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


At Radford Semele C of E Primary school we are ‘a family of learners expecting the best’, and this theologically rooted Christian vision underpins everything we do. Governors, staff, parents, children, members of our church and our whole school community work together in a happy, creative and high attaining environment. Our key values of respect, creativity, perseverance, forgiveness, responsibility and generosity are our guiding principles in living out our vision in every aspect of school life. Jesus said, ‘I have come that they may gave life and have it to the full’. John 10:10, and we seek to see this become a reality for our children and whole school community.


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, in order that our children are as successful as they can be in all aspects of school life. We are focussed not only on academic attainment and progress, but also on the ensuring an exciting and rich experience full of opportunities for all our children have in our school.


The Governing Body provides strategic direction for the school, and we monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school, holding school leaders 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 a theologically rooted vision, ethos, values and strategic direction that are aligned
  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 has 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, encouragement and opportunities they give our children and the school. This support gives our children opportunities for a richer education, and ensures our school has a strong connection with our local community, particularly our church. Together, we ensure our children thrive today and in the future.


We are striving to continuously improve all aspects of school life and to fulfil our vision of being a family of learners expecting the best. By doing this we will ensure that all members of our community have life and have it to the full. ‘I have come that they may have life and have it to the full’. John 10:10.


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


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


With my warmest regards,



Cara Jenkins

Chair of Governors

Our Governing Body comprises 12 members: The Headteacher, 4 Parent Governors, 1 LA-appointed Governor, 1 Staff Governor, 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

Katie Benson

Staff (Head)


Ex officio

Ex Officio

Ellie Conroy



May 2023

May 2027

Jen Cross



March 2023

March 2027

Nicola David



Finance Lead

May 2022

(May 2018)

May 2026

Tammie Harwin



Nov 2020

Nov 2024

Cara Jenkins



SEN Lead

May 2022

(April 2013)

May 2026

Melissa Kinrade


Training Lead

Feb 2023

Feb 2027

Katherine Pickford


Safeguarding Lead, 

H&S Lead

July 2023

(July 2011)

July 2027

Simon ShepherdFoundation Sept 2023Sept 2027
Mahpara VanceParent


May 2022

May 2026

Former Governors   
Yvette LyattCo-opted Sept 2020March 2023
Nicola SmithParent Dec 2019Nov 2022
Lynne HollowayFoundation June 2022Nov 2022
Drew ArnoldCo-opted June 2019July 2022
Martin GreenFoundation July 2023May 2024


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.