Governing Body

The Governing Body – working with the school to guide its strategic direction

Welcome to the Governing Body page of the Gowerton School website. On this page you will find information explaining who we are and what we do. If you want to know more or if you have ideas you would like to share with us, please get in touch by emailing us at or writing to us at the school.

Mr M Frew

Chair of Governors

What is the Governing Body?

Every school has a Governing Body which works with the Head and the school, collectively and through committees, guiding the strategic direction of the school. The Governing Body works for example to:

  • allocate the school’s budget
  • develop the school’s policies
  • appoint and dismiss staff
  • monitor academic standards
  • monitor school discipline
  • handle complaints
  • plan building repair and maintenance

Representatives of the governing body attend all the school public events, and the governing body reports to parents through annual meetings and briefing sessions. back to top

Who are the governors?

Governors are unpaid volunteers. They include parents, business people, teachers and others with the skills and interest to support the running and development of the school.

The current governors at Gowerton School are:

  • Ross Evans
  • Debbie Garrett
  • Elizabeth Lee
  • Julia Minney
  • Jeffrey Peters
  • Hannah Rees
  • Morrison Frew (Chair)
  • Lynne Guy (Vice Chair)
  • Tanya Long
  • Colleen Aiono
  • Rosemary Lewis
  • Melissa Gammon
  • Susan Jones
  • Bethina Rees-Lawrence
  • Tim Williams
  • Vacancy
  • Sarah Hunt – Business Manager
  • Mr R. Phillips

The Clerk is the administrative officer for the governing body and is the formal channel of communication to and from the governing body. You can write to her by post or by email, or telephone her, at the addresses and number below. back to top

Meetings of the full governing body

The whole governing body meets twice a term, to review and plan for the work done in committee and the running of the school. The governing body holds an open meeting with parents every Autumn Term, to report on the previous year’s developments and to hear what parents have to say. You can read the Governing Body’s Annual Reports here. back to top

Governing body committees and sub-committees

Governors work together in smaller groups throughout the year, dealing with particular responsibilities through committees and sub-committees on behalf of the full governing body. The committees usually meet once or twice a term, depending on their remit. They include committees for:

  • Ethos & Wellbeing
  • Business & Resources
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Standards & Provision

Annual Report to Parents


Contacting the governing body

We are always pleased to meet pupils, staff, parents and anyone with an interest in the school. Do make yourself known to us.

The Clerk to the governing body, Mrs Sarah Hunt, is the formal channel of communication to and from the governing body. You can write to her, or telephone or email her, at:

Mrs Sarah Hunt – (please mark e-mails ‘for the attention of the Governing Body’).


The following links are of interest

Governors Wales Independent information advice and guidance for good school governance, and collaboration with the All Wales Centre for Governor Training and Research

Welsh Government Department for Education and Skills

ESTYN The quality and standards inspection body for schools in Wales

The General Teaching Council for Wales The teaching profession standards body for Wales

Swansea Association of Governing Bodies A forum for discussion, consultation and briefing for school governors in the city and county of Swansea

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