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Governing Body

General Information

The Portesbery School Governing Body comprises twelve Governors, made up of six Co-opted Governors, three Parent Governors, one Local Authority Governor and one Staff Governor and the Headteacher, who is a governor by virtue of his position.

The term of office for all Governors other than the Headteacher is 4 years, although a Governor may choose to resign prior to the end of her or his term.  Parent and Staff Governors are appointed by election.  The Governing Body appoints Co-opted Governors.  The Local Authority governor nominated by the school and is ratified by the County Councillor for the ward in which the school is located.

Governors are able to resign from their position by providing written notice to the Clerk to Governors. The Governing Body also has the right to remove a Governor if she or he has not attended meetings of the Governing Body for a period of 6 months without the agreement of the other governors, and the Governing Body resolves that the position is to be vacated.

The Full Governing Body meets at least once each term, usually towards the end of each term.  Major parts of the work of the Governing Body are dealt with in Committees.  The two chief Committees are the Children and Learning Committee and the Resources Committee.  These meet earlier in the term, before the Full Governing Body.  The Terms of Reference of these two Committees are shown below.  Other Committees are the Pay Committee and the Headteacher’s Performance Review Committee.

Current Vacancies



Governors at Portesbery School are as follows:

Parent Governors:   Term of Office: from  to
Mr Patrick Dawson (Vice Chair)  01-Jan-2018  31-Dec-2021
Mr Simon Fellows 25-Nov-2017  24-Nov-2021
Mr Jonathan Spink (Chair) 07-Feb-2018 06-Feb-2022
Co-opted Governors:    
Mrs Susan Carpenter   01-Mar-2015  28-Feb-2019
Mrs Margaret Dean 01-Mar-2015  28-Feb-2019
Mr Chris Hamilton 01-Mar-2015  28-Feb-2019
Mr Hudson Holt 14-Apr-2016 13-Apr-2020
Brig Stephen Shirley 15-Dec-2016 14-Dec-2020
Mrs Jane Vaughan (Vice Chair) 01-Mar-2015  28-Feb-2019
Staff Governors:    
Mr Nathan Aspinall 18-Apr-2017 open-ended
Mrs Tracey Haigh 21-Mar-2017 20-Mar-2021
Local Authority Governor    
Mrs Ruth Buchan   01-Mar-2015    28-Feb-2019
Clerk to the Governors    
Ms Janet Pain 01-Sep-2017 open-ended
Contact the clerk via the school office or Email:

The Clerk to the Governors is not a governor, but attends meetings to take minutes and to act on governors’ instructions.  Persons wishing to make contact with the Governing Body should do so through the Clerk in the first instance.


The structure of the Governing Body

The Chair of the Governing Body is Mr Jonathan Spink, who can be contacted via email at .

Full Governing Body
Mr Jonathan Spink (Chair) 
Mr Patrick Dawson (Vice-Chair)
Mrs Jane Vaughan (Vice Chair)
Children and Learning Committee  Resources Committee
Mrs Jane Vaughan (Chair) Mr Patrick Dawson (Chair)
Mrs Ruth Buchan (Vice Chair) Vac (Vice Chair)
 Mrs Tracey Haigh Mrs Susan Carpenter
Mr Hudson Holt Mr Chris Hamilton
Brig Stephen Shirley Mrs Margaret Dean
Mr Simon Fellows Mr Nathan Aspinall (HT)
Mr Nathan Aspinall (HT)


Governors who have served at any point over the past 12 months but who have stepped down during that period:

Register of business and pecuniary interests and attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over the last academic year.

Governor Pecuniary/other interests Attendance 2016-2017
Mr Nathan Aspinall Headteacher at school, otherwise none

FGB: 1 out of 1
C&L C'tee: 1 out of 1
Res. C'tee: 1 out of 1

Mrs Ruth Buchan Member, Surrey National Autistic Society FGB: 3 out of 4
C&L C'tee: 3 out of 3
Mrs Susan Carpenter None FGB: 3 out of 4
C&L C'tee: 2 out of 3
Res. C'tee: 3 out of 3
Mr Patrick Dawson None FGB: 4 out of 4
Res. C'tee: 3 out of 3
Mrs Margaret Dean None FGB: 2 out of 4
Res. C'tee: 3 out of 3
Mr Simon Fellows None N/A
Mrs Tracey Haigh Teacher at school, otherwise none FGB: 4 out of 4
C&L C'tee: 3 out of 3
Mr Chris Hamilton None

FGB: 4 out of 4

C&L C'tee: 3 out of 3
Res. C'tee: 2 out of 3

Mr Hudson Holt None FGB: 2 out of 4
C&L C'tee: 3 out of 3
Brig Stephen Shirley FGB: 2 out of 2
Mr Jonathan Spink  None FGB: 4 out of 4
Res. C'tee: 3 out of 3
Mrs Jane Vaughan   FGB: 3 out of 4
C&L C'tee: 3 out of 3

Attendance at governing body meetings is a major, but not the only, part of the input of governors.  Other governor commitments not listed on the tabulation include governor visits and learning walks, and informal consultations with staff on, e.g, finance-related matters.

Dates of Meetings for 2017-2018

Committee Meeting Date Time
FGB 14 Sep 2017 18.30
C&L 02 Nov 2017 17.00
Resources 15 Nov 2017 13.30
FGB 29 Nov 2017 18.30
C&L 08 Feb 2018 17.00
Resources 21 Feb 2018 13.30
FGB 15 Mar 2018 18.30
Resources 25 Apr 2018 13.30
C&L 24 May 2018 17.00
Resources 13 Jun 2018 13.30
FGB 05 July 2018 18.30

Meetings of Portesbery School’s Governing Body are for Governing Body members only. If interested parties wish to attend one of the meetings, arrangements can be made in advance by contacting the Chair of Governors.


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