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Our school Governors

Welcome to the Governors' section. Our Governors do an amazing job, voluntarily working for our school and the children. Below is some more information about our Governors.

Our Governors

Name

Term

Appointed by

Pecuniary interest

Helen Armstrong

July 2019-23

Governing Body

Silver Cloud HR – Director

Ravenswood Primary School –member of Governing Body

Jan Plumstead

Dec 2020-24

Governing Body

Bures Primary Business manager

Chartered Management Institute

Richard Wheatley

Dec 2020-24

Parents

Nil

Sue Williams

July 2020-24

Governing Body

Nil

Simon Rothwell

May 2020-24

Foundation

East Bergholt Parish Councillor

Chris Burn

July 2019-23

Governing Body

Nil

Rev Steph Van de Toorn

March 2019-23

Foundation

Nil

Ian Thoroughgood

Dec 2018-22

Parents/Governing Body

Nil

Kathryn Sumner

Dec 2018-22

Governing Body

Staff member

Gavin Smith

July 2018-22

LA/Governing Body

Nil

Jamie Addison

Dec 2017-21

Staff

Staff member

Gill Mitchell

Sarah Baker

Sept 2021 – ongoing

Headteacher – ex-officio

Staff member

 

    

The Governing Body, together with Mrs Mitchell and Sarah Baker, our Co-Headteachers, 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: Safeguarding, 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 either individually or through a Committee and then bring back 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.

 

Our Governors

 Chair of Governors: Helen Armstrong

Vice Chair of Governors: Jan Plumstead 

 

Staff Governors:

Gill Mitchell (Co-Headteacher)

Sarah Baker (Co-Headteacher)

Jamie Addison

 

Parent Governors:

Richard Wheatley

Ian Thoroughgood

 

Co-opted Governors:

Helen Armstrong

Chris Burns

Kathryn Sumner

Sue Williams

Jan Plumstead

 

Foundation Governors:

Stephne Van Der Toorn

Simon Rothwell

 

Local Authority Governor:

Gavin Smith

 

 Our Committees

 Resources Committee

Janet Plumstead(Chair)

Helen Armstrong

Gill Mitchell

Sarah Baker

Ian Thoroughgood

 

Learning, Standards and Achievement Committee

Chris Burn (Chair)

Gill Mitchell

Sarah Baker

Sarah Bowman

Gavin Smith

Ian Thoroughgood

Sue Williams

Helen Armstrong

  

Headteacher’s Performance Management Committee

Chris Burn - Chair

Rev Stephne Van Der Toorn

 

Hearings

Panel are convened on 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.

Governor Code of Conduct

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