Welcome to our Governors’ section.
At Claypole Church of England Primary School we have a Governing Body who bring a vast range of skills and enthusiasm to the school.
The Department for Education (http://www.education.gov.uk/a0056625/the-role-of-governor-within-the-governing-body) say that ...
The purpose of having a governing body is to:
We feel that we are now poised to reach and exceed these expectations. Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor. We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.
Mrs J Blatherwick (Chair) - Co-opted Governor
Mr M Wells (Head teacher) - Ex-officio
Revd S Barron - Foundation Ex-officio
Mrs M James (Vice-Chair) - Foundation Community Governor
Mr G Doney - Local Authority Governor
Mr O Phillips - Foundation Governor
Mrs R Padley-Jones - Parent Governor
Mrs J Beddows - Co-opted Governor
Mrs S Storr - Parent Governor
Mrs S Fisher - Co-opted Governor
Mrs K Summerfield - Staff Governor
Clerk to Governors
Mrs Sara Booth
Correspondence for the Chair or the Clerk of Governors may be addressed to the school.
All meeting are held at Claypole Church of England Primary School, School Lane, Claypole. Apologies should be offered to the Clerk for approval if you are unable to attend a meeting. An agenda will be issued 7 - 14 days prior to the meeting together with notes for prior reading. Minutes will normally be issued 14 - 28 days post the meeting.
Full Governing Body meetings are at least three times a year (Autumn, Spring and Summer) with sub-committees meeting separately at least three times a year too (prior to the Full Governors Meeting) - it is expected that the Chair of the committees feeds back to the Full Governing Body any celebrations, concerns/worries and possible action. The two sub-committees are:
Finance, Personnel & Premises
Curriculum and Pupils
Governors are on either committee. The Chair and Vice-Chair of each committee are voted for annually in September.
Our Finance, Personnel & Premises committee are:
Mr O. Philips
Mrs J. Blatherwick
Mr G. Doney
Mrs J. Beddows
Mr M. Wells (Head teacher)
Our Curriculum and Pupils committee are:
Mrs M. James
Rev. S. Baron
Mr G. Doney
Mrs S. Storr
Mrs S. Fisher
Mrs R. Padley-Smith
Mrs K. Summerfield (Teacher Governor)
Mr M. Wells (Head teacher)
The original signed copies of the 'Declaration of Interest' can be viewed on request.
Mr Doney states at the beginning of each Governors meeting(s) of his relationship with Thomasin Doney (Administrative Assistant) who is his daughter-in-law. Mr Philips states at the beginning of each Governors meeting(s) is work/employment with Equals Trust (MAT).
Becoming a Governor...
Governors are appointed for a maximum of four years, this term is renewable.
The governing body is responsible for both the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The governing body carries out its role by setting the vision for the school and then ensuring that the school works efficiently and effectively towards achieving its ambitions. It does this by building a thorough knowledge of the school and its community, by both supporting and constructively challenging the school, and by ensuring accountability and compliance. The governing body of our school is made up of parent governors, staff governors, co-opted governors, Local Authority and Foundation governors.
If a parent vacancy position becomes open for a parent governor on our governing body, the governing body will ask you to nominate someone (or yourself) with parental responsibility for a child at the school. If our school receives more than one nomination, then a ballot is held.
Governors need not be experts in the field of education. What they do need is an interest in the school and in the welfare of our children and the time and willingness to get involved. The skills you have can be very useful to the governing body... for example, at the moment the governing body would like to continue to strengthen their expertise in communication and safeguarding.
Governors also need what is known as ‘soft skills’ – the ability to be able to build relationships with a range of people, to be able to work as part of a team, to be able to question, and to make connections between different types of information. All governors are expected to be able to read straightforward budget reports and data on school standards.
Our governing body expects governors to:
attend 3 termly meetings of the full governing body;
act on a sub-committee and attend the meetings which are usually once a term;
visit the school formally for monitoring purposes;
visit the school informally;
commit to attending training courses, perform additional research as required and help take part in monitoring areas within the school.
In return, our governing body commits to:
provide you with a structured induction;
provide access to quality training;
provide you with an experienced governor as mentor;
provide informal feedback on your contribution to the governing body on a bi-annual basis;
If you would like to find out more about how you can contribute to governance at our school, please email me with your contact details and I will pass on your details to the chair who will then arrange a time for a conversation.