The Phoenix Primary School & Nursery

We enter to learn, we leave to achieve!

Background Slideshow


The Role of the School Governor and Governing Bodies

The role of the school governor is a good way to give back to your local community.  School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.

Key roles of governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent 

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school's budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies  

Chair of Governors- Jon Hann



Our Governing Body


Governor Name

Governor Type

Term End Date

Mr. Jon Hann

(Chair of Governors)


Mr Ian Wallace

(Vice Chair of Governors)


Mrs M Kirkham

Acting Headteacher



Rachel StanleyParent



Karen BatterhamCo-opted



Who's Who

Meet the Governors


Jon Hann - Chair of Governors

I qualified as a teacher back in the 1980s, and also hold a number of qualifications in relation to school leadership.


I have been a teacher for over forty years but finally retired in July 2022. I was the Deputy Headteacher at The Phoenix Primary School and Nursery for eight years. I worked closely with the current Headteacher and was proud to see the school judged as Outstanding by OFSTED in 2019.  As well as teaching in primary schools, I have also taught in a secondary school and abroad at the very beginning of my career.


Throughout my career, I have always been committed to ensuring young people achieve their full potential. I believe that successful schools are the ones who put children at the heart of everything they do. 


Fun fact or personal interest:

I enjoy long distance walking and recently walked the length of Hadrian’s Wall, raising money for the British Heart Foundation.



Ian Wallace

Karen Batterham

I have a BA and a counselling qualification.


My background is in secondary education and I was a teacher for 43 years. During that time, I taught a variety of subjects but my passion was always the performing arts.  Teaching drama and producing many school plays and musicals was challenging but immensely satisfying.  I believe that drama and music can be a huge influence on a child's school life.  I was also a Head of Year and thus closely involved with the pastoral side of education and in promoting good attendance.  I believe that close links with parents can be of immense benefit.  In the end, parents and teachers have the same aim: they want the best for their children.


I wanted to become a Governor at Phoenix, because I was impressed with what I have seen since my granddaughter, currently in year 3, joined the school.  The success of the school is something I would like to be part of maintaining.


Fun fact or personal interest:

I enjoy walking- something I can thank the pandemic for, and I am a keen theatre goer.



Rachel Stanley

Qualifications: BA Hons In Performing Arts and Level 3 PTLLS in Education and Training


Throughout my career I have had a passion for teaching and young people. I have taught at a number of secondary and further education establishments in London Boroughs. I since moved on and am now currently working in the corporate world, working for an Energy supplier for B2B Business.


I have always been passionate about education and I love to learn. Therefore, when my daughter joined Phoenix and there was an opportunity to be a parent Governor, I jumped at the chance to work with this amazing school.  I want to support the School's mission of supporting children to enter the school to learn and leave to achieve.


Fun fact or personal interest:

In my spare time I love to knit and I enjoy going to the theatre.



Marie Kirkham

I am the Teaching Staff Governor here at the Phoenix Primary School and Nursery. I have worked at the school since 2010 and am currently one of the Deputy Headteachers and a SENCo. I absolutely love working at the school and being part of the community we serve. I have experience of school governance as both a parent governor and community governor at another Essex school and feel like I can provide an excellent link between staff and governors at our school.




Previous Governors


Lois Russell-Cornford- Resigned

Julia Smith- Resigned 

Mr Daniel Smy- Resigned

Mr Asif Meghani- Resigned

Davina Scoble- Resigned 20/10/21

Laura Herne- Resigned 07/07/21

Cheryl Farrow- Resigned 17/03/21

Tim Hudson- Resigned 24/07/19

Riazmin Begum – Term ended 13/07/19

Philip Rutter – Resigned 20/06/19

Mathias Bauer – Resigned 27/03/19

Rob Davies - Resigned 12/01/24

Nicola Robinson - Resigned 16/01/24

Grace Olugbodi - Resigned 29/01/24



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