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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.  Local Authority governors are nominated by the local authority or nominated by the school and approved by the local authority.

Governors are able to resign from their position by providing written notice to the Governance Professional. The Governing Body also has the right to remove a Governor if they have not attended meetings of the Governing Body for a period of 6 months without the agreement of the other governors, or if they have breached the Code of Conduct.

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

Parent Governor (one) 

Governors at Portesbery School are as follows:

Parent Governors:   Term of Office: from  to
Mrs Catherine Booth 16-Sep-2021 15-Sep-2025
Mrs Nic Pretty 16-Sep-2021 15-Sep-2025
(Vacancy) - -
Co-opted Governors:
Mrs Wendy Craft 06-Jul-2022 05-Jul-2026
Mr Patrick Dawson 15-Dec-2021  14-Dec-2025
Mrs Vicky McCallum 23-Mar-2022 22-Mar-2026
Rev Daniel Natnael 06-Jul-2022 05-Jul-2026
Mrs Susan Thelton 04-Apr-2019 03-Apr-2023
Mrs Ami Johnson 15-Dec-2022 14-Dec-2026
Staff Governors:
Mr Nathan Aspinall (Headteacher) 18-Apr-2017 open-ended
Mrs Kirsty Mingard 15-Dec-2021 14-Dec-2024
Local Authority Governor:
Mr Chris Hamilton (Chair) 15-Dec-2021 14-Dec-2024
Governance Professional
Mrs Liz Bharj 01-Nov-2021 open-ended
Liz can be contacted by email:

Our Governance Professional 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 Governance Professional in the first instance.


The structure of the Governing Body

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

Full Governing Body
Mr Chris Hamilton (Chair) 
Mr Patrick Dawson (Vice-Chair)
Mrs Nic Pretty (Vice-Chair)
(All governors are included)
Children and Learning
Pay Committee and Pay Appeal Headteacher
Appraisal Panel
Mrs Nic Pretty (Chair) Mr Patrick Dawson (Chair) Mr Chris Hamilton Mr Patrick Dawson
Mrs Susan Thelton Mrs Catherine Booth Mr Patrick Dawson Mrs Nic Pretty
Mrs Wendy Craft Mr Chris Hamilton Mrs Nic Pretty Mrs Sue Thelton
Mrs Vicky McCallum Rev Daniel Natnael Mrs Vicky McCallum (Appeal)
Mr Nathan Aspinall Mrs Kirsty Mingard
Mr Nathan Aspinall


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

Mrs Claire Crickett
Mrs Jane Vaughan
Mrs Tracey Haigh
Mr Morgan Rise
Mrs Debbie Andrews

A register of business and pecuniary interests for all governors can be viewed here.

Governor Meetings

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.

Autumn Term 2023
Full Governing Body Board Meeting 13 Sep 2023 (2:00pm)
Full Governing Body Board Meeting 11 Oct 2023 (2:00pm)
Full Governing Body Board Meeting 29 Nov 2023 (2:00pm)
Spring Term 2024
Full Governing Body Board Meeting 17 Jan 2024 (2:00pm)
Full Governing Body Board Meeting 13 Mar 2024 (2:00pm)
Summer Term 2024
Full Governing Body Meeting (Budget Approval) 24 Apr 2024 (2:00pm)
Full Governing Body Board Meeting 22 May 2024 (2:00pm)
Full Governing Body Board Meeting 10 Jul 2024 (2:00pm)

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. 

To view the attendance records for all Full Governing Body and Committee Meetings in the 2021-22 academic year please click here.    

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