School governors are volunteers who work together with the Headteacher to help deliver the best education for the pupils at their school. Generally, school governors are not specialists in education. Instead, much of the role is about exercising common sense and, of course, working together in the best interests of the children.

On the1st of February 2019 Blakesley Church of England Primary School became an Academy joining the Peterborough Diocesan Education Trust (PDET). As of that date the Governing Board became a Local Governing Board (LGB) being a committee of the Board of Directors of PDET.  Whilst the Directors of PDET have ultimate accountability for the work of the Trust and the academies within it, the LGB is accountable for the day to day running of the school and has responsibility for exercising the powers that have been delegated to it including:

  • the monitoring of pupil progress and achievement;
  • the implementation of the school improvement plan;
  • giving regular, accurate feedback on progress, challenges / concerns and risks to PDET.

The LGB has a key role to play in the drive to raise standards and is required to promote and maintain high standards of pupil performance for all.

Governors act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school, advising, supporting and challenging the school’s leadership team. Whilst not involved in day to day or operational matters, Governors ask searching questions to obtain a critical understanding of the working of the school. They aim to ensure that the school is a place where all children will flourish.

In undertaking their role, Governors are expected to:

  • Conduct themselves in accordance with the National Governance Association Code of Conduct and the school’s values;
  • Visit the school as regularly as possible and attend school functions;
  • Participate in visits from outside agencies whenever possible and appropriate.

The full governing body meets regularly twice each term (six times per year) its standing agenda following the pattern set out on the attached schedule. In addition, Governors also undertake typically two termly monitoring visits at the school.,

Meetings last around two hours and are lively and interactive. Many of our current governors work full time and manage to fit in their role around their other commitments. Their motivation is invariably to make a positive contribution to something of fundamental importance, educating our children

The Local Governing Board is drawn from members of the local community (Co-opted Governors), the Church (Foundation Governors), parents (who are elected for a term of 4 years), the Head teacher and a staff representative.

Associate governors are appointed because of the specific experience and expertise they can contribute to the effective governance and success of the school whether to help to address specific gaps identified in the skills of governing body members or to help the governing body respond to particular challenges. Whilst associate governors may attend full governing body meetings, they are not governors and therefore do not have a vote in governing body decisions.

The School’s current Governors are:

Name of Governor or Associate Member

Category

Term of office

Position

Paul Parsons

Foundation

13/09/2018

12/9/2019

Chairman

Maxine Conway

Co-opted

07/07/2015

06/07/2019

Vice Chair

Sally Beaton

Headteacher

01/09/2017

 

Headteacher

Laurie Hill

Staff Governor

01/09/2018

31/08/2022

Governor

Caroline Slay

Parent

30/03/2017

29/03/2021

Governor

Chris Hamlet

Parent

06/02/2018

05/02/2022

Governor

Jo Wilkins

Co-opted

30/03/2017

29/03/2021

Governor

Jo Gray

Co-opted

13/09/2018

12/09/2021

Governor

Alexia Simon

Co-opted

12/11/2015

11/11/2019

Governor

Tim Fernyhough

Foundation

01/02/2019

31/01/23

Governor

Carolyn Berrill

Associate Governor

01/02/2019

31/01/23

Associate Member

Vicky Rogers

Associate Governor

01/02/2019

31/01/23

Associate Member

Richard Saxby

Associate Governor

01/02/2019

31/01/23

Associate Member

Margaret Marsh Associate Governor 01/02/2019 31/01/23 Associate Member

All Governor vacancies are advertised on the school website, in the school’s newsletters and externally if necessary.

If you have any queries or would be interested in learning more about the role of Governor and governance of our school, please e-mail the school office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) addressing your email ‘For the Attention of ‘Mr Paul Parsons, Chairman of Local Governing Board’.

Working together with the school and its community, we aim to make Blakesley Church of England Primary School the very best that it can be.

Paul Parsons
Chairman

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