The Governing Body is the strategic decision-making body of the school. Its role is to:

  • set the schools overall strategic direction, and to then work with leaders to communicate this vision, ethos and strategic direction to the whole school community and develop a culture of ambition;
  • provide a balance of challenge and support to the school’s leaders, understanding the strengths and areas for improvement at the school;
  • understand the impact of teaching, learning and assessment on the progress of pupils currently in the school;
  • ensure that the school manages its finances effectively and that the school is properly using the pupil premium, primary PE and sport premium;
  • be transparent and accountable, including in recruiting staff, its governance structure, attendance at meetings and contact with parents.

Governors are volunteers who bring their outside experience into school to act as ‘critical friends’. Membership of the Governing Body is drawn from different parts of the community including parents, staff and co-opted members with specific skills.  The Governing Body meets six times throughout the school year.

All Governors may be contacted by writing to them directly using the school address or by contacting the school on Telephone: 01527 68430. 

Local Governing Body (2020-2021)

NameAppointedTerm EndTermTypeAreas of Responsibility
Wendy Rigby
Acting Vice-Chair
03/07/201902/07/20234 yrsTrust Local GovernorFull Governing Body, Finance, Personnel and Premises, Pupil Discipline, Hearings Panel, Appeals Panel
Safeguarding
Mat Alsop17/10/201616/10/20204 yrsTrust Local GovernorFull Governing Body, Pupil Discipline, Hearings Panel, Appeals Panel
Health and Safety and Science
Kate Alsop09/10/201908/10/20234 yrsTrust Local GovernorFull Governing Body, Pupil Discipline, Hearings Panel, Appeals Panel
Numeracy
Pattie Hill28/03/201727/03/20214 yrsTrust Local GovernorFull Governing Body, Finance, Personnel and Premises, Pupil Discipline, Hearings Panel, Appeals Panel
Child Protection, Safeguarding, LAC
Dominika Plenzler15/11/201814/11/20224 yrsTrust Local GovernorFull Governing Body, Pupil Discipline, Hearings Panel, Appeals Panel
Careers
Helen Smith09/10/201908/10/20234 yrsParentFull Governing Body, Pupil Discipline, Hearings Panel, Appeals Panel
SEN
Mark Brazier
Headteacher
N/A N/AN/AHeadteacher
Ex Officio
Full Governing Body
Amy Evans 19/09/2019 18/09/2023 4 yrs Staff GovernorFull Governing Body
Curriculum Lead
Rebecca Evans12/06/202011/06/20244 yrsStaff GovernorFull Governing Body
Head of Year 6
Pauline Begley
School Business Manager
Associate Non-votingFull Governing Body
Pete Clifton
Deputy Head Teacher
Associate Non-votingFull Governing Body
Rachael Batchelor
Assistant Headteacher & SENCO
Associate Non-votingFull Governing Body

Record of Pecuniary and Material Interests (2020-2021)

NameRelevant Business Interest to include
Name of Organisation
Nature of Business
Nature of Interest
Other educational establishments governedRelationship with this or other school’s staff top include:
spouse
partners
relatives
Mat AlsopN/AN/ASpouse to Kate Alsop (Governor)
Kate AlsopN/AN/ASpouse to Mat Alsop (Governor)
Pattie HillN/AN/AN/A
Dominika PlenzlerN/AN/AN/A
Wendy RigbyN/AN/AN/A
Helen SmithN/AGovernor at Holyoakes First SchoolN/A
Mark Brazier N/A N/A Spouse to Kate Brazier (Staff)
Amy Evans N/A N/A N/A
Rebecca Evans N/A N/A N/A
Pauline Begley N/A N/A N/A
Pete CliftonN/AN/AN/A
Rachael BatchelorN/AN/AN/A

Record of Attendance (2020-2021)

NameMeetings AttendedOut of a possible
Wendy Rigby00
Mat Alsop00
Kate Alsop00
Pattie Hill00
Dominika Plenzler00
Helen Smith00
Mark Brazier00
Amy Evans00
Rebecca Evans00
Pauline Begley00
Rachel Batchelor00
Pete Clifton00

Previous Governors

Sue Amor resigned 31/08/20, Full governing body attendance (2019-2020) – 5/6

Tim Jones resigned 31/08/20, Full governing body attendance (2019-2020) – 6/6

Jim Preston resigned 31/08/20, Full governing body attendance (2019-2020) – 5/6

Mark Semens resigned 27/01/20, Full governing body attendance (2019-2020) – 1/3

Governor Records

Instrument of Governance