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Governors

THE ROLE OF THE GOVERNORS

The governors of St Botolph's work together with the school to ensure that the school continues to develop to the highest standards in all aspects of school life.  This includes ensuring that the appropriate policies are in place and adhered to, so that children are safe, nurtured and challenged to the best of their abilities. The governors also monitor teaching and learning to ensure that the curriculum is being developed and applied, each child has the opportunity to thrive in their learning and that staff are well managed and motivated. Responsibility for making the best use of budget, premises and other resources also sits with the governors, so that all children can experience a pleasant and well equipped environment in which to learn.

As governors of St. Botolph's we are members of the Hartismere Group and have opportunities to work and share experiences with colleagues in the pyramid group of primary schools, which are the feeder schools for Hartismere in Eye.

WHAT WE DO AS GOVERNORS

The governing body meet termly as a whole team to monitor progress against plans, discuss risks and opportunities for the school and to oversee the committees that run to monitor specific areas important to the proper management of the school.  Each governor sits on at least one of these committees and therefore has responsibility for reviewing the relevant information available and questioning the effectiveness of the actions being taken to continually improve the management of the school. 

At least once a year governors attend the Parent-Teacher Consultation Meeting enabling direct contact with parents of children attending the school and governors also spend time in school, following a year group of children from reception to year 6, in order to observe first hand the environment children at St. Botolph's experience.

Our most important objective as a governor however, is to ensure that all children at St. Botolph's have the opportunity to thrive and achieve to the best of their abilities, in line with the ethos of the school. 

The governors welcome comments and observations from parents or the community of which the school is part. You are welcome to contact us, either directly or via the school office if you have something you would like to discuss or share.

Tony Spouncer (Chair)

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Susan Wright (Vice Chair)

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I have lived in Wortham with my husband, daughters, granddaughter, dogs and bees since 2007 and joined St Botolph's governing body in 2012 as an LEA governor.

Up until recently I worked as a corporate accountant in the financial sector.  The particular area of expertise that I bring to the governing body is my skill in data interpretation and change management.

Tony Hainsworth

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I've lived in Hinderclay since the mid 80s. I am semi-retired but have worked in IT for 40 years, having served in both the private and public sector. My last full-time post was managing IT Development & Security at the Partnership of West Suffolk Councils. Shortly after moving to this part of Suffolk, I became a member of the last Governing Body of Rickinghall School and also chaired the PTA until the school merged with Redgrave to found St Botolph's. As my sons moved on, I became a Parent Governor at Thurston Community College. I've been on Hinderclay Parish Council for a number of years and am currently the Vice-Chair. I'm a member of Heritage Circle and the Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

Gerry Gurhy

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I have lived in Botesdale since 2013.  I am retired but worked in education for 37 years.  My final post was deputy head in a large 11-18 comprehensive school in north Essex.  My role involved teaching history, evaluating school performance and curriculum planning.  I worked for nearly three years as an adviser on 14-19 education for Essex County Council.  I was trained by Ofsted and was a team inspector on six secondary school inspections.  My other community activities are the Heritage Circle and the Wortham and Burgate Twinning Association.

Mark Duxon

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I moved to Redgrave with my family in 2011 and currently have two children at St Botolph’s.

I have worked for 20 years in the Drug Discovery Industry as a Molecular Biologist/Pharmacologist to discover new medicines to treat Psychiatric and Neurological Disease. For the last 10 years I have been the CEO of several pharmaceutical service companies in Singapore, France and (currently) the UK.

I am a member of the Steering and Finance Committees.

Reverend Norburn

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I am a Foundation Governor supporting the school through pastoral care, leading school assemblies and attending Governor’s meetings.  As a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School we look to promote a firm Christian ethos for the school to enable all students and staff to have a stable environment in which to work, learn and flourish.

Alison Spouncer

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I have two children of school age. One now at Hartismere having had a great start at St Botolph's and my second enjoying their time here at the school.

I've enjoyed working voluntarily at the school for nearly five years and am also Joint Secretary of the Friends of St Botolph's Committee.  I have worked in various environments; civil service, charity, SMEs and corporate.

Tim Shorten

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I have lived in Redgrave since 2011, when I moved back to Suffolk after having grown up here.  I have been a Foundation Governor since May 2016, joining shortly after the first of my two children started at St Botolph’s. 

I sit on the premises committee and have oversight of SENCO within the school.

I work as a consultant in the field of international development, and I specialise in monitoring and evaluating aid projects, mainly in the health sector, in order to help assess their effectiveness and learn lessons about if and how they can be improved. 

James Smith

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I have two daughters at St Botolph's and joined the governing body in 2014.  I chair the premises committee and was part of the team who delivered the new school library in 2015.

I grew up in the local area and am a former pupil of Hartismere. Within the wider community I am active member of Harleston Magpies Hockey Club, as a player and coach and have overall responsibility for boys youth development at the club.

I am a property surveyor within the financial investment industy and am a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.   

Jane Bromley

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I am a parent governor, with a daughter currently at St Botolph's and a son at Hartismere. I am joint Secretary of the Friends of St Botolph's Committee.  I joined the governing body in spring 2016 and sit on the Finance Committee. 

My professional background is in marketing roles for financial services, business outsourcing services and the software industry and includes specialist communications skills, as well as risk management and compliance experience.

Governor Roles & Pecuniary Interests

The composition of the Governing Body at the time of publication is defined by the Department for Education and comprises:

Governing Body Membership - St Botolph’s CEVCP School

Name

Office term (Start)

Committee(s)

Type of Governor

Any registered pecuniary interests

Attendance

2015/16 and 2016/17

Reverend Chris Norburn

September 2012

Personnel

Foundation

See below

67%

Mrs Lesley Harding

September 2011

Head teacher performance 

Safeguarding

Finance

Foundation

Nil

91%

Mr Anthony Hainsworth

September 2011

Head teacher performance 

Safeguarding

Personnel

LA

Nil

91%

Mr Anthony Spouncer

March 2014

Chair of Governors

Steering

Premises

Co-opted

Nil

100%

Mr James Smith

September 2014

Steering

Premises

Parent

Nil

100%

Dr Mark Duxon

September 2014

Steering

Finance

Foundation

See below

89%

Mr Barry Largent

March 2014

Finance

Steering

Curriculum

Parent

Nil

44%

Miss Charlotte Clements

September 2011

Premises

Staff

Nil

89%

Mr Mark Cobbold

September 2012

 

Head teacher

Nil

100%

Mrs Christine Hamilton

September 2014

 

Associate member

(Deputy Head)

Nil

100%

Mrs Susan Wright

September 2014

Curriculum

SEND

Steering

Co-opted

Nil

92%

Mrs Alison Spouncer

February 2015

Curriculum

Head teacher performance 

Finance

Personnel

Parent

Nil

100%

Mr Gerry Gurhy

September 2015

Curriculum

Co-opted

Nil

89%

Mr Tim Shorten

May 2016

Premises

Foundation

See Below

100%

Mrs Jane Bromley May 2016 Finance Parent Nil 100%
Mrs Sam Smith May 2016 Premises Parent Nil 100%

We have no vacancies on the governing body.

Declarations of pecuniary and/or business interests.

Revd Chris Norburn

 Rickinghall in Need relief trust; Ex-officio Trustee.  Redgrave Charities: Ex-officio Trustee.  Fairstead Charity: Ex-officio Trustee.  Bacon Exhibition Endowment Fund: Ex-officio Trustee.

Dr. Mark Duxon.

Director and shareholder of Trans Pharmation LTD.  Director and shareholder of Varsim Biologistics LTD.  Director and shareholder of Star Wing Brewery LTD.

Mr Tim Shorten

Stan Star Consulting LTD.  Director.

  • No other business interests have been declared by Governors during 2016/17.
  • None of the other Governors have any financial interest in the school.
  • None of the Governors have roles in other schools.