Our Governing Body at Cranborne Primary School is made up of a group of people who are dedicated and committed to do the best they can for the children who attend Cranborne School. We work alongside and support the headteacher and staff in all that they do.

We reconstituted our Governing Body which has made us smaller in size but allows us to make decisions and act speedily when required. We are constantly analysing our strengths and weakness, to ensure that we have the expertise to carry out our roles as governors.

Regular training sessions are attended both internal and external to ensure that we have the knowledge to do the best that we can for Cranborne.

Governors are in school on a regular basis; we hold our meetings at various times of the day and evening, when in school we talk to as many pupils that we can, which allows them to talk to us about their experiences in school and the how they have been learning.

We have a strong passion within our role as school governors. If there are things that you would like to raise with us then please do so, either by contacting the school office or headteacher and one of us will be in touch.

We do have vacancies from time to time so if this is something that interests you then please let us know. 

Peter Goldfinch I attended Cranborne Primary School many years ago when it was situated on its previous site in Potters Bar. I have three daughters all of whom went to the school, they are now at and through university. I have a soft spot for the school, and it has been wonderful to see how things have grown at school with the excellent results that have been achieved in recent years.  I have been a governor at the school for the last 16 years, being chair of governors for last eight.  I look to bring the experiences of the private sector in banking to the life of the school, working with the other members of the governing body and the head and members of staff. I am a member of all the committees that we have.  We all work together to make every day count for the children allowing them to be the best they can be.  Anything that I can do to make that happen I am more than happy to do.  Our school is a very happy place to be, everyone is enthusiastic , approachable and determined to achieve the success the school deserves.

Ann Harrison I am a retired engineering manager and have served on the Cranborne School governing body for many years. I know how important a good primary education is to a child’s life chances and want to use my experience and skills to help the school in any way I can. 

Zainal Anhar I am an experienced Chartered Accountant with wide range of business, commercial and ICT skills to add value to the Governing Body. I have served on various committees and at present am Chair of the Resources Committee.

I enjoy making a small contribution to try and ensure that all of our children get the best possible education and support from our school. It is an exceptional school for which I am honoured to have the opportunity to make a positive contribution and take an active role in the support and development of such school.

My wife and I have a daughter and a son, both of whom currently attend Cranborne Primary School. As a parent I want to ensure that school funds are used and allocated correctly, being used in an appropriate manner so all the children and school benefit accordingly.

I enjoy playing with my children and when time allows I participate in football, badminton and golf.

Claire Keilty I am honoured to be the Headteacher of Cranborne School. I am able to bring my knowledge and experience of 20 years in the education sector. Inclusion and personalized teaching is my passion and I am a true believer that children only get one chance. I am dedicated to improving the life chances of every child that walks through our door and am committed to breaking down barriers to learning. I am happy to challenge perceptions and am fiercely loyal to the children I serve. Hobbies include cooking at home and going out to nice restaurants. I live with my husband and two young girls, aged 10 an 8, so I understand the dynamics of family life and am here to support families with all aspects of school, home and work. My door is always open!

Andrew Jones  I am an Assistant Headteacher at The Reach Free School in Rickmansworth. Before moving to The Reach Free School, I was lead practitioner at Goffs School in Cheshunt where I was also head of religious studies and sociology. In addition to my professional roles at The Reach Free School, I am a specialist leader in education with the West Herts Teaching Schools Partnership as well as an advisor to the Guardian Teacher Network. Prior to teaching in the UK, I was a TEFL teacher in Thailand. I attended Cranborne Primary School as a student in the 1980s.

Yasmeen Akhtar I became a Governor after I saw first-hand how much the school does for all its pupils including mine and I thought the role would be a way of giving something back by supporting the Headteacher and staff. I believe passionately that every child should be afforded the opportunity to work to their potential and receive the highest standards of education and care. I can see that Cranborne Primary shares the same ethos and it is therefore an honour to be part of the governing body supporting the school to achieve the very best they can for each pupil.

Emily Herron I am a Staff Governor. I have been a teaching assistant for the past ten years. For the last three years I have been part of the pupil premium team, and also the internal speech and language therapist working closely with the outreach speech language team. I have a good understanding of the day to day challenges facing both our staff and children. I feel great satisfaction seeing our children achieve their goals and successes both educationally and emotionally. I have two children who were past pupils of Cranborne, therefore I also understand the parent point of view. 

Carole Connelly I am an independent education consultant, I have been a governor at various Hertfordshire school for about 25 years. I have been a Chair and Vice Chair of Governors at several schools and have supported Primary, Secondary and Educational Support Centres. I am impressed by the way in which the staff at Cranborne work to support all children in the school and create such a caring and inclusive environment. I am delighted to be able to help to support the school and fellow governors.

Joanna Jenkins  I have been a senior lecturer at a university for the last 10 years including setting and maintaining educational standards in a variety of ways.  I have two young children at the start of their learning journeys and I am keen to help the school and wider community give children the opportunities they deserve.  I am passionate about taking Cranborne from strength to strength. 

As part of due diligence all governors have a responsibility to declare any conflicts of interest. Please see the following document listing these, their term of office and any responsibilities that they may have.

Governor Membership and Pecuniary Interests

 Governing Body Register of Pecuniary Interests.pdfDownload
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How Do You Become a School Governor?


Being a governor at Cranborne School is both an enriching and rewarding experience. Not only do you get to use your knowledge and skills in a different environment to your place of work, but you also get to support and guide your local school. Moreover, at the heart of school governorship at Cranborne is a commitment to ensuring students are safe, happy and actively involved in the life of the school as well as achieving academically. 

Expectations and responsibilities

All governors at Cranborne are expected attend a ‘full governing board (FGB) meeting’ once a term. Importantly, the main functions of the school’s governing board include:

  • setting the strategic aims and objectives for the school, including its values and ethos;
  • scrutinising and ensuring policies for achieving the school’s strategic aims are in place;
  • and challenging and supporting the headteacher and the senior leadership team.

In addition to FGB meetings, governors also attend committee meetings once a term, such as the School Improvement Committee and the Resources Committee. Therefore, governors will take on various individual responsibilities at committee level in order to support the school - from evaluating attainment data to checking the school’s budget.


Governors are also expected to visit the school during working hours throughout the year so that they can meet pupils, staff and parents. This could include the school day as well as parent evenings and school events, such as end of term shows and school fairs.


Who can become a governor?

Anyone over 18 years of age can apply to become a governor at Cranborne. Although there are no essential academic or vocational qualifications needed, interested applicants would need to demonstrate that they have knowledge and skills that would benefit the school. For instance, over the past few years, Cranborne has had governors from all walks of life with an abundance of different experiences, which have included:

  • Teaching
  • Accountancy
  • Banking
  • Insurance broking
  • Engineering
  • Running small businesses
  • Law

What brings us together is a commitment and passion to see Cranborne succeed.

Types of governor at Cranborne

Cranborne has different categories of governor and anyone interested in becoming a governor may wish to consider which type would best fit their situation. Types of governor include:

  • Community governors: governors from the local community who have something to offer the school;
  • Parent governors: who are elected to the governing board by other parents;
  • Staff governors: governors who are employed by the school and are often elected by other members of staff;
  • Local authority governors: governors who are nominated by the local authority;
  • Co-opted governors: governors who have been invited to join the governing board as they have a specific skill needed to help run the school;
  • Associate governors: governors that are not part of the full governing board, but are asked to help the board or sub-committees from time-to-time.


How do you apply to become a governor at Cranborne?

Although potential parent and staff governors can only apply when a vacancy arises, all interested parties will be informed by the school. For example, vacancies for parent governors will be advertised through letters home, text alerts and messages on the school’s website. Parents would need to complete an application form and then stand for election.

However, you can also contact the school if you feel you have particular skills or knowledge that would be useful to the governing board more generally. In this case, it is possible that parents, as well as interested individuals from the local  community and local businesses, can contact the Chair of Governors to discuss any vacancies in relation to their specific expertise. If the governing body is in need of your skills, you can apply to become a community governor, co-opted governor or even an associate governor. Nonetheless, governor roles cannot always be facilitated as the governing body may already have governors with the skills applicants may be offering. Furthermore, places on the governing board will obviously be limited at any given time, so the Chair may take your details in the event that a place becomes available in future.

If you are interested in becoming a governor at Cranborne, please contact our Chair of Governors, Peter Goldfinch, or the headteacher to discuss any possibilities further.

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2016 onwards:

Governor Sept 2016 Nov 2016 Jan 2017 March 2017 May 2017 July 2017
Peter Goldfinch Y Y Y Y Y
Alan Cocker Y Y Y Y Y
Zainal Anhar Apologies Y Apologies Y Y
Ann Harrison Y Y Y Y Y
Claire Keilty Y Y Y Apologies School Residential
Andrew Jones Y Y Apologies Y Y
Adam Reader Apologies Apologies Y Y Y
Samantha Ahern Y Apologies Y Y Apologies
Yasmin Akhtar Y Y Y Y Y
Emily Herron Y Y