Board of Governors

Board of Governors

About School Governance


Governors are volunteers who work closely with the Headteacher and the school’s senior management team to ensure that the school provides the best possible education for all children. Governors are parents, representatives of the Diocese, professionals and members of the community from all walks of life, who bring varied skills and experience to support the leadership of the school.

The Governing Body focuses on three core functions:

  1. To ensure the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  2. To hold the Headteacher to account for the school’s educational performance, and the performance management of staff.
  3. To oversee the financial performance of the school and ensure its money is well spent.

We make decisions as a corporate group so no single Governor is ever solely responsible, and as a body some of our specific responsibilities include:

  • Setting the strategic vision for the school.
  • Appointing and performance managing the Headteacher.
  • Ensuring the quality of teaching and learning and therefore pupil achievement in the school is meeting or exceeding agreed targets.
  • Ensuring that an appropriate curriculum is taught.
  • Celebrating the school’s successes.
  • Ensuring all the school’s results are published each year.
  • Inputting to and ratifying school policies.
  • Monitoring the school budget to ensure financial security.
  • Helping to decide priorities for the school such as new building work or staffing structures.

We meet four times each school year as a full governing body, plus we have sub-committees who meet in addition to focus on specific key areas such as finance, safeguarding, learning and teaching, leadership, and foundation and community – see our Governance Annual Calender 2016/2017

At each full meeting we receive the Headteacher’s report covering the crucial areas of the school’s work that we are required to monitor against the School Education and School Business Plans: teaching and learning, new curriculum, assessment results, Special Educational Needs (SEN), progress of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding (additional funds from Government specifically to support our children in receipt of Free School Meals), how school challenges high achieving pupils, the Christian distinctiveness of the school, pupil behaviour, school council activity and pupil feedback. Foundation stage, PE/sport, staffing, budget, premises and more. There’s a lot of ‘business’ to address at each meeting but the children’s safety, happiness and progress is always our priority in all that we do, as it is for everyone at school.

Governors are also play an active part in school life (attend performances, fundraisers, sports days etc), and carry out regular ‘formal’ monitoring visits in school in our area of focus (eg SEN, Mathematics, English, Safeguarding etc) so you and the children should see us around and about at school!

Each year we have a Governance Development Plan which details our annual objectives and priorities. These are driven by the School's Education Plan priorities and what we need to do to continuously improve our performance as an effective governing body. Read our Kibworth CE Primary School Governance Development Plan 2016/2017 here.


Scheme of Delegation Authority


Kibworth CE Primary School Scheme of Delegtion



Our Governors


At Kibworth Primary we have Parent Governors (elected by the parent body), Staff Governors (the Headteacher plus two governors elected by the staff body), Community Governors (elected by the governing body) and Foundation Governors nominated by the local church and Diocese.

Board of Governors 2016/2017

Name Role
Mrs Kate Foster Chair of Governors & Parent Governor (Governor for SEND; H&S; Training and Development link governor)
Term of Office: 22.9.16 - 21.9.2020
Attendance at FGB meetings 2014-2015: 3/4
Attendance at FGB meetings 2015-2016: 4/4
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 4/4
Business interests declared 22.9.16: Trustee of Kibworth Charitable Trust since 2014; Parent Governor at Birkett House School since Spring 2016; Community Governor at The Kibworth School since January 2017
Mr Robert Woolston Vice-Chair & Parent Governor (Governor for PE; Science; ICT)
Term of Office: 3.11.13 - 2.11.17
Attendance at FGB meetings 2014-2015: 4/4
Attendance at FGB meetings 2015-2016: 3/4
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 4/4
No relevant business interests declared 22.9.16
Mr David Briggs Headteacher
Mr Chris Biddle Parent Governor (Audit governor; Governor for Pupil Premium)
Term of Office: 25.11.16-24.11.2020
Attendance at FGB meetings 2014-2015: 4/4
Attendance at FGB meetings 2015-2016: 3/4
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 4/4
No relevant business interests declared 22.9.16
Mr Andrew Petersen Community Governor (Governor for Humanities)
Term of Office 03.12.15 - 02.12.19
Attendance at FGB meetings 2014-2015: n/a
Attendance at FGB meetings 2015-2016: 2/3
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 2/4
No relevant business interests declared 22.9.16
Mrs Rachel Langley Parent Governor (Governor for EYFS; Safeguarding and Children Looked After)
Term of Office 24.11.16 – 23.11.20
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 3/3
No relevant business interests declared 22.9.16
Mrs Gilly Paterson Staff Governor
Term of Office: 20.3.14 - 19.2.18
Attendance at FGB meetings 2014-2015: 4/4
Attendance at FGB meetings 2015-2016: 4/4
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 4/4
No relevant business interests declared 22.9.16
Mrs Emily Mclean Foundation Governor (Governor for Literacy)
Term of Office: 24.4.14 - 28.4.18
Attendance at FGB meetings 2014-2015: 4/4
Attendance at meetings 2015-2016: 3/4
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 4/4
No relevant business interests declared 22.9.16
Mr Simon Riley Foundation Governor (Finance governor)
Term of Office: 20.1.15 - 19.1.19
Attendance at FGB meetings 2014-2015: 2/2
Attendance at meetings 2015-2016: 4/4
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 4/4
Business interest declared 22.9.16: Head of Finance at Harborough District Council, wife employed as a researcher at De Montfort University.
Mrs Alison Kennerdell Foundation Governor (Governor for RE and SMSC)
Term of Office 16.9.15 - 15.9.19
Attendance at FGB meetings 2014-2015: n/a
Attendance at FGB meetings 2015-2016: 1/3
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 2/4
No relevant business interestes declared 22.9.16
Revd. Ludger Fremmer Foundation Governor (Ex-officio)
Term of Office: 3.8.09 - 2.8.23
Attendance at FGB meetings 2014-2015: 3/4
Attendance at FGB meetings 2015-2016: 4/4
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 3/4/
Business interests declared 19.9.16: Public Officer Holder St Wilfred’s Church of England since 2007, Patron and Chaplain of The Well (registered charity) since 2012, Trustee of Kibworth Educational Trust (registered charity) since 2007. Wife employed at Fleckney Primary School.
Paul Stone Ex-officio DSAT Direct of Schools
Anna Mousley Clerk to Governors

Sub-Committee membership 2016/17:

    Learning, Teaching and Leadership

  • Kate Foster
  • David Briggs
  • Emily Mclean
  • Simon Riley
  • Rachel Langley
  • Rob Woolston
  • Alison Kennerdell
  • Chris Biddle
  • Andrew Petersen

    Finance

  • Kate Foster
  • David Briggs
  • Simon Riley
  • Chris Biddle

    Foundataion and Community

  • Ludger Fremmer
  • David Briggs
  • Emily Mclean
  • Simon Riley
  • Alison Kennerdell

Governance Annual Calender 2016/2017


Download our annual calender of meetings and training here..

Please note that these dates are subject to change.


Meet the Governors


Each governor has their own area(s) of responsibility each year so will focus their school visits, committee membership, monitoring activity and training around that area. Find out who does what here: Sub-Committee Membership and Individual Governor Roles 2016/17

Representatives of the governing body will aim to make themselves available at all key school events (parents evening, sports day etc) should you wish to meet them and offer feedback, ask a question or raise any issues with them. Please do remember though that our role is the strategic leadership of the school - we delegate the day-to-day running of the school entirely to Mr Briggs and his team.

Many governors are also parents and can be found on the playground at school pick up and drop off times, and/or you can contact a governor directly at any time via the school office.


Becoming a Governor at Kibworth Primary


Governors join the school from many walks of life. Some join as Parent Governors (while their children are pupils at the school), some as Community Governors (who may not have any other link to the school but live or work in the local community and have professional skills/experience to contriubte to the school), some as Foundation Governors (nominated by the Diocese), and some as Staff Governors (elected by the staff body).

You do not need any prior experience of school governance, an induction and substantial training is provided. In fact, more and more governors are joining without any prior experience but they bring with them a huge range of skills and knowledge that can benefit the leadership of the school, such as financial management, data analysis, project management, child protection, healthcare, building/planning, law, disability issues, teaching in another sector, marketing and PR, bid writing/fundraising and much more.

Many employers actively encourage their staff to take up a community role like this and many offer time out of work to do so, as all governors do need to visit school during the day sometimes, as well as attend evening meetings and events.

To find out much more about the role of school governors, visit http://schoolgovernors.thekeysupport.com


Get in Touch


If you would like to contact a governor at any time, or ask about becoming a governor in the future, please contact our Clerk to Governors, Anna Mousley, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (0116) 279 3462. Alternatively you can send a written message FAO Anna via the school office.

You can also contact our Chair of Governors, Kate Foster, directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Please click here to view the governors handbook