The Governors

The Governors

 St Faith’s Church of England Primary School – Governors information



 What does the Governing Body do?

 Foundation governors

 Effective governance

 What does the Governing Body not do?

 Governing Body – Code of conduct

  • Role & Responsibilities
  • Commitment
  • Relationship
  • Confidentiality
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Breach


The Governing Body and Committee Membership

  • Categories of Governor
  • Terms of Office
  • Full Governing Body membership
  • School improvement and curriculum committee
  • Finance and estate management and pay committee
  • Health and safety committee
  • Personnel committee
  • Head Teacher performance review panel


Welcome – a message from the Chair of Governors  

On behalf of the Governing Body I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our section of the school’s web-site, and briefly outline our goal and principles.

Our mission is to equip each and every child with the skills and tools needed to become a successful citizen in our ever – changing future; to have the confidence, motivation, resilience, ambition and drive to strive for his or her dreams and to become a lifelong learner. 


We are committed to creating the best possible learning environment for our children     – one based upon a broad and rich curriculum, spanning the classroom, playground, church, home and community – both local and further afield.

We place a high priority on the spiritual development of the whole school community promoting attitudes of mutual respect and responsibility.  We are proud of our Anglican tradition. Christian values of Perseverance, Courage, Trust, Love, Forgiveness and Hope are built into the ethos of the school without placing any pressure upon children or parents to accept any religious beliefs.  Above all else we are committed to ensuring that your child enjoys his or her time at our school and leaves us with fond and lasting memories of time spent at St Faith’s. 

I would encourage all prospective parents to come and see how we operate. Appointments can be made through the school’s administrator – Mrs Crump.

If any parent needs to speak with me or any other member of the Governing Body, we can be contacted via the school’s office.

Ed Francis 


What does the Governing Body do?

The Governing Body has three core functions;

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • To hold the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and ensuring its money is well spent.

 Foundation governors also have a specific obligation to protect the Christian ethos of

the school, ensuring that the religious character of the school, and its links with the

Church are preserved and developed.


Effective governance requires the Board to have:

  • The right people with the necessary skills, time and commitment, and sufficient diversity of perspectives to ensure internal challenge, all actively contributing in line with clearly defined roles and responsibilities under an effective chair and an explicit code of conduct, and with active succession planning;
  • Clear governance structures with tightly defined remits, particularly in relation to functions delegated to committees or other bodies;
  • Clear separation between the strategic and operational in terms of the role of the board and its school leaders;
  • A positive relationship between the board and its school leaders enabling robust constructive challenge based on a good understanding of objective data particularly on pupil progress, staff performance and finances;
  • The support and advice of an independent and professional clerk;
  • Robust processes for financial and business planning and oversight and effective controls for compliance, propriety and value for money;
  • Processes for regular self-evaluation, review and improvement including; skills audits, training and development plans, and independent external reviews as necessary.


What does the Governing Body not do?

Governors do not get involved in the day to day running of the school. This is entirely the responsibility of the Head Teacher and her senior management team


Code of conduct

All members of the Governing body are expected to comply with the following code of conduct:

Role & Responsibilities

  • We understand the purpose of the board and the role of the Head Teacher.
  • We accept that we have no legal authority to act individually, except when the board has given us delegated authority to do so, and therefore we will only speak on behalf of the governing board when we have been specifically authorised to do so.
  • We accept collective responsibility for all decisions made by the board or its delegated agents. This means that we will not speak against majority decisions outside the governing board meeting.
  • We have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as we have responsibility for staff, we will fulfil all that is expected of a good employer.
  • We will encourage open government and will act appropriately.
  • We will consider carefully how our decisions may affect the community and other schools.
  • We will always be mindful of our responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of our school. Our actions within the school and the local community will reflect this.
  • In making or responding to criticism or complaints affecting the school we will follow the procedures established by the governing board.
  • We will actively support and challenge the Head Teacher.



  • We acknowledge that accepting office as a governor involves the commitment of significant amounts of time and energy.
  • We will each involve ourselves actively in the work of the governing board, and accept our fair share of responsibilities, including service on committees or working groups.
  • We will make full efforts to attend all meetings and where we cannot attend explain in advance why we are unable to.
  • We will get to know the school well and respond to opportunities to involve ourselves in school activities.
  • We will visit the school, with all visits to school arranged in advance with the staff and undertaken within the framework established by the governing board and agreed with the Head Teacher.
  • We will consider seriously our individual and collective needs for training and development, and will undertake relevant training
  • We accept that in the interests of open government, our names, terms of office, roles on the governing body, category of governor and the body responsible for appointing us will be published on the school’s website.



  • We will strive to work as a team in which constructive working relationships are actively promoted.
  • We will express views openly, courteously and respectfully in all our communications with other governors.
  • We will support the chair in his/her role of ensuring appropriate conduct both at meetings and at all times.
  • We are prepared to answer queries from other governors in relation to delegated functions and take into account any concerns expressed, and we will acknowledge the time, effort and skills that have been committed to the delegated function by those involved.
  • We will seek to develop effective working relationships with the Head Teacher, staff and parents, the local authority and other relevant agencies and the community.



  • We will observe complete confidentiality when matters are deemed confidential or where they concern specific members of staff or pupils, both inside or outside school
  • We will exercise the greatest prudence at all times when discussions regarding school business arise outside a governing board meeting.
  • We will not reveal the details of any governing board vote.


Conflicts of interest

  • We will record any pecuniary or other business interest (including those related to people we are connected with) that we have in connection with the governing board’s business in the Register of Business Interests, and if any such conflicted matter arises in a meeting we will offer to leave the meeting for the appropriate length of time. We accept that the Register of Business Interests will be published on the school’s website.
  • We will also declare any conflict of loyalty at the start of any meeting should the situation arise.
  • We will act in the best interests of the school as a whole and not as a representative of any group, even if elected to the governing board.


Breach of this code of conduct

  • If we believe this code has been breached, we will raise this issue with the chair and the chair will investigate; the governing board will only use suspension/removal as a last resort after seeking to resolve any difficulties or disputes in more constructive ways.
  • Should it be the chair that we believe has breached this code, another governor, such as the vice chair will investigate.


The Governing Body and Committee Membership

The Full Governing Body, as re-constituted from September 2014, comprises twelve members who come from the local community.

In our school there are four categories of governor:

            Foundation governors are appointed by the PCC and Diocese and normally include the

local priest as an ex officio member.

           Staff governors will usually include the Head Teacher and one other member of

staff elected by the staff.

           Parent governors are elected by the parents

           Local Authority governors are appointed by Hampshire County Council.


Terms of office; Apart from the Head Teacher and ex officio, all governors serve a fixed term of office of four years. With the exception of parent governors, governors may be re-appointed/re-elected to serve additional terms of office.


Our instrument of governance requires us to have twelve governors – seven foundation; two staff; two parent and one Local Authority governor

Members of the Full Governing Body – July 2017






Date appointed



Business interests/background


Attendance   % 2016 -17

Ed Francis (Chair) 4 Foundation Jun 2014 Business consultancy 100
Beverley Attewell (Vice chair) Foundation Dec 2015 Accountancy 80
Dawn James Head Teacher Sep 2013 Pedagogy 100
Liz Crump 1 Staff Oct 2016 School administration 100
Elizabeth Mackintosh 2 LA Aug 2014 Pedagogy; Theology 0
Chris Brannigan 5 Foundation Apr 2015 Military command; Politics 16
Fr Paul Kennedy 3 Ex- Officio Sep 2015 Religion 80
Ian Tait Foundation Mar 2018 Local government 80
Chloe Wheywell Parent Sep 2014 Marketing 67
Sarah Hampson Foundation Apr 2016 Linguistics; Brand consultancy 67
Martin Orton Parent Apr 2016 Business development 67
Rev. Dr. Philip Kripps Ex Officio


Sep 2017 Business Consultancy

Religious ministry

Tricia Glen LA Dec 2017 Pedagogy n/a
Nicky Hodgkinson Foundation Dec 17 Health and medical Services n/a
Dudley Rees Foundation Mar 2018 IT; Communications n/a


  • Has pecuniary interests as a member of staff. Her husband Phil is also a staff member. No other governors have any pecuniary interest.

2    Resigned April 2017

3  Resigned March 2017

4    Is also the LA appointed governor at Oliver’s Battery Primary school.

5     Resigned December 2017


The Full Governing Body meets six times a year.

Governor Sub-committees

In addition to membership of the Full Governing Body, governors will usually also serve on one or more sub-committees, each of which has a specific operational area of focus.


School improvement and curriculum

Monitors progress against the school improvement plan; the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum and progress made by all children.





Attendance 2016-17 (%)

Elizabeth Mackintosh  75
Dawn James 100
Ed Francis 100
Ian Tait 80
Sarah Hampson (Chair) 100
Tricia Glen n/a


Finance and estate management / pay

Oversees financial and estate management matters on behalf of the Governing Body, with a view to promoting a “best value” culture. Its main activity is to agree the

school’s annual budget and seek approval by the Full Governing Body. Subsequently to

monitor financial performance against budget and identify any actions required. Ensures staff pay and pay progression complies with HCC pay policies.





Attendance 2016-17 (%)

Beverley Attewell (Chair) 100
Dawn James 100
Liz Crump 100
Ed Francis 100
Dudley Rees n/a


Health and safety

Is responsible for implementation of the Health and Safety Policy and audits.

Oversees child protection issues within the school and annually updates and continually monitors the Child Protection Policy, Safeguarding Policy and any other related policies





Attendance 2016-17(%)

Liz Crump (Chair) 100
Charlotte Buchanan 100
Dawn James 100
Nicky Hodgkinson n/a
Ed Francis 100





Agrees school staffing structure and recruitment. Reviews training and professional development of all staff. Monitors implementation of Performance Management policy, overall quality of teaching and support staff.





Attendance 2016-17 (%)

Ed Francis (Chair)     100
Dawn James 100
Liz Crump 100



Head Teacher performance review

Sets Head Teacher objectives and formally reviews performance, usually twice a year. Makes salary recommendations to pay committee.




Attendance 2016-17 (%)
Ed Francis (Chair)     100
Dawn James 100
Beverley Attewell 100