In addition to the teaching and non-teaching staff of the school, and parents, there is a very important third group involved in the life of the school. Every aspect of the life and conduct of the school is overseen by the Governors.
The main aim of Little Paxton Primary School (like all schools) is to raise the educational achievements of all children, ensuring all pupils make good progress from their starting points. The Governing Body is committed to providing a good education for local children at the village primary school. Legally the Governing Body is required to support and challenge the school by:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
In addition, governors are responsible for ensuring that the school fulfils its statutory duties.
The Instrument of Government for Little Paxton School states that the Governing Body shall be constituted as follows:
- 5 elected Parent Governors
- 1 Local Authority Governor
- 1 Head teacher
- 1 elected Staff Governor
- 7 Co-opted Governors (of which up to 3 could be members of staff).
Total number of governors is 15 (unless the Head teacher has given notice under Regulation 19 of the Constitution Regulations that s/he) chooses not to be a governor, when the total number will be 14). In addition the Governing body may appoint Associate Members to assist with their work. The Governing Body of Little Paxton School has not granted voting rights to any Associate Members.
The term of office of all Governors (other than the Head Teacher) is four years.
To see a copy of our Instrument of Government please click LPPS Instrument of Government
Mrs Gemma Pearce is the Clerk to the Governing Body.
As well as attending formal meetings, the Governors spend much time in school, meeting and working with staff and children. They are always pleased and ready to talk to parents. Governors can be contacted either through the School Office or by contacting the Clerk (GPearce@littlepaxton.cambs.sch.uk)
Current Membership of the Governing Body (Governors’ terms of office indicated in brackets):
Mrs Anna-Sofia Conway – Chair of Curriculum & Standards Committee – (25.05.18 – 25.05.22)
Mr Timothy Gawler (15.11.19 – 15.11.23)
Mr Christopher Muwanguzi (29.11.18 – 29.11.22)
Mr Paul Warmington ( 25.11.16 – 25.11.20)
Mr Austin Willett (15.11.19 – 15.11.23)
Mrs Penny Conway – Chair of Governors – (01.09.17 – 01.09.21)
Mrs Nickie Moore (01.09.18 – )
Mrs Katie Delgado (01.07.19 – 01.07.23)
Mrs Ellen Barrett – Vice Chair of Governors – (05.10.19 – 05.10. 23)
Mr Neil Donoghue (04.03.19 – 04.03.23)
Mr Richard Fairbairn – Chair of Resources Committee – (30.09.19 – 30.09.23)
Mr David Jones (03.12.18 – 03.12.22)
Mrs Victoria McAuley-Eccles (01.09.19 – 01.09.23)
Mrs Gemma Manning (03.12.18 – 03.12.22)
Mr James Purser (03.04.17 – 03.04.21)
Mrs Rebekah Jenkins (01.10.16 – 01.10.20)
To view the Governing Body’s Register of Pecuniary and Other Interests please click
For information about all Governors since September 2017 please click LPPS Table of Gov info 2017 -2018
For information about all Governors since September 2018 please click LPPS Table of Gov info 2018 -2019
(This includes their terms of office, declaration of interests and attendance record)
How Do We Organise Our Work?
Full Governing Body meetings are held at least 5 times each year. Currently Penny Conway is the Chair and Ellen Barrett is the Vice-Chair. These posts are elected annually by the Governing Body.
Much of our work is done through the Committees of the Governing Body which meet once or twice per term. Each committee has approximately 9 members and has particular responsibilities as set out in its Terms of Reference. All governors serve on at least one committee. The Chairs of the Committees are elected each year.
Our current committee structure is as follows:
Curriculum & Standards Committee chaired by Anna-Sofia Conway
Resources Committee chaired by Richard Fairbairn
The Curriculum & Standards Committee is responsible for monitoring the curriculum and holding the school to account for the standards achieved. This meeting is often preceded by a presentation from members of the school staff. The presentations, to which all governors are invited, are about an aspect of the curriculum, assessment or a new initiative. This is an opportunity for governors and staff to meet together and share information and ideas. The C&S committee meets at least once each term.
The Resources Committee has responsibilities for overseeing the premises, staffing and the effective use of funding. In order to achieve this a member of the committee will attend other meetings such as the school’s Health and Safety Committee and the regular termly meetings with the school’s Financial Adviser.
The 2019/2020 schedule for Governing Body and Committee meetings can be viewed here: Dates of meetings 2019-20
There are also some statutory committees (Salary, Performance Management, Appeals, Discipline, etc) which meet as necessary.
The 2019/2020 membership of committees can be viewed here: Committees 2019-2020
Some governors have specific responsibilities as shown below:
Child Protection and Safe-guarding – Ellen Barrett
Special Educational Needs – Ellen Barrett
Safer Recruitment – Penny Conway
Health and Safety – Neil Donoghue
Finance – James Purser
Personnel – Gemma Manning
Premises – Neil Donoghue
Pupil Premium – Ellen Barrett
Monitoring of the Core Curriculum (Reading, Writing and Mathematics) – Anna-Sofia Conway, Richard Fairbairn & Paul Warmington
Early Years – Anna-Sofia Conway
Also, governors attend other meetings with, for example, the School Improvement Adviser or Local Authority Education Officers, or serve on working groups for specific tasks as the need arises.
How Do We Conduct Our Work?
The agenda for each meeting is drawn up in advance and circulated at least one week prior to the meeting. Agendas for meetings are set by the Chair in consultation with the Clerk and the Head teacher. They follow an annual cycle of agreeing, then monitoring and evaluating the plans for school improvement. Agendas also include items that reflect local and national priorities and initiatives.
All full Governing Body meetings and meetings of Committees of the Governing Body are minuted by the Clerk to the Governing Body. The minutes of each meeting are reviewed and agreed at the following meeting. Agreed minutes will be posted on the school website as soon as is practicable. Copies are also kept in the School Office.
The minutes of each meeting will include information about who was present and whether there were any changes to declarations of interest as well as summaries of the items discussed, questions raised and any decisions that were taken. Occasionally the minutes will include an item labelled “confidential item removed”; you will not be able to view any information regarding such an item. This is because the item includes details which would enable identification of an individual (pupil, parent, member of staff or any other person) whose right to privacy and confidentiality would be compromised if the information were publicly available.
To read the minutes of Governing Body meetings please click on this link: Governor Meeting Minutes
Governors make regular visits to school to enable them to get to know more about how it operates and also to monitor aspects of the improvement plans that have been agreed. Please click on the links below to view reports of recent governor visits:
In addition, governors regularly attend Parents’ Evenings to talk with parents and carers and to canvas their views. In 2018/2019 governors sought views on what parents most value about Little Paxton School and any aspects they had concerns about; the school behaviour policy which was developed during the spring term 2019; and parental views of the quality of education their child receives at Little Paxton. In the autumn term 2019 governors talked to parents about the introduction of Luna, the school dog. Please click on the links below for further information about the outcomes of these.
Contacting the Governing Body
Governors are present at the Parents’ Evenings held each term. We value the feedback that parents give to us at these events which we use to inform future actions and decisions. You can meet us on these occasions or, if you prefer, you can contact us through our Clerk (GPearce@littlepaxton.cambs.sch.uk) or via the School Office (Office@littlepaxton.cambs.sch.uk ).
Although the publication of an Annual Report for Parents is no longer a statutory requirement we feel this is still a useful way for governors to communicate with parents. To read our most recent report please click 2019 Annual GB Report for parents
For further information about the Governing Body and its work please click on the links below: