To contact our governors, a message can be left at the school office or the Chair can be emailed:   

It is our aim that emails will be acknowledged within 72 hours.



Diocesan Board Governors:

Vanessa Dixon

Daniel Wale

Maddie Loftus


Chair of Governors: St John Russell


Staff Governors:

Elizabeth Hallam - Headteacher

Helen Frances - Teaching Staff


Member appointed Governors:

Rita Laughton

Gareth James

St John Russell



Clerk to Governors

Rosemary Thompson



Parent Governors:

Grant Mills

Nisha Pancholi

Sarah Jordan

Rachel Lovett





A school functions best when the governing body and the Head Teacher work together as a team in pursuit of common values. This certainly doesn’t mean that the governors are there just to rubber stamp decisions that are made by the Head Teacher. The governors’ relationship can best be described as a “critical friend”. We monitor and evaluate the work of the school, offering constructive advice, a sounding board for ideas and a second opinion on proposals. We are not there to interfere in the day to day running of the school, or to comment on the quality or methods employed by the teaching staff – those are the responsibility of the Head Teacher.


So what precisely do we do? We meet as a full governing body at least once a term, however much of the business is delegated to sub-committees. We have Finance and Audit and SIAMS sub-committees. We develop the strategic framework within which the school operates and determine the character, aims, ethos and values of the school. We govern by developing policies against which the school operates.


The fabric of the buildings and the school finances take up a lot of our time. Most of the funding provided by the government comes directly to the school which means we have tough decisions to make about the priorities for spending to achieve the best we can for the pupils. There is never enough!


Governors’ work can be challenging and demanding at times but is also very rewarding. It’s never boring! If you would like to know more, perhaps with a view to becoming a governor yourself, please don’t hesitate to approach any of the governors or the school directly.


Statutory Information

To view the Annual Report and Financial Statements for Year Ended 31st August 2014,

please click here.

To view the Annual Report and Financial Statements for Year Ended 31st August 2015,

please click here.

To view the Annual Report and Financial Statements for Year Ended 31st August 2016,

Please click here

To view the Annual Report and Financial Statements for Year Ended 31st August 2017,

Please click here

To view the Annual Report and Financial Statements for Year Ended 31st August 2018,

Please click here



Member Name


Term of Office

Other Interest

Trust Board



Finance & Audit attendances


Professional attributes, experiences, areas of expertise and what you bring to the role

StJohn Russell

Community Co-opted Governor

Chair of Trust Board

04.15 – 04.19




St John has seen his three children attend Queniborough Primary School and first became a Parent Governor in 2015, recently taking on the role of Chair. He is also the Training Governor, ensuring all governors have the opportunity to attend training sessions to keep abreast of current regulations and policies.

Professionally, he has worked in the fashion industry for 15 years. His transferable skills include Process Improvement, Policy Implementation, Change Management, Data Interrogation and Statistical Analysis.

St John sits on the Finance & Audit Committee and is also the Link Governor.




Rita Laughton


Co-opted Governor


Primary Academy Trust

01.13 – 01.21




Rita has been involved with at Queniborough school for many years both as a governor and as a parent/grandparent. Rita previously served as Chair of Governors and is now chair of the Finance & Audit committee. She had a long careers in teaching in secondary schools and brings many educational skills and experiences to Queniborough Primary School. 

Nisha Pancholi

Parent Governor

03.14 – 03.22

Project Delivery Manager – Centrica



Nisha has been a governor at Queniborough since 2014. Both of her children have attended the school.

Gareth James

Co-opted Governor


Aston University



Gareth has two children at Queniborough School. He lives in the village and works in Higher Education. Gareth is a member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology Chartered Management Institute

Vanessa Dixon

Foundation Governor


04.16 – 04.20




Vanessa has been involved in working with children at St Mary’s Church for nearly 30 years and is keen to maintain and further develop the established good links between Queniborough CE Primary School and St Mary’s Church.  Professionally she originally qualified as a statistician and has worked in Quality Assurance and Clinical Document Quality Control. Her transferable skills include numeracy, attention to detail and experience of regulatory authority compliance.  Vanessa attends  the SIAMS sub committee.



Dan Wale Foundation Governor 07.16 – 07.20

Infrastructure Delivery Manager


Wife - LSA at Queniborough C E Primary

4/4 Daniel has two of his three children currently attend Queniborough Primary school with the other waiting in the wings . He lives in Queniborough and plays an active role within the community and sits on several of the local committees . He has worked for Openreach for over twenty years and has experience in Change deployment , resource planning and Service Delivery.He is a BT volunteer and is currently working on an internet safety project with UNICEF as well as the rollout of Barefoot computing to schools in the local area. He attends the SIAMS sub committee.
Maddie Loftus Foundation Governor 11.18 - 11.22 retired

Maddie has worked in Education for many years in colleges, specialising in Creative Studies and also as verifier/assessor for City & Guilds and Open Network College.

Her two children attended Queniborough school and were followed by two grandchildren.  Maddie has previously been both a Community Governor and a Foundation Governor and been involved in many school events and has also volunteered to hear readers and assist in the classroom. 

Maddie is passionate that the school has good links with the village community.

Helen Frances Staff Governor 05.15. – 05.19.

Teacher at Queniborough Primary


4/4 4/4 Helen has been teaching for 30 years in a mixture of city, town and village schools. She is currently the Deputy Headteachers and has responsibility for much of the day to day running of the school as well as the teaching and learning. This enables her to inform the governing body about current trends and changes in education and how this impacts on the pupils and staff at Queniborough. 

Sarah Jordan


Parent Governor 06/19 - 06/23
Rachel Lovett Parent Governor  06/19 - 06/23 Teacher at local school

Rachel has a son currently attending Queniborough Primary School. She lives in Queniborough after relocating from West Yorkshire 5 years ago.

Rachel has been a primary teacher for 15 years and has taught at various village and city schools in Leicestershire and West Yorkshire with her main area of expertise being the Early Years Foundation Stage. She has experience of working within senior leadership teams and contributing to whole school development including the establishment of a brand new primary school.

Rachel is keen to use her background and experience to support the school within her role as governor.

Grant Mills Parent Governor 02/17 - 02/21 University Lecturer  4/4 2/3
Elizabeth Hallam

Ex-Officio Governor




Vanessa Yardley School Business Manager 5/5    Vanessa has worked in Education for 18 years. She qualified as a School Business Manager in 2010 following her National College of School Leadership CSBM training. As schools converted to academies, Vanessa studied for CIPFA’s accounting qualification for Academies. She has been employed as the School Business Manager at Queniborough since April 2016. She has experience of project managing renovations and new builds within school as well as managing the day to day finances of school. Vanessa attends  Finance & Audit Committee.
Rosie Thompson Clerk to Governors Is a professional clerk providing the service to the school and others in Leicestershire and Lincolnshire


Mr StJohn Russell

Mr Jacob Shell

Rev. Tony Pick

Carolyn Lewis - Diocesan Director of Education