Governors

What are Governors?

School governors are people who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education. Together with the head teacher they set the future direction of the school and decide how the school’s budget should be spent. Governing bodies make decisions collectively on matters such as school policies and the school’s development plan.

For more information about school governance see the DfE School Governance Handbook.

Please read our Annual Governors report to Parents.

Types of School Governor

There are various types of governors drawn from different areas of the community including, parents, staff, LEA, community and other groups. Governors are volunteers who spend about six hours each month attending meetings and working to further the school’s development.

Parent Governor
Elected by parents and carers of children at the school.
Staff Governor
Selected by election from teaching and support staff from the school.
Co-opted Governor 
Appointed by the governing body to represent the wider community or to provide specific skills.
LA Governor
Appointed by the Local Authority.
Foundation Governor       
Appointed by the school’s founding body, church or other organisation named in the school’s Instrument of government.
Ex-Officio Governor
A type of Foundation Governor usually reserved for the Parish Priest.

Our Governors

Mr P Barnard
Holds office: N/A
Type: Head Teacher
Pecuniary Interests:  None
Committee: School Improvement; Resources and Staffing

Mrs Hilary Colechin
Holds office: November 2016 – November 2020
Type: Foundation Governor appointed by the Parochial Church Council
Pecuniary Interests: None (Academic Year 2017/18)
Committee: School Improvement

Mr Dan Coney
Holds office: 
May 2014 – May 2018
Type: Parent Governor appointed by an election of parents
Pecuniary Interests:
1 child at FCCE School (Academic Year 2017/18)
Wife employed as a Teaching Assistant at FCCE (Academic Year 2017/18)
Committee: Chair of Governors; School Improvement
Says:

As a parent governor my role is to help guide our school direction and ethos such that our children leave as well rounded members of society, with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to be successful in their future lives, whatever path they choose to follow.  Being elected has given me the chance to represent the parents of the school in a tangible and effective way, across all aspects of school life.

Mrs Gen Houston
Holds office: September 2014 – September 2018
Type: Teacher Governor appointed by an election of staff
Pecuniary Interests:  None (Academic Year 2017/18)
Committee: School Improvement
Says:
 I am ‘teacher governor’ at FCCE.  I was appointed in September 2014, and I teach 
year 4 at the moment.  I wanted to become a governor because I feel that having 
taught in primary education for many years, I have skills and experience to 
bring to moving our school towards excellence.  I am looking forward to working 
with the School Improvement Committee, overseeing elements of our document of 
the same name!

Ms Maria Jones
Holds office:
 November 2015 – November 2019
Type: Parent Governor appointed by an election of parents
Pecuniary Interests:  1 child at FCCE School (Academic Year 2017/18)
Committee: Vice Chair of Governors; Resources and Staffing

Mr Ian Kelly
Holds office:
 May 2014 – May 2018
Type: Parent Governor appointed by an election of parents
Pecuniary Interests:  1 child at FCCE School (Academic Year 2017/18)
Committee: Chair of Resources and Staffing
Says:

It feels great to be in a position where I can make a positive difference to the children in my local community.

Mrs Dawn Kingscott
Holds office: May 2013 – August 2019 (3rd Term)
Type:
Co-Opted Governor appointed by an election of governing body
(previously Parent Governor)
Pecuniary Interests: 
Sister employed at TA at FCCE (Academic Year 2017/18)
Trustee at Winterbourne International Academy (Academic Year 2017/18)
Committee: Resources and Staffing
Says:
I have been a governor for almost 7 years now, first as a parent governor and now as a community governor.  It has been a great chance to see the enormous amount of work that the staff put into making our school as wonderful as it is, and to make a small contribution to that.

Mrs Aimee Knott
Holds office: February 2013 – March 2021 (2nd Term)
Type: Parent Governor appointed by an election of parents
Pecuniary Interests:  Two Children at FCCE School (Academic Year 2017/18)
Committee: Chair of School Improvement
Says:
I feel privileged to have been chosen by the parents of the school and to have the opportunity to give something back to the community. I want children to leave the school knowing the world is their oyster, as well as academic skills I believe it is important that they develop social skills, enjoyment of life, good mental and physical health and the ability to take on any challenge.

Mrs Caroline MacDonald
Holds office:
 October 2010 – October 2018 (2nd Term)
Type: Foundation Governor appointed by the Parochial Church Council
Pecuniary Interests: One child at FCCE School (Academic Year 2017/18)
Committee: School Improvement
Says:
The role of the governing body is to challenge, guide and support the school team in their endeavour to become the best it can through faith, friendship and participation. As a governor, you get fantastic insight in to how a school is run, the issues it has to manage and the successes it engenders.

Mr Greg Oakes
Holds office:
 September 2016 – September 2020
Type: Co-opted Governor appointed by an election of governing body
Pecuniary Interests:  One child at FCCE School (Academic Year 2017/18)
Committee: Resources and Staffing

Mrs Rosey Simpkins
Holds office: December 2015 – December 2019
Type: Foundation Governor appointed by the Parochial Church Council
Pecuniary Interests:  One child at FCCE School (Academic Year 2017/18)
Committee: Resources and Staffing

Mrs Sarah Stephens-Lewis
Holds office: October 2013 – November 2021 (2nd Term)
Type: Parent Governor appointed by an election of parents
Pecuniary Interests:
Two Children at FCCE School; Sarah is employed by SGS college (Academic Year 2017/18)
Committee: School Improvement
Says:
Being a parent governor, I feel I can be part of how our school develops and prepares our children for secondary school.  I work within the education sector and enjoy using both my experience and parental voice to help the school and children achieve everything they can.

Rev. Malcolm Strange
Holds office: N/A
Type: Ex-Officio Governor appointed by the Parochial Church Council
Pecuniary Interests:  None (Academic Year 2017/18)
Committee: School Improvement

Mr Gareth Wynne-Hughes
Holds office:
 September 2016 – September 2020
Type: Co-opted Governor appointed by an election of governing body
Pecuniary Interests:  2 Children at FCCE School (Academic Year 2017/18)
Committee: School Improvement

Vacancy
Holds office:
Type: LA Governor
Pecuniary Interests:
Committee:

Clerk

Mrs Ruth Owen was appointed on 1st January 2017.

Associate Members

Mrs Mandy Turner our Finance Administrator is in attendance for the Resources and Staffing committee to inform the Governing Body of the finance situation of the school
Pecuniary Interests:  None (Academic Year 2017/18)

If you wish to contact the Governing Body about any issues please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body on 01454 867205 for more information