

The Governing Body has 12 full Governors (including the Associate Headteacher) and three Associate Governors.

Chairman is Lee Wright, who has been involved with the school for more than three decades, first as a parent and more recently as a governor. He is very active in the local community and is a co-opted governor.

Vice chairman is  Rob Hinton, a retired financial director, who also chairs the finance committee and helps the senior leadership team deal with budgeting issues.

Other co-opted governors are staff members Jane Bulmer, a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and our nursery manager at Franche; and Sarah Phillips, a Teaching Assistant and Franche parent.

There are three parent and community governors, who are drawn from among the parents of children who currently attend the school and the local community. They are: Jenny Monger, a maths teacher from a local secondary school, Matt Whitehouse, a former police officer; and Kirstie Stuart, a Human Resources advisor. Local Authority governor is Councillor Anne Hingley, a former Mayor of Kidderminster and an experienced and supportive friend of Franche. She is also safeguarding lead for the governing body.

Staff governor is Elizabeth Dixon, Acting Headteacher an former Early Years Leader at Franche. Associate Headteacher Mrs Val Weddell Hall is the final voting member. 

There are three Associate Members who bring additional skills to the Governing Body to support committees. They are Jean Green, Roger Lewis and Alison Hinton.

Committees and Meetings 

Pupil Achievement and Well Being Committee

Chaired by parent Governor Matt Whitehouse, the PAW committee works closely with the leadership team to ensure the school is helping every child to reach their full potential, paying particular attention to the quality of teaching, pupil attainment and progress, safety and well being, including Pupil Premium and safeguarding. Meets every half term. Every other meeting is held during the school day to enable governors to see initiatives in action.

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Matt Whitehouse

Parent Governor

Finance committee:

Chaired by Rob Hinton, a financial expert, this committee is responsible for supporting and monitoring all spending and investment decisions made by the school. Meets monthly.

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Rob Hinton


Staffing committee

Chaired by Kirstie Stuart, a HR expert, this committee is responsible for overseeing appointments, staff well being, pay structures and all staffing related issues. Meets half termly.

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Kirstie Stuart


Premises committee

Chaired by Lee Wright, this committee oversees the safety and effectiveness of the school premises, including buildings, classrooms and outdoor spaces. It also oversees safeguarding. and health and safety issues. Meets half termly.

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Lee Wright


Contact us

If you wish to contact the governors at any time contact the School Office on 01562 751788 and speak to Sandra. You can also email the governors via the clerk SAldridge@francheprimary.worcs.sch.uk

Governors’ Declarations of Interests

All Governors are required to declare any interests which might indicate a conflict of interest with their role as a Franche governor. On occasion this can mean a governor does not take part in particular discussions or votes, if it is felt their interests might be, or might be seen to be, in conflict with their role as a Franche governor. A full list of declared interests is held by the Clerk to the Governors.