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Governing Body

Welcome to the section of our website where you can find out more about the governors and the work that they do.

Our governors want Christ Church to shine brightly
Christ Church’s governors are volunteers who give their time freely to help Christ Church fulfil its vision to be a shining example of Jesus’ love and kindness [where] all children thrive and flourish in every way ... so that their light shines brightly.

Governors are friendly and approachable, and they are here to listen to the experiences, ideas and suggestions of everyone in our school community. Some governors have a special link to our parish church – these are our foundation governors. We also have staff governors, parent governors and local authority governors.

What are governors responsible for?
In a nutshell, Christ Church’s governors understand our school's unique context and are passionate about wanting the very best for each and every pupil. To achieve this, the governors:

  • work with school leaders to agree the strategic direction and priorities of the school;
  • oversee Child Protection and Safeguarding policies and Health and Safety procedures;
  • take an active interest in the well-being of all school staff and leaders; 
  • monitor the quality of education, paying particular attention to Religious Education and Collective Worship;
  • ensure the school remains “distinctively Christian” and continues to “serve the common good”;
  • set the school budget and ensure value for money.

Keeping their fingers on the pulse 
In order to have a clear picture of what things are like in school, governors visit regularly to talk to children, their parents, staff and leaders. This includes termly conversations (which were moved online last year due to Covid) with subject leaders.

The Chair of Governors (Mr Price) speaks regularly (sometimes three or four times a week) with our Headteacher (Mr Kaye). 

Regular meetings
The Full Governing Body meets twice a term.
Our Finance Committee meets at least termly and reports back to the Full Governing Body.
Our Christian Distinctiveness Committee meets once a term and reports back to the Full Governing Body. 

Who are Christ Church’s governors?
Christ Church governing body consists of:
2 x parent governors – appointed by the parents
1 x local authority governor – appointed by the local authority
3 x foundation (parish) governors – appointed by the Diocese of Bath and Wells
4 x co-opted governors – appointed by the Full Governing Body
1 x staff governor – appointed by the staff
1 x headteacher – appointed (ex-offficio) due to job
1 x parish priest – appointed (ex-offficio) due to job

Please see below for a full list of governors.

Who is the Chair of Governors and how can I contact him?
Mr John Price is the Chair of Governors. He can be contacted via email at: JNPrice [at] educ.somerset.gov.uk
Mr Alan Burgess is Vice Chair. He can be contacted via email at: ABurgess [at] educ.somerset.gov.uk

Can I become a governor?
If you would like more information on becoming a governor, please email (FAO Emma Hardy, Clerk to Governors) using the school admin address: sch.152@educ.somerset.gov.uk or phone the school office on 01373 463781. Alternatively, email John Price, the Chair of Governors.

Our Governing Body  2021-2022

Terms of Reference for Christian Distinctiveness Committee

Terms of Reference for Finance Committee

Governing Body Meetings - attendance 2020-2021

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