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Abbotskerswell Primary School

Slade Lane,  Abbotskerswell, Newton Abbot,  Devon,  TQ12 5NS

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All governing bodies are legally constituted and have an Instrument of Government which sets out their size and representation.  The size of the governing body at our school is 12, and our governing body is broadly representative of our main stakeholders: the community, the parents, the staff, and the local authority. The current governors are:

Name

Type of Governor

Start & End Dates

Mrs Catherine Denning

 

Mr Richard Whiffin

 

Mr Tim Hughes

 

A. N. Other

 

Mr Dave McNee

Mr Richard Whiffin

Mrs Mandy Burke

Mrs Catherine Denning

 

Mrs Lyndsey Kerswell

 

Mrs Gemma Nalder

Mrs Louise Walker

Mr Mike Tucker

Mrs Elaine Ward

A. N. Other

 

Mrs Karen Salt

Chair of Governors

 

Vice Chair of Governors

 

Headteacher

 

LEA Governor

 

Co-opted Governor

Co-opted Governor

Co-opted Governor

Co-opted Governor

 

Staff Governor

 

Parent Governor

Parent Governor

Parent Governor

Parent Governor

Parent Governor

 

Clerk to the Governors

24.02.14 - 23.02.18

 

07.05.15 - 06.05.19

 

31.01.13

 

 

 

07.05.15 - 06.05.19

07.05.15 - 06.05.19

07.05.15 - 06.05.19

24.02.14 - 23.02.18

 

17.09.15 - 16.09.19

 

02.12.15 - 01.12.19

13.05.13 - 12.05.17

08.05.14 - 07.05.18

05.06.14 - 04.06.18

 

 

01.09.99

The Law says that:

 

The governing body has general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement (Section 21 of the Education Act 2002).

 

The governing body is accountable for the performance of the school and it fulfils this by setting the aims of the school and its priorities for improvement.  It agrees, monitors and evaluates the policies, targets and actions by which the school will move forward, including setting and monitoring the school budget.  

 

The governing body’s role is strategic.  Governors are not expected to be involved in the detail of the day-to-day management of the school.  The headteacher has responsibility for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and for implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.

 

The governing body works in partnership with the headteacher and the senior leadership team.  Acting as ‘critical friends’, the governing body has a role to support and challenge the work of the school.

 

Governors must act corporately.  Individual governors do not have the power to act alone unless the corporate governing body has given them the authority to do so.  Individual governors have a broadly representative role but they are part of a team.  They are not delegates and do not have any kind of mandate from the body who elected or appointed them.  

 

Queries and concerns about any aspect of school life should, in the first instance, be directed to the appropriate member of the school staff rather than to individual governors.  It is important that governors are not involved in issues which may become formal complaints as this prevents governors from dealing with the matter impartially at a later stage.  Should you wish to pursue a matter further, having first attempted to resolve the issue with the relevant school staff, then please put your concern in writing to the chair of governors.

Parent and staff governors are elected onto the governing body and co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body itself.  In addition the governing body may also appoint associate members to support its work.  At the moment we do not have any associate members.

The full governing body meets once a term.  In line with its strategic role, its focus for these meetings is school improvement.  The governing body receives a report from the headteacher and discusses issues arising from this report, other matters include the School Self Evaluation Form, the School Improvement/Development Plan, feedback from governor visits, school data, feedback from committees.

 

The minutes from the full governing body meeting are posted on our website (see below).

 

Most governing bodies manage a substantial part of their work through committees.  We have two committees.  They are called teaching & learning, and resources.  Each committee meets twice a term, and feeds back to the full governing body.

 

Teaching & Learning Committee:-

Chair: Mr Dave McNee

Members: Mrs Catherine Denning, Mrs Lyndsey Kerswell, Mrs Mandy Burke, Mrs Elaine Ward, Mrs Gemma Nalder & Mr Tim Hughes (all with voting rights)

The role of this committee is to look at the School Improvement Plan and have updates on progress towards achieving the targets within it. We review the Teaching and Learning and curriculum policies and discuss the day to day running of the school.

 

Resources Committee:-

Chair: Mr Richard Whiffin

Members: Mrs Louise Walker, Mr Mike Tucker & Mr Tim Hughes (all with voting rights)

The role of this committee is to look after the schools resources, in particular funding.  This committee provides sound financial management with prudent budgeting.

 

We welcome any interest in the work of the governing body.  If you would like to know more about the governing body or attend any of its meetings please contact the clerk to governors/chair of governors to discuss.

Download and read the agreed minutes from the Full Governing Body meetings:

September 2014 Apparatus

Governing Body

Information about the governing body for Abbotskerswell Primary School.

Who We Are

Link Governor Responsibility

Action Planning & Monitoring

 

Action Planning & Monitoring

 

Headteacher

 

Vacancy

 

English

Action Planning & Monitoring

Science

Action Planning & Monitoring

 

Science

 

Special Educational Needs

Safeguarding

Health & Safety

EYFS & Physical Education

Vacancy

 

Clerk to the Governors

Why We Are Here

What We Do

Full Governing Body Meetings

January 2015

Appointing Body

Governing Body

 

Governing Body

 

Devon County Council

 

 

 

Governing Body

Governing Body

Governing Body

Governing Body

 

Ballot

 

Elected by Parents

Elected by Parents

Elected by Parents

Elected by Parents

Elected by Parents

 

Governing Body

Reg. Interests

None

 

None

 

None

 

 

 

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July 2015 September 2015 January 2016 March 2016

Annual Review | 2016 - 2017

Download and read the latest Governor's Annual Review:

Governor's Annual Review | 2016 - 2017