The Claypole Church of England Primary School

Strive for Excellence, Promote Harmony and Value Achievement

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The Claypole Church of England Primary School

Strive for Excellence, Promote Harmony and Value Achievement

Meet the Governors

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.

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The purpose of having a governing body is to:

  • help the school to set high standards by planning for the school's future and setting targets for school improvement
  • keep the pressure up on school improvement
  • be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice
  • help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community
  • make the school accountable to the public for what it does
  • work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review
  • exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff
  • not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.


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.



Governors of our school

Mrs S Fisher (Chair) - Co-opted Governor

Term of office from 5 Feb 2018 to 4 Feb 2022
First appointed on 5 Feb 2018

Mr M Wells (Head teacher) - Ex-officio

Term of office from 31 Aug 2015 to present

Canon Tony Tucker - Foundation Ex-officio


Mrs M James (Vice-Chair) - Foundation Community Governor

Term of office from 19 Mar 2018 to 18 Mar 2022
First appointed on 12 Sep 2013

Mr G Doney - Local Authority Governor
Term of office from 17 May 2020 to 16 May 2024
First appointed on 17 May 2020

Mrs R Padley-Jones - Foundation Governor

Term of office from 12 Mar 2020 to 11 Mar 2024
Nominated by Lincolnshire


Mrs C Morris - Parent Governor

Term of office from 4 Feb 2019 to 3 Feb 2023
First appointed on 4 Feb 2019


Mrs J Beddows - Co-opted Governor

Term of office from 31 Jan 2017 to 30 Jan 2021
First appointed on 31 Jan 2017


Mr S Campbell - Co-opted Governor

Term of office from 4 Nov 2019 to 3 Nov 2023
First appointed on 4 Nov 2019


Mrs S Storr - Parent Governor

Term of office from 5 Dec 2017 to 4 Dec 2021
First appointed on 5 Dec 2017


Mr Scott Campbell- Co-opted Governor

Term of office from 4 Nov 2019 to 3 Nov 2023
First appointed on 4 Nov 2019


Mrs V Watts - Parent Governor

Term of office from 15 Jul 2020 to 14 Jul 2024
First appointed on 15 Jul 2020


Mrs K Summerfield - Staff Governor

Term of office from 30 Aug 2019 to 29 Aug 2023
First appointed on 30 Aug 2015


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.



Governing Body meetings

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:

Mrs S. Fisher

Mr G. Doney

Mrs J. Beddows (Chair of committee)

Mrs S. Storr

Mr S Campbell

Mr M. Wells (Head teacher)


Our Curriculum and Pupils committee are:

Mrs M. James (Chair of committee)

Mr G. Doney

Mrs S. Fisher

Mrs R. Padley-Smith

Mrs C. Morris

Mrs K. Summerfield (Teacher Governor)

Mr M. Wells (Head teacher)

Mr T. Tucker



Chair of Governors

Sarah Fisher (Co-Opted Governor, February 5th 2018 - February 2022)

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. 

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.

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