Meet Our Governors

Who We Are

We are people who want to make a positive contribution to the education of children at Byfield School.  Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school.

What We Do

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher.
Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.  
The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • Set the aims and objectives for the school
  • Set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • Be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board

The Full Governing Body meets six times per year.  The Headteacher's Performance Management Committee meet at least twice a year.
The minutes of governors' meetings are in the school for anyone to read, please ask the headteacher if you wish to see them.

How To Contact Us

If you would like to contact the Governing Body of Byfield School, please send an email to

Governor Name Roles
Sarah Burke Parent Governor
Chair of Governors
Lead Governor for Literacy
Lesley Palmer Co-opted Governor
Lead Governor for: SEND and Inclusion; Safeguarding; Pupil Premium
David Hibbert Head Teacher
Jonathan Humphrey Parent Governor
Michelle Beesley Parent Governor
‚ÄčLead Governor for Health and Safety
Philip Smith Parent Governor
Lead Governor for Finance
Alina Craciun Parent Governor
Vice-Chair of Governors
Lead Governor for: Maths; EYFS
Katie Ferrier Co-opted Governor
Alison Turner Teaching Staff Governor
Heather Rawden ‚ÄčNon-Teaching Staff Governor


Stowe Valley Multi Academy Trust

The Local Governing Board is delegated responsibilities from the Trustees and Members of Stowe Valley Multi Academy Trust.
For more information about the Governance of Stowe Valley Multi Academy Trust, please click on the link below.