The Governing Body

The Governing Body has the statutory duty to regulate the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.  To do this, governors must have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

1.  Ensuring the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school;

2.  Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and

3.  Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Our school governors for 2018/19 are:

Mr Nick Alford (Head Teacher) (Ex-Officio)

Mr Brian Bowler (Chairman) – Co-Opted Governor – Appointed to September 2019

Mrs Gill Cooper – Co-Opted Governor – Appointed to September 2020

Mrs Carla Coward – Parent Governor – Appointed to March 2021

Miss Rachel Curtis – Co-Opted Governor – Appointed to September 2020

Mrs Gill Fowler – Parent Governor – Appointed to April 2020

Mr John Franklin – Co-Opted Governor – Appointed to January 2022

Mr Andrew Goode – Co-Opted Governor – Appointed to September 2022

Mrs Patricia Kirby – Local Authority Governor – Appointed to September 2021

Mrs Leanne Marshall – Parent Governor – Appointed to March 2020

Mrs Helen Page – Parent Governor – Appointed to May 2019

Mrs Ann-Marie Presswell – Staff Governor (Teaching) – Appointed to September 2021

Mrs Sue Hawker, Clerk to the Governing Body

What do the governors do?

The Governors provide challenge, leadership, support and direction for the Headteacher, determining the values and policies of our school.  They do this in a number of ways through full governing body meetings, committee meetings, learning walks, monitoring visits, risk assessments and general support of our daily activities.  They decide the school structure and staffing requirements, ensuring that we deliver the best possible education to the children at our school within the confines of the budget allocated to us for this purpose.  They monitor and evaluate the school’s performance and put strategies into place to address areas that they feel need improvement at any given time.

We are fortunate to have dedicated and committed governors all of whom are extremely supportive of our school.  Their work and excellence was recognised in June 2011 when they successfully applied for the GovernorMark Award and seven years a number of those governors remain on our Board – a wonderful achievement for our school.
You are warmly invited to attend the general part (Part One) of the Governors’ meetings, the dates of which will be published in the school newsletter.

Any confidential matters will be discussed in Part Two of these meetings.  The Chair or Clerk to the Governors may be contacted by writing to c/o Shebbear Community School, Shebbear, Beaworthy, Devon EX21 5SG. Telephone: 01409 281220.