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St Richard's

Church of England First School



The school governing body is made up of volunteers who all have an interest in how the school is run. At St Richard’s CE First School, the governors come from one of five categories: the Church (or “Foundation”), the Local Authority, Staff, Parents and the governors who are co-opted because of their particular skills or experience. There is also a clerk to the governing body who keeps all official records of meetings and advises the governing body on best practice and any statutory duties.

Governors hold full governing body meetings at least every half term. Due to a recent review of best practice, we do not currently operate any sub-committees, but rather delegate one-off duties or tasks to specific governors or groups of governors. Other regular duties are undertaken by the full governing body.  Each governor is also responsible for monitoring the progress in a specific area of the Curriculum (a taught subject) and a specific area of school life, e.g. data, progress of Pupil Premium children or attendance.

The Role of the Governor

The governing body work to ensure that the school provides a high quality of education with excellent teaching and learning and a stimulating range of extra-curricular activities, thereby ensuring that every child has the provision to achieve their full potential.  By doing so, this prepares them for the next steps in their education, enabling them to contribute in a positive manner to life.


The core functions of the governing body are:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for our School

There is a clear distinction between the strategic oversight of the governing body, and the day-to-day management of the school by our Headteacher.  We guide the direction of the school through effective two-way communication with stakeholders and through regular and explicit re-visiting of the schools child-centric and inclusive values during decision making processes.


  • holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils

We support our Headteacher in his leadership role through our challenge.  Shared responsibility for leadership decisions means that we are collectively answerable.  We use the schools internal tracker system for scrutiny of pupil groups, validated with external evidence from Analyse School Performance (ASP) and external monitoring visits reported to the governing body. 


  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

We take a whole school approach to financial planning so that resources are targeted where they make the greatest impact on pupils learning.  For example we have a number of specialist teachers who solely provide intervention.  This is a strategic decision so that where pupil monitoring identifies a need, this intervention can be deployed to individuals and small groups in a timely manner.  Our performance data reflects the success of this strategy with pupils’ learning needs being identified and met before they are allowed to fall behind.


The role of the governors and the governing body is not:

  • to be available to deal with problems and concerns as individuals (our role is to refer these to the Head or the appropriate member of staff)
  • to act as a “go-between” for various parties (e.g. parent and teacher)
  • to act as a “delegate” for a group
  • to share information other than that which has been agreed by the whole governing body.


Who are our Governors?

We last reconstituted the Instrument of Government for the school in 2014. The constitution of our governing body now states that we should have the following type and number of governors:

  • Parent – 2
  • Staff – 1
  • Headteacher – 1
  • Local Authority – 1
  • Foundation – 3 (including one ex-officio appointed by the Diocese)
  • Co-opted – 4

Total number of governors -12





Mark Ridlinton

Head Teacher

Date Appointed: September 2017 



Katya Chaplin

Chair of Governors

Co-Opted Governor

Responsibilities / Committees: Chair of Governors and SEND

Date Appointed: 15.01.20

Term of Office: Start & End Date: 15.01.20 - 15.01 24

Business, Personal & Pecuniary Interests: None

Governance roles in other educational institutions: Chair of Governors at Holywell Primary



Carol Kent

Co-Opted Governor

Responsibilities / Committees: Safeguarding and Subject focus

Date Appointed: 09.18

Term of Office: Start & End Date: 09.18 - 09.22

Business, Personal & Pecuniary Interests: None

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None




Lisa Eksteen

Staff Governor

Responsibilities / Committees: Subject focus

Date Appointed: 07.18

Term of Office: Start & End Date: 07.18 - 07.22

Business, Personal & Pecuniary Interests: Staff member 

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None



Jane Richards

Foundation Governor

Responsibilities / Committees: Early Years

Date Appointed: 15.01.20

Term of Office: Start & End Date: 15.01.20 - 15.01.24

Business, Personal & Pecuniary Interests: None 

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None



Cathy Awadzi 

Parent Governor 

Responsibilities / Committees: Subject Focus and Wellbeing

Date Appointed: 01.09.22

Term of Office: Start & End Date: 01.09.22 - 01.09. 26

Business, Personal & Pecuniary Interests: None 

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None



Andy Smith

Foundation Governor -

Responsibilities / Committees: Subject Focus

Start date 01/12/2021

End date 30/11/2025


Business, Personal & Pecuniary Interests: None 

Other Governor roles: Foundation Governor at Bengeworth Academy 


Janet Satchwell

Co-Opted Governor

Responsibilities / Committees: Vice Chair, Chair of Finance Committee and Pupil Premium

Start date 01/12/2021

End date 30/11/2025

Business, Personal & Pecuniary Interests: None 

Other Governor roles: none 


The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • Set the aims and objectives for the school
  • Set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • Be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

Please click the links below to find out more about the Board's membership and remit, including sub-committees, relevant business and pecuniary interests and their attendance record over the last academic year.



Governors' Report on Arrangements for Disabled Pupils 

Special Educational Needs Policy for Disability and Equality

This Policy is the consensus of the Teaching Staff and Governors and was approved at a Meeting of the Governing Body. This policy will be reviewed annually.

When carrying out its functions this school will have due regard to the need to:

• Promote equality of opportunity between disabled people and other people;
• Eliminate discrimination that is unlawful under the Disability Discrimination Act;
• Eliminate harassment of disabled people that is related to their disability;
• Promote positive attitudes towards disabled people;
• Encourage participation by disabled people in public life;
• Take steps to meet disabled people’s needs, even if this requires more favourable treatment.

Continuous cycle of improvement

Annually Involve disabled pupils, parents, staff and governors

Identify issues/assess the impact on policies

Draw up a plan/support priorities/link into budget

Implement the plan which will:

• Increase access to the curriculum
• Make improvements to the physical environment of the school
• Make written information to pupils in a range of different ways.

Monitor and review the plan

Governors regularly monitor the Pupil Premium to ensure that the money is being used effectively and that the Pupil Premium pupils are making progress.

Governors Links