The Governors of the school are a representative group of people who are appointed to be responsible for various aspects of the school; these have included overseeing the financial administration of the school, curriculum issues, personnel and sites and buildings. Their work is conducted through monthly meetings, with some sub committees and occasional working parties. The Head Teacher of the school presents frequent written reports and strives to ensure that Governors are kept fully informed of the school work, changes in educational practice and the law, in order that they can effectively carry out their responsibilities.
The Governing Body is made up of representatives from the Church (Foundation governors), the London Borough of Waltham Forest (LEA governors), parents (Parent Governors), staff (Staff Governors) and the community (Co-opted Governors).
Foundation governors are elected by the Parochial Church Council from its electoral roll; LEA governors are appointed by LBWF (in some cases from political party nominations); Parent governors are elected by ballots of parents of children at the school; Staff Governors volunteer and are elected by their colleagues and Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Bodies.
There is a permanent sub-committee for financial matters. Other sub-committees re called as required to look at particular aspects of school life in detail. Each committee has Terms of Reference, which set out the responsibilities and the amount of decision-making authority they hold.
In addition individual Governors have responsibility for developing their expertise and understanding of the role of particular issues in school. There are named Governors with responsibility for:
Each governor is ‘linked’ with a class, which they are encouraged to visit and follow as it moves up the year groups. This helps to give governors a ‘face’ in the school, to see teaching first hand and to build a relationship with the children.
School governors provide support and direction to our school and bring together views from the Parish Church, school staff, parents, the Local Authority and the local community. In full governing body meetings each half-term and working committees each term covering personnel, curriculum, premises or finance, 12 governors consider all matters affecting our school. These range from government legislation or local authority initiatives, development and review of school policies, maintenance or improvement of our buildings, to budget monitoring and staffing. Together with formal responsibilities, non-staff governors are also ‘linked’ to individual classes, to take a specific interest in those children as they progress through the school.
The Chingford CofE Governing Body is a board of 12 members who represent different parts of the school community and who all bring different skills to the task of leading this very good school forward.
The Governing Body consists of:
3 Parent Governors who are voted onto the Governing Body by the parents/carers of children who attend the school. Parent Governors play an important role in shaping the education and experience of their children at CCofE.
1 Local Authority Governor who is appointed by the LA that maintains the school. They do not work for the LA but are people who live or work locally and are interested in supporting a local school.
2 Staff Governors one of whom is the headteacher. The other Staff Governor is elected by the staff team. Staff Governors represent the views of the staff at CCofE at Governing Body meetings.
3 Foundation Governors who are appointed as follows:1 by the Diocesan Board of Education, 1 by the Parochial Church Council of St Peter and Paul, Chingford and 1 Ex-Officio, who is the Rector of St Peter and Paul, Chingford. Recognising its historic foundation, the Foundation Governors help the school to preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England.
3 Co-opted Governors these are appointed as a governor by the Governing Body as they have, in the opinion of the governing body, the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
Each term of office lasts 4 years with the exception of the Headteacher and the Ex-officio foundation governors.
Who are we?
David Dooks-Chair of Governors
I live in North Chingford and became involved with CCofE when my children attended here over 10 years ago. The quality of the teaching and the enthusiasm of the children to learn within the context of Christian belief and practice have kept me involved ever since. I am a co-opted governor.
Toby Prosser-Vice Chair of Governors and chair of Finance sub-committee
I am a Parent Governor with 2 children in the school; one in Y4 and one in Y2. I enjoy and participate in discussion around all aspects of the school and whilst high standards in education are very important I am passionate about ensuring a broad and balanced curriculum for all children.
Jeanette Waller-SEND Link Governor
I have lived in Chingford since 1978 and been a regular worshipper at St Peter and St Paul for more than thirty years. I have been a foundation governor (nominated by the church) for nearly ten years. I retired from school as Head Teacher of a 100% bi-lingual, Church of England, school in inner London before becoming a senior lecturer on the primary PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) programme at the University of East London. This gave me the opportunity of observing trainee teachers in a wide variety of East London schools.
I have a special interest in provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities. All children are special in their own way and need support and encouragement to discover their unique gifts and talents as well as developing the resourcefulness, resilience and persistence in the face of challenge that underpins successful learning.
Although academic success is vitally important it is only one part of schooling. There should be plenty of fun, opportunities to try new activities, to be creative and artistic, engaging with the wider curriculum as well as encouragement to develop sound relationships based on respect, tolerance and understanding. This includes opportunities for quiet reflection and spiritual development.
Fr Andy Trenier
I am from Ireland, I have worked in community development and then with young offenders in Oxford before training for the ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon. I served my title post in Derby Cathedral as Minor Canon, working variously as missioner, succentor, and latterly taking on the work of the Cathedral Administrator preparing the Cathedral for a major refurbishment program. I also served as tutor in Doctrine and Ethics for the All Saints Centre for Mission and Ministry. I have three sons, my eldest son started in Y2 this year. I am the Ex-Officio Governor.
Fr Lee TaylorFoundation Governor
I am new to Chingford, and the school, only having moved to the area in the summer to take up my curacy post with St Peter and St Paul’s with All Saints.
I’m looking forward to using previous skills and knowledge from the public sector in contributing to the school’s progress. I have experience of providing and managing front line customer services alongside working at senior levels with executives and elected members.
I’m also looking forward to working with Fr Andy and others in continuing the excellent links between the school and the parish.
I have been a headteacher at CCofE Primary School since January 2013 and I love my job! I am proud of each and every one of the children who come to this school and will settle for nothing but the very best for them and their families. I enjoy working closely with the school's ambitious and forward thinking Governing Body to ensure that CCofE keeps on getting better.
Tracy Bruford-Staff Governor
I have worked at CCofE for 6 years. My position on the Governing body will ensure that I will represent the CCofE staff and that they are informed about issues being discussed by Governors. I enjoy working closely with the Governing Body to ensure that CCofE keeps on improving. I sit on the SEND & Curriculum Committee.
Graham House-Parent Governor
I have recently been elected as a Parent Governor. I have a son in Y2 and a child due to start Reception in September 2016. I am a Self Employed IT consultant on big-data, hybrid cloud infrastructure and information architecture. I am a STEM ambassador: this means that I am very interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics and because of this interest I run the Chingford Church of England Primary School Code Club. I want to:
engage and enthuse young people about STEM
Give teachers a unique perspective on how the STEM curriculum can be demonstrated in the world of work
Encourage young people to consider STEM careers and qualification
Contribute to improved academic achievement in STEM subjects.
Develop other employability skills in young people, including confidence, team-work, presentation and creativity
I am the Treasurer of the PA here at CCofE and previously I have been a Scout Leader.
Caroline Rubidge – Parent Governor
I have more than 15 years’ experience of working in senior positions across the education sector and believe I can act as a ‘constructively critical friend’ on the School Governing body by using my knowledge, sector contacts, and insights to help share best-practice and school improvement suggestions with Mrs Lampard and the rest of her senior team.
As a time-pressed working-parent of children in Year 3 and 5 I would like the opportunity to champion the needs of fellow parents by encouraging and helping the Governing body to better understand the needs of parents in order to drive forward an improvement in the level and quality of the school’s parental engagement and communication.
Cllr Roy Berg-LA Governor
I attended CCofE as a child and it has a very special place in my heart. I want to ensure that it continues to offer the high standard of education with the committement to see each and every child meet their full potential.I have been a local councillor since 2010 and serve on the following committees for the council: Communities Scrutiny Committee , Community Safety ScrutinyCommittee Council, National Non-Domestic Ratepayers Consultation, and Waltham Forest SafeNeighbourhoods Board. I bring lots of local knowledge to my role as a governor. In my spare time I am involved with the miniture steam railway in Ridgeway Park; one of my favourite times is when Reception and Y1 come to visit the steam railway.
Saffron Hillier-Co-opted Governor & Safeguarding Governor
I have recently become a Co-opted Governor. My reason for applying for the role of co-opted governor is that as a local resident (I live on Station Road) I was looking for ways I could be contribute to my local community. I have worked for Barclays Bank for 27 years and my current role is in Corporate Banking in the Chief Risk Office looking after Prudential Risk. I am an independent person with a community, financial and risk background who likes to challenge the status quo and look for efficiencies. I sit on the Finance and Premises committees. I have a passion for football and I am the Ryan FC child welfare officer. The school promises to the children are what attracted me to apply to serve on this Governing Body in particular.
You will know what it feels like to be good at something and have achieved your very best
You will love learning new things and want to keep on learning more
You will understand just how incredible you are, believe in yourself and have confidence in your abilities
You will have grown healthy and strong and understand how to look after your body
You will have known friendship and learned how to get along well with other people
You will feel part of your local community and proud of your school
Hannah Birkett-Co-opted Governor
I have a daughter in Y5. In addition to being a Co-opted Governor , I have previously been a parent governor and in my professional life I am an Assistant Headteacher in a neighbouring LA. This means that I bring experience of how other Governing bodies work. I sit on the Post Ofsted Action Plan committee and have sat on the Finance committee in the past.
I feel very privileged to work with the CCofE Staff who are professional and approachable at all times and are passionate about teaching our children to reach their maximum potential. I want to be the bridge between the parents and school and the voice for the parents, collectively.
Betty Learner-Associate Governor
I have a long association with the school. I have been a Governor at CCofE Primary School for many years and I 2017 became an Associate Governor, which means I attend and contribute to Governor meetings but don't vote.. I was born in Chingford and my father, my sister and I, my children and grandchild have all attended CCofE! Through those years I have been fortunate to be part of the CCofE journey in becoming the vibrant school it is today. The Staff are professional and approachable at all times and are passionate about teaching our children to reach their maximum potential. As a associate governor I come in and work with my link class every week and I find this is an excellent opportunity to connect with the children, parents/carers and staff about what is going on everyday in the life of the school. I think the children are privileged to attend such a caring school.
What do we do?
As governors we make collective decisions as part of the Governing Body. Our main purpose is to help raise the educational standards and performance of CCofE by supporting the work of the Headteacher and school staff. Recognising its historic foundation we work to ensure that the school will preserve and develop its religious character ensuring that it promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils. We ensure that the school runs effectively, that quality teaching and learning is happening across the school, that the budget is spent wisely and that CCofE provides good value for money.
We make strategic decisions on how the school is run and are answerable to parents, the wider community and most importantly the children who attendCCofE. We govern rather than manage, giving direction and focus. The management of the school remains the responsibility of the Headteacher. We are responsible for:
We meet 6 times annually, once each half term. In addition to these full Governing Body meetings our committees also meet. The committees are SEND &Curriculum, Premises, Personnel and Finance. They are made up of a minimum of 3 Governors. The committee members discuss items in depth and make recommendations to the full Governing Body.
If you are interested in becoming a Governor, please contact the Chair of governors via the school office or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hard copies of Governor Minutes are available on request from the school office.