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
  • Strategy Committee
  • Pupil Discipline Committee
  • Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee
  • Curriculum and Performance Committee
  • Head teacher’s Performance Review Group
Responsibilities:
  • Health and Safety and Online Safety
 Register of interests
  • Parent to one child at Bures CEVC School
  • Parish Councillor for Bures St Mary
  • Proprietor of Local Business – Goat Milk and other related products
  • Partner of OTC Micro Farming and Business Services
Attendance 2016 – 2017: 17 of 17
I have worked in the Financial Services industry for over 30 years, gaining experience and a sound appreciation of budgetary disciplines, governance requirements, project management and effective communication. My ambition for the school is to deliver educational excellence within the financial framework we operate. I have a son in Year 3, live locally on a smallholding with a goat dairy and am interested in local 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
  • Strategy Committee
  • Curriculum and Performance Committee (Chair)
  • Pupil Discipline Committee
Responsibilities:
  • Literacy and Communication
 Register of interests
  • Parent to one child at Bures CEVC Primary School
  • Parish Councillor for Bures Hamlet
Attendance 2016 – 2017: 13 of 13
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:  30/11/2013 – 30/11/2017

Committees
  • Strategy Committee (Chair)
  • Pupil Discipline Committee
  • Headteacher’s Performance Review Group (Chair)
    Responsibility: Safeguarding and Looked After Children
Responsibilities:
  • Safeguarding and Looked After Children
 Register of interests
  • Parent to one child at Bures CEVC School
Attendance 2016 – 2017: 7 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 practicing 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
  • Strategy Committee
  • Pupil Discipline Committee (Chair)
Responsibilities:
  • None
 Register of interests
  • Vicar and Trustee of St Mary’s Bures PCC
Attendance 2016 – 2017: 6 of 10
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 Chris Newman

Mr Chris Newman

Governor

Representation: Parent Governor
Term:  19/01/2014 – 19/01/2018

 Committees
  • Strategy Committee
 Responsibilities
  •  Link Governor
Register of interests
  • Parent to two children at Bures CEVC School
  • Head of Year at Notley High School
Attendance 2016 – 2017 – 8 of 9
I have two Children in Bures School, currently in Year 3 and Year 1. I am a secondary school teacher, working in Braintree. I became a governor to help support the school and develop the education opportunities available to the children of Bures.
Mr Adam Kendall

Mr Adam Kendall

Governor

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

 Committees
  • Strategy Committee
  • Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee (Chair)
  • Headteacher’s Performance Review Group
Responsibilities:
  • None
 Register of interests
  • None
Attendance 2016 – 2017: 13 of 13
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.
Mr Andrew Robinson

Mr Andrew Robinson

Governor

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

 Committees
  • Strategy Committee
  • Curriculum and Performance Committee
Responsibilities:
  • Mathematics
 Register of interests
  • Parent to one child at Bures CEVC School
  • Vice Principal of Colchester Academy
Attendance 2016 – 2017 – 7 of 9
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

Parent Governor

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

 Committees
  • Strategy Committee
  • Curriculum and Performance Committee
Responsibilities:
  • SEN Governor
 Register of interests
  • Parent to two children at Bures CEVC Primary School
Attendance 2016 – 2017: 9 of 10
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
  • Strategy Committee
  • Pupil Discipline Committee
  • Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee
Responsibilities:
  • Languages
 Register of interests
  • Parent to two childnen at Bures CEVC Primary School
Attendance 2016 – 2017: 13 of 13

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 am looking forward to the diverse challenges that this role will offer 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:
  • Strategy Committee
  •  Curriculum and Performance Committee
Responsibilities:
  • None
 Register of interests:
Attendance 2016 – 2017: 9 of 9
Mr Chris Sellens

Mr Chris Sellens

Staff Governor

Representation: Staff Governor
Term: 7th December 2016 to 6th December 2020

 Committees:
  • Strategy Committee
  • Curriculum and Performance Committee
Responsibilities:
  • None
 Register of interests
  • None
Attendance 2016 – 2017: 8 of 9
Ms Ruth Slater

Ms Ruth Slater

Head Teacher

Representation: Head Teacher
Term: Ex Officio

 Committees:
  • Strategy Committee
  •  Curriculum and Performance Committee
  •  Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee
Responsibilities:
  • None
 Register of interests
  • None
Attendance 2016 – 2017: N/A

No Longer Serving

Name                                    Term                                            Position

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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