Priorys Governing Body

There are eleven Governors in our Local Governing Body.

The Governing Body consists of:

7 Co-opted Governors 

1 Local Authority Governor

1 Parent Governor 

2 Staff governors including the headteacher - elected from the school staff 


  • Co-opted governors are persons who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
  • Local Authority governors are persons who are nominated by the local authority and appointed by the governing body having, in the opinion of the governing body, met any eligibility criteria that they have set.
  • Parent governors are persons who are elected by parents of registered pupils at the school and are parents at the time of election.


Lynn Osborne - Chair

(All communication to go via the school please or email marked attention of COG Lynn Osborne)

Co-opted Governor                                                                                                                                            Subject Responsibility: SEND, Pupil Premium, Reading

Before retiring and becoming a Governor at Priory Primary School, my 38-year career was spent in Education in Bedfordshire, Suffolk and Essex where I taught in both the State and Independent Sectors. I have lived in Bicknacre since 1997 and retirement in 2013 enabled me to contribute to the community through my role as a School Governor. For me, it is an honour and a privilege to be a Governor, with its intention and purpose of helping to make a real difference and to be part of the process which aims to support and to keep moving the school forward to become the best that it can, for all the children who attend Priory Primary School.


Deborah Curtis - Vice Chair                                                                                                                              Co-opted Governor                                                                                                                                Subject Responsibility: Safeguarding, Reading


Ann Debney                                                                                                                                                   Co-opted Governor                                                                                                                                Subject Responsibility: TBC


Tina Ring                                                                                                                                                        Co-opted Governor                                                                                                                                Subject Responsibility: Health & Safety

I moved to Bicknacre from Romford in 2008.  I have worked in Law for 45 years and recently retired as a Legal practice manager, where I held the position for 39 years with the same firm. I have been a school Governor with Priory Primary School for two years, and although I have not previously been involved in Education, I am enjoying being part of the school.  I like to volunteer for various things, in 2012 I was a Games Maker at the London Olympics and in 2014 I was at the Tower of London as part of the Poppy team. I am currently back at the Tower of London as a volunteer for Superbloom which is a garden that has been created in the moat to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee.  In 2006 I completed the London Marathon, one of my most memorable achievements, I am still a keen runner although the distances are much shorter.  I recently got a black Labrador puppy and spend a lot of time walking round the village especially Priory Fields with him. 

Trevor Drury                                                                                                                                                  Co-opted Governor                                                                                                                                Subject Responsibility: TBC


Julie Gilligan                                                                                                                                                  Co-opted Governor                                                                                                                                Subject Responsibility: SEND, Pupil Premium, Reading

I have lived in Bicknacre since 2016, and I enjoy being part of this village community, which includes being a governor at Priory School. I have two grown up daughters, one of whom is a primary school teacher, and three grandsons.  I retired in 2020 after teaching for over 30 years in London and Essex primary schools, and I now work part-time as a community care assistant.  As a teacher I taught all year groups and subjects and experienced many changes in the primary curriculum. My aim was always to give pupils a rounded and enjoyable education and to work together with families and colleagues to support children in their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual development.  I hope that, as a governor, I can use my knowledge and experience to continue to support pupils, staff, families and the wider community of Priory School.


Yvonne Harvey                                                                                                                                                  Co-opted Governor                                                                                                                                Subject Responsibility: TBC


Leonard Leeder                                                                                                                                            Local Authority Governor                                                                                                                                Subject Responsibility: TBC


Sophie Hall                                                                                                                                                    Parent Governor                                                                                                                                    Subject Responsibility: Mental Health and Well-being, Reading


Rachael Plunkett                                                                                                                                            Headteacher


Megan Tomlin                                                                                                                                                Staff Governor                                                                                                                                        Subject Responsibility: TBC