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Baston C of E Primary School

Baston C of E Primary School

“Preparing the way…”

Governors

Welcome to Baston CE Primary School and to the Governors’ section of the School’s website. As a Church of England school, everything we do is grounded in our Christian values. We believe that the caring and nurturing environment at Baston School encourages the development of an all-round individual, with each child being encouraged to realise their full potential.

Our vision, as a team, is to challenge and support our church school to provide inspirational education to empower everyone to dream, thrive and believe.

As a governing body we take the safeguarding of all our pupils and staff very seriously and, as such, all of our governors have undergone an enhanced DBS check.

We also encompass our responsibilities with regard to community cohesion by working as a cluster with seven local schools to maximise the benefits of shared resources and expertise.

Below you can see who our governors are, and what roles they fulfil.

Following recent legislation, all governing bodies of maintained schools constituted prior to September 2012 had to be reconstituted under the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012 or the School Governance (Federations) (England) Regulations 2012 as appropriate. Government policy is that governing bodies should be no bigger than necessary to secure the range of skills they need. 

What is different? Governing bodies are no longer based on the stakeholder group principle where the different categories of governor had to be in proportion to the size of the governing body. Governors should now be appointed or elected on the basis that they have "the skills and experience required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school".

Baston CE Governing Body reconstituted in September 2015. We undertook a skills audit to identify the skills held by governing body members to ensure a good breadth and depth of skills and identify any areas where skills were lacking. Future appointments will be made to fill any gaps in our skills set. We repeat the skills audit each September to ensure that our skills are used effectively.  

Category

No of

Governors

Details

Headteacher

1

The Headteacher is a member of the governing body by virtue of their office.

Staff

1

Teaching and support staff who, at the time of election, are employed at the school are eligible to be Staff Governors. The school staff elects Staff Governors. They cease to hold office when they cease to work at the school or choose to resign.

Local Authority Governors

1

Local Authority Governors are nominated by the local authority but are appointed by the governing body. The local authority can nominate any eligible person as a local authority governor, but it is for the governing body to decide whether their nominee has the skills to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school and meets any other eligibility criteria they have set.

Foundation

3

The local rector is an ex-officio member of the governing body. The other foundation governors are appointed by the diocese.  Their role is to try to ensure the continuation of the character and ethos of the school and they must have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

Parent

2

Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school. Any parent, or carer, of a registered pupil at the school at the time of election is eligible to stand for election as parent governor

Co-opted

4

The governing body appoints co-opted governors. They are people who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

We look forward to meeting you at one of the numerous school events and wish your child every happiness and success at Baston School.  

The Governing Body can be contacted by emailing via the school office at enquiries@baston.lincs.sch.uk and asking for it to be forwarded to the Chair of Governors, or by leaving a letter with the school office staff, addressed to the Chair of the Governing Body and marked Private and Confidential.

MEET OUR GOVERNORS

Mrs amy forster (Headteacher) 

After a 13-year teaching and leadership career in central Peterborough, it was time for my next challenge. In my search for a small Church of England school with a focus on child-centred learning, I was delighted to discover Baston CE Primary school and even more thrilled to be appointed as headteacher in January 2023, becoming a member of the governing body by virtue of office. I look forward to many years here, maintaining the values and ethos of the school while ensuring that all young people have the best opportunities available. 

Mr Simon Gledhill (LEA Governor), Chair of Governors
 

I was appointed to the Governing Body in June 2012 and was elected Vice-Chair of the Governing Body in July 2015 before being elected as Chair in July 2022. My wife and I have two birth children and we are also foster carers. I am an Independent social worker and hold a number of different roles within fostering and adoption services and agencies. I am a committed member of  KingsGate Community Church. 

Mrs Jean Cross (Foundation Governor), CO-VICE-Chair of Governors
 

I have been a member of the Governing Body at Baston CE Primary School since December 2009 and was elected as Chair of Governors in July 2013. I stood down as Chair in July 2022.   I have been involved in education all my working life and have specific expertise in Special Educational Needs. 

Mr Mark smith (co-opted governor), CO-VICE CHAIR OF THE GOVERNORS AND Chair of the finance committee  

I was appointed to the governing body in March 2019. I have worked in finance for 17 years and I am currently Head of Finance for a large Medtech company and therefore bring financial and management experience to my role as a governor. I recently moved to Baston with my young family, and I am looking forward to supporting the school in providing children with an education that allows them to realise their full potential.

Mr Matthew Lee (Co-opted Governor) 

My wife and I have lived in Baston for over 20 years and I was looking at ways that I could do something for the community especially now I have more spare time. Having heard that Baston CE Primary School were looking for co-opted Governors I felt this was something that I would really like to get involved in. I have worked in the aviation sector for my entire career and for the last 20 years I have been a Regulator within the Civil Aviation Authority.  I hope my experience and knowledge will be beneficial to the Governing body, staff and of course our pupils. 

Mrs Lucy Tyler (Staff Governor) 

I was appointed to the governing body in October 2022. I have a background in early years care prior to teaching. I started at Baston in 2014 as a teaching assistant whilst finishing my teaching training. In September 2015, I started teaching in year 4 and have since taught in many of the year groups across the school. My two daughters attend Baston CE Primary School. I'm fully invested in the school and I love the ethos and values. I am passionate about the direction that the school goes in and hope to offer a lot as a staff governor. 

Mrs Jill GroutagE (co-opted governor) 

I joined the governing body in September 2023. I have lived in Baston for 12 years and I currently have family attending the school. I have a long history in education as a teacher, special needs advisor and head of the Specialist Teacher Service for a Local Authority.  I retired in Dec 2022 which has allowed me to become more active in the local community. I am looking forward to learning more about Baston School and supporting the school in building for the future.

Rev Carolyn Bailey (Foundation Governor) 

I became Rector of the Ness Group, which includes the parish of Baston, in 2017. I have really enjoyed becoming involved with the school, through lots of happy times and some sad. I hope to continue to build strong links between the school and the church and to provide pastoral support.   

Mr Luke gleadhill (paRENT GOVERNOR) 

I was elected as a Parent Governor in December 2022. My family and I moved to Baston in 2019, when I was posted to nearby RAF Wittering where I am a flying instructor for the Royal Air Force. I have twin boys, who started at Baston CE Primary School in September 2021. I look forward to them developing at the school and as a Governor, I aim to positively contribute to the staff and children’s experiences during their time at the school.  

MRS EMMA BUSH (PARENT GOVERNOR)
 

I was appointed a Parent Governor in 2021. I have been walking up and down Baston CE school driveway since 2009 with all five of my sons attending Baston CE Primary School. I have been an active member of the school PTA since 2009. I previously worked for the Ministry of Defence both in the UK and overseas before moving to Lincolnshire and being kept busy with my family. 

DR SIMON PITCHFORD (FOUNDATION GOVERNOR) 

My family live in Baston and my youngest son attends Baston CE Primary School. I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in July 2017 as a link with the village church. My day job is as a Lecturer in Pharmacology with an active research group at King's Colllege London, where I see education from an end perspective. I am interested in the promotion of STEM subjects in education.