Little Milton Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Primary School
The Governing Body

We are pleased to welcome you to the governors’ page. We hope it will give you an insight into who we are and what we do.
Working in partnership with the Headteacher and staff, governors ensure high standards of achievement for pupils in the school. We focus on strategy and school improvement; we decide what we want the school to achieve, set priorities and monitor progress to realise these aims. We don’t act independently but together as a governing body with joint responsibility. The role of the governing body is a strategic one and its key functions are:
• Setting the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school
• Holding the Headteacher and senior staff to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
• Ensuring the school remains within the budget delegated and making sure the money is well spent.

Little Milton is a Voluntary Aided School and therefore the Governing body have additional responsibilities. We make decisions on admissions and are the employers of the staff.

Who are the governors?

As we are a Church of England aided primary school, the majority of governors of the school are appointed by the church. These governors are known as foundation governors and are appointed either by the Parochial Church Council of St James’ , the church most associated with the school, or by the Oxford Diocese. In addition, the governing body is made up of the Headteacher and people from various different groups who have an interest in the success of the school, including parents, staff, the local authority and the community.
The governors welcome a range of viewpoints, and make decisions together about a variety of issues. Between them the governors have a wide breadth of skills and experience enabling them collectively to support and challenge the school leadership. As vacancies arise specific skills are targeted to fill gaps in the governing body. As a result, key professional skills are represented.

Chair of Governors:
Mrs Samina Lyden

Vice Chair:
Mr David Wakeling

Mrs Beth McLaren

Clerk to the Governors:
Mrs Helen Batten

Parent governors:
Mrs Melanie Kinghan
Mrs Jo Merrick

Staff Governors:
Mrs Beth McLaren, Headteacher
Mr James Bell, Teaching Staff

Foundation Governors:
Rev Simon Cronk – Ex officio
Mr Stuart McGill
Mrs Teresa Quested
Mrs Alison Franklin
Mr David Wakeling
one vacancy

Local Authority Appointed Governor:
Mrs Samina Lyden

Associate Governor:
Mr David Christie
Mrs Jude Winborn
Mrs Sarah Davis

The governing body currently consists of 11 governors and one associate governor. The term of office for all types of governor is four years. At the end of the term, governors may be re-appointed.

The Governing Body details and committee membership can be found in the documents attached below is the governing body documents section.

How does the governing body work?

Governors attend four full governing body meetings per year, as well as three committee meetings per year. The governing body is organised into three sub-committees, one which take responsibility for planning the strategic work of the governing body and the other two which hold the Headteacher to account for the educational and financial performance of the school:

• Chairs’ Planning and Coordinating Committee

• Performance and Standards Committee

• Resources Committee

Governors are linked to a committee and also an area, for example Safeguarding or Special Educational Needs (SEN). It is the responsibility of each Governor to enrich the whole governing body’s understanding of their particular area and contribute, where appropriate, to inform decision making. In carrying out its functions the committee will receive information and advice from the Headteacher and other staff and will actively seek opportunities for wider consultation where appropriate. Governors get to know the school through attending meetings and by visiting the school during the school day.
At Little Milton, we value the close partnership and collaboration built up between the Headteacher and Governing Body. The Headteacher discusses all the main aspects of school life with the governing body and expects challenge and support at a strategic level. Governors also celebrate the school’s successes and ensure that parents and the community surrounding the school are informed and involved with school life.

Becoming a governor
Governors make a significant contribution to ensuring that every young person receives the best possible education. They are key strategic decision makers in schools. Our school is a rich and diverse community and we want our governing body to reflect that diversity. It is also important that as a group the governors have the range of skills required to fulfil their strategic responsibilities. By being part of the governing body you will be able to contribute to open debate and help the group to make majority decisions. If you would like to know more about becoming a governor, please contact the chair of governors.

Contact information
Please contact the governing body through the school office on 01844 279310 or

Governing body documents
Terms of office and positions held
Register of pecuniary interests
Committee membership
Annual governor attendance record – the above may all be found under Statutory Information
Governing body minutes – available from the school office.

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