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Governance

The Governors are an integral part of the running of our school. They provide challenge, support, expertise, encouragement and critical friendship throughout the year.

Meetings of the whole governing body are held twice termly in school and various working groups and committees meet at other times. These groups are made up from different members of the whole body. The Governors are drawn from the local community, parents and other representatives. We have a Governing Body who are very involved with the school. Because of work and family commitments some have more time to spend in school than others but they are all very committed to the continuing improvement of our village primary school. Much of the work of the Governing Body is done by committees which focus on different aspects of school business. Charsfield shares its Governing Body with Dennington Primary.

At Charsfield Primary School, the following committees meet regularly:

Curriculum Committee

Its main purpose is to discuss and monitor all aspects of the school’s work around pupil attainment and progress, and ensuring that the school’s curriculum is broad and balanced and meets statutory requirements. An important role of the committee is to ensure all Child Protection policies are fully understood and correctly implemented by all staff.

Ethos Committee

The main purpose of this committee to guide and monitor the ethos of the school in line its status as a church school. The committee also meets to discuss and monitor all aspects of the school’s pastoral work which includes areas such as attendance, behaviour, safeguarding, health, and spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) provision.

Resources Committee

This committee’s main purpose is to ensure that the school spending remains within budget and that all funds are spent wisely to best meet the needs of the pupils; whilst it typically meets every term, there are additional review meetings with the school’s local authority finance teams. Health and safety of the school site is also part of this committee’s remit.

Steering Committee

The main role of this small committee is to be available to respond to matters of particular difficulty, sensitivity or urgency and offer advice to the Headteacher on key decisions. The membership consists of the Chair of Governors, Vice Chair and the Chairs of the Resources, Ethos and Effectiveness Committees.

 

Role

Name

Term starts

Term ends

Executive Head

Paul Parslow-Williams

Ex officio

 

Parent Governor Kate Fell (Joint Chair) 1.9.2018 1.9.2022
Parent Governor Lucy Long (Joint Chair) 1.9.2018 1.9.2022

Trust Governor

Steve Lovett

(Vice - Chair)

1.9.2018

1.9.2022

Staff Governor

Charys Rushbrook

(Head of School Dennington)

1.9.2018

1.9.2022

Staff Governor

Amie Reeve

(Head of School Charsfield)

1.9.2018

1.9.2022

Associate

Hav Wilkins

1.9.2018

1.9.2022

Parent Governor

Lucy Long (Joint Chair)

1.9.2018

1.9.2022

Parent Governor

Kate Fell (Joint Chair)

1.9.2018

1.9.2022

Parent Governor

Dean Webb

4.11.2019

4.11.2023

Foundation Governor Jo Reed 1.9.2020 1.9.2024

 

Paul Parslow-Williams

Paul started teaching in Norfolk primary schools in 1998 following a previous career as a Marine Biologist. He is currently in his sixth year of headship and is the Executive Headteacher of Charsfield, Dennington and Occold Primary Schools. He is also the Deputy CEO of the All Saints Schools Trust.  Prior to taking up his current role he held the post of Lecturer in Primary Education at the University of East Anglia for seven years where he was involved in both educational research and teacher training. Paul’s particular interests include Primary STEM, SEN and curriculum design and he has supported schools in these areas through his role as a SLE. 

Dennington CE Primary School <www.denningtonprimaryschool.org.uk>

Occold Primary School <www.occoldprimaryschool.org>

Kate Fell

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.

Lucy Long

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 September 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).

Steve Lovett

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 Governors.

Amie Reeve

I am the Head of School at Charsfield and teach Year 5 and 6. I love teaching and working at Charsfield; it's such a friendly school.  I am the staff representative on the governing body and part of the Curriculum Committee and Resources Committee. I am married to Ben and we have a primary-aged son who keeps us on our toes! I enjoy home improvements, spending time with family and baking (when I get the time!).

Charys Rushbrook

I am the Head of School of Dennington School and I teach year 5 and 6 in Swallows Class. 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.

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 Dennington children; making land yachts and balloon propelled vehicles! 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 Head of School at Charsfield, and Sadie at North Lopham.

Jo Reed

As a new Foundation Governor, I'm still finding my feet!  But I have been involved in the Holiday Club held at Charsfield School for many summer holidays and have enjoyed meeting many of the lovely pupils who attend there.

I am currently a recently retired teacher with 30 years teaching behind me, specialising in Early Years.  As a Lay Elder for the Mid-Loes Benefice, I enjoy developing creative and inclusive Family Worship for all our congregants.

I am keen to make Charsfield Primary School the best it can be!

All Saints Schools Trust

Charsfield Church of England Primary School converted to academy status in 2018 and is now part of the All Saints Schools Trust.  This is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales (Company Number: 11216388). The registered office is as follows: All Saints Church of England Primary School, Framlingham Road, Laxfield, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 8HD. You can email general enquiries to admin@asst.orguk or call 01986 798344.

Details of the trust's funding agreements, articles, accounts, and other detailed governance arrangements can be found on the All Saints Schools Trust Website.