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Governors

Like all schools which belong to a multi-academy trust, Spaxton CE Primary school has 3 levels of governance - members, the trust board and the local governance committee.

Members are responsible for ensuring QET meets its charitable objectives and that the trust board is effective.

Directors on the trust board are responsible for the performance, strategic direction and finance of all the schools in the trust. To help them, they delegate certain responsibilities to governors who sit on Local Governance Committees.

Governors work with individual schools to provide support and challenge at a local level. They are responsible, with the Head, for setting the school vision and ethos. They hold the Head to account for the curriculum provision, pupil outcomes and achievements. At Spaxton, they are also responsible for upholding its Church school status.

You can find out more about QET Directors and Members here 


The Board of Governors are:
  • Frank Cairns
  • Abi Webber
  • Nicole Atwell
  • Tom Cudbill
  • Rev. Eleanor King
  • Heidi Moule
  • Rachel Rood
  • Suzanne Traynor (Co Chair)
  • Andrew Watson (Co Chair)
  • Helen Roper (Clerk)
The local governance committee can be contacted through its clerk, Miss H Roper, on Hroper1@educ.somerset.gov.uk
 
 
Meet our Local Governors
 
 
Mr A Watson

Co-Chair of Governors

Mr Watson has been involved with Spaxton School as a parent since 2015, as a Parent Governor since April 2018, and he was elected as Co-Chair in January 2019. He has one child currently in Peregrine Class and he is passionate about being able to make a positive contribution to the school and every child’s education & development, playing a very much 'hands-on' active role in helping & supporting the school to go from strength to strength.

Areas of responsibility include SEND, Safeguarding and Ethos.

In his spare time, he is an optician, running successful optometric practices in Taunton & Wellington, and he enjoys camping with his family, sailing with his friends and a very occasional round of golf! Not a great fan of Bake Off, he would rather watch any sport, catch up with Master Chef or even Coronation Street!

Rev E King

Revd. King has been looking after the church in Spaxton, along with other churches locally since August 2018. She sees having a church school in the parish as a privilege, and is grateful for the warm welcome she receives when she pops into school for Collective Worship and other events.

Before becoming a priest, Revd. King was a Junior Church leader and a school Governor, where she gained experience of working with children, and being in school. Her focus is primarily on Collective Worship and school services in the church, and she is also on the Ethos committee. Eleanor enjoys living in rural Somerset, and going out walking when she can or developing the Rectory garden vegetable plot, though she is equally happy sitting with a cup of tea watching a detective drama!

Mr F Cairns

Mr Cairns is an avid advocate for children and their rights in order improve their lives. In his spare time he enjoys sports, in particular Football and Mansfield Town FC, Cricket and golf. He enjoys going on wellie walks on the hills with his family and their dog Holly.

Miss N Atwell

Miss Atwell is our Teacher for Peregrine class. She has been teaching for 4 years this January. Although she trained in Wiltshire, where she lived at the time, she moved back to Somerset in 2017 to teach in the local area. Miss Atwell has worked in a few different settings, including being a supply teacher for a short while. This is where she realised she really wanted her own class, so she could build a safe and happy learning environment for everyone.
Miss Atwell has worked in a big 2 form entry school, which she enjoyed, but she much prefers working in a small village school like Spaxton, where she and the children can be inspired by the surrounding nature. She says, “Everyone at Spaxton have been really welcoming, especially the children!”
In her spare time, Miss Atwell enjoys gardening. She particularly enjoys trying to grow fruits and vegetables, although she is still learning. Apart from loving all things Disney, she also loves to dance and this has been something she has done since she was in school.

Mrs A Webber
There are six full Board of Governors meetings per year (one each half term). 
 
The Board of Governors of Spaxton C of E Primary School has determined that there will be no standing committees.

Where required under relevant legislation and governance regulations and in other cases to ensure the most efficient conduct of its business, the Governing Board will:

  • Delegate work to time-limited committees and/or individual members of the Board.
  • Set up working groups to provide information and/or make recommendations to the board.

The arrangements for delegating functions will be reviewed annually by the full Board of Governors.

Click here to find out more about governance of the Quantock Education Trust

The Board of Governors is responsible for:

* Working with the school to ensure it delivers a good quality of education.

* Setting the aims and policies of the school together with the Head of School.

* Agreeing the school budget together with the Head of School.

* Appointing the Head of School.

* Monitoring and evaluating the work of the school.

* Holding the Head of School to account for the performance of the school.
 
 
Mrs S Traynor

Co-Chair of Governors

Mrs Traynor has been making the school run to Spaxton for a number of years since the oldest of 4 children started at Spaxton in 2008. Elected as Parent Governor in 2017, became Foundation Governor in 2018 and Co-Chair in 2019. Mrs Traynor loves the school and seeing the children flourish within it.

Mrs Traynor can regularly be seen dog walking around the village between school runs, enjoys the outdoors and all the wonders of nature through the changing seasons -she likes spending time in and around the sea.

Mr T Cudbill

Mr Cudbill has worked broadly within education support for over a decade, initially as a television editor of dozens of educational programmes for the now defunct 'Teachers' TV' channel. After a stint as a stay-at-home parent he completed his certificate in 'Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector' (PTLLS) prompting a move into the then-burgeoning 'eLearning' department at the local college, supporting staff and students in the successful incorporation of online learning models. This led to his current systems and project management role within the college. When prised away from a computer screen he enjoys gardening and unsuccessfully attempts to inflict DIY projects upon his two children.

Mrs A Webber

Mrs Webber has two children, the eldest of whom has recently started at Spaxton School. She is passionate about the school's holistic approach to education, particularly the emphasis on outdoor learning and the idea of developing the 'whole child'.

After qualifying as a solicitor and then working for a local farming charity for a number of years, Mrs Webber now runs a boarding cattery with her husband on their family farm.

She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, going for dog walks and bike rides. She also enjoys theatre (both watching and taking part!), reading, gardening and cooking.

Governor Details as at 22 January 2021
 

Name
Type Appointed by Date appointed Term end date Date stepped down Responsibilities Business interests
Rachel Rood
Head of School
ex-Officio 01/09/20 n/a     Employee of QET (Spaxton School)
Abigail Webber
MAT appointed
Board of Directors  07/12/20  06/12/24      Nil
Frank Cairns
Parent Governor
Parent Election  23/11/20  22/11/24     Employee of Keys Group provider of residential children's homes
Nicole Atwell
Staff
Staff Election  04/11/20  03/11/24     QET Employee (Spaxton School)
 Tom Cudbill
MAT appointed
 
Board of Directors  21/10/20  20/10/24     Personal - family member employee of QET (Spaxton School)
Eleanor King Foundation Diocesan Board of Eduction  1/8/19 31/7/23     Ethos/SIAMS Nil 
Heidi Moule  MAT appointed  Board of Directors   19/10/18 18/10/23      Nil 
Suzanne Traynor  Foundation  Diocesan Board of Education  1/3/17 28/2/21    Co-Chair, Ethos/SIAMS  RT Signs employee- school supplier 
Andrew Watson  Parent Governor   Parent Election  30/4/18 29/4/22    Co-Chair, SEND  Nil 
Governors Stood Down in the last 12 months              
Rebecca Skews  Staff   Staff Election  19/10/18 18/10/22   9/9/19   Spaxton School employee
Alistair Harrison  Staff   Staff Election  1/10/19 30/9/23   10/11/19   QET Employee (Spaxton School)
Luke Kelly
 
Head - ex officio n/a   31/12/19  31/12/19   QET Employee (Spaxton School)
 
Emma Carress
 
Parent Governor Parent Election 24/4/19 23/4/23 31/08/20 Health & Safety A W Alarms Ltd - school supplier
 
Kerry Henderson
 
MAT appointed Board of Directors 13/11/18 12/11/22 19/09/20 Safeguarding EDF employee - grant provider