Governors

What do school governors do?

Every school has a Governing Body to represent the public in the running of schools. School Governors bring perspectives from ordinary life and work with the staff and the Local Authority to help secure the best possible education for the children in the school. They have important responsibilities like managing the school budget, overseeing the curriculum and appointing staff, especially the Head Teacher who is responsible for the day to day management of the school.

Governors are involved, to a greater or lesser extent, with everything to do with a school, its pupils, staff, parents and buildings. It would be very difficult for every governor to be personally involved in all these matters listed above. In view of this, it is common practice for governing bodies to form committees, that is, small groups of governors who deal with particular topics.

At Bassett’s Farm Primary School we have separate committees to deal with finance, personnel, curriculum and premises matters. Committees are allowed to co-opt people who are not governors to help them with their work. Our Governors are linked to a class and curriculum area so that they can get to know the school really well.

“Governors play their full part in helping the school to improve and holding leaders to account. They have the skills and information to do this effectively.” Ofsted 2015
 

Mr Mike White - Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor appointed by Avocet Learning Trust

Lead Governor for Health & Safety

Term of Office from 25/09/2013 to 24/09/2017

Mike White has been a Governor since 2003. His three children have all have attended Bassetts, one is still here.  He has worked for the fire service since 1979 and is currently the Group Commander for East Devon.  Mike takes part in many school activities, anything from manning the barbecue to going on the residential trip with the Year 6 children.

Declaration of Interest:- Avocet Learning Trust, Chair of Trustees

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Mr Stephen Gibson

Foundation Governor appointed by Avocet Learning Trust

Lead Governor for Personnel

Member of Resources Committee

Term of Office from 16/06/2014 to 15/06/2018

Stephen Gibson is an ex pupil of Bassetts Farm Primary School & attended Exmouth Community College. He is now a Director of Pennys Estate Agent in Exmouth

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Parent Governor - Vacancy

Lead Governor for Pay Committee

Member of the Teaching & Learning Committee

Term of Office from

 

Declaration of Interest:-

 

Mr Andrew Blundell

Parent Governor

Member of the Teaching & Learning Committee

Term of Office from 10/12/15 to 09/12/19

Declaration of Interest:- Spouse, Peripatetic Music Teacher

Andrew has two children, a daughter and son, both currently attending Bassetts Farm. He has worked in healthcare software-development for the past 15 years and is currently based at the Health and Social Care Information Centre. At weekends and during school holidays he enjoys baking with his children, as well as taking them to explore local beaches, rivers and woodlands

 Andrew Blundell

Parent Governor 

Lead Governor for Assessment and Parent & Community Links

Member of Teaching & Learning Committee

Term of Office

 

 

Tim Nield

Parent Governor 

Member of the Teaching and Learning Committee

Lead Governor for SEN and Pupil Premium Children

Term of Office from

 

Miss Hannah Robinson 

Staff Governor 

Member of Resources Committee

Term of Office from

Hannah Robinson currently teaches year 2, but has also taught year 3 and 4 here at Bassetts Farm

"Being a governor is enormously rewarding, being involved in the development of our school and discussing issues that affect the children in our care."

Declaration of Interest:-

 

Mrs Alice Stott

Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Body

Member of Resources Committee

Lead Governor for Safeguarding & Welfare and Looked After Children

Term of Office from 10/12/15 to 09/12/19

Declaration of Interest:- DCC Independent Safeguarding and Reviewing Officer

 

Mr David Gingell 

Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Body

Chair of Resources Committee

Lead Governor for Finance

Term of Office from 17/10/2013 to 16/10/2017

David Gingell started his career teaching French and Spanish but decided to change direction and, for the past 30 years, he has run his own Business Consultancy practice in Exmouth. He is now semi-retired.   His interests include travelling, music (especially opera), Rotary, Twinning and most sports. He has been a lifetime supporter of Chelsea FC and is a season ticket holder at the mighty Exeter Chiefs!

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Mrs Di Hatchett - Vice Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Body

Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee

Lead Governor for School Improvement and Phonics

Term of Office from 17/10/2013 to 16/10/2017

Di Hatchett has been professionally involved in primary education for over 40 years, including 12 years as a Headteacher. She is currently a Director of the Every Child a Chance Trust, a charity formed and funded by the business community in order to develop specialist teaching support for children who struggle most with developing literacy and numeracy skills. 

Declaration of Interest:- Oxford University Press, Project X Code Series Editor, Director Every Child a Chance Trust, Governor Countess Wear Primary School.

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Miss Krystalla Panayi

Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Body

Member of Teaching & Learning Committee

Term of Office from 17/10/2013 to 16/10/2017

Krystalla Panani is currently a teacher in Year 3 but has taught across the primary age during her career.   She loves walking her dog, reading and helping children to learn.

Declaration of Interest:

 

Mrs Sarah Bennett

Headteacher

Member of Resources Committee and Teaching & Learning Committee

Term of Office from 01/09/2009

Sarah Bennett has been the Head teacher at Bassetts Farm School since September 2009.

"It is a privilege to be the Headteacher of such a wonderful school as Bassetts Farm. I strongly believe that all children such have a wonderfully rich school experience where they flourish in all areas." 

Declaration of Interest:- Avocet Learning Trust Trustee

 

Clerk Mrs Lea Dempster

Become a school governor

Would you like a challenge, and be more involved, then become a Governor. Please contact Kim Heys in the school office if you are interested.

School Governor Vacancies

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