Stanford in the Vale CE Primary School

High Street Stanford In The Vale Faringdon Oxon. SN7 8LH
Tel: 01367 710474 Fax: 01367 718429
Headteacher: Mrs Amanda Willis
Page Updated 18.09.20


School Profile

Governing Body Information
Contact Us
Roles and Responsibilities
The different types of governors and who appoints them.
What is expected of a governor?
Meeting Attendance & Terms of Office
Register of Business Interests of the governors
Current Governors
Minutes of Meetings
Policy for Governors' visits to School

Reconstitution of Governing Bodies: Maintained Schools

The constitution, or structure, of the governing body determines how many and what type of people govern the school.
By 1st September 2015
all governing bodies of maintained schools must have reconstituted using the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended).

Following our reconstitution Stanford in the Vale Primary School governing body shall now consist of:
  • 4 parent governors
  • 1 LA governor
  • 1 staff governor
  • 1 headteacher
  • 3 foundation governors
  • 5 co-opted governors
Reconstitution Document
Roles and Responsibilities
All schools are required by law to have a governing body who have an interest in the role of schools in society and wish to make a positive contribution to their communities. They will contribute to the effective day-to-day running of the school and the educational achievements of its pupils.

The key roles of governors are:
  • to contribute to strategic planning
  • to be a critical friend to the school (i.e. to support and challenge the school)
  • to ensure accountability.
The different types of governors and who appoints them.
Governors who will be staying on the governing body in their existing category will serve their existing term of office. Any governor appointed to a different category will start a new term of office. All terms of office are 4 years unless you choose to change this in your new instrument of government (minimum is 1 year).

Parent governor places: elections by parents of children at the school decide who fills those places. The child must be on the school roll at the time the election is held. However, parent governors do not have to resign if their children leave the school before their term of office has expired. Having "parental responsibility" is not limited to biological parents, but will cover you if you are a step-parent, foster parent, grandparent bringing up the child, or permanent partner of the child's biological parent. A few people cannot be school governors; those who have been made bankrupt or who have been in prison for certain offences may not serve for at least three years afterwards.

Headteacher: this place can only be held by the head teacher of the school and they have a legal right to their place due to their position in the school.

Staff governor place: the holder of this place is decided by a staff election. All teaching and non-teaching staff are entitled to stand and to vote. Any contested election must be held by ballot.

Local Authority place: the local authority must make a nomination and take into account any eligibility or skills criteria the governing body has provided. The governing body decides whether it will appoint the nominee.

The Community governor category will cease to exist and terms of office for governors currently in those positions will end.

Instead, there is a new, optional Co-opted governor category. A Co-opted governor is 'a person who, in the opinion of the governing body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school'. Governing bodies can include as many places as they wish in this category.

Foundation Governors: In addition to the above, Voluntary Aided (VA) schools must have at least two more foundation governors than all other categories combined. Voluntary Controlled (VC) schools must have at least 2 foundation governors.

Governing bodies decide whether or not to have Associate Members. They are not governors and cannot vote on full governing body decisions but the governing body may decide to give voting rights to them in the context of a committee. There can be as many associate members as the governing body likes.
What is expected of a governor?
The commitments a school governor must make and how much time they are expected to put in.

Governors are required to attend meetings. There are five full governing body meetings per year and failure to attend for any six-month period could result in disqualification. Much of our detailed business is delegated to the following committees: Curriculum and Communication Committee (C & C) and Resources, Pay and Personnel committee (R.P & P), who meet at least once a term before the full governors meetings. All governors belong to one of the committees.

Working with the governing body
As a governor, you must work as members of the governing body for the best interests of the school. This involves asking questions on a range of matters, perhaps when you are visiting the school, attending an open evening or during a meeting. It also means contributing your opinions to the discussions of the governing body and accepting the majority view, which may not always reflect your own opinion.

Representing others
You are expected to represent the views of those who appointed or elected you. Remember that you represent a group (parent, teacher, Church, business, community) which may have a range of views. You do not necessarily have to vote in accordance with their opinions, but you should listen to them and convey their views to the governing body. You could also report back to interested parties on matters which aren't confidential.

School activities
You must show an interest in school activities. This means the everyday work of the school as well as special events. Find out as much as you can about your school. There really is no better way of finding out about your school than by visiting during working hours. It is courteous to make an advance arrangement with the headteacher and teachers you are intending to visit.
Current Governors
Stanford In The Vale Governors 2019-2020 Name Special Responsibilities
Foundation Governor Mrs Janet Warren Chair of Governors
Teaching and Learning,
Assessment & Target Setting 
Rev. Paul Eddy RE & Collective Worship, British Values
Mrs Elizabeth Ward Safeguarding
Local Authority Governor Mrs Amanda Bellerby Foundation Stage
Co-Opted Governors Mrs Claire Lewis Finance, IT, French
Mrs Mary Vizoso
Science, Improving Community Links, History
Mrs Jane Braddy Special Educational Needs,
Equality, Gifted & Talented,
Mrs Kate Konschel
Mrs Caryl Oliver
Parent Governors
Mrs Lorna Darrock
Music, Design & Technology, Displays
Mr Matthew Bullivant
Maths, Breakfast & After School Clubs
Mrs Caroline Smith
Mr Craig Goulding
Sustainability, Premises, Health & Safety, Travel Plan
Mrs Amanda Willis
Head Teacher
Mrs Kay Adamson

Mrs Joanna Sanderson

Register of Business Interests of the governors 2019/20
Register of Business Interests of the governors 2018/19
Register of Business Interests of the governors 2017/18
Meeting Attendance 2019/20 and Terms of Office
Meeting Attendance 2018/19 and Terms of Office
Meeting Attendance 2017/18 and Terms of Office
Although new governors don't need any educational experience or expertise, you should be prepared to attend the free training course provided by Governor Services for newly appointed governors, so that you are fully aware of your role. Governor Services also provide a variety of other courses to help us carry out our roles as Governors of Stanford School.
We are happy to talk to parents whenever there is a concern and some governors are usually present at most school events. We will be wearing official badges identifying ourselves.

The minutes of the full governors' meetings are displayed on the governors' notice board, once they have been approved at a full governors' meeting. We will also make them available on the web site.

Correspondence for the attention of the Governors should be addressed to the Chair of Governors and left at the school. We can also be contacted by e mail at marking it for governors' attention.

Policy for Governors' visits to School & form