Chancellor Park Primary School

Brook-End Road South, Chelmsford, CM2 6PT

Headteacher Mrs C Mills


Role of a School Governing Body


The School’s Governing body is made up of a mix of volunteers from the local community, the local authority, parents and school staff. They are the school’s accountable body, who oversee the policy and practices to ensure the school functions to the highest possible standard. It holds the Head teacher accountable for the performance of the school.


To monitor and evaluate, the school Governors meet regularly, once a term both as a full body and as committees. These meetings will discuss all aspects of the school’s performance including absence rates, exam results, complaints, involvement with the community, the curriculum, staffing, school budget, health and safety, school improvement plan and training courses. Governors visit the school regularly – climate walks, participating in activities and attending events or meetings with teachers. These visits enable Governors, along with regular meetings, to ensure best practice is in place and being followed as well as monitoring the school improvement plan.


Governors’ Roles and Responsibilities


 Cllr%20Neil%20Gulliver Mr Neil Gulliver (LA) – Chair of Governors – Performance Management
 Silhouette Mr David Toombs (Parent) – Vice Chair – Sports Premium – PSHE/SMSC
 images_ann Mrs Ann Newman (Parent) – Vice Chair – English
  headshot Mrs Debbie Miodonski (Parent) – Chair of Finance & Premises Committee – Science
 images_mrsbackhouse Mrs Minal Backhouse (Parent) – Chair of Personnel Committee, Safeguarding & Child Protection
 Neel 2 Mr Neel Faucon (Parent) –  Health & Safety, Pupil Premium
 Silhouette Mrs Joanne Pumpfrey (Parent) – SEN and Maths
 Silhouette Mrs Hilary Toseland (Community) – EYFS – FOCP liaison
Headteacher Mrs Claire Mills – (Headteacher) – Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee  – Maternity Leave October 2014
 admin-ajax (4) Mr Jonathan Cadwallader – (Acting Headteacher) – Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee
 admin-ajax (5) Miss Jayne Self (Deputy Headteacher) – Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee – Maternity Leave December 2014
 admin-ajax (6) Mrs Hilary Crick (Acting Deputy Headteacher) – Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee

Contact with Parents

An annual survey is conducted with parents to see how well the school and we the Governing Board, are doing. This takes place in April and is distributed to all parents. One of our governors is an expert in marketing/research and is experienced in analysing these surveys. She prepares information for presentation to the Governing Board on the results of the survey. This is most useful in identifying those areas that might be of concern to parents, and need our attention.

The Governors have their own email address, which we encourage you to use, and parents can expect a response within 24 hours. If the query is not within the remit of the Governing Board it will be referred to the Headteacher or or one of her/his staff.


Governors also aim to meet with parents whenever opportunities arise and respond quickly to views and concerns. Governors are invited to attend Parents’ evenings; coffee mornings, PTA events and special assemblies regularly.

What do we do?

There are several key aspects to the work of the Governing Board. Working with the Head Teacher, we set the policies for the school, establish the development plan, ensure that public funds are spent appropriately and effectively for the good of the children’s education, ensure that all statutory duties are complied with and provide for rigorous accountability. The day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher and her/his team, and are not part of governors’ business meetings.


There are 2 sub-committees of the main Governing Board where work is discussed in depth – Finance, Premises and Personnel. Each Governor will join one of these committees. Further working parties and project teams will be set up on an ad-hoc basic for special activities i.e. Pay Committee.

Other roles

As well as being a member of one of the committees, Chancellor Park governors also have other responsibilities within the school for example monitoring of subjects, Health & Safety, Safeguarding and Child Protection, SEN, Sports Premium and Pupil Premium.

When do we meet?

The full Governing Board, and each sub-committee meet each term and every governor is expected to attend these. Often meetings include a presentation focusing on an aspect of the school’s development plan.


Maintaining confidentiality at all times is essential as governors are privy to delicate information relating to the school and its community. Explaining this to friends and acquaintances can minimise the possibility of awkward questions or requests being made that could compromise a governor’s position. Similarly, requests to intercede on a parent’s behalf are always directed back to the teachers and/or the Head Teacher so that policies and procedures can be followed appropriately.

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