Welcome letter from the Chair of Governors
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to The Flying Start Federation on behalf of the Governors. I am very proud to have been elected as Chair of Governors in September 2014. We have a highly committed, experienced and skillful team of Governors working very hard to support our excellent headteacher and staff. We hold high aspirations for both schools, each with their own unique identity. We want the very best for all children.
We look forward to you joining our schools.
The Role of the Governors
The Governing Board of The Flying Start Federation consists of twelve governors which includes one headteacher, two elected parents/carers, one member of staff, one representative from the local authority and seven co-opted governors from the community. Each Governor’s term of office generally lasts for four years but some Governors have provided longer service.
Governors are responsible for promoting high standards of education and planning for the future of the schools. They are the accountable body to parents and the community, and provide strategic direction to the schools by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the schools. Governors are not involved in the day to day running of the school- that is the headteacher’s responsibility. Governors monitor and evaluate the work of the schools and the effectiveness of the school improvement plan. Governors act as a ‘critical friend’, supporting and challenging the headteacher and leaders.
During the year, we attend six full Governing Board Meetings and twelve committee meetings (six Teaching & Learning meetings and six Resources meetings). Please locate the terms of reference for each committee by clicking on the committee below. In addition to Chairs of various committees, there are Lead Governor roles which helps to share the workload.
Our work is supported by Wendy Ainscough, our exceptional Clerk to the Governors. Please contact her on email@example.com should you wish to make contact with the Governing Board.
Minutes of Governing Board meetings
Linda Rafferty - Chair of Governors
I was appointed as an Local Education Authority Governor in March 2014 and serve on the Teaching & Learning Committee. I was elected as Chair of Governors in September 2015. As a retired Primary Headteacher and Senior Adviser in two different Local Education Authorities I hope to advise the Federation about matters relating to strategic school improvement.
Alan Jones - Vice Chair of Governors
Following a career in the Construction Industry both in the UK and overseas, mostly in Project Management and Finance, I was persuaded, on retirement, to volunteer as a Governor at a Primary School in Gloucestershire. In the role of Chair I was heavily involved with the conversion of the school to a sponsored academy working with the Local Authority and Department for Education.
My wife and I relocated to Devon in late 2013 to be nearer to our daughter and grandchildren in Barnstaple although this is slightly further from our son and other grandchildren in East Sussex and are gradually getting to explore the surrounding area and have discovered plinth of walks.
My main skillsets are Financial and Organisational and I believe passionately about education and learning and on how best to prepare our children to thrive in life in an ever changing world and hope that I may contribute to this.
After working as a nurse for 32 years, I took early retirement 3 years ago. I am now ready for a new challenge and an opportunity to contribute to community life locally. I have four grown up children who benefitted from an excellent early education at Parkham Primary School. I feel that being a school governor and helping other children gain a sound start to their education will be worthwhile and rewarding.
I have been a Governor for several years and have had all 4 of my children attend the Flying Start Federation. I am also a secondary school teacher and have a particular interest in supporting learning as a Governor with a focus on Mathematics.
I have been a resident in Parkham for nearly 30 years. I was Head of Chemistry at Bideford College until I retired and I have a keen interest in science and am passionate about making it interesting and exciting for young people. I am also a member of Parkham Parish Council and edit "Parkham Pie" our local magazine.
A governor since the start of the federation, I'm currently chair of Resources and lead governor on premises and health and safety. Both my children attended Parkham and believe that heart of a vibrant community is a successful local school.
Gina Finch - Head teacher
Wendy Ainscough - Clerk to the Governing Board