Governors play an important part in the life of the school – this is mainly strategic; setting policy, monitoring progress, supporting staff and challenging where necessary. This is sometimes described as being a ‘critical friend’ to the Head Teacher.
It is important to understand that it is the role of the Head Teacher and his staff to run the school on a day-to-day basis. As Chairman of Governors I work closely with the Headteacher to ensure the success of the school.
Governors are unpaid volunteers who come from a range of backgrounds. They contribute their knowledge, skills and experience for the benefit of the school.
All governors are appointed by the Governing Body. A skills audit is carried out and matched to the needs of the Board.
In addition to being part of one or more committees governors also take responsibility for a subject area. Performing this aspect of the role involves meeting with the teacher who leads this subject developing specialist knowledge and monitoring performance.
In this section of the website you’ll be able to download details of the different types of governors, our current governors and the committee structure.
If you would like to contact me please e-mail the Clerk to the Governors (email@example.com)
David Lewis – Chairperson of Governors
The Governing Body
Date of appointment
|Term of office||Category||Business interests||Material interests||
Date of leaving
|David Lewis||12/07/2016||4 years||Co-opted||Deputy Head at Churston Grammar School||Parent of child in Sherwell Valley|
|Davina Schwarz||31/08/2015||4 years||Community||Teacher at Torquay Academy||Parent of child in Sherwell Valley|
|Susie Payne||31/08/2015||4 years||Community||Foster parent
Governor at Torquay Boys’ Grammar School
|Maria Beer||01/09/2016||4 years||Co-opted||Employee of Torquay Academy||Parent of child at Sherwell Valley|
|Matthew Briant||01/09/2016||4 years||Staff||Employee of Sherwell Valley||Parent of child at Sherwell Valley|
|Deborah Gaywood||01/04/2015||4 years||Staff||Employee of Sherwell Valley||Parent of child at Sherwell Valley|
|Christopher Nelson||29/11/2016||4 years||Co-opted||Husband of owner of Jack & Jill Childcare.
Branch Secretary of Unison Ambulance branch.
|Parent of child at Sherwell Valley|
|Michael Turner||29/11/2016||4 years||Co-opted||Employee of Lloyds Bank Ltd||Parent of child at Sherwell Valley|
|Andrew Martin||01/09/2017||4 years||Co-opted||Kulinda Solutions Ltd.
Safeguarding Network Ltd.
|Parent of child at Sherwell Valley|
|Carol Bollard||20/09/2016||4 years||Co-opted||Parent of child at Sherwell Valley||27/02/2017|
|Jan Chopping||31/08/2015||4 years||Co-opted||Governor at Churston Grammar School||21/07/2017|
|Stephen Parr||25/03/2013||4 years||Parent||Parent of child at Sherwell Valley||25/03/2017|
|Mark Hughes||25/09/2013||4 years||Parent||Parent of child at Sherwell Valley||21/07/2017|
For more information on the school governing body, please download the documents using the following links:
Full Governing Body
With effect from September 2017 our Governing Body has adopted the following Terms of Reference:
- Resources click here
- Teaching and Learning click here
- Performance and Pay Terms click here
- Head Teacher Appraisal click here
- Safeguarding Governor click here
Cyclical plan of business: proposal for 2017 – 2018
Minutes: FGB Meeting 27th February 2018
Minutes relating to the Governing Body prior to September 2017
Minutes: 11th July 2017
Minutes: 16th May 2017
Minutes: 23rd March 2017
Minutes: 29th November 2016
Minutes: 20th September 2016
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