Each Compass school has a local governing body composed of a group of volunteers drawn from the community, each bringing a range of skills, expertise and professional experience. Our Governors provide essential links between the school, parents/carers and the local community. Governors work with staff and parents in an atmosphere of co-operation to provide the best possible framework for educating our children. They are involved in all aspects of school life and meet regularly with leadership teams.

Governors fulfil their responsibilities by:

  • Supporting the school and its ambition by working strategically to develop and implement vision and ethos;
  • Ensuring that the children are receiving the best education and achieve the best outcomes by monitoring the quality of teaching and standards across the school;
  • Setting a budget and making sure that financial resources made available to the school are used effectively;
  • Accounting to all stakeholders for the school’s performance and for the decisions they make.


Chair of Governors - Susan Skidmore

Susan’s background is in education, working with both children and adults. She has taught the whole primary age range, led maths and English, and been a special educational needs co-ordinator. After becoming a head teacher 15 years ago, Susan led the development of federating two very different schools, managing change for two sets of staff. This included managing a high level of external scrutiny, developing teamwork across the federation, and a robust framework of support and challenge for all staff, pupils and governors. She also secured significant funding for developing the leadership and infrastructure of the federation. Susan was appointed as one of the first consultant leaders, taking part in the national initiative and training programme, and was an assessor for the Quality Mark, working with the local authority inspection team. Her practice as a consultant working on strategic leadership has been influenced by the model of coaching and mentoring, using reflection and peer coaching to enable schools to successfully develop individually, as well as the precision of working to key criteria and standards. Susan has been a governor at South Rise since 2011, and was elected Chair in 2012.

Susan can be contacted at South Rise's contact address.


South Rise Governance Structure

Susan Skidmore Chair of Governors
Judith Pemberton Vice Chair
Francesca Dean Parent Governor
Hazel Brown Head Teacher
Juliet Gibbs Co-opted Governor
Rebecca Bowen Parent Governor
Rosemary Sanders Staff Governor
Sarah Martin Staff Governor
Joanne O'Reilly Co-opted Governor
Simon Higdon Co-opted Governor
Sophie Powell Executive Head Teacher


Please see the attachments section below for detailed governance information, including terms of office, appointment information and pecuniary interests.


MAT Governance Information Links

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Data Protection

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