Abbotskerswell governing body is an experienced group of volunteers with representatives from the parent body, teaching staff and local community. Together we help set the strategic vision and direction for the school, support with the appointment of senior staff, keep an overview of finance and resources and act as a critical friend, ensuring that the highest standards are attained in all that the school does.
In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The minutes of the Full Governing Board meetings are available on request from the office.
Who are we?
The Governing Body consists of:
- The Head Teacher
- 1 Elected Staff Governor
- 1 Appointed Local Authority Governor
- 3 Elected Parent Governors
- 6 Co-opted Governors
The Full Governing Body meets twice each term. One meeting per term focuses on Progress and Achievement and the other meeting focuses on Finance and Resources.
Each Governor is assigned a focus area. These are: Core Curriculum; Wider Curriculum; Staffing; Finance and Premises; Safeguarding; SEND; Health & Safety and Communication and Community Links
We aim to keep parents updated with our visits through the weekly newsletter. Learn more about us by viewing our pen portraits.
Governor Pen Portraits
Governors (ID 1156)
Mrs Jenny Hersey|Chair Person | LA Governor | Lead for Core Curriculum & Personnel
Mrs Jenny Hersey
I am a mum to 2 daughters who attend Abbotskerswell School and are very happy here.
I have 25 years of experience in primary education starting out as primary school teacher and later working for Manchester LA as a maths consultant.
Being a governor means that I can really get involved at a strategic level, to help our School continue to be the nurturing and lively learning environment my girls enjoy.
Mr Richard Whiffin|Co-opted Governor | Lead for Finance, Premises & Personnel
Mr Richard Whiffin
Mr Kevin MartinHeadteacher
Mr Kevin Martin
Mr Kevin Martin | Headteacher
I have been Headteacher at Abbotskerswell Primary School since January 2019, which was swiftly followed by an Ofsted inspection 6 days later.
I have now been working in schools for nearly 20 years. Some of my Previous roles and schools have included Acting Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher at Topsham School, Assistant Headteacher at Gatehouse, Senior teacher at Ide and class teacher at Preston Primary School.
As a Headteacher Governor I report to the Governing Body on the progress the school is making in all areas of our development plan and advise the Chair and other Governors on a range of matters in relation to the strategic development of our School as well as keeping the board up to date on the ever-changing national education agenda.
It is a pleasure to work at Abbotskerswell alongside a highly talented staff and governor team who strive to make the school the best learning environment they can for all children. I am very proud of their efforts in developing the school into what it is today and as it continues to strive to produce the best possible outcomes for the children in the school. The children at the school are definitely our key asset and I know that all of the staff and governors here at the school feel privileged to be able to work with them.
Thank you from the Governor's