Governance at Barrow CEVC Primary School

The Governors at Barrow are delighted to welcome you to our school! Our Governing Body is a group of 9 people who represent the stakeholders of our school: our parents, the Church, our local community, and the staff. We are all immensely proud to work with this amazing village school, which works tirelessly to educate and develop all pupils in a fun and friendly environment, preparing them for their next onward step.

Below you will find some statutory information about the governance of the school. If you have any further questions about the school or school governance please feel free to contact us through the school office.
Kind regards,

Sarah Wightman
Chair of Governors


Sarah Wightman (Chair) – Parent Governor
Sam Cheetham – Parent Governor
Andrew Wilson (Vice-Chair) – LA Governor
John Gadd – Community Governor
Rev Lynda Sebbage - ​Foundation Governor
Chris Young – ​Community Governor
Joanne Woodland – Foundation Governor
Nick Keefe – Staff Governor
Helen Ashe – Headteacher

The governing body is responsible for ensuring that the school provides good quality education by making key decisions about the school together with the Head Teacher who is responsible for the school’s day to day management.Our governors meet regularly to agree on a number of issues including school policy, set targets and review the work of the school. Governors bring many different skills to the school which can help with developments and planning facilities.Instrument of Government

1. The name of the school is Barrow Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School.

2. The school is a voluntary controlled school.

3. The name of the governing body is “The Governing Body of Barrow Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School”.

4. The governing body shall consist of :

       a. Two parent governors;
       b. One LA governor;
       c. One staff governor;
       d. One headteacher;
       e. Two foundation governors;
       f. Two co-opted governors.

5. Total number of governors is 9.

6. The length of term of office of all governors will be four years. The ex officio governor will continue to serve as a governor until such time as they relinquish the office which entitles them to their appointment.

7. The foundation bodies entitled to appoint foundation governors are the Parochial Church Council of Barrow and the Diocese of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich.Appointments are to be made by the Parochial Church Council of Barrow in consultation with the Diocesan Office. All appointments must be ratified by the Diocesan Board for Education.

8. (a) The holder of the following office shall be a foundation governor ex officio:
the Principal Officiating Minister of the Ecclesiastical Parish of All Saints, Barrow.(b)The Archdeacon of Sudbury shall be entitled to appoint a foundation governor to act in the place of the ex officio foundation governor whose governorship derives from the office named in (a) above, in the event that that ex officio foundation governor is unable or unwilling to act as a foundation governor, or has been removed from office under regulation 21(1) of the Regulations.

9. The Archdeacon of Sudbury shall be entitled to request the removal of any ex officio foundation governor and to appoint any substitute governor.

10. The ethos of the school is as follows:

Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.

The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages the understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.

11. This instrument of government comes into effect on 1st September 2015.

12. This instrument was made by order of Suffolk Local Authority on 1st September 2015.

13. A copy of the instrument must be supplied to every member of the governor body (and the headteacher if not a governor), any trustees and to the appropriate religious body.