Message from the Chair of Governors, Claire Deacon.

The atmosphere in our school is friendly and relaxed, and the open door policy we operate ensures everyone feels welcome when they come into the school.

Mutual respect is a strong value in our school; this can be seen whilst observing the interaction between pupils and staff.  The children demonstrate excellent behaviour and attitude during their time both within the school and externally. The fact that they consider themselves a valued part of the Whiteshill Primary community is testament to the school’s nurturing ethos.

Teachers encourage pupils to be positive, creating confident individuals who continue to enjoy life-long learning, enabling them to fulfil their potential.

The Role of the Local Governing Body

The Local Governing Body (LGB) is responsible for the overall management of the school and for determining its strategic aims, objectives and policies in accordance with all the relevant legislation.  We work in close connection with the head, who manages the school from day to day and is the governing body’s principal professional adviser within the formulation and implementation of plans and objectives to move the school forward.

Key roles are:

* To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

* To provide constructive challenge to the Headteacher regarding educational performance of the school and its pupils.

* To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its budget is spent in a way that benefits the school.

Other roles include:

* Working with the Headteacher in the process of appointing staff.

* Hearing appeals and grievances from parents and staff.

* Forming policy on the varying areas of the school’s curriculum.

* Setting, developing and monitoring standards for pupil behaviour and discipline.

* Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe.

* Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies.

The Constitution of the Governing Body

On the 1st November 2015, following transfer to the Diocese of Gloucester Academy Trust (DGAT), the Local Governing Body  was formed in accordance with the Scheme of Delegation made between the LGB and DGAT.

The LGB consists of :

5 Trust Members, appointed by the Directors of DGAT, serving for 4 years,

1 Staff Member, appointed  by the Directors of DGAT, serving for 4 years,

2 Parent Governors, elected by parents, serving for 4 years,

The Head Teacher Ex-Officio and

Up to 4 Co-opted Members appointed by the LGB with DGAT consent, serving an initial term of 1 year.

All governors attend meetings of the Local Governing Body (meeting up to 6 times throughout the academic year) and sit on at least one of the two sub-committees: the Standards and Communication Committee and the Finance & Staffing Committee (also meeting up to 6 times throughout the academic year). The Head and Chair of Governors sit on both committees.

List of Governors appointed on the 1st November 2015

Unless otherwise stated below, all governors have attended all relevant LGB and Committee meetings since 1st November 2015.

Diane Bainbridge, Head Teacher. Sits on both committees.

Claire Deacon Chair, Trust Member. Sits on both committees.

Caroline Vale Vice Chair. Parent Governor appointed by parental election.  Governor with responsibility for safeguarding, Looked After Children and Maths.

Lisa Harris, Trust Member. Chair of Finance & Staffing committee. Governor with responsibility for Health and Safety. Apologies received for LGB meeting of 10.3.16.

Ian Wills, Parent Governor appointed by parental election. Sits on the Finance & Staffing committee. Governor with responsibility for SEND, AFA and PP. Apologies received for LGB meeting of 10.3.16.

Juli Middleton, Staff Governor, class teacher in Class 3.


None of the above Governors have any relevant business or pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests).


Former Governors having served in the last 12 months.


Angela Smith, Trust Member, sitting as a Governor until 11th January 2017.


Governor Contact Details

If you wish to contact the Governing Body direct, please email Claire Deacon (Chair of Governors), via  the contact page.

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  • Stroud, Glos. GL6 6AT
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