The Grantham Villages' Church of England Primary Schools Federation Governing Body January 2020

Chair of Governors - Mrs Anne Schaanning

Vice-Chair of Governors - Mrs Marie Jackson

Please contact via the Clerk to Governors:

Clerk to Governors - Debra Davenport


Telephone:  01400 250583

Click here to see the Governors' Pen Profiles

Name Governor Type Appointed by Start Date End Date
 Sarah Barker   Foundation  PCC** LDBE 01.01.2020 19.09.2021
 Gordon Cannon  Foundation  PCC** LDBE 09.03.2020 08.03.2024
 Marie Jackson FMAAT  Foundation  PCC* LDBE 01.01.2020 13.06.2021
 Alistair Ross  Foundation  PCC* LDBE 27.01.2020 26.01.2024
 Anne Schaanning  Foundation  PCC* LDBE 01.01.2020 12.02.2022
 Hannah Simes  Foundation  PCC* LDBE 01.01.2020 06.01.2022
 Kay Sutherland  Foundation  PCC* LDBE 01.01.2020 29.04.2022
 Revd Stuart Hadley  Foundation  LDBE 01.01.2020 Ex Officio
Vacancy  Foundation
 Laura Harrison  Parent  Parents/Carers*** 01.01.2020 31.12.2023
 Lucy Jones  Parent  Parent/Carers*** 01.01.2020 31.12.2023
 Steph Kirton  Local Authority  LCC 10.01.2020
 Kiala Burton  Staff  Staff*** 01.01.2020 31.08.2022
 Michelle Waddell  Executive HT  Governors 01.01.2020 Ex Officio

 * Great Gonerby Parochial Church Council,  ** Marston St Mary's Parochial Church Council,  *** Elected by parent/carers/staff of Marston Thorold's Primary School and St.Sebastian's Primary School,  LDBE Lincoln Diocesan Board of Education,  LCC Lincoln City Council

Governors who have served within the last 12 months:

Name Type of Governor Appointed By Start of Office End of Office
Ray Beal Local Authority LCC Local Authority 13.09.2017 Resigned 31.12.2019
Susan Rann Co-Opted Governors 09.09.2019 Resigned 18.11.2019
Judith Potter Foundation LDBE 20.01.2016 Resigned
Chantal Walker Parent Parent/Carers 04.11.2016 Resigned
Jan Marshall Staff - Head teacher Governors 05.09.2004 Resigned 31.08.2019
 Marion Weightman Foundation PCC  01.10.2017  Resigned 09.10.19 
 Lucille Chesterton Foundation  Charity  13.05.18  Resigned 07.10.19 

 Register of Panels, Areas of Responsibility & Pecuniary Interests



Area of  Responsibility


to Staff or Governor

Declared Business

& Pecuniary Interests

Sarah Barker     


Safeguarding, Staff Recruitment, 



Kiala Burton





Gordon Cannon

  None None

Stuart Hadley

Church Ethos, SIAMS, R.E. & SMSC None None

Laura Harrison

Food in Schools None None

Marie Jackson

Pay Review Panel Finance, Training & Development of FGB and Foundation Subject (incl. Science and all other subects) None None

Lucy Jones

Pupil Premium and Sports & P.E Premium None None

Steph Kirton

Finance, Health & Safety, Outcomes for Pupils and Maths

None None

Alistair Ross

Pay Review Panel Schools' Website None None

Anne Schaanning

Exec HT'S PM Safeguarding, SEND, LAC, Staff Recruitment, 



Hannah Simes

Pay Review Panel




Kay Sutherland

Exec HT's PM

Equality & Diversity, Church Ethos, SIAMS, R.E. & SMSC , English and Early Reading


See Register held in Admin Office

Michelle Waddell

























Attendance Register of Federation Governors at FGB Meetings

Federation Governing Board's Circle of Governance Terms of Reference & Standing Orders March 2020 

Grantham Villages' CE Primary Schools Federation Instrument of Governance

Federation Governor Visit and Monitoring Policy FGB Approved Feb 2020 Review Sept 2022

Governance Virtual Attendance Policy FGB Approved March 2020 Review March 2021

 Responsibility and Authority of the Governors

  • The responsibility for educating pupils falls primarily on the staff and the day-to-day running of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher, but it is the Governing Board that is ultimately responsible for the school's performance.
  • The Governing Board executes its responsibilities collectively. It may assign specific tasks to a panel or to a working group, but individual governors do not have any authority or right to act on behalf of the Governing Board.
  • Action falling to the Governing Board that cannot wait for a previously arranged meeting of the Governing Board (or for an Extraordinary Meeting) is taken by the Chair of Governors or by the Vice-Chair if the Chair is not available. This is only in circumstances where delay is likely to be seriously detrimental to the interests of the schools, a pupil, parent or a member of staff.

What Do Governors Do?

The governing board helps to run the school by making strategic decisions about finances, premises and curriculum and offers support and guidance to the headteacher and the staff. The day-to-day running of the school is done by the headteacher and the staff and the governing board rely on the head to advise them.

Circle of Governance - Whole Governing Board Approach

The Governing Board elected to operate the Circle Model of Governance, in which all Governors attend all Governing Board meetings. These meetings are held 1 per term (6 meetings per year) and have alternating focus: Finance & Resources (F&R) and Curriculum & Standards (C&S).  

The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. The Governing Board has resolved to conduct all its business as a full Governing Board, and to work collectively without committees.

The Governing Board has three strategic core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

This involves:

  • Helping to decide the school's strategy for improvement;
  • Supporting and strengthening the leadership of the headteacher;
  • Monitoring and evaluating the schools' effectiveness;
  • Asking challenging questions and pressing for improvement;
  • Receiving reports from the Headteacher and other staff on the schools' performance;
  • Discussing and questioning the Headteacher's proposals and strategies;
  • Answering to parents and to the wider local community for the actions of the Governing Board and the schools' overall performance.

How Do Governors Work

The Governing Board is made up of a number of different types of governors and the normal term of office is four years. We reconstituted in December 2019 and our Instrument of Government is for a Board of 14 members made up as follows:

  • 2 Parent Governors;
  • 1 Local Authority Governor;
  • 1 Staff Governor;
  • 1 Headteacher;
  • 9 Foundation Governors.

After four years, any governor who wishes to remain on the Governing Board can offer to stand for a further term of office and (if no-one else has expressed an interest in the position) be re-elected or reconfirmed in his/her position.

Parent Governors: If you are a parent of a pupil(s) at the school or the primary carer, you can stand for election as one of the 2 parent governor positions (once a parent governor post becomes vacant). If more than one parent expresses an interest in filling a vacancy, elections are held in which all parents can vote. Parent governors do not formally represent parents on the Governing Board although they are a link between parents and the Governing Board and will be in tune with parents' views. However, individual parent governors have no authority - authority rests with the Governing Board as a whole.

Local Authority Governor: A Governor normally appointed by the local education authority (i.e. Lincolnshire County Council).

Staff Governor: A member of staff paid to work at the schools and elected by the staff.

Headteacher: An ex-officio member of the Governing Board i.e. a Governor by virtue of their job. If the Headteacher elects not to be a Governor than his/her place cannot be taken by anyone else.

Foundation Governors: A Governor normally appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education (i.e. a member of the St Mary's (Marston) or  St Sebastian’s (Great Gonerby) church community) to ensure the school preserves its Christian character.

More information can be found on the Lincolnshire County Council website  and Diocese of Lincoln Board of Education

  • We meet as a full Governing Board once every term. Extraordinary meetings are arranged if circumstances warrant such action.
  • We have elected a Chair and Vice-Chair from amongst the existing members of the Governing Board (employees at the School cannot be elected to these positions).
  • The Governing Board also has a Clerk who advises the Governing Board on the nature of its functions, arranges its meetings, circulates the agenda and papers, takes minutes of full meetings of the Governing Board, and circulates information to Governors from the Local Authority.


2018-2019 Documents

 2018-2019 Governors Roles and Resposibilities.pdfDownload
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