Who are the school governors and what do we do?
The school’s governors are a group of 9 volunteers including 3 elected parents, 3 staff and 3 members of the local community. We meet twice per term as a full governing body and work to support and challenge the school. We monitor the school’s performance and finances and set targets to improve standards. Parents are encouraged to raise any suggestions or concerns with their class teacher or the Head Teacher in the first instance but they can also contact Governors through the school office if they need advice, support or feel any issue remains unresolved or that their voice is not being heard in any way.
Within the governing body we have one committee; Finance, Premises (& Health & Safety) & Personnel which meets once per half term. Curriculum matters are dealt with within the Full Governing Body meetings.
Chair of Governors: Mr Joel Heys (appointed by FGB in absence of parent election 15/10/18-14/10/22)
Vice Chair of Governors: Dr Jan Tanner (appointed by FGB 4/10/17 – 3/10/21)
- Mr Joel Heys (Finance, Premises & Personnel)
- Mr Nuno Naia (appointed by FGB in absence of parent election 15/10/18- 14/10/22)
- Ms Melodie Fearns (Headteacher/Finance,Premises & Personnel 1/1/11 – 31/8/21)
- Mrs Sharron Mitchell (Assistant Headteacher/Finance, Premises & Personnel – co-opted appointed by FGB 14/10/20-13/10/24)
- Mrs Natasha Brooks (Elected by staff 4/10/17-3/10/21)
- Dr Jan Tanner (Finance, Premises & Personnel – co-opted)
- Ms Clare Fellas (Nominated by Local Authority – appointed by FGB 15/10/18- 14/10/22)
- Ms Jo Wheadon (Finance, Premises & Personnel – co-opted – appointed by FGB 22/5/19 – 21/5/23)
There are no Governors with declared financial or business interests in the school.
There are no material interests arising from relationships between Governors or with staff.
No Governors are Governors of other schools.
Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee
The premises committee ensures that all the children have a suitable and safe school environment that meets all legislative requirements. To do this we check that the buildings are fit for purpose and well maintained. We carry out risk assessments where appropriate and address any health and safety concerns that arise. We plan for premises development, review and plan for accessibility and consider premises related expenditure.
The personnel committee oversees the staffing structure of the school, safe recruitment of staff, their professional development and their well-being. To do this we also discuss the school’s policies & procedures related to personnel such as Safeguarding, DBS, equal opportunities, grievance & discipline etc. and consider personnel related expenditure.
The Finance Committee oversees the financial management of the school and makes sure that it operates within budget and makes the most effective use of the funds it receives. The Finance Committee helps the Head Teacher to set a 3 year plan of projected income and expenditure and also advises on policies relating to financial matters and ensures that suitable financial controls are in place such as audits of voluntary funds.
Committee Membership 20-21
Chair of Finance Committee : Dr Jan Tanner
Finance Committee Members: Mr Joel Heys (COG) Ms Melodie Fearns (Head Teacher), Mrs Sharron Mitchell (Assistant Head) and Ms Jo Wheadon