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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.

Governors supervise the operation of the school, providing strategic challenge and support to the head and staff.

The scheme of delegation for governance functions between the MAT and the school can be found on the MAT’s website.

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor, plus attendance at Local Governing Body (LGB) meetings for the last complete academic year.

As required by Ofsted, we have provided below the Governors’ Code of Conduct (revised and approved 25th Sept 2019). Governors are obliged to declare any pecuniary or related interests in the school including governance roles in other educational establishments and personal relationships – these are noted in the table below.

 

Name of Governor

Term of office (1)

Membership of MAT committees (2)

Attendance at 2018/19 LGB meetings

Positions of responsibility

Relevant business interests that could present a conflict of interest, including whether a governor at another school

Personal relationship (if any) with members of school staff e.g. spouse, partner, relative

Trust Governors – appointed by the Multi Academy Trust

Vacancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vacancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vacancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vacancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vacancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foundation Governors – appointed by the Church of England (3)

Rev Manette Crossman

ex officio

 

1/6

 

Governor, Thurston Primary

None

Kathleen Sewter

10 March 2017

 

5/6

HT Performance

None

None

Vacancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parent Governors – elected by parents

Iain Halls

21 June 2019

Premises

1/1

 

 

 

Tim Coleman

1 Jan 2020

Premises

4/6

 

None

Sandra Coleman (Partner)

Elizabeth Mendes da Costa

1 Jan 2020

 

 

 

None

 

Kate Barry

1 Jan 2020

 

 

 

 None

 

Staff Governor – elected by the staff

Jane Green

1 Jan 2020

 

6/6

Deputy Head

None

None

Headteacher

Claire Ratley

ex officio

 

6/6

 

None

None

 

  1. Governors are appointed for a term of four years.
  2. Nominated governors participate in the running of the MAT board and committees, sharing oversight of the four schools in the Trust.
  3. The school’s alignment with Church of England values and expectations is supervised by the Foundation governors.

 

The following governors left the Governing Body during the 2019/20 academic year-

Name of Governor

Resignation date

Membership of MAT committees

Attendance at 2019/20 LGB meetings

Positions of responsibility

Relevant business interests that could present a conflict of interest, including whether a governor at another school

Personal relationship (if any) with members of school staff e.g. spouse, partner, relative

Trust Governors – appointed by the Multi Academy Trust

Bruce Martin

31 Dec 2019

Finance

2/2

Chair

Maths Lead

None

None

Sarah Verzijl

31 Dec 2019

HR

0/2

HT Performance

None

None

Tim Mendes da Costa

31 Dec 2019

Standards

1/2

 

None

None

Mark Blenkin 15 Jan 2020 Standards 1/3 Safeguarding None None

Foundation Governors – appointed by the Church of England

Charles Gorer

26 Sept 2019

 

1/1

 

None

None

Parent Governors – elected by parents

Zoe Brennan

31 Dec 2019

HR

0/2

Vice Chair

HT Performance

None

None

Juliet Konrath

31 Dec 2019

 

0/2

SEN lead

Literacy lead

None

None

Staff Governor – elected by the staff

N/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following governors left the Governing Body during the 2018/19 academic year-

Name of Governor

Resignation date

Membership of MAT committees

Attendance at 2018/19 LGB meetings

Positions of responsibility

Relevant business interests that could present a conflict of interest, including whether a governor at another school

Personal relationship (if any) with members of school staff e.g. spouse, partner, relative

Trust Governors – appointed by the Multi Academy Trust

Neville Horn

21 December 2018

Finance

2/2

MAT director

None

None

Foundation Governors – appointed by the Church of England

Marie Smith

12 March 2019

 

0/3

 

None

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parent Governors – elected by parents

N/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Governor – elected by the staff

N/a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. MAT Committees were established for the 2017/18 academic year, replacing local committees.

 

Code of conduct, attendance & pecuniary interests

As required by Ofsted, we have provided the Governors’ Code of Conduct (revised and approved 25th Sept 2019) and an Annual Statement of Attendance for your information, noting date of appointment/resignation and attendance at committee meetings in the  academic year.

 

Governors are obliged to declare any pecuniary or related interests in the school including governance roles in other educational establishments. As at the most recent Governing Body meeting, there are none to report.

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