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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 The 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    
Jon Patton Staff Governor     10/11/21 10/11/25    
Brian John Cheney Co-opted Governor Headteacher Appraisal, Pay Committee   18/01/19 17/01/23    
Belinda Leslie Co-opted Governor     28/02/22 27/02/26    
Christian Mba Parent Governor     15/03/22 14/03/26    

Sarah Pick

Parent Governor     15/03/22 14/03/26     
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 Health & Safety   18/09/21 17/09/25   Warwickshire College Employee
Neil James Owen Partnership Governor Training, Headteacher Appraisal, Pay Committee   16/07/18 15/07/22    
David Mark Pearson Associate Member, Deputy Headteacher     18/01/19 17/01/23    
Darren Andrew Thomas Walden Associate Member, Deputy Headteacher     18/01/19 17/01/23    
Theresa Silver-Vallance Co-opted Governor     28/02/22 28/02/26    
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.

 

Historic Members


Name
Removal Reason
Removal notes
Governor Type
First Appointed
From
To
Leaving Date
Mrs Patricia Chamerlain
Resigned
 
 Co-opted governor
19/01/2015
18/01/2019
17/02/2023 20/09/2021
Mrs Lisa Walker
Resigned
 
 Co-opted governor
14/03/2014
26/02/2018
25/02/2022 14/09/2021
Mr Ian Goldthorp Resigned   Staff governor 06/12/2019 06/12/2019 05/12/2023 29/11/2021
Miss Samantha Carney Resigned   Parent governor 02/12/2019 02/12/2019 01/12/2023 04/01/2022
Dr Christian Von Wagner
Resigned
 
 Parent governor
06/12/2019
06/12/2019
05/12/2023 28/02/2022

 

Governor Meeting Attendance 


 

 

Date 28/09/2020  13/10/2020  23/11/2020  14/12/2020  01/02/2021  22/02/2021 15/03/2021  22/03/2021  17/05/2021  28/06/2021  05/07/2021   20/09/2021  11/10/2021   29/11/2021 13/12/2021 31/01/2022 14/03/2022  04/04/2022  09/05/2022
  Committee                                      
Chamberlain Pat Absent Present Present Absent Present Present Absent Present Present Present Present                
Cheney Brian Present Present Present Present Absent Present Present Present  Present Present Present  Present Present Present Present Present Present Present Present
Davies Alison Present Present Present Present Present Present Present Present  Present Present Present  Present Present Present Present Present Present Present Present
Gabbitas Andrew Present Present Present Present Present Present Present 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  Present Present Present Present Present Present Present
Jones Andrew Present Present Present Present Present Present Present Present   Present Present Absent  Absent Present Present Present Present Present Present
Owen Neil Present Absent  Present  Present Present Present Present  Present Present Present Present Present  Present  Present Present Present Present Present Present
Pearson Dave Present Absent  Present Absent Present Present Present  Present Present Present Present Present  Present Present Present Present Present Present Present
Powell Karen Present Present Present Absent  Present   Present  Present Absent  Present Present Absent Present  Absent Present Present Absent Present Present Present
Walden Darren Present Absent Present Present Present Present Present Present Present Present Present Present  Present  Absent Absent Present Present    
Walker Lisa Absent Absent Absent Present Present Present Absent Absent Absent   Absent Absent                 
Goldthorp Ian Present Present Present Present Absent Present Absent Absent Absent   Present Present Absent  Absent            
Von Vagner Christian Present Present Present Present Present Present Present Present  Present Present Present Present  Present  Present Present Present      
Carney Samantha Present Present Present Absent Present Present Present Present  Present Present Present Present Present Absent           
Patton Jon                            Present Present Present Present Present Present
Patton Jon                                     Present
Patton Jon                                     Present

 

 

 

 


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