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Dovelands Primary School

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Your Governors

What Governors Do

The role of the Governors is:


  • To provide a strategic role
  • To act as a critical friend
  • To ensure accountability

How Do Governors Work

The full Governing Body meets at least once a term. However there are three committees which meet more often and these are:


Leadership Committee

The role of this Committee is to ensure that the school's budget is spent wisely. We want to make sure that the budget is spent on areas where the information tells us there needs to be an improvement. We also need to make sure that we have a rolling programme of maintenance for the school building. This Committee also deals with all staffing issues.


Personal Development, Behaviour and welfare

This Committee has a sub-committee which deals with health and safety issues and the main Committee deals with behaviour and safety of children in the school. Both the main Committee and the sub-committee include members of the teaching and support staff.


Outcomes Committee

Whilst all Committees are important, this is a very important one for Dovelands. This Committee concentrates on how children are learning and how well they are learning. The information on this is looked at very closely to make sure that all children are achieving their potential and if this is not the case what is being done to help them to do so.


It is important that Governors have a good relationship between themselves, the head and the staff and we all work hard to make sure that this is the case. This means that we are able to trust each other and so work well together.


Contacting the Chair of Governors

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors you can do so via the school either email,, or in writing addressed to the school and we will ensure it is passed on.


If you are interested in becoming a Governor, please contact the school via email letting us know what skills and attributes you can offer to the Governing body.

Who Are Your Governors?


CHAIR: Wendy Martin

I has been a Governor for many years. I was a solicitor and an independent member of the Police Authority until it was abolished in 2012. I am the independent chair of the Early Help Review Panel for Leicester City Council. I also sit on the executive board of the City of Leicester Governors Association. I chair the Leadership and Management Committee and am also the Governor with responsibility for Literacy.


Chris Hughes

Chris is a Local Authority Governor.She sits on the Leadership and Management Committee and also the Standards Committee. She is also the Governors with responsibility for Numeracy


Linda Osborn

I have been involved in education for forty-five years, sixteen of which as primary headteacher in Leicestershire. At Dovelands I feel privileged to work alongside committed staff and governors who are determined to ensure excellent education for all the children at the school. I am a Local Authority Governor. I am a member of the Leadership and Management Committee and I chair the Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare Committee. I am also the Governor with responsibility for safeguarding.


Helen Pearce

I am a parent governor. I have three children that attend Dovelands.

I work for the National Governing Body of athletics, England Athletics, as a Club and Coach Support Officer covering Leicestershire & Northamptonshire. I have lived locally for over ten years and I also help to run the local St. Annes Pram Club and am a trustee and chair of the Glenfield Millennium Green. I am a member of the Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare Committee.


Ruth Nicholas

I am a parent governor with one son at Dovelands. I have lived in the local area for many years and work for the Local Authority in Planning, as an Information Analyst. I sit on the Outcomes Committee.


Mandy Shilton

I am a staff Governor and employed at Dovelands as a HLTA and work across school covering PPA from foundation to year 6. I have over 10 years experience in education and have a BA Hons in Education. Every day I look forward to new experiences and learning alongside the children, I am very enthusiastic about working with children and feel privileged to have been given the opportunity. Through my previous experience of working in Thailand, teaching English Language and leading intervention groups, I have discovered a passion for working with diverse individuals and groups and hope this role will continue as part of my future development. I also have a keen interest in outdoor learning. I am currently part of the Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare Committee as well as the Outcomes Committee.