Governors are volunteers who have a number of responsibilities relating to the school, its pupils and staff. We have been a federated governing body since September 2010, combining governors from Dersingham Infant and Nursery School and St. George’s C.E. Junior school. This partnership created a shared vision for the learning community of Dersingham and helps to improve the transition and partnership between the two schools. Since April 2013 we became a new governing body for the amalgamated primary school.
There are 3 types of Governors for Dersingham Primary and Nursery School:
• Staff Governor
Each type of Governor is elected to represent the views of those people within the Governing Body.
There is a well established, experienced and supportive governing body that are committed to improvement and make significant personal contributions to the school in terms of time and effort. Being a voluntary aided school the majority of our governors are foundation governors, although the majority of governors are also parents of the school.
Andrew Stevenson – Chair
Sarah Harmer – Vice Chair
Gayle Platt – Headteacher
Fiona Hinds – Equalities Governor
Andrew Stevenson – Pupil Premium Link Governor
Sarah Hill – SEND Link Governor
John Bolderstone – Safer Recruitment
Christine Holden – Cluster Governor
Judy Collingham – SEND link Governor
Clerk: Jane Hill
Contact the Governors
We are always pleased to hear your comments about our school. It helps us to know what you think works well and what we can improve upon. If there is anything you would like to tell us about, please contact one of our parent governors or email:
Please mark emails ‘for the attention of the Govenors’
What do Governors do?
All Governors attend Full Governing Body meetings which are held twice each term. In between, groups of Governors meet in committees. At our school there are 4 committees – Finance and Premises, Personel, Well-being and Health and Safety, Teaching, Learning, Equalities and Community. The committees discuss these aspects of school life and then report back to the Full Governing Body. Governors also try to come into school and attend training courses run by the Governor Support Services.
We have a wide range of responsibilities. We are involved in appointing staff, making sure the National Curriculum is being delivered providing a broad and balanced education and that the school makes the best possible use of its finances. We are responsible for making sure that the school grounds and learning environment are safe and secure for everyone.
Governors in school.
Governors cannot carry out our work properly without getting to know the school as well as we can. This is not easy for people in full-time jobs, but governors are generous with their time, and the school – both staff and children – make us very welcome and involve us in what is going on. Governors enjoy visits to the school, help with school trips and attend special events (e.g. class assemblies). All Governors working with children in school are required to have a DBS check.
We strive, along with the Headteacher and staff, to make the school a welcoming and happy place for your children to be. However, from time to time, problems occur and it is important that parents feel able to bring these to our attention. It may be that a word with your child’s class teacher will be sufficient – if not then please feel free to speak with the Headteacher, Gayle Platt. Occasionally a concern will also require the involvement of Governors to resolve the situation.