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Governors

The Governors in any school carry a great responsibility in ensuring that their school is run properly. They challenge and support the Headteacher in making the major decisions affecting the school and its students. The Governors do not manage the school on a day-to-basis, but focus on strategic and policy matters. We try not to get drawn into operational issues and concentrate on the big picture.

At Avon Valley School, the Governors share the Head and Senior Leaders’ ethos of always putting the student first. Our decisions will always be based on what is best for our students. We take a long term view and make decisions about the future development of the school.

Governors are volunteers. We give up our free time, and sometimes work time, to fulfil our duties. It is not a role to be taken up lightly. At Avon Valley, we are fortunate to have an excellent board of governors who bring their valuable skills and knowledge to their role. We meet every half term to discuss the matters of the day and make decisions when required. Our decisions focus on ensuring that the Headteacher has the resources needed to give all our students the best opportunity to thrive, and to realise their potential during their time at Avon Valley. Resources alone are not enough. We also challenge and support the quality of teaching throughout the school. We are kept busy!

It is an honour to be the Chair of Governors at The Avon Valley School. The commitment of time and occasionally feeling daunted by responsibility, is far out-weighed by the satisfaction of seeing our students rewarded for their efforts within school, leaving with the skills and qualifications that they need to make their chosen onward journey in life.

Karen Powell

Co-Chair of Governors


Current Governor Details

CH = Chair, VC = Vice Chair, FGB = Full Governing Body, P&S = Performance & Standards Committee, RM = Resource Management Committee, SEN = Special Educational Needs, LAC = Looked After Children, H&S = Health & Safety, HT = Head Teacher

Term of office for governors is 4 years.  See Office Ends column for specific end dates.

Governor Types

 Partnership  Partnership Governor - appointed by FGB - nominated by parents and community
 Co-opted  Co-opted Governor - appointed by FGB
 Staff  Staff Governor - elected by staff at the school
 LA  Local Authority Appointed Governor - recommended by Coventry City Council
 Parent  Parent Governor - elected by parents at the school

 

Governor Name Type Responsibilities Staff Connections Office started Office Ends Other School Governor Posts Business Interests
Alison Davies Headteacher
n/a n/a
Ian Goldthorp Staff Governor,

Health & Safety 06/12/19 05/12/23
Pat Chamberlain Co-opted Governor,

Governor Visits 18/01/19 17/02/23
Brian John Cheney Co-opted Governor,

Headteacher Appraisal, Pay Committee 18/01/19 17/01/23
Dr Christian von Wagner Parent Governor 06/12/19 5/12/23
Samantha Melody Carney Parent Governor 06/12/19 5/12/23
Andrew Arnold Gabbitas Partnership Governor
Pupil Premium Link, HeadTeacher Appraisal, Pay Committee 16/07/18 15/07/22
Janet Ruth Gilbert Co-opted Governor,
Co-Chair of Governors,

  18/01/19 17/01/23 Rugby High School
Andrew Mark Jones Partnership Governor

17/09/13 18/09/21 Warwickshire College Employee
Neil James Owen Partnership Governor
Training, Headteacher Appraisal, Pay Committee 16/07/18 15/07/22
David Mark Pearson Co-opted Governor, Deputy Headteacher
18/01/19 17/01/23
Ramesh Mohan Lal Srivastava Co-opted Governor,
Training 17/01/19 17/01/23
Darren Andrew Thomas Walden Co-opted Governor, Deputy Headteacher
18/01/19 17/01/23
Lisa Claire Walker Co-opted Governor
Safeguarding, Attendance 26/02/18 25/02/22 Employee of feeder school
Karen Elizabeth Powell Local Authority Governor,
Co-Chair of Governors,
Performance & Standards Committee
Headteacher Appraisal 18/01/19 17/01/23 Kokoro Y11 Employability Programme

Term of office for governors is 4 years.  See Office Ends column for specific end dates.

 

Governor Meeting Attendance 


 

  24/09/2018 08/10/2018
15/10/2018 22/10/2018 19/11/2018 26/11/2018 03/12/2018 14/01/2019 25/02/2019 11/03/2019 01/04/20199 29/04/2019 20/05/2019 24/06/2019 01/07/2019
Committee FGB Resources P&S FGB FGB P&S Resources FGB FGB Resources P&S FGB FGB FGB FGB
Challenger Karl Present Present   Present Present Present  Present Present  Present  Present  Present   Absent Present 
Chamberlain Pat Present Present Absent Present Absent Present Present Present  Present  Present   Present  Absent
Cheney Brian Present Present Present Absent Present Present Present  Present  Present   Present  Present  Present 
Cunningham Rachael Present Absent Present Absent Absent Present Present Absent Present   Present  Present  Present 
Davies Alison Present Present Present Present Present Present Present Present Present  Present  Present  Present   Present  Present  Present 
Gabbitas Andrew Absent Present Present Present Present Present Present Present  Present   Present  Present  Present 
Gilbert Janet Present Present Present Present Present Present  Present  Present  Present   Present  Present  Present 
Hartley-Dowling Nikki Present Absent Absent Absent Absent Present  Present  Absent      
Jones Andrew Present Present Present Present Present Present  Present  Present  Absent Present  Present  Present 
Owen Neil Present Present Present Present Present Present  Present  Present  Present  Present  Present  Present 
Pearson Dave Present Present Present Absent Present Present Absent Present  Present  Present  Present  Absent Present  Present  Present 
Powell Karen Present Present Present Present Present Present Present  Present  Present  Present   Present  Present  Present 
Srivastava Ram Present Present Present Present Present Present  Present  Absent Present       
Walden Darren Present Absent Present Absent Absent Present Present  Present  Present  Present  Present  Present  Present  Present 
Walker Lisa Present Present Present Present Present Present  Present  Present  Present  Present  Present  Present 

 

 

Date 30/09/2019 14/10/2019 18/11/2019 09/12/2019 20/01/2020 03/02/2020 16/03/2020 30/03/2020 04/05/2020 18/05/2020 08/06/2020 13/07/2020
Committee                        
Challenger Karl                        
Chamberlain Pat                        
Cheney Brian                        
Davies Alison                        
Gabbitas Andrew                        
Gilbert Janet                        
Jones Andrew                        
Owen Neil                        
Pearson Dave                        
Powell Karen                        
Srivastava Ram                        
Walden Darren                        
Walker Lisa                        

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