What is it?

The governing body is a group of people made up of parents, staff, LA rep and members of the local community. The body supports the leadership of the school. Governors are motivated by a commitment to the children, and work to make sure they get the best out of their time. The role is voluntary and not paid.

Farnham Governing Body

Farnham’s governing body strive to work with our dedicated and hard working management, to ensure that as a school our vision and strategic direction remain focused on achieving the very best and highest standard for all our children.  They do this by supporting all within the school whilst relentlessly critiquing every aspect of governance from the schools policy and procedures to the focus points for improvement. They regularly meet as a Full Governing Body as well as Committees; governors also have specific dedicated responsibilities and named roles for each year group which they perform to their best to ensure the performance of each and every department within the school.

There are different types of governors:

Parent representative (two places) are elected by parents

Co-Opted governors representative (6 places) are appointed by the governing body

Staff governor representative (one place) is elected by staff

The Headteacher (one place) is always a member of the governing body

Associate members (two) are appointed by the governing body

Minutes of Local Committee Meetings

Local Committee Minutes 15.01.21

Governor Attendance 2020/21

Farnham Register of Interests 2020/21

Meet our Governors

Mr J Duke

Chair of local Governing Body

Apointment Date: 09/10/2020Term: 4 years

If you would like to contact the Chair of Governors please email or telephone 01274 573297

Mrs R Begum

Vice Chair

Apointment Date: 12/06/2019Term: 4 years

I was born in Bradford and attended Farnham Primary School during my primary education so have familiarity with Farnham Ethos and Values.

I have since studied and graduated in Leeds as a Finance Professional, and have led quite a successful career in Finance. I have never forgotten my foundation of learning and the impact Farnham and my then Teachers have had on me. And this is developed to be more paramount to me as I have become a parent myself. I am a proud mum of four fantastic young children who all attend Farnham.

I am ardent to drive the standards of the school further in my capacity as a Governor.

I am an enthusiastic, passionate individual and want to contribute all I can to improve our community and education and values of our children and future generations.

Mrs B Bains


Apointment Date: 01/05/2018Term: 4 years

Mrs Bains has over 30 years of experience of working with young children aged 0-11 years and has been teaching in Primary schools for the last 21 years. She studied English Language and Literature at University and has a BA (QTS) degree. She has taught in a range of year groups across the key stages from the early years to year 6, gaining immense knowledge of child development and the needs of different children including EAL and SEND pupils. Teaching across different year groups has given her an in-depth knowledge of all the subjects in the primary curriculum.

Mrs Bains has been a leader at Farnham Primary for over nine years when she was appointed Assistant Headteacher, progressing to Deputy Headteacher and then the Headteacher. She is committed to serving the children in the community to improve their life chances and future prospects.

Mrs Bains is also very involved in developing teacher trainees for the future from a range of organisations including Birth to 19 SCiTT, Exceed Teaching School Alliance and Bradford College. She has been Co-Chair of the Primary Partnership Steering Committee at Bradford College.

Mr D Quick

Associate Governor

Apointment Date: 01/05/2018Term: 4 years

Mrs K Thewlis

Staff Governor

Apointment Date: 24/11/2020Term: 4 years

Mrs Thewlis has been a teacher at Farnham Primary School for almost 7 years and currently teaches Year 6. During her time at Farnham, she has worked within a variety of year groups, building a secure foundation of experience and knowledge of each key stage. She has led various areas of the curriculum including English, history & heritage and most recently, phonics. She has joined the governing body as staff governor.

Mrs Thewlis studied English Literature and Language at Bradford University and is currently completing a Masters degree in Classical Studies.

Mrs S Canning


Apointment Date: 31/01/2020Term: 4 years

Mr W Ahmed


Apointment Date: 12/06/2019Term: 4 years