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Governors

The Governing body consists of two parent governors, two Foundation Governors (appointed by the diocese), two teacher Governors, one LA or Community Governor, a Co-opted governor and the LA clerk.

The Governing Body meets termly to discuss matters relating to the running of the school, and to receive updates from the Education Department on changing policies relating to schools in general. In addition to this, each Governor has individual areas of responsibility and tries to visit the school on a regular basis for monitoring, then reporting back at the next Governor’s meeting. 

Contact information:

Chair of Governors:
Ms Carolyn Evans
Church Cottage
Little Green
The Street
Southolt
Eye
IP23 7QJ

01728628133

Matthew Aldous

Matthew Aldous
I have been a Thorndon resident for 14 years, and work as an accountant in the local area.

Co-opted Governor
Date of appointment: 01/11/2016
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointing Body: Governing Body
Business/ Pecuniary interest:
Governance in other Educational Institutions: Governor at Thorndon CEVC Primary School
Relationship between School Staff and Governors: None
Committees and Responsibilities: 
 

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Nicholas Garner (Vice chair)
I am parent of 3 children and work as primary school teacher at Ipswich High School for Girls.

Local Authority Governor
Date of appointment: 01/01/17
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointing Body: Local Authority
Business/ Pecuniary interest:
Governance in other Educational Institutions: 
Relationship between School Staff and Governors: None
Committees and Responsibilities: 

Victoria Gascoyne-Cecil

Victoria Gascoyne-Cecil (Executive Headteacher)

Head teacher
Date of appointment: 01/04/17
Term of Office: 
Appointing Body: 
Business/ Pecuniary interest: Governor at Worlingworth CEVC Primary School
Governance in other Educational Institutions: 
Relationship between School Staff and Governors: None
Committees and Responsibilities: 

Jane Pattenden

Jane Pattenden
I am have lived in Thorndon for just over two years and been a Governor at the school since September 2015. I have spent many years in secondary education in Inner and Outer London and latterly in North Devon as a SENCO and Assistant Head teacher.

Co-opted Governor
Date of appointment: 01/09/2015
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointing Body: Governing Body
Business/ Pecuniary interest: 
Governance in other Educational Institutions: 
Relationship between School Staff and Governors: None
Committees and Responsibilities: SEN, Attendance
Number Meetings Attended 2018-19:

Rev Julia Lall

Rev Julia Lall
I am Priest - in - Charge at All Saints Church, Thorndon, and regularly meet the children through Collective Worship. I have been a priest for 7 years and before that a teacher

Foundation
Date of appointment: Ex Officio
Term of Office: 
Appointing Body: PCC
Business/ Pecuniary interest: Governor at Wetheringsett CEVC Primary School and Board Member for Tillian Partnership
Governance in other Educational Institutions: 
Relationship between School Staff and Governors: None
Committees and Responsibilities: 
Number Meetings Attended 2018-19:

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Ruth Renaut
Moved to Thorndon July 1997 and work for a local contract research company.  I have three children, the youngest is currently attending Thorndon Primary school.

Parent
Date of appointment: 01/01/2017
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointing Body: Parent Nomination
Business/ Pecuniary interest:
Governance in other Educational Institutions: 
Relationship between School Staff and Governors: None
Committees and Responsibilities:
Number Meetings Attended 2018-19:

Karyn Wilkes

Karyn Wilkes
After completing a degree in Social Policy and Administration and a diploma in Practice Management I worked for PwC and the NHS. Whilst at home with my children I continued to be a part time clerk for local education and welfare charities, later becoming a trustee. I moved to Thorndon in 2010 and I also volunteer for the Waveney Foodbank.

Co-opted
Date of appointment: 01/11/2015
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointing Body: Governing Body
Business/ Pecuniary interest: 
Governance in other Educational Institutions: 
Relationship between School Staff and Governors:
Committees and Responsibilities:
Number Meetings Attended 2018-19:

Janie Wood

Janie Wood Vice Chair of Governors
I have lived abroad for 14 year, prior to that I ran 2 bookshops in London. On returning to the UK, I worked at St Mary’s University College as an administrator, running the partnership office for the PGCE department. Since 2014, I have been a Foundation Governor and Vice Chair at or partner school, Worlingworth

Co-opted
Date of appointment: 01/07/2017
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointing Body: Governing Body
Business/ Pecuniary interest: Governor at Worlingworth CEVC Primary School
Governance in other Educational Institutions:
Relationship between School Staff and Governors: None
Committees and Responsibilities: 
Number Meetings Attended 2018-19:

Neil Weedon

Neil Weedon
I have lived in Thorndon for nearly 16 years and all 4 of mu children have been to the school. I have worked in secondary education for over 22 years and have previously served as Parent Governor at the school. I am also a member of All Saints Church, Thorndon and sit on the PCC.

Foundation
Date of appointment: 01/01/2018
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointing Body: PCC
Business/ Pecuniary interest: 
Governance in other Educational Institutions:
Relationship between School Staff and Governors: None
Committees and Responsibilities: 
Number Meetings Attended 2018-19:

Danny Jones

Danny Jones
I moved to Thorndon with my family just under 3 years ago from Essex. This was primarily to be nearer to my job which is as a senior manager for Openreach based at Martlesham. I have 2 children at Thorndon Primary 

Parent
Date of appointment: 01/10/2018
Term of Office: 4 years
Appointing Body: Parent Nomination
Business/ Pecuniary interest: 
Governance in other Educational Institutions:
Relationship between School Staff and Governors: None
Committees and Responsibilities: 
Number Meetings Attended 2018-19:

Governors of Thorndon CEVCP School

Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors, and the work that we do.

Our main role is to support the Headteacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence so as to provide the best teaching and learning experience for the children of our school.

Our legal duties include:

  • setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
  • approving the school budget
  • reviewing progress against the school's budget and objectives
  • appointing, challenging and supporting the headteacher

Our Full Governing Body meets twice every term. We also have committees meetings to look at particular areas, (for example, performance management, curriculum and health and safety) and updates are provided at the Full Governing Body meetings

 
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