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Governing Body

School Governance

Governors are ordinary people who have an interest in the education of children and are prepared to volunteer to work alongside Headteacher and school staff to improve standards and learning experience for all the children at Springfield.

There are over 300,000 school governors in England serving more than 30,000 schools and they form the largest volunteer force in the country. Day to day management of the school is delegated to the Headteacher who, with colleagues, keeps governors fully informed about all aspects of the school.

Governing Body Membership

There are twelve members of the governing body, of whom the Headteacher is one. Members of staff elect a further staff governor. Two governors are elected by the parents of the school and seven governors are co-opted by the governing body. One governor is appointed by the Local Education Authority. Term of office is four years.

Headteacher – Mrs Sarah East

The Headteacher is an Ex-officio governor which means they are a member of the governing body by virtue of the position held in school and do not need to be elected.

Positions of responsibility: on all committees

Register of interests: Governor at Little Heath Secondary School.

Attendance 2019/20:  FGB committee 6/6  Welfare committee 2/3  Finance and Personnel committee 4/4

 Pupil Progress and Curriculum committe 3/3  Pay Committee 1/2

Gavin Carley

Category of Governor: Co-opted

Appointed by Full Governing Body

Initial start date: 19.10.12

Term of office 27.01.19 - 26.01..23

Positions of responsibility: Vice Chair of FGB,  Finance and Personnel committee and Pupil Progress and curriculum committee

Register of interests: Carley Financial Ltd. Related to an employee of Tri Computers

Gavin has been a financial advisor for over 15 years and has completed a Diploma in Financial advice. At Springfield he is linked with the ICT subject co-ordinator. 

Attendance 2019/20:  FGB committee 6/6  Finance and Personnel committee 4/4

 Pupil Progress and Curriculum committee 3/3

Steve Cox

Category of Governor: Local Authority

Appointed by: LA  and Full Governing Body

Initial start date: 15.02.12

Term of Office: 15.02.20 - 14.02.24

Positions of responsibility:  Chair of Finance and Personnel committee and Chair of Pay Committee,  

Register of interests: Married to a teaching assistant in Foundation. Lloyds Bank employee

Steve brings a knowledge of business and finance to governors from his role as Relationship Director with a major bank. 

Attendance 2019/20:  FGB committee 5/6 Finance and Personnel committee 4/4 Pay Committee 2/2


Dee Anderson

Category of Governor: Co-opted

Appointed by Full Governing Body

Initial start date: 11.07..18

Term of office: 11.07.18 - 10.07..22

Positions of responsibility:  Finance and Personnel Committee, 

Register of interests: Governor at Addington Special School

Dee brings experience of being a governor at another school. Her two sons have previously attended Springfield, but have now moved onto secondary school..

Attendance 2019/20:  FGB committee 4/6 Finance and Personnel committee 3/4


Lucy Burgess

Category of Governor:: staff

Appointed by Staff at Springfield

Initial start date: 20.10.16

Term of office: 20.10.16- 19.10.20

Positions of responsibility: Welfare committee

Register of interests: None

Lucy is a welcomed addition to the FGB, bringing both knowledge of Springfield school and previous experience of being a staff governor at another school.

Attendance 20119/20: FGB committee 5/6   Welfare committee 3/3

Alison Withers

Category of Governor: Co-opted

Appointed by Full Governing Body

Initial start date: 24.09.13

Term of office : 01.09.18-31.08.22

Positions of responsibility: Chair of Pupil Progress and curriculum committee,  Welfare Committee, Safeguarding Governor

Register of interests: None

Previous experience of another local primary school’s FGB and a good understanding of figures are skills that Alison brings to our FGB. At Springfield she is linked with the PE co-ordinator and Sports Premium. She has one child at Springfield.

Attendance 2019/20; FGB committee 6/6 Welfare committee 3/3  Pupil Progress and Curriculum committee 3/3


Jon Linz

Category of Governor: Co-opted

Appointed by Full Governing Body

Initial start date: 12.09.17

Term of office : 12.09.17 - 11.09.21

Positions of responsibility: Welfare Committee

Register of interests: .None

Jon is an experienced secondary school teacher at Little Heath. He has experience of running school councils, student research projects and peer mentoring schemes. He is keen to support the pupils at Springfield in their persona, emotional and academic development.

Attendance 2019/20:  FGB committee 6/6 Welfare committee 3/3

Jason Hearn-Phillips

Category of Governor: Co-opted

Appointed by Full Governing Body

Initial start date: 29.03.17

Term of office : 29.03.17 - 28.03.21

Positions of responsibility: Finance and Personnel Committee. Health and Safety Governor

Register of interests:: Daughter works in Breakfast Club and After School Club

Jason has a long connection with the school, having two children who used to attend. He was also the chair of the PTA for four years.

Attendance 2019/20: FGB Committee 2/6  Finance and Personnal Commitee 1/4

Gisella Vignali

Category of Governor: Co-opted

Appointed by Full Governing Body

Initial start date: 23.09.14

Term of office : 23.09.18 -22.09..22

Positions of responsibility:   Pupil Progress and Curriculum committee, Pay committee,  Pupil Premium Governor

Register of interests: None

Gisella is Head of Sixth form at a Little Heath School and wanted a more direct role in helping a primary school improve its provision. At Springfield she is linked with history and geography.

Attendance 2019/20:  FGB comimttee  3/6 Pupil Progress and Curriculum  2/32 Pay Committee 1/2


Kellie Young

Category of Governor: parent

Elected by parents

Initial start date:: 17.10.18

Term of office: 17.10.18 - 16.10..22

Positions of responsibility::  Welfare Committee

Register of interest: None

Kellie has one child at Springfield

Attendance 2019/20:  FGB committee 4/6 Welfare committee 2/3

Zoe Willows

Category of Governor::co-opted

Elected by: FGB

Initial start date: 19.11.15

Term of office : 11.09.18 - 10.09.22

Positions of responsibilityChair of FGB,  Welfare committee, Pupil Progress and Curriculum committee, Inclusion governor

Register of interests: None

Zoe brings a strong training and organisational background to the FGB. She has two children at Springfield.

Attendance 2019/20:  FGB committee 6/6 Welfare committee 3/3 Pupil Progress and Curriculum committee 3/3

Claire Warren

Category of Governor: parent

Elected by: parents

Initial start date: 20.04.16

Term of office : 20.04..16 - 19.04.20

Positions of responsibility:  Vice chair of FGB, Pupil Progress and Curriculum committee

Register of interests: Director of SCW Organisation LTD

Claire brings  her knowledge financial services to the FGB as well as strong organisationall skills. She has two children at Springfield

Attendance 2019/20::  FGB committee 6/6 Pupil Progress and Curriculum committee  3/3 Pay Committee 2/2

Instrument of Government

Governor attendance 2018/19

Springfield Primary School list of Governors - September 2019

Springfield Primary School list of school Governor's business interest declarations - September 2019

Governors overview of the RAP 19-20

Governors Annual Report 18/19

Governing Body Vision

Approved minutes from previous FGB meetings, the Welfare committee, Finance and Personnel Committee, and Pupil Progress and Curriculum committee can be obtained from the school office.

Please contact the Clerk,  Clare Graves on office@springfieldprimary.org or 0118 9421797


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