The Governing Body of
The Charsfield and Dennington CEVC Primary Schools Partnership
The Governing Body of The Charsfield and Dennington CEVC Primary Schools Partnership is constituted under the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012.
GOVERNING BODY – From September 2016
Mrs Val Jones Executive Head Teacher
Pastor Tim Mawson Chair of Governors / Co-Opted
Mr Steve Lovett Vice-Chair / Link Governor / Co-opted
Mrs Amie Reeve Staff Governor
Mr Phillip Hurst LEA Governor
Revd Stephen Brian Foundation Governor (ex officio)
Mrs Becky Chapman Parent Governor
Mrs Julie Steward Foundation Governor
Mrs Mary-Jane McArthur Co-opted Governor / Safeguarding / Looked
Mrs Wendy Acton Co-opted Governor
Mrs Charys Rushbrook Co-opted Governor
Mrs Teresa Rous Co-opted Governor / Foundation
Mr Haviland Wilkins Co-opted Governor
Mrs Lucy Long Co-opted Governor / Early Years / SEND
Mrs Kate Fell Parent Governor
All governors have equal status regardless of how they are appointed.
What is the role of the Governing Body?
It is the school's accountable body and must:
appoint, challenge and support the Head Teacher
The whole Governing Body meets at least once every term.
In addition to this, we have committees which deal with specific issues (e.g. finance, personnel, curriculum).
The Strategic Committee (made up of the Head Teacher, Chair and Chairs of Committees) meets at the beginning of each term to agree priorities and responsibilities.
There are two key documents which inform what the priorities and responsibilities are - the Self Evaluation Form (SEF) which is a snapshot of how well the school is doing, and the School Development Plan (SDP) which clearly sets out how and where we should make improvements. These documents are updated each term.
All Governors are aware of the role they play in monitoring and supporting the objectives within these important documents.
Having a single governing body across two schools means that we can compare and contrast both locations to ensure better strategic perspective and accountability.
Our Committee Structure
Strategic Committee Pastor Tim Mawson (Chair)
Mrs Val Jones
Mr Steve Lovett
Revd Stephen Brian
Resources Committee Mr Steve Lovett (Chair)
(Finance, Personnel, Mrs Val Jones
Premises, Pay) Mrs Julie Steward
Mr Phillip Hurst
Mrs Wendy Acton
Mrs Becky Chapman
(also monitors Mrs Val Jones
Progress and Attainment) Mrs Lucy Long
Mrs Amie Reeve
Mrs Charys Rushbrook
Mrs Teresa Rous
Mrs Kate Fell
Ethos Committee Revd Stephen Brian (Chair)
Mrs Val Jones
Mrs Julie Steward
Mrs Mary-Jane McArthur
Mr Havilland Wilkins
Head Teacher's Review Mr Tim Mawson (Chair)
(also Pay Committee Revd Stephen Brian
reporting to Resources) Mr Steve Lovett
Mrs Mary Jane McArthur
Mrs Teresa Rous
Governors have to attend regular training to ensure they are up to date with current legislation and education policy. Hopefully, you will also see them around both schools - they may be attending meetings or carrying out classroom visits to help them monitor the SDP and understand the day to day running of the schools.
The Governing Body is committed to improving teaching and learning for the children of Charsfield and Dennington CEVC Primary Schools Partnership and to support the future development and sustainability of both schools.
All governor meeting dates and non-confidential minutes can be found at the school's reception.
I am the Executive Headteacher of both schools, originally of Charsfield and then Dennington (I was a glutton for punishment!) 12 years and 6 years ago respectively. I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of leading two schools where I feel parents, staff and children have a very positive friendly relationship. Being part of the governing body allows me to be part of the decision-making process for the benefit of the children.
I am married to Glyn with 3 grown up sons and 6 – yes 6 - grandchildren who seem to enjoy descending on us during the holidays. When not in school, I can be found singing in the Notoriety Choir, walking along Felixstowe sea front, (and stopping for a coffee,) or enjoying the theatre in Norwich or London.
I am currently the Chair of Governors, (I’m not quite sure how that happened, but I’m not very good at saying ‘no’). I count it a privilege to be part of an enthusiastic team whose first interest is the education and welfare of the children in our schools. I enjoy my role (most of the time!) and I love coming into school, meeting with staff and children and seeing the progress that is made
My full-time job is Pastor of Laxfield Baptist Church and that has given me the opportunity to take assemblies on a weekly basis at Dennington School - which I very much enjoy. Prior to becoming a Pastor, I worked for BT for 32 years (and I still don’t understand my phone bill!). I am married to Beth, have a grown-up son and two young daughters and I live in Laxfield. I play golf regularly but badly, love a bit of DIY and loathe shopping unless it’s in B&Q, Screwfix or the Apple Store.
Following a successful career with BT Steve is retired and living in Framlingham. He has been a school governor for 13 years and serves Thomas Mills High School as well as Charsfield and Dennington Schools. As an experienced governor Steve is deployed by the local authority as a governance advisor to other schools across Suffolk and sits on the executive committee of the Suffolk Governors Forum and on the Suffolk County Council Schools forum.
Steve runs the Scout troops that meet in Earl Soham and Kettleburgh and the Cub Pack that meets at Earl Soham. A keen Tuba player Steve plays with the Castleton Brass band based in Eye. Steve is currently Chair of the Resources Committee.
Rev. Stephen Brian
I have been a Foundation Governor - originally of Charsfield School - for nine years. I have served as a governor in different types of school, in various capacities (LA and Foundation), virtually continuously for the last 28 years.
In a different life I was a teacher in secondary education, and much later, briefly, a school chaplain. I am currently the Rector of the Mid Loes Benefice, which includes Charsfield. I am married to Liz, who works for Suffolk CYP Service, and the father of three daughters: two teachers (secondary and primary) and a medical researcher. Liz and I enjoy the theatre and walking in the countryside.
I live in the village of Dennington and have been involved in the school for nearly over 27 years as a parent, foundation governor and now as a grandparent. I am married to a local farmer and am a nurse at Ipswich Hospital. I am involved in the village through the church, the Women’s Institute and support the village hall and sports club.
As Headteacher of Thomas Mills High School, I am delighted to support the work of these great two small rural schools. The federation has enabled expertise and resources to be shared whilst maintaining the benefits of these small schools to their communities and the wider community beyond. I bring a wide range of educational experience to the role. I am also the Secondary Headteacher link to the County Council's ‘Raising the Bar’ Board.
I am the Deputy Headteacher at Charsfield and teach Year 5 and 6 as well as leading Maths and Design Technology across the two schools. I am the staff representative on the governing body and am part of the Curriculum Committee.
I am married to Ben and we have a three year old son who keeps us on our toes! I enjoy home improvements, spending time with family and baking (when I get the time!).
I have been a governor of Charsfield and Dennington for
two years and prior to federation four years at Charsfield. I was also a governor at Easton Primary School for three years where I was a classroom assistant for twelve years.
At present I am part of the Ethos Committee and I am the Safeguarding Governor for both schools. I find being a school governor very rewarding and at times challenging. I visit the schools several times a term and on these occasions warmly welcomed by staff and children. It is a privilege to get to know a school this way and to see just how hard teachers and other staff work to make their schools so successful.
I am married and we have two grown up children and four grandchildren. I am passionate about the relationship between animals and people. I have helped with carriage driving for the disabled for twenty years and currently training my young dog for PAT work.
I am the Deputy Head teacher of Dennington School and I work as English Subject Lead across both Charsfield and Dennington, as well as being part of the Senior Leadership team for the partnership. Sometimes I wonder quite how I got into these roles as I came in six years ago intending to do just a small amount of part-time class teaching! However, small schools tend to have that hold on people, inspiring loyalty and aspirations for great things, and so I find myself hooked on wanting to help make our schools amazing places of learning for our children and forces for good in our villages.
I work four days at school and the rest of my time is spent looking after four children, ranging from Primary School to University, and walking the dog (when none of the four can be persuaded to walk her). My husband David is a minister of a local Church and I am involved in the work there also. All that does not leave a lot of time for hobbies but I do love to read and I force myself to play netball from time to time.
I am the mother of two children & I have one grandson. I married shortly before my B. Ed. finals & I have maintained a lifelong interest in education. ‘Eider’ & I have been visiting Dennington School for several years. She is the school’s reading dog, which we both enjoy.
I have been a governor to Framlingham College and Brandeston Hall and was an independent monitor in prisons for several years which brought me into contact with young offenders & their education. I am a partner in Dennington Hall Farms and associated businesses.
Havilland (Hav) Wilkins
On retiring from teaching, (for over forty years,) I decided to maintain a link with education system and having served as a teacher governor for most of my career, I felt I could give something back. I am pleased for the opportunity to serve and provide support at the “sharp end” of the system for our two primary schools. The success of good primary education is dependent on the quality of the staff and facilities provided for our pupils.
I have enjoyed the opportunity to take technology lessons at Charsfield and plan the same for Dennington children. It is essential for pupils to be prepared to meet the challenge for their futures and it my role to encourage this in both schools.
I am married to Angela and both my daughters work in education - my eldest Amie, being the Deputy Headteacher at Charsfield, and Sadie at North Lopham.
I am Lucy Long and am the Early Years Governor with a responsibility also for SEND / Pupil Premium. I have been on the governing body since Sept 16 and find the role very interesting. I love having the opportunity to see the interaction between staff and pupils.
I have three girls at Dennington, so I have an invested interest in helping the schools be as successful and rounded as possible. I listen to children at Dennington read twice a week, which is brilliant as I get to witness the amazing progress which is made.
Other than being a Mummy, I do the book keeping for my parents' company. I enjoy knitting, yoga and baking (independent of one another).
I am the schools Business Manager and I work full time (term time) across the two schools. I work mainly in Dennington and spend Thursdays in Charsfield. I joined Dennington School 17 years ago and over the years my role has grown. I became a governor 16 years ago and mainly support the Governing Body with the finance side of things. I prepare finance reports for meetings and help set the budgets with the Executive Headteacher.
I live in Dennington and have two boys who currently attend Dennington school and a third who will start in September 2018 so I have got to know the school quite well over the past 3 years. I have been an active member of FODS and enjoy helping out where I can. I feel very proud of our village schools and the amazing pupils and teachers and look forward to helping them continue to flourish.
For my “real job” I run an estate agents in Ipswich. I work part time (in theory) and try to limit checking my emails too much when the children are around. I enjoy long walks along the beach and my baking is improving.