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 2016/17 are:

Mr Tim Aldridge Co-Opted Governor Appointed to November 2019
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 Andrew Goode Associate Member  Appointed to February 2018
Mrs Karen Hutton (Headteacher) Ex-Officio
Mrs Pat Kirby Local Authority Governor Appointed to November 2017
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 2017
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 2015/16 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

 Timothy

Aldridge

Co-Opted

Governor

 Governors

23/11/15 –

22/11/19

School Improvement (2/4)

Second/Appeals (none held)

Full Governors (4/6)

Chaplain at Shebbear College

Christopher   Andrew

Parent (unopposed)

Co-Opted

 Parents

Governors

01/02/13 –

20/03/16 –

20/03/20

Resources (4/4)

Pay (1/1)

First/Complaints (0/1)

School Improvement (4/5)

Full Governors (7/7)

Chairman – Governing Body and

School Improvement and First  Committees

 Married to an employee at the school.

Brian Bowler

 Co-Opted

 Governors

14/09/15 –

13/09/19

Resources (5/5)

Pay (1/1)

First/Complaints (1/1)

Full Governors (7/7)

Chairman – Resources and Pay Committees

None Declared

Denise Dawson

Co-Opted

Governors

14/09/2015 –

31/12/15

School Improvement (1/2)

Second/Appeals (none held)

Full Governors (1/3)

None Declared

Gill Fowler

Parent

(unopposed)

Parents

25/04/16 –

24/04/20

Resources (3/4)

Pay (1/1)

First/Complaints (1/1)

Full Governors (6/6)

Governor for Safeguarding and

Child Protection

None Declared

Karen Hutton

Head Teacher

Governors

 –

Resources (2/4)

Pay (1/1)

School Improvement (3/5)

Full Governors (4/7)

*Designated Representatives attended meetings in place of Head Teacher during absence

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Lead for Child Sexual Exploitation

Single Point of Contact for Extremism and Radicalisation

 None Declared

Patricia Kirby

Local Authority

Local Authority

16/11/2013 –

15/11/17

School Improvement (4/5)

Second/Appeals (none held)

Full Governors (7/7)

 Health & Safety

Clerk to School Improvement Committee

None Declared

Leanne Marshall

Parent

(unopposed)

Parents

 14/03/16 –

13/03/20

School Improvement (1/1)

Second/Appeals (none held)

Full Governors (2/3)

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

Helen Page

Parent

(unopposed)

 Parents

19/05/1015 –

18/05/19

Resources (3/4)

Pay (0/1)

First/Complaints (0/1)

Full Governors (5/7)

 –

Mother is an employee at the school

Ann-Marie Presswell

Staff – Teaching

Staff

17/09/2013 –

16/09/17

School Improvement (4/5)

Full Governors (5/7)

 None Declared

 Jason Quance

Parent

(unopposed)

 Parents

01/10/2015 –

30/09/19

 Resources (4/4)

Pay (0/1)

First/Complaints (1/1)

Full Governors (6/7)

Married to an employee at the school

Anita Rayer

Co-Opted

Governors

14/09/2015 –

01/06/2016

School Improvement (3/5)

Full Governors (3/6)

Governor for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

 None Declared

Penny Warren

Community

Governors

04/10/2011 –

31/08/2015

 

School Improvement (3/3)

Second (none held)

Full Governors (3/3)

Link governor for Safeguarding/Child Protection

&

Special Education Needs & Disabilities

None Declared

Andrew Goode

Associate

Member

Governors

24/02/16 –

23/02/17

Resources (3/4)

Pay (0/1)

First/Second (0/1)

(voting rights on both)

Full Governors (1/7)

None Declared

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.