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What are Governors?

Welcome to the Churcham Primary School website from the Governing Body. 

The Governing Body works hard to support the Headteacher, teaching staff and pupils with the aim of ensuring that Churcham  Primary School is able to provide the best possible education for our children and to prepare them for life in modern Britian. 

The members that make up the Governing Body are chosen by the local authority, the community and parents.  All our Governors have their own careers and responsibilities but they dedicate time to the school when they are able.  Some are able to be in school on a regular basis, whilst others bring financial and legal expertise, strategic planning and more practical skills.  All are hugely valued!

As well as sharing a common desire to be involved in supporting the school, the Governing Body have statutory duties by which they are legally bound.  The Governing Body is ultimately responsible for all matters relating to the school including teaching and learning, safeguarding, health and safety, staffing, premises and ensuring financial accountability and sustainability. The full Governing Body meets once every term. Three committees meet regularly to consider more specific issues of staffing, curriculum and finance. Our committees are as follows:

Teaching and Learning

Finance and Staffing

Partnership Management

We are very proud of our developing relationship with Ashleworth C of E Primary School, through our Executive Headteacher and regular Partnership meetings, and look forward to expanding this further. 

If you have any concerns or issues that you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact the Chair of Governors, Robert Haines, or indeed any of the governors.

How do Governors help children?

School governors are people who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education. Together with the head teacher they set the future direction of the school and decide how the school’s budget should be spent. Governing bodies make decisions collectively on matters such as school policies and the school’s development plan and act as a "critical friend" to the school.

Sandra Walker – Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair of Governors

Sandra has lived in Churcham for 8 years and joined the governing body as a co-opted governor in early 2013.  Recently becoming vice-chair, Sandra is also subject lead for English and chairs the Teaching & Learning committee.  Sandra has two grown-up children and works at Gloucestershire County Council.  Her interests include animals, walking, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

 

Heather Bell – Co-opted Governor

I was appointed as a Community governor in 2014 and am now a Co-opted one.

I have been Chair of the Finance committee for over a year and am Joint Chair of the Partnership Committee with Ashleworth.   I live near Churcham school so can visit easily.  I am a retired systems analyst of insurance software. I babysit for my three granddaughters who are at another primary school in Glos. I play golf and sit on two ladies’ committees.

 

Diane Docherty – Co-opted Governor

I am a teacher of Modern Languages (French / German / Italian) and English. I also work in primary education. I do supply and language work at Churcham when required.  I love to travel and use my language skills whenever possible. I enjoy swimming, jazz jiving and gardening. I am also a member of the Cotswold Gliding club.  Having a teaching connection to Churcham I am interested in all aspects of the school life. I enjoy interacting and working with all pupils and staff and in my role as a governor, hope to contribute to the development and welfare of the school. 

 

Samantha Morgan - Parent Governor
I have been a parent Governor at Churcham Primary School since October 2016. I have three children currently at the school & one in secondary school. I am an accountant by profession & run two businesses. In my free time I like to spend time with my family & support their many sporting activities.

  

Churcham Primary School Governing Body Membership 2016-2017

Name

Type of Governor

Responsibilities

Committees

Term of office

FGB and Committee Meeting Attendance in 2015/16

FGB and Committee Meeting Attendance in 2016/17

Relevant Business/ Pecuniary Interests

Declared

Mr. Robert Haines

Co-opted - appointed by governing body

Chair of Governors,

Health & Safety,

Behaviour & Safety, Whistleblowing

Finance & Staffing

23.06.2015 – 22.06.2019

FGB: 3/3

C: 2/3

FGB: 3/4

C: 0/4

Cousin of owner of Artype Printing

Mr. John Cutter

Parent – elected by parents

Foundation Stage,

Safeguarding Governor

Partnership,

Teaching & Learning

17.10.2016 – 16.10.2020

FGB: 2/3

C: 6/7

FGB: 4/4

C: 6/6

None

Mrs. Sandra Walker

Co-opted – appointed by governing body

Vice Chair of Governors,

English Governor

Teaching & Learning

23.06.2015 – 22.06.2019

FGB: 3/3

C: 3/3

FGB: 4/4

C: 3/3

None

Mrs. Heather Bell

Co-opted – appointed by governing body

Finance & Staffing (Chair),

Partnership (Chair)

23.06.2015 – 22.06.2019

FGB: 3/3

C: 5/5

FGB: 4/4

C: 7/7

None

Mr. Nigel Steele

Local Authority – appointed by governing body

Maths Governor

Teaching & Learning

21.04.2016 – 20.04.2020

FGB: 1/3

C: 2/3

FGB: 3/4

C: 2/3

Governor at King of King’s School, Manchester

Mrs. Michelle Kelly

Head

Teacher – virtue of office

All

September 2010 -  ongoing

FGB: 3/3

C: 8/8

FGB: 3/4

C: 10/10

Executive Headteacher at Ashleworth C of E Primary School

Mrs. Claire Gobourn

Staff – elected by staff

Teaching & Learning

06.07.2015 – 05.07.2019

FGB: 3/3

C: 3/3

FGB: 0/4

C: 0/3

Class 2 teacher (maternity leave until June 17)

Mrs. Samantha Morgan

Parent – elected by parents

Finance & Staffing

14.10.2016 – 13.10.2020

FGB: N/a

C: N/a

FGB: 4/4

C: 3/3

None

Mrs. Diane Docherty

Co-opted – appointed by governing body

Science Governor

Teaching & Learning

8.11.2016 – 7.11.2020

FGB: N/a

C: N/a

FGB: 4/4

C: 1/2

Contract and supply teacher in Classes 1 & 2 and Acorns

Mrs. Emma Middlecote

Parent – elected by parents

SEN Governor

Finance & Staffing

21.01.2017 – 20.01.2021

FGB: N/a

C: N/a

FGB: 3/3

C: 1/2

None

 

 Governors who left in the previous 12 months: 

Mrs. Joanne Weaver

(stepped down 18 Nov 2016)

Parent – elected by parents

Science Governor

Finance & Staffing

25.03.2014 – 24.03.2018

FGB: 3/3

C: 3/3

FGB: 1/1

C: 1/1

None

Mrs. Anna Birt

(Stepped down 31 August 2016)

Co-opted – appointed by governing body

Vice Chair,

SEN Governor

Teaching & Learning

30.03.2016 – 29.03.2020

(previous term 31 March 2012 – 30 March 2016)

FGB: 3/3

C: 3/4

N/a

None

 

If you are interested or would like to find out more about becoming a Governor, please contact the school for more information.  It is importand that new Governors have all the information that they need to execute the role properly and so Governors receive a welcome pack and access to training courses to help with this. 

 

Download the Goveners Visit document below.

pdfGovernor Visits

pdfGovernors Behaviour Statement

 

 

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