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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 Britain. 
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.
Nigel Steele - Local Authority Governor
I have lived in Oakle Street since 1999 with my wife Helen and have been very happy bringing up our family in the village.  I have enjoyed working as a teacher, in maintained and independent schools in Gloucestershire, and am pleased to be able to support my local school as a governor.  I have a particular interest in maths and am the Local Authority link. 
Michelle Kelly
I have been a governor of Churcham Primary School since becoming Headteacher in September 2010. Before joining the team at Churcham, I taught in Cheltenham and then worked for Gloucestershire as an English Consultant. During this time, I worked in many schools around the county. I’ve lived in Pershore near Worcestershire for over 20 years with my partner and our pets. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the theatre and spending time ‘catching – up’ with family and friends. I’ve also been Headteacher and a governor of Ashleworth C of E Primary School since September 2013.
Emma Middlecote – Parent Governor
I was elected parent governor of Churcham Primary school in January 2017. I currently have two children who attend and have two children will be attending in the near future. I am currently governor for SEN and looked after children. In my spare time I enjoy going away in my caravan with the family. 
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.
Esther Deakes - Staff Governor

I joined Churcham Primary School in 2016 as a Newly Qualified Teacher teaching KS2.  Now, in my second year of teaching, I am please to say that I am the Staff Governor.  My passion for teaching blossomed when I started my Undergratuate degree at UWE (styudying Early Childhood Studies).  I then went on to do my PGCE with Maths Specialism at Warwick University.  I live in Cheltenham where I grew up on a farm with my Mum, Dad and Sister.  I have a passion for ICT, which is why in me second year of teaching I also became ICT Subject Leader for Churcham Primary and Ashleworth CofE Primary Schools. 

Sharon Ingham - Co-opted Governor

Hello, I’m Sharon Ingham and I’m delighted to have joined Churcham governing body in January 2018.  I have worked with children and their families for all of my working career. I retired after thirteen years as a head teacher, in the summer of 2017, leaving a very happy and successful school in Dunstable. On retirement I moved to Minsterworth, just a short distance from Churcham.  I hope to bring my knowledge of education and skills to assist with the school progress as I work with the other governors and the headteacher. I will be in school regularly reading with the children and supporting their development for a love of books and reading.  I am a keen gardener, reader and love walking in the open countryside and hills.

Churcham Primary School Governing Body Membership 2017-2018

Name

Type of Governor

Responsibilities

Committees

Term of office

FGB and Committee Meeting Attendance in 2016/17

FGB and Committee Meeting Attendance in 2017/18

Relevant Business/ Pecuniary Interests

Declared

 

Mr. Robert Haines

Co-opted - appointed by governing body

Health & Safety

Finance & Staffing

23.06.2015 – 22.06.2019

FGB: 3/4

C: 0/4

FGB: 6/7

C: 1/3

Cousin of owner of Artype Printing

Mr. John Cutter

Parent – elected by parents

Safeguarding

Partnership (Chair),

Teaching & Learning  

17.10.2016 – 16.10.2020

FGB: 4/4

C: 6/6

FGB: 6/7

C: 5/5

None

Mr. Nigel Steele

Local Authority – appointed by governing body

Maths

Teaching & Learning

21.04.2016 – 20.04.2020

FGB: 3/4

C: 2/3

FGB: 5/7

C: 2/3

Governor at King of King’s School, Manchester

Mrs. Michelle Kelly

Head

Teacher – virtue of office

All

September 2010 -  ongoing

FGB: 3/4

C: 10/10

FGB: 7/7

C: 9/9

Executive Headteacher at Ashleworth C of E Primary School

Mrs. Samantha Morgan

Parent – elected by parents

Vice Chair of Governors,

Science

Finance & Staffing (Chair)

14.10.2016 – 13.10.2020

FGB: 4/4

C: 3/3

FGB: 6/7

C: 3/4

None

Mrs. Emma Middlecote

Parent – elected by parents

Chair of Governors, English, SEN, EFYS, Whistleblowing

Finance & Staffing,

Teaching & Learning

21.01.2017 – 20.01.2021

FGB: 3/3

C: 1/2

FGB: 7/7

C: 9/9

None

Mr. Roger Ingham

Co-opted – appointed by governing body

Pupil Premium,

GDPR

Finance & Staffing,

Partnership

23.012018 – 22.01.2022

FGB: 3/3

C: 4/4

None

Mrs. Sharon Ingham

Co-opted – appointed by governing body

Attendance, Sports Premium

Teaching & Learning (Chair),

Partnership

23.01.2018 – 22.01.2022

FGB: 3/3

C: 2/2

None

Miss Esther Deackes

Staff – elected by staff

Teaching & Learning

29.01.2018-28.01-2022

FGB: 3/3

C: 1/1

Class 2 teacher


Governors who left in the previous 12 months:
      

Mrs. Heather Bell

Co-opted – appointed by governing body

Finance & Staffing (Chair),

Partnership (Chair)

23.06.2015 – 22.06.2019

(stepped down effective 15.01.2018)

FGB: 4/4

C: 7/7

FGB: 3/3

C: 2/2

None

Mrs. Claire Gobourn

Staff – elected by staff

Teaching & Learning

06.07.2015- 05.07.2019

Class 2 teacher

Mrs. Diane Docherty

Co-opted – appointed by governing body

Science Governor

Teaching & Learning

8.11.2016 – 7.11.2020

Contract and supply teacher in Classes 1 & 2 and Acorns

Mrs. Sandra Walker

Co-opted – appointed by governing body

Vice Chair of Governors,

English Governor

Teaching & Learning

23.06.2015 – 22.06.2019

(original term commenced 2013)

None


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f 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 

pdfGovernors Code of Conduct

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