Governing Body and Membership

Welcome to Mill Ford School’s Governing Body. We are a friendly and committed group of people who come from a variety of backgrounds and have a passion for our school. We work collectively as a team and provide expert input and advice based upon our own individual skills and experience. Our mission is to make Mill Ford the best possible school for the children and young people who learn here and to support the staff that make this happen.

The Governing Body at Mill Ford has three key roles:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and to ensure that money is well spent. 

Meet The Governing Body

Mr Cliff Edwards

Chair - Co-Opted Governor
Term of Office Expiry: 04.06.22
Appointed by: Governing Body

Responsibilities:

Quality of teaching, learning & assessment

Equality

Mrs Edith Bayley

Vice Chair - Local Authority Governor
Term of Office Expiry: 20.11.18
Appointed By: Parent and Local Authority

Responsibilities:

Child Protection/Safeguarding/Attendance

Salary Panel

Whistleblowing Governor

 

Mrs Claire Wills

Head Teacher
Term of Office Expiry:
Appointed By: Ex Officio

 

Dr Paul Jarvis

Ms Louise Fell

Staff Governor
Term of Office Expiry: 28.04.20
Appointed By: Staff

Dr Janet Gerogeson

Co-Opted Governor
Term of Office Expiry: 10.09.21
Appointed by: Governing Body

Responsibilities:

SEND Governor

Numeracy

Literacy 

Head Teacher Appraisal Panel

Dr Paul Jarvis

Chair - Parent Governor
Term of Office Expiry: 09.05.20
Appointed By: Parents 

Responsibilities

Leadership and Management

Health & Safety

Head Teacher Appraisal Panel

 

 

Mrs Shana Marsh

Parent Governor

Term of Office Expiry:

Appointed by: Parents

Responsibilities:

Salary Panel

Finance 

Mr Richard Pollock

Co-Opted Governor
Term of Office Expiry: 09.12.18
Appointed by: Governing Body

Responsibilities:

Head Teacher Appraisal Panel

 

Mrs Kate Turner

Parent Governor

Term of Office Expiry: 06.07.21

Appointed by: Parents

Responsibilities:

Inclusion Governor

Looked After Children Governor

 

 

 

 


Mrs Beth Evans

Clerk to Governors

 

 

 

More information about the Governing Body

Mill Ford Governing Body won a prestigious award from Plymouth Association of Governors (PAG) in 2013.  The award is the PAG award for Innovation, and was due to our work on completing skills audits and being the first to use reconstitution to ensure governance is fit for purpose. They liked our use of publicity and how that raised the profile of governance not only at our school but across the city.

 

We work in collaboration with the School Leadership Team to ensure that the school is the best it can be for our pupils, parents/carers and other stakeholders. We do this by rigorously challenging leadership on the school’s effectiveness and ensuring that the best use is made of all resources particularly in relation to pupils’ achievements, behaviour and safety and teaching quality.

 

Governors undertake training in school management and spend time in school and classes gaining a greater understanding of how the school operates, and we are a “Critical Friend” to the Headteacher and staff.

 

The structure of the Governing Body at Mill Ford changed at the start of the academic year 2016/2017, please click on the link for further information about the proposal that was adopted and the new structure - Governing Body Structure 2016/2017.

 

The Governing Body meets once every half term to discuss school issues and systematically review procedures and policies.  Minutes of all meetings are available on request.


The Governing body consists of:

  • The Chair of Governors
  • The Vice Chair of Governors 
  • The Headteacher
  • Co-opted Governors
  • Parent Governors
  • Local authority Governor
  • Staff Governor

 

Governors can be contacted through the school via the clerk, Mrs B Evans.  Any concerns should be addressed to Paul Jarvis who is our Chair of Governors.

Governance Statement January 2015-December 2015

Summer term 2016 report from the People Committee

 

Membership and Attendance at Meetings (September 2017- July 2018)

 

Governor

Category

Term of Office

Position of Responsibility (if any)

Attendance at meetings 2017-2018

Mrs E Bayley

Parent

20/11/2014-

20/11/2018

Appointed Vice Chair of Governing Body 19/07/2018

7 out of 8

Mr C Edwards

Co-Opted

04/06/2018-

04/06/2022

Vice Chair of Governing Body 

Appointed Chair of Governing Body 19/07/2018

6 out of 8

Ms L Fell

Staff

28/04/2016-

28/04/2020

 

7 out of 8

Dr J Georgeson

 

Co-Opted

11/09/2017-

10/09/2021

 

5 out of 8

Dr Paul Jarvis

Parents

09/05/2012 - 09/05/2020

Chair of Governing Body (resigned position 30/06/2018)

7 out of 8

Dr H Lloyd

 

Co-Opted

 

15/10/2016-

15/10/2020

 

 

5 out of 6

 

Mr R Pollock

Co-Opted

09/12/2014-

09/12/2018

 

 

6 out of 8 

Mrs K Turner

Parent

06/07/2017-

06/07/2021

2 out of 8 

Mrs C Wills

Head Teacher N/A 8 out of 8 

Mrs C Wood

Local Authority

15/10/2016-

15/10/2020

4 out of 7

Vacancy

Co-Opted

 

 

 

Vacancy

Co-Opted

 

 

 

Vacancy

Co-Opted

 

 

 

Vacancy

Co-Opted

 

 

 

Vacancy

Parents

 

 

Governors whose term of office ended in the last twelve calendar months:

Dr Helen Lloyd

Co-Opted

Resigned: 16/05/2018

5 out of 6

Carol Wood

Local Authority

Resigned: 19/07/2018

4 out of 7



Join in

All Governors to a school’s Governing Body must be elected or appointed. If you would like to be part of Mill Ford’s Governing Body please enquire about any vacancies. Contact Paul Jarvis (Chair) or Claire Wills (Headteacher) via Beth Evans, the clerk, at millford.school@plymouth.gov.uk .

 

 

 

Pecuniary Interests

 

 

Name of Governor

Date Declaration Signed

Nature of interest/Business Relationship with Company or personal (including membership of other Governing Bodies and relationships with members of staff)

Current DBS (enhanced) expiry date

Date Annual Safeguarding Declaration Signed

Mrs E Bayley

13 September 2018

None

25 April 2019

13 September 2018

Mr C Edwards

16 September 2018

Exim Dance Trustee

08 June 2020

16 September 2018

Ms L Fell

14 September 2018

None

25 May 2020

14 September 2018

Dr J Georgeson

29 September 2018

 None

03 October 2020

 

29 September 2018

 

Dr P Jarvis

 

19 September 2018

 

 

Director of Jarvis Nuclear Limited

Trustee of Centipede Trust

Trustee of Mill Ford Friends 

 

09 August 2020

 

20 September 2018

 

Mrs S Marsh

11 September 2018

Volunteer at Mill Ford School 2 mornings a week

12 August 2021

11 September 2018

Mr R Pollock

16 September 2018

Partner at Coodes LLP Solicitors

03 October 2019

16 September 2018

Mrs K Turner

18 September 2018

Owner of Nuyou Hair and Beauty

07 July 2020

18 September 2018

Mrs C Wills

17 September 2018

Father-in-Law's business develops and manages computer progress data base for the school.

Member of Mill Ford Friends

02 February 2020

 14 September 2018

 

Meetings

 

NB - meetings commence at 5.00pm and are held at Mill Ford School unless otherwise stated

Governing Body Meeting: Thursday 18th October 2018

Governing Body Meeting: Thursday 6th December 2018

Governing Body Meeting: Thursday 17th January 2019

Governing Body Meeting: Thursday 28th March 2019

Governing Body Meeting: Thursday 16th May 2019

Governing Body Meeting: Thursday 18th July 2019