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Governors

Milborne Port Board of Governors

Clerk to Governors Mrs Sara Stephenson
Parent Governors

Mr Donald Young

Vacant
Co-opted Governors Mr Rob Lockey
Mr John Oldham
Mr Clive Laughton
Mrs Hilary Reed
Mrs Janet Walden
Mr Frank Wright
Mrs Susan Campbell
Mrs Felicity John

Mr Simon Batchelor

 Staff Governor Mrs Claire Brown
Headteacher Mrs Rebecca Eyres
LA Appointed Mr John Burrough (Chair)
The governors can be contacted via the Clerk to the board, Mrs  Sara Stephenson on:
SJStephenson@educ.somerset.gov.uk

Janet Walden (Co-opted Governor)

I have been a governor for many years and recently retired to this area. I am delighted to join the Governing Board of Milborne Port and intend to support the school in delivering the best possible learning experiences for all our children.

Clive Laughton (Co-opted Governor)

I have lived in Milborne Port for more than 30 years. My sons attended the Primary school and King Arthurs. They both live in the village. My two grandchildren attended the Primary school, one is still here and the other is at King Arthurs. I taught in the state secondary sector for 37 years. As well as being a governor I am the Chairman of the Sports and Social Club, a Parish Councillor and have worked with the team that have entered South West in Bloom Competitions.

John Burrough (LA Appointed Governor)

A governor for over 25 years, John is a recently retired teacher two of whose posts were at The Gryphon in Sherborne and Bruton School for Girls.  He and his two children are past pupils of the school.

John Oldham (Co-opted Governor)

I have lived in the village since 2007, moving here on return from the Netherlands and impending retirement. Children are our future and I am honoured to be able to support their development in our community by working as Governor at our school. I have previously served on the board of Governors in a large independent school and before that was a member of the PTA at the two schools my children attended.

Rob Lockey (Co-opted Governor)

I am a former pupil and parent and am now proud to be a governor at the school. I am Chairman of the Finance Committee and also serve on the Pay and Personnel Committee and the Children and Learning Committee along with the Infrastructure Committee.  Outside of the school I am a Commonalty Trustee.

Simon Batchelor (Co-opted Governor)

I am a co-opted governor who has a daughter in year one at our school, and a son who will also be starting this year. I am now in my second year on the governing board, and am proud to support a school that promotes such a positive learning environment and strives to give all our children the best possible start to their academic life. I am a Project Manager by trade, and a keen cyclist in my spare time. I work in the IT industry, so I take a particular interest in how the school approaches the new promotion of Information Technology within the curriculum.

Hilary Reed (Co-opted Governor)

I retired from my full time teaching post as Deputy Headteacher in August 2015. But my belief in high quality education remains undiminished and I became a co-opted Governor. I have a particular interest in SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural development) and Early Years Education.

 

 

Milborne Port Primary School

NAME OF GOVERNOR

CATEGORY OF GOVERNOR

ELECTED BY

TERM OF OFFICE

POSITION OF RESPONSIBILTY

 Mr John Burrough

 Local Authority

 Local Authority

 18/06/2016-17/06/2020

Chair of Board and Chair of Pay & Personnel Committee; Safeguarding governor

 Mr Simon Batchelor

 Co=opted 

 Governors

 09/11/2017 – 08/11/2021

Vice Chair, member of Infrastructure Committee; Numeracy, Computing

 Mr Frank Wright

 Co-opted

 Governors

 23/03/2017 – 22/03/2021

 Headteacher's reviewer        member of Pay &Personnel  Committee

 Vacancy

 Co-opted

 Governors

 

 

 Mr Clive Laughton

 Co-opted

 Governors

05/03/2015- 04/03/2019

Member of Infrastructure; Children and Learning; Finance; Health & Safety, Literacy

 Mr Robert Lockey

 Co-opted

 Governors

 14/05/2015-13/05/2019

Chair of Finance; member of Pay & Personnel; Children & Learning, Infrastructure 

 Mr John Oldham

 Co-opted

 Governors

 05/03/2015-04/03/2019

Member of Children and Learning; Pay & Personnel; Publicity, Headteacher’s reviewer, Science

 Mrs Hilary Reed

 Co-opted

 Governors

 01/09/2015 – 31/08/2019

Member of  Children and Learning; Early Years; Safeguarding; PSHE & SMSC

 Mrs Janet Walden

 Co-opted

 Governors

 25/02/2016 - 24/02/2020

Member of Pay & Personnel; Chair of Children and Learning; Headteacher’s reviewer

 Mrs Susan Campbell

 Co-opted

 Governors

 23/03/2017 - 22/03/2021

 

 Mrs Felicity John

 Co-opted

 Governors

 23/03/2017 - 22/03/2021

 SEND governor

 Mr Donald Young

 Parent

 Parents

 23/03/2017 - 22/03/2021

 Member of Finance;   Infrastructure and Pay&Personnel

 Mrs Claire Brown

 Staff

 Staff

 21/09/2017 - 20/09/2021

 Member of Infrastructure committee and School Business Manager

 Mrs Rebecca Eyres

  Headteacher

 N/A

 07/03/2018

 Headteacher

 Mrs Sara Stephenson

 Clerk to Governors

 N/A

 01/01/2005

Training

 

BUSINESS INTERESTS

Mr Clive Laughton – Parish Councillor
Mr Robert Lockey –  Trustee of the village Commonality Charity and husband of a Teaching Assistant
Mr John Oldham – Chairman of Parish Council
Mrs Hilary Reed – Temporary Early Years Teacher until September 2018
Mrs Sara Stephenson – Clerk to Abbas & Templecombe and Our Lady’s of Mount Carmel
Mr John Burrough – Small shareholding in Scottish & Southern Energy Plc and National Grid Plc

MILBORNE PORT PRIMARY SCHOOL GOVERNORS 

What we do:

Currently there are 14 members of the Governing Board, representing the Local Authority, local community, parents and staff. We are all volunteers, and we all have the same aims and ambitions for the school. We are interested in doing the best for the children, their education and their development.

We recognise that there are three important core roles to our contribution at Milborne Port Primary School.

The first is strategic. It is our responsibility to agree policies and to monitor their impact.

The second is to be a ‘critical friend’. It is important that we ask relevant but probing questions. We examine the performance of the children in the school, and we give praise where it is good and seek ways of making continuous improvements.

Thirdly, we must ensure accountability. For instance, if we delegate a task to a committee or working party, the terms of reference for the group must be clearly set. We must evaluate ourselves and the actions we take and be accountable to parents and the wider community.


Governor Committees

To help us in the role we have set up 4  Committees

  • Finance  –  is involved in the setting of the budget and monitors spend throughout the year to ensure that spend is being managed well within the school and that the financial operation of the school is in accordance with the school Finance Policy.
  • Pay and Personnel – oversee the staffing within the school, including the staffing structure, staff pay and recruitment of new staff.
  • Children and Learning  –  examine the data analysis provided by the SLT,  questioning it and monitors the teaching of the curriculum.
  • Infrastructure -  deals with the premises including Health and Safety.


Financial Performance of the School

1. Financial Skills within the Finance Committee
It is essential for the governing board to have access to adequate financial skills to ensure they meet their statutory responsibilities for the financial management of the school and to safeguard the public money for which they are responsible. Every year members of the Finance committee populate a Finance Governors Skill Matrix to ensure that the committee have adequate skills. Governors are able to improve their skills by attending Finance training.


2. Financial Skills of School Staff
It is also essential that staff with financial management responsibilities have the necessary skills. Every year staff with financial management responsibilities populate a Staff Financial Skills Matrix to ensure that the staff have the adequate skills. This matrix summarises the financial management skills that best practice determines should be held by staff with financial management responsibility within the school.


3. Financial Monitoring by the Governing Board
The Business Manager/Head Teacher provide the Finance  committee with regular reports showing actual spend and estimated spend against budget. These reports are reviewed by the committee and any indicators showing potential variance questioned. Any movement of funds from one area to another are approved by the committee if it exceeds £1,000 (as specified in the school Finance Policy). Any premises spend over £1,500 also has to be authorised by the committee.
A Financial Management audit is performed once a year by the committee. The result of this audit together with an Action Plan is provided to the Local Authority to show that the school adhere to the School Financial Value Standard (SFVS)

Last update: 2018-03-07