The Governing Body of the school consists of elected parents, Local Education Authority nominees, Foundation governors, Parish Council representatives and an elected teacher. The Governors meet at least twice a term and have general responsibility for the effective management of the school. They work within the framework set both by national legislation and the policies of the Local Education Authority.

Their responsibilities include the appointment and dismissal of staff, discipline, control of the delegated school budget, the forming of curriculum policies and maintenance of the premises. In practice, the Governors delegate the day to day running of the school to the headteacher.

Parents can raise any concern with a governor at any time, although it is usually more appropriate to contact the headteacher in the first instance.

Elections and appointments of Governors take place every four years.

A full list of current school Governors, any conflict of interest they may have and their attendance a Full Governing Body meetings can be viewed by clicking here.

Governor Profiles

Profile: Jan Liversage Chair of Governors

I am a retired Headteacher of a Hertfordshire Special school for children with Severe Learning Difficulties, which received 4 judgements of Outstanding by Ofsted. Over the years my skills and knowledge were used in many projects, workstreams and innovations to assist in the development of special education in Hertfordshire, which also impacted on provision and support provided to mainstream primary and secondary schools in East Herts. In the past I have been a part-time tutor for Birmingham University and was instrumental in establishing new specialist ways of working with Multi-sensory impaired children in Hertfordshire Special Schools.

In other parts of my life I am a Parish Councillor, Joint President of the local WI and keen gardener. I enjoy going to the theatre and music concerts as well as yoga and Dancing with Saracens ‘Love to Dance’ programme. I enjoy all sport, but top of my list is Rugby (Saracens of course) and Horse Racing although I don’t like betting, so just cheer on the horse and jockey that I pick. I play Bridge, although I am only a beginner and have been singing in a choir for several years.

I am a busy person who is passionate about promoting the best educational opportunities for children, alongside offering a protective and caring and nurturing environment for all pupils to keep them safe. The quality of teaching and learning is a key focus for me along with providing a wide and varied curriculum. Children and young people deserve the best provision that we can offer, and I will work hard to help the Stapleford School Headteacher and staff to achieve this.


Profile: James Shillito

I have worked in education since 2004 and have been the Headteacher at Stapleford Primary School since January 2015. Since 2006 I have taken on the role of school governor within the schools that I have worked. I have always found the strategic role of building a strong governing body, which contains a variety of skills, and helping to steer the school in the right direction to be incredibly rewarding.

I still love to teach and work with the children so getting into the classrooms, with my governor hat on, is something that I try to do as often as I can. The children are incredibly adept at pointing out their frustrations which are important to hear, as a governor, as they often lead to actions that help to move the school forward.



Profile: Janet Warrington

I am a qualified School Business Manager (SBM) and Clerk to the Governors at a special school for pupils with severe learning difficulties.  As the SBM I work full-time and I am involved with Health & Safety, Compliance, Policies, Finance, Human Resources, Data Protection, Projects, and coordinating the Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) meetings for every pupil.   I have a Bachelor of Science First Class Honours Degree in Sports Studies (2011) and I retired as a national level swimming coach in 2020.  I am a mother and grandmother, like to be busy and I love using Excel!
Profile: Peter Critchley
I am a Diocese-appointed foundation governor and have been a governor at Stapleford Primary School since 2004. I run a digital agency locally and, amongst other things, use the associated skills to support the financial, data and operational aspects within my role on the governing body. I have held a number of posts on the governing body over the years, and have always enjoyed being able to support in any way I can to provide a truly supportive environment and the very best outcomes for everyone in the whole school community.

Profile: Pauline Strong

I am the staff governor at Stapleford Primary School and I took on this role in September 2023.  This is my first experience of being a governor.  I have worked at Stapleford as a Teaching Assistant (class-based and 1:1), a lunch time supervisor and in the Breakfast and After School Clubs since 2015, with a year’s break in 2019-20 for caring responsibilities.  I have also worked in a larger, local mainstream primary school as a 1:1 TA and in special primary and secondary schools as a Speech and Language Therapist.

My original BA was in English Literature and in 2009 I gained a BSc in Speech Sciences.  Before my (now adult) children were born, I was a qualified accountant, and worked in an arts organisation and in a London accountancy firm.

These different roles and qualifications have given me a broad range of professional skills to bring to the governing body.  They have also taught me that, given the right approach and support, it’s possible to learn things you never thought you could understand.  The school team works with passion and persistence to achieve that learning for every child at Stapleford.  As a governor I want to contribute to developing the systems and structures that support the face-to-face work in the classrooms.


Profile: Vivien Marshall

I have been a school governor for over 25 years with three terms as a Chairman, all at a local village junior school. Currently I am Chairman of governors at another Church of England primary school.

It is important never to underestimate the importance of the role of a school governor and to acknowledge the value that can be added to a child’s school life. Additionally, I have always found the involvement to be very rewarding.

My working life has been in the science sector initially conducting cancer research for a pharmaceutical company then as a biomedical scientist in the NHS carrying out cytology based medical diagnosis working at managerial level. I have been a Magistrate and Treasurer of the regional branch of our professional body.

When I visited Stapleford, following a link through Herts Governors, I was impressed by the caring environment in the school and the approach to learning and was more than happy to become a part of the team

I am proud to work with my fellow governors, the Headteacher and the staff to fulfil my responsibilities and to see the school grow and flourish giving all the children the opportunity to achieve their full potential.