Governing Body

Our school governors, who are either members or trustees of Giffards Primary School, are a team of people who work closely with the head teacher to make key decisions vital to the successful running of the school. The governors appoint the head teacher and make decisions that directly affect the education and well-being of the children. They play an important role in improving standards throughout the school and agree the school’s budget. In other words, it’s a very meaningful role! If you would be interested in becoming one of our governors please see here for some information including how to apply.

From September 2016 the governors/trustees met as a whole governing body at least twice a term, one meeting focusing on Curriculum & Pupil Matters and the second on Finance, Audit & Premises. There are no longer separate committees for these areas however there will still be a meeting of the Executive Committee who meet once a term to discuss, among other things, Personnel and Pay matters as well as other confidential items and strategic matters. Other committees will meet as necessary. Our governance structure is shown here.

Once finalised our accounts for the academic year 2016-17 will be published here. In the meantime the last two sets of accounts are available, see below:

To view our accounts from 1st September 2015 – 31st August 2016 please click here.

Our first set of accounts that run the period from 3rd March 2014 – 31st August 2015 are also available. Also available to view are our Articles of Association, Memorandum along with the Funding Agreement.

To ensure that no doubt can be cast on a Governing Body member’s ability to act with complete objectivity with regard to the Academy’s activities we hold a Register of Pecuniary Interests. The full register is available for viewing in school however we can confirm that at this present time there are no governors who have registered a financial interest however it is mentioned below if they have any other interests.

Once agreed and signed hard copies of the minutes of all meetings are available for you to see on request from the main school office. Please feel free to ask at the office for copies.

Our Governing Body consists of the following people:

Original Member and Trustee of the company as listed on our accounts – Mr Dave Stubbings (Chair of Governing Body). Term of office 1st September 2014 – 31st August 2018. Also governor at Gable Hall School and his wife is a member of staff.

Original Member and Trustee  of the company as listed on our accounts – Mrs Maureen Bentley (National Leader  of Governance). Term of Office 9th July 2016 – 8th July 2020. Also Vice Chair of Governors at Tilbury Pioneer Academy.

Member and Trustee Parent Governor – Mr John Taylor, also a member as listed on the accounts, (Term of office 26th September 2016 – 25th September 2020). His sister is a member of school staff.

Mr Steve Rhodes – (term of office 22nd January 2017 – 21st January 2021).

Other Charity Trustees/governors- Mr John Cecil (Term of office 2nd January 2016 – 1st January 2020).

Mrs Jane Vickers stood (Term of office 18th March 2016 – 19th March 2020). Jane is a staff member.

Mrs Tracey Willats (Term of office 22nd September 2014 – 21st September 2018). Tracey is a staff member.

Mr Jason Oliver – Parent Governor (Term of office 27th January 2016 – 26th January 2020).

Mrs Rachel Partridge – Parent Governor  (term of office 7th October 2016 – 6th October 2020).

Ms K Bonning – Governor (term of office 19th December 2017 – 18th December 2021)

Mr David Martin – Governor (term of office 12th January 2018 – 11th January 2022)

Mrs Nicky Haslam-Davis – Headteacher.

Also in attendance is Mr Simon Feather, DHT, an honorary member.

Miss Sarah Sanders (Term of office 23rd October 2014 – 22nd October 2018) resigned in July 2017

Mrs Karen Lester resigned on 21st November 2017

Our governing body is committed, knowledgeable and hard working, attending as many meetings as possible over the academic year, here is the list for your information.

and Mrs Sue Bryant, Clerk to Governors.

Please feel free to contact us if you have require any information or would like to let us know your views of the school. The Governors may be contacted via the Clerk: Mrs Sue Bryant c/o Giffards Primary School or via the Chairman: Mr D Stubbings c/o Giffards Primary School, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Corringham. SS17 7TG.