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Meet the Governors

Welcome to the Governors' section!

Governing Body Information

 

 

The structure of the Governing Body.

Lapworth School has a Governing Body consisting of 15 Governors.  We are committed to the DfE’s advised three core functions prescribed for all Governing Bodies:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff; and

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

The Governing Body is chaired by Mary McKay and meets at least once a term.  To fulfil the expectations above and work as efficiently as possible, without duplication of time and effort, this governing body has decided to delegate almost all matters to its committees.  The main committees and their key responsibilities are set out below:

Committee

Chair

Responsibilities

Governing Body (GB)

Mary McKay

Ann Cotterill

 

Co Chairs

  • All Safeguarding matters
  • Approval of the annual budget
  • Appoint selection panel for Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher
  • Organisational structure and constitution of the GB and its committees

Performance and Standards

(P&S)

Kerry Newson

  • School Improvement
  • Learning, Teaching and Curriculum
  • Pupil Welfare

Resources

Karen Baker

  • Finance
  • Staffing
  • Health and Safety
  • Premises

Pay

Ann Cotterill

  • Pay policy
  • Staff performance
  • Annual pay decisions

Diocesan

Father Patrick Gerard

  • Maintaining the school’s ethos and identity as a church school
  • Promoting awareness of Christian belief and practice
  • Preparing for SIAMS inspections

 

In addition to the committees above, the Governing Body may also decide to establish working parties for specific projects and other areas which have a significant workload.  At present, we have one such group, the Pre-School Working Party chaired by Ann Cotterill.

 

 

 

Governors Register of Pecuniary Interests

The following Governors serve on the Governing Body during the school year 2018-19:

   

Governor Name

Type of Governor

Chair (CH) or Vice Chair (VC)

Committee Chair

Resources Cmte member

Performance & Standards Cmte member

Diocesan Cmte Member

Connection to Staff (Yes or No)  If Yes, who & how

Term of Office End Date

Other School Governor Posts Held

Business Interests Declared (Yes or No)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary McKay

LA

Co-CHAIR

 

Y

Y

Y

N

Jan 2023

Y see below

Y see below

Ann Cotterill

CG

CO-CHAIR

Y

 

Y

 

N

Apr 2023

N

Y see below

Fr Patrick Gerard

FOU Ex Officio

 

Y

 

 

Y

N

None

N

Y see below

Judy McCluskey

HT Ex Officio

 

 

Y

Y

Y

N

None

N

N

Heidi Copland

PG

 

 

 

Y

 

N

Oct 2020

Y see below

Y see below

Debbie Thompson

STF

 

 

Y

 

 

N

Sep 2020

N

N

Stuart Baines

FOU

 

 

 

Y

 

N

Sep 2020

N

N

Kerry Newson

PG

 

 

 

Y

 

N

13 April 2020

N

N

Keisha Eve

PG

VICE CHAIR

 

 

 

Y

N

Nov 2019

N

N

Clare Kimpton

FOU

 

 

 

 

Y

N

July 2023

N

N

Karen Baker

PG

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2019

N

N

David Oakley

CG

 

 

 

Y

 

N

April 2022

N

N

Denise Gumley

CG

 

 

Y

 

 

 

26 Mar 2023

N

N

Mike Sexton

CG

 

 

Y

 

 

 

26 Mar 2023

N

N

Patrick Hooper

FOU

 

 

Y

 

 

 

Term ended Jan 2019

N

N

Adam Marsden

CG

 

Y

Y

 

 

 

Resigned Oct 2018

N

N

 

Key:

LA – Local Authority nominated or appointed governor

PG – Elected or appointed parent governor

STF – Staff governor

FOU – Foundation governor, appointed by the Diocesan Education Service

CG – Co-opted governor, appointed by the Governing Body

AG – Appointed by the Trustees of the Academy

PTN – Partnership governor

AS – Associate Member

 

Mary McKay

Other School Governor posts held – Chair of IEB at Salford Priors Primary since 2016 to present

WCC Governor Services – Associate Trainer since 2006 to present

Newport Educational – Trainer since 2006 to present

Heidi Copland

CO at the National Governance Association (NGA) since March 2016 to present

Fr Patrick Gerrard

Chairman of Parochial Church Council, Trustee of Lapworth Charities, Chair of Lapworth Old School Trust and Trustee of Melson Memorial Trust

Ann Cotterill

Director of Cotterill Creative Education Solutions Ltd – management consultancy for higher education providers Feb 2017 to present

Governors Attendance at meetings 2018/19

 

Full Governing Body                      
Name of Governor Date of meeting                    
  02-Oct-18 29-Nov-18 27-Mar-19 08-Jul-19 Total attended           
Mary McKay 1 1 1 1 4 out of 4          
Adam Marsden 1 0 0 0 1 out of 1 Resigned after meeting on 2 Oct 2018  
Ann Cotterill 1 1 1 1 4 out of 4          
Fr Patrick Gerard 1 1 1 1 4 out of 4          
Judy McCluskey 1 1 1 1 4 out of 4          
Stuart Baines 1 1 1 1 4 out of 4          
Keisha Eve 1 1 1 1 4 out of 4          
Kerry Newson 0 1 1 1 3 out of 4          
Karen Baker 1 0 1 0 2 out of 4          
Clare Kimpton 1 1 1 1 4 out of 4          
Patrick Hooper 1 1 0 1 3 out of 2 Left the board in Jan 2019    
Heidi Copland 1 0 0 1 2 out of 4          
Debbie Thompson 1 1 1 1 4 out of 4          
David Oakley 1 1 1 1 4 out of 4          
Denise Gumley 0 0 0 1 1 out of 1 co-opted at meeting on 27 March  
Mike Sexton 0 0 0 0 0 out of 1 co-opted at meeting on 27 March  
                       
Performance & Standards                      
Name of Governor Date of meeting                    
  28-Sep-18 07-Dec-18 25-Jan-19 23-May-19 Total attended           
Ann Cotterill 1 1 1 0 3 out of 4           
Mary McKay 1 1 1 1 4 out of 4           
Judy McCluskey 1 1 1 1 4 out of 4           
Stuart Baines 0 1 1 1 3 out of 4           
Kerry Newson 1 1 1 1 4 out of 4           
Heidi Copland 0 1 1 1 3 out of 4           
David Oakley 1 1 1 1 4 out of 4           
                       
Resources                      
Name of Governor Date of meeting                    
  23-Oct-18 12-Mar-19 20-Jun-19   Total attended           
                       
Mary McKay 1 0 1 2 out of 3            
Judy McCluskey 1 1 1 3 out of 3            
Karen Baker 1 1 1 3 out of 3            
Patrick Hooper 1 0 0 1 out of 1 Left the Governing Body in February 2019  
Debbie Thompson 1 1 1 3 out of 3            
Ann Cotterill 0 1 0 1 out of 1 Attended as Co Chair in absence of MM    
Denise Gumley 0 0 1 1 out of 1 Joined the Committee in June 2019    
Mike Sexton 0 0 1 1 out of 1 Joined the Committee in June 2019    
                       
Pay                      
Name of Governor Date of meeting   Total attended                
  23-Oct-18                    
Mary McKay 1   1 out of 1              
Judy McCluskey 1   1 out of 1              
Patrick Hooper 1   1 out of 1              
Karen Baker 1   1 out of 1              
Ann Cotterill 1   1 out of 1              
                       
Diocesan                       
Name of Governor Date of meeting                    
  10-Oct-18 06-Feb-19 05-Jun-19 Total attended              
Fr Patrick Gerard 1 1 1 3 out of 3            
Mary McKay 1 0 0 1 out of 1 Left the Committee after the 10 Oct 2018 meeting  
Judy McCluskey 1 1 1 3 out of 3            
Clare Kimpton 1 1 1 3 out of 3            
Keisha Eve  1 1 1 3 out of 3            
Ann Cotterill 0 1 0 1 out of 3            
                       
Deborah Yardley                      
Clerk to the Governing Body                      
06-Sep-19                      
                       
                       
                       
            Total attended        
                       
            4 out of 5        
            3 out of 5        
            5 out of 5        
            3 out of 5        
            4 out of 5 not invited to attend 13 Mar meeting
            5 out of 5        
            5 out of 5        
            4 out of 5        
            4 out of 5        
            3 out of 5        
            5 out of 5        
            4 out of 4 appointed Oct 2016    
            4 out of 5 not invited to attend 13 Mar meeting

Meet the Governors

 

Mary McKay, Chair of the Board of Governors

 

In the autumn of 2013 I was privileged to be appointed to lead our governing body for the next three years.
I had two reasons for accepting this role.
 
The first is to do with my commitment to the school and to the wider community of Lapworth. Gordon and I moved here in 1981. Our sons were five and seven at the time and attended Lapworth school in the days before it moved into the current premises in Station Lane. Our sons loved their time at the school and were well prepared for their move to secondary education in Stratford. I want to make sure that the primary education experienced by my sons continues i.e. one which recognises the importance of academic achievement but also, crucially, provides a caring atmosphere in which all our pupils learn and grow.       
 
My second reason is about my being able to contribute something to the governance of the school and, therefore, support the continued improvement of our school. I continue to work all over the country in my chosen career in education – as a specialist in school governance - training, reviewing and supporting governing bodies.
 
As Chair I can tell you the governing body has as one of its priorities this year improving communications with parents so you should notice we are in touch with you more regularly keeping you up to date with what we all our work. These are exciting times for our school with plans for expansion well under way but this does not distract us from the main job of providing the best possible education for all pupils who attend our school.

Father Patrick

 

Fr Patrick has been an ex-officio Foundation Governor since his institution as Rector of Lapworth in May 2010. Fr Patrick has degrees in Mathematics and Theology. He worked for British Gas for 16 years, including postings in India and Brazil negotiating pipeline contracts. He entered full-time ordained ministry in 2006. Currently he is chair of the Diocesan
Subcommittee.

Ann Cotterill

 

I am the parent of one child who attended Lapworth Primary from Reception to Year 6 and has now progressed to secondary school. I joined the governing body (GB) in October 2011 as a parent governor, later converting to co-opted status. In my previous work role of Director of Higher Education at Warwickshire College, I reported to the college board of governors and now as a governor, I have experience of both sides of the governance process. I am now a higher education consultant and run my own small consulting business.

 

On joining the GB I also became a member of the Performance and Standards Committee. This committee reviews pupil attainment and progress, among other things. I have found this role very rewarding as it is an opportunity to see what good progress many pupils make at all levels. All pupil information is kept strictly confidential and only year level data is shared not individual pupil data. I have been Chair of the Committee since 2012 and, after six years of service, will soon be passing retiring as Chair while I intend to remain a committee member. I am also a member of the Diocesan Committee.

 

On a more personal note, I am Australian and lived in a sunnier climate throughout my formative years. I studied chemistry and gained my doctorate from the University of Melbourne have lived in the UK (England and Wales) for around 25 years and in the local area for the last 15 years.

Kerry Newson

 

I am a parent governor and have served on the governing body since Easter 2016. I put myself forward because I work in education and because I have previously served on the national council of Girl Guiding UK. I sit on the Performance and Standards committee and enjoy the opportunity to monitor different aspects of the school.

 

I am also currently serving as the governor with a special focus on SEND, so am in constant contact with the school’s SENCo, and feel this has given me an incredible insight into primary education. I feel I am learning and developing in my role all the time, which is very exciting.

 

I grew up locally and have lived in Lapworth for the past 8 years. I am a qualified teacher, with a literacy specialism, and have a BA in English language and literature. I really enjoy the community of Lapworth and feel honoured to be involved in Lapworth School.

Stuart Baines

 

I joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor shortly after my eldest daughter started at Lapworth school and this year have all three daughters at Lapworth.  Working with the Governing Body has given me the opportunity to give something back whilst my daughters enjoy the community, activities and learning that the school provides to all pupils.

During my time on the Governing Body I have learnt so much more about Primary Education than I ever understood before.  From my role in the Performance and Standards Committee I have learnt about the teaching and monitoring of our pupils achievements.  Working on Communications I have assisted with the setting up of this website and learnt about the challenges of communicating with the large audience that take an interest in our school.  I hope to continue providing governance for Lapworth School in the exciting times that the proposed school expansion will bring.

Finally, some background, I have a degree in Engineering and work in Information Technology as part of a global team defining cloud technologies for business solutions.  Since graduating I worked in Cambridge & London for 8 years but happily moved toLapworth over 15 years ago.  I enjoy the rural surroundings and community in the village, taking advantage of the opportunity to walk to school some mornings with the Walking Bus on Station Lane.

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