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Keep scrolling down to find out a little bit about each of us and what we do. 

If you want to make contact with us, please contact the school office with your details, and we will respond as soon as possible.  

About us...

Sawley Infant and Nursery School Academy Governing body (AGB) is a committee of the Willows Academy Trust Board of Directors.  The board of directors has delegated responsibility to the AGB to fulfil governance functions related to Sawley Infant & Nursery School.  These are set out in the Scheme of Delegation (copy available below). 


The Academy Governing Body (AGB) consists of 10 members and a clerk to governors.  Our staff, parent, community and associate governors work together with a common goal; to provide the best possible school environment and education for our children here in Sawley Infant & Nursery School.


All school governing bodies have 3 main roles:

  • to provide strategic direction for the school;
  • to act as a critical friend to the headteacher; and
  • to ensure accountability.


We take pride in working to support the staff and children so that our school can provide a safe, caring and stimulating learning environment where every child can realise his or her potential.


We hold full governing body meetings at least six times during the school year. We also meet as and when required to support particular needs and activities.   If you wish to see a copy of the minutes of our meetings, then please contact the school office.  These are available on request. Please note that confidential information cannot be released. 


Details of our attendance can be found below. 

Appointment & Attendance Register

We also keep a record of our business and pecuniary interests to ensure that potential conflicts of interest are clearly identified and managed appropriately.  Details of these can be found below.

Register of Pecuniary & Personal Interests

Becoming a school governor

Being a school governor is a challenging and rewarding role and we work hard together to make our school special. 


Parent governors are appointed by an election process in which all parents/carers of children at school are eligible to stand for election and vote.  When a vacancy becomes available we advertise through Parentmail, on the website and via letter.  Community governors are appointed by the board to support the board with specific skills and expertise.


Perhaps you feel you could not commit to being a full governor but have skills that you could share with us?  We are always interested in welcoming associate governors who can offer their expertise to support particular aspects of school life.  


If you interested in becoming a school governor you are welcome to come and have a chat with us at any time to find out more about the role and what it entails.  Please make contact via the school office and make an appointment with the chair of governors (James Wilton) - no commitment required!   We offer full induction and training to support you in your role. 


And here are our Governors. . .

Chair of Governors

Mr James Wilton (provisional)

Vice Chair

Mrs Joanne Hubbard

Clerk to Governors


Mrs Diane Dakin


Staff Governors

Mrs Marie Harral (headteacher)

Mrs Rebecca Morley

                     (assistant headteacher)



Parent Governors

Mr James Wilton

Mrs Joanne Hubbard

Mrs Melanie Hopwell

Mrs Laura Jones


Co-opted/Community Governors Mr Philip Ormerod


James Wilton - parent governor


James joined the Governing Body in 2018 as a parent governor.  He has one daughter in the Infant School and a daughter who is now in the Junior school.  James has run his own business for the last 10 years and has a good knowledge of business organisation, planning and finance. 

Link governor for: Health & Safety, headteacher performance management, Reception


Joanne Hubbard – parent governor


Joanne joined the Governing Body in 2018 as a parent governor and has two children at the infant school. Joanne works as a senior leader at a healthcare provider acting as an intermediary between legal, commercial and operational teams.  Since joining the governing body Joanne has taken a keen interest in the school curriculum and is now on the teaching and learning committee.

Link governor for: Anti-bullying, Equality & Diversity, EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)


Marie Harral – headteacher 

I joined Sawley Infant & Nursery School as Deputy Head teacher in 2004 and was appointed as Head teacher in 2008. I am responsible for leading learning in our school, making sure it is well managed and ensuring the governing body are kept fully informed and involved in the life of the school. It is a privilege to work with such dedicated and professional people to help Sawley ‘Sparkle and Shine’.


Becky Morley – staff governor (assistant headteacher)

I have worked at Sawley Infant and Nursery School for 9 years and have been on the governing body for 8 years.

I am part of the Finance, Curriculum, Personnel and Inclusion teams and I am committed to providing the best possible experiences for all of our children, allowing them all to reach their full potential.


Phil Ormerod - community governor


I'm a retired Special School headteacher having spent 37 years in education, mostly locally. I began my career as a PE teacher, trained at Loughborough University.  I am still involved in sport and fitness.  I'm also actively involved in Sawley Parish church and have helped to deliver ' Open the Book' assemblies for the school.

I've lived in Sawley for 40+ years and would welcome a chat with parents if you bump into me in the Co-Op!

Link governor for: Pupil Premium, SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities), Looked After Children (LAC), Nurture provision


Melanie Hopwell – parent governor

Melanie was appointed to the Governing Body in June 2019 as a parent governor and has two children at the infant school. 

Link governor for: Curriculum, Year 2


Laura Jones – parent governor

Laura was appointed to the Governing Body in June 2019 as a parent governor and has two children at the infant school. 

Link governor for: Safeguarding, PE & Sports Premium, Year 2