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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”.

Lord Mayor Dianne Rees B.A .PGCE.J.P. (LEA governor)

Formerly a secondary school teacher, I have been a magistrate in Cardiff for more than 27 years. In 2004 I was elected County Councillor for Pontprennau and have had the privilege of representing the area continuously for the past 11 years. As County Councillor, I worked hard to ensure Pontprennau would have its own school. In November 2011 a new Pontprennau school building was finally included in the 21st Century school funding program, and our new school opened in September 2015.

I am a LEA governor. I was appointed to the Governing Body in October 2015, having served on the temporary Governing Body for the previous year.  I am also a governor at another primary school in Cardiff and have been a member of this governing body for many years. My aspiration for Pontprennau Primary is that it should be an excellent community school. A school which will enable our children to achieve the best they can be. My role as a governor is to support but also challenge the head teacher, staff and governing body to achieve and maintain excellent standards of education.


Martin Cocks (Parent governor)

I have been a resident of Pontprennau for over 10 years and now have a son in reception class and a daughter in Supertots crèche, starting nursery after Easter. 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 am a mum of two young children and have lived in Pontprennau with my husband and two dogs for over 10 years. 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 a privilege and a fantastic opportunity; I am very happy to be supporting a great team of teachers and support staff that are providing a wonderful learning environment for our children. My hope for each child is that they become happy and confident young people through their experiences at Pontprennau Primary School.


Claire Samuels (Parent governor)


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. 


Ann-Marie Powell (Staff governor)

I joined the school full time as a Teaching Assistant in September 2016 but as a mother of 2 children, now in Year 2 and Reception, I have watched the incredible development of Pontprennau Primary with great interest and enthusiasm for many years: I am delighted to represent our community and our staff as a Staff Governor. 

I graduated from Swansea University in 2007 with a BA Hons in Geography and subsequently achieved a distinction as a Level 3 Teaching Assistant then as a HLTA. My experience is mainly in the Foundation Phase and my first year working in Nursery was more rewarding than any experience in my career to date. I am keen to add to the educational experiences and opportunities for career development that I have had already in my time at Pontprennau. The commitment of the school to the ongoing professional development of its staff will surely pay great dividends for our future learners, as the school grows over the next few years.

My values reflect those of the school: a commitment that the well-being, development and support of every child is paramount. I am incredibly proud to serve the community by working here.






Annual Reports to Parents