Meet The Governors

The purpose of our governing body is to “conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school”.

Morley’s governing body has three core strategic functions:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Click here for more information on the roles and responsibilities of governors at Morley.

The structure of the Governing Body

In September 2020 the Governing Body agreed to trial a new approach to governance for a period of 12 months, moving from a committee model to a circle model. Under the circle model the resources and learning committees are dissolved and all matters are considered by the full governing body.  The Performance Management and Salary Committees remain as separate committees to monitor staff appraisal and carry out headteacher appraisal. The salary committee meets separately to consider issues around pay.

The full governing body meets six times a year, usually bi-monthly.

The governing body is made up of up to 15 governors.

  • 2 elected parent governors
  • 1 LA governor
  • 1 headteacher
  • 1 elected staff governor
  • 10 co-opted governors (of which up to 3 could be members of staff).

The term of office of all governors (other than the headteacher) is four years.

We currently have vacancies for one parent governor and four co-opted governors.

NameType of GovernorAppointing BodyDate of Initial AppointmentCurrent term of office Responsibilities
Jonathan GorrieCo-optedGoverning Body10.6.2016 10.06.20 -09.06.24 Chair of Governors, Parental Questionnaire
Nikki BrownHead teacherEx-officion/an/a  
Tom KnowlesCo-optedGoverning Body22.11.1822.11.18 -21.11.22 Safeguarding, Data
Cecilia Del CorsoStaffCo-opted24.11.2224.11.22 -23.11.26 Data
Phil ColliganCo-optedGoverning Body10.06.1601.01.19  -31.08.23 Vice-Chair of Governors, , Finance, Pupil Premium
Ruth KershnerCo-optedGoverning Body19.01.1503.03.23 -02.03.27 Chair of the Performance Management and Salary Review Committees
Inclusion, Pupil Premium, Early Years
Dan AshbyCo-optedGoverning Body    
Caroline LouthCo-optedGoverning Body19.01.1504.03.23 -02.03.27 Finance, Sports Premium,
Hilary ToulminParentGoverning Body04.09.1904.09.19-03.09.23 Improving outcomes in Reading, Website and communications with parents
Verity MotskinLA GovernorGoverning Body05.12.1904.12.23 Data, Early Years

John Soares Winter

Satyen Dayal

Co-opted Governor


Parent Governor

Governing Body


Governing Body






Pecuniary Register of Governors

Attendance of Governors at Meetings

Governor Attendance 2022-2023

Terms of Reference, Standing Orders and Code of Practice


FGB terms of reference 2022-2023

      2022_2023 Morley Memorial Standing Orders

      2022_2023 Governor Code of Practice

Meeting agendas and minutes can be obtained by contacting the clerk on