CHRIST CHURCH CofE FIRST SCHOOL & NURSERY :: Governing Body

Governing Body

Welcome to the section of our website where you can find out more about the governors and the work that they do.

What do governors do?

Christ Church governors are volunteers. They are enthusiasts. And each one has a crucial role to play in being a “critical friend” to the school, working in partnership with the whole school community to help provide the best possible education for each and every girl and boy at Christ Church.

How often do governors meet?

Regular meetings are held each term. For example ...


Autumn 2018

* Full Governing Body (FGB) Annual General Meeting (AGM) … 6pm, Thurs 13th Sept

* Finance Committee meeting ... 4pm, Tues 13th Nov

* Full Governing Body (FGB) … 4pm, Weds 28th Nov

* other meeting dates not yet set


Spring 2019

* meeting dates not yet set


Summer 2019

* meeting dates not yet set


Who are Christ Church’s governors?

Christ Church governing body consists of:

2 x parent governors

1 x Local Authority governor

3 x foundation (parish) governors

4 x co-opted governors

1 x staff governor

1 x headteacher

Please see below for a full list of governors.

Who is the Chair of Governors and how can I contact him?

John Price is the Chair of Governors. He can be contacted via email at: JNPrice@educ.somerset.gov.uk

The Vice Chair is Carole Whittard. Her email address is: CWhittard@educ.somerset.gov.uk

Can I become a governor?

If you would like more information on becoming a governor please contact Caroline Stedman, our Clerk to Governors, via CStedman@educ.somerset.gov.uk or phone her at school on 01373 463781. Alternatively, email John Price, the Chair of Governors, or Neil Douthwaite, the Vice Chair. (See above for their contact details.)

What are the six Es of good school governance?

Our Governing Body aims at all times to act with integrity, objectivity and honesty, and in the best interests of the school ensuring:

  1. that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of Christ Church are clearly defined and in line with its mission as a Church of England school;
  2. that the Headteacher performs her/his responsibilities as the key advocate for children’s well-being and education, ensuring that each and every child grows in character, confidence and competence as a member of our learning community;
  3. the sound, proper and responsible use of the school’s financial resources so that school governance, administration and management is always:
    • educational, i.e. designed to maximise children’s spiritual, moral, social, cultural, physical, emotional and physical development
    • ethical
    • economical
    • efficient
    • effective
    • environmentally responsible

What are the seven principles of public life?

Governors also strive to live up to the “seven principles of public life” (originally published by The Committee on Standards in Public Life, which was established in October 1994 under the Chairmanship of Lord Nolan, to consider standards of conduct in various areas of public life, and to make recommendations). The seven principles are as follows:

  • Selflessness
    Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.
  • Integrity
    Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.
  • Objectivity
    In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.
  • Accountability
    Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
  • Openness
    Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.
  • Honesty
    Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
  • Leadership
    Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

Critical friends of the Headteacher and staff

Governors monitor and evaluate performance of the school, its staff, its systems, policies and controls, acting as a critical friend to the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team (SLT) as they lead and manage the school from day to day.

Governors ensure that the school is accountable to the children and parents/carers it serves, to its local community, to the parish and diocese, to its staff and volunteers, and to wider national interests and the voters and taxpayers of the UK.

Committees

The responsibilities of the Governing Body are shared between three main committees, each with a specific responsibility. The Finance Committee oversees the budget, staffing, strategy and resources. The Standards Committee monitors teaching, learning and pupil progress and attainment. The Personnel and Welfare Committee has oversight of the general well-being and pastoral needs of children and staff, with specific responsibility for making sure the school complies with all legislation and best practice when it comes to Safeguarding and Child Protection, and Health and Safety. Each of these three committees reports back to the main Governing Body.

Link governors

Link governors are those who have been assigned to a specific focus of school life. There are link governors assigned to areas of school life and subjects on the curriculum. The role of the link governor is to:

  • listen to the voices of children and their parents/carers, taking an interest in their experiences of school life and following up on issues that arise
  • listen to school staff, taking an interest in their work and concerns
  • work in full partnership with the Headteacher and SLT
  • take an active interest in, and gain more detailed knowledge of, the areas of school life in their portfolio of responsibility
  • ensure the school complies with all statutory requirements
  • ensure school policies are followed
  • report back to the Governing Body at agreed intervals, and help the Governing Body as a whole to perform its role as a dynamic, challenging, supportive critical friend by asking questions about children’s academic progress, safety, well-being and happiness ensuring the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, physical, emotional and physical development of every child.

Christ Church C of E First School Governing Body 2016–17

Governor category

Name, role, committees and responsibilities

Register of business interests

Other Governor roles.

Contact email

Term of office

Associate Member (Full Voting Rights)

Mrs Lisa Bond

  • Children Looked After Governor
  • Maths Link Governor

None

LJBond@educ.somerset.gov.uk

08/02/2018 - 07/02/2022

Headteacher

Mr Rupert Kaye

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Prevent Duty Lead
  • Lead for Child Sexual Exploitation Concerns
  • Nominated Children Looked After Teacher
  • Data Protection Officer
  • Finance Committee

None

RKaye@educ.somerset.gov.uk


School telephone: 01373 46378

01/09/2015 - Ex Officio

Foundation (Parish) Governor Fr. Neil Maxted


  • Ex-Officio
None

NMaxted@educ.somerset.gov.uk

14/07/2005 - Ex Officio
Foundation (Parish) Governor

Mr John Price (CHAIR)

  • Safeguarding and Child Protection Governor
  • Pupil Premium Governor
  • English Link Governor
  • Finance Committee
None

JNPrice@educ.somerset.gov.uk

Co-opted Governor Miss Louise Hill
  • SEN Governor
None LHill7@educ.somerset.gov.uk 07/12/2016 - 06/12/2020

Co-opted Governor

Mrs Margaret Hodder

  • RE Link Governor
  • Training Governor

None

MHodder1@educ.somerset.gov.uk

09/06/2016 - 08/06/2020

Staff Governor

Miss Chloe May

  • Staff governor
None

CMay@educ.somerset.gov.ukCMay@educ.somerset.gov.uk

01/09/2016 - 31/08/2020
Chloe Newport
Co-opted Governor

Mrs Margaret Nicholls

  • Early Years Link Governor
None

MNicholls1@educ.somerset.gov.uk
09/06/2016 - 08/06/2020
Parent Governor Mrs Jessica Slater
  • RE Link Governor
  • Data Protection Champion
  • Finance Committee
None JSlater@educ.somerset.gov.uk 24/05/2017 - 23/05/2021

Co-opted Governor

Mrs Carole Whittard (VICE CHAIR)

  • Early Years Link Governor
  • Finance Committee

None

CWhittard@educ.somerset.gov.uk

25/09/2014 - 24/09/2018

Clerk to Governors

Mrs Caroline Stedman

None

CStedman@educ.somerset.gov.uk

School telephone: 01373 46378

01/03/2016 - Clerk

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