I am delighted to work with a dedicated Board of Governors who are committed to helping the Head Teacher, staff and parents make St Lawrence C of E Primary School the best it can be.

Below you will find a Governor's Update explaining the role of Governors and what we do each year to assist the school with its strategic direction, educational performance and financial management.

We will also keep you informed with our regular news letters as well and with updates about our Children's Centre. 

And you can contact us by emailing

James Toney, Chair of Governors

Governors Update Spring 2017

Governors' Annual Statement 2016-17

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three strategic functions of the St Lawrence Church of England Primary School governing body are:

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

Governance arrangements

The full governing body meets four times an academic year and is chaired by James Toney. In addition, three principal subcommittees also meet once a term. These are:

a) Resources Committee, which focuses on finances, premises and personnel matters and is chaired by James Magowan.
b) Curriculum and Standards Committee, which is chaired by Geoff Barham.
c) Children Centre Committee, which is chaired by Liz Beck.

In addition a Pay and Performance Committee and Data Committee, both chaired by James Magowan, meet regularly.

James Toney, Laura Cole and Chris Bessant meet termly with the headteacher as part of the headteacher’s appraisal committee.

Attendance of record for Governors

Governors have excellent attendance at meetings and, in the past 12 months, we have not been required to cancel a meeting because it was not ‘quorate’ (the number of governors needed to ensure a legal decision can be made).

Summary of work undertaken in the past 12 months

The governing body had a particularly busy year, focussing on school improvement and improvements to the school premises, most notably the replacement of the HORSA building, which opened in summer 2016.

The curriculum and standards committee has spent considerable time considering data on pupil achievement and progress and discussing how the Pupil Premium grant is spent by the  school.  A new data committee has been formed to assist this process. Governors regularly meet with staff subject leads to improve our understanding, following the introduction of new methods of pupil assessment.

The resources committee looks at the maintenance and development of the school and works alongside the school business manager, approving the school budget. We are pleased to report the school has a solid financial position.

James Toney, the nominated health and safety governor, carries out termly checks of the premises with the headteacher and school business manager.

The governors reviewed and agreed to a wide range of school policies, including approving a new admissions policy.

We continue to monitor the academy agenda and have improved our links with other local schools and governing bodies.

In addition governors have worked with the school business manager to ensure funds were available for the new build, negotiating with the diocese and assisting with the appointment of contractors.

All governors have attended training courses and, in addition to the regular newsletter, there is now a governors’ section on the school website. Both James Toney and James Magowan were re-elected as chair and vice chair of governors to serve another one year term (July 2016).

Future plans for Governors

Having achieved a ‘Good’ in the most recent Ofsted inspection (February 2014), the governing body are committed to assisting the school move into the outstanding category. We will also be preparing for an expected SIAMS inspection, which focuses on the effect that the Christian ethos of the church school has on the children and young people who attend it.

In addition, working with the head and the school business manager to improve school facilities also remains a key aim.

How can you contact the governing body?

It’s important for governors to be visible to parents and for you to know the work we do for the school and there is now a dedicated area for governor news on the website. Our newsletters will help keep you informed and we have a dedicated email address below should you have any questions -
You can also contact the chair of governors, James Toney, via the school office.