Governor Update December 2020

Dear Parents & Carers,

As we head towards the last week of term for 2020, we wanted to provide an update from
the governing body.

As we all know the past eight months have been unprecedented and posed significant
challenges. We have all been pushed to new boundaries and experienced a raft of
emotions along the way. The way that the school and the wider community have pulled
together has been simply amazing.

As the governing body, we have been immensely proud of how Mrs Gilbertson and every
member of staff at school have worked so hard to to ensure school has remained open
when possible. This hasn’t been easy and some tough decisions have had to be made
along the way. However, we strongly believe that everything that has been implemented
over the past 10 months has been done with the very best intentions and with our children
at the heart of those decisions.

As we move in to 2021, the priority remains to keep school open! The teachers and
teaching assistants have however all worked extremely hard to ensure that there is
provision for remote learning should the situation arise.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.

We are delighted that the build of the new room is now complete. This new space is
being fully utilised for a wide range of group activities. This would not have been possible
without the significant contribution from the P.T.F.A. We would like to take this
opportunity to give a massive thank you to the P.T.F.A and everyone who has supported

You may have seen that we recently advertised a vacancy for a parent governor role
however we have not received any nominations. We now have two parent governor
vacancies and therefore we will be seeking nominations from parents and carers of pupils
to fill these roles.

The nomination process will open again on Thursday 7th January 2021 and run until
Friday 22nd January 2021. At that point, if we have received more than 2 nominations,
we will hold an election.

Obviously due to the current situation, it is difficult to discuss these opportunities with you
all face to face in the playground. We will therefore be holding two virtual sessions via
Zoom on January 13th at 11:00am and 8:00pm to give anybody that is interested the
opportunity to find out more about the parent governor role and ask any questions.
Details will be provided nearer the time. If you are not able to attend one of these
sessions but would like to discuss the parent governor role in more detail please do
contact Caroline O’Connell, Claire Walsh or Michael Tinker.

Finally, we would like to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and best
wishes for the New Year. Stay safe and enjoy the Christmas break.

Caroline O’Connell
On behalf of Eyam CE Primary School Governing Body.


Committee Structure

Each committee

  • has a minimum of 4 members
  • has a quorum of 3
  • may have associate governors as members but the majority will be full members of the governing body
  • has a chair
  • will write their terms of reference- based on those available on the extranet
  • will arrange fixed dates for their years meetings, these will be notified to the FGB. These meetings will be timed to coincide with the necessary devolved functions of each committee according to the terms of reference.
  • will list the school policies for which it is responsible and ensure time is allocated in the meetings schedule for review of these.
  • will review the training needs of its members

Teaching, Learning and Community (TLCC)

Responsibilities include:

  • Curriculum
  • Target Setting
  • Assessment
  • SEN
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Media
  • Community
  • Links with the Church

Staffing Committee (SC)

Responsibilities include

  • staff appointments and review of staffing structure
  • performance management reviews
  • pay policies

Resource Management Committee (RMC) – Finance

Responsibilities include:

  • Finance

Resource Management Committee (RMC) – Premises

Responsibilities include:

  • Health and Safety
  • Premises


Governors Register updated 28 Apr 2021

Register-of-Interests updated 28 Apr 2021

Governing Body Attendance 2019-20

Governing Body Attendance 2020-21