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The Governing Body


The Instrument of Government states that the Governing Body shall consist of the following:

3 Parent Governors, LA Governor, Headteacher, Staff Governor and 4 Co-Opted Governors.

The Governing Body of Belswains Primary School is committed to assist the Headteacher and all staff in providing a safe, happy and all inclusive environment in which to deliver the best possible education for our children.

To assist with our aims, school links have been established between Governors and Staff


The Governing Body operates the following sub-committees;-

  • Resources – dealing with Finance, Premises, Staff Pay and Conditions
  • Strategic – dealing with all curriculum related activities


Working Parties are set up as and when the need arises:

  • Pupil Premium and Vulnerable Groups Working Party – ensuring Pupil Premium funding is spent to the best advantage and monitoring results against expenditure


Belswains Primary School


Name Governor Type Term From Term To Additional Information Committees Roles 2020/21 Business or Pecuniary Interests Other Relevant Interests
Mrs Lucy Ashford Parent governor
01 Sep 2019 31 Aug 2023   Strategic Co Vice-Chair                          Website
D & T
Mrs Neysa Claridge Headteacher
01 Sep 2020     Strategic and Resources Headteacher Employed by Belswains Primary School  
Miss Louisa  Clarke Staff governor
15 Sep 2020 14 Sep 2024   Strategic English Employed by Belswains Primary School  
Mr Alan Craig Parent governor
01 Sep 2019 31 Aug 2023   Resources (Chair) Sports Premium
Mrs Allison Culley Co-opted governor
01 Nov 2018 31 Oct 2022   Strategic (Clerk)   Employed by Belswains Primary School  
Miss Susan Cutler Local Authority Governor
01 Nov 2018 31 Oct 2022 Chair until 01.10.2022 Strategic (Chair) and Resources Chair
Safeguarding Governor
Data Protection Officer
School Travel Plan
Mr Idris  Foster-Edwards Co-opted governor
15 Jan 2017 14 Jan 2021 Completion of term of office Strategic and Resources (Clerk) Vice Chair                                           Chair of Disciplinary                                               School Council                             Health and Safety    
Mrs Nafeesa Khan Associate Member
16 Sep 2020 15 Sep 2021   Resources  (Clerk) R.E.    
Mrs Tracey Middleton Clerk
        Clerk Clerk, Trainer and Admin roles currently undertaken. Employed by HfL  
Mrs Cassandra  O'Neill Co-opted governor
03 Nov 2017 3 Nov 2021   Resources Computing    
Mrs Fran Parkins Parent governor
16 Sep 2020 15 Sep 2024   Resources Co Vice-Chair                                       Wellbeing & Mental Health Governor Maths    
Miss Sarah Schembri Staff Governor 05 Oct 2016 15 Sep 2020 Completion of term of office Resources      
Mrs Suzanne Uezzell Co-opted governor
11 Jul 2019 10 Jul 2023   Strategic Governor Development Coordinator
Mrs Lucy Warner Parent Governor 05 Oct 2016 15 Sep 2020 Completion of term of office Strategic (clerk)      
Mrs Karen Yilmaz Associate Member
01 Nov 2018 31 Dec 2020 Left employment Strategic and Resources Deputy Headteacher Employed by Belswains Primary School  
Mr Christopher Payne Associate Member
01 Jan 2021     Strategic and Resources Deputy Headteacher Employed by Belswains Primary School  
1) Associate members are not Governors (so are not counted in the total number of governors constitution) but are appointed by the Governing Body to bring expertise and experience in specific areas to committees. The majority of Associate Members are staff members such as Deputy Heads or members of the SLT, or in some cases an external person who cannot commit to the full time role of a governor but brings a skill (e.g. finance; health and safety) which supports the governing boards effectiveness.  They may be appointed for a period of between one and four years. They may attend full Governing Body meetings and whilst they do not have voting rights on the governing board, if they are over 18, they can be delegated voting rights on a committee which should be reflected in the terms of reference for that committee
2) Other relevant interests includes relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives)    
3) Governors at Belswains Primary School have declared that they have no other governance roles in other schools       


The Approved Minutes of governing body meetings are available, upon request, from the school office.


The Governing Body undertakes an Annual Survey of all parents/carers to obtain their views on the performance of the school.  Governors are available at all other times to listen to concerns or views of parents/carers and can be contacted via the school office.


The Chair of Governors and Headteacher send out an annual review letter to parents at the end of each academic year .