Schools are required by law to have governors to monitor, support and challenge the
work of the school leadership team. In a Federation of schools, one Governing Body
looks after all the schools involved.
Exe Valley Federation Governance Structure:
The Exe Valley Federation (EVF) is made up of four schools, two of which are voluntary controlled Church of England schools. They are:
• Brampford Speke C of E Primary School
• Cheriton Fitzpaine Primary School
• Newton St Cyres Primary School
• Thorverton C of E Primary School
The EVF Governing Body is made up of 13 Governors. The roles of Chair and Vice Chair of Governors are elected annually from this group. There are also 5 Associate Members comprising the four Heads of Schools and the Federation Business Manager. Members meet regularly at Full Governing Body (FGB) meetings to discuss reports, consider recommendations and ratify formal documents and decisions.
Governors also meet as part of committees which help to manage the workload. They have specific delegations against which they make recommendations and report back to the FGB.
The School Improvement Committee is responsible for overseeing:
• Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
• Pupil progress and outcomes
• Pupil Premium
The Resources Committee is responsible for overseeing:
• Health and Safety and welfare
• Community and parent links
The SIAMS Ethos Group ensures the development of the Christian ethos of the C of E Schools in the Federation. Governors are assigned to either one of the School Improvement or Resources Committees on the basis of their skills and are encouraged to take responsibility for at least one of the key areas and deputise for another if they are able. Committee Terms of Reference outline the delegated responsibilities for each area overseen. In addition to the committees, governors are allocated to a specific school in the federation on which they focus. This focus is changed annually so that governors gain insight into each school’s unique ethos and workings and get to know their focus school well. We also have a Clerk to the Governing Body who administers our work including circulating documents and minuting meetings.
The governors encourage feedback from parents, carers and the wider community about
the schools in the Federation as well as the Federation as a whole, for example on:
· what’s working well
· how things could be ‘even better if ….’
· strengthening community links
· fundraising ideas
· contributing to or running out of school activities and clubs
· opportunities to work with local businesses, community projects or speakers
with expertise or knowledge that is relevant to the primary curriculum.
You can email or write to the governing body via your school office, or you can talk to
any one of us directly.
If you have a complaint or wish to raise an issue about the Federation or one of its
schools, your first point of contact should be the Executive Headteacher or Head of
School respectively. If parents, carers or members of the community nevertheless wish
to contact the governing body, they are of course free to do so by emailing or writing via
the school office. The complaint will be responded to in accordance with the Federations’
Thinking of becoming a Governor?
So, you’re considering becoming a governor with the Exe Valley Federation? We’d love
to hear from you! But first, here’s some information to give you a flavour of what’s
involved: Becoming a Governor?