The Federation of Fairfield and Colneis


The Governing Body of the Federation of Fairfield and Colneis is listed below:

  • Mrs Allison Coleman (Chair)
  • Mr Neil Winton (Vice Chair)
  • Mrs Celia Davies
  • Mr Mark Girling (Headteacher)
  • Mr Mike Jude
  • Mr Keith Rimmer
  • Mr Andrew Rowe
  • Miss Emma Sheppard
  • Mrs Carol Nind
  • Mrs Ella Treasure
  • Mr Adam Teare
  • Ms Olivia Pryke
  • Mr Andy Leeson
  • Mrs Ginny Idehen
  • Ms Imogen Dangerfield
  • Mrs Vanessa Wood
  • Mr Malcolm Beer
  • Mr Ian Mackenzie
  • Mrs Liz Currey

Members can be contacted via the school office.

Who are the Governing Body and what do they do?

School governors are drawn from different parts of the community and include parents, the Headteacher, members of teaching staff and support staff, people appointed by the Local Authority and members of the community. This helps to ensure the governing body has sufficient diversity of views and experience but does not mean governors of a particular category represent that group on the governing body. For example, parent governors do not represent the parents at each school and do not report back to them.

Since January 2015, Fairfield and Colneis have one governing body – the Federation of Fairfield and Colneis. Governors have agreed a shared ethos for both schools and as far as possible make plans on the basis of the two schools working together as a primary across the separate infant and junior sites.

The Governing Body takes a strategic role, acts as a critical friend to the schools and is accountable for decisions made. Governors are responsible for making sure the schools provide a good quality education and work with the Head and the leadership team to strive to continually improve standards. Governors support the schools in having high expectations of what pupils can achieve.

Governors work closely with the Head, who is responsible for the day to day leadership and management of the schools. Governors have a critical friend role which includes monitoring the way that the curriculum is delivered and evaluating pupil achievement data, with the aim of ensuring all pupils achieve their potential.

What are governors responsible for?

The governing body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for Colneis and Fairfield with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • setting targets for pupil achievement
  • managing the school’s finances
  • making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
  • appointing the Headteacher
  • reviewing staff performance and pay.

The Governing Body may delegate some of its responsibilities to certain governors or committees of governors; but always hold a dedicated full governing body meeting each term.