Newhampton Church of England Schools Federation Governing Body

Chair of Governors Appointed by
Clare Mainwaring Foudnation / Sponsor Members 2 October 2020 2 October 2024
Rev Adam Clayton Ex-officio foundation governor (appointed by foundation by virtue of the office they hold) 1 May 2020 30 April 2024
Benjamin Crompton Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 1 September 2021 Not recorded
Carolyn Lipson Appointed by GB/board 12 October 2021 11 October 2025
Linda Danton Appointed by GB/board 12 October 2021 11 October 2025
Peter Slack Appointed by GB/board 25 May 2020 24 May 2024
Sam Roberts  Appointed by staff 12 October 2023   11 October 2027
Rhiann Waddams  Appointed by parents 26 June 2023  25 June 2027 
Matthew Topple Appointed by parents 12 October 2023 11 October 2027


The Governing Body

The Government has high expectations of governing bodies. They are the strategic leaders of schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. For schools like Newtown this is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.

In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Newtown Church of England Primary School is part of the Newhampton Church of Englands Schools Federation which is overseen by one governing body. The Newhampton Federation operates the 'Circle Model of Governance'. This model has been chosen to streamline our governance structure and ensure that all key decisions are made within full board meetings, rather than being delegated down to committees.

The circle model envisions a continuous cycle of meetings throughout the academic year, with each full board meeting influencing and feeding into the subsequent one. By maintaining all decision-making power at the full board level, we can uphold transparency and accountability in our governance practices. This approach enables us to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of our governance framework.

The circle model functions by incorporating the responsibilities of disbanded committees into an increased number of full board meetings. Each meeting is dedicated to a specific focus area, such as budget approvals or educational standards, to ensure thorough and targeted discussions.

Meetings are planned strategically to coincide with relevant deadlines and events. For instance, finance-focused meetings are scheduled when budget approvals are required, while policy discussions are aligned with the most pertinent topics at hand.

Governors are assigned to monitor and report on key areas previously overseen by committees, such as SEND or safeguarding, through regular school visits, conversations with staff, and feedback to the full board.


Link Governors

Governor Link
Rev Adam Clayton Safeguarding, RE & Collective Worship
Peter Slack Finance
Linda Danton SEND, Pupil Groups, Reading & Writing
Carolyn Lipson EYFS, Maths & Science
Rhiann Waddams Geography & History


Setting Strategic Direction

Governing bodies are the key strategic decision making body in every school. It is their job to set the school’s strategic framework and ensure that it meets all of its statutory duties. This includes ensuring the school has a long-term strategic vision – including for the type of school that will offer them most opportunities. In the light of this vision, the governing body should agree the strategic priorities, aims and objectives for the school and sign off the policies, plans and targets for how to achieve them. They should check on progress and review regularly their strategic framework for the school in the light of that progress.

Foundation governors, such as those appointed by a church or diocese, have a specific role in preserving and developing the ethos of the school, including any religious character. They must also ensure the school is conducted in accordance with the foundations’ governing documents, including any trust deed relating to the school.


Educational performance of the school and its pupils

Effective governing bodies hold their Headteacher and other senior school leaders to account for improving school performance by asking the right questions. This might include asking:

  • Which groups of pupils are the highest and lowest performing, and why? Do you have credible plans for addressing underperformance or less than expected progress? How will we know that things are improving?
  • Which year groups or subjects get the best and worst results and why? How does this relate to the quality of teaching across the school? What is your strategy for improving the areas of weakest performance?
  • How are you going to raise standards for all children, including the most and least able, those with special educational needs, those receiving free school meals, boys and girls, those of a particular ethnicity, and any who are currently underachieving? How will we know if your approach is working?
  • Have we got the right staff and the right development and reward arrangements?
  • What is the school’s approach to implementation of pay reform and performance related pay? If appropriate, is it compliant with the most up to date version of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document?
  • Is this a happy school with a positive learning culture? What is our track record on attendance, behaviour and bullying? Are safeguarding procedures securely in place? What are you doing to address any current issues, and how we will know if it is working?
  • How good is our wider offer to pupils? Is the school offering a good range of sports, arts and voluntary activities? Is school food healthy and popular?
  • Do we listen to what pupils and parents are telling us?

Asking ‘the right questions’ should not be seen as a negative role for the governing body.‘Holding to account’ involves asking questions and engaging in discussion to fully understand why decisions are made.Through knowledge governing bodies can ask further questions of data, decisions etc to ensure both governing bodies and leaders are in agreement about the path being followed and why the direction is the correct one for the school and pupils.


Overseeing Financial Performance

Governing bodies are responsible for making sure their school’s money is well spent. They should do this by making sure they have at least one governor with specific skills and experience of financial matters, and by asking questions such as:

  • Are we allocating our resources in line with our strategic priorities?
  • Are we making full use of all our assets and efficient use of all our financial resources?
  • Are other schools buying things cheaper or getting better results with less spending per pupil?


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