Governors

The Governing Body of the school is responsible for ensuring that it is run to promote pupil achievement. Its duties include:

  • Setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
  • Approving the school budget
  • Reviewing progress against the school’s budget and objectives
  • Appointing, challenging and supporting the headteacher

If you would like to find out more about the role of the Governing Body then please feel free to talk with any Governor or you can see the County Council’s website which contains lots of useful information including factsheets and frequently asked questions.

The constitution the school’s Governing Body, known as the Instrument of Government, is given below. In addition, the structure and remit of the Governing Body and its committees can be found in the Terms of Reference.

Contact with Governors is usually via the School Office.


Current Governors

Mr Tim Fairbairn

Mr Tim Fairbairn

Chair of Governors

Representation: Co-opted Governor
Term:  12/04/2015 – 12/04/2019

 Committees
  • Chair of Governors
  • Executive Committee
  • Pupil Discipline Committee
  • Head teacher’s Performance Review Group
Responsibilities:
  • Health and Safety
  • Online Safety
  • Nursery Class Governor
  • Year 4 Governor
 Register of interests
  • Parent to one child at Bures CEVC School
  • Parish Councillor for Bures St Mary Parish Council
  • Director of Fulibroch Consulting Ltd
  • Partner of OTC Micro Farming and Business Services
  • Elected member of the Diocesan Board of Education (from Jan. 19)
Attendance 2017 – 2018: 11 meetings of 11

After over 30 years working in the City, my time is now spent running our goat dairy and the activities associated with that. As Chair it is my responsibility to lead the Governing Body and to support and challenge appropriately the Headteacher. My ambition for the school is to deliver excellence at all levels, with all of the resources available to us. To ensure we continue to provide for the individual needs of all associated with the school and to listen carefully to what people have to say about what we do and they way we do it. My son is now in Key Stage 2 and my wider interests include family history and metal detecting.

Mr Ben Wilson

Mr Ben Wilson

Vice-Chair

Representation: Vice-Chair
Parent Governor
Term:  11/03/2016 – 11/03/2020

 Committees
  • Executive Committee (Chair)
  • Pupil Discipline Committee
Responsibilities:
  • Year Six Governor
 Register of interests
  • Parent to two children at Bures CEVC Primary School
Attendance 2017 to 2018: 7 meetings of 8

When my son started in Nursery in 2015 I wanted to contribute to shaping the future direction of Bures School and help it exceed its already high standards. It is a pleasure to work with a diverse and highly motivated team of governors and staff. I want every child at the school to discover and realise their full potential in a happy and caring environment. As a professional writer and historian I am good at digesting large amounts of information and asking challenging questions, two important aspects of governance!

Mrs Karen White

Mrs Karen White

Governor

Representation: Foundation Governor
Term:  01/12/2017 to 30/11/2021

Committees
  • Executive Committee
  • Pupil Discipline Committee
  • Headteacher’s Performance Review Group (Chair)
Responsibilities:
  • Safeguarding and Looked After Children
 Register of interests
  • Parent to one child at Bures CEVC School
Attendance 2017 – 2018: 6 meetings of 10

I moved to Bures in 2010 with my husband and our three daughters, the youngest two currently attend Bures school. With 7 years governor experience in our previous village, I stood for and was elected as a Bures Parent Governor in 2011. As a practising Christian I was asked to become a Foundation (church appointed) Governor in 2013. In addition to the usual governor responsibilities, Foundation Governors also have responsibility for monitoring and ensuring the schools Christian character in partnership with Rev. Morley.

Rev Steve Morley

Rev Steve Morley

Governor

Representation: Foundation Governor
Term: N/A

 Committees
  • Executive Committee
  • Pupil Discipline Committee (Chair)
Responsibilities:
  • Year One Governor
 Register of interests
  • Vicar and Trustee of St Mary’s Bures PCC
Attendance 2017 to 2018: 4 meetings of 8

I am Vicar of Bures with Assington and Little Cornard. Before ordination, I worked for many years as a solicitor and partner in a legal practice in Somerset. I have been a Foundation Governor for two church primary schools in Somerset and was legal advisor for Millfield School for many years. I am married to Angela and have three children in their early twenties.

Mr Adam Kendall

Mr Adam Kendall

Governor

Representation: LEA Governor
Term:  02/07/2015 – 02/07/2019

 Committees
  • Executive Committee
  • Headteacher’s Performance Review Group
Responsibilities:
  • Finance
 Register of interests
  • None
Attendance 2017 – 2018: 9 meetings of 9

I live with my wife and 1 year old son in Bures, and have been in the village for almost five years. I was appointed as a governor in May 2015, and although it is my first experience of working with Bures Primary School, I have considerable experience in working with Local Government. Qualifying as a Charter Accountant in 2005, I have been working on various project roles for Essex County Council for the past three years.  Over the course of my career I have obtained experience in project management, strategy development, performance management, and finance. Over the coming years I am looking forward to working with the teachers, parents and pupils to ensure that every child attending the school is able to make the very most of their time there.

Mrs Clare Frewin

Mrs Clare Frewin

Governor

Representation: Parent Governor
Term:  19/01/2018 – 19/01/2021

 Committees
  • Executive Committee
Responsibilities:
  • Reception Class Governor
 Register of interests
  • None
Attendance 2017 – 2018: 4 meetings of 4
With 3 children in Early Years, Key Stage One and Two I’ve volunteered as part of the PSA and now as a Governor I am keen to play a more active part in the future of Bures School.
For the last 12 years I have worked for Suffolk County Council in both Children & Young People and Adult Community Services Directorate. I have been involved in Ofsted inspections in Childrens Services; and have experience of working with families, seeing first hand the positive outcomes for a child when the whole family is engaged in their education.

 

Mr Andrew Robinson

Mr Andrew Robinson

Governor

Representation: Co-opted Governor
Term:  02/07/2015 – 02/07/2019

 Committees
  • Executive Committee
Responsibilities:
  • None
 Register of interests
  • Parent to two children at Bures CEVC School
  • Vice Principal of Colchester Academy
Attendance 2017 – 2018: 7 meetings of 8

I am currently Vice Principal of Colchester Academy, a secondary school in Colchester. Prior to this I had taught in Inner city schools in London for ten years, after having graduated from Oxford University. I moved to Bures with my wife who grew up here and even attended the school herself back when there were only sixty pupils. We have two children, one of whom currently attends Bures nursery. I volunteered to become a governor because I am passionate about the wellbeing of our community school and the students it serves.

Mrs Rosemary Kelly

Mrs Rosemary Kelly

Parent Governor

Representation: Parent Governor
Term:  10/10/2016 – 11/10/2020

 Committees
  • Executive Committee
  • Pupil Discipline Committee
Responsibilities:
  • SEN Governor
  • Year 5 Governor
 Register of interests
  • Parent to two children at Bures CEVC Primary School
Attendance 2017 – 2018: 8 meetings of 8

Having been a secondary teacher both abroad and in the UK for 15 years, I have gained plenty of experience in different educational institutions. Currently, I’m a private tutor and education consultant for home-educated children, therefore have an understanding of working with an ever changing curriculum and considering how it can be delivered effectively. Within the governor’s role, I will do my best to ensure that every student continues to have a fulfilling education during their time at Bures School and uphold the positive ethos that the school has created. I have two children at the school who are attending the Nursery and Year 1.

Miss Helen Foster

Miss Helen Foster

Co-Opted Governor

Representation: Co-Opted Governor
Term:  17/10/2016 – 16/10/2020

 Committees
  • Executive Committee
  • Pupil Discipline Committee
Responsibilities:
  • Link Governor
  • Year 3 Governor
 Register of interests
  • Parent to two children at Bures CEVC Primary School
Attendance 2017 – 2018: 9 meetings of 9

Before becoming a parent, I worked in a range of public sector Human Resource and Business Management roles.

Since my children have been at Bures school, I have enjoyed becoming increasingly involved in various activities within the school environment – being a parent helper at Forest School sessions; organising fundraising events with the PSA; and supporting and encouraging younger children with their reading skills.

I enjoy the diverse challenges that the role of Governor offers and hope to contribute effectively in order to ensure that Bures School continues to provide a supportive environment in which all children can develop and thrive.

Mrs Anna Hills

Mrs Anna Hills

Co-Opted Governor

Representation: Co-Opted Governor
Term: 7th February 2017 to 6th February 2021

 Committees:
  • Executive Committee
Responsibilities:
  • Pupil Premium
  • Year 2 Governor
 Register of interests: Nil
Attendance 2017 – 2018: 3 meetings of 7
Miss Katie Taylor

Miss Katie Taylor

Staff Governor

Representation: Staff Governor
Term: 3rd October 2018 to 2nd October 2022

 Committees:
  • Executive Committee
Responsibilities:
  • None
 Register of interests
  • Nil
Ms Ruth Slater

Ms Ruth Slater

Head Teacher

Representation: Head Teacher
Term: Ex Officio

 Committees:
  • Executive Committee
Responsibilities:
  • None
 Register of interests
  • None
Attendance 2017 – 2018: N/A
Mrs Victoria Holmes

Mrs Victoria Holmes

Acting Deputy Headteacher

Representation: Associate Member
Term: 3rd October 2018 to 2nd October 2022

 Committees:
  • Executive Committee
Responsibilities:
  • None
 Register of interests
  • None

No Longer Serving

Name                                    Term                                            Position

Chris Sellens                        07/12/2016 – 21/07/2018             Staff Governor

Chris Newman                      19/01/14 – 19/01/18                     Parent Governor

Ian Gibbs                               13/04/15 – 21/07/16                    Chair and Co-Opted Governor

Liz Donaldson                        15/09/15-18/05/16                      Acting Headteacher

Liz Donaldson                       18/05/16-21/07/16                      Staff Governor

Laura Gower                         13/03/12-12/03/16                      Parent Governor

Laura Gower                         19/05/16-21/07/16                      Co-opted Governor

Juliette Shields                       20/01/14-21/07/16                     Parent Governor

Diane Turner                         16/09/15-17/05/16                     Staff Governor

Drew Quayle                          01/09/13-31/03/17                     Headteacher

Instrument of Government

  1. The name of the school is Bures Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School.
  2. The school is a voluntary Controlled school.
  3. The name of the governing body is the Governing Body of Bures Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School.
  4. The governing body shall consist of:a. Three parent governorsb. One LEA governorc. The Headteacherd. One staff governore. Four co-opted governorsf. Two foundation governors
  5. Total number of governors 12 (except at any time when the headteacher has given notice as above that he chooses not to be a governor, when the total number of governors will be 11.)
  6. The length of term of office for all governors will be four years. The ex-officio governor will continue to serve as a governor until such time as they relinquish the office that entitled them to their appointment.
  7. The foundation body entitled to appoint foundation governors is the Diocesan Board of Education after consultation with the Parochial Church Council of St Mary’s, Bures.
  8. (a) The holder of the following office shall be a foundation governor ex-officio: The Principal officiating Minister of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Mary’s, Bures.(b) The Archdeacon of Sudbury shall appoint a foundation governor to act in the place of the ex-officio foundation governor whose governorship derives from the office named in (a) above, in the event that the ex-officio foundation governor is unable or unwilling to act as a foundation governor, or there is a vacancy in the office by virtue of which his governorship exists.
  9. The ethos of the school is as follows: Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all it pupils.
  10. This instrument of government comes into effect on 14th April 2015
  11. This instrument was made by order of the Suffolk Local Education Authority on 13th April 2015.
  12. A copy of the instrument must be supplied to every member of the governing body (and the headteacher if not a governor), any trustees and to the appropriate religious body.D HoltOn behalf of Suffolk Local Authority

Bures Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, Nayland Road, Bures, Suffolk, CO8 5BX

T: 01787 227446 F: 01787 228544 E: primary@bures.suffolk.sch.uk

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