Our Governors

Franche Community Primary School is overseen by a Governing Body. They work with the Headteacher 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. Co-chairs are Jelena Merrick and Jason Borlase. 

Vice chairman is Matt Whitehouse, who is a parent at the school. 

Other co-opted governors are Jean Green, Sarah Phillips and Kirstie Stuart.

The staff members whom are also co-opted Governors are Jane Bulmer, a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and our nursery manager at Franche and Jo Mee an Reception Class Teacher. 

There are three parent 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; Kirstie Stuart, a Human Resources advisor; and Mark David Hughes. 

Staff governor is Elizabeth Dixon, Deputy Headteacher and former Early Years Leader at Franche.

Mr Kenyon acts as the ‘Headteacher’ at all Governor meetings.

If you are interested in finding out more about our Governing Body, please contact the School Office.

Committees and Meetings 


Jelena Merrick       Jason Borlase


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:

This committee is responsible for supporting and monitoring all spending and investment decisions made by the school. Meets monthly.

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Mark David Hughes


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

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.

Mark David Hughes


Contact us

If you wish to contact the governors at any time contact the School Office on 01562 751788 . You can also email the governors via office@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.