The Governing Body

On 1st March, 2020, Briary Primary School became part of the EKC Schools Trust with a new Governing Body being formed.

The key role of the Governors is to support the school as critical friends, providing a strategic overview and ensuring accountability. They are unpaid volunteers who represent the community the school serves. Governors usually serve a four year term. The core purpose of governing bodies is threefold:

1.       To set and ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

2.       To hold the headteacher and senior leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils

3.       Oversight of the financial performance of the school and probity, making sure its money is well spent.

At Briary Primary School, the Governing Body works as a ‘whole team’, meeting 6 times per year, spread evenly across the year, without any separate committees. An agenda for each meeting will include all the tasks which the governing body is required to consider, and the governing body will ‘commission’ Task and Finish groups for specific assignments or activities arising from the business of the meeting, which will be recorded in the minutes. In addition to these, the governing body has delegated monitoring activities to ‘monitoring pairs’ or ‘individuals’. This will include a number of governor visits per governor per year. This could apply to statutory functions, and/or the priorities of the School Plan. In each case where a function has been delegated there is a statutory duty to report any action or decision to the governing body at the next meeting.

Governing Body and their Roles

Instrument of Governance – 10 Governors - 2 Parent Governors, 1 Headteacher, 1 Staff Governor, 6 Co-opted Governors

 Mrs Anna Webber, previously Chair of Governors' resigned her role as of 20th July, 2020

Governor Specialist Roles 2020-2021

Name Governor Early Years SEN Safe- guarding Finance Data Gov Dev & Training Ext Schools Liaison Premises & Health/ Safety Pupil Premium Learning & Teaching Well-being Human Resources

Ashley Reygate


Simon Blight

Deputy Chair

Alice Wright

Deputy Chair

Anna Webber

Fiona Gallimore


Nicky Murrell

Head Teacher

Peter Goldsack

Adrian Dempsey


Dan Lewsey
Maisie Blight

Claire Edgeworth


New Governance structure: Differences are removal of LA Governor and one parent Governor

Attendance at LGB Meetings 2020-21





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