Coppice Primary

Planting the seeds of
Knowledge,
growth and
success

Our Governing Body

 

All maintained schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, and to ask questions.

 

The Governing Body at Coppice Primary School and Nursery is rightly proud of the achievements of the school.  However, it’s drive is clear: for the school to become increasingly outstanding in more and more areas of its work, giving local children the best possible start in life.

 

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Head teacher, staff and the Local Authority.  Whilst the Head teacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance.  It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

 

Membership of the Governing Body includes parents, school staff, representatives from the local community and the Local Authority.  

 

The Governing Body has a range of powers and duties laid down by various Education Acts.  In the main, these responsibilities relate to:

  • Setting targets and promoting high standards of educational achievement
  • Setting the strategic framework within which the school operates
  • Management of the school’s budget
  • Ensuring that the curriculum for the school is broad and balanced

 

Governors adopt, review and monitor a range of policies that govern the operation of the school including Health and Safety, Behaviour, Curriculum and Performance Management.

 

Governors discharge the above responsibilities, together with many others, through a Governing Body meeting each term.  These formal meetings are supplemented by a series of committee-meetings dealing with more specific issues.  We have two sub-committees of governors: 

  • Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Finance and Resources Committee (focusing on staffing, premises and budgets).

 

Meet our Governors!

Mrs Alison Seaton

Headteacher

Mrs Joanne Austin

Chair of Governors

and Parent Governor

Mrs Sharon Howe

Vice chair of Governors and co-opted Governor

Mrs Joe Redisons

LA Governor


Mr Steve Rogers

Co-opted Governor

Mrs Christine Richards

Co-opted Governor

Mrs Katie Ratner-Nunn

Parent Governor

Miss Kirsty Harrison

Staff Governor 

Mrs Vicki Sidaway

Associate Governor

Mrs Annette Appleton

Associate Governor

Mrs Miranda Shanley

Clerk to Governors

 A number of Governors also have responsibilities for specific areas within the school.  Below you can see who our governors are and what their role is within the Governing Body at Coppice Primary School and Nursery.

Name Category of Governor Body Appoints Term of Office Committees Position of Responsibility
Mrs Alison Seaton Headteacher Ex offocio All committees Headteacher
Mrs Joanne Austin

Parent

 

Chair of Governors

Parent 

4 years

February 2019

Finance and Resources Early Years
Mrs Sharon Howe

Co-opted

 

Vice chair of Governors

Governors

4 years

February 2019

Finance and resources

 

Teaching and learning

Looked after children

 

Child protection

Mrs Joe Redisons LA Governor LA

4 years

February 2019

Teaching and learning
Mr Steve Rogers Co-opted Governors

4 years

November 2019

Finance and resources Pupil premium
Mrs Christine Richards Co-opted Governors

4 years

February 2019

Finance and resources

 

Teaching and learning

Health and safety
Mrs Katie Ratner-Nunn Parent Governor Parents

4 years

February 2019

Teaching and learning
Miss Kirsty Harrison Staff Governor Staff 4 years

February 2019

Finance and resources

 

Teaching and learning

SEND 
Mrs Vicki Sidaway

Associate

Governor

Governors Teaching and learning Assistant Headteacher
Mrs Annette Appleton

Associate

Governor

Governors Finance and resources School Business Manager
Mrs Miranda Shanley Clerk to Governors Governors

Register of Interests

Governors have a legal duty to act in the best interests of their schools.  Where there are personal or financial interests, which may conflict with this duty, they must identify, prevent and record the conflict.  Generally, governors must not be involved in discussions or vote on matters to which their conflict relates. 

At Coppice Primary School and Nursery, governors sign and/or review a register of interests at the start of every meeting.   All governors also declare personal or other interests which might be a potential source of conflict at the AGM in September and this is reviewed as needed throughout the year.

Principles of Public Life

Our Governors are guided by the Nolan Principles. Lord Nolan's Seven Principles of Public Life  apply to anyone who holds a public office, including those in the education sector. 

  1. Selflessness
    Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.
  2. Integrity
    Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.
  3. Objectivity
    Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.
  4. Accountability
    Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.
  5. Openness
    Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.
  6. Honesty
    Holders of public office should be truthful.
  7. Leadership
    Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.

 

Click here to see the meeting dates to be held in school throughout the year.

  

PDF icon Structure of  the Governing Body

PDF icon  Minutes of the Governing Body

Contacting the Governing Body

Do you want to talk to our governors?  Drop them an email using C.Governors@coppice.derbyshire.sch.uk  They will respond to your questions and comments.  Remember that the Governors are responsible for setting the strategic direction, holding leaders to account for the educational performance of the school, ensuring financial health, probity and value for money.  The would also like to hear parents comments about school.

 

 

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