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YOUR SCHOOL GOVERNORS

 

The Local Authority appoints LA governors.  They liaise between the office and the school.

 

Our LA and Chair of Governors is:

 

THERESA VINNICOMBE

 

Having completed a 26 year career as a registered nurse, Theresa now manages the administration for her family business.  She has been involved in supporting the school, on and off, for the last 20 years, initially as a parent helper and now, also as a Governor.  Both Theresa's knowledge of the school and achievements throughout her career, will assist the Governing Body and it's stakeholders in moving the school forward to the benefit of it's pupils. 

 

Inclusion and diversity

Local Authority governor appointed by Suffolk Local Authority

Chair of governors

Term of office 4 years - 23/02/2020

Sitting on Vision and Strategy (Chair), Personnel, Premises and Finance and Pay Committees.

No pecuniary interest

 

 

Our Foundation Governors are:

 

PETER GREEN

 

Peter is married with two adult children; formerly a school teacher; senior lecturer in psychology and philosophy, Derby; honorary lecturer in educational research Nottingham University; College Vice-Principal Durham University; Governor of two University colleges; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; Founder and former Chairman Chengelo Educational Trust; Founder and former Chairman St. Andrew's Educational Trust; former Chairman, Board of Directors Traidcraft Plc; Founder Durham-Lesotho Diocesan LINK; Consultant for international development projects in thirty-six countries with the World Bank; the European Union; UNESCO and the United Nations.  Offshore Yacht Master. Writing includes numerous educational research reports and four books including 'The Day the Devil Wept' recounting development activities.  Governor RNLI. Lay Minister in the Church of England.

 

Foundation governor appointed by the Diocese of St Edmundsbury

Term of office 4 years - 02/01/2018

Sitting on HTPM committee, Personnel, Premises and Finance, Vision and Strategy committees.

No pecuniary interest

 

JANE CONNELL-SMITH

 

Jane was born in Birmingham and educated at King Edward IV School for Girls before gaining a B.Sc. Hons. in Psychology.  She worked in both mental health and industry. After marriage to David and having four children, Jane decided, at the age of 45, to embark on a new career.  She trained as a primary school teacher and has taught children across the whole primary range, in schools in North East Essex.  Jane has been a school governor for over 20 years.

 

Jane and David moved to their cottage in the heart of Tattingstone in 2012 and Jane is on the Parochial Church Council and has recently become Parish Clerk.

 

Jane says that she "hopes to be able to bring a wide range of knowledge and experience to the governing body in this wonderful school in my home village".

 

Staff Wellbeing

Foundation governor appointed by the Diocese of St Edmundsbury

Term of office 4 years - 31/08/2018

Sitting on HTPM (Chair), Pay, Vision and Strategy committees.

Mr Connell-Smith currently audits the School Fund.

 

REBECCA WALLIS

 

Rebecca has been Community Governor since November 2011, when her eldest child was in year 6.  She worked for a local Insurance Broker for 18 years before leaving for a career change.  Rebecca then worked within the childcare profession, finishing her foundation degree in Children's Care, Learning and Development in March 2013.  In both roles, Rebecca has had management experience and believes this, along with her Early Years experience, will help the school to achieve their aims and continually improve the children's school experience holistically.

 

Rebecca is also the elected Safeguarding Governor.

Vice Chair of Governors

Term of office 4 years - 13/03/2019

Co-opted governor

Sitting on Vision and Strategy Committee

 

 

Our Staff Governor is:

 

ELIZABETH (LIZZIE) REID

 

Lizzie recently finished her study at the University of Exeter, where she was reading English Literature and Geography. She came to join the school in the summer of 2016 as the Early Birds Leader and Sports Coach. Lizzie has an interest in education, and alongside her work at the school she continues to work teaching tennis locally at Holbrook Tennis Club. Lizzie has joined the governing body to uphold the values of the school.

 

Staff governor

Term of office 4 years - 22/09/2020

Sitting on the Vision and Strategy committee

 

No pecuniary interest

 

The teachers at the school elect Teacher Governors. Their role is to represent the views of the staff and to provide a link between teachers and governors in the life of the school.

 

Our Associate Governor is:

 

LYN TOMLINSON

 

Lyn first joined the school as an Admin Assistant in September 1992, when both her children were pupils here.  She has served as Foundation Governor and now as an Associate Member focusing on Finance.  

 

Associate governor - appointed by the governing body for specific skills in Finance and Premises.

 

Term of office 4 years - 27/05/2020

Sitting on Vision and Strategy, Personnel, Premises and Finance Committees.

 

No Pecuniary interest

 

BEVERLEY DERRETT

 

Headteacher- appointed automatically as part of position.

No term of office

Mrs Derrett is currently a school governor at Dale Hall Primary School

 

No pecuniary interest

 

Our Parent Governors are:

 

LOUISA SAUNDERS

 

Louisa has lived in Stutton since 2010 and has two young children.  Her son attends the school.  Louisa is a solicitor with 13 years experience and works at a large firm in Ipswich.  Louisa is interested in education and is qualified to teach English as a foreign language. Prior to having children, Louisa was involved with a charity which runs children's homes in Tamil Nadu in India.  She spent time teaching English in local government schools also evening classes in the charity's children's homes.  Louisa wanted to become a parent governor in order to gain a greater understanding of how the school runs and to contribute to its development. 

 

Term of office is 4 years - 22/09/2020

Sitting on the Vision and Strategy Committee

 

No Pecuniary Interest

 

 

VACANCY FOR PARENT GOVERNOR

 

 

Our Co-Opted Governor is:

 

LISA BUTLER

 

Lisa is a qualified Accountant working for Willis Towers Watson in Ipswich.  She has had two children attend Tattingstone Primary School, both are now at high school.  She has been a parent helper for several years while her children were at Tattingstone and is now co-opted as a Governor specialising in finance.  Lisa previously spent 4 years as Treasurer for an Ipswich Charity called Got to Read, which specialises in adult literacy.  

 

Co-Opted for her experience in finance.

Term of office is 4 years - 03/05/2020

Sitting on the Vision and Strategy committee and personnel, premises and finance (chair)

 

Pecuniary Interest Register

GOVERNOR MEETINGS 2017–2018

 

 

AUTUMN TERM

 

 

11/09/17

Chairs and Heads Briefing

18.00

04/10/17

Vision and Strategy

18.00

TBC

Pay committee

15.45

TBC

HTPM

11.00

15/11/17

Personnel and Finance meeting

18.00

13/12/17

Full Governor – LA Clerked

17.00

SPRING TERM

 

 

01/18

Chairs and Heads Briefing

18.00

07/02/18

Vision and Strategy

19.00

21/02/18

Finance meeting

18.00

21/03/18

Personnel and Finance meeting

18.00

28/03/18

Full Governor – LA Clerked

17.00

SUMMER TERM

 

 

04/18

Chairs and heads briefing

18.00

09/05/18

Vision and Strategy

19.00

27/06/18

Personnel and finance meeting

18.00

TBC

HTPM review

16.00

04/07/18

Full Governor - LA Clerked

19.00

 

 

 

 

Attendance Register for

Committee Meetings 2017/18

(Updated Sept 2017)

 

GOVERNOR

COMMITTEE

ATTENDANCE

Autumn 2016

 

Spring 2017

 

Summer 2017

Theresa Vinnicombe

Vision and Strategy

Teaching, Premises and Finance.

Pay

FGB

1/1

1/1

 

1/1

1/1

1/1

2/2

 

0/0

1/1

1/1

1/1

 

0/0

1/1

Beverly Derrett

Vision and Strategy

Teaching, Premises and Finance.

Pay

FGB

1/1

1/1

 

1/1

1/1

1/1

2/2

 

0/0

1/1

1/1

1/1

 

0/0

1/1

Rebecca Wallis

Vision and Strategy

FGB

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

Jane Connell-Smith

Vision and Strategy

HTPR

Pay

FGB

1/1

1/1

 

1/1

1/1

 

1/1

0/0

 

0/0

1/1

1/1

0/0

 

0/0

1/1

Peter Green

Vision and Strategy

Teaching, Premises and Finance.

HTPR

FGB

0/1

1/1

 

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/2

 

0/0

1/1

1/1

1/1

 

0/0

1/1

Lyn Tomlinson

Vision and Strategy

Teaching, Premises and Finance.

FGB

0/1

1/1

 

1/1

1/1

2/2

 

1/1

1/1

1/1

 

1/1

Lisa Butler

Vision and Strategy

Teaching, Premises and Finance

FGB

0/1

1/1

 

0/1

1/1

2/2

 

0/1

1/1

1/1

 

1/1

Louisa Saunders

Vision and Strategy

FGB

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

Elizabeth Reid

Vision and Strategy

FGB.

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

1/1

1/1

Tim Newport-Herring

Vision and Strategy

FGB

0/0

 

1/1

Resigned

 

 

Attendance Register for

Committee Meetings 2016/17

(Updated January 2017)

GOVERNOR

COMMITTEE

ATTENDANCE

Theresa Vinnicombe

 

Vision and Strategy

Personnel, Premises and Finance

FGB

 

1/1

1/1

 

1/1

Beverly Derrett

Vision and Strategy

Personnel, Premises and Finance

FGB

 

1/1

1/1

 

1/1

 

Rebecca Wallis

Vision and Strategy

FGB

 

1/1

1/1

Jane Connell-Smith

Vision and Strategy

HTPR

PAY

FGB

1/1

1/1

1/1

1/1

Peter Green

Vision and Strategy

Personnel, Premises and Finance

FGB

HTPR

0/1

1/1

 

1/1

1/1

Lyn Tomlinson

Vision and Strategy

Personnel, Premises and Finance

FGB

1/1

1/1

 

1/1

Louisa Saunders

Vision and Strategy

FGB

1/1

1/1

Lisa Butler

Teaching and Finance

FGB

1/1

0/1

Tim Newport-Herring

Vision and Strategy

FGB

0/0

1/1

Elizabeth Reid

Vision and Strategy

FGB

0/1

0/1

 

 

Tattingstone and Wherstead Parish AGMs

Summer Term 2017

 

 

The school currently has a full governing body with wide ranging skills that are of benefit to the school. We have been involved in pupil’s perceptions on their play times and views of the school. Our finance governor has been instrumental in supporting the school bursar to deliver a balanced budget. The school’s priorities are writing and attendance with its strengths in phonics and key stage two. The focus for the pupil premium funding has been the training of philosophy for staff and the teaching of it. There have already been benefits to the children who have started to think deeper and wider about their learning.

For a small rural school, we do not seem to stand still. The children are given many opportunities outside their normal curriculum to enrich them: -

 

Summer 2016

*First training for children

*Whole school production of The Tudor Rose

*Whole school trip to Rendlesham forest – forest art, den building and games.

 

Autumn 2016

*Children once again took part in the 02 young voices.

*Some of the older children went to Adastral park to take part in a robotics competition.

*Whole school visit to the Wolsey theatre to see the pantomime.

 

Spring 2017

*30 years of schools singing at Snape – our children were amongst some of the youngest there and performed with great gusto.

*Celebration of 175 years of the school – the school took a trip back in time and each child paid a penny for the day’s education and were treated (!) to sewing / DT, lessons using slate and chalk and parlour games. They all agreed being at school in Victorian times was little fun.

*The JRSOs (junior road safety officers) have been out and about in the village with the PCSO to try and combat the parking issues at drop off and pick up. They have even issued parking tickets for inappropriate parking.

*Reception / Key stage one visited Colchester castle where a great time was had by all.

 

These are merely titbits of what the children have been up to alongside curriculum subjects, sporting events and religious celebrations.

 

  1. School has achieved the bronze linguamark (an award for foreign languages) with the expectation of reaching silver by the end of this term. The bronze award for philosophy with many of the silver criteria being met was also gained. Three of the members of staff have also undertaken and passed additional leadership qualifications.

 

At a time of financial constraints on the budget the school is fortunate to have a very supportive and productive PTA. They have contributed to school trips, library books and playground equipment to name a few things.

 

Many of the community events have been well attended this is much appreciated as it gives the children to be a part of the community, extending their social skills.

As always please take a moment to check out the school website. It is kept up to date with events, pictures and news of almost every-thing that goes on.

Governors 2016

 

The Governing Body is a corporate body of people drawn from parents, staff, the church, the LA and community to set the strategic direction of the school. The role is a voluntary one, undertaking statutory duties laid down by the government. These include finance, the curriculum, safeguarding, SEN, wellbeing, teachers and support staff. These duties are outlined in more detail in the Governors Handbook located here. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/395789/Governors_Handbook.pdf. It is not the responsibility of the Governing Body to oversee the day to day running of the school, this is the remit of the Head teacher.

 

Tattingstone has a constitution of 9 members: – the Head teacher, two foundation governors (one of which represents the incumbent), two parent governors, a local authority governor and two co-opted governors (this can be any-one who has a specific skill required by the Governing Body) and a staff representative. As a Governing Body, we also have an associate member whose place is to advise on finance and premises matters.

 

The committees have been re-formed to best reflect the needs of the school and the work of the Governing Body. In a bid to self-evaluate and ensure best practice the governing body has adjusted their committees to reflect this.

  1. Vision and Strategy – this committee sets the terms workload in line with local and central government requirements as well as the school’s development and self-evaluation plans. The standards section is where governors self-evaluate and looks at ways to improve using a variety of tools, such as skills audits. At this committee parent feedback is also discussed from things that have been brought to governor’s attention or have been raised at the forum. – this committee looks at the curriculum, progress, data, targets and attainment. This committee will also receive reports from Mrs Perkins as learning and assessment leader and from Mrs McCullough as inclusion and diversity – this committee meets each term
  2. Pay – this committee determines staff pay increments based on information from the Head teacher. This committee meets in the autumn term.
  3. Personnel, Premises and Finance – the financial management of the school is dealt with here as well as workforce management and the schools premises. This committee meets each term
  4. Head teacher’s performance management – this is attended by an independent school advisor to determine and set the Head teachers targets. This committee meets once a year but the Head’s targets are monitored termly.
  5. The full Governing Body – this is where the whole governing body meets to discuss the terms business. The head teachers report is received along with relevant reports from governors. During the autumn term the chair and vice chair of the Governing Body are elected.

A representative of the Governing Body meets with other governors in the peninsula including the Academy to look at ways we could support each other and pupils.

At all meetings, various policies that are statutory are delegated for review and discussion in line with any government guidelines. These are then put on the school’s website.

 

All governors attend training sessions, some are statutory and other relate to relevant committees and subject areas. These sessions are provided by the LA, a register of training is presented to the Full Governing Body each term.

 

How to become a governor?

We are always keen to hear from people who would like to be involved in governance. If you think this is something you would be interested in Suffolk County Council’s website is a good source of information. Current governors are happy to answer any questions you may have.

We currently have no vacancies, but we would like to hear from anyone who may have a future interest.

 

Who are your Governors?

The school’s website gives details of current governors and their role, term of office, pecuniary interests and the type of governor they are. Linked to this is a short blog about each person. A register is also produced to show the attendance for each committee and its member. Governor photographs can be found in the school office.

Each month governors produce an article highlighting the schools work, this is sent to The Tattingstone News and In Touch magazine for the local area. As a small school, we are lucky that most school events are attended by at least one school governor.

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