All schools are managed by a governing body, which works closely with the head teacher and senior staff, to run the school in line with Department for Education and Local Authority guidelines.  

The Governing Body of The Emmbrook School consists of five parent governors, one local authority governor, one staff governor, one head teacher and ten co-opted governors. 

They are all volunteers who give their time and expertise free of charge to ensure that the School is run well, within budget and putting the needs and well-being of students and staff at the forefront.  

As with any large organisation, the managers, in our case, the governors, work in a number of committees which cover various aspects of the School’s organisation.  These include the Strategy Committee, Teaching, Learning and Staffing Committee, Pay Committee, Resources Committee and Student Committee.

The Governing Body has the following core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the School and its students and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the School and making sure its money is well spent. 

The current members of the Governing Body are: 

Local Authority Governor    Dr David Carter - Health and safety governor
Head Teacher Governor Mr Nick McSweeney
Staff Governor Mrs Rachel Moorcroft 
Co-opted Governors

Mr Chris Coyne - Chair of the Governing Body and Chair of the Strategy Committee

Mr Alun Hicks Chair of the Resources Committee
Mrs Heidi Boreham
Mr Chris Rothwell

Mrs Fiona Sullivan

Mr Nigel Mihell

Mr Claymore Richardson
Mrs Janet Jee

Mr Peter Collins - Chair of the Teaching, Learning and Staffing Committee

Parent Governors

Mrs Janine Dotchin

Mrs Nicky Hopkins - Vice Chair of the Governing Body, SEN and Safeguarding 

Mrs Karen Knight


Further information on the Emmbrook School Governing Body can be found using the links below. 

If you would like to find out more about the role of the governors or if you wish to contact the governors regarding a particular matter, please feel free to contact me or Faye Andrews, the clerk to the Governing Body, by email at or via the School office.  We will be able to direct your enquiry to the appropriate governor or committee.  All our governors are very approachable.

Chris Coyne

Chair of Governors