Who are we?

The composition of the Board is defined by our Instrument of Government, which was last reviewed in September 2014 and reconstitution took place in March 2015. The governing body consists of:

  • Two Parent Governors elected by the parent body.

    • Angela Van Den Berg. Term ends 04/21

    • Craig Tomkinson. Term end 10/21

  • One Local Authority Governor appointed by Warwickshire County Council

    • Alan Staniforth. Term ends 07/20

  • One Staff Governor elected by the staff body.

    • Tim Bladon. Term ends 10/20

  • The Headteacher

    • Sally Morris.

  • Two Foundation Governors who are appointed by the Coventry Diocesan Board of Education in consultation with the Parochial Church Council of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Hatton.

    • Chris Edmonds. Term ends 01/22

    • Donna Bothamley. Term ends 07/22

  • Five Co-opted Governors who can be members of staff, parents or members of the local community. They are people who in the opinion of the governing Body have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

    • Keri Hopkins. Term ends 03/19

    • David Lane. Term ends 10/22

    • Martin Le Tocq. Term ends 03/19

    • Adrian Sloan. Term ends 03/19

    • Tracey Webb. Term ends 03/19


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What do we do?

Our Role.

School governors are the strategic leaders of the school, ensuring every child gets the best education possible. To do this the Governors Handbook defines three core functions which governors should be focused on:

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

The Commitment

Governors at Ferncumbe are committed to

  • attend 6 Board meetings a year

  • attend at least one of the two monitoring days a year

  • where they have a specific responsibility or monitoring role, make contact with their opposite staff member at least once a term and

  • contribute fully in meetings by reading paperwork, attending patch and consortium meetings and undertaking training.

The National Governors Association has calculated that on average attendance and preparation for meetings equates to a time commitment of about 4 hours per meeting, and preparation and attendance at link meetings is about 2 hours per meeting.


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Register of Governors’ Interests

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 To contact any of our Governors, please email on

Becoming a Governor

Skills   No prior knowledge is required to be a school governor but an active interest in primary education, a commitment to quality and raising standards, a willingness to promote the school in the wider community, the ability to work positively with others and contribute as a member of a team all help.

The school subscribes to the Warwickshire Governor Training Program and governors are encouraged to undertake the Introduction to Governance as well as any other courses which they feel appropriate.

Eligibility   You must be over 18 and living in the UK.

You are not eligible if you have been declared bankrupt in the last 3 years or served a sentence for a conviction within the last 5 years. Please refer to the most up to date version of the Governance Handbook for more information.

You have to make an annual declaration of interests, which will be held by the clerk and published on the website.

Governors attendance is monitored and published on the website.

Governors are required to undertake an enhanced DBS check within 21 days of appointment.

Term   Governors serve a term of 4 years, although as volunteers can resign at any point if their circumstances change.

Applying   Parent Governors and Staff Governors are elected through open competition at the end of every 4 year term or as required. They are advertised through the school newsletter and staff notice board.

Local Authority Governors are appointed by Warwickshire County Council. Application can be made using the following form and forwarded to the address mentioned therein :-

Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Body. This is a new category of governor and as such all co-opted governors are beginning their 4 year term (March 2015). If you would like to be considered as a co-opted governor please complete the application form above and forward it to the school marked for the attention of either the Headteacher or Chair of Governors.