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The governing body is responsible for working strategically with the school to ensure a good quality education. They make key decisions like
appointing the head teacher, and decisions which directly affect the direction of the school and well being of the children. School governors can
really make a difference in improving standards throughout the school.


A Governing Body of a School has three main roles in the school:  to be strategic, to act as a critical friend, and to be accountable for the schools
best interests financially and academically. 

The expectation of individual governors is to focus on raising standards to help every child achieve their potential, get to know the school and
become involved in school life and activities, and respect the professional expertise of the Head Teacher and Staff.  All new governors should
attend an induction course and follow ongoing training and development for their individual roles. 

We all lead busy lives but the meetings are held approximately three times a term so can be fitted in to most schedules, and with the odd hour to
play an active part in school life to support the school with your own expertise as much as possible. 

If you would like further information about becoming a school governor, please visit or leave your name and
telephone number with the School Office and I will contact you. 

Peta Torrance
Chair of Governors

Please send any correspondence to: Chair of Governors, C/O Katherine Semar Infant School, Ross Close, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4DU or email:


Meet The Governors:

Picture 1 Peta Torrance - Chair of Governors
Picture 2 Julie Puxley
Picture 3 Nick Osborne
Picture 4 Robin Laidlaw
Picture 5 Paul Sinnott
Picture 6 Stewart Herd
Picture 7 Alison Barker
Picture 8 Julie Hall
Picture 9 Julie Platten
Picture 10 Polly Lankester
Picture 11 Anthony Hull
Picture 12 Sue Armitage
Picture 13 Sonia Sault
Picture 14 Georgia Slade
Picture 15 Ruth Whitlam
Picture 16 Amanda Thomas
Picture 17 Mary Shiel
Picture 18 Ujjwal Bharadwaj
Picture 19 Jo Beckett