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"Governors are very active in school and show a passion for raising standards and supporting the school to improve.

(Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools, September 2017)

Welcome to our Governors' Section
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests for your information. Minutes of Governors' meetings are available on request from the school office.


The Governors’ Role

Our team of Governors comprises a group of local people with a range of experience and expertise who are representatives of the local community.  Many have a thorough working knowledge of the school and make a point of spending time in the classrooms with the children and staff.  We attend training courses on all aspects of the curriculum and school management to ensure we have the necessary knowledge and skills to support the Head in the effective running of the school.

The Department for Education have high expectations of governing bodies. They are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. For maintained schools this is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to 'conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school.'


In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the education performance of the school and its pupils;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


These functions are reflected in regulations for maintained schools that came into force in September 2013 and in the criteria Ofsted inspectors use to judge the effectiveness of governance in both maintained schools and academies.


We feel that Southam St. James C of E Academy is privileged to have such a caring, well-resourced village school with a highly skilled and enthusiastic teaching staff that creates a stimulating and exciting learning environment within a strong Christian framework. The happy atmosphere in the school and the enthusiasm with which the children approach their work, as well as the high quality of work achieved, makes us very proud of our school.  We have the greatest confidence in recommending our school to you for your child, and hope that you will come to experience for yourself all the good things we have to offer.


List of Governors including term of office and appointment details.

                                                                                        Term of Office
Mrs Alison Hine, Executive Headteacher -                     Ex-Officio (Executive Headteacher)
(appointed by Full Governing Bodies at Southam St  

James and Long Itchington C of E Academies)   


Miss Emily Duncumb, Staff Governor                            Until 30.06.2021

(appointed by staff)

Mrs Valerie Copley,  Chair of Governors                       Until 06.02.2020
Foundation Governor 

(appointed by All Saints Church, Ladbroke)


Mrs Kathy Palmizi, Staff Governor                                 Until 01/01/2023

(appointed by staff)

Mrs Ron Holmes, Local Authority Governor                   Until 11.03.2020
appointed by the Local Authority 

(SEND Responsibility)

Mrs Lucy Vials Parent Governor                                    Until 01.12.2022

(appointed by parents)

Dr David Baxter Foundation Governor                          Until 16.01.2020
(SIAMS Responsibility)

appointed by St James Church, Southam

Mrs Jennifer Thorne  Foundation Governor &               Until 05.06.2016
Vice Chair

(Teaching and Learning Responsibility)
(appointed by St James Church, Southam)


Mrs Kate Gordon, Parent Governor                                Until 01.09.2020

(Health and Safety, Safeguarding Responsibility)

(appointed by parents)


Mrs Debs Brown Foundation Governor                          Until 14.03.2021

(Finance Responsibility)

appointed by All Saints Church, Ladbroke


Mrs Jill Parker Ex-Officio Foundation Governor             Until 16.08.2022                    

(GDPR Responsibility)

(appointed by St James Church, Southam)


Clerk to the Governors:

Mr Nigel Jones, contact via the school office