Mr Paul Sweetnam   Head Teacher
Mrs Stella Tudor Staff Governor Deputy Head
Mrs Claire Carman Co-opted Governor Chair of Governors
Revd Canon Ian Davenport Foundation Governor Ex-Officio  
Mr Nigel Briers Local Authority Governor Vice-Chair
Mrs Suzanne Smith Parent Governor  
Mrs Anne Powell Parent Governor  
Mrs Eleanor Partridge Co-opted Governor  
Mrs John Addison Clerk to Governors  


Instrument of Governance

Instrument of Governance
Bickerton Church of England Primary Scho[...]
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Governance Statement 2015-16
Governance Statement.docx
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Governors - Publication of Details and Register of Interests 2019-2020
GIAS 080919.doc
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Core Function of the Governors


The governing board has the following core strategic functions:


Establishing the strategic direction by:


  • Setting the vision, values and objectives for the school;
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets;
  • Meeting statutory duties.


Ensuring accountability by:


  • Appointing the Head Teacher;
  • Monitoring progress towards targets;
  • Performance managing the Head Teacher;
  • Engaging with stakeholders;
  • Contributing to school self-evaluation.


Ensuring financial probity by:


  • Setting the budget;
  • Monitoring spending against the budget;
  • Ensuring value for money is obtained;
  • Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed.


The Work of the Governors


Our school governing board should seek to make a qualitative difference to the life and work of the school.  The governors will not interfere with the day to day running of the school which is the clear responsibility of the Head Teacher. Governors have no 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. Parents who wish to make compliments or to raise issues about the school should do so with the Head Teacher or other membes of the school staff, not with individual governors. The school's Complaints Policy is available on the website. 


In order to carry out these core strategic functions, governors need to be fully informed about the school and its development. The structure of its meetings ensures that this takes place. From September 2015, the following pattern of meetings is:


  1. Full Governing Body meetings will be held each term and will focus on the Head Teacher's Report and the Director of Education's Report.
  2. Finance Committee meetings will be held each term to set the school budget and monitor it to ensure that we consistently seek 'best value' in our purchases and make the most efficient use of our resources.  They will ensure that the financial processes used at school are robust and compliant with statutory guidelines.  The committee is also responsible for seeking additional funding through internal and external sources and is responsible for overseeing the use of pupil premium, sports grants and other central and local government funding. 
  3. Performance Committee meetings will be held termly to review and monitor all aspects of school performance.  It will receive reports on curriculum initiatives, monitor statistical data relating to the teaching and learning process.  It will also receive reports from governors about curriculum areas such as English and maths.
  4. Estates and General Purposes Committee meetings will be held termly to look at all aspects of the buildings such as maintenance,  health and safety and safeguarding issues.  It will look at ways of improving the facilities for staff and pupils and engaging stakeholders.


Each meeting is open to all governors who can submit agenda items if they wish.  An agenda will be published and the minutes of the meetings will be published on the school website.


There are several other committees which will be convened as and when needed such as complaints, appointments and pay.


School policies will be reviewed according to a timetable by the appropriate committees. 


Each governor is attached to an area of the curriculum and will visit the school, meet appropriate staff and report their findings to the performance committee.


Governors' Charter


The Governing Board of Bickerton Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School is committed to working in partnership with the head teacher and staff to provide the best possible education for our children. Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  We have adopted the Cheshire East Governors' Charter.

Governors' Charter
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Code of Conduct


The National Governors' Association has for a number of years recommended that governing boards adopt a code of conduct which sets out the purpose of the governing body and describes the appropriate relationship between individual governors, the whole school governing body and the leadership team of the school.  This will be reviewed annually and each governor will be asked to sign it.

Code of Conduct of the Governing Board
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