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Governors

The Governing Body is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. While the Headteacher is in charge of the day-to-day running of the school, the governors are involved in such areas as finance, staffing, setting targets and analysing data.
The role of the Governing Body can be split into three aspects defined by the Department for Education as:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school
  • holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the appraisal of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it's money well spent.

The Governing Body is made up of  volunteers with a range of skills such as finance, property, HR as well as an interest in education

If you are interested in learning more about the work of the governing body  please contact me.

Kevin Vanterpool
Chair of the Governing Body
chair@caldecote.cambs.sch.uk

Kevin Vanterpool: Chair

I have had the pleasure of serving on the Governing Body since 2015 and was elected      as Chair in 2019. I am also the lead for Safeguarding.

I come from a public sector background where I was organisational lead for strategic partnerships with a strong focus on safeguarding and support to children and young people impacted by drugs, alcohol and mental health. I now run my own consultancy business which focuses on the design and development of services for the most vulnerable members of the community.

I strongly believe in the value of a great education, and I saw first-hand the growth in my own daughter during her time at Caldecote. Such growth is not just about academic achievement but also the wider development of our children to realise their potential and become confident, independent and capable young people. To achieve this the relationship between the school, parents and the local community is key, and my role is to promote and maintain such high standards of achievement, in all aspects of school life.

Kate Duncombe: Vice Chair

I joined the governing board at Caldecote Primary School in November 2015 as an Associate member and subsequently became a Co-opted member in March 2016. This is my third year of being the Vice Chair of Governors and I also chair the Pupil, Curriculum and Safeguarding (PCS) committee and the Parent Forum.
I have three children currently at the school, and a younger daughter who will also join in due course.
My background is in Education and I have a BA (Ed). Over the years I have taught all the way from Nursery to Year 8 in Cheltenham, England; Boston USA; Hong Kong and Singapore. The schools have ranged from a start-up school to large, top British International schools. I have held posts on the Senior Leadership team and have always been heavily involved in the committees that work with the parents.
My most recent experience is in the Early Years, which is my passion. As the link governor for Reception I love all the time I spend coming in and visiting the staff and children. I thoroughly enjoy being a on the governing board at Caldecote Primary School and being a part of school life. I feel that I can contribute my knowledge and experience and at the same time keep up to date on current best practice.   

Mary-Ann Claridge: Local Authority Governor

I have been a governor since 2001 and I am part of the Pupil, Curriculum & Safeguarding committee and am the link governor for Year 6 and Special Needs. 
I am a Data Scientist. My job is to make sense of data, to see what it is telling us, and pick out underlying trends, successes or problems. I can use this to look out for potential issues before they become problems, can check whether interventions are working, I can ask analytical questions and check assumptions.
Working with data is sometimes very distant from the real world. In the school, and especially in the Primary School it is immediate. A change in performance data may mean that a topic needs to be presented differently so that all children can understand it, or may mean that some children need to be given support. I enjoy being able to use my skills, but in a way that has immediate impact for real people.

Cristina Turner: Parent Governor

I have been a governor at Caldecote Primary School since April 2018. I am a member of the Personnel, Premises and Finance Committee.

I began my career working as a civil servant in the Home Office. I moved to Cambridgeshire 11 years ago and continue to work as a senior manager in the public sector locally, working with partners on cross-cutting governance, policy and partnership issues.

I have two children in the school and am pleased to use the skills and experience I have to support the school in delivering the best education possible for all our children. It is always a pleasure to spend time in the school and see the children’s enthusiasm for learning.

 

Suzy Reed: Co-opted Governor

I am entering my second term of office as a governor at Caldecote Primary School. I currently sit on the Pupil, Curriculum & Safeguarding committee.

I have lived in Caldecote for 30 years plus and my daughter attended the school. My background was in electronics ,but I currently do the admin and accounts for our family business.

I was volunteering in the school prior to becoming a governor and I continue to do so every Wednesday. This enables me to see first-hand all the hard work being accomplished. I am enjoying being a governor, contributing to school life and especially seeing how the school has developed as the community has grown.

Renu Martingale: Parent Governor

I am a member of the Personnel, Premises and Finance Committee, and the Governor linked to Y1 of the school.  I was elected as a parent governor in October 2017.
I have over 15 years experience of marketing and strategy roles mainly in the technology sector, including educational technology. These roles have given me plenty of experience of managing complex projects, overseeing budgets and developing effective and happy teams.
We moved to the village in 2015 and were immediately welcomed into the small, friendly school community. Applying the skills and experience from my career, as well as my perspective as a parent to ensure that strategic decisions the school makes support the needs of our local community is an incredibly rewarding experience.

Pippa Smith: Co-opted Governor

I have been a governor at Caldecote Primary School since 2012 and am now in my third term of office. I was Chair of Governors for four years and now chair the PPF committee.

I originally trained and worked as an archaeologist but moved across to heritage learning and engagement over 20 years ago. I previously worked as part of the education team at English Heritage but have been freelance since 2014. I now support museums, archaeological units and other cultural organisations with their learning and audience engagement offer.

I enjoy being a governor as I feel that my understanding of heritage learning can support the school but I also learn a great deal from the team at Caldecote. Visiting the school is always fun and I love seeing how the children learn and develop in their time there.

Governor Info

 

Name

Type of Governor

Length of term

When term started

Committee

Link areas and other responsibilities

Pecuniary interests

Kevin Vanterpool

Co-opted 4 years September 2015 PCS

Chair, Link for safeguarding

None
Kate Duncombe Co-opted 4 years March 2016 PCS

Vice Chair

Chair of PCS

Link for English & YR

None

Mary-Ann Claridge

Co-opted

4 years

April 2015

PCS

Vice Chair of PCS

Link Y6

None
Renu Martingale Parent 4 Years November 2017 PPF Link Y1 None
Natalie Martin Staff 4 years July 2018 PCS SENDCo None

Suzy Reed

Co-opted

4 years

November 2015

PCS

Link Y2

None
Pippa Smith Co-opted 4 years April 2015 PCS

Link Y5

Link for SMSC

Heritage education specialist

Cristina Turner

Parent

4 years

April 2018

PPF

Link for Y3

None

Karen Stanton

Head teacher

N/A

On appointment

PCS and PPF

Head Teacher

None

Rebecca Snelling

Associate member    

PPF

Deputy Head None

Lesley Whitehead

Associate member

   

PPF

Business Manager

None

No governors are governors at other schools and no governors are related to staff or other governors.

PCS= Pupil, Curriculum and Safeguarding Committee

PPF= Personnel, Premises and Finance Committee

Governor attendance at meetings 2020/21

Meeting attendance for 2020/21

Name            

FGB  24.9.20

PCS

8.10.20

PPF

4.11.20 

FGB

12.11.20 

PPF  

FGB 

FGB

 

PCS

 

PPF

 

PPF

 

FGB

 

FGB

 

PPF

 

PCS

K Vanterpool

P

N/A

N/A

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K Duncombe

P

P

N/A

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M Claridge

P

P

N/A

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R Martingale

P

N/A

P

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N Martin

P

P

N/A

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S Reed

AP

P

N/A

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P Smith

P

N/A

N/A

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C Turner

P

N/A

P

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K Stanton

P

P

P

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R Snelling

P

P

P

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L Whitehead

N/A

N/A

P

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governor attendance at meetings 2019/20

  

Meeting attendance for 2019/20

Name

FGB  11.9.19

PCS

26.9.19

PPF 2.10.19

FGB 19.11.19 PPF  5.12.19

FGB 14.1.20

FGB

4.2.20

PCS

4.3.20

PPF

20.4.20

PPF

5.5.20

FGB

5.5.20

FGB

23.6.20

PPF

14.7.20

PCS

16.7.20

K Vanterpool

P

A N/A A N/A P P N/A N/A N/A P P N/A N/A

K Duncombe

P

P N/A P N/A P P P N/A N/A P P N/A P

M Claridge

P

A N/A P N/A P P P N/A N/A P P N/A P

R Martingale

P

N/A P P P P AP N/A P P P P P N/A

N Martin

P

P N/A P N/A P P P N/A N/A P P N/A P

S Reed

AP

P N/A P N/A AP P P N/A N/A P P N/A P

P Smith

AP

P N/A P N/A P P N/A P P P P P N/A

C Turner

P

N/A P P P P P N/A P P P P P N/A

K Stanton

P

P P P P P P P P P P P P P

R Snelling

P

P P P P P P P P P P P P P

L Whitehead

N/A

N/A P N/A P N/A N/A N/A - P N/A N/A P N/A

Meeting attendance for 2018/19

Name

FGB 20.09.18

PCS 4.10.18

PPF  7.11.18

FGB 20.11.19

PCS 24.1.19

FGB  5.2.19

PPF  28.2.19

PCS 25.4.19

PPF/FGB 7.5.19

PPF 11.6.19 

FGB 27.6.19

K Vanterpool

P

AP

N/A

P

AP

P

N/A

P

P

N/A

P

K Duncombe

P

P

N/A

P

P

P

N/A

P

AP

N/A

P

M Claridge

P

P

N/A

P

AP

A

N/A

P

P

N/A

P

D Hordern

AP

N/A

P

P

N/A

P

P

N/A

P

P

P

R Martingale

P

N/A

AP

P

N/A

P

P

N/A

P

P

AP

R Monk

P

N/A

P

P

N/A

P

P

N/A

P

AP

P

N Martin

P

P

N/A

P

P

AP

N/A

P

P

N/A

P

S Reed

P

P

N/A

P

AP

P

N/A

P

P

N/A

P

P Smith

P

P

N/A

P

P

P

N/A

P

P

N/A

P

C Turner

P

N/A

P

P

N/A

P

P

N/A

P

P

P

K Stanton

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

R Snelling

P

P

P

P

N/A

P

P

P

P

P

P

L Whitehead

N/A

N/A

P

N/A

N/A

N/A

P

N/A

P

P

N/A

Key

N/A = either not on that committee or wasn’t a governor at the time of the meeting
P = Present
AP = Apologies sent
A = Absent

Minutes of Meetings

Please see the links below for the minutes of all Governor meetings