The Governing Body is required by the Government to have three core functions:

Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

Holding the headteacher 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 the money is well spent.

The Governing Body of Holy Trinity (V.C) C of E Primary School was re-constituted in September 2014. It is currently made up of:

2 Teaching Staff (including the headteacher)

4 elected Parent governors

2 Foundation governors, one appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) and the other by St Andrews PCC. The Rector of St Andrews Church is an ex-officio governor. These governors have a specific role in preserving and developing the ethos of the school, including its religious character.

1 Local Education Authority representative

2 Co-opted governors appointed by the governors, who have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

The full Governing body meets four times each year, a Business meeting in September to plan the year, appoint the officers, staff the committees and arrange the dates and times of the other three termly meetings. At these meetings we benefit from the support and advice of an independent and professional clerk. Our current clerk is Mr David Roberts, who took up office in February 2016.

In order to run the school efficiently the governors are divided into two main committees which meet at least termly to cover different aspects of the school in detail. Each committee has its own delegated powers and functions and are clerked by school admin staff. Governors are allocated to these committees in order to make best use of their expertise:

Curriculum, Pupil and Community.(CPC) Items such as Behaviour, Attendance, SEN, School Meals, Pupil Premium and Pupil Progress, are standard items on the agenda. We look at the provision and practice within the school to provide a creative an inspiring curriculum which fosters good learning habits and last a lifetime. Sometimes staff members talk to the governors about their action plans and any new curriculum initiatives they ae leading. Governors try to attend special focus days and curriculum events, reporting back to the committee. They also support community events organised by the school and the PTFA.

Finance, Premises and Personnel. (FPP) is involved in budget setting, in order to make best use of the financial resources available to secure school improvement and high standards of education for all. The use of Capital funding is monitored to ensure that the premises are repaired and maintained to a high standard. Energy Conservation and Health and Safety checks are regularly carried out. We aim to provide a safe and stimulating environment in which pupils can learn effectively. This committee also has the responsibility for the strategic deployment of staff.

We have other committees that meet if required to consider pupil discipline and staffing matters. All governors are expected to undertake training and to visit the school in session. Governors carry out their legal duties as a group and are not allowed to act as individuals.

What was achieved last year?

In 2015-2016 our identified priorities were focused on the of the new National tests delivery, assessment and testing of the new curriculum. Staff and pupils worked hard to prepare for the greater demands this new challenge presented. Teachers had to adapt their methods in response to the finer details which were slowly revealed as the year progressed. The new method of assessing pupils without levels was put in place and used to provide intervention when pupils were not reaching the standard expected for their age. The new system was communicated to parents, governors and pupils by a variety of methods so that they gained an understanding of the radical changes that were taking place. By the end of the summer term we had all developed a greater understanding of what to expect.

The outcomes for pupils at the end of the summer term were as follows:

A Good Level of Development was recorded for 77% of pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage, which was above the National Average of 69%

The Phonics Screening Check for YR 1 showed that 90% of pupils were working at the required standard.

In the National Tests in Yr 2, 73.3% of pupils met or exceeded the expected standard in reading and writing and 76.7% in mathematics.

In the KS2 tests taken by Yr6 pupils, with 67% of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics, compared to 53% nationally.

Progress scores in reading, writing and mathematics were significantly above the national average. The progress made by disadvantaged was in the top 12% of schools nationally.

Staff and pupils are to be congratulated on achieving such a wonderful set of results.

In May we had our (Denominational) SIAMS Inspection. The Inspector spent a day in the school, talking to staff, governors, parents and pupils, looking at documentation, visiting assembly and lessons. This resulted in the school receiving a Good grading which showed improvement since the previous inspection in 2011.

The Solar School project which was launched at the start of the Autumn term 2015 was a great success and focus during the year. Following a number of very successful fundraising events and sponsorships enough money was raised to install the system on the hall roof by June 2016. Congratulations to all those involved, staff, pupils, and the PTFA with special thanks to Mr Handy who masterminded and co-ordinated the whole thing. It generated a wonderful community spirit and enthusiasm to succeed within the school.

The governing body stabilised after several changes during the Autumn term. The new parent governors whose terms of office began in January are now well established members, contributing their skills and ideas to our meetings. Rev Katie is also a great asset, working with Mrs Rayner to develop our worship, in response to the inspection. Having had experience as a governor in other schools she also is another source of new ideas. Miss Warren, who replaced Mrs Sibley as staff governor, retired at the end of the Summer term when she went on maternity leave. Mrs Abbott replaced her in September.

Future plans

In the 2016-17 academic year we aim through monitoring and supporting the School Development Plan, to continually improve Holy Trinity and move a Good school to an Outstanding one. Some of our priorities this year are:

Continue to raise attainment and pupil progress by:

Providing the best opportunities for pupils in KS1 and 2 to achieve the expected standard for their age in reading, writing and mathematics.

Working towards 85% of pupils achieving the combined  writing, reading and maths(WRM) targets at the end of KS2.

Appoint a new Deputy Headteacher and SENCO to strengthen the leadership team

To provide support for parents and pupils with e-safety issues through workshops and ’drop- in sessions’.

Put the SIAMS action plan in place.

The minutes of the Full Governing Body and Committee minutes are available on request in the school office.

Who are your Governors 2016-2017? (Updated January 2017)

NAME TYPE of Governor/

term ends

Membership of main Committees

FPP- ( Finance, Premises Personnel)

CPC-(Curriculum, Pupils, Community).


Other responsibilities-

including subject development across the school

Relevant Business Interests-

Governor of other schools

Personal relationships with members of school staff
Mr Stephen Alen Parent


FPP Physical Education, Gifted and Talented, Discipline Appeals, Link Gov-Training. None None
Mr Richard Bambridge Parent


CPC Mathematics, Discipline Appeals None None
Mr Bill Bettley Foundation (DBE)28.02.18 FPP Music, Pay ,Staff Discipline None None
Mrs Claire Cannon Foundation


CPC SEN, English, MFL, Pay Appeals, Staff Discipline. None None
Mr Steve Chaplin Parent


FPP Humanities, Health and Safety, Pay Appeals None None
Mr Paul Cotton L. Authority


FPP ICT, PHSE, Pay Appeals. None Spouse in  school admin
Rev Katie de Bourcier Ex-officio


CPC Collective Worship, Religious Education, Pay, Heads PM Gov. St Andrews Halstead None
Mr James Haylock

Vice-chair FGB





EYFS, Health and Safety, Safeguarding,

Heads PM, Pay Appeals

None None
Mr Jonathan Holyhead Associate


FPP Legal and financial advice None None
Mrs Esme Pickford

Chair of FGB





Science, Assessment, Child Protection, Pay,

Heads PM, Discipline Appeals

None None
Mr Jon Smith Staff/HT

On going



Headteacher None None
Mrs Sarah Abbott Staff/T


CPC Pupil Premium Link governor, Freedom of Information None None
Mr Mark Wiskin Co-opted


CPC Art and Design, School Meals and B/fast Club Owns a Sports Academy None

As you can see the Governing Body at Holy Trinity Primary School represents a wide range of the local community, from Teaching Assistants, members of the local Church, parents, teachers and members of the local community.

If you are interested in the role of the school Governor, or would like to contribute to the school as a member of the Governing Body, please keep an eye out for vacancies as they will be advertised via this website.

The Clerk to Governors c/o Holy Trinity Primary School, Beridge Road, Halstead, Essex, CO9  1JH, Tel: 01787 472096

Should you wish to raise an issue with the Governing Body relating to Holy Trinity School letters can also be sent to the Chair of Governors at the address above.

Matters relating to individual children should always be discussed with class teachers, and if necessary Mr. Smith, before contact is made directly with the Governing Body if you are still concerned.

Schools are legally required to publish attendance data for Governors:

Governors attendance record for 2015/2016 academic year for Full Governing

Body and Committee Meetings.

Governor No. meetings attended … … of a possible Percentage attendance
Stephen Alen 6 8 75%
Richard Bambridge 4 4 100%
Steve Chaplin 3 4 75%
S Howlett* 1 2 50%
James Haylock 8 8 100%
Bill Bettley 7 8 88%
Rev. Katie de Bourcier 3 5 60%
Claire Cannon 5 5 100%
Paul Cotton 8 8 100%
Jon Smith 9 10 90%
Louise Warren* 3 5 60%
Esme Pickford 9 10 90%
Mark Wiskin 4 5 80%
Jonathon Holyhead 4 8 50%

*Former Governor

Governors also make regular monitoring visits to fulfil their additional responsibilities.

Code of Conduct

All Holy Trinity Governors sign up to a code of conduct provided by Essex County Council. This document is available to view on request.

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