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Staverton C.E. Primary School

School Lane, Staverton, Trowbridge, Wiltshire,

BA14 6NZ


The Governing Body


The Governors of Staverton C of E Primary School work with the Headteacher and the senior leadership team to provide the strategic direction for the school.


Our role is to ensure that the children receive the very best education that we can provide. The best outcome for every child that is in our school is our ultimate goal.


We don’t get involved in the day-to-day operation of the school, but set the criteria by which the school is managed. Governors both support and challenge the Head teacher and senior staff to ensure that the school performs as well as it should and that all pupils have the very best opportunity to learn and develop.


Governor Activity

 We meet as a full governing body each term. Each Governor will also contribute to one or more of the following sub committees who also meet on a termly basis:

  • Finance and Premises
  • Curriculum and Data


These Committees meet prior to each Full Governing Body meeting to discuss the array of issues that need addressing. In addition to these meetings we provide strong links to subject leaders with regular visits to the school and also fulfil our statutory obligations to oversee the safeguarding of all the children and monitor the Health and Safety and financial position of the school. 


Minutes of Governors’ meetings are available on request from the school.



The Governing Body are active and supportive of school life, spending time within the school day to fully understand the running of the school as well as building relationships with the staff and children.


Our Governing Body is made up of 2 parent governors (elected by their peers), 2 Foundation Governors (appointed by the Diocese), 1 Local Authority Governor, 2 Staff Governors and 6 Co-opted Governors (appointed by the Governing Body). It is a voluntary role that is vital in the life of a successful school.


The Governing Body

The Governing Body is made up of a number of different types of governors and the normal term of office is four years. However, after four years, any governor who wishes to remain on the Governing Body can offer to stand for a further term of office and (if no-one else has expressed an interest in the position) be re-elected or reconfirmed in his/her position.


We recognise and appreciate that governors bring different areas of expertise to the Governing Body.


Link Governors:

Members of the governing body have special links to particular subjects in the curriculum or other areas in the running of the school or care of pupils.


Parent Governors:

If you are a parent of a pupil(s) at the school or the primary carer, you can stand for election as one of the Parent Governor positions, (once a Parent Governor post becomes vacant). If more than one parent expresses an interest in filling a vacancy, elections are held in which all parents can vote. Parent Governors do not formally represent parents on the Governing Body but they do act as a link between parents and the Governing Body and try to keep in tune with parents’ views.


Co – opted Governors:
A Co – opted Governor is a person who in the opinion of the governing body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.


Staff Governor:
A member of staff paid to work at the school and elected by the staff.


LA Governors:
A Governor normally appointed by the local education authority


As a team, we all come from very different backgrounds and are always looking for fresh faces to join us. If it is something that you want to know more about then please contact the school office and one of us will make contact.







Term of office

Start Date – End Date

Area (s) of monitoring responsibility

Nicola Hughes

Chair of Governors


All committees

03 Dec 2015


02 Dec 2019

Safeguarding and Child Protection


Ann Rees


Data and Curriculum


SEND link

Mark Bartlett




All committees

03 Sept 2014




Claire Allen




All committees

09 Dec 2016



Rev John Rees



Data and Curriculum 

09 Nov 2016

RE link

Collective Worship


Andrew Maclachlen Co-opted Data and Curriculum   Maths link
Russell Clarke Parent All committees  

Chair of Finance and premises

English link

Emma McDougall Parent  Data and Curriculum   Health and Safety

Sally Butler-Marchese resigned July 2018


Pecuniary interests sheets available on request, please ask the clerk

Proposed Governing Body Meeting Dates 2018 – 2019

Full Governing Body

Finance and Premises

Curriculum and Data

15th October 2018

15th October 2018

December 2018

21st January 2019

21st January 2019

March 2019

24th April 2019

24th April 2019

June 2019

24th June 2019 24th June 2019