East Bergholt Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School
The governing body, together with Mrs Mitchell our headteacher, is responsible for the overall governance of the school ensuring that it is run efficiently and effectively to provide the very best education for our children. In brief, our role is as follows:
- Setting the strategic direction of the school ensuring its vision, Christian values and ethos are met;
- Developing, monitoring and challenging the School Development Plan to ensure standards are met and holding the head teacher to account for the performance of the school and its pupils;
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring its money is well spent and our finances are well managed.
Governors provide their time on a voluntary basis and the governing body is made up of representatives of school staff, parents, the Local Authority and the local diocese.
The Full Governing Body meets once a term to discuss and review many areas, including: School budget, school policies, Headteacher’s termly report, Collective Acts of Worship and progress against the school’s development plan.
In addition, our Governors all champion specific areas of school improvement, e.g. Teaching and Learning, Pupil Outcomes, Early Years, SEND, Sport, Leadership, Safeguarding and Christian Values. Each term our Governors will monitor these areas and provide a report to the FGB for discussion.
Governors hold an important public office, so in the interests of transparency, the governing body publishes details of pecuniary interests including any governance roles in other educational institutions or any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives).
We have three committees that report into the Full Governing Body. Details of these committees and their Chairs are below.
Chair of Governors: Helen Armstrong
Vice Chair of Governors: Jan Plumstead
Gill Mitchell (Headteacher)
Stephne Van Der Toorn
Local Authority Governor: Gavin Smith
Finance and Personnel Committee
Premises, Health and Safety Committee
Adrian Mayhew - Chair
Headteacher’s Performance Management Committee
Chris Burn - Joint Chair
Stephne Van Der Toorn - Joint Chair
Panel to be convened in a case by case basis.
Contacting the Governing Body
We are always keen to seek the views of parents, so please come and chat if you see us in the school or at any school function.
Alternatively, please contact the Chair of Governors, Helen Armstrong, through the school office.
Details of our Governors (past 12 months)
Date of appointment
Term of office
Rev Stephne Van Der Toorn
Director - SilverCloud HR/Governor at another Suffolk County Council Primary School
|Gavin Smith||11/07/2018`||4 years||LA||IT - Juniper Networks|
|Ian Thoroughgood||12/12.18||4 years||Parent||Nil|
|Kathryn Sumner||12/12/18||4 years||Governing Body||Nil|
|Adrian Mayhew||27/03/19||4 years||Governing Body||Nil |
|Simon Rothwell||06/05/20||4 years||Diocese||Nil|
|Sue Williams||01/07/20||4 years||Governing Body||Nil|
|Richard Wheatley||09/12/20||4 years||Parent||Nil |