Sea Lane, Worthing, West Sussex, BN12 5DU

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Ferring Church of England Primary School

An Inspiring Place to Grow, Believe and Achieve

Governors

 

Our vision for Ferring CE School

There should be expectation of the highest possible achievement and attainment for all children, as a result of consistently good/ outstanding teaching of a broad balanced curriculum enriched by extra curricular activities. This will be achieved, in part, by the children's good behaviour and attitudes to learning which should be taught, modelled and expected.

Within the principles of inclusion and equality, underpinned by our Christian beliefs and values, children will feel safe and well prepared for life in modern Britain.

Our children will learn within a safe, stimulating environment which is well resourced and led by motivated and effective staff.

Children will benefit from the school's strong relationship with all stakeholders and collaborative locality working with other schools.

 

MEMBERSHIP OF GOVERNING BODY

Acting Headteacher (ex officio):  1 x governor

Mr Terry Ryan
Start date: 1 January 2021

Staff Governor (elected by staff): 1 x governor

Mrs. Jennie Teakle
Start date: 27 January 2021
(current 4-year term of office ends 26 January 2025)

Foundation Governors (appointed by the Diocese): 3 x governors

Mrs Sue Pratt
Start date: 1 January 1989
(current 4-year term of office ends 31 Aug. 2021,
Vice Chair from 9 July 2020 to 31 Aug. 2021)

Rev. Gary Ingram (Ex officio)
Start date 3 March 2009

Parent Governors (elected by parents): 2 x governors

Mr James Roberts
Start date 19 July 2017
(4-year term of office ends 18 July 2021)


Mrs Jenny Trace
Start date 27 September 2017
(4-year term of office ends 26 Sept. 2021,
Chair from 9 July 2020 to 31 Aug. 2021)

Local Authority Governor (appointed by West Sussex County Council): 1 x governor

Mr Peter Dale
Start date 1 January 1978
(current 4-year term of office ends 29 Aug. 2021)

Co-opted Governors (appointed by the Governing Body): 4 x governors

Mrs Aimee Esswood
Start date 1 September 1999
(current 4-year term of office ends 31 Aug. 2022)


Mr Chris Silk
Start date 25 January 2011
(current 4-year term of office ends 31 Aug. 2022)


Rev. Stuart Robinson
Start date 24 July 2011
(current 4-year term of office ends 31 Aug. 2022)

Mr. Peter Byrne
Start date 21 November 2019
(4-year term of office ends 20 Nov. 2023)

Total membership = 12 governors

The Chair of the Governing Body is Mrs. Jenny Trace
The Vice Chair of the Governing Body is Mrs. Sue Pratt
Both can be contacted via the school

 

Declarations as at 1 September 2020

Other Governorships: Mr. Chris Silk (Co-Opted Governor) is also a Parent Governor at St Oscar Romero (formerly Chatsmore Catholic High School) in Worthing. Mr. Peter Byrne (Co-Opted Governor) is also Headteacher and Governor at St Oscar Romero (formerly Chatsmore Catholic High School) in Worthing.

Pecuniary Interests: Mr. James Roberts has an interest in the following businesses - Roberts & Wrigley Associates, Roberts and Co. Construction Company, Roberts, Miller Redshaw Ltd.

Relationships between Staff and Governors: Chris Silk and Gill Silk (Headteacher - retired 31 December 2020) are married.

Attendances at Full Governing Body Meetings in the academic year 2019-20

Peter Dale: 5 out of 6
Aimee Esswood: 6 out of 6
Rev. Gary Ingram: 4 out of 6
Sue Pratt: 6 out of 6
James Roberts: 3 out of 6
Rev. Stuart Robinson: 5 out of 6
Terry Ryan: 5 out of 6
Chris Silk: 6 out of 6
Gill Silk (former Headteacher - retired 31 December 2020): 6 out of 6
Jenny Trace: 6 out of 6
Peter Byrne: 4 out of 5

Click here for the Governing Body Impact Statement 2018-19

Particular Areas of Responsibility

Terry Ryan: All areas
Sue Pratt: Child Protection/Safeguarding, Leadership & Management, Worship, Behaviour & Attitudes, Finance, Personal Development
Rev. Gary Ingram: Worship, Behaviour & Attitudes, Personal Development
Peter Dale: Quality of Education, Personal Development, Finance, Health & Safety/Premises, School Website Audit
Aimee Esswood: Supported Data Review/Target Setting, Behaviour & Attitudes, Personal Development, Health & Safety/Premises
Chris Silk: Leadership & Management, Quality of Education
Rev. Stuart Robinson: Personal Development, Behaviour & Attitudes
James Roberts: Leadership & Management, Finance, Health & Safety/Premises
Jenny Trace: Quality of Education, Leadership & Management, Special Educational Needs/Disabilities, Pupil Premium, Health & Safety
Peter Byrne: Quality of Education, Leadership & Management
Gill Silk (retired 31 December 2020): All areas

Why become a Governor?

What qualifications do Governors need?

What do Governors do?

Term of Office

What kinds of help and support will be available?

How do I express an interest in becoming a Governor?

WHY BECOME A GOVERNOR?

Because:

You care about the education children receive
You want to make an important contribution to your local community
You enjoy a challenging and rewarding role
You are keen to help all children do better at school
You want to help strengthen the link between schools and their communities


WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO GOVERNORS NEED?

There are no formal qualifications, either academic or otherwise, needed to become a school governor. The one essential requirement is an interest in, and commitment to, the education of children. Governors have to be over 18 years of age.

Governors are ordinary people, drawn from many areas of society. They need to be able to devote time to getting to know the school well and be available to support it.

A governor must be a good listener, and someone who is able to read and assimilate information easily. A governor must be able to:

Raise questions and to participate in discussion and decision-making
Be discreet, open minded and fair
Be a source of ideas and a good communicator
Be enthusiastic about the work of the school
Be prepared to participate in its life


WHAT DO GOVERNORS DO?

Governors play an important part in overseeing the running of the school in the interests of the community it serves. Individual governors have no power or responsibility. It is only the full governing body which has legal duties and powers. All governors share in that corporate responsibility. The day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the headteacher and staff. The philosophy for running the school is a shared responsibility worked out by common consent.

Governors govern rather than manage. They are there to give direction and focus by performing a vital strategic role. Governors work with the headteacher making decisions about, for example, educational standards and targets, finance, staffing, and policies.

TERM OF OFFICE

The usual term of office is four years. However, governors are volunteers who can leave at any time and can similarly be re-appointed or re-elected. Governors can be disqualified for failing to attend a main meeting of the governing body for six months from the date of the first meeting missed.

WHAT KINDS OF HELP AND SUPPORT WILL BE AVAILABLE?

A great deal of professional advice and support is available to help governors with their duties and responsibilities, and all new governors are offered an induction course.

HOW DO I EXPRESS AN INTEREST IN BECOMING A GOVERNOR?

Get in touch with our headteacher or chair of governors.
Have a look at the West Sussex County Council website and search for 'Governors'.