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 half termly meetings, with 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), 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; 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. Governing boards may chose to have associate governors, who attend meetings and offer advice and suggestions or expertise in a particular fied but do not have voting rights.
There are two permanent sub-committees, one for financial and premises matters known as the Operations committee . The other one is the Curriculum Committee that examines in detail the teaching and learning and pastoral support for children in our school. 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 Link Governors with responsibility for:
- Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
- Child Protection/Safeguarding
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 sub- committees each half term covering personnel, curriculum, premises or finance, the twelve 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.
The current 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 the 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 the school 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. Below is a brief introduction from each governor.
Saffron Hillier - Co-Chair of Governors & Safeguarding Link Governor
I am 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 Operations 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
Toby Prosser - Co- Chair of Governors
I am a Co-opted Governor with 1 child in the school and 1 child at secondary school. 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.
Hannah Birkett - Vice-Chair of Governors
I have a daughter in Y6. 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 am Chair of the Curriculum Committee.
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.
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.
Mthr Katherine Ward -Foundation Governor
Recently ordained as a curate. I was previously a Headteacher of a junior school and I have a long connection to Chingford CofE Primary as both my children attended there.
Fr Lee Taylor - Foundation 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.
Lindsey Lampard - Headteacher
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.
Laura Greenberg - Staff Governor
I have worked at CCofE for 8 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.
Graham House - Parent Governor
I currently have 2 children in the school. I am a volunteer STEM ambassador with 18 years industry experience in software development and have a keen interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics as well as a BSc in Physics and an MSc in science and technology studies. As such I am keen to ensure that that in my role as governor I advocate that the school:
- 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 qualifications;
Contribute to improved academic achievement in STEM subjects;
Develop other employability skills in young people, including confidence, team-work, presentation and creativity.
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 Ms Lampard and the rest of her senior team.
As a time-pressed working-parent of a child in Year 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.
Dan Bond -Parent Governor
I’ve been a Chingford resident for 12 years and a school parent for more than 5 years to a son in year 6 and a daughter in year 4. During that time I’ve seen the school face challenges and celebrate success, growing and developing to address the changing environment in which it operates. I believe that Chingford C of E School is a focal point of our community and one of our key strengths is good engagement with our friends within the school and amongst the businesses and organisations of Chingford.
We must continue to ensure that our students achieve their full potential and benefit from a broad spectrum of experiences, developing into constructive and positive members of their community. I welcome the opportunity to play an active role in shaping the future of this successful and friendly school. The values promoted by the school are positive and nurturing and it’s important to support and challenge the school to maintain those values in the face of increasing external pressures. As a building surveyor I would be well placed to give advice on improvements to the school buildings. I have previously been a school governor elsewhere so I have some experience of the role, and I’m ready to learn any new skills required.
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 attend CCofE. We govern rather than manage, giving direction and focus. The management of the school remains the responsibility of the Headteacher. We are responsible for:
- Appointing Headteachers and Deputy Headteachers and ensuring the implementation of a range of HR procedures
- Managing the school's budget
- Determining aims, policies and priorities for CCofE Primary
- Monitoring and evaluating the work of the school and setting targets
- Ensuring high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour
- Ensuring that all children in the schools have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, suitable to age, aptitude and ability, which prepares them for adult life
- Ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff
We meet at least once every half term. In addition to these full Governing Body meetings our sub-committees also meet half termly.
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.