At Basildon Church of England Primary School, governors, staff, pupils and families work as a team in a caring environment where excellent teaching, a rich curriculum, and the development of children as confident, articulate, happy, healthy children is at the heart of everything we do.

Our mission at Basildon is to prepare children for God’s world. Our values are Excellence, Respect and Resilience, based on Philippians 4.13: ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’


Basildon Primary school has a long and proud history of serving the community of Basildon. ​

We strive for academic excellence while fostering a nurturing, supportive Christian culture to ensure every child thrives and achieves their full potential. Whilst working hard to allow all children to achieve their academic potential, we know that real happiness and success cannot be found without well-developed social skills and good emotional health. We also believe that our Christian foundation gives us a structure within which to develop our spiritual awareness. This is reflected in our strong relationship with the local parish church of St Stephen.

As Governors, we are involved in many activities in school. In accordance with the Government’s requirements for all Governing Bodies, the three strategic functions of Basildon’s Governing Board are:-


  • 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 the staff

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

This includes work on creating and ensuring agreement of policies, staff appointments buildings and grounds including health and safety. However, uppermost in our minds are the safeguarding, welfare and education of the pupils.

The six key features of effective governance are:

  • Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy.

  • Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance.

  • People with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity.

  • Structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities.

  • Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements.

  • Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance.

The Governing Board at Basildon CE Primary School has worked hard to recruit governors that have both professional skills and good local knowledge to meet these aims. Please see related pages for more information about the membership and activities of the Governing Board

Chair of Governors

Barbara Hunter


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Chair of Governors

Local Authority Gov, 02.06.20-01.06.23

Chair and PPG

Committees: Headteachers Performance

Management Panel, Finance 

Barbara is a retired Executive Headteacher in a West Berkshire Primary School.  She is a very experienced Headteacher and Governor and has worked as a School Improvement Adviser with many different schools.

Barbara has worked with many different governing boards and has a passion for governance – welcoming the expertise that governors from many different professions can bring to schools.  She is delighted to chair the excellent board at Basildon and is privileged to be able to share her experience.

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Vice-Chair and Safeguarding Governor


Co-opted Governor, 20.11.18 – 19.11.21. 

Committees: Head Teacher's Performance

Management Panel, Finance 

Declarations of Interests: Headteacher iCollege

Jacquie is a serving West Berkshire Head Teacher working with vulnerable young people unable to access mainstream provision.

She is pleased to be a governor at Basildon Primary as this gives her the opportunity to use her experience and expertise in safeguarding to support the school and ‘give something back’ to the local community.

Ex-Officio Headteacher & DSL 01.09.17 –

no expiration date. 

Committees: Finance

Declarations of Interests: None


Melissa Cliffe is the Headteacher of Basildon CE Primary. Melissa has worked in a wide range of schools and in a variety of leadership roles during her career. She is passionate about developing excellent teaching and learning across the school to enable every child to reach their potential.

Staff Governor, 15.5.20-14.5.23 

Mental Health/Wellbeing/DDSL

Committees: None

Declaration of Interests: Staff Member, 


Claire Ward is both a teacher and the SEND Co-Ordinator at Basildon CE Primary School and as such brings a wealth of experience to the governing body.  Claire loves the school because it is such a positive and nurturing environment for the children (and staff alike). 

Parent Governor,  24.9.20 - 23.09.23

Committees: None

Declarations of Interest: None

Amy is delighted to be able to play

an active part in supporting Basildon Primary and recognises how important the school is to the local community and the families that live in it. She's keen to learn about the important work our teachers do to educate and nurture our children and hopes to bring an outside perspective in to drive forward the school's success

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Foundation Governor, 18.6.20 - 17.6.24


Committees: Headteachers Performance Management Panel

Declaration of Interests: ODBE School Adviser & Deputy Director, Trustee at River Learning Trust & Governor at Purley School.

Ruth is a schools adviser for the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education and is the strategic lead for governance and school leadership. She has worked in schools in Northampton, London, Leicester, Wokingham and Oxfordshire, including ten years as a Headteacher in Didcot. She is delighted to be able to serve as an Ex-Officio governor at Basildon Primary School during the interregnum at the parish church

Parent Governor, 24.9.20 - 23.9.23

Committees: None

Declarations of Interest: Basildon Village Hall & Recreation Ground Committee

Jenni is a parent governor and mum to Ava in Lemurs. She’s been a parent at the school on and off for 7 years now and is heavily invested in the school’s success.  She runs her own leadership development business and hopes to bring her skills and her experience to give something back to the school she’s been involved with for so long.

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Parent Governor,  24.9.20 - 23.09.23

Committees: None

Declarations of Interest: None

Rachel is a parent governor and Mother to Sofia in Pandas. She works for a local wine company and has been involved in numerous projects there. Rachel is keen to use her organisational skills and knowledge to help guide and develop the school further. She's keen to work with parents, teachers and other Governors to help drive the continued improvement needed to provide our children with the best chance of success

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Co-opted Governor, 24.9.20 - 23.9.23


Committees: Finance

Declarations of Interest: School Business manager, The Wren School, Reading. 

Natasha has over 20 years experience of working in Education both nationally and internationally.  Her most recent experience has been working within School Trusts as a School Business Manager in setting up new Secondary Free Schools quite literally from the ground up.  This has involved working closely with a variety of stakeholders and the Department for Education in the design of new school buildings and she has led on setting up all support aspects of the schools which has included Finance and Procurement, HR, Site, ICT, Marketing, Health and Safety and school administration.  Natasha also oversees and implements a range of Business Improvement Projects across the Trust's 17 schools.   Previously, Natasha was a Senior Programme Manager overseeing the delivery of a range of National Education programmes on behalf of the Department for Education.  She has also experience of working on education led projects in the Middle and Far East.  Natasha believes that every child should have access to a safe, secure and happy environment for them to learn and thrive in and become the best that they can be no matter what their background. 


In her (not so) spare time, Natasha enjoys spending time with her son and family, walking, cycling, travelling, cooking and interior design!


Clerk to Governors

Committees: All

Declarations of Interest: Clerk for The Downland Federation of Schools

Co-opted Governor, 



Declarations of Interest: 

Ross lives in Compton, and has a daughter and son who go to primary school there. Having recently moved to the area from London, he has run the PTA at a previous school and is passionate about making a positive contribution to education and the opportunities for enrichment available to younger generations. He works in risk management, acting as a critical friend to leadership teams in corporate settings, and is excited by the opportunity to provide independent strategic challenge to the school leadership. He hopes to use his personal and professional experiences to help give school, staff, and students the best chances of success.

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