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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

Staff Governor (1) 

Governors at Portesbery School are as follows:

Parent Governors:   Term of Office: from  to
Mrs Nic Pretty (Vice Chair) 16-Sep-2021 15-Sep-2025
Mr Warren Booth 04-Sep-2023 03-Sep-2027
Mrs Nerys Cooper 04-Sep-2023 03-Sep-2027
Co-opted Governors:
Mrs Wendy Craft 06-Jul-2022 05-Jul-2026
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
Mr Kevin Young tbc tbc
Staff Governors:
Mr Nathan Aspinall (Headteacher) 18-Apr-2017 open-ended
(Vacancy) - -
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) 
Mrs Nic Pretty (Vice-Chair)
(All governors are included)


Link Governor/

Curriculum Area

Link Governor /Deputy

Significant dates


Sue Thelton

Vicky McCallum

Safeguarding audit

KCSIE release

Careers & Post 16

Nic Pretty


Nerys Cooper


Nic Pretty

Staff Attendance summary – termly resources committee


Wendy Craft

Governor training, CPD, induction

Chris Hamilton


Warren Booth

Finance incl. 

Pupil Premium and Sports Premium grants

Chris Hamilton

Wendy Craft

Draft budget – 30th November

Final Budget submission – 1st May

SFVS – March

Pay Committee / Ht Appraisal Committee

3 Governors + 1 External For H/T

3 Governors + CoG For Pay Committee - 


Ht Appraisal – 

Annual STPCD Release

Pay Policy Review

Teacher Appraisals Cycle  – Sept / March / July.

Performance Related Pay Increases – Teachers Sept

Support Staff Incremental Progression - April


Wendy Craft

Nerys Cooper

Staff & Safeguarding

Vicky McCallum

Sue Thelton


Nic Pretty



Chris Hamilton

Warren Booth


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

Ami Johnson (June 2024)
Kirsty Mingard (May 2024)
Patrick Dawson (July 2023)
Catherine Booth (July 2023)

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 2022-23 academic year please click here.    

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