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Leadership & Governance

Meet our Senior Leadership Team

  • Karen Harrison, Head Teacher
  • Karen Breen, Assistant Head Teacher
  • Rachel Cottee, Assistant Head Teacher
  • Vicky Childs, Assistant Head Teacher and SENDCo and Inclusion Lead
  • Michelle Bernard, Executive Head Teacher


Each Compass school has a local school committee 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;
  • Making sure the school uses its financial resources effectively and in line with the budget plan;
  • Accounting to all stakeholders for the school’s performance and for the decisions they make.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor at our school or would like to hear more about what the role involves, please email

Chair of Governors: John Tabor and Rachel Grove-Smith (co-chairs)

Rachel Grove-Smith is the co-chair link for John Ray Juniors and can be contacted via our school office

Governance Structure

Karen Harrison Headteacher - John Ray Juniors
Tim Arding Head of School - Shalford Primary
Bethan Ball Staff Governor
Lesley Burch Parent Governor
Tim Guilder Parent Governor
Laura Holmes Appointed Governor
Robert Daenen Co-opted Governor
John Tabor Co-opted Governor
Rachel Grove-Smith Co-opted Governor
Lisa Gregson Co-opted Governor

Please see attachment below for Local School Committee attendance and pecuniary interests

Please click here to access Trust-wide governance information.

Data Protection

The Compass Partnership of Schools' Data Protection Officer is the DPO Centre.
If you have a data protection query, please click here  for contact information.