The Governing Body: About Us

Geoff Brand - Chair of Governors and Foundation Governor


I've lived in the community for 14 years and have two children attending the school; one having just graduated to Campion. 


I have previous management experience with the Sainsburys group, although have worked in the aviation industry for the last twenty+ years. I help to run the Parish swimming club and am involved in the local Scouting movement.


I've been a Governor since 2013, Vice Chair for 2014 and Chair from 2015. I find being part of the governing body team an extremely rewarding role. I am able to use my experience to benefit not only my own children's outcome at the school but also the school community as a whole.

Sharon Onley


I am married to Mark and have two children at the school, currently in Year Four and Year Six. My husband and I moved locally around 14 years ago and we love being part of the community.


I currently work as school business manager for another Northamptonshire primary school. I love working in education and making differences to the wellbeing and outcomes for children. I am still excited to be part of the Governing body team at Pattishall.


Heather Whittington - Co-opted Governor


I moved to Northamptonshire in 1996 and after attending University in Leeds, I have built my career around the world of marketing; mainly with a digital focus but more recently with an overall approach.


I have lived in Pattishall since 2007. 


My main motivation to join was to be involved in something that will not only benefit my child, but also myself to learn more about how the education system works, bring my marketing knowledge and experience to the role and to help secure a great future for this excellent village school.

Barry Evans


I moved, with my family in to the parish in 1972 and later started my first teaching appointment in Northamptonshire. I trained as a teacher of science and taught through the age ranges from nursery to GCSE both here and abroad.


After three headships I retired from the teaching profession five years ago to focus  on breeding rare breed sheep and to compete in the show ring in the many livestock shows around the country.


My passion for education is still very much alive and in addition to school inspections I am a governor of  The Northampton Academy and am delighted to join the governors of Pattishall School. I believe that our school is the greatest asset of our parish and I hope my educational experience will be of help to the Head, staff, pupils and parents.

Amanda Callear - Parent Governor


I was elected as parent governor in early 2018. My daughter is in Year Three and my son is in Reception.  Given the involvement of my children in the school, I of course have a vested interest in its future; however, I joined the governing body for other reasons beyond this. 

I am a lawyer working in-house at a large automotive company with years of experience relevant to the role I have on the resources committee. In addition to this, I am really keen on assisting the school develop its strategic approach. I am proud of the school and its ethos and want to help it to continue to offer children the best start in life through education. 

I am here to play a part in ensuring the continued development of the opportunities for the children of the school (present and future) so that they may realise their potential.  

Jo Underwood - Co-opted Governor


I have lived locally all my life and have two daughters at the school. 

My career started with Northants Police. I was initially a member of the Contact Centre before working as an Intelligence Officer where I stayed until I had my second daughter. Now I work for my father helping him to run his successful property business.

I started to become interested in education when I joined as a volunteer at the school, reading with the children. I have gained a lot of satisfaction seeing the children improve week by week. This has encouraged me to want to learn more about the school and be involved. I am passionate about making the school the best it can be and am keen to work alongside others to achieve this.

Mrs Lee Mullen - Foundation Governor


Biography to follow 

Mrs Jo Green - Staff Governor


Mrs Emma McLean - Head Teacher


Rev Canon Karen Jongman - Associate Governor


Miss Steph Bruce - Associate Governor




What do the Governors do?


Welcome to the Governors section of our school website. We thought you might like to know a little bit about us and what we do.


The Governing Body, Headteacher and senior staff form the school’s Leadership and Management team and share responsibility for the school.


The GB must hold the school to account for the standards it achieves.  It must ensure that all resources (including the school budget and staff) are properly used to meet the needs of all children and provide value for money.  Governors help to form the School Development Plan and are responsible for monitoring all aspects of its effectiveness in terms of outcomes for pupils.


The Governing Body appoints the Headteacher, and delegates to her responsibility for the day to day running of the school.


Who are the Governors?

The Governing Body is made up of four groups who represent the stakeholders of the school: staff, parents, the church (Foundation) and the Local Authority.  This range of people is intended to provide a broad and balanced selection of viewpoints and to represent each sector of the school’s community.  Individual governors cannot act or speak on behalf of the Governing Body; decisions are made by the board as a whole.


All Governors serve a four year period and may be re-elected.  There are 5 full governing body meetings each year and 4 sub-committee meetings which precede these.  The minutes of the meetings are available on request from the Governing Body.  All correspondence should be sent to Mrs Cheryl Tomkinson, Clerk to the Governors, Pattishall CE Primary School.

Are you interested in becoming a Governor?


What does the work involve?

The full Governing Body meets approximately once every half term and there are two sub-committees, Quality of Education and Resources, who meet to undertake some of the work on behalf of the Governing Body.  Each governor belongs to one of the committees and these meet four times each year. There are documents that need to be read in preparation for all meetings.


There are also working parties to deal with aspects of work that come up from time to time, such as SEN, Equality policies etc.


Governors visit often to gain a working knowledge of the school as well as on a more official basis to formally monitor aspects of the School Development Plan.


What qualifications are needed?

No formal qualifications are required, just a desire to put experience and life skills to good use.


Governors are people with an interest in education and a belief in working together to improve outcomes for local children. They are people who have a few hours to spare each month, and enjoy being part of a team.


It seems like an awful lot of work – why do it?

Most people find it very rewarding to be part of the school team, working in partnership with staff and the community, to secure the best possible education for the children of Pattishall CE Primary School. All governors are welcomed and each plays a vital role in ensuring the governing body is aware of the views of all stakeholders.


For more information about becoming a governor, contact the Chair of Governors or the Head Teacher. Please note that for the protection of children all governor appointments are subject to a vetting process and identity check.