On behalf of the Governing Body, welcome to Radford Semele Church of England Primary School.


At Radford Semele C of E Primary School, governors, staff, parents, children and members of our church work together in a happy, creative and high attaining environment, with our Christian ‘Values for Life’ underpinning everything we do.


Governors are appointed to ensure that the school sets challenging but achievable strategic objectives, and that these objectives are met and have the desired impact. We provide strategic direction for the improvement of the school, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school and hold the school to account for the standards achieved and the quality of education provided to all our children.


Specifically, the Governing Body is responsible for:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  2. Holding the Senior Leadership Team to account for the educational performance of the school and it’s pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring money is well spent.
  4. Listening to stakeholders.

In practice, this means that we are a regular presence in and around school.


As a Governing Body, we are committed to ensuring that every one of our children as access to an enriching education and fulfils their potential.We are justifiably proud of the achievements of our children across the curriculum and of the high standards maintained in both learning and behaviour.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank our staff, parents, and wider school community for the support and encouragement they give our children and the school. This support gives our children opportunities for a richer education, and ensures our school has a strong partnership with our local community, particularly our church.

Together we can help our children thrive, today and in the future.


I am available to parents, carers, visitors and members of our community to discuss any matter relating to the school, and I am always delighted to receive feedback regarding our school. I can be contacted via Mrs Clarke, the School Secretary.


Please take the time to browse our school website, including our Governors’ section, where you will learn more about our school.


Warm Regards,


Cara Jenkins

Chair of Governors

Radford Semele Primary School

About our Governors

All Governors are volunteers who work together for the benefit of the school. 

They are:

  • Parents elected by other parents with children at the school; (Parent)
  • The Head teacher  (Staff)
  • Teachers elected by other teachers (Staff)
  • People appointed by the Local Education Authority (LA)
  • People appointed by the local church (Foundation).
  • People with skills or experience that the governing body feel are useful (Co-opted)


What do they do?

The Governing body:

  • Has a statutory responsibility to oversee and monitor the operation and effectiveness of the school.
  • Appoints senior staff and regulates staff and discipline
  • Manages the school budget, ensuring the proper and effective spending of public funds.
  • Promote high standards of educational achievement.
  • Take responsibility for strategic planning,  including post Ofsted action planning.
  • Has responsibility for ensuring that the school fulfils all its statutory responsibilities ,

for example, those relating to Child Protection, Health and Safety, equality legislation and provision for pupils with  Special Educational Needs.

Our Governing Body comprises 12 members: 4 Parent Governors, 1 LA-appointed Governor, 2 Staff Governors (including the Headteacher), 2 Co-opted Governors, and 3 Foundation Governors, who are appointed by the Coventry Diocesan Board of Education.  One of these Foundation posts is for the incumbent of the Church of St Nicholas, Radford Semele.  The Governors are appointed or elected for a term of 4 years.

The Full Governing Body meets at least twice a term. 

All Governors are required to complete regular DBS checks.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor and would like to discuss what it involves, or if you require any further information about the Governing Body, please contact the Clerk, Helen James: or by leaving a message with the school office, 01926 426940




Special responsibility

Term began

(First appointed)

Term Ends

Faiyza Anwar



Nov 2020

(Sept 2016)

Nov 2024

Drew Arnold



June 2019

June 2023

Katie Benson

Staff (Head)


Ex officio

Ex Officio

Nicola David



Finance Lead

May 2018

May 2022

Tammie Harwin



Nov 2020

Nov 2024

Cara Jenkins



April 2021

(April 2013)

Apr 2025

Yvette Lyatt



Oct 2020

Oct 2024

Katherine Pickford


Safeguarding Lead, Safety,

H&S Lead

Nov 2017

(July 2011)

Nov 2021

Nicola Smith


Training Link, SEND

December 2019

December 2023








Governor Minutes


To view the published minutes of Governors' meetings, please contact the School Office, or the Clerk, Helen James. 

Radford Semele C of E Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, volunteers and parents to share this commitment.