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St Sebastian's CofE Primary School

Together in Faith, We Aspire to Achieve Excellence

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The Governing Board is made up of a number of different types of governors and the normal term of office is four years. We reconstituted in December 2019 and our Instrument of Government is for a Board of 14 members made up as follows:

  • 2 Parent Governors;
  • 1 Local Authority Governor;
  • 1 Staff Governor;
  • 1 Headteacher;
  • 9 Foundation Governors.

After four years, any governor who wishes to remain on the Governing Board can offer to stand for a further term of office and (if no-one else has expressed an interest in the position) be re-elected or reconfirmed in his/her position.

Parent Governors: If you are a parent of a pupil(s) at the school or the primary carer, you can stand for election as one of the 2 parent governor positions (once a parent governor post becomes vacant). If more than one parent expresses an interest in filling a vacancy, elections are held in which all parents can vote. Parent governors do not formally represent parents on the Governing Board although they are a link between parents and the Governing Board and will be in tune with parents' views. However, individual parent governors have no authority - authority rests with the Governing Board as a whole.

Local Authority Governor: A Governor normally appointed by the local education authority (i.e. Lincolnshire County Council).

Staff Governor: A member of staff paid to work at the School and elected by the staff.

Headteacher: An ex-officio member of the Governing Board i.e. a Governor by virtue of their job. If the Headteacher elects not to be a Governor than his/her place cannot be taken by anyone else.

Foundation Governors: A Governor normally appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education (i.e. a member of the St Mary's (Marston) or St Sebastian’s (Great Gonerby) church community) to ensure the school preserves its Christian character.

More information can be found on the Lincolnshire County Council Website and Diocese of Lincoln Board of Education

  • We meet as a full Governing Board once every term. Extraordinary meetings are arranged if circumstances warrant such action.
  • We have elected a Chair and Vice-Chair from amongst the existing members of the Governing Board (employees at the School cannot be elected to these positions).
  • The Governing Board also has a Clerk who advises the Governing Board on the nature of its functions, arranges its meetings, circulates the agenda and papers, takes minutes of full meetings of the Governing Board, and circulates information to Governors from the Local Authority.

The Chair of the Governing Board is Mrs Anne Schaanning.

The Vice-Chair is Mrs Marie Jackson.

The Clerk to the Governing Board is Mrs Debra Davenport.

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