The Governing Body
Every school has a Governing Body, made up of a team of local volunteers, both from within the school community and the outside community. The Governors represent the parents and public in important matters involving the school and the Local Authority. The Governors, in co-operation with the Headteacher, are concerned with the educational facilities made available by Suffolk County Council, understanding the quality of teaching and learning within the school, the maintenance of school buildings, the appointment of staff, and the general administration of the school curriculum.
The day to day details of teaching and school business are the responsibility of the Headteacher and the staff.
The Governing Body focuses on the long-term development and improvement of the school and has collective responsibility for decisions made relating to spending the school’s budget.
At Cockfield Primary School, the Governing Body comprises 10 members:
- 2 Co-opted Governors, elected to provide a link between the school and the local community
- 1 LA Governor appointed by the Local Authority
- 2 Foundation Governors (representatives from the Church)
- 3 Parent Governors elected by parents and carers of children at the school
- 2 Staff Governors elected by members of staff at the school. The Headteacher is automatically one of the Staff Governors
At the beginning of the first meeting of the Autumn term, one Governor is elected as Chair, and one as Vice-Chair. The Governing Body is also supported by a trained Clerk, who takes minutes and provides advice and support. The Chair of Governors is Dr Norman Kelly. The Vice-Chair is the Reverend Sharon Potter.
Twice termly meetings are held, which coupled with frequent visits mean the Governors are able to carry out their responsibilities. A range of committees operate to enable the Governors to contribute to the administration of the school and support teachers in their work with the children. These include, among others:
- Finance and Personnel Committee
- Curriculum Committee
- Premises Committee
Governors also take responsibility for monitoring subjects in the curriculum through planned visits to the school, talking to both teachers and pupils and seeing what goes on in the classroom.
All Governors, and especially the elected Parent Governors, are willing to be approached by any parent who feels that they would like to speak with a Governor about school matters.
Current Governing Body Members:
Dr Norman Kelly
Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor
Norman joined the Governing Body in July 2013, and became Foundation Governor in May 2016. He became Co-Chair in October 2018 and Chair in October 2019.
Norman Chairs the Curriculum Committee, the Pupil Discipline Committee and the Premises Committee. He is also a member of the Finance and Personnel Committee and the Appeals Committee. He is the Governor responsible for subject monitoring of Geography, History, Pupil Premium and Science. His term of office ends in May 2020.
Reverend Sharon Potter
Vice Chair of Governors, DBE Foundation Governor
Sharon joined the Governing Body in February 2012, and was elected Chair in March 2013. She is the Rector of the Cockfield Benefice and is therefore an ex-officio member. She took up the Vice-Chair position in October 2018.
Sharon is Chair of the Headteacher’s Performance Review Group and is a member of the Finance and Personnel Committee. She is also the Governor responsible for subject monitoring of Religious Education, Collective Worship and PHSE. Her term of office ends in January 2022.
Mrs Trudie Harkin
Trudie was appointed as Headteacher in June 2013, and joined the school in September 2013. She is a member of the Finance and Personnel Committee and the Premises Committee.
Mr James Scott
James joined the Governing Body in October 2012 as a Parent Governor. He previously served as Vice-Chair from December 2013 to October 2018 and as Co-Chair from October 2018 to September 2019. He has two daughters who previously attended the school.
James is Chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee and Chair of the Appeals Committee. He is also a member of the Curriculum Committee and a member of the Hearings Committee.
He is also the Governor responsible for subject monitoring of Numeracy, Computing, DT, Data Protection, Modern Foreign Languages and Able, Gifted and Talented Pupils. James’ term of office ends in September 2023.
Mrs Jo Walton
Local Authority Governor
Jo joined the Governing Body in 2009, and has two children who previously attended the school.
Jo is Chair of the Hearings Committee and is a member of the Headteacher’s Performance Review Group.
Jo is the Governor responsible for subject monitoring of Safeguarding, SEND, Wellbeing and Online Safety. Her term of office ends in October 2020.
Mrs Christine Stainer
Christine joined the Governing Body in May 2016.
Christine is a member of the Curriculum Committee, the Pupil Discipline Committee and the Headteacher’s Performance Review Group. She is also the Governor responsible for subject monitoring of Art, Early Years and Foundation Stages (EYFS), Outdoor Learning and PE. Christine’s term of office ends in May 2020.
Miss Amy Perkins
Amy joined the school 2014, and became Staff Representative in September 2015.
Amy is a member of the Curriculum Committee. Amy’s term of office ends in September 2023.
Mr George Mayes-Milner
George joined the Governing Body in September 2019.
George is a member of the Curriculum Committee and the Premises Committee. George is also the Governor responsible for subject monitoring of Literacy and Music. His term of office ends in August 2022.