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Governance

The Governors are an integral part of the running of our school. They provide challenge, support, expertise, encouragement and critical friendship throughout the year.

Meetings of the whole governing body are held twice termly in school and various working groups and committees meet at other times. These groups are made up from different members of the whole body. The Governors are drawn from the local community, parents and other representatives. We have a Governing Body who are very involved with the school. Because of work and family commitments some have more time to spend in school than others but they are all very committed to the continuing improvement of our village primary school. Much of the work of the Governing Body is done by committees which focus on different aspects of school business. Dennington shares its Governing Body with Charsfield Primary.

Our Governing Body has the following committees:

Curriculum Committee

Its main purpose is to discuss and monitor all aspects of the school’s work around pupil attainment and progress, and ensuring that the school’s curriculum is broad and balanced and meets statutory requirements.

Ethos Committee

The main purpose of this committee to guide and monitor the ethos of the school in line its status as a church school. The committee also meets to discuss and monitor all aspects of the school’s pastoral work which includes areas such as attendance, behaviour, safeguarding, health, and spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) provision.

Resources Committee

This committee’s main purpose is to ensure that the school spending remains within budget and that all funds are spent wisely to best meet the needs of the pupils. Health and safety of the school site is also part of this committee’s remit.

Steering Committee

The main role of this small committee is to be available to respond to matters of particular difficulty, sensitivity or urgency and offer advice to the Headteacher on key decisions. The membership consists of the Chair of Governors, Vice Chair and the Chairs of the Resources, Ethos and Effectiveness Committees.

 

Role

Name

Term starts

Term ends

Executive Head

Paul Parslow-Williams

Ex officio

 

Trust Governor

Steve Lovett (Chair)

1.9.2018

 

Foundation Governor

Rev. Stephen Brian

1.9.2018

1.9.2022

Foundation Governor

Julie Steward

1.9.2018

 

Staff Governor

Charys Rushbrook (Head of School Dennington)

1.9.2018

 

Staff Governor

Amie Reeve (Head of School Charsfield)

1.9.2018

1.9.2022

Co-Opted

Mary-Jane McArthur

1.9.2018

1.9.2022

Co-Opted

Hav Wilkins

1.9.2018

1.9.2022

Parent Governor

Lucy Long (Vice Chair)

1.9.2018

1.9.2022

Parent Governor

Kate Fell

1.9.2018

1.9.2022

Parent Governor

Open position

tbc

tbc

 

Paul Parslow-Williams

Paul started teaching in Norfolk primary schools in 1998 following a previous career as a Marine Biologist. He is currently in his sixth year of headship and is the Executive Headteacher of Charsfield, Dennington and Occold Primary Schools. He is also the Deputy CEO of the All Saints Schools Trust.  Prior to taking up his current role he held the post of Lecturer in Primary Education at the University of East Anglia for seven years where he was involved in both educational research and teacher training. Paul’s particular interests include Primary STEM, SEN and curriculum design and he has supported schools in these areas through his role as a Local Leader in Education (LLE). 

Charsfield CE Primary School  <www.charsfieldprimaryschool.org.uk>

Occold Primary School <www.occoldprimaryschool.org>

Steve Lovett

Following a successful career with BT Steve is retired and living in Framlingham. He has been a school governor for 13 years and serves Thomas Mills High School as well as Charsfield and Dennington Schools. As an experienced governor Steve is deployed by the local authority as a governance advisor to other schools across Suffolk and sits on the executive committee of the Suffolk Governors Forum and on the Suffolk County Council Schools forum. Steve runs the Scout troops that meet in Earl Soham and Kettleburgh and the Cub Pack that meets at Earl Soham. A keen Tuba player Steve plays with the Castleton Brass band based in Eye. Steve is currently Chair of the Resources Committee.

Rev. Stephen Brian

I have been a Foundation Governor - originally of Charsfield School - for nine years. I have served as a governor in different types of school, in various capacities (LA and Foundation), virtually continuously for the last 28 years. In a different life I was a teacher in secondary education, and much later, briefly, a school chaplain. I am currently the Rector of the Mid Loes Benefice, which includes Charsfield. I am married to Liz, who works for Suffolk CYP Service, and the father of three daughters: two teachers (secondary and primary) and a medical researcher. Liz and I enjoy the theatre and walking in the countryside.

Julie Steward

I live in the village of Dennington and have been involved in the school for nearly over 27 years as a parent, foundation governor and now as a grandparent.  I am married to a local farmer and am a nurse at Ipswich Hospital. I am involved in the village through the church, the Women’s Institute and support the village hall and sports club.   

Amie Reeve

I am the Head of School at Charsfield and teach Year 5 and 6 as well as leading Maths and Design Technology across the two schools. I am the staff representative on the governing body and am part of the Curriculum Committee. I am married to Ben and we have a primary-aged son who keeps us on our toes! I enjoy home improvements, spending time with family and baking (when I get the time!).

Mary-Jane McArthur

I have been a governor of Charsfield and Dennington for two years and prior to federation four years at Charsfield. I was also a governor at Easton Primary School for three years where I was a classroom assistant for twelve years. At present I am part of the Ethos Committee and I am the Safeguarding Governor for both schools. I find being a school governor very rewarding and at times challenging. I visit the schools several times a term and on these occasions am warmly welcomed by staff and children.  It is a privilege to get to know a school this way and to see just how hard teachers and other staff work to make their schools so successful. I am married and we have two grown up children and four grandchildren.  I am passionate about the relationship between animals and people. I have helped with carriage driving for the disabled for twenty years and currently training my young dog for PAT work.

Charys Rushbrook

I am the Head of School of Dennington School and I work as English Subject Lead across both Charsfield and Dennington, as well as being part of the Senior Leadership team for the partnership. Sometimes I wonder quite how I got into these roles as I came in six years ago intending to do just a small amount of part-time class teaching! However, small schools tend to have that hold on people, inspiring loyalty and aspirations for great things, and so I find myself hooked on wanting to help make our schools amazing places of learning for our children and forces for good in our villages. I work four days at school and the rest of my time is spent looking after four children, ranging from Primary School to University, and walking the dog (when none of the four can be persuaded to walk her).  My husband David is a minister of a local Church and I am involved in the work there also. All that does not leave a lot of time for hobbies but I do love to read and I force myself to play netball from time to time.

Havilland (Hav) Wilkins

On retiring from teaching, (for over forty years,) I decided to maintain a link with education system and having served as a teacher governor for most of my career, I felt I could give something back. I am pleased for the opportunity to serve and provide support at the “sharp end” of the system for our two primary schools. The success of good primary education is dependent on the quality of the staff and facilities provided for our pupils. I have enjoyed the opportunity to take technology lessons at Charsfield and plan the same for Dennington children. It is essential for pupils to be prepared to meet the challenge for their futures and it my role to encourage this in both schools. I am married to Angela and both my daughters work in education - my eldest Amie, being the Head of School at Charsfield, and Sadie at North Lopham.

Lucy Long

I am Lucy Long and am the Early Years Governor with a responsibility also for SEND / Pupil Premium. I have been on the governing body since Sept 16 and find the role very interesting. I love having the opportunity to see the interaction between staff and pupils. I have three girls at Dennington, so I have an invested interest in helping the schools be as successful and rounded as possible. I listen to children at Dennington read twice a week, which is brilliant as I get to witness the amazing progress which is made. Other than being a Mummy, I do the book keeping for my parents' company. I enjoy knitting, yoga and baking (independent of one another).

Kate Fell

I live in Dennington and have two boys who currently attend Dennington school and a third who will start in September 2018 so I have got to know the school quite well over the past 3 years.  I have been an active member of FODS and enjoy helping out where I can.  I feel very proud of our village schools and the amazing pupils and teachers and look forward to helping them continue to flourish. For my “real job” I run an estate agents in Ipswich.  I work part time (in theory) and try to limit checking my emails too much when the children are around.  I enjoy long walks along the beach and my baking is improving.

 

All Saints Schools Trust

Dennington Church of England Primary School converted to academy status in 2018 and is now part of the All Saints Schools Trust.  This is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales (Company Number: 11216388). The registered office is as follows: All Saints Church of England Primary School, Framlingham Road, Laxfield, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 8HD.

You can email general enquiries to admin@asst.org.uk or call 01986 798344.

Details of the trust's funding agreements, articles, accounts, and other detailed governance arrangements can be found on the All Saints Schools Trust Website.