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Staverton C.E. Primary School

School Lane, Staverton, Trowbridge, Wiltshire,

BA14 6NZ


‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind’ and ‘love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ Luke 10:27

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.


Foundation Governors:

Appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education for the purpose of securing the religious character of the school and to ensure that such religious character is preserved and developed.


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.



Full name

Date of appointment

Term of office

Date stepped down (Where applicable)

Appointed by…(in accordance with the governing body’s instrument of government),

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests) including: governance roles in other educational institutions; any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives)


Russell Clarke




LA Governor

Governor on a large Academy Trust based in Warminster (Kingdown School)


John Nigel






Diocese of Salisbury

(Foundation Governor)

I am the Rector of Canalside Benefice.

My wife, Mrs Anne Rees, is also a Foundation Governor at Staverton School also a Foundation Governor at St George's School Semington.







Diocese of Salisbury

(Foundation Governor)

My husband, Rev John Rees, is Rector of the Canalside Benefice and also a Foundation Governor at Staverton School.

Claire Allen 01.09.17 01.09.21 N/A

Acting Headteacher

Staff Governor

N/A 1/4
Jennifer Smith 16 10 19 16 10 23 N/A Parental Appointment N/A 1/4
Louise Parsons  21/10/2020  Temporary 31/12/2020 N/A Staff Appointment N/A 1/4
Carrie Hillis 16 10 19 16 10 23 N/A Parental Appointment N/A 1/4
Katie Hart 21/10/2020 21/10/2024 N/A Co-Opted Governor N/A 1/4
Jo Gurr 21/10/2020 21/10/2024 N/A Associate Governor N/A 1/4





Area (s) of monitoring responsibility

Ann Rees

FGB & Data and Curriculum - (Resigned as Vice Chair 21.10.2020)

Safeguarding and Child Protection


Claire Allen


Acting Headteacher/Staff

All committees

Acting Headteacher

Rev John Rees



RE link

Collective Worship


Russell Clarke

Chair of Governors (From 26.06.19)

All committees

Chair of Finance and Premises



Jennifer Smith

Vice Chair (from 21.10.2020)

FGB/F&P committee

SEND link
Carrie Hillis FGB/Whistleblowing Health and Safety link
Louise Parsons Staff Governor (Temporary) from 21.10.2020 Senco
Jo Gurr Associate Staff Governor from 21.10.2020 RE
Katie Hart Co-opted Staff Governor from 21.10.2020 Maths
Noreen Roberts

Clerk to Governors 

(From 01.09.19)


Sally Butler-Marchese Joined July 2013. Parent Governor/Chair. Resigned July 2018

Nicola Hughes Joined June 2016. Parent Governor/Chair. Resigned 26 June 2019

Emma McDougall Joined June 2019. Parent Governor/H&S. Resigned 4th September 2019

Mark Bartlett Headteacher Joined Sept 2014 - Resigned 31st March 2020

Andrew Maclachlan Joined February 2019. Community Governor - Resigned 12th October 2020





Agreed governing body meeting for 2020-21




Wednesday 14th October

Finance & Premises

Full Governing Body



Wednesday 20th January

Finance & Premises

Full Governing Body



Wednesday 28th April

Finance & Premises

Full Governing Body



Wednesday 23rd June

Finance & Premises

Full Governing Body