Governors

You can read about the people who make up our board of governors below. If you would like to read official governance documents relating to our school, you can visit our governance page under our ‘Key Info’ section:

Governance Documents

Governing Body

At Bicton C. E. Primary School and Nursery, our Governing Body is made up of the Head teacher, a member of our support staff, our vicar, a foundation governor, parent governors who are nominated by other parents, a Local Authority governor and 2 co-opted governors.

We see our governors as ‘critical friends’ who, as part of our school leadership team, are involved in self evaluation and school development planning. They play a much-valued role in helping to raise and maintain standards.

Governors meet throughout the school year with one full Governing Body meeting each term as well as sub-committee meetings often twice a term with specific ‘duties’ linked to different aspects of school life.  Our Governing Body strives to provide the best possible education for all pupils.

The Head teacher, Mrs Shirley Ansell, meets with the Chair of Governors most weeks which includes discussing progress towards school improvement priorities.

Link governors visit school regularly during the year to visit classes, talk to pupils and meet with staff.

We are lucky enough to have an excellent team of School Governors at Bicton. Full details of each member can be seen below:


Mrs Shirley Ansell – Local Authority Governor

Mrs Ansell’s children and grandchildren have attended Bicton C E Primary School. “I firmly believe that a quality education is the most valuable thing we can give our children.  At Bicton School, I am proud to say that every child counts.”  Shirley Ansell

Committee Membership

Finance and General Personnel – Chair
Pupil Discipline – Chair
Staff Discipline/Staff Dismissal Appeals – Clerk

Re-appointment date – September 2016

Term of office end date – 24/09/2020


 Mrs Caroline Bailey – Chair – Parent

Committee Membership

Complaints – Chair
Finance and General Personnel – Clerk
Staff Discipline/Staff Dismissal – Chair

Staff/Governor Relationship

Sister of N Johnson

Re-appointment date – January 2018

Term of office end date – 18/01/2022


Miss Eleanor Carr – Staff

Appointment date – February 2020

Term of office end date – 04/02/2024


Mr Steven Davies – Parent

Committee Membership

Appeals – Chair
Complaints (reserve)
Staff Discipline/Staff Dismissal (reserve)
Standards and Curriculum – Chair

Term of office ended – 31/01/2020


Mrs Julia Farrington – Parent

“My background is as a Nurse, ending as a Senior Sister, a Lead Nurse in Minor Injuries. During my role, I worked with children and attended courses on Child Protection. I ended my career as I wished to become a full time parent.

When I put myself forward as a parent governor, my eldest child was in Reception and my youngest was about to start Nursery. I am, and have been,very impressed and enthusiastic about this school. Rural schools are closing and amalgamating. I would like to be a bigger part of a school that shines and attracts children and parents towards it.”

Committee Membership

Appeals
Premises, Security and Health and Safety – Chair
Staff Discipline/Staff Dismissal Appeals (reserve)
Standards and Curriculum (reserve)

Appointment date – November 2016

Term of office end date – 29/11/2020


 Mrs Juliette Freeman – Vice Chair – Co-opted

Juliette is a parent and a co-opted governor. Her area of expertise is Early Years; she is a local authority Early Years Advisor and was previously employed as an Ofsted Early Years Inspector.

Committee Membership

Finance and General Personnel (reserve)
Premises, Security and Health and Safety (reserve)
Pupil Discipline – Clerk
Staff Discipline/Staff Dismissal Appeals – Chair
Standards and Curriculum – Clerk

Appointment date – May 2016

Term of office end date – 24/05/2020


Mrs Wendy Horan – Foundation

Committee Membership

Complaints – Clerk
Finance and General Personnel
Pupil Discipline – Clerk
Standards and Curriculum
Staff Discipline/Staff Dismissal – Clerk

Term of office ended – 13/05/2019


Mr Richard Jeffries – Parent

Committee Membership

Complaints
Premises, Security and Health and Safety – Clerk
Pupil Discipline (reserve)
Staff Discipline/Staff Dismissal – Clerk

Appointment date – February 2019

Term of office end date – 31/01/2023


Mrs Natalie Johnson – Headteacher

Committee Membership

Finance and General Personnel
Premises, Security and Health and Safety
Standards and Curriculum

Staff/Governor Relationship

Sister of C Bailey

Term of office end date – 02/03/2023


Mrs Patricia Johnson – Staff

Committee Membership

Finance and General Personnel (reserve)
Premises, Security and Health and Safety – Chair

Resigned – 09/09/2019


Ms Janet Leake – Foundation

Committee Membership

Pupil Discipline
Standards and Curriculum

Appointment date – September 2019

Term of office end date – 04/09/2023


Mr Robert Marsden – Parent

Appointment date – January 2020

Term of office end date – 30/01/2024


Mr John Street – Co-opted

Committee Membership

Appeals (reserve)
Premises, Security and Health and Safety
Staff Discipline/Staff Dismissal Appeals

Re-appointment date – November 2018

Term of office end date – 20/11/2022


Reverend Mary-Lou Toop – Foundation

“I can bring to the Governing Body: past experience as a school governor for both community and church schools, the ability to be a strong link between the diocese, the local church and our school to support school in fulfilling its Christian ethos and identity, and professional skills and experience in the area of pastoral care, building healthy relationships and personnel management.” Mary-Lou Toop

Committee Membership

Appeals – Clerk
Complaints – Clerk
Staff Discipline/Staff Dismissal

Foundation Governor at Bomere Heath C E Primary School

Re-appointment date – July 2019

Term of office end date – 14/07/2023