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Annual Governance Statement for the Local Governing Board of

Callington Primary School

About Our School

 

Callington Primary School is located in the town of Callington, Cornwall just across the county border with Devon.  The school has its own nursery unit and there are approximately 400 children on role in 10 classes, with 17 teaching staff, 40 support staff and 6 admin staff.

The school was graded as ‘good’ by Ofsted when it was last inspected in February 2017.  It  is also a founder member of The Duchy Academy Trust which was formed in January 2014 and includes Boyton and Lewannick Primary Schools.

 

Governing Body Constitution

 

The Governing Board was re-constituted when the Multi Academy Trust was formed  and is now made up of 2 staff governors (including the Headteacher), 2 elected Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor and 7 Co-opted governors.  Mrs Mayne, Chair of Governors; Mr Elliott, Vice Chair of Governors and Mr Shirley the Headteacher are Directors on The Duchy Academy Trust Board.

On our Local Governing Board, 2 off the co-opted governors are parents and the remaining 5 are members of the local community.

 

Attendance

 

Governors’ attendance at meetings this year has been good and we have never cancelled a meeting because it was not “quorate” (the number of governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made).

You will be able to see the full list of governors and their attendance at the bottom of this page.

 

Governing Body Structure

 

The Local Governing Board meets at least once each term, and also has two committees that meet once a term.  Details of committee membership are shown at the end of this summary.

All of our meetings are clerked and minutes are available below or from the school office on request.

 

Effectiveness And Impact Of The Governing Body

 

The Local Governing Board has been particularly busy since the formation of The Duchy Academy Trust and monitors the benefits to the pupils’ education. Governors regularly visit the school and provide written reports, highlighting their observations. These are shared with other governors at meetings and it is pleasing to hear the positive comments about the events they have attended.

Minutes of Governing Body meetings are public documents and you access them below or ask at the school office if you would like a copy.

 

Contact Us

 

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents. You can contact the Chair of Governors, Laetitia Mayne, via the school office, please find a link to our contact details below.

 

    Callington Primary School – List of Governors 2018-19

 

Names

 Category and

 Term of Office

 Special Responsibilities

 Year group link

Keith Bostel

 Co-opted

 29.6.2022

 School Improvement

 Literacy 

 Health & Safety

 Attendance

 Foundation Stage

Helen Dowdall

 LA

 14.3.2021

 Finance & Staffing

 Numeracy 

 PHSE & RE

 Year 6

Julian Elliott

 Co-opted

 9.12.2021

 Vice Chair of Governors,

 Finance & Staffing

 Pupil Premium & Data

 ICT

 Year 5

 

Sarah Howe

 

 Parent

03.07.2021

 

 

Laetitia Mayne

 Co-opted

 29.11.2021

 Chair of Governors 

 School  Improvement

 SEN

 Whistle-blowing

 Foundation Subjects

 Child Protection & Children in Care

 Year 3

Gemma Parker

 Parent

 6.11.2022

 School Improvement

 Anti Radicalisation Extremism

 British Values Equality & Diversity

 Year 2

Sue Pendleton

 

 Co-opted

 28.11.2021

 School Improvement

 EYFS

 PE & Sports Premium

 Year 1

Matthew Shirley, Headteacher

 Headteacher

 School Improvement

 Finance & Staffing

 n/a

Maire Warwick

 Co-opted

 6.11.2022

 Finance & Staffing

 Science

 Higher Attainment

 Year 4

 

 

 

 Committee

 Members

 School Improvement

 M Shirley, VACANCY, K Bostel, S Pendleton, G Parker,  L Mayne

 

 Finance & Staffing

 H Dowdall, S Howe, M Shirley, J Elliott, M Warwick

 

 Pupil Discipline

 K Bostel, VACANCY, L Mayne

 Performance Management

 L Mayne, H Dowdall

Get to know your Governors!

 

Keith Bostel

Keith has been a governor since October 2014. He is retired from a career in the electricity generation and transmission industry. He served an engineering apprenticeship with the Central Electricity Generating Board, thereafter held both technical and managerial posts associated with the operation and maintenance of power stations, the transmission system (Grid) and corporate functions, power station operation included nuclear, fossil, co-generation and renewable technologies whose corporate functions involved risk management and compliance regimes. He has been actively involved with sponsored education initiatives with schools and colleges to promote engineering opportunities for school leavers.  His notable achievements include Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, Diploma in Management Studies - Public Administration and Nebosh Safety Management Certificate. He is a voluntary consultant to Cornwall Protect – an organisation established to balance the need for renewable energy with the protection of the Cornish landscape. Keith is married, enjoys local history and discovering the South West.

 

Matthew Shirley

Matthew has been a teacher since 1984. He spent fourteen years working in a variety of schools just off the Old Kent Road in London, before taking up the first of my three headships in Cornwall. Schools he has worked in include infant only and junior only as well as primary, with school numbers ranging from 70 to 400. Since February 2014 he has been the CEO of The Duchy Academy Trust and now works across all three schools. Matthew recently trained as an Ofsted inspector.

 

Julian Elliott

Julian has been a governor since March 2009. He is currently Group Financial Accountant for Gregory Distribution Ltd and has worked as an accountant for many years in public and private organisations, large and small. He has a degree in Accounting and Finance and has been an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales since 1996.

 

Laetitia Mayne

I have been a governor at Callington Primary School since September 2010. I currently Team Lead in Training the Children’s and Young People’s Workforce in the East Locality for Duchy College. I am Programme Manager for the Foundation Degree in Children and Young People’s Workforce; Lead Internal Verifier, Assessor and Lecturer. I have spent 16 years in the childcare sector as a Nanny and Nursery Nurse and 8 Years with Duchy College in various roles within the Childcare Department. I have a degree in Further Education Teaching, BA Honours in Early Childhood Studies and qualified teacher status.  As well as being a director of the Duchy Academy Trust, I am also a member of the Neighbourhood Watch in Callington.

 

Gemma Parker

Gemma has been a governor since November 2014. Her professional background is in nursing, later moving in to work with children and families. I have always enjoyed studying and like to learn new skills.  Gemma has a BA (Hons) in Leisure, Sport and Recreation Studies, a Diploma in Dental Nursing and Dental Health, an Fda in Adult General Nursing and other Post Grad. Diplomas. Gemma lives in Callington with her partner and two children. At the weekends she enjoys spending time with friends and family.  The family love animals so regularly visit the zoo or leisure farms.  Gemma enjoys photography, and feels so lucky to be living in a very photogenic part of the South-West!

 

Helen Dowdall    

Helen has been a governor since 2012. She is the Town Clerk for Callington Town Council. She was previously a Management Trainee in Lloyds Bank and Chief Accountant at West Devon Borough Council. She has a BA Hons in Accountancy & Finance, FCCA –Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a CILCA – Certificate in Local Council Administration. Helen is a Club Leader for Callington Young Farmers, Treasurer of Lions Club of Callington and a member of Liskeard & Looe Ladies Circle. Helen has lived in Callington virtually all her life, having been brought up on her parents’ dairy farm.  She is married with one son and loves travelling.

 

Sue Pendleton

Sue has been a governor since September 2013. She is a teaching assistant at Callington Primary School. After several years with the family business, adventures on the sea and clerking for governing bodies across Cornwall she found happiness as a teaching assistant, working initially in secondary school and now at Callington Primary School. Sue divides her spare time between being a mum and working towards her Foundation degree in Teaching and Learning. Sue loves having fun with her two amazing children, enjoying the Cornish lifestyle.

 

Maire Warwick

Maire has been a governor since 2014. Now retired, she began teaching science in 1967 in Exmouth. After teaching science in North Shields, she went on to become Deputy Head at Torpoint School. In her role as Deputy Head i/c Key Stage 3 she was responsible for Primary Secondary Liaison in the Torpoint area. Maire has an honours degree in Geology from the University of Exeter 1965 and a PGCE, University of Exeter 1967. She is currently Chairman of Callington U3A 2011 – 2014 and a volunteer with Duchy College Riding for the Disabled group. Maire is married with 1 daughter and 2 grandchildren. Her many interests include bell ringing (both church bells and handbells), travel, reading, horses. She is a member of Callington U3A and leader of the Food and Wine Group and Handbell group; member of Science and Technology Group, Cornish art and Literature Group, History group, Italian Group and Baking Group.

 

Sarah Howe

Sarah has reacently re-joined the governing body. Check back soon to find out about Sarah.

The Duchy Academy Trust Scheme of Delegation 2016

Governing Body Pecuniary Interests

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