The Governing Body

The Governors are an integral part of the running of our school. They provide challenge, support, expertise, encouragement and critical friendship throughout the year. Meetings of the whole governing body are held twice termly in school and various working groups and committees meet at other times. These groups are made up from different members of the whole body. The Governors are drawn from the local community, parents and other representatives. We have a Governing Body who are very involved with the school. Because of work and family commitments some have more time to spend in school than others but they are all very committed to the continuing improvement of our village primary school. Much of the work of the Governing Body is done by committees which focus on different aspects of school business. At Occold Primary School, we have the following committees.

School Effectiveness Committee
Its main purpose is to discuss and monitor all aspects of the school’s work around pupil attainment and progress, and ensuring that the school’s curriculum is broad and balanced and meets statutory requirements. The committee also meets to discuss and monitor all aspects of the school’s pastoral work which includes areas such as attendance, behaviour, safeguarding, health, and spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) provision; link governors include ones for Safeguarding and SEN. An important role of the committee is to ensure all Child Protection policies are fully understood and correctly implemented by all staff.

School Resources Committee
This committee’s main purpose is to ensure that the school spending remains within budget and that all funds are spent wisely to best meet the needs of the pupils; whilst it typically meets every term, there are additional review meetings with the school’s local authority finance teams. Health and safety of the school site is also part of this committee’s remit.

Steering Committee
The main role of this small committee is to be available to respond to matters of particular difficulty, sensitivity or urgency and offer advice to the Headteacher on key decisions. The membership consists of the Chair of Governors and the Chairs of the Resources and Effectiveness Committees.

Hearings Committee
This committee is concerned with decisions relating to personnel procedures where it is not appropriate to involve the Headteacher.

Appeals Committee
This committee forms to consider appeals made to the Hearings Committee.

Pupil Discipline Committee
This focus of this committee is to ensure appropriate policies are in place relating to behaviour and discipline. In addition, they are also able to consider representations from parents in the case of exclusions.

Headteacher Performance Review Group
The role of this group is to meet with an independent external advisor to discuss and review the Headteacher's performance.

Name of Governor
Category of
Governor
 Term of
Office
 Committee Membership Roles & Responsibilities Register of
Interests
 Attendance

 Mrs Carol Peters Co-opted
4 Years
Ends Nov 2018
  • Steering
  • Effectiveness
  • Resources
  • Chair of Governing Body
  • Qualified teacher
Resources 83%
Effectiveness 100%
Full GB 100%

 Dr Amanda Hull Parent
4 Years
Ends Nov 2018 
  • Steering
  • Effectiveness
  • Hearings
  • Pupil Discipline
  • Chair of Effectiveness Committee
  • SEN Governor
  • Safeguarding Governor
  • Qualified teacher
  • Self-Employed Educational Psychologist
Effectiveness 50%
Full GB 78%
 Mr Dan Dew Parent
4 Years
Ends June 2018
  • Resources
  • Chair of Resources Committee
  • Demand Engineering Company Director 
Resources 50%
Full GB 78%
 Mrs Patricia Brown Parent
4 Years
Ends Mar 2018
  • Resources
 
  • Ipswich Town FC HR
Resources 78%
Full GB 100%
 Mr Richard Mullarkey Co-opted
4 Years
Ends Nov 2018
  • Effectiveness
  • Headteacher Performance
 
  • University Lecturer/Admin
Effectiveness 100%
Full GB 100%
 Mrs Janet Erhorn Co-opted
4 Years
Ends Oct 2016
  • Effectiveness
  • Hearings
  • Pupil Discipline
  • Safeguarding Governor
  • Qualified teacher
  • Teacher at local high school
Effectiveness 67%
Full GB 73%
 Miss Katie Pearse Staff
 4 Years
Ends tbc
  •  Effectiveness
  •  Staff Governor
  • Qualified teacher
Effectiveness 100%
Full GB 91%
 Dr Jeni Smith LA
4 Years
Ends Mar 2019
  • Effectiveness
  • Headteacher Performance
 
  • Qualified teacher
  • National Writing Project
  • Lecturer in Education
Effectiveness 100%
Full GB 100%
 Dr Paul Parslow-Williams Headteacher Ongoing
  • Effectiveness
  • Resources
  • Steering
 
  • Several family members with QTS and leaders of other schools in area.
Resources 100%
Effectiveness 100%
Full GB 100%
 Mr Greg Barker Parent
4 Years
Ends Nov 2019
  • Resources 
 
  • Links with local building and cleaning company
Resources 100%
Full GB 100%
Mr Stefan Chevous Parent 4 Years Ends Jan 2021
  •  Resources
   Resources 100%
Full GB 100%

Mr Allan Williams is the Clerk to the Governing Body