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 other schools) is to raise the educational achievements of all children, ensuring all pupils make good progress from their starting points. 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.
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 Alison Gatward was the Clerk to the Governing Body until April 2017, after which Ms Julie Zausmer became the Clerk.
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 (JZausmer@littlepaxton.cambs.sch.uk).
Current Membership of the Governing Body:
(Governors’ terms of office indicated in brackets)
Mr Richard Fairbairn (29.2.16-29.2.20)
Mr David Jones – Early Years Governor – (7.11.14 – 7.11.18)
Mrs Gemma Manning (7.11.14 – 7.11.18)
Mr Oliver Poulain – Vice Chair of Governors – (7.11.14 – 7.11.18)
Mr Paul Warmington ( 1.10.16-1.10.20)
Mrs Penny Conway – Chair of Governors, Safer Recruitment Governor – (1.9.17 – 1.9.21)
Mrs Diane Hawkes (05.09.11 – )
Mrs Natasha Stott (1.10.16-1.10.20)
Mrs Ellen Barrett – Chair of Curriculum & Standards Committee – (5.10.15 – 5.10. 19)
Mr Neil Donoghue – Chair of Site & Buildings Committee – (1.3.15 – 1.3.19)
Mr Graham Hiom – Chair of Finance Committee – (1.3.15 – 1.3.19)
Tracey Locke – Chair of Personnel Committee, Child Protection Governor, (27.2.17-27.2.21)
James Purser (3.4.17-3.4.21)
Mrs Rebekah Jenkins (1.10.16-1.10.20)
To view the Governing Body’s Register of Pecuniary and Other Interests please click
For information about all Governors since September 2014 please click LPPS GB Table of Gov info 2014 -2015
For information about all Governors since September 2015 please click LPPS-Table-of-Gov-info-2015-2016
For information about all Governors since September 2016 please click LPPS Table of Gov info 2016 -2017
(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 Oliver Poulain 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 8 members and has particular responsibilities as set out in its Terms of Reference. All governors serve on at least one committee, most serve on two. The Chairs of the Committees are elected each year.
Our current committee structure is as follows:
Curriculum & Standards Committee chaired by Ellen Barrett
Finance Committee chaired by James Purser
Personnel Committee chaired by Tracey Locke
Site & Buildings Committee chaired by Neil Donoghue
The Sites & Buildings, Finance and Personnel Committees run one after another on the same evening and, if expedient to do so, meet concurrently to facilitate discussion and decisions. Each Committee meets at least 4 times each year.
The Curriculum & Standards Committee meeting is held on a separate evening and is 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 2017/2018 schedule for Governing Body and Committee meetings can be viewed here: Datesofmeetings2017-18
There are also some statutory committees (Salary, Performance Management, Appeals Discipline, etc) which meet as necessary.
The 2017/2018 membership of committees can be viewed here:Committees 17-18
Some individual governors attend other meetings with, for example, the School Improvement Adviser, the School Financial Adviser or Local Authority Education Officers, or serve on the School Health & Safety Committee or working groups for specific tasks.
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 comprised 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 Governor Visits carried out in 2016/2017:
In addition governors regularly attend Parents’ Evenings to talk with parents and carers and to canvas their views. In 2016/2017 governors sought views on parental involvement in school, parental views of school’s strengths and areas for improvement and also on the new building works. 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 (JZausmer@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 2017 Annual GB Report for parents
For further information about the Governing Body and its work please click on the links below: