Greenkeepers Rd, Great Denham, MK40 4GG


Great Denham Primary

Inspiring excellence; everyone, everyday

Governing board


Paul James

Chair of governors

Paul is a parent of a child in year 5 and has been a Governor for the past four years. Paul works in Local Government in the safeguarding children field and is a qualified Social Worker.  His previous work has involved supporting schools to promote children’s safeguarding and educational welfare.  He is passionate about the school and its ethos and is excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the school's development during his time as Chair.


The governing body has a vital role to play at Great Denham Primary School in making sure every child gets the best possible education in a safe environment. The key roles of the governors are:

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

Our role is not to be involved in the day to day teaching and support of the children, it is our job to provide support and to challenge the Headteacher and senior leaders in the school through regular meetings and by arranging visits to the school.

The governing body is made up of local people with a variety of skills and knowledge including teachers, non-teaching staff, parents and representatives from Bedford Borough Council and the local community.  We regularly review the composition of the governing body to ensure we have the right mix and balance of knowledge, skills and experience to support the school to continually improve.
If you would like more information about the governing body please contact me.

Our Clerk to the Governors is, Anna O'Meara.  If you require any information please contact myself or Anna on

Parent Governor Elections

Nominations were invited for the 2 Parent Governor vacancies which occurred in October.  Nominations were received from 5 parents; as there were more nominations than vacancies a ballot was held between 3rd November and 16th November. The count took place on Tuesday 17th November, and the following parents were elected as Parent Governors:

  • Michael David
  • Samantha Swann

Thank you to all parents who were nominated and prepared candidate statements, and to all parents who voted in the ballot.


The Governing Body

Click here for the National Governors Association website