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Governors

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The three core functions of any governing board are:

 •       Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

•       Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

•       Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

At Monkleigh Primary School, the full board meets monthly with lead governors who have delegated authority. Any work undertaken by these delegated governors is reported back to the full board. 

 In addition, the board has a Pay and Performance Committee, which meets throughout the year, with delegated responsibility for ensuring that staff appraisals are carried out appropriately.

 There are two further committees which only meet if there is a need for them to do so.  These committees are convened to consider any formal proceedings, such as a staff disciplinary issue or the permanent exclusion of a pupil.

Scheme of Delegation

The terms of reference for each of the following explains what delegated authority the Governor/committee has been given to make decisions on behalf of the full board:

Current Governors (reviewed Sept 2023)

Governor Lyn Bennett
Category Co-Opted
Appointed By Governing Body
Office Held None
Term of Office 13/09/2022 - 12/09/2026
Responsibilites Behaviour / Attendance Deputy Lead Governor;  PE & Forest School Link
Pecuniary Interests None Declared
   
Governor  
Category  
Appointed by  
Office held  
Term of office  
Responsibilites  
Pecuniary interest  
   
Governor Jane Clarke
Category Co-Opted
Appointed by Governing Body
Office held  
Term of office 13/09/2022 - 12/09/2026
Responsibilities  English Link Gov
Pecuniary Interests Dymarke Precision Engineering Ltd - Employee Wife of one of the directors; RHS Rosemoor Employee Casual member of the education team staff; parent of child in school
   
Governor Rev. Marisa Cockfield
Category Co-Opted
Appointed by Governing Body
Office held None 
Term of office  26/03/2023 - 25/03/2027
Committees Pay & Performance; Headteacher Appraisal
Responsibilities

BEHAVIOUR & ATTENDANCE (JOINT LEAD); PREMISES, SECURITY & HEALTH/SAFETY JOINT LEAD; 

SCIENCE & THE ARTS Link Governor

Pecuniary Interest Team Vicar for Bideford, Landcross, Littleham, Monkleigh, Weare Giffard;  Church of England Benefice holder
   
Governor Mr Austen Donnellan
Category Co-Opted
Appointed by Governing Body
Office held Chair of FGB
Term of office  05/05/2021 - 04/05/2025
Committees Pay & Performance; Headteacher Appraisal
Responsibilities  Curriculum / Personnel Lead;  HUMANITIES Link Governor
Pecuniary Interest Marketing Director (Employment)
Governor Mr Jonathan Gifford
Category Parent
Appointed by Parents (Governing Body)
Office held None
Term of office 18/11/2021 - 17/11/2025
Committees Pay & Performance
Responsibilities  Finance Lead; MATHS/ICT Link Governor
Pecuniary Interest  Member of Giffords LLP - accountants (sponsor of school minibus); parent of children in school
 
Governor Mr Jamie Hobbs
Category Parent Governor
Appointed by Parents
Office held  
Term of office 06/10/2022 - 05/10/2026 
Responsibilities EARLY YEARS/FSU LINK GOVERNOR; PREMISES, SECURITY & HEALTH/SAFETY JOINT LEAD GOVERNOR
Pecuniary Interest

Employee of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service;  Married to shool administrator/clerk to governors

   
Governor Mrs Leah Paiano
Category Local Authority
Appointed by Local Authority
Office held Vice-Chair Full Gov. Body
Term of office 25/11/2019 - 24/11/2023
Responsibilities

NAMED WELLBEING GOVERNOR; COMMUNITY/STAFF/PARENTAL LINKS LEAD; SAFEGUARDING LEAD; DEPUTY CORRICULUM LEAD;  PUPIL PREMIUM LEAD, GDPR LEAD

Pecuniary Interest Spouse of staff (site maintenance); Employee of Plymouth CAST
Governor Mrs Karen Reeves
Category Headteacher
Appointed by Ex-Officio
Office held None
Term of office 16/01/2014 - present
Responsibilities N/A
Pecuniary Interest None
Governor  Mrs Kate Slocombe
Category Staff
Appointed by Staff
Office held None
Term of office 01/10/2020-30/09/2024
Responsibilities INCLUSION/SEND LEAD
Pecuniary Interest None
Vacancies
Category Co-Opted
Category Co-Opted
Clerk Mrs Laura Hobbs
Pecuniary Interest Administrator at Monkleigh Primary School
   
   
   
RESIGNED / TERM OF OFFICE EXPIRED IN THE LAST YEAR
Governor Ms Grace Rodgers
Category Co-Opted
Term of Office 21/09/2021 - 05/10/2022 (resigned)
Responsibilities None
Pecuniary Interests Company Director - Phil Saunders Creative Ltd; Parent of child in school (historic)
   
Clerk Mrs Di Beer (resigned)
Pecuniary Interests Senior Adminstrative Assistant - Monkleigh Primary School

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings (& Minutes) 2023-2024

 Date  LB CB JC MC AD JG JH LP KR KS Clerk Minutes
 13/09/2023   Y X Y Y Y Y AP Y Y Y Y  
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         

Y=present; ap = apologies (sanctioned); X= absent      (G = guest)

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings (& Minutes) 2022-2023

 Date LB CB JC MC AD JG JH LP KR GR KS clerk Minutes
 13/09/2022 y ap y y y y   y y x y y pdfApproved
 05/10/2022 Y Y AP Y Y   Y Y X Y Y pdfApproved
 23/11/2022 Y Y Y Y Y AP AP AP Y   AP Y pdfApproved
 18/01/2023 ap ap Y Y Y ap Y Y Y   Y Y pdfApproved
 01/03/2023 ap  ap ap ap Y Y Y Y   Y Y pdfApproved
 26/04/2023  Y ap Y Y Y Y Y Y Y   Y Y pdfApproved
 24/05/2023 x Y Y Y Y ap ap Y   Y Y pdfApproved
28/06/2023 - - - - - - - -   -    not held
19/07/2023  x Y Y Y Y Y ap Y   Y  pdfDRAFT

Y=present; ap = apologies (sanctioned); X= absent      (G = guest)

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings (& Minutes) 2021-2022 

Date  CB DB MC  AD JG CH LP KR GR KS clerk Minutes
21/09/21 Y Y Y Y Y N/A Y Y Y Y Y pdfApproved
20/10/21 Y Y Y Y Y N/A Y Y Y Y Y pdfApproved
17/11/21 Y ap ap Y Y N/A Y Y Y Y ap pdfApproved
12/01/22 Y ap Y Y ap Y Y Y Y Y Y pdfApproved
21/01/22 Y ap Y Y ap Y ap Y ap Y  Y visioning meeting
16/02/22 ap  ap ap Y Y Y ap Y ap Y pdfApproved
23/03/22  Y X Y Y Y ap ap Y Y Y  Y pdfApproved
27/04/22
Y X ap Y ap X Y Y X Y Y pdfApproved
18/05/22  X  X Y Y ap X Y Y Y Y Y pdfApproved
22/06/22 Y  X ap Y Y Y Y Y Y Y pdfApproved

Y=present; ap = apologies (sanctioned); x = absent      (G = guest)