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The governors are responsible for the overall direction and effective management of the school, and for providing the best possible education for the pupils, whilst acting within the framework set by legislation. The Governing Body is therefore involved in formulating and setting policies and determining strategies. Governors are not however expected to take detailed decisions about the day-to-day running of the school. The Headteacher is responsible for the internal management and organisation of the school and its staff.

Wheatcroft governing body has up to 11 members: 3 elected parent governors, 1 elected staff governor, 1 governor appointed by the local education authority (LEA), 5 governors co-opted from the schools community and the Head Teacher.

Current Governors

Rachael Adler
Peter Apostolos- Vice-chair
John Drewery
Rebecca Gajewski – Staff Governor
Richard Houldsworth
Debbie Miller – Head Teacher
David Suddick
Yvonne Wright
Jenny Turner – Chair

Summary of Governors’ Responsibilities:

Name of Governor Category of Governor Date of Appointment & Expiry Relevant Interests Attendance
at FGB Meetings 17/18
Curriculum Subject Linked to
Rachael Adler Parent 3/3
Peter Apostolos Co-Opted 15/09/2018 – 07/05/2023 Some paid premises related work

Husband of a member of staff

7/8 PE

Health & Safety

Learning Outside the classroom

Elaine Archer Co-Opted 08/05/2015 – 2017 Mother of a pupil 1/1 Maths
Robert Bexon Parent 18/10/2013 – 17/10/2017 Father of pupils 3/7 MFL



John Drewery Co-Opted 15/09/2018 – 07/05/2023 Husband of a member of staff 7/8 Science
Rebecca Gajewski Staff 06/2019 – 06/2023 Paid employee
Richard Houldsworth Parent 04/12/2017 – 03/12/2021 Father of pupils 3/3
Debbie Miller Headteacher Continual from 01/09/2017 Paid Employee
Alison Morris Co-Opted Stepped down 2018 Mother of a member of staff 6/7 Pupil Premium


Child Protection

Angela Thornton Co-opted 08/05/2015 – 07/05/2019 Mother of pupil 5/7 SEND



Website -Newsletters

Jenny Turner Co-opted 01/01/2018 – 31/12/2022 3/3
Paula Waller Staff 24/02/2015 – 23/02/2019 Paid employee 7/7
Yvonne Wright Parent 15/09/2014 – 14/09/2018 Mother of pupil 8/8 Literacy

Key:  FGB   = Full Governing Body

         RES   = Resources (Premises & Financials)

         SIC   = School Improvement Committee (School Development Plan, Curriculum & Attainment

         PAY   = Pay Committee (Staff Appointments, Salaries & Development)


NOTE: All meetings are now Full Governing Body Meetings, which all Governors are required to attend . From time to time smaller Working Groups are set up to address specific issues and/or projects such as Rebranding, Major Building projects etc.

For more information about any of the Governors, please follow the links on the right.

Reports from the Governors


“Everyone is friendly and there is a kind atmosphere around you.”
Year 6 student, January 2014

Jenny Turner

I feel honoured and privileged to be joining Wheatcroft Primary School Governing Body.  I work with children and families in …

John Drewery

My three children all attended Wheatcroft School between 21- and 8 years ago and my wife has worked in the …

Peter Apostolos

My two daughters attended Wheatcroft a number of years ago which was when I first became a governor. I am …

Rachael Adler

I am extremely thrilled and feel very privileged to have been elected a parent governor at Wheatcroft school. I am …

Richard Houldsworth

I am very excited and honoured to be joining the Wheatcroft School Governors team. As a parent of two children …

Yvonne Wright

Last year, following feedback from parents, the governors decided to provide more detailed profiles of their personal backgrounds and their …