Welcome to the Governors' section

What do school governors do?

 Our governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in school. Each governor is a member of the governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Decisions are the joint repsonsibility of the governing body. Its key functions are to:

  • set the aims, objectives, targets and policies for the school
  • monitor and evaluate the progress school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher (a critical friend)
  • oversee the financial peformance of the school

The governing body is not responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implemenation of the strategic framework established by the governing body - this is the responsibility of the head teacher.

Different categories of governor:

Parent Governors have a child in school at the time of their elections and are elected by the parents with children at the school.

Staff Governors are members of staff at the school and are elected by their colleagues.

Co-opted Governors are co-opted on to the governing body by other members because they come from a specialist group such as a business community or because they possess a particular skill which can contribute to the governing body.

Local Authority Governor

Meet the Governors

 Mrs Emma Small

Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

I joined the governing body in 2017 and became Chair of Governors in January


I have worked in education teaching at primary, secondary and further

education levels. I am no longer teaching as I am a full time foster carer/ part time

farm administrator.

Over the years I have been invloved with St. Laurence's first as a mum

(3 of my 4 children attended the school) and more recently several of my foster

placements have also been educated here.

Business Interest: None

Other establishments governed:

Relationships with staff/members of the governing body:

Appointed until: 10/01/2024



  Mrs Nicola Twiddy

Parent Governor

I am Nicola, I have been a parent governor at the school since 2012. I am a

professional child minder and have six children. I enjoy coming in to school

regularly to listen to the children read. 

Business interest: Local childminder

Other establishments governed: None

Relationships with staff/members of the governing body: None

Appointed until: 23/07/2023


    Mr Kim Stillwell

Local Authority Governor

I came to Ludlow as minister at the Methodist Church in 2015.

I studied as an electrical engineer and worked at the BBC: going on to lecture in

Broadcast Engineering. I began ministry in 2005 in Sandbach, Cheshire.

I have experience as a governor from a previous appointment and became a

Local authority governor at St. Laurence's in 2018.

I am married to Stella and have five children aged between 15 and 26 years old.

With Stella, I enjoy walking, cycling and singing.

Business interests: None

Other establishments governed: None

Relationships with staff/ members of the governing body: None

Appointed until:30/11/2022


   Mr Peter Fishleigh

 Parent Governor


Appointed until: 30/11/2022


Mr Peter Sell

Foundation Governor

I have only been a Governor since early 2020, with this being my first such

appointment. Neither have I been involved in the education system since leaving

school many years ago. Currently I am on the Finance Committee.

For the first 32 years of my working life I was employed by Barclays Bank at

various branches evetually retiring as a manager in the West Midlands. Following

this, I became self employed, primarily investigating fraud and mis-selling in the

financial services industry. For some 15 years I worked in this sector right across

the UK, before retiring completely.

My wife, Cherry and I have lived in Shropshire for almost 30 years and now live

right next door to the school. We have 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren living

in various parts of the country.

Other interests: A member of the Hereford Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

at St. Laurence's in Ludlow. Also chair of Hereford United Supporters Trust and

of the Brown Clee Burn Association 11k Run, raising funds for locals good causes.

Other establishment governorships: None

Relationships with staff/members of the governing body: None

Appointed until: 01/01/2024


Mr Chris McKeon

Staff Governor

My name is Chris McKeon and I grew up in London. I am deputy head; English

Coordinator; Deputy DSL; Music Coordinator and teach full time in Year 6.

Before my PGCE, I studied Music and received a First Class Honours Degree,

specialising in classical singing.

Appointed until 01/09/2022



Mr Stephen Matthews

Head Teacher Governor



Standards Committee

Chris McKeon

Peter Fishleigh

Stephen Matthews


Health & Safety Committee

Emma Small

Kim Stilwell

Nicola Twiddy

Stephen Matthews


Finance Committee

Emma Small

Peter Sell

Stephen Matthews


Link Governors

LAC - Emma Small

Safeguarding - Emma Small

SEN & vulnerable learners - Nicola Twiddy

 English - Peter Fishleigh

Health & Safety - Kim Stilwell

Governors Attendance

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