Meet the Governors

Hi and welcome to the Governor area of our school website, where we hope you will gain an insight into what we do as a board of governors here at Eastcombe.

Our school Governors play a very important and active role in school life not only attending termly meetings, but also in a more practical supportive role. They run our School Council, they help out in classrooms and support a variety of school events such as Sports Day and the Gnome Hunt. Our school governors are an essential part of our school community. 

Whether you are a parent of a child who attends our school, a prospective parent taking a look at what we have to offer or merely an interested visitor, I do hope you find our website of use and feel inspired by what you see when visiting us.
Eastcombe is a small village school that offers fun-learning and engaging teaching which can be found in copious amounts, it’s a place where children can feel safe and staff are empowered to deliver great teaching.

The governors for their part work closely with Mrs Jones and her team by fulfilling the following functions:

• Engage with the Head and staff to develop and manage the school’s ongoing and evolving strategies towards our collective goal of outstanding.
• Ensure the school operates within the legal framework set out by the government, principally through the ongoing assessment of the school’s policies and ways of working.
• Take collective ownership for the school’s budget and financial sustainability, making joint decisions about the best uses of resources available to us.
• Take responsibility for the recruitment and performance management of the Head Teacher, through ongoing challenge and support.

We achieve this through meeting as a board every term and we have a very clear focus on what the priorities are through a close partnership with the head. We make use of committees to manage the more detailed processes; principally our Resources to maintain a stable financial/properties performance and our Standards to monitor the quality of education provided by our teaching team.

We have a great team of governors who all bring with them skills from outside the world of education which help us make balanced decisions and along with the school team, we all want to make Eastcombe Primary School the very best it can be. Our team of governors is a dynamic one and you will learn a little more about us here on the website.

On behalf of all of the governors, we look forward to seeing you in school!
Debbie Simpson, Chair of Governors

Declaration of Attendance – 2015-16

Declaration of Attendance 2016-17

Declaration of Attendance 2017-18

Declaration of Attendance 2018-19

Declaration of interests 2018-19

Mrs Claire Jones
I am Head Teacher here at Eastcombe Primary School. I started in September 2015 and I am loving Headship. I am married with two daughters who attend local schools near to where we live. I have no business or pecuniary Interests.
Mrs Debbie Simpson
I have served as a governor for 2 years and I am currently the Chair of the full board. I am a parent governor and sit on the Standards committee. I am a parent to a Y5 child and help the school in any way I can! I have no business or pecuniary Interests.
Mr Pete Drover
I am the co-opted governor and attended my first meeting in January 2016. I am the Vice Chair and I also Chair the Resources committee and I will be taking a particular interest in History and Geography. I live in Bussage with my wife Teresa and my two dogs. For nearly 30 years I worked as a Superstore manager in the grocery retail trade and hope to utilise some of my management skills as a governor. I have no business or pecuniary Interests.
Mrs Jackie Ellis
I am the newly appointed Local Authority Governor. I have a responsibility for SEND and Safeguarding. I sit on the Standards committee and help out with Safer Recruitment and Head Teachers Performance Management. I am the Inclusion Lead for Children in Care at the Virtual School and I sit on the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children's Board Education sub-group. I enjoy spending time with my family and have two grown up daughters and four grandchildren.
Mrs Jo Hayes-Holgate
I joined the governing body in January 2016 as a parent governor and I am loving my new role. I am on the standards and school support committee and will be responsible for EYFS and science. I hope that my experience as a Primary School teacher will enable me to make a positive contribution. I live in Eastcombe and have three children, one of which is at the school. I wish to support the school in continuing to provide a safe environment where children are happy and enjoy learning. I have no business or pecuniary Interests.
Mrs Catherine Monk
Teacher Governor. Mrs Monk teaches Y5 and Y6 in Owl Class.
Coming SoonMrs Clare Schagen
I am a parent governor and have served on the governing body for just over a year. I have two sons at the school, one in Year 5 and one in Year 1. I am responsible for Policy management and I sit on the Resources committee. I have no business or pecuniary interests.
Mrs Emma Whalley
I am a parent governor and have served on the governing body for just over a year. I have two children at the school, a daughter in Year 6 and a son in Year 2. I sit on the Resources committee. I have no business or pecuniary interests.
Mrs Melanie Thomas
Clerk to the Governors
Mrs Jane Widdowson
I am a newly appointed co-opted Governor. I live locally and have three daughters, two of whom attended Eastcombe Primary School. I am on the Standards committee, this is an area I have a particular interest in. I have no business or pecuniary Interests.