Governors

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 2017/18 are:

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 Associate Member Appointed to February 2020
Mrs Karen Hutton (Headteacher) Ex-Officio
Mrs Patricia Kirby Local Authority Governor Appointed to November 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
 Mr Jason Quance  Co-Opted Governor Appointed to February 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 – a wonderful achievement for our school.

During the academic year 2016/17 our governors were: 

Name of Governor Category Appointing Body Term of Office Expiry Date Committee Membership

(No. of meetings attended/

meetings held)

Position(s) of Responsibility Declarations on Register of Business Interest
Tim Aldridge Co-Opted Governors 23/11/15 –

31/08/17

School Improvement (0/2)

Second/Appeals (none held)

Full Governors (3/6)

Resources (2/3)

Pay (1/2)

Christopher Andrew Parent (unopposed)

Co-Opted

Parents

 

Governors

08/01/15 –

20/03/16 –

31/01/17

Resources (2/2)

Pay (1/1)

First/Complaints (none held)

School Improvement (1/1)

Full Governors (2/2)

Chairman – Governing Body and

School Improvement Committee

Married to an employee at the school.
Brian Bowler Co-Opted Governors 14/09/15 –

13/09/19

 

Resources (3/4)

Pay (2/2)

School Improvement (5/5)

First/Complaints (none held)

Full Governors (6/6)

Chairman – Governing Body,

School Improvement and First/Complaints Committee

None
Gill Cooper Co-Opted Governors 19/09/2016 –

18/09/2020

Resources (2/4)

Pay (2/2)

First/Complaints (none held)

Full Governors (4/5)

None
Carla Coward Parent

(unopposed)

Parents 20/03/17 –

19/03/21

School Improvement (2/2)

Full Governors (3/3)

 

None
Rachel Curtis Co-Opted  

Governors

01/09/2016 –

31/08/2020

School Improvement (4/5)

Full Governors (5/6)

None
Gill Fowler Parent

(unopposed)

Parents 25/04/16 24/04/20

 

Resources (4/4)

Pay (2/2)

First/Complaints (none held)

Full Governors (5/6)

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Child in Care

None
Karen Hutton Head Teacher Governors Resources (4/4)

Pay (2/2)

School Improvement (6/6)

Full Governors (6/6)

 

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Lead for Child Sexual Exploitation

Single Point of Contact for Extremism and Radicalisation

None
Patricia Kirby Local Authority Local Authority 16/11/13 –

15/11/17

School Improvement (5/6)

Second/Appeals (none held)

Full Governors (6/6)

Chairman of Second/Appeals Committee

Health & Safety

 

None
Leanne Marshall Parent

(unopposed)

Parents 14/03/16 –

13/03/20

School Improvement (4/6)

Second/Appeals (none held)

Full Governors (5/6)

Chairperson of Little Bears Pre-School (ceased 05/09/16)
Helen Page Parent

(unopposed)

Parents 19/05/15 –

18/05/19

Resources (3/4)

Pay (2/2)

First/Complaints (none held)

Full Governors (6/6)

Child Protection/Safeguarding Mother was employed at the school until 31/08/2017
Ann-Marie Presswell Staff – Teaching Staff 17/09/13 –

16/09/17

School Improvement (6/6)

Full Governors (6/6)

 

None
Jason Quance Parent(unopposed)

Co-Opted

Parents

 

Governors

01/10/15 –

06/02/17

07/02/17 –

06/02/21

 

Resources (4/4)

Pay (2/2)

First/Complaints (none held)

Full Governors (6/6)

Chairman of Resources and Pay  Committees Married to an employee at the school (ongoing)
Andrew Goode Associate

Member

Governors 24/02/16 –

23/02/17 –

23/02/18

Resources (0/4)

First/Second (none held)

(voting rights above)

Full Governors (2/6)

None

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.