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The Local Governing Body


Local School Governors form a Local Committee reporting to The Board of Trustees and make decisions about the strategic direction of Darrick Wood Junior School. The Local Governing Body (LGB) meets at least once per term as a whole group.  School Governors have legal duties, powers and responsibilities. They can only act collectively, not individually. The Governors are made up of parents, members of staff and co-opted Governors.


The Role of the Governors


The Local Governing Body is ultimately responsible for the school and must promote high standards of educational achievement at the school.The main duties of the governing body are:

  • to provide a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework.
  • to appoint and oversee the work of the headteacher
  • to monitor and evaluate the work of the school and progress against school improvement priorities 

In order to do this, governors need to gain knowledge of how their school operates through training, by attending meetings, and by getting to know their school community, for example through visits to the school during the school day. The LGB also uses Link Governor roles to establish a stronger link between the Governing Body and aspects of the school's provision. This includes Link Governors for safeguarding, English, Maths, transition, SEN, Pupil Premium and Health & Safety.


DWJS Governing Body


Name Category Date of appointment

Term of Office Ends

Mr Andrew Kilgour  Headteacher 01.09.2013 N/A
Mr Erdal Niyazoglu (Chair) Co-opted 19.11.2013 17.11.2021
Mrs Shelagh Harrison (Vice Chair) Co-opted 27.09.2016 26.09.2020
Mr Dave Hackin Staff 13.07.2015 07.06.2023
Mrs Belinda Shurety Parent 27.09.2016


Mr Manikanth Mohan Co-opted 27.09.2016 26.09.2020
Mr Nigel Robinson Parent 01.11.2016 31.10.2020
Mrs Sara Benstead Staff 29.11.2016 28.11.2020
Mr Ayo Salau Co-opted 26.09.2018 25.09.2022
Ms Selina Vaccarino Co-opted 29.03.2019 28.03.2023
Mrs Claire Pester Parent 27.09.2016 23.07.2019


Contacting the School Governors


If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors or another member of the Governing Body you may do so via the email address below. If you wish to meet the Chair of Governors in person, please contact the school office to arrange an appointment.



National Governors' Association (NGA)


The NGA is the representative body for state-funded school governors in England. For further information, follow this link to their website.

Please phone, email or text by 9.10am if your child is going to be absent. Text no. 01689 422004 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Please remember to keep your child's lunch money account topped up on School Gateway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .