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Meet the Governors


Governors work with the Headteacher to manage the school budget and premises, appoint staff, help the school to set strategic priorities, and to review admissions, attendance and exclusions. The Governing Body plays an important role in monitoring the school’s progress and helping to set targets to ensure the school provides an excellent learning environment for all the children. Governors also play an important role in ensuring the school has robust policies and practices in place for safeguarding children, and that the school is a safe place to work, learn and play. 


The Governing Body includes parents (nominated and elected by parents of the school), teachers and school staff representatives, governors appointed by the local education authority and community governors (co-opted because they have links, skills or expertise that will benefit the school).


The Governing Body of Pontprennau Primary School brings together individuals with a diverse range of skills and experiences to support the School in achieving its aims and objectives. The Governing Body shares a common goal to see the School achieve excellence; providing the children with the very best school life along with a first class facility for the community of Pontprennau.


Once a year, the Governing Body will send a formal written report to parents.


Our team consists of:

Joanne Nicholas (Chair of Governors and Parent governor)

I am a mum of two, and am a parent governor. I’ve lived in Pontprennau for eleven years and am delighted to be able to support the school. I have a love of sport and so enjoy spending family time outdoors and being active. I'm very fortunate that I am also able to combine my love of sport with work. In my day job I lead on governance for Sport Wales, working with the many governing bodies of sport to improve their own governance. I hope I am able to use these skills to support the work of the School's Governing Body.

This is an exciting, and vitally important, time for our children and for the community of Pontprennau.  As well as providing our children with the very best education and opportunities I'm confident that the School will become the common uniting factor that will give a real sense of community for the area.


Lizzie Dykes (Headteacher)

I started my teaching career in London, before two Deputy Headships of schools in Bristol and Caldicot.  I was then happy to return to my home town of Cardiff when I was appointed as Headteacher of St. Monica’s Primary School.  After seven happy years there, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to lead and shape Pontprennau Primary School.  I am committed to ensuring that the children receive the best possible start to their education, in a school which provides a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment at the heart of their local community.  I very much look forward to working with the Governing Body over the coming years to create a school which is very special to everyone who joins its “family”.


Martin Cocks (Parent governor)

I have been a resident of Pontprennau for over 10 years and now have a son in Year 3 and a daughter in Reception. I therefore care passionately that the school and its community facilities are a success.

Professionally, I lead a large construction project and am wholly accountable for health and safety and the financial success of the project. I am pleased to be able to use this experience to serve on the Finance sub-committee and to chair the School’s Buildings, Health and Safety committee.


Louise Thomas (Parent governor)

I have lived in Pontprennau since 2005 with my husband and two children, who attend Pontprennau Primary School; my son has been there since the school opened in 2015. I have a PhD in Pharmaceutical Microbiology and work in the Brewing Industry as part of a team ensuring our products are manufactured to the highest standards, through compliance with Quality Management Systems, Good Manufacturing Practices and Food Safety Standards.

Being a Parent Governor is both a privilege and a fantastic opportunity to shape the future for our children. I am extremely happy to be supporting a great team of teaching and support staff who are providing a wonderful learning environment. My hope for each child is that they become happy, confident and successful young people through their experiences at Pontprennau Primary School.


Pat Hoffer (Community governor)


Jo Bailey (Teacher governor)

I am thrilled to be working in Pontprennau Primary School and I am excited by the opportunities that we will create for the pupils, staff and community. 

I have been teaching in the Primary sector since 2002. I started my career teaching in Key Stage 2 before moving into the Foundation Phase after the birth of my daughter in 2010. I have had a variety of roles in my career including coordinating maths for the whole of the primary school, being responsible for assessment, becoming Foundation Phase leader in 2011 and being seconded for a year as Deputy head in 2012. 

I am delighted to be on the Governing Body of Pontprennau Primary as a teacher governor and I look forward to working with the team. 


Phillippa Green (LA governor)


Kirsty O'Brien (Staff governor)

Philip Buxton (Community Governor)

Derek King (Community Governor)

I am delighted to have been appointed as a governor at Pontprennau Primary School and excited at the prospect of joining the team.  As a "Bampy" to four lovely grandchildren, three of whom attend primary school, I have a keen interest in seeing children, in their early years of development, have a sound start in life. 

Having retired two years ago after working in local government finance for over 45 years, I feel I have a wide ranging knowledge and experience to offer the team at Pontprennau.  My experience is primarily around general management, governance, financial management, risk management and I have also managed a Health and Safety team.

I have been a school governor in another school for three years and I feel I have learned much from my various roles there that I can bring to Pontprennau Primary.

I was a keen sportsman in my time and still love to watch a variety of sport, including going to watch Cardiff City try to play football!  I play bowls for a local club and badminton with family and friends.  I also work for Barnardos where I get lots of enjoyment from being part of the team.

I hope to work with the other governors and staff at the school to deliver a first class education for the pupils of Pontprennau Primary, that provides each and every child with the opportunity to be the best they can be, delivered in a safe, warm and friendly environment.

John Morley (LA Governor)

I have recently been appointed as one of the Local Authority Governors for Pontprennau Primary School.  I have had two careers since I left school over 40 years ago and I have recently retired.  My first career was with the Royal Air Force, specialising in electronics and computers.  My second career and most relevant is the twenty-three years I spent working for the NHS, specialising in Corporate Governance, ensuring that the organisation complied with legislation and guidance (red tape!).

I have a grandchild at Pontprennau School and this has spurred me on to volunteer to become governor.  Our children are our future and everyone should be working to ensure that the education they receive is first class.

I come from a mining family and my father's one ambition was to make sure I didn’t follow him down the mines, this was achieved.  My ambition is to make Pontprennau School the best in the authority and ensure that the next generation achieve all they can in a safe and happy school environment.

I will work with the other Governors and of course the School Staff to ensure that this happens.


Jo Fashan

I am thrilled to have been appointed as a Parent Governor at the school. My Son, Lucas, is in Reception and is so far loving his school experience. My background is in Project Management, Team Management and Governance within the Charity Sector. I am Head of Services for Wales & the South of the UK for Whizz-Kidz, a charity who support young wheelchair users. I also lead on our curriculum for Employability within the organisation. As a senior manager, I am also a member of the Whizz-Kidz incident team and experienced in Safeguarding and Risk Assessments. I have experience of similar voluntary roles having run a Brownie unit for 20 years and acted as both Division Commissioner and County Secretary for Cardiff & East Glamorgan GirlGuiding. 







Annual Reports to Parents

Pupils meeting the Governors!

Pupils meeting the Governors! 1 So many things to say! Cups of tea on the table...
Pupils meeting the Governors! 2 So much talking is hungry and thirsty work!