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 Trustees and Members here
The Board of Governors are:
- Frank Cairns
- Rev. Eleanor King
- Rachel Rood (Maternity Leave)
- Gary Tucker (Executive Headteacher)
- Suzanne Traynor (Co Chair)
- Andrew Watson (Co Chair)
- Helen Roper (Clerk)
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.
The LGC is responsible for:
- Working with the school to ensure it delivers a good quality of education.
- Setting the aims of the school together with the Head Teacher
- Ensuring the school complies with Trust wide policies
- Setting school level policies together with the Head Teacher
- Monitoring and evaluating the work of the school.
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff.
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
- Holding the Head of School to account for the performance of the school.
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* 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.