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Welcome to the Governors' section of our website where you will be able to get more detail about the Governance of the school and about the Governors, who they are and what they do.

 

Fist I would like to introduce myself. My name is John Ludlam and I took over from Peter Barclay as Chair of Governors on 4 March 2016. Peter had been a Governor at the school for 27 years and Chair for 19 years. He did an exceptional job and we are all grateful for his hard work and guidance over those years.

 

I joined the school's Governing Body in February 2011 as Local Authority Governor and became Vice Chairman two years later. I had previous Governor experience some 20 years ago when I was the Chair of Governors of a secondary school in Cyprus. At that time the Governing Body consisted of The Chair, the Head Teacher, a Teacher Governor and a Parent Governor. The school secretary sent out the agendas and took minutes of the three meetings we held each year. To say that things have changed since then would be an understatement!

 

My background is Army and after leaving The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1966 I served for 34 years in the Royal Engineers. In 2001 I retired from the Army and joined the East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association which has its Headquarters in Nottingham. I retired from the RFCA in 2010 but remained in touch with young people through the Nottinghamshire Army Cadet Force and the charity ‘East Midlands Youth’. I have recently finished my tenure with both those organisations but remain the Chairman of the local branch Royal British Legion.

 

My wife Jacqui and I live with horses, dogs and cats on the outskirts of Cotgrave. Our children are in their late 20s, have moved away and now have families of their own. We have one granddaughter born just two years ago. We regularly attend All Saints church and help run the children’s Easter Holiday Club and the Cotgrave Festival.

 

But enough about me, although should you wish to get in touch please do so by completing the contact form below.

Contact John Ludlam, our Chair of Governors

The Governing Body.

The Governing Body of Cotgrave Church of England Primary School consists of 12 governors who, represent various stakeholder bodies including: parents (2), staff (1), church (7), local authority (1). They are:

 

Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham and the Parochial Church Council of All Saints' Church.

 

 


Reverend Paul Massey, The Rector of All Saints' Cotgrave. Paul is our longest serving Governor on the Governing Body, having joined the Governing Body in 2001. He maintains regular contact with the school and supports a range of school activities. Paul was awarded the Nottinghamshire County Council Long Service Award for Governors in 2017.

 

 

 

Colonel John Ludlam OBE. John is our current Chair of Governors, as well as being a Foundation Governor.

 

 

 

 

Mrs Sue Hodgkinson, Vice Chair of Governors. I have had a long and happy association with the school  both as a parent of two children and a member of the teaching staff for over  twenty years. The school is a warm, caring and dynamic learning environment; I’m committed to ensuring that our school continues to develop quality education within a Christian  community.

 

 

Mr Nigel Barlow. I became a Foundation Governor September 2013 and my daughter left the school in 2015 and is in now at secondary school. I  work as a design project engineer in the civil engineering industry (36 years to date) which includes Health & Safety. This specific skill set I use  within my role as Health & Safety Governor for Cotgrave C of E school.

 

 

Mrs Ceri Skinner. My husband and  I moved to Cotgrave in 2011 and have enjoyed becoming part of the life here. Our son and our daughter are both at the school.  One of the main reasons we chose this school was its Christian ethos and  sense of Community; something I would like to see remain in the forefront as the school  grows. I’m deeply involved in our church in Nottingham and enjoy baking and being outdoors in my spare time.

 


Mrs Emma Neil-Dwyer. I have lived in Cotgrave since moving to Nottingham in 2002. I have three children, now at secondary school, who attended the Church School. I am a GP (Family Doctor) in Beeston. I am a Foundation Governor and have served on the Finance Committee since 2015.

 

 

Mrs Adele Poulson. I was appointed a Foundation Governor in September 2016. I currently work for the Church of England as the Human Resources Director in the Diocese of Derby and hope to bring my skills and experiences as a HR professional to the many issues that face the school. I live locally with my husband and look forward to serving the school and wider community of Cotgrave.

 

 

 

 

Parent Governors are elected by parents of the children at the school and must be parents of children at the school themselves at the time of their election. They are:

 

Mrs Paula Goodband. I was elected as a parent governor in the summer term 2014. I  have two children in the school, Jessica and Matthew.  I am proud of our school and what it has achieved and am a strong believer in the ethos of an inclusive school where all our children strive to the best that they can be. My children are flourishing in the secure family environment that the school provides.

 

 

 

Mrs Julie Gerrard. I have lived with my husband in Cotgrave for the past 15 years. Our son Leland attends the school and I was asked to become a governor in November 2015.  I am a qualified teacher and passionate about the need to allow children  to develop as unique individuals as well as meet educational standards. I have a particular interest in supporting the development of children with special additional needs.
 

 

Authority Governors are appointed by Nottinghamshire County Council to serve on the Governing Body of each Local Authority maintained school.

 

Mr Gordon Monaghan.  Gordon is our newly appointed Authority Governor.

 

 

 

Staff Governors are elected by the staff at the school and must be a member of staff at the time of their election. Unlike the role of Parent Governor (which continues until the end of the term of office), the Staff Governor role is terminated when the member of staff leaves the school.

 

Mrs Emily Black. I've been teaching at Cotgrave C of E Primary school since 2007 and Staff Governor since 2010. During my time at school, myself and my family decided to move to Cotgrave to fully immerse ourselves into the local life of the community, even getting married in the local church. I am very supportive of the school ethos and want to provide the best possible environment for them to develop and grow.

 

Head Teachers automatically become a member of their school's Governing Body. They do not have a term of office and, unlike a Staff Governor, do not have to seek re-election to their Governor role. Their Governor role is terminated when they leave the school.

 

Mr Craig Moxham. I was appointed as Head Teacher in 2008, becoming a member of the Governing Body at that point. During my 20+ year teaching career I have taught in a variety of schools (in three different Local Authorities and three different Dioceses) ranging from 600+ pupils on roll to 60+ pupils on roll: two Community schools, two Voluntary Controlled church schools and two Voluntary Aided church schools, teaching children in each year group from Reception to Year 6. I have served continuously as a school Governor for the past twenty years (receiving the Nottinghamshire County Council Long Service Award for Governors in 2017) and was a very active Staff Governor for ten years in two different schools before becoming Head Teacher here. I have been a senior leader for nineteen years: four years as a Senior Teacher, three years as a Teacher-in-Charge, three years as a Deputy Head Teacher and nine years as a Head Teacher. Since graduating from Nottingham Trent University in 1995 I have undertaken further post-graduate studies in Music Teaching (University of Leicester, 1998), Special Educational Needs (University of Hull/Bishop Grosseteste College, 2001) and Church School Studies (Bishop Grosseteste University College, 2012). I am a Fellow of the College of Teachers and completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship in 2007. Outside of school I enjoy travel, music and a good book.   

 

Associate Members are invited to join the Governing Body because of particular skills and expertise they can bring to the Governing Body. We currently have three Associate Members:

 

Mrs Jenny Grant. I joined the Governing Body as an Associate Member in 2015, having been working with the Strategy and Standards committee for some time before that. As Deputy Head Teacher I contribute to the overall leadership of the school. I have taught in our school since 2010.

 

 

Mrs Michelle Ellis-Tipton. My husband and I moved to Cotgrave with our baby son in 2016. I qualified as an English teacher in 2005 and worked at two different secondary schools within the county until 2014. My current job - which involves training and supporting teachers - appeals to my keen interest in good quality teaching and learning and children enjoying their education. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, watching legal dramas, reading and socialising with friends and family.

 

Mr John Barnett. I am a Chartered Engineer now retired with a wide range of experience in facilities management and health & Safety having worked within local authorities, manufacturing, R&D and utility industries. Over the past 5 years I have been Chair of the Crossdale Busy Bees Charitable Pre-school with Before and After school club; also a local governor at Crossdale Primary School which is now a member of the Equals Trust. Being NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) and building services qualified, I would hope to provide support to these areas of running the school facilities. Also to provide a cross exchange of information and ideas from the other settings with which I have worked.

 

Roles and Activities.

The Governors at the School are very active, undertaking most of their work through a structure of committees. All the Governors at Cotgrave Church of England Primary School are highly motivated and committed to the ethos, standards and success of the School, many having specific, individual responsibilities. Governors recognise their legal, ethical and community responsibilities to the whole school, including the children, staff and parents. They also recognise the special position that being a Voluntary Aided Church school brings and the links between church and school are very strong.

 

The Governing Body meets each term and considers business items submitted by the Local Authority, and from members of its own Governing Body. The latter demonstrates that it has an active, not a passive, approach to school governance. When necessary it will convene special meetings to consider specific or urgent items not appropriate to a scheduled termly meeting.

 

Standards of Governance.

Governors are fully aware of the obligations and responsibilities that their roles bring, and are constantly looking to improve the quality, standards, efficiency and effectiveness with which they fulfil these responsibilities.

 

The constantly changing nature, law and requirements of school governance are recognised to place an obligation on school governors to be adequately trained and kept up to date. Governors at Cotgrave Church of England Primary School are committed to training, both in areas of a general nature and related to their specific areas of expertise and interest.

 

Governors undertake regular visits to the school. Although historically these have been of a general nature, they are now focused on the specific responsibilities of individual governors. The outcomes of these visits are reported to the termly meetings of the Governing Body.


Chair of Governors.

As the Governing Body is a corporate entity I, as Chair of Governors, have no individual power; the authority and power rest with the Governing Body as a whole. Nevertheless as the Chair I will lead the Governing body and ensure that it fulfils its functions well. We will focus on the strategic not the day to day running of the school which is the job of the Head teacher and his staff.

 

This school according to OFSTED is a ‘GOOD’ school and has the capability of becoming an 'OUTSTANDING' school. It has an outstanding Head Teacher in Craig Moxham and excellent Teaching and Support Staff. It has a very strong relationship with All Saints' church, is well supported by its parents and has the support of the Cotgrave Community. It is now a member of the Rainbow Fellowship which will guide its future. My first task is to provide a Strategy for the school for the next 5 years and I will ask for the opinion of as many stakeholders as possible to guide me.

 

As Governors we are involved in a variety of issues including finance, pupil welfare, public relations, setting school policies, building & grounds maintenance and staff appointments. However, without a doubt, we consider that our most important role is to monitor the welfare and education of the children.

 

Governors are appointed to ensure that objectives are met and that planning for the future is both visionary and realistic. We are here to support, encourage  and challenge the Head Teacher and all school staff so that the children have  an enriched education and the opportunities they deserve.

John Ludlam, 16 April 2016

 

Governing Body Committees:

Finance Committee - Col. John Ludlam (Chair); Mrs Emily Black; Mrs Emma Neil-Dwyer; Mr Craig Moxham.

The Finance Committee meets at least every term with the remit of ensuring that the school accurately forecasts its financial requirement, prioritises spending in accordance with the School Improvement Plan and spends all allocated funds in accordance with the rules and regulations set by the Department for Education, the Local Authority and the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. It has specific members involved in the annual budget setting, audit, Local Authority service by-back processes and property maintenance. The School, led by the Finance Committee, achieved the Financial Management Standards in Schools (FMSiS) status in July 2009 and meets the current Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS).


Protection and Personnel Committee (P&P) - Mrs Paula Goodband (Chair); Mr Nigel Barlow (Vice Chair); Mrs Ceri Skinner; Mrs Adele Poulson; Mr Craig Moxham.

P&P is responsible for all issues relating to protection and staffing. Protection includes Health and Safety at Work, Risk Management and Emergency Planning. Above all else it is responsible for the governance concerning the safeguarding of the children. The Governing Body is the employer of the staff and has all the responsibilities of any other employer. In particular the P&P committee's remit covers Recruiting, Appointing, Appraisal and Capability of the staff. This committee meets at least once each term.


Curriculum and Children Committee (C&C) - Mrs Sue Hodgkinson (Chair); Revd. Paul Massey; Mrs Julie Gerrard; Mr Craig Moxham.

C&C is responsible for all matters concerning the curriculum and pupils. The committee's role in reviewing the curriculum, alongside the Head Teacher, presents opportunities to monitor and to advance this core element. The committee also undertakes regular reviews of specific curriculum policies for Full Governing Body approval. These policies include Special Educational Needs, Religious Education and Sex Education. For the pupils, alongside the Head Teacher, the committee decides upon class sizes and sets the policies for (and monitors) Admissions, Attendance, Behaviour and Discipline. This committee meets at least once each term.

Strategy and Standards Committee (S&S) - Col. John Ludlam (Chair); Mrs Sue Hodgkinson (Vice Chair); Mrs Paula Goodband; Mrs Jenny Grant; Mr Craig Moxham.

This committee is made up of the Chair of Governors, the chairs of the P&P, C&C and Finance committees, the Head Teacher and the Senior Teacher. It sets the strategy for the school through the School Improvement Plan, sets the targets and standards to be met and monitors the success and achievement of the targets, particularly those pertaining to pupil progress. It deals with a host of other subjects including: Inspections, Governor training and the school website.

Governors' Strategy and School Improvement Plan

Additional Governor Information
Name Category of Governor Positions of Responsibility Date of Appointment Term of Office Date Stepped Down Appointing Body Business and Pecuniary Interests Governance Role in other Educational Institutions Material Interests
Peter Barclay Foundation Governor

Chair of Governors

Chair S&S

Vice Chair Finance

1/9/14 4 years 3/3/16 Diocesan Board of Education - -  
Paul Daniel Shaw Massey Foundation Governor

Chair C&C

14/2/02 - - Ex Officio - - -

Susan

Heather Hodgkinson

Foundation Governor

Vice Chair of Governors

Chair C&C

Vice Chair S&S

11/11/16 4 years - All Saints' PCC - - -

Valerie

Holmes

Foundation

Governor

- 17/12/13 4 years 9/6/16 Diocesan Board of Education - - -

Nigel

Barlow

Foundation

Governor

Vice Chair P&P 2/10/13 4 years - Diocesan Board of Education - - -

Ceri

Sian

Skinner

Foundation

Governor

- 16/11/15 4 years - All Saints' PCC - - -

Emma

Neil-Dwyer

Foundation

Governor

- 16/11/15 4 years - All Saints' PCC - - -

Thomas John

Ludlam

Foundation Governor

Chair of Governors

Chair S&S

Chair Finance

28/9/16 4 years - Diocesan Board of Education - -  

Adele

Toni Poulson

Foundation Governor - 28/9/16 4 years - Diocesan Board of Education - - -

Emily

Jenna

Black

Staff

Governor

- 1/9/14 4 years -

School

Staff

- - -

Paula

Goodband

Parent

Governor

Chair 

P&P

1/5/14 4 years - School Parents - - -

Julie

Anne

Gerrard

Parent

Governor

- 21/9/15 4 years - School Parents - - -

Craig

Ashley

Moxham

Head Teacher - 1/9/08 - - - - - -

Ashley

Messham

Associate

Member

Vice Chair C&C 12/6/14 4 years 27/9/16 Governing Body - - -

Jennifer

Mary

Grant

Associate

Member

- 12/11/15 4 years - Governing Body - - -

 

Governor Attendance Record

Non-attendance is recorded by strikethrough, Brackets show attendance as observer only.

Governor

Full

Governing Body

Strategy & Standards Protection & Personnel Curriculum & Children Admissions Finance
Peter Barclay

24/11/14

5/3/15

11/6/15

12/11/15

4/3/16

11/9/14

22/1/15

30/4/15

30/9/15

21/1/16

- - -

21/10/14

26/2/15

19/5/15

9/6/15

19/10/15

23/2/16

Paul

Massey

24/11/14

5/3/15

11/6/15

12/11/15

4/3/16

9/6/16

10/11/16

2/3/17

11/9/14

22/1/15

30/4/15
-

15/10/14

11/2/15

19/5/15

13/10/15

2/2/16

14/6/16

11/10/16

2/2/17

24/2/15

20/2/17

-

Susan

Hodgkinson

24/11/14

5/3/15

11/6/15

12/11/15

4/3/16

9/6/16

10/11/16

2/3/17

30/9/15

21/1/16

26/4/16

19/9/16

30/1/17

-

15/10/14

11/2/15

19/5/15

13/10/15

2/2/16

14/6/16

11/10/16

2/2/17

22/2/16

20/2/17

-

Valerie

Holmes

24/11/14

5/3/15

11/6/15

12/11/15

4/3/16

9/6/16

-

16/10/14

5/2/15

21/5/15
- -

19/10/15

23/2/16

24/5/16

Nigel

Barlow

24/11/14

5/3/15

11/6/15

12/11/15

4/3/16

9/6/16

10/11/16

2/3/17

-

16/10/14

5/2/15

21/5/15

23/9/15

15/10/15

4/2/16

19/5/16

13/10/16

9/2/17

- - -

Ceri

Skinner

4/3/16

9/6/16

10/11/16

2/3/17

-

4/2/16

19/5/16

13/10/16

9/2/17

- - -

Emma

Neil-Dwyer

4/3/16

9/6/16

10/11/16

2/3/17

- - - -

23/2/16

24/5/16

19/10/16

23/2/17

Rosemary

Barclay

24/11/14

5/3/15

11/6/15

11/9/14

22/1/15

30/4/15
- - -

21/10/14

26/2/15

19/5/15

9/6/15

Norman

Wilson

24/11/14

5/3/15

11/6/15
-

16/10/14

5/2/15

21/5/15
- - -
Adele Poulson

10/11/16

2/3/17

- 9/2/17 - - -

Emily

Black

24/11/14

5/3/15

11/6/15

12/11/15

4/3/16

9/6/16

10/11/16

2/3/17

- - - -

21/10/14

26/2/15

19/5/15

9/6/15

19/10/15

23/2/16

24/5/16

19/10/16

23/2/17

John

Ludlam

24/11/14

5/3/15

11/6/15

12/11/15

4/3/16

9/6/16

10/11/16

2/3/17

11/9/14

22/1/15

30/4/15

30/9/15

21/1/16

26/4/16

19/9/16

30/1/17

16/10/14

5/2/15

21/5/15

23/9/15

15/10/15

4/2/16
- -

24/5/16

19/10/16

23/2/17

Paula

Goodband

24/11/14

5/3/15

11/6/15

12/11/15

4/3/16

9/6/16

10/11/16

2/3/17

26/4/16

19/9/16

30/1/17

21/5/15

23/9/15

15/10/15

4/2/16

19/5/16

13/10/16

9/2/17

- -

21/10/14

26/2/15

19/5/15

9/6/15

Julie

Gerrard

12/11/15

4/3/16

9/6/16

10/11/16

2/3/17

- -

2/2/16

11/10/16

2/2/17

- -

Karen

Reyes

24/11/14

5/3/15

11/6/15
- -

15/10/14

11/2/15

19/5/15
- -

Craig

Moxham

24/11/14

5/3/15

11/6/15

12/11/15

4/3/16

9/6/16

10/11/16

2/3/17

11/9/14

22/1/15

30/4/15

30/9/15

21/1/16

26/4/16

19/9/16

30/1/17

16/10/14

5/2/15

21/5/15

23/9/15

15/10/15

4/2/16

19/5/16

13/10/16

9/2/17

15/10/14

11/2/15

19/5/15

13/10/15

2/2/16

14/6/16

11/10/16

2/2/17

24/2/15

22/2/16

20/2/17

21/10/14

26/2/15

19/5/15

9/6/15

19/10/15

23/2/16

24/5/16

19/10/16

23/2/17

Ashley

Messham

24/11/14

5/3/15

11/6/15

12/11/15

4/3/16

9/6/16

30/4/15 -

15/10/14

11/2/15

19/5/15

13/10/15

2/2/16

14/6/16

24/2/15

 

-

Jenny

Grant

(12/11/15)

4/3/16

9/6/16

10/11/16

2/3/17

(30/4/15)

(30/9/15)

21/1/16

26/4/16

19/9/16

30/1/17

-

(13/10/15)

(2/2/17)

- -

 


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