Committee details

Herefordshire Schools Forum

Purpose of committee

The Schools Forum


Each local authority is required by law to establish a schools’ forum. Details of the current requirements are set out in the Schools Forum (England) Regulations 2012.


The forum considers matters relating to funding for schools and settings in Herefordshire. It acts as a consultative body on some issues and a decision making body on others.


The schools forum is made up of representatives from local authority maintained schools, academies and some non-school organisations, specifically Early Years providers, Diocesan Authorities, Trade Unions and a 16-19 education providers. The allocation of seats between local authority schools and academies is designed to be broadly proportional to the number of pupils attending such schools.


Details of the current membership of the Herefordshire Schools Forum can be found below.


Meetings are open to the public.  Agenda papers are published and available on the council website at least one week in advance of a meeting. Please see listings at Browse meetings - Herefordshire schools forum - Herefordshire Council.


The current constitution of the Herefordshire Schools Forum may be read at: Schools Forum constitution


The Department for Education Schools Forum operational and good practice guide includes information on the constitutional and organisational requirements for schools forums including the powers of schools forums and the arrangements for the election and nomination of members.


Schools forum operational and good practice guide - GOV.UK (



  • Alison Banner  (Chairperson)  LA maintained secondary schools
  • Beverley Blower    PRU - Management Committee
  • Dan Brearey    LA Maintained Primary School
  • Christine Bryan    Academies
  • Alex Davies    Academies (primary)
  • Paul Deneen    Trade Unions
  • Nicki Emmett    Academies
  • Richard Foster    Local Authority Maintained Primary School
  • Nicki Gilbert    LA Special Schools
  • Andy Gosling    Secondary Governors
  • Georgie Griffin    Primary Governors
  • Edward Gwillim    16-19 Providers
  • Sue Jenkins    Local Authority Maintained Primary School
  • Paul Jennings  (Vice-Chairperson)  Academies
  • Steve Kendrick    Local Authority Maintained Primary School (with Nursery)
  • Tim Knapp    Academies
  • Chris Lewandowski    Trade Unions
  • Sian Lines    Diocese of Hereford
  • Rose Lloyd    Early Years
  • Hayley Manns    Early Years providers
  • Jenny Preece  (Secretary) 
  • Sheila Taylor    Academy Special Schools
  • Kathy Weston    Local Authority Maintained Primary School

Contact information

Support officer: Jenny Preece, Democratic Services Officer.