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Governors

Below is a list of our Governors as of the 14th January 2021.

I sent out the following letter out on the 8th December 2020
I would like to update you on the governorship of the school. As you may know, we have a number of dedicated people who are school governors. They perform a role of helping us form our plans for the future and carrying out other important functions.

Covid has changed our personal circumstances in different ways and this is no different for our governors. As a consequence, we have had a number of governor resignations in the Autumn term and now is a challenging time for recruiting governors. To ensure the school is being supported, the Trust and I have introduced an Interim Executive Board (IEB) who will carry out the duties normally undertaken by governors.

Our IEB will be chaired by Odile Wladon who has a great deal of experience as a Chair of Governors and is Executive Assistant & Clerk to the Trust. Joining us on the Board will also be parents Sarah Mortimer and Stephen Taylor who bring some much welcomed continuity and first-hand experience of the school. I am also pleased to say my colleague Dr Paul Parslow-Williams (an Executive Head of three schools in the Trust) will also be joining us. The Board will operate until such time as we can find the right people to join a new governing body. Work is starting on this early in the new year.

As the governing body of a school performs a strategic role, you will have noticed no difference to the day-to-day running of the school. We have experienced and dedicated staff who continue to do a terrific job in challenging times. I thought however, you may like to know what is happening with the governors and how we are addressing it.

If you have any questions, please do get in touch.

Best wishes

Steve Ginn
Headteacher


 

St Peter & St Paul CE Primary School is an academy that is a founding member of the All Saints Schools Trust. You can see information about how the Trust is governed on the Trust Website http://asst.org.uk/governance

Foundation Governors

Postion open

Position now open
Foundation Governor
Chair of Governors

Role / Biog

Biog coming soon.

Position now open

Position now open
Foundation Governor
Vice Chair

Role / Biog

Biog coming soon.

Position now open

Position now open
Foundation Governor

Role / Biog

Biog coming soon.

Mrs Anna Sugget

Position now open
Foundation Governor

Role / Biog

Biog coming soon.

Rector Guy Sumpter

Rector Guy Sumpter
Foundation Governor

Role / Biog

As incumbent Rector of the Eye Benefice the Reverend Doctor Guy Sumpter has been an ex officio governor of the school since September 2014.

    

Parent Governors

Mrs Sarah Mortimer

Mrs Sarah Mortimer
Parent Governor

Named Safeguarding Governor

Role / Biog

Committees

  • Strategic Leadership
  • Hearings
  • Appeals
  • Pupil Discipline
  • Engagement Working Group
  • Finance & Resources

Links

  • Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Attitudes to Learning

Class
Reception

I have lived in Eye since 2009 and joined the governing body in 2015 as a parent governor, a role I very much enjoy. I have a varied background having studied Maritime Environmental Science and worked as an offshore Hydrographic Surveyor and Fingerprint Officer for the police. I currently work in the Voluntary & Community sector for Community Action Suffolk as Senior Manager Community Engagement where I manage a number of community led projects across Suffolk which support empowering residents to make their communities stronger and even better places to live. I have 3 children, 2 currently are at the school. I am a keen swimmer and can often be found at Stradbroke pool swimming endless laps whilst occasionally dipping my toe into open water swimming in the warmer months.

    

Co-opted Governor

Mr Thomas Jarrett

Mr Thomas Jarrett
Co-opted Governor

Role / Biog

Committees

  • Finance & Resources
  • Hearings
  • Appeals
  • Pupil Discipline
  • Admissions

Links

Class

 

     

Trust Governor

Mr Stephen Taylor

Mr Stephen Taylor
Trust Governor

Role / Biog

Committees

  • Strategic Leadership
  • Hearings
  • Appeals
  • Pupil Discipline
  • Engagement Working Group
  • Finance & Resources

Website – Content Manager

Links

  • Art & Design Technology
  • School Council
  • School Environment
  • Pupil Premium
  • PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Greater Depth
  • More able Pupils

Class
Year 6

Biog coming soon.

Mr Steve Ginn

Mr Steve Ginn
School Head

Role / Biog

Steven started teaching in 2009 after a career in financial services, media and local government, working at a senior management level. He has worked in contrasting school settings and has lead sustained improvement in outcomes for children both as a teacher and leader. His last school was in the top 5% of schools nationally for attainment in reading.

He has a special interest in involving the community in school learning. Working with children, parents and the wider community he has been involved in raising funds to set-up two outstanding libraries, the last supported by the then Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell. He also pioneered a hugely popular community ‘pop-up’ museum with exhibits from the village and wider area.

In March 2018, as Deputy Headteacher, Steven led his prior school to a Good Ofsted rating, where leadership was described by the inspector as, ‘highly effective’.

Governor Information

St Peter and St Paul Church of England Primary School.
Constitution 1st April 2018


Why become a Governor?

 

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Being a governor is about being a critical and supportive friend to the school. People imagine that governors are not people like them, but that's a misconception. Everyone has experience of education, so everyone can make a valuable contribution to the school.

– Nancy Ford, Chair of Governors

 

What are the personal benefits of being a school governor?

Being a governor is an enormously challenging and rewarding opportunity. The personal benefits can be summarised as follows:

  • A sense of satisfaction through knowing children will benefit from your efforts.
  • The opportunity to develop new skills and to strengthen existing ones.
  • The opportunity to work with a wide range of people from a variety of social, cultural and religious backgrounds.
  • The opportunity to gain an understanding of, and experience in, key areas such as finance, personnel, target setting and strategic planning.
  • The opportunity to gain an awareness of the education system as a whole.
  • Through solving problems ranging from finance to site management; human resources to marketing; pupil welfare to curriculum development, every governor is guaranteed to broaden their skills and knowledge in some ways and this can be enhanced through training offered by local education authorities. All decisions are made with the consensus of the whole governing body, which brings into play the softer skills of teamwork, communication and tolerance.
  • There is the very real sense of adding value and giving children the best possible opportunity in life as well as the additional opportunity for personal and career development cannot be underestimated.

What is the role of school governors?

School governors make collective decisions as part of the governing body whose primary function is to help raise the educational standards and performance of a school by supporting the work of the head teacher and staff. Governors make important decisions on how a school will be run. The governing body is answerable to parents and the wider community.

Some of the things expected of governors include:

  • Promoting high standards of achievement
  • Planning the school's long-term future
  • Setting the school's aims, values and ethos
  • Budgetary allocation and control
  • Appointing senior staff

If you have any of the other following skills, these will also add value:

  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Strategic Planning
  • Team working
  • Marketing
  • Health and Safety
  • Finance
  • IT
  • Project Management
  • Communications
  • HR
  • Legal Knowledge
  • Languages
  • Art and Design
  • Science and Technology
  • Engineering

Who can be a school governor?

I'm too young / too old to be a governor. I have nothing to offer?

The only age restriction is to be 18+ Nothing can be further from the truth than that young people have nothing to offer. At least one generation nearer in age to pupils than many governors, they have recent firsthand experience of the education system and are still in touch with what is important to young people. In addition, their skills learnt at work or university will be relevant and upto-date. It is equally true that the majority of older people will have acquired work and life skills and experiences, which will add value to a governing body.

I can’t be a governor, I don’t have any children of my own?

Only parent governors are required to be parents. The most important quality is the desire to help children receive the best possible standard of education, and so enable them to realise their expectations and aspirations. You do not have to be a parent, know about education, or have specific skills to be a school governor.

Governing bodies will see me as an outsider?

You will be welcomed for your skills and play a vital role. You should be willing to challenge assumptions you may not agree with, to work in a team, to encourage and promote innovation and to make a full contribution to the decision making process. Thereafter, and as long as you are over 18, you will be welcome regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or religion. It is in fact critical that volunteers represent all age groups and the diversity of the communities in which the schools are situated.

I just don't have the time?

Average monthly commitment is 6 – 8 hours per month. This can vary by school and may be dependent on the school's circumstances. On average, however, 6 - 8 hours per month during the school term time will allow you to attend the full governor body meetings, participate in one of the committees that support the governing body, and do the necessary preparatory reading. The ideal commitment to being a governor is 4 years, but as a volunteer and if your circumstances change, you can resign or be re-elected.

 

To find out more about being a governor, please visit  Governors for Schools.

Do you want to be a school governor?

For an application form and further information please contact the School office.

 

 

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