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Welcome

A warm welcome to all children, parents, families and staff as we start the new school year, especially those joining us for the first time.

Over the coming year you will see your Governors supporting both Tor Bridge Primary and Cann Bridge schools as we are federated.

Both schools share the same governing body because we work closely together on the campus and we make all of our decisions based in the best interest of the schools.

Governors come from all walks of life and fulfil different roles according to their skills. Governors have a vital role in raising and maintaining standards.

We are here to support the school and raise standards for all pupils, we are a friendly bunch and value your views so please come and chat if you see us around (we wear the grey Tor Bridge Lanyards with our ID)

We hope you will find the following pages useful and aim to update them regularly, however if there is something you'd like to see, please let us know by using the details in the 'contact us' box.


Please see our Annual Statement of Governance for the 2015/16 to find out what we've been up to.
Please download our Self-Evaluation Summary April 2016

 

Who Are The Governors

Who's who

Each term will be introducing one of our Governors, this term it is
one of our new Governors.

Louise Viney

I was elected as a parent Governor in October 2015 and as a new governor am keen to learn all aspects of school governance. It has been great to be warmly welcomed into the team by both fellow governors and staff in both Cann Bridge and Tor Bridge.

It has been a real eye opener already to be privileged enough to be allowed an insight into the workings of the school, and in particular, as the vice chair of the Governing Finance Committee, being able to gain a better understanding of how school budgeting works. I have begun to gain a greater understanding as to how hard it is for our schools to manage their budgets, and to get the best possible benefits from the budget for our children.

As a governor we can visit the schools at any time and observe lessons, question finances and budgeting and ensure that all policies are up to date and adhered too. I feel it is important that parents realise that governors do have the power to question and scrutinise decisions made by the schools management teams, and often, management teams need to run decisions through the governors for approval.

As a governor, we are responsible for overseeing all of the following: meetings, having knowledge of the school, policies and procedures, monitoring the Leadership Team, the Curriculum, School Budgets, Accountability, pupils, behaviour, attendance, quality of staff and methods of teaching, standards, parents and the wider community!!! It’s a lot to do, but can be very rewarding!

As the newbie of the Tor Bridge Federation Governing team, the above seems really daunting, but I am really enjoying getting my teeth into this role, and am looking forward to being able to make a positive impact to the team.

 

Statutory

Statutory

All Governors are appointed by the Tor Bridge Federation and Parent Governors are elected by the parents of the school they represent. Committees: When committees/panels are convened for personnel, pay or other matters, governors who are unbiased and have no knowledge of the matter will be allocated. Governors have been divided into 1st and 2nd groups for each school to make this effective however when this is not possible Governors from outside the Federation may be asked to assist. After a recent review of Governance, The Tor Bridge Federation have voted to opt out of holding committee meetings. Since the start of the 2015/16 academic year all business has been conducted within Full Governing Body Business meetings, usually with a focus on one school or another. A detailed plan has been drawn up to ensure that all elements of Governance are captured and the success or otherwise will dictate whether we continue this model in the coming years.

Mr Samuel Robert Tompkins - Chair of Governors
Parent Governor appointed by the Tor Bridge Primary parent body on 18/09/14
DBS certificate issued 03/12/15; renewal due November 2018
Member of the Finance Committee for 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic year

  • Link Roles and Responsibility for 2016-17 academic year:
    Safeguarding (2)
  • Meeting attended so far for 2016-17 academic year:
    6 of 9 Full Governor Board meetings attended and 1 of 2 Finance Committee meetings attended
  • Meeting attendance for 2015-16 academic year:
    11 of 14 Full Governor Board meetings attended and 0 of 2 Finance Committee meetings attended
  • Declaration of Pecuniary Interest for 2016-17 academic year:
    Married to Clerk, Tor Bridge Partnership Governor and has a child at Tor Bridge Primary

Mrs Hilary Knight
Co-opted Governor appointed by the Full Governing Board, re-elected on 17/11/16
DBS certificate issued 01/12/15; renewal due November 2018
Member of the Finance Committee for academic year 2015-16

  • Link Roles and Responsibility for 2016-17 academic year:
    EYFS and Communication, Lit & Lag for CBS
  • Meeting attended so far for 2016-17 academic year:
    9 of 9 Full Governor Board meetings attended
  • Meeting attendance for 2015-16 academic year:
    11 of 14 Full Governor Board meetings attended and 2 of 2 Finance Committee meetings attended
  • Declaration of Pecuniary Interest for 2016-17 academic year:
    Tor Bridge Partnership Governor and investor in Urban Zorb

Mrs Edyta Piekarska - Vice Chair (Chairs TBP focused meetings)
Co-opted Governor appointed by the Full Governing Board on 22/03/16
DBS certificate issued 20/06/16; renewal due May 2019

  • Link Roles and Responsibility for 2016-17 academic year:
    Safeguarding (1)
  • Meeting attended so far for 2016-17 academic year:
    8 of 9 Full Governor Board meetings attended
  • Meeting attendance for 2015-16 academic year:
    11 of 14 Full Governor Board meetings attended
  • Declaration of Pecuniary Interest for 2016-17 academic year:
    None

Mrs Katie Jane Bohannan - Vice Chair (Chair CBS focused)
Local Authority Governor, nominated by the LA, appointed by the Full Governing Board on 03/12/15
DBS certificate issued 03/12/15; renewal due November 2018
Member of the Finance Committee for academic year 2015-16 and 2016-17

  • Link Roles and Responsibility for 2016-17 academic year:
    Finance and Pupil Premium/Sorts Premium
  • Meeting attended so far for 2016-17 academic year:
    9 of 9 Full Governor Board meetings attended and 2 of 2 Finance Committee meetings attended
  • Meeting attendance for 2015-16 academic year:
    11 of 14 Full Governor Board meetings attended and 2 of 2 Finance Committee meetings attended
  • Declaration of Pecuniary Interest for 2016-17 academic year:
    Trustee for Cann Bridge School Fund and has a child at Cann Bridge School

Mrs Louise Viney - Chair of Finance Committee
Parent Governor appointed by the Cann Bridge parent body on 19/10/15
DBS certificate issued 19/11/15; renewal due October 2018
Member of the Finance Committee for academic year 2015-16 and 2016-17

  • Link Roles and Responsibility for 2016-17 academic year:
    Finance and Pupil Premium/Sorts Premium
  • Meeting attended so far for 2016-17 academic year:
    8 of 9 Full Governor Board meetings attended and 1 of 2 Finance Committee meetings attended
  • Meeting attendance for 2015-16 academic year:
    7 of 12 Full Governor Board meetings attended and 2 of 2 Finance Committee meetings attended
  • Declaration of Pecuniary Interest for 2016-17 academic year:
    Trustee / Chair for Cann Bridge School Fund and has a child at Cann Bridge School

Mrs Yvonne Elizabeth Doyle
Staff Governor elected by the staff body on 29/09/14
DBS certificate n/a - Annual Staff Declaration

  • Link Roles and Responsibility for 2016-17 academic year:
    Health & Wellbeing (CBS) & Parental Engagement (CBS)
  • Meeting attended so far for 2016-17 academic year:
    6 of 9 Full Governor Board meetings attended
  • Meeting attendance for 2015-16 academic year:
    12 of 14 Full Governor Board meetings attended
  • Declaration of Pecuniary Interest for 2016-17 academic year:
    Staff member at Tor Bridge Primary

Miss Nicola Burrage - Vice Chair of Finance Committee
Co-opted Governor appointed by the Full Governing Board on 03/03/15
DBS certificate n/a - Annual Staff Declaration
Member of the Finance Committee for academic year 2016-17

  • Link Roles and Responsibility for 2016-17 academic year:
    Health & Wellbeing (TBP) & Parental Engagement (TBP)
  • Meeting attended so far for 2016-17 academic year:
    8 of 9 Full Governor Board meetings attended and 1 of 2 Finance Committee meetings attended
  • Meeting attendance for 2015-16 academic year:
    11 of 14 Full Governor Board meetings attended
  • Declaration of Pecuniary Interest for 2016-17 academic year:
    Staff member at Cann Bridge School

Mrs Philippa Anne Brown
Co-opted Governor appointed by the Full Governing Board on 01/10/15
DBS certificate issued 07/12/15; renewal due November 2018

  • Link Roles and Responsibility for 2016-17 academic year:
    SEND (TBP), Post16 (CBS) and Young Carer (TBP)
  • Meeting attended so far for 2016-17 academic year:
    5 of 9 Full Governor Board meetings attended
  • Meeting attendance for 2015-16 academic year:
    11 of 13 Full Governor Board meetings attended
  • Declaration of Pecuniary Interest for 2016-17 academic year:
    None

Mr Jon Christopher Anderson
Co-opted Governor appointed by the Full Governing Board on 13/09/16
DBS DBS certificate issued 14/11/16; renewal due November 2019

  • Link Roles and Responsibility for 2016-17 academic year:
    ICT (curriculum and website) & Maths for CBS
  • Meeting attended so far for 2016-17 academic year:
    5 of 9 Full Governor Board meetings attended
  • Meeting attendance for 2015-16 academic year:
    N/A
  • Declaration of Pecuniary Interest for 2016-17 academic year:
    None

Miss Cathryn Shelley Tompkins - Headteacher at Tor Bridge Primary
Ex-officio which means they automatically become a School Governor because of the office they hold DBS certificate n/a - Annual Staff Declaration
Member of the Finance Committee for academic year 2015-16 and 2016-17

  • Link Roles and Responsibility for 2016-17 academic year:
    N/A
  • Meeting attended so far for 2016-17 academic year:
    7 of 7 Full Governor Board meetings attended and 2 of 2 Finance Committee meetings attended
  • Meeting attendance for 2015-16 academic year:
    10 of 10 Full Governor Board meetings attended and 2 of 2 Finance Committee meetings attended
  • Declaration of Pecuniary Interest for 2016-17 academic year:
    Member of Cater 'Eds Board of Directors and Tor Bridge Partnership Governor

Mr Michael Alan George Loveman - Headteacher at Cann Bridge School
Ex-officio which means they automatically become a School Governor because of the office they hold DBS certificate n/a - Annual Staff Declaration
Member of the Finance Committee for academic year 2015-16 and 2016-17

  • Link Roles and Responsibility for 2016-17 academic year:
    N/A
  • Meeting attended so far for 2016-17 academic year:
    7 of 7 Full Governor Board meetings attended and 2 of 2 Finance Committee meetings attended
  • Meeting attendance for 2015-16 academic year:
    9 of 10 Full Governor Board meetings attended and 1 of 2 Finance Committee meetings attended
  • Declaration of Pecuniary Interest for 2016-17 academic year:
    Tor Bridge Partnership Governor and Plymouth Sports Partnership

 

Mr Dave Kendall
Co-opted Governor appointed by the Full Governing Board on 26/04/17
DBS certificate – new Governor

  • Link Roles and Responsibility for 2016-17 academic year:
    Training and Development
  • Meeting attended so far for 2016-17 academic year:
    1 of 1 Full Governor Board meetings attended
  • Meeting attendance for 2015-16 academic year:
    N/A
  • Declaration of Pecuniary Interest for 2016-17 academic year:
    tbc

Mrs Sharyn Valerie Seaman
Co-opted Governor appointed by the Full Governing Board on 01/11/14. Date left: 04/11/16.
DBS certificate issued 30/11/15; renewal due October 2018

  • Link Roles and Responsibility for 2016-17 academic year:
    Parental Engagement
  • Meeting attendance for 2015-16 academic year:
    5 of 14 Full Governor Board meetings attended
  • Declaration of Pecuniary Interest for 2016-17 academic year:
    Staff Governor at Weston Mill Community Primary School

 

Mr John David Hayward
Co-opted Governor appointed by the Full Governing Board on 01/11/14. Date left: 20/07/16.
DBS certificate issued 20/01/16; renewal due December 2018

  • Link Roles and Responsibility for 2015-16 academic year:
    Post 16, Maths including Understanding the World and English
  • Meeting attendance for 2015-16 academic year:
    10 of 14 Full Governor Board meetings attended and 1 of 2 Finance Committee meetings attended
  • Declaration of Pecuniary Interest for 2016-17 academic year:
    None

The Federation currently has 2 Co-opted vacancies.
Information updated 10th May 2017 by Mrs L Tompkins (Clerk to Governors).

 

 

News

Recent review of Governance

At the start of term Governors underwent an external review of how we govern both schools. The report was very positive and reflected the hard work which has been put in by all over the past year. The reviewer said that governance now was totally different form the last time she visited and that it was one of, if not the quickest turn arounds she'd seen!


New Governors
You will have seen our recent adverts for new Governors across both schools over the last few weeks. We had a fantastic response and I would like to introduce you to Louisa Viney who was voted in as Parent Governor for Cann Bridge and Martin Adkins, a parent from Tor Bridge who was Co-Opted. We hope that you will join us in welcoming them to the team!

Want to put a name to a face? visit the governor's who's who section for more information

Governor and PTA notice board
The keen eyed amongst you may have spotted a new noticeboard in the playground. Governors and PTA will be using this board to keep you updated with the work we've been doing and about forthcoming events for your diary. Please keep an eye on it for regular updates!

School Class Assemblies
A huge thank you to class 4 and class 5 for their brilliant assemblies which governors have recently attended, we can tell how much work you've been putting in! Thank you also to parents and carers for coming along to support the children and the school, it is really great to see so many of you.

Governor visits
One of a governor's responsibilities is to support and monitor the performance of each school. As part of our ongoing monitoring programme, governors have been into school over the past month, monitoring areas of the school improvement plan. This has included book scrutiny, marking policy review, new curriculum assessment procedures, quality of teaching assessment overview and governor visibility.

Staff and Governors are committed to working as a team to achieve an outstanding school.

The Federation currently has 3 Co-opted vacancies.

Letter To Stakeholders
To download please CLICK HERE

 

Vacancies

More information on being a Governor

Being a school Governor is an exciting and sometimes challenging role. It is highly rewarding to be part of a small team where you can see a positive impact on so many young children's lives.

All Governors are offered free training via Plymouth City Council's Governor development team and some skills can also be transferred into the workplace.

Being a new Governor can be a daunting experience, but don't worry, we understand! As a new governor you will have a mentor to guide you through for as long as you need one.

If you are interested in what we do or want to get in touch we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

View our recent advert and fact sheet here
You can contact us via either school reception or tbfgov@torbridge.net

Contact Us

Contact

Governors always welcome and value feedback from parents, carers and the wider community, you can contact us using the information below.

However, if you have a complaint or comments relating to a child in the school, we would ask you to consult directly with the school concerned in accordance with their policy.


You can contact us via our clerk, Louisa at tbfclerk@torbridge.net

or you can contact either school office using the details below. Tor Bridge Primary School, Miller Way, Estover, Plymouth, PL6 8UN TEL: 01752 207903
EMAIL: receptionprimary@torbridge.net

Cann Bridge School, Miller Way, Estover, Plymouth, PL6 8UN TEL: 01752 207909

EMAIL: cannbridgereception@torbridge.net