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 responsibility 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 implementation 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 involved 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

Co-Opted / 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: 24/07/2023



Mr Dean Griffin

Parent Governor


Appointed until: 23/06/2024


James Boddey

Parent Governor

My name is James Boddey and I am the Owner of Busy Bodies Child Care Centre in Ludlow. I have worked in Early Years Education for over 18 years and I believe passionately in the importance of high quality early years education and care. I have worked in a number of schools and nurseries during my career and have met some wonderful people along the way. I am currently the SENCO and Child Protection Officer at Busy Bodies and have completed a number of courses throughout my career. Away from work I enjoy spending time with my family and our awesome dog - Tilly. I also enjoy writing and wearing crocs. 

Appointed until 29/09/2025

Mr Peter Sell

Foundation Governor / Vice Chair

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 eventually 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 Bell ringers

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


Lawrence Gittins

Foundation Governor

Appointed until 01/09/2026

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

Stephen Matthews


Health & Safety Committee

Emma Small

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

Governors Attendance

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