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Timberscombe CofE First School

We Love, Live and Learn Together

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Governors

Paper copies of all documents on our website are available on request from the school office

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names and categories for each Governor.

The Moorland Federation

 

In September 2017 the First Schools of Cutcombe, Timberscombe, Dunster, Exford and Porlock joined together to form the Moorland Federation. The Moorland Federation is made up of 5 schools who share one governing body.  The five schools are all located within Exmoor and are a like minded group who put their pupils, the children, at the heart of all the decision making.

Timberscombe First School shares a Head teacher with Dunster First School, Mrs Naomi Philp.

Our Chair of Governors is: Helen Jenkinson and our Clerk to the governors is: Richard Rosslyn.  

Growing together; learning for life.

The Federation was formed to ensure the high quality of education in each of the First Schools is sustained through an exciting and forward thinking group of governors and Head teachers working with dedicated and highly trained staff.  We are a group of rural schools who are innovative and forward thinking in our approach to school development, proud of our local heritage and stunning landscape, who are all dedicated to improving the life chances of every child.  The Head teachers, and all staff, work highly cohesively, sharing good practice and workload to deliver the very best quality of education to our amazing pupils.

 

Our Moorland Federation Governors are:

NameType

Term

of

Office

Date

Stepped

Down

Business

Interests

Relationship

with

staff/governors

Responsible

for:

Prior Year  

Attendance

BOG

%

Prior Year 

Attendance

Committee

%

Alison

Appleyard

Head01.09.19    100N/A
Ann GibbsEx Officio

30.11.17 - 

29.11.21

   Safeguarding88N/A

Catherine

Hayden

Parent Governor

10.05.19 -

09.05.23

   Communications100N/A

Paul

James

Staff Governor

08.11.19 -

07.11.23

    100N/A

Helen

Jenkinson

Co-opted

Chair

04.09.17 -

03.09.21

    77N/A

Frances

Nicholson

LA

Vice Chair

25.05.20 -

24.05.24

   SEND88N/A

Alison

Oakley

Acting Head01.09.20    100N/A
Naomi PhilpHead04.09.17    100

N/A

Jill Schofield

Foundation

Ellsworth Trust

1501.21 -

14.01.25

    N/AN/A
Dan StoneParent Governor

10.05.19 -

09.05.23

 

 

Related to member

of staff at Exford

and at Cutcombe

 77N/A
         
Richard RosslynClerk       

 

Previous Governors (last twelve months)

Name

Date

of

Appointment

Date

Stepped

Down

Type
Chris Blazey04.09.201731.08.20Head
Rosemary Boaz23.09.2029.04.21Co-opted
Pete Mountstephen26.02.1810.06.21Sub Ex Officio - Vice Chair
Andrew Pearce25.08.2028.05.21Sub Ex Officio
Chris Richards04.09.1708.04.21Sub Ex Officio - Chair
    

Further information regarding the governing body, plus minutes of meetings can be found on the hosting website of Exford School.  Please click on the link below to access this.

 

THE ROLE OF OUR GOVERNORS

 

The Headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the schools. The Governing Body works with the Headteacher and is responsible for:

 

STRATEGIC DIRECTION:

 

  • setting aims for the school
  • agreeing policies, plans and targets for improvement to match those aims
  • monitoring and evaluating the impact of the policies
  • accounting to parents and others for the work of the governing body and the school

 

 

SUPPORTING AND CHALLENGING:

 

  • supporting the headteacher and staff in the work they are doing in the school
  • offering advice and acting as a sounding board for ideas
  • asking relevant questions to seek information and commenting on proposals
  • monitoring the impact of policies and plans
  • planning improvements and evaluating the impact of those efforts

 

 

ACCOUNTABILITY:

 

  • holding the headteacher and staff to account for the performance of the school
  • accounting to parents and others for the work of the governing body
  • setting the terms of reference for individuals and committees to whom the governing body delegates responsibility

 

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