The governing body has one key purpose: to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.

The governing body has three core strategic functions:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


The current chairperson of the Clavering Governing Body is Mr Mark Rycraft. 

Current Clavering governors:

Mrs Sonya Black - Headteacher - Term of office: 01.09.2022 - Appointing body: Ex officio

Mr Jon Hall - Co-opted Governor - Term of office 01.09.2023 - 31.08.2027 - Appointing body: Governing body

Mrs Lisa Hall - Co-opted Governor - Term of office: 17.05.2022 - 16.05.2026  - Appointing body: Governing body

Mr Steven Liddell - Co-opted Governor - Term of office: 09.04.2023 - 08.04.2027 - Appointing body: Governing body

Mrs Rachel Raine - Co-opted Governor - Term of office: 20.08.2023 - 19.08.2027 Appointing body: Governing body

Mr Mark Rycraft - Local Authority Governor - Term of office 03.12.2023 - 02.12.2027 - Appointing body: Local Authority

Mrs Ruth Sherry - Co-opted Governor - Term of Office: 02.05.2023 - 01.05.2027 Appointing body: Governing body

Miss Nicola Leighton - Staff Governor - Term of office: 12.09.2021-13.09.2025 - Appointing body: Staff elections

Mrs Dawn Campbell - Parent Governor - Term of office: 24.02.2024 - 23.02.2028 - Appointing body: Parents

Mrs Melissa Smith - Parent Governor - Term of office: 12.02.2024 - 11.02.2028 - Appointing body: Parents

Mrs Amy Wynne - Parent Governor - Term of office: 12.02.2024 - 11.02.2028 - Appointing body: Parents




The Clavering Instrument of Government is the document that sets out the constitution of the governing body. The contents are as follows:

  1. The name of the school is: “Clavering Primary School”
  2. The school is a community school
  3. The name of the governing body is: “The governing body of Clavering Primary School”
  4. The governing body shall consist of: 3 parent governors, 1 LA governor, 1 staff governor, 1 headteacher and 6 co-opted governors
  5. Total number of governors: 12
  6. This instrument of government comes into effect on 1st September 2019
  7. This instrument was made by order of Hartlepool Local Authority on 5th March 2019
  8. A copy of the instrument must be supplied to every member of the governing body (and the headteacher if not a governor).

REGISTER OF INTERESTS (relevant business and pecuniary interests)

Mrs Sonya Black - none declared

Mr Jon Hall - none declared 

Mrs Lisa Hall - none declared 

Miss Nicola Leighton - none declared 

Mr Steven Liddell - none declared 

Mrs Rachel Raine - none declared 

Mr Mark Rycraft - none declared

Mrs Ruth Sherry - none declared

Mrs Amy Wynne - none declared

Mrs Melissa Smith - none declared

Mrs Dawn Campbell - none declared




Note: there are no material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff.