Governors have considerable responsibilities. Governors don’t exercise them as individuals but work as part of a governing body – a non-executive board. They do not manage schools – this is the role of the Headteacher and senior management team, but they do oversee the development of the school – their key aim being to ensure the school always provide a high standard of education for all pupils, of all abilities.
The purpose of the Board of Governors at our school is to work with the staff in supporting school improvement in line with the school vision.
Its work can be divided into three key areas:
- Setting the school's vision and strategic aims, agreeing plans and policies, and making best use of resources.
- Monitoring and evaluating performance and acting as a critical friend to the Headteacher.
- Ensuring that the school is accountable to the pupils and parents it serves, to the local community, to those who fund and maintain it, as well as to the staff it employs.
We do this in five main ways:
- Planning: setting aims, objectives, values and targets for the school; contributing and overseeing policies and procedures;
- Monitoring: using reports, visits, committees, attachment to key areas of the school, surveys to ensure that the school is doing what the Board of Governors planned it should do;
- Evaluating: using performance indicators, success criteria to ensure that the school and its pupils are achieving what the Board of Governors planned they should achieve;
- Executive functions: recruiting and selecting staff, and other employment functions; managing the budget; managing the premises; enabling inspection;
- Representing/communicating: liaising with the LA, consulting and communicating with, and reporting to, parents.
To deliver this effectively the Board are representative of a comprehensive range of stakeholders including, parents, staff, the Local Authority, the Community and the Church. Some are appointed and some are elected. All serve for a term of four years.
We value the views and thoughts of all key stakeholders. If you would like to contact us please use the school office as your first point of call.
Mr Andy Cox
Chair of Governors
|Name||Type of Governor|
|Mr Andy Cox||Chair of Governors, Parent Governor|
|Mrs Katie Farrar||Vice Chair, Parent Governor|
|Mrs Ginny Winder||Foundation Governor|
|Mr David Brook||Community Governor|
|Mrs Elizabeth Bryan||Community Governor|
|Mrs Kathryn Bloodworth||LEA Governor|
|Mrs Marie Waring||Headteacher (ex-officio)|
|Miss Tanya Moore||Staff Governor|
|Mrs Kathryn Christie-Smith||Clerk to the Governors|
Also see: Governor Committees and Interests (pdf)
Mrs Kathryn Bloodworth BSc Hons, PGCE, FRGS
I have been a Governor at Scalford Primary School for three years. Both of my daughters attended Scalford and enjoyed their primary education to the full. I have taught for many years and currently teach AS and A2 Geography at the local sixth form centre, MV16. I enjoy supporting the wider education and development of youngsters and consequently led expeditions to Madagascar and Malawi. I am currently planning the next one to Botswana and Zambia for 2015. I wish to support the learning and teaching about the environment and encourage youngsters’ curiosity about our World.
Mr David Brook
I have lived in Scalford for since early 2002 and both of my children have enjoyed and benefited from the high quality, rounded approach to education that Scalford offers our children. I have been a Governor since early 2006 and in that time I have supported the school as it continuously evolves and adapts in order to improve the quality of education provided. As a governor, this has meant working on diverse topics such as ICT, Literacy, Health and Safety, Strategic Planning, Recruitment and Performance Management. My time as a governor has been highly rewarding - it's always a pleasure to see how well the children do in their time at Scalford. Away from school, I work for MARS in a role that takes me to different parts of the business, helping people to understand how they can improve their ways of working and supporting them through the change process. This allows me to bring in skills and alternative perspectives to the constant challenges the school seems to face.
Mrs Elizabeth Bryan
I work as a consultant on historic buildings and landscape but for over 30 years I worked in education, mostly teaching student and practising teachers. I visited very many schools and saw very many teachers. I have been a governor of Scalford School for more than 40 years; 40 years of continuing improvement of the school it has been a pleasure to see. Governors now are much more involved with the school than they were in the past but whatever the involvement it has always been interesting, enjoyable, and, I hope and believe, valuable.
Mr Andy Cox
Hi, I’m Andy Cox. I have been a governor at Scalford C of E Primary School now for just over four years. Being a governor is a great opportunity to support our fantastic school giving something back in return for the excellent education the school provides to my daughters. In my work, I really enjoy the people management and development side of the role, hence one of the reasons for becoming a governor. As a parent and a governor, I want to be a part of helping develop our school to become an Outstanding school, ensuring that the children become successful learners in a caring and supportive environment. Since becoming a governor I have learnt a considerable amount about how the school is run, and how it operates. I sit on three committees, I’m also aligned to supporting the science curriculum, and supporting the school bursar with the school financial management system. Outside of school and work, I enjoy driving my classic mini, keeping fit, and when I’m lucky unearthing the past with my metal detector!
I have been a Governor since the end of 2014 and am really enjoying my role at Scalford School. I have lived in the village since 2005 and both of my daughters attend the school. I am a teacher and have over 15 years teaching experience. I currently teach a Year 2 class at a school near Leicester. I also support the children with Special Educational Needs in the school where I work. I enjoy visiting Scalford School each week to read with the children in Base 2. Since taking on my role at as a Governor I have taken on the role of SEN and Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education Governor. When not in school I enjoy walking, riding my bike, swimming, reading and watching sport.
I am currently a staff representative on the Governing Body of Scalford C of E Primary School. I began teaching as an newly qualified teacher at Scalford in 2013 and am enjoying every minute of it. Whilst the school is small, the staff have a wide range of experience and skills which enables the school to provide a high level of education to all pupils. We are a very happy school that benefits from a supportive team of staff and governors. I am the staff representative at Governing Body meetings and am also available to listen to any concerns that staff wish to put forward. Being on the Governing Body is interesting and informative - it is a great team. It is also an ideal opportunity to see how things work behind the scenes. I attend as many school events as possible and am regularly found in the stocks at the Summer Fair! I also enjoy playing hockey in my spare time where I play for a mixed team and a ladies team.
Hello, my name is Ginny Winder and I joined the board of governors in spring 2012. I was very keen to get involved as I am passionate about our village school, supporting it and growing it's links with the community. I have two children who attend the school. For me, it's second nature to want to be active within the school, offer my services wherever needed and share my personal interest in health, fitness and sport if I can. I work as a freelance Personal Trainer with extensive previous experience running health and fitness courses for kids, I am therefore, extremely interested in how activity fits into the curriculum. Scalford school offers a wealth of different sporting opportunities through PE and before/after school clubs and embraces new initiatives to get children fit. I visit the school regularly to do "Open the Book" reading in assembly which I love, as well as listening to the children read in class, go on school trips, be a Messy Church Leader and running the School Choir. All this fits well with my role as a Foundation Governor supporting the Christian ethos of the school. For me, it's extremely rewarding to see the children grow and develop into confident, caring little people with good values and morals to take with them in their journey to secondary school. I have learned so much since joining as a governor and hope I can continue to learn and help for the foreseeable future.