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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.

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:

  • 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

Sarah Fisher

  • Appointed: February 5th 2018
  • Term of Office: 4 years
  • Co-opted Governor
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Sarah is Chair of Governors and is a member of the Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee and Curriculum & Pupils Committee. Sarah is also the Governor with responsibility for Pupil Premium
  • Attendance last year: Full Governing Body Meetings: 3/3 Committee meetings: 2/3

 

Scott Campbell

  • Appointed: November 4th 2019
  • Term of Office: 4 years
  • Co-opted Governor
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Scott is Vice-Chair of Governors and is also a member of the Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee. Scott is also the Governor with responsibility for SEND
  • Attendance last year: Full Governing Body Meetings: 2/2 Committee meetings: 1/2

 

Graham Doney

  • Appointed: May 17th 2020 (Second Term)
  • Term of Office: 4 years
  • Local Authority Governor
  • Governor Training Co-ordinator
  • Declaration of interest: Daughter-in-law works as an Administrative Assistant in school
  • Graham is a member of both the Finance and Curriculum & Pupils Committees. Graham is also the Governor with responsibility for GDPR, Safeguarding, Health & Safety and Risk Assessments
  • Attendance last year: Full Governing Body Meetings: 3/3 Committee meetings: 3/3

 

Julie Beddows

  • Appointed: January 31st 2017
  • Term of Office: 4 years
  • Co-opted Governor
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Julie is Chair of of the Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee. Julie is also the Governor with responsibility for Sports Premium funding
  • Attendance last year: Full Governing Body Meetings: 3/3 Committee meetings: 3/3

 

Marion James

  • Appointed: May 19th 2018
  • Term of Office: 4 years
  • Appointed as a Foundation governor by Lincolnshire Dioceses
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Marion is a member of the Curriculum & Pupils Committee.
  • Attendance last year: Full Governing Body Meetings: 2/3 Committee meetings: 3/3

 

Charlene Morris

  • Appointed: Feb 4th 2019
  • Term of Office: 4 years
  • Co-opted Governor
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Charlene is Chair of the Curriculum & Pupils Committee.
  • Attendance last year: Full Governing Body Meetings: 3/3 Committee meetings: 2/3

 

Rosemary Padley-Jones

  • Appointed: May 12th 2020
  • Term of Office: 4 years
  • Appointed as a Foundation governor by Lincolnshire Dioceses
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Rosemary is a member of the Curriculum & Pupils Committee. Rosemary is also the Governor with responsibility for RE.
  • Attendance last year: Full Governing Body Meetings: 2/3 Committee meetings: 3/3

 

Kate Summerfield

  • Appointed: August 30th 2019
  • Term of Office: 4 years
  • Staff Governor
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Kate is a member of the Curriculum & Pupils Committee.
  • Attendance last year: Full Governing Body Meetings: 3/3 Committee meetings: 3/3

 

Tony Tucker

  • Ex-Officio
  • Appointed by Lincolnshire Dioceses
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Tony is a member of the Curriculum & Pupils Committee. Tony is also the Governor with responsibility for Christian Distinctiveness & Community
  • Attendance last year: Full Governing Body Meetings: 2/3 Committee meetings: 3/3

 

Victoria Watts

  • Appointed: July 15th 2020
  • Term of Office: 4 years
  • Parent Governor
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Victoria is a member of the Curriculum & Pupils Committee.
  • Attendance last year: Full Governing Body Meetings: n/a Committee meetings: n/a

 

Martyn Wells

  • Headteacher: Ex-Officio
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Member of all committees
  • Attendance last year: Full Governing Body Meetings: 2/3 Committee meetings: 3/3

 

Sara Booth – Clerk to Governors

  • Correspondence for the Chair or the Clerk of Governors may be addressed to the school.
  • Attendance last year: Full Governing Body Meetings: 3/3 Committee meetings: 3/3


One Parent Governor Vacancy

 

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)

Mr S Campbell

Mr M. Wells (Head teacher)

Mrs M Cumberland

 

Our Curriculum and Pupils committee are:

Mrs M. James (Chair of committee)

Mr G. Doney

Mrs S. Fisher

Mrs R. Padley-Jones

Mrs C. Morris

Mrs V. Watts

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)

sfisher@claypoleprimary.org

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.

  • The Claypole Church of England Primary School, School
  • Lane, Claypole, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 5BQ
  • Email: adminoffice@claypoleprimary.org
  • Phone: 01636 626268
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