Manor Road School Governors

The strength of our governing body is in the collective knowledge, experience and expertise of its members.


The main roles of the governing body are:

1. To provide a strategic view

We help to decide the school’s strategy for improvement so that our children learn most effectively and achieve the highest standards they can.

2. To act as a critical friend

We support and advise the headteacher and staff but we also monitor and evaluate the schools effectiveness by asking challenging questions.

3. To ensure accountability

We are responsible for ensuring good quality education in the school. We are answerable to the children, parents, local community and the Local Authority for the performance of the school.


The Governing Body

Our governing body is made up of:

  • 1 Local Authority Governors
  • 7 Co-opted Governors
  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • The Headteacher



We have several committees, the main two are:


The Resources committee has responsibility for Health and Safety and school buildings, staffing and finance. Our duties include monitoring all building related plans, drawing up the staffing structure, ensuring performance management arrangements are carried out and preparing and monitoring the school budget.


The Learning Committee advises the Headteacher and the Governing Body on matters concerning the school curriculum. Our main duties are to ensure that the curriculum meets statutory requirements, to contribute to curriculum aspects of the School Development Plan and to monitor pupil progress and set attainment targets.

Pen Portraits

Roger Bridge

I have been a parent governor at Manor Road for over two years and am currently Vice Chair. I have been married to Stacy for 10 years and we have two children who both attend Manor Road Primary: Sam is currently in Year 4 and Sullivan is in Elm Class.

Since leaving school in 1992, I trained as a Mechanical Engineer in the nuclear industry before starting a career 16 years ago in the aerospace industry, working on military fast jets. In my personal life, I love spending time with my family and using my hard earned holidays to travel. My hobbies include golf and mountain biking.

I’m passionate about supporting Manor Road Primary School in my role and find being involved in the school community very rewarding.

Caroline Burnell

I am Caroline Burnell and I really enjoy being a Govenor at Manor Road.

My son is a pupil in the school and he is thriving under the excellent education and care that is provided by the staff.

I feel that a key indicator of the success of the school, besides achieving high standards, is how happy and resilient the children are.

I really enjoy regularly visiting the school and observing classes, as it is apparent how the children are enjoying the activities in lessons, and how dedicated the staff are.

I wish that my lessons at school had been as interesting, although it was a long time ago!

I am regularly on the playground at drop off and pick up if ever you would like a chat or have a suggestion.

David Fleming

I am a UK Business Development Manager for a Travel Company so if you need a holiday please let me know!

I have been a Governor since early 2015 and am a member of the Resources & Learning Committee. Currently I am the Class Governor for Oak.

Having both my daughters attending Manor Road I get to see the school from the view of both a Parent and a Governor.

Karen Haydock

My name is Karen Haydock and I have been active on the board of Governors for 4 years. Presently, I Chair the Learning Committee and I also am the Link Training Governor.

My professional background is as an Art Teacher for 20 years with experience in Secondary and Further Education.

I have two daughters who attend Manor Road and I have had the pleasure to visit many classes to run Art lessons, I have enjoyed working on Gifted and Talented Art projects and I have offered Yoga and meditation classes.

I thoroughly enjoy being part of the Governing team supporting the whole school and the local community.

Nick Hodson

I am a Parts Manager in a local car dealership and I started as a Parent Governor in 2005. I am currently Chair of Governors and I have been for the past 11 years and also Governor for Safeguarding . I have held most positions from Chair of the Learning Committee to Educational Visit governor and served on lots of sub committees.  A lot has changed since the 1970’s when I attended Manor Road and the school is constantly evolving. I have had 4 of my children attend Manor Road.

Richard Taffs

I have been a school governor at Manor Road since 2013. During this time I have held a variety of positions on the different committees and have always supported the school in any way I can. I have seen the governing body grow in strength in how they both support and challenge the school in how it is managed.

I feel the school is managed strongly and there is a good structure within the school that is very beneficial to the development of the children. I support the school with STEM engagement and also assist the school on any safety related concerns they may have.

Jenny Wright

I was elected to the governing body in March 2017 and I am the Chair of the Resources Committee.

I have worked in Corporate Banking for the past 10 years, having trained initially as a Chartered accountant with Ernst & Young. Whilst not part of my day job, whenever I can, I enjoy going into schools teaching children about how to manage money well.

I have two children at Manor Road and I am excited about contributing to the success of the school.