Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Board of St Giles’ C of E (V.C.) Primary School, Great Maplestead

July 2017

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all Governing Boards, the 3 core strategic functions of St Giles’ Primary School Governing Board are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Governance arrangements The Governing Board of St Giles’ C of E (V.C.) Primary School is made up of 1 Authority, 3 Co-opted, 2 Foundation, 2 Staff (including the Headteacher) and 4 elected Parent Governors.  Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Board and are people who, in the opinion of the Governing Board, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.  We also have 1 Associate Member.

Mr John Kearney’s term of office as a Parent Governor finished during this academic year.

Mrs Carol Brownlie was appointed a Foundation PCC Governor in August 2016.

The full Governing Board meets at least once each term, and we also have a number of Committees to consider different aspects of the school in detail.  At St Giles’ Primary School we have a Finance & Premises Committee, which focuses on finance and premises issues and a Curriculum and Personnel Committee, which focuses on the curriculum, pupil related matters and personnel, including staffing issues.

We also have Committees that meet if required to consider pupil discipline and staffing matters.

Attendance record of Governors Governors have good attendance at meetings.
The work that we have done in our Committees and in the Governing Board Early on in the year we carried out an audit of our understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the Governing Board. Overall we were very pleased with the outcome, but it did provide us with areas to improve. These included increasing some of the detail of the data meetings to give other Governors a better understanding, and to review our New Governor Induction Policy.

In the Spring Term we had our SIAMs Inspection for which we achieved an ‘Outstanding ‘ outcome, but it did not mean there are not areas to improve.  One area that was highlighted was our deeper understanding of the school monitoring process and how what we do links together. We have started to review, increasing our focus on foundation subjects.

Earlier this year we were approached by Bulmer St. Andrew’s C of E Primary School who were struggling to fill their Head Teacher role and needed support to improve their school, to see if we would be interested in forming a coalition with a view to federating. Having had a meeting with parents from both schools and a vision meeting with both Governing Boards, we are at the stage where a coalition is in place and our proposal to federate is currently being considered.

Future plans for the governors With the Proposal to Federate currently in its consultation period, it is difficult to say what next year will look like. If a federation is made then St Giles’ and St Andrew’s will have one Governing Board between them. If we do not federate, then 2 Governing Boards will remain.

Regardless of this, at St Giles’ we will still be focusing on the important issues to our school including:-

  • Continuing with the review and deeper understanding of monitoring;
  • Preparing for OFSTED;
  • Governor training.
How you can contact the Governing Board We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chairman of the Governing Board, Mrs Doe, via the school office or by e-mail at, or the Clerk to the Governing Board at

St Giles’ C of E (V.C.) Primary School, Gt Maplestead, Governing Board

Governor Category Term of office expiry date
Mrs Penny Doe – Chairman of the Governing Board Authority Governor 01/02/2019
Mr Karl Handy Co-opted Governor 23/03/2019
Mrs Valerie Castro Co-opted 03/07/2020
Mrs Ann Crisp Co-opted 29/02/2020
Mrs Nicola Davis Co-opted Governor                                                           31/12/2018
Mr Nick Ellis Foundation Governor Ex-officio
Mrs Carol Brownlie Foundation PCC Governor 16/08/2020
VACANCY Parent Governor -
Mr Adrian Hume Parent Governor 31/08/2017
Mrs Joanne Morris/span> Parent Governor 31/08/2017
Mrs Victoria Stokoe – Vice-Chairman of the Governing Board Parent Governor 24/11/18
Mrs Jinnie Nichols The Head Ex-officio
Mrs Carol Everard Staff Governor 31/08/2017

St Giles C of E (V.C.) Primary School, Gt Maplestead, Governors’ Attendance Record for 2016-2017

Governor Governing Board

Meetings : 5

Curriculum & Personnel

Meetings : 3

Finance & Premises

Meetings : 4

Mrs Penny Doe 5 3 4
Mr Karl Handy 4 3 -
Mrs Ann Crisp 3 - -
Mrs Nicola Davis 5 1 -
Mrs Carole Brownlie 5 3 -
Mr John Kearney 1 - 1
Mr Adrian Hume 4 3 3
Mrs Joanne Morris 5 3 -
Mrs Victoria Stokoe 5 - 4
Mrs Jinnie Nichols 5 3 4
Mrs Carol Everard 5 - 4
Mr Nicholas Ellis 5 - 4
Mrs Valerie Castro 4 3 -