Structure and Responsibilities
Nursling Church of England Primary School is a voluntary controlled school operating within an Instrument of Government authorised by Hampshire County Council in conjunction with a the foundation body of Winchester Diocesan Board of Education.
The Governing Body of the school conforms to Standing Orders and each governor is required to comply with a Code of Conduct which includes declaring relevant business and pecuniary interests.
All governors (excepting the Head-teacher and the Vicar of the Parish) are appointed for a 4 year term of office which may be renewed. The four parent governors are elected by parents of children currently attending the school; the local authority governor is appointed by Hampshire County Council; the three foundation governors are appointed by the foundation body; the staff governor is elected by employed members of staff; and four co-opted governors that are appointed by the Governing Body to ensure a balance of skills, knowledge and experience is maintained.
The Governing Body for the academic year (2018/19) is:
|Name||Appointing Body||Current term of office|
|Ms Christine Slater (Chair)||Governing Body||18/09/2017 to 17/09/2021|
|Mrs Alison Edmundson (Vice Chair)||Parents||06/04/2017 to 05/04/2017|
|Rev Julian T Williams||ex-officio||05/02/2000|
|Mrs Patricia Caffyn||Foundation Body||18/09/2017 to 17/09/2021|
|Mrs Patricia Wootten (Vice Chair)||Foundation Body||05/11/2016 to 04/11/2020|
|Mrs Joanne Jearrad||Governing Body||01/09/2017|
|Mr Jason Mallen||Parent||23/03/2016 to 22/03/2020|
|Mr James Carnell||Parent||15/10/2018 to 14/10/2022|
|Mrs Vicky Dixon||Parent||01/07/2017 to 30/06/2021|
|Mr Nick Driver||Governing Body||15/10/2018 to 14/10/2022|
|Mr Ivan Proctor||Local Authority||22/05/2017 to 21/05/2021|
|Mrs Joanne Jearrad||Headteacher||01/09/2017|
|Mrs Amber Cole||Staff||01/07/2017 to 30/06/2021|
|Dr David Clark||Governing Body (Associate)||17/09/2018 – 31/08/2019|
|Mrs Alison Philpott||Governing Body (Associate)||01/09/2017 – 31/08/2018|
|Mrs Lindsay Manning||Clerk|
Currently there are no governors that have declared current business and pecuniary interests.
The substantive Committees and membership for 2017/18 are:
Environmental & Resource Committee: (Jason Mallen (Chair), Alison Edmundson, Jacqueline Barker, Tricia Caffyn, & Joanne Jearrad)
Standards & Performance Committee: Patricia Wootten (Chair), David Clark, Amber Cole, Vicky Dixon, Heidi Hinton, Joanne Jearrad, Ivan Proctor & Christine Slater
Foundation Committee: (Julian Williams (Chair), Patricia Wootten, Tricia Caffyn & Joanne Jearrad)
In addition to the above committees the following committees and panels convene as and when business requires:
Pay and HR Committee: (Jacqueline Barker (Chair), Ivan Proctor & Julian Williams)
Pay Appeals: (Pool of non-staff governors)
Head’s Performance Review Panel: (Patricia Wootten, Christine Slater & Trician Caffyn)
Staff Dismissals Committee: (Julian Williams & Patricia Wootten)
Staff Dismissals Appeals Committee: (Pool of non-staff governors)
Pupil Disciplinary Committee: (Pool of non-staff/parent governors)
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Meet the Governors
In partnership with the school staff and yourselves, school governors have a shared responsibility for providing your children with the best education we can in terms of skills, knowledge, values and relationships. This school year, we have a number of newly appointed governors and we are delighted to introduce ourselves to you.
So what do the governors do?
But, first, what exactly do the governors do, and what is the make-up of the Governing Body? The most important thing to understand is that governors are not involved in the day to day management of the school. This is the responsibility of the Head Teacher and senior school leaders. Rather, our function is to concentrate on matters relating to strategy, finance and school improvement.
Specifically, our job as governors is to:
- Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- Hold the Head Teacher and senior school leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
- Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure that its money is well spent.
The membership of the Governing Body is based on a ‘stakeholder’ model of governance with five categories of governors, each with a particular stake in the school. As presently constituted, the governing body consists of:
- Four parent governors, elected by the wider parent body: Vicky Dixon; Alison Edmundson; Heidi Hinton and Jason Mallen.
- One local authority (Hampshire County Council)-nominated governor: Ivan Proctor.
- One staff governor, elected by school staff: Mrs Amber Cole, elected in July 2017.
- The Head Teacher: Mrs Jo Jearrad.
- Four co-opted governors drawn from the local community and appointed on the basis of relevant skills and experience: Jackie Barker; David Clark; and Chris Slater, plus one vacancy.
- Three foundation governors appointed by the Winchester Diocesan Board of Education: Tricia Caffyn; Revd Julian Williams; and Pat Wootten. Nursling is a Church of England School and the Church is represented on the Governing Body by this category of governors. They have the same responsibilities as all the other governors but, in addition, are responsible for making sure that Christian values underpin the life and work of the school and that RE is taught according to the agreed syllabus.
The Clerk to Governors is Lindsay Manning
Vicky Dixon joined the Governing Body in July 2017. Her eldest daughter is in Year 2 and her youngest daughter will join Nursling next year. Vicky is a registered nurse and has spent the last 11 years in sexual health, specialising in the care of young people. She will soon be starting a new role in the Health Visiting team.
place holder for vacancy
Alison Edmundson was elected as a parent governor in April 2017. She has two children at Nursling who are currently in Year 2. Alison works for a local NHS Trust as Governance and Quality Manager and has a wealth of experience in finance, risk assessment, change and project management, and food hygiene. Alison is the school’s health and safety governor.
Jason Mallen has been a parent governor since May 2016. Three of his children currently attend the school. Jason is a qualified accountant and heads up a risk, compliance and governance function for an insurance company. In his spare time, Jason enjoys spending time with his family and playing sport when he can. He lives locally in Rownhams and relishes being part of the school and overseeing its impact on the local community. Jason is currently chair of the Environment and Resources sub-committee.
<Place holder for James Carnell>
Local authority governor
Ivan Proctor joined the Governing Body in May 2017. He is a chartered electronic engineer, specialising in cyber and data security assignments for a management and engineering consultancy company. Ivan is actively involved in a number of local voluntary and community organisations, including the Nursling and Rownhams May Fair organising committee. He has a son at the school.
Jackie Barker was appointed to the Governing Body in May 2017. She is Director of Finance at a secondary school academy on the edge of the New Forest, and has expertise in all aspects of school administration and management. Jackie is chair of the Pay and Human Resources sub-committee and the school’s safeguarding governor.
<Place Holder for Nick Driver>
Place holder for vacancy
Chris Slater joined the Governing Body in August 2017. She is a retired head teacher from Cheshire, who is now living in the local area. She is experienced in school improvement and is as committed as ever to aiming high for every child. Chris has been a Hampshire governor for three years, as well as working as an associate tutor delivering training for Hampshire Governor Services. She is also Chair of Governors at Calmore Junior School unitl 30th April 2022
Tricia Caffyn joined the Governing Body in August 2017. She spent all her working life in the NHS, first as a nurse and then as a counsellor in a GP surgery. Until recently, she was a governor, chair of governors and lastly a volunteer at a special school near Winchester. Tricia is the school’s SEND governor, with particular responsibility for overseeing systems and procedures for supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Julian Williams has been vicar of Nursling & Rownhams since 2000. A talented musician and keen cyclist, Julian is the longest serving member of the Governing Body.
Pat Wootten was first appointed a governor in November 2012 and was elected vice-chair of the Governing Body in July 2017. She is a retired primary and combined (first and middle) school head teacher and also a former Ofsted inspector. Pat is currently chair of the Standards and Progress committee.
David Clark first joined the Governing Body in October 2012, and was elected chair of governors in July 2017. He is a retired university lecturer and has lived in Nursling and Rownhams for many years. When not being an associate governor, he enjoys cycling the lanes and byways of southern England.