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The Structure of the Governing Board

Culm Valley Federation consists of Kentisbeare, Culmstock and Plymtree Primary schools. It has one governing board made up from representatives from each school.

The Governing Board

The Governing Board of the Culm Valley Federation is made up of  2 elected parent governors, 2 Foundation governors, 1 Local Authority (LA) governor, a staff governor, an Ex-Officio governor (usually from the local clergy), the Head of the Federation and 3 co-opted governors. Other than the head, each governor serves a four year term of office at a time.

The Governors are all volunteers.

There are also Associate members, who are appointed by the Governing Board to serve on one or more committee. They are not governors and therefore do not have a vote in Governing Board decisions, but may be given a vote on decisions made by the committees to which they are appointed. Associate members can attend Full Governing Board (FGB) meetings but may be excluded from any part of the meeting where the business being considered concerns a member of school staff or an individual pupil.

The Governing Board is assisted by a Clerk to the Governors, who is employed by Devon County Council.

For information on who currently makes up the Governing Board, see below.

Contact the Governing Board

To contact the Governing Board email clerk@plymtree-primary.devon.sch.uk

The role of the Culm Valley Federation Governing Board is:

  • 1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
    2. Holding the executive headteacher to account for the educational performance of the Federation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
    3. Overseeing the financial performance of the Federation and making sure its money is well spent.

Much of the work of the Governing Board takes place in Committees.

The committees:

  • The Governing Board delegates some of it's responsibilites to committees. The details of the committee's delegated powers can be found in the Terms of Reference for each committee (which can be found below).
  • The 2 main committees are; the Teaching and Learning Committee (covering curriculum, school improvement, special educational needs and child protection).
  • and the Resources Committee (covering Finance, Personnel, Health & Safety)

Obviously there will be some overlap between these 2 committees.

The Teaching and Learning and Resources committees and the Full Governing Board each meet twice per term.

There is also a Pay and Performance Committee and Headteacher Appraisal Panel, which both meet twice per year.

Finally, there are 2 committees which only meet if and when required according to the Federation's staff conduct and capability, exclusion, grievance and disciplinary proceedures.

 

 

Who are the Governors?

1Paul Booth

Foundation Governor

Revd. David Beazley

Foundation Governor

Tracey Hailey

Head of the Federation

Anna Cope

Parent Governor

Ruth Elenor

LA Governor

   

 

 

Matthew Gardner

Co-Opted Governor

Helen Ainsworth

Co-Opted Governor

Vacancy

Co-Opted Governor

Helen Bastin

Staff Governor

Charlotte Wihship

Parent Governor

     

Rev John Hayhoe

Ex-Officio Governor

Emma Postlethwaite

Associate Member

Emma Francis

Associate Member

Alex Cutler

Associate Member

 

 

 

 
CULM VALLEY FEDERATION – GOVERNING BOARD

Name

Type of Governor

Appointing Body

Office

Term

Committee(s)

Registered interests

Ruth Elenor

Local Authority

Local Authority

Chair of Governors   Teaching and Learning, Head Teacher Appraisal Panel. Pay and Performance Committee

None.

Paul Booth

Foundation

Diocese

Chair of Resources

13/04/2019 - 12/04/2023

Resources, Head Teacher Appraisal Panel, Pay and Performance Committee

none

David Beazley

Foundation

Diocese

  06/11/2017 - 05/11/2021 Teaching and Learning  
Rev. John Hayhoe Ex-Officio Diocese   02/02/2018 Resources  
Matthew Gardner Co-opted Governing Board   05/12/2019 - 04/12/2023 Resources  
Helen Ainsworth Co-Opted Governing Board Chair of Teaching and Learning 05/09/2017 - 04/09/2021 Teaching and Learning Staff

Tracey Hailey

Staff

 

Head of the Federation

01/11/2011 –

Resources, Teaching and Learning,

Staff

Helen Bastin

Staff

Elected by staff   19/06/2019 - 18/06/2023 Resources

Staff

Anna Cope

Parent Governor

Elected by Parents

 

19/06/2019 - 

18/06/2023

Teaching and Learning

 

Charlotte Winship

Parent Governor

Elected by Parents

  18/11/2019 - 17/11/2023 Resources  

Alex Cutler

Associate Member

Governing Board

Head of School Plymtree

05/09/2017 - 04/09/2021 

Teaching and Learning

Staff

Emma Francis

Associate Member

Governing Board

Head of School Culmstock

05/09/2017 - 04/09/2021

Teaching and Learning

Staff

Emma Postlethwaite Associate Member Governing Board Acting Head of School Kentisbeare 18/09/2018 - 17/09/2022 Teaching and Learning Staff
Danielle Joyce Associate Member Governing Board     Teaching and Learning Staff

Governor Attendance at Meetings Academic Year 2016/2017