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Our Governors

Welcome to the Governor section of the school website.

Our Governors are a key part of the strategic leadership of the school and play a vital role in helping to ensure our children get the best from their time at Priory Rise School.

Governors at the school have three main roles:

  • to provide strategic direction for the school;
  • to act as a critical friend to the headteacher; and
  • to ensure accountability.

The Governing Board of Priory Rise School is a vibrant group of volunteers, who help set and dedicate themselves to the vision, values and strategic direction of the school, maintaining the highest of standards, whilst encouraging continual forward planning and thinking in their drive for excellence. They share responsibilities for monitoring and evaluating the performance of the school in delivering a fulfilling, broad and balanced education for all the children. The Governing Board meets at least 9 times throughout the school year: 1 Full Governing Board meeting, 1 Curriculum Committee meeting and 1 Resources and Facilities Committee meeting per term. All governors are members of both sub-committees.

We have adopted The National Governance Association’s code of conduct. You can read it here:

Associate governors have voting rights on the committee on which they sit, but not on the full governing board meetings.


If you wish to make contact with Maria Minett, Chair of Governors please do so by sending a letter in a sealed envelope marked for her attention via the school office, or via email to

Welcome to our Full Governing Board – June 2022: 



Membership Role

Date Appointed

Type of Governor

Term of Office

Pecuniary governance and material interests

Mrs Maria Minett

Chair of Governors

Chair of Resources & Facilities Committee

Facilities Management


Pupil Premium

05.03.2019 Parent appointed As Chair of Governors from 20.06.2022 to 04.03.2023

Parent of child at the school


Mrs Kristy Coogan

Vice Chair of Governors


Mental Health and Wellbeing





Parent of child at the school

Ms Ruth Seagar

Headteacher 01.05.2017 Headteacher Present Headteacher at Priory Rise School

Miss Becky Brown

Staff Governor


Staff appointed


Year 5 Class teacher at Priory Rise School

Mrs Jo de Fraine

Early Years


Parent appointed


Parent of child at the school

Mrs Cath Dobson

Deputy Headteacher 12.06.2017 Co-opted 11.06.2025

Deputy Head at Priory Rise School

Mrs Zara Peskett Governor 20.06.2022 Co-opted 19.06.2026 5DT Employee

Mrs Julia Strong

School Business Manager




School Business Manager at Priory Rise School

Mr Stephen Whitney

Chair of Curriculum Committee





Teacher at a local secondary school

Mrs Sheila Woodhall

Safer Recruitment



LA appointed


Related to child at the school

Mr Herbert Booth & Mrs Nancy Masson – clerks to the Governing Board







Please see below for attendance.