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Message from our Governors

Hello,

East Stour Primary School is a good school. The reason that East Stour is a good school is down to all those people involved in the school, especially the children, working hard to achieve.

A Governor is a critical friend of the school and for the school. As a Governor we are interested in the development and constant improvement required of the school, which is necessary to maintain and improve standards to enhance every child’s education. We question the Head Teacher and her staff regularly at prescribed meetings, the main one being the Full Governing Body meeting held six times a year. Additionally, individual governors or a couple, will focus on particular areas of the school’s plan, and monitor and question where we are against the plan.

Some of the questions we ask are:

  • Do we have a clear vision for the school?
  • What are the school values?
  • What are we doing to raise standards for all children?
  • Are we making best use of Pupil Premium?
  • Have we got the right approach to staffing?
  • How well does the curriculum provide for and stretch all pupils?
  • How does the school promote good behaviour to enhance learning?
  • Do we have a sound financial strategy; making the most of our resources, obtaining good value for money and having robust procurement and financial systems?
  • Are the building and other assets in good condition and are they well used?
  • Do we keep children safe and healthy?
  • How well do we keep parents informed and take account of their views?

Governors are ordinary people who have an interest in children’s education and are prepared to commit some of their time to that end. Some of our Governors are parents with a direct interest in the school, some are from the local community – who see the school as the heart of it, some are staff and some just wish to use some of their time to benefit others.

We are always interested to hear from potential governors. Should you have an interest in becoming a school governor at East Stour, then please contact Cathy Chambers, School Business Manager, and she will put you in touch with the right people at the right time for a completely non-committal chat.

Robert Cooke

Chair of Governors

 

The Governing Body of EAST STOUR PRIMARY SCHOOL – Constitution date 1 September 2013

EAST STOUR PRIMARY SCHOOL 

MEETING DATES 2021 - 2022

DATE

TYPE OF MEETING 

TIME

Tuesday 28 September 2021

Governing Board Meeting

08.00 am

Thursday 21 October 2021

Governing Board Meeting

08.00 am

Tuesday 23 November 2021

Governing Board Meeting 

08.00 am

Thursday 27 January 2022

Governing Board Meeting

08.00 am

Tuesday 29 March 2022

Governing Board Meeting

08.00 am

Thursday 26 May 2022

Governing Board Meeting

08.00 am

Tuesday 12 July 2022

Governing Board Meeting

08.00 am

 

ATTENDANCE AND BUSINESS INTERESTS 2020 - 2021

 

Name/Office & Business Interests

 

Term of Office

4 years

Particular Responsibilities

PARENT GOVERNORS (3) appointed by parents of pupils on the school roll

Mr Gareth Huyton

Labour Party Member

Swann Community Councillor

09/07/2022

EYFS

Mrs Zoe McNeill

None

21 November 2022

Pupil Premium

Miss Surreya Yildirim

None

 

26 November 2022

 

LOCAL AUTHORITY GOVERNOR (1) nominated by the LA and appointed by the Governing Body

Mr Robert Cooke  - Chair (Vice Chair as from September 2021)

Chair at Ashford Oaks Primary School

 

26 April 2023)

 

Finance/School Plan

HEADTEACHER

Mrs Emma Law

Headteacher in School

N/A

STAFF GOVERNORS (1) appointed by employees of the school

Sam Newton

Teacher at East Stour Primary School

16 March 2025

Safeguarding

CO-OPTED GOVERNORS (6) appointed by the Governing Body following a skills need analysis

Cathy Chambers

School Business Manager – East Stour Primary School

23 September 2023

Health & Safety

Training & Development

Mrs Della Skilton (Vice Chair)

Vice Chair (Chair as from September 2021)

None

24 September 2022

Finance/Curriculum

Jonathan Hobbs

Works for Freedom Leisure

 

26 May 2025

 

Mrs Sarah Beaney

School Business Manager at Ashford St Mary CE Primary School

12 July 2025

 

Mrs Heather Woodcock

12 July 2025

 

Vacancy

To be filled

 

 

SCHOOL STAFF INVITED TO ATTEND MEETINGS AS OBSERVERS

Miss Ellen McNulty - Teacher

 

 

 

Mrs Zana Fletcher - DHT

 

 

 

 

 

RESIGNATIONS OR COMPLETION OF TERM OF OFFICE 2020 - 2021

Terry Simpson – Co-Opted Governor (resigned from the Governing Board May 2021)

Reason for resignation: Relocating to Norfolk

Mr Steve Rowley – Co-Opted Governor (Governors decision to remove from office due to non attendance at meetings)

Governors made a decision to remove Mr Rowley from office

 

 

Meeting Attendance Sept 2020 – July 2021

 

Date of meeting

29 Sept 2020

22 October 2020

8 Dec 2020

21 Jan 2021

2 Feb 2021

23 March 2021

27 May 2021

13 July 2021

TOTAL

Rob Cooke

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

8 out of 8

Emma Law

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

8 out of 8

Steve Rowley

No

No

Yes

No

No

Resigned

Resigned

-

1

Gareth Huyton

Yes

Yes

Apols

Yes

No

Yes

Apols

Yes

5 out of 8

Della Skilton

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

8 out of 8

Cathy Chambers

Yes

Yes

Apols

Yes

Yes

Apols

Yes

Yes

6 out of 8

Ellen McNulty – Observer

Yes

Yes

Apols

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

7 out of 8

Sam Newton – Staff Governor

Yes

Yes

Apols

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

7 out of 8

Surreya Yildirim

Yes

Yes

Apols

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

4 out of 8

Terrie Simpson

Yes

Yes

Yes

Apo

Yes

Yes

Resigned

-

 

Mrs Sarah Beaney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

1 out of 1

Mrs Heather Woodcock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

1 out of 1

Zoe McNeill

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Apols

Apols

5 out of 8

Zana Fletcher (DHT) – Observer

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

-

Yes

Yes

Yes

6

Vacancy (To be filled)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

 

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