Lum Head Primary School, Gatley

Governing Board

The Chair of Governors is Joanna Marshall. She can be contacted via the school on 0161 428 7992 or by emailing to Please see our Chair's welcome letter below:

To all our families and children at Lum Head Primary School,


 I am thrilled to be appointed as Chair of the Governing Board for this amazing school of ours.  Una Devlin, who stood as Chair for several years, navigating the school out of ‘Requires Improvement’ Ofsted inspection outcome to our last inspection of ‘Good’ with Outstanding features has now stood down, earning a very well-deserved rest. 


The Lum Head DNA - Diverse, Nurturing and Aspirational truly represents the culture amongst our children and staff team. Teaching in the school values and supports every single child, recognising their unique contribution to school life and society, and staff are committed to enabling children to achieve their full potential in all areas of learning and activities beyond academic success.


The Governing Board is strongly committed to supporting the school through active governance.  This means that all governors have a clear focus on the well-being of children and staff, creating a safe environment for challenge and holding the whole school to account for its impact, planning, financial stability and achievements.  We take our role seriously, ensuring that board members possess the skills and knowledge required to ensure that all aspects of school life are provided in a way that promotes the health, safety and well-being of children.  The board works closely with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to ensure that children flourish, and staff develop, in the most supportive environment possible.


Thank you for allowing this fantastic school to teach, develop and nurture your children.  I am proud of our Leadership Team, our wonderful teachers and teaching assistants, our lunchtime supervisors, our volunteers and wider support staff.  I look forward to a wonderful year ahead and being part of this exceptional school community.


Joanna Marshall


Chair Lum Head Primary School

Our two Parent Governor posts are currently vacant and we are running an election at this time. Our co-opted governors are Una Devlin, Debbie Holt, Reverend Matthew Carlisle, Liz Birchinall and Graham Greenhalgh. Our newly elected parent governors are Miss Laura Taplin and Mr Paul Taylor. Our staff governors are Mr Ryan and Mrs Gordon. You can see our Governing Board's constitution below. 
Members of Lum Head's Governing Board are required to annually declare any pecuniary interests (business interests that could result in a conflict of interest).  Some of our current governors have declared an interest, see our Governor Register of Interests below.
The role of a governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community, please see the information below as to what the role entails.  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 help set the school’s aims and policies.  For further details please see the Annual Statement of Governance below.

Governors have three main roles:


  • To provide strategic direction for the school
  • To act as a critical friend to the headteacher
  • To ensure accountability


You don’t have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school.  No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectations. What’s really important is that you have energy, enthusiasm, time and a real desire to help provide children with the best possible education.
Governors come from all sections of the community, and all walks of life. They can be parents, staff at the school, residents in the locality or representatives of local churches or businesses. It is important that you can work as part of a team, and can give commitment to the school.