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Our Governors

Welcome to Melbourne Primary School Governors' page.  The most important thing about our school is the people in it. At Melbourne we are very proud of both our staff and the children and the way they contribute to the calm, positive and productive atmosphere that visitors always comment on.

We believe that children are happy at Melbourne and see our school as a place where they can achieve and succeed. The Local Governing Body (LGB) is a strong working group committed to the welfare of the school. It is responsible for the appointment of the Headteacher and in legal terms is the “responsible authority” with employer responsibility for all staff.

It currently comprises:

  • Six trust-appointed governors
  • One staff governor plus the Head of School
  • Two parent governors (elected by a ballot for which all parents and guardians are eligible to vote)

The Governing Body

Kelly Foxton (Head of School) - In post by virtue of office 

Over the course of my 16 years of teaching I have taught in three schools across two local authorities. The schools I have worked within include those situated in an inner city, large town and village. I have been incredibly fortunate to teach all year groups from the Foundation Stage through to Year 6 and couldn't possibly select a favourite! I have held a range of leadership positions throughout my career including: Phase Leader, English Lead, Curriculum Lead, Assessment Lead, Special Educational Needs  and Disability Co-ordinator, Deputy Head and more besides.  These positions have provided me with a vast range of experiences, knowledge and skills.

During my spare time I love to watch my two beautiful boys play football, go mountain biking or climb a mountain or two! I can also often be found reading children’s literature! 

Finally, I feel privileged to be part of Melbourne Primary School. It is a wonderful place filled with talented and committed staff and remarkable children - both of which inspire me to improve further. I look forward to working together with the children, staff, governors and community to continue to improve outcomes at Melbourne Primary School. 


Martin Braidley - Trust Appointed Governor

I am a retired secondary headteacher and have been a school governor in both primary and secondary schools for over 30 years. As a headteacher,  I greatly valued the advice and support offered by my governors and wanted to offer my experience and expertise to my new local community. I feel privileged to have been a governor at Melbourne for the last 5 years and my twin grandsons are currently in Dragonfly class. I am a Parish Councillor in the village and attend several U3A groups. I am a keen walker, an avid reader and a massive sports fan with a dry sense of humour - hence my season ticket at York City FC!

Joseph Holland - Trust Appointed Governor

I have been a Trust appointed Governor since May 2019 and have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Governing Body at Melbourne. With an undergraduate Degree in Education, I have always taken a keen interest in the Education sector and saw the opportunity to become a Governor as a fantastic way to support the local community upon moving to Melbourne. Since graduating, I have worked in a variety of Human Resources roles within both the private and public sectors, allowing me to bring my experience as an HR professional to the Governing Body. I live in Melbourne with my wife and young daughter.


Category of governor Appointing body Governor's name Term of office Committee Membership Additional responsibilities
Head of School In post by virtue of their office Kelly Foxton 01/09/2020 -    
Staff Staff body Jo Brosenitz 12/10/2018-11/10/2022    
Parent Parent body Joanna Whelan 01/01/2018-31/08/2022

Staff Performance and Pay Committee

Pupil Premium
Parent Parent body Stuart Winchester 01/01/2018-31/08/2022

Staff Performance and Pay - Pay Appeal Working Party

Trust-Appointed LGB &Trust Board Jane Henley 01/01/2018-31/08/2022

Headteacher Performance Management Review Group

Staff Performance and Pay Committee

Chair of LGB


Trust-Appointed LGB &Trust Board Martin Braidley 01/01/2018-31/08/2022

Headteacher Performance Management Review Group

Staff Performance and Pay Committee

Joint Vice-Chair



Trust-Appointed LGB &Trust Board

Nicky Elvidge (Parent)


Staff Performance and Pay - Pay Appeal Working Party

School Council
Trust-Appointed LGB &Trust Board Paul Markham (Parent) 01/01/2018-31/08/2022   Health & Safety
Trust-Appointed LGB &Trust Board Claire Holden (Parent) 22/10/2018-21/10/2022

Staff Performance and Pay - Pay Appeal Working Party

Website Compliance
Trust-Appointed LGB &Trust Board Joseph Holland 13/05/2019-12/05/2023    


The Register of Business Interests is available to view  here.

The LGB attendance record for 2018-19 is available to view here.

Governors meet twice every term for a full Local Governing Body meeting.  Governors also sit on one or two committees which also meet regularly (eg Pay/Performance Review).

The most important quality we seek in a governor is the desire to make a difference to children’s lives through education. In addition to this, attributes that a make a good school governor include:

  • A desire to help the local community
  • An external perspective
  • A willingness to change assumptions
  • The time to get involved
  • The ability to work as part of a team

What do governors do?

Among other responsibilities they:

  • Set appropriate targets for pupil achievement
  • Develop and review the School Improvement Plan
  • Manage the school’s budget
  • Review curriculum
  • Act as a “critical friend” to Headteacher and other professionals
  • Appoint Headteacher
  • Establish and review performance management
  • Manage legal duties e.g. to pupils with Special Educational Needs
  • Self evaluate school’s strengths and weaknesses, prepare for Ofsted inspections and draw up action plan post Ofsted visit
  • Hear exclusion and disciplinary appeals
  • Governors do not get involved in the day to day operational aspects of school – this is the job of the Headteacher and her staff. Their role is more strategic and long term

Why does it matter?

According to Ofsted, “…where governance is good, standards of attainment are more likely to be higher than in other schools. The quality of teaching, the behaviour of the pupils, and leadership and management are also more likely to be good. Where governance is weak, schools are more likely to be less successful overall.”

'Governors have a wide range of skills and expertise to support the school’s work and do so effectively. They, too, are ambitious for the school and are confident in asking searching questions about the school’s performance, any proposed actions to make improvements and the impact of these actions to accelerate pupils’ progress. They are astute in recruiting high-calibre staff because they want the best for the school, and hold leaders to account effectively for the progress pupils make.'  OFSTED October 2017

How might I become involved?

If you’d like to have an informal discussion about the possibility of becoming a Governor, do contact Jane Henley Chair of the Local Governing Body, via the school.


 Governing Body Meeting Dates 2020 - 2021



Autumn 1

29th September 2020

Autumn 2

17th Nov 2020

Spring 1

19th January 2021

Spring 2

 9th March 2021

Summer 1

27th April 2021

Summer 2

22nd June 2021

Any issues concerning pupils at the school should, in the first instance, be discussed with the class teacher and thereafter with Mrs Foxton,  Head. of School If you do not feel the matter has been resolved to your satisfaction, then you can write to Mrs Henley c/o the school.


Melbourne Primary School
Melbourne, York, East Riding of Yorkshire
YO42 4QE
01759 318369
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