Great Rollright Primary School is a Church of England Voluntary Aided School, which means that it was founded by, and is still owned by, the Church of England. The School was actually founded in 1852 and the Diocese of Oxford has ultimate responsibility for its running. This responsibility is discharged through a Board of Governors (the “Governing Body”) which also employs the staff, including the Head. The Governing Body delegates the day-to-day running of the school to the Head. There is also a large input from the Local Authority, which provides the funding for the School and also monitors the standards of achievement of the School’s pupils.

The Governors’ role is to formulate the strategic plans for the school, and to support our Head in running the School. Each Governor is a well-informed “critical friend” who offers support to the School and to the Head, but who is not afraid to ask awkward questions or to offer constructive criticism where necessary. In such a small school, Governors also have a further role to play in carrying out many of the practical tasks which might be done by staff in larger schools.

Governors come from all walks of life and the make-up of the Governing Body reflects the aims and aspirations of the local community; it also “preserves and develops the school’s religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England.”

By its nature, the Governing Body contains expertise in various disciplines and has contacts in the local area who can offer the school practical help when needed.

The Current Governing Body

Mrs Helen Hare Chairperson, LA Governor
Mrs Allison Dawe Vice Chairperson, Foundation Governor
Miss Michelle Hastings Headteacher
Mrs Rebecca Buckland Staff Governor
Mrs Irene Hills Foundation Governor
Vacancy Foundation Governor
Vacancy Foundation Governor
Mr Adam Buxton Foundation Governor

  Mr Sam Wood                    Parent Governor

  Mr Alan Howard                 Parent Governor

  Mrs Kitty Barclay               Foundation Governor

  Rev. Janet Faull                 Foundation Governor – Ex-Officio


Within our governing body, we have a Monitoring sub-committee which meets each half term and discusses all relevant matters in detail. The reports from this meeting is then presented at the full governing body meeting each term.

Terms of reference for our committees can be viewed below –

Health and Safety, Finance and Monitoring Committee terms of reference 2022 – 2023

Admissions – terms of reference

Our Instrument of Governance can be viewed here.

Instrument of Governance

This is our Governor Code.

Governor code

Our meeting attendance document can be found here.

Governor meeting – Attendance  2021-22

Governor meeting – Attendance  2022-23

Governor meeting – Attendance 2023-24