The Governing Body at Barningham Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School consists of members drawn from parents, carers, members of the community and school staff. We meet as a whole governing body once a term and various governors are members of other committees, depending on their skills and experience. For example, the finance committee monitors the school’s budget and makes sure our money is well spent for the benefit of the children. The personnel committee deals with staffing issues such as recruitment. The premises committee looks after the building and was involved in planning the recently built Year 5/6 classroom.
We visit the school on a regular basis, acting as “critical friends”. We have areas to monitor, such as literacy or numeracy and we also help to monitor the School Development Plan. Other responsibilities include safeguarding and Special Educational Needs.
Our role is to support and challenge the school so that every child is given the opportunity to achieve his/her full potential.
The total number of governors is eleven and we also have one associate governor.
Currently (September 2019) our governors are:
Frances Parr Head Teacher
I have taught in a range of schools from the noisy bustle of a military pre-school, city and rural primary schools to the musical environment of a cathedral choir school in my long teaching career. These differing experiences have shaped my understanding of how children think, learn and develop – and I still love teaching more than anything else. I am a keen reader, (fair weather) gardener, walker (as long as there is a tea shop somewhere en route) and love escaping in my little caravan. Throughout my life I have been fortunate to travel the world. I am a Christian and my faith is very important to me. I am very proud to be Head Teacher here at Barningham CEVC and work with such inspirational children, staff and governors.
Having moved to Barningham in 2011 with my husband and two children, I am taking a break from my career in finance to spend time with my children. I became a governor in May 2016 and enjoysupporting the school and seeing the children learn new skills. My interests include history, photography and personal fitness.
I am the Rector of Barningham and the United Benefice of Stanton. I worked in the Area Education Office and the Careers Office in Ipswich early on in my working life, and then once I had my children I got involved in running the local toddler group, play group and helping on the PTA. I have worked as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant at Thomas Mills High School where I worked in the Special Educational Need Department for ten years before I began my training to become a Priest.
I loved being a Teaching Assistant and the high light for me was working with small groups building self-esteem, and working one to one enabling youngsters to reach their full potential and to see them achieve their goals.
I live in Hepworth with my three children. After working with children and adults with Additional Support Needs, I now spend most of my time working on the family farm, running our campsite, looking after our small herd of alpacas, and providing freelance IT support to individuals and businesses locally. I became a Governor in 2014 to support the school, the children and the staff.
I have lived in Hepworth with my husband for 17 years. I have 2 sons and a daughter and 2 grandchildren. My granddaughter attends Barningham CEVC school and my grandson will be joining the school in 2020. I am delighted to join the Governor team and I look forward to helping in anyway that I can. My interests include reading, cooking, gardening, flower arranging, painting, sewing and knitting. I have worked in both primary and secondary schools and I ran a Girls Brigade company for over 20 years.
I have lived in Barningham for over 30 years. I am a retired Financial Adviser and have been a school governor for 2 years. I enjoy exercising, baking, crafts – especially knitting, crochet and quilting. I regularly come into school to listen to children read and help Cooking with our school cook, Mrs Chapman.
We moved to Barningham September 2016 and I became a parent governor in November 2016. I’m thrilled to be part of such a great school and hope to contribute as much as I can to help support the children, staff and other parents. I have one son at the school whilst the other is 21 and lives nearby in Walsham. I work at a busy hair salon and am also secretary for the Friends of Barningham School fundraising committee. I love gardening , shopping and socialising … when I have the time!
July 2019: A note from the Governors: Hasn’t it been a wonderful summer term for the school? We congratulate Mrs Parr and all the staff at the school for their very much deserved success in the recent Ofsted inspection and we are so pleased that the school has been able to provide new play equipment and the new outdoor classroom for the children to enjoy. We look forward to seeing the KS2 children demonstrating their talents in the school performances this week, as well as being entertained by the Barningham’s Got Talent show and the always emotional Y6 leavers’ assembly. We wish all of our Y6 children all the very best as they approach the next phase of their education, and finally, we wish all of you a very happy summer holiday. Julie Surridge, Chair of Governors
May 2019 – Refurbishment around School There will be some refurbishment of the Rabbit Class outside area and parts of the trim trail after Easter. These have been funded partly through the government PE Grant, Capital Expenditure funds and the local councillor grant – plus some careful housekeeping by the Finance Committee. The governors have also identified a few areas, such as the lighting in Rabbits and Squirrel class, the flooring in the corridor and the double door near the toilets as projects for the coming year. We believe that these changes will enhance the school building and make the school inviting, safe and welcoming to all. Please bear with us as the work is completed and keep all children away from the building areas to be safe.
April 2019 – A note from the governors: Welcome back to the summer term everyone! We hope that you all had a wonderful Easter holiday and enjoyed may fun activities with your families. We welcome Claire Walker to our Governing Body as a co-opted governor; although now retired, Claire has had a wealth of experience working in and with schools and children throughout her career. We are also pleased that Sandy Atwell has agreed to extend her tenure as the local authority appointed governor for a further four years. We wish all of the children a positive and productive summer term and look forward to seeing the children involved in more outdoor learning, including science, art and PE now that the sun has arrived. Julie Surridge, Chair of Governors
January 2019 – A note from the Governors: A Happy New Year to everyone! We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that you are well rested for the start of a new year. Last term we welcomed Sue Kenyon to the governing body as a co-opted governor. Sue recently moved into Barningham and is a retired teacher, specialising in Science; we look forward to working with Sue as she brings her wealth of knowledge from education to the governing team.
We wish all the children and staff a happy and positive year ahead and we look forward to seeing the children’s lives enriched as they learn and develop a little more each day. Julie Surridge
September 2019 – A note from the Governors: Welcome to the new school year and a particularly warm welcome to our new children in Rabbit class as you venture into this exciting phase of your lives! We hope you all had a wonderful summer holiday and made lots of family memories. We welcome our new foundation governor, Rev Cathy Bladen and we look forward to working with her as she settles into her role of Rector for the United Benefice of the 8 parishes. We are also looking for a co-opted governor to join our team, so if you have skills you would like to offer to the governing body please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 2018 – A note from the Governors: Welcome back to the summer term everyone! We hope you all had a wonderful Easter and enjoyed many memory making activities with your children. We have welcomed Jules Unwin to our governing body as a co-opted governor; although now retired Jules has had a wealth of experience working with children throughout her career. We are pleased to confirm that Neel Shearer has agreed to extend his tenure as parent governor for a further 4 years. We have now set up email accounts so that you can contact the governors directly. The main account is email@example.com. Each governor also has their own email account so please check our section of the website to find out those details if required. We wish all the children and staff a happy summer term and we look forward to seeing the children getting involved in more outdoor sporting activities as the weather warms up. Julie Surridge, Chair of Governors
January 2018 – A note from the Governors: A Happy New Year to everyone! We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that you are well rested for the start of a new year. Last term we welcomed Karl Saggers to the governing body as a parent governor and we look forward to working with Karl as he brings his knowledge of health and safety to the governing team. We wish all the children and staff a happy and positive year ahead and we look forward to seeing the children’s lives enriched as they learn and develop a little more each day. Julie Surridge, Chair
We asked parents and carers about different aspects of the school. The comments were favourable and positive, with a number of suggestions for possible steps forward as a school. The governors really appreciate this dialogue and welcome your thoughts at anytime. Just pop them in a letter/ email or speak to one of us.