Our Governors

Overview of the Governor Role:

The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability at Franche Primary, working with the leaders of the school. Their purpose is to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.

It has 3 key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

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, Jane Bulmer and Jo Mee.

The staff member who is also a co-opted Governor is Jane Bulmer, a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and our nursery manager at Franche.

There are four 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 Detective for West Midlands Police; Kirstie Stuart, a Human Resources advisor; and Mark David Hughes, a Financial Crime Investigation Manager., and newly appointed Rachel Cartwright.

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.


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.

Resources Committee

This committee is responsible for supporting and monitoring all spending and investment decisions made by the school. Meets monthly. This committee also oversees the safety and effectiveness of the school premises, including buildings, classrooms and outdoor spaces. It also oversees safeguarding, and health and safety issues. This committee is also responsible for overseeing appointments, staff well-being, pay structures and all other staffing related 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.