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 head teacher) 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 four 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, Jane Haynes, a journalist who runs a local PR & copywriting company; 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 Lazenby, head of Early Years at Franche. Head teacher Mrs Val Weddell Hall is the final voting member. There is currently one vacancy.
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.