Introduction to governance at Seaton Primary School
Governors are individuals from the community who give their time on a voluntary basis, joining from different groups with an interest in the school – parents, staff, local authority, including individuals who are co-opted to the Board who bring particular skills and expertise.
We act collectively as a Board, working as a team.
The Board is responsible for making sure the school provides a high quality education for all pupils. Raising educational standards in our school is a key priority through great pastoral care and a curriculum that captures the imagination of learners. This has the best chance of happening when there are high expectations of what all pupils can achieve.
Working with the Headteacher and senior leaders, who are responsible for the day-to-day leadership and management of the school, as governors we set the school’s aims and policies, and promote effective ways of teaching and learning.
Head teachers are recruited and selected by governors, and in our school, the Headteacher is also a governor.
We are accountable to parents, the local community and Devon Local Authority. Governors are appointed for 4 years.
The Governing Board:
• is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community;
• plans the school’s future direction;
• selects the Headteacher;
• makes decisions on the school’s budget and staffing including the performance management policy;
• makes sure the curriculum is well taught;
• decides how the school can encourage pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development ;
• makes sure the school provides for all pupils, including those with special educational needs.
Governors support and challenge the Headteacher and senior leaders by gathering views, asking questions and discussing what is best for the school. We are not here to rubber stamp decisions. We are prepared to give and take advice and are loyal to decisions taken by the governing board as a whole.
This is a new governing Board, appointed on 2 March 2021, with its first meeting on 3 March. It comprises the Full Governing Board (FGB), which is attended by governors, and two committees. These meet between Full Governing Board meetings to look in more detail at aspects of policy and impact of the school with Associate governors attending. Associate governors do not have voting rights, but bring expertise and knowledge to support the work of the Full Governing Board, through the committees. Both Associate governors bring the knowledge of governance in the school over the last couple of years, as well as their particular expertise, having served on the previous federation board.
The governors will be working with the school to set the strategic direction for next academic year, and until then, we continue to work on delivering the current objectives, set while Seaton was still part of the Axe Beacon Federation.
We are fully focussed on ensuring the best outcomes for all children, in what has been a very challenging year.
If you have any questions or comments, then please do contact the Chair of Governors, Fiona Hammans, via the school.
Meet Our Governors
Dr Fiona Hammans
I am delighted to be part of Seaton Primary School, having recently moved back to Devon. Our family spent four years in the late 90s in Teignmouth, and I grew up in the county, with the last 20 years or so living in Oxfordshire. I am married with three grown up children, and three grandchildren. And a dog and a cat!
My professional background is school leadership – both primary and secondary. Currently I have a part-time role in a multi-academy trust, leaving me time to take on this governor role, and also undertake some consultancy in the wider education sector, including independent and international schools.
I have governance experience in local authority schools, as a trustee and member of a large multi-academy trust, adviser to a small independent special school group and recently as the independent chair of a primary school in special measures. Although I do not now inspect schools for Ofsted, the training and experience I have continues to be very useful.
Any time I have that is not education-related is spent reading novels, (and not particularly worthy ones), a bit of light pottering in the garden and walking the dog.
Lizzie is a Mum to two small boys, one of whom attends Seaton Primary, the other to follow soon. Before having her children she spent 15 years in various management and leadership roles for Tesco Stores Ltd across the country and hopes that some of the skills she learnt and used there can be put to good use on the Governing Board for the school.
Lizzie stopped work when she had her first son and over the last few years has been running her own small business. In her spare time she enjoys cycling, sewing and painting.
My wife and I have 3 children at Seaton Primary School and I was previously a member of the PTA. I have been a financial adviser since 2006, in which time I have developed skills I hope will be useful in my position as a Governor. As a family we love to travel, visit our extended family and walk our dog. I am a keen golfer and in recent years have taking up walking, completing the majority of the Jurassic Coast with various friends and family. I look forward to contributing to Seaton Primary Schools continued success over the coming years
I moved to Seaton in 2007 and currently have 2 children in KS2 at Seaton Primary. I have always been impressed with the school and the environment my children have been educated I am delighted to have the opportunity to assist the school in the future years. My wife and I co-own a local, family business with my brother and his wife which has been in our family for over 20 years. As we both were not born locally we find ourselves very lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country and enjoy many local activities whilst finding ourselves very popular with family and friends who are keen to visit and be beside the sea.
Fiona is a Senior Governance Adviser within the Babcock LDP Governance Consultancy Team in Devon, which is a joint venture with Devon County Council. Fiona is the chair of the South West Coordinators of Governor Services (SWCOGS) group and is vice chair for The National Coordinators of Governor Services (NCOGS). Fiona strongly believes in the power of collaborative working and sharing best practice across the sector. Fiona researched and wrote the Devon Clerks’ Manual and the NCOGS Clerking Handbook and works with school governors, trustees and clerks daily to support, advise and train. Fiona has served as a governor, committee chair and chair of governors in a range of schools, including a federation of small rural primary schools. Fiona has a business background, initially with the Northcliffe Newspaper Group, working throughout the country on a range of publications and organising regional and national exhibitions. More recently Fiona has run a successful business in the heart of Devon where she led the staff to achieve the nationally recognised ‘Committed to Excellence Standard’ from The British Quality Foundation.
Zoe is the mum of two young and very energetic boys! She has experience of a wide range of governance, including sitting as the Chair of a large pre school and early years education charity, and holding Chair roles within both the maintained and academy sectors. Zoe’s background in strategic leadership and management follows a 17 year career as an officer in the Royal Navy. She is passionate about improving the outcomes for all children in our schools, particularly those with disabilities and those less advantaged. For the past two years she has also worked as a governance advisor with Babcock LDP.
Table showing names, type of governor, appointment terms
|Name of governor||Type of governor||Appointed||Office terminates||Role as a governor|
|Dr Fiona Hammans||Co-opted||2/3/2021||1/3/2025||Chair of Governors; Inclusion and SEN Lead|
|Lizzie Rowlands||LA||2/3/2021||1/3/2025||Vice Chair of Governors; HR and Leadership Lead|
|Anna Vine||Co-opted||21/9/2020||20/9/2024||Safeguarding Lead|
|Ed Stockwell||Parent||21/9/2020||20/9/2024||Finance Lead|
|Ben Matthews||Co-opted||2/3/2021||1/3/2025||Premises,Security and H & S Lead|
|Ady Norris||Parent||2/3/2021||1/3/2025||Pupil Premium Lead|
|Nic George||Staff||Ex-officio-currently on leave||Headteacher|
|Amanda Lacey||Staff||Ex-officio||Acting Headteacher|
|Fiona Collier||Associate||2/3/2021||1/3/2022||Attends T&L committee|
|Zoe Briant-Evans||Associate||2/3/2021||1/3/2022||Attends Resources committee|