Mere Road, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire MK18 4AR

01280848459

office.3090@finmere.oxon.sch.uk

Finmere Church Of England Primary School

‘Challenging all to shine’

Governors

Dear Parents

Thank you for your interest in Finmere C E Primary School.

This is a small friendly rural school where children, their families and the local community are warmly welcomed.  It is a place where children learn about the world and themselves with the guidance and encouragement of well-qualified and dedicated teachers and teaching assistants.  There is an active ‘Friends of Finmere School Association’ to which all parents belong, which raises substantial funds each year for the school.  We are also able to offer various after school clubs which are run by parents, staff and external tutors

We have two classes, each with two teaching assistants, so our pupil/teacher ratio is exceptionally good.

Finmere School is a place where consideration for others, kindness, good manners and discipline are strongly encouraged and bullying is not tolerated.  We work together to create a happy and enthusiastic school.

I hope that you will find our website informative and that it will give you an insight into the educational opportunities we offer children here. If you would like to visit the school, do not hesitate to contact the office to arrange an appointment.

Yours faithfully

Dr Jill Williamson

Chair of Governors

Every governing body has three core functions which are:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
Holding the Head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the
performance management of staff;
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
At Finmere CE Primary School we undertake this work by meeting 4 times per year as a Full Governing Body to:
Review what has been achieved against the School Development Plan.
Receive information about the school, including information about pupil progress, attendance, staff
appraisal, financial information, health and safety and safeguarding.
Ensure our statutory duties are being met.
Challenge the school and ourselves.
There is a Committee for Finance and Resources, and a Committee for Performance and Standards, both of which
meet at least 3 times per year to consider and challenge the strategies being used to help the school move forward.
Governors also:
➢ ensure that policies are reviewed and updated to underpin the school’s work
➢ visit the school to speak with staff and children about various aspects of the school
➢ attend training both in and out of school to increase their knowledge about governance
➢ prepare for each meeting by reading information to be able ask the challenging questions which help the
school show that there is a continuous drive for improvement in all aspects of school life
In the academic year 2017/2018 the Governors at Finmere CE Primary School were:

Name Mr David Barnes
Governor category Foundation
Date of appointment 09/01/2018
Term of Office 4 years
Date stepped down (if applicable) N/A
Date of end of term of office 08/01/2022
Appointed by whom Diocese
Committee membership and role Finance and Resources Committee - Chair
Attendance record at governing body
meetings and committee meetings 2017-
2018
3/4 Full Governing Body meetings attended
3/3 Finance and Resources Committee meetings attended
Relationship with other governors or school
staff
None
Governance roles in other educational
institutions
None
Nature of any interest None

Name Ms Nancy Batsford
Governor category Staff
Date of appointment 09/03/16
Term of Office 4 years
Date stepped down (if applicable) N/A
Date of end of term of office 08/03/20
Appointed by whom Staff
Committee membership and role Performance and Standards Committee
Attendance record at governing body
meetings and committee meetings 2017-
2018
3/4 Full Governing Body meetings attended
3/3 Performance and Standards Committee meetings attended
Relationship with other governors or school
staff
None
Governance roles in other educational
institutions
None
Nature of any interest Teacher at Finmere Primary School

Name Miss Nicole Gilroy
Governor category Parent
Date of appointment 04/12/2017
Term of Office 4 years
Date stepped down (if applicable) N/A
Date of end of term of office 03/12/2021
Appointed by whom Parent Body
Committee membership and role Finance and Resources Committee
Attendance record at governing body
meetings and committee meetings 2017 -
2018 (within term of office)
1/3 Full Governing Body meetings attended
2/2 Finance and Resources Committee meetings attended
Relationship with other governors or school
staff
None
Governance roles in other educational
institutions
None
Nature of any interest None

Name Reverend Alice Goodall
Governor category Foundation
Date of appointment 09/03/16
Term of Office 4 years
Date stepped down (if applicable) N/A
Date of end of term of office 08/03/2020
Appointed by whom Archbishop of Dorchester
Committee membership and role Performance and Standards
Attendance record at governing body
meetings and committee meetings 2017-
2018
3/4 Full Governing Body meetings attended
3/3 Performance and Standards Committee meetings attended
Relationship with other governors or school
staff
None
Governance roles in other educational
institutions
None
Nature of any interest None

Name Mrs Rosemary Fiander – Vice Chair of Governors
Governor category Co-opted
Date of appointment 01/09/15
Term of Office 4 years
Date stepped down (if applicable) N/A
Date of end of term of office 31/08/19
Appointed by whom Governing Body
Committee membership and role Performance and Standards - Chair
Attendance record at governing body
meetings and committee meetings 2017-
2018
4/4 Full Governing Body meetings attended
3/3 Performance and Standards Committee meetings attended
Relationship with other governors or school
staff
None
Governance roles in other educational
institutions
None
Nature of any interest None

Name Mrs Barbara Taylor – Chair of Governors
Governor category Local Authority
Date of appointment 05/12/15
Term of Office 4 years
Date stepped down (if applicable) 31/08/18
Date of end of term of office 04/12/19
Appointed by whom Local Authority – Oxfordshire County Council
Committee membership and role Finance & Resources Committee
Attendance record at governing body
meetings and committee meetings 2017-
2018
4/4 Full Governing Body meetings attended
3/3 Finance & Resources Committee attended
Relationship with other governors or school
staff
None
Governance roles in other educational
institutions
None
Nature of any interest None

Name Mrs Caroline Tucker
Governor category Headteacher
Date of appointment 01/09/16
Term of Office N/A
Date stepped down (if applicable) N/A
Date of end of term of office N/A
Appointed by whom Governing Body
Committee membership and role Finance & Resources Committee
Performance & Standards Committee
Attendance record at governing body
meetings and committee meetings 2017-
2018
4/4 Full Governing Body meetings attended
3/3 Finance & Resources Committee meetings attended
3/3 Performance & Standards Committee meetings attended
Relationship with other governors or school
staff
None
Governance roles in other educational
institutions
None
Nature of any interest Member of staff at Finmere CE Primary School

Name Dr Jill Williamson
Governor category Parent
Date of appointment 20/09/16
Term of Office 4 years
Date stepped down (if applicable) N/A
Date of end of term of office 19/09/20
Appointed by whom Parents
Committee membership and role Performance & Standards Committee
Attendance record at governing body
meetings and committee meetings 2017-
2018
3/4 Full Governing Body meetings attended
2/3 Performance & Standards Committee meetings attended
Relationship with other governors or school
staff
None
Governance roles in other educational
institutions
None
Nature of any interest Private Medical Business – Williamson Chiropractic and Sports Injuries Clinic

Name Mrs Katie Woolacott
Governor category Parent
Date of appointment 15/03/17
Term of Office 4 years
Date stepped down (if applicable) 17/11/17
Date of end of term of office 14/03/21
Appointed by whom Parents
Committee membership and role Finance & Resources
Attendance record at governing body
meetings and committee meetings 2017-
2018 (prior to resignation)
1/1 Full Governing Body meetings attended
0/0 Finance & Resources Committee meetings attended
Relationship with other governors or school
staff
None
Governance roles in other educational
institutions
None
Nature of any interest Employed at Winchester House School

 

 

Mere Road, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire MK18 4AR

01280848459

office.3090@finmere.oxon.sch.uk