The Governing Body has general responsibility for the Conduct of the School with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement (Section 21, Education act 2002).

This includes working with the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team to:

  • Set appropriate targets for student achievement across all Key Stages
  • Manage the school’s budget
  • Make sure that the curriculum for the school is broad and balanced and in particular that the curriculum includes the National Curriculum and all other statutory requirements
  • Report National Curriculum re-assessments and examination results to parents, LA and DFE
  • Appoint the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher, determining how the appointment of other staff will be managed and establishing procedures for management of staff conduct and discipline and staff grievance
  • Review annual staff performance management arrangements
  • Manage Governors duties to students with SEN under Section 317 of the Education Act 1966

Governors should act at all times with honesty and integrity and be ready to explain their actions and decisions to staff, students, parents/carers and anyone with a legitimate interest in the school.

At Abbot Beyne School the Headteacher and the Governing Body work together as a team with mutual respect and trust.  The Headteacher has responsibility for the leadership and management of the school with Governors having responsibility for policy making and monitoring the progress of the school.

It is in part because of the high quality of the relationship between the Headteacher and the Governors that the school continues to improve.

Governors meeting dates for 2023-2024

Full Governor Board Meetings  5.00pm – Linnell Building

  • Wednesday 4th October 2023  (2pm start)
  • Wednesday 6th December 2023
  • Wednesday 17th April 2024
  • Wednesday 22nd May 2024
  • Wednesday 10th July 2024

Policy & Finance Committee Meetings 4.30pm – Linnell Building

  • Thursday 1st December 2022 (included in FGB)
  • Tuesday 19th March 2024
  • Wednesday 17th April 2024 (included in FGB)
  • Wednesday 22nd May 2024 (included in FGB)

Student & Personnel Committee Meetings 4.30pm – Linnell Building

  • Wednesday 6th December 2023 (included in FGB)
  • Tuesday 30th January 2024
  • Wednesday 17th April 2024 (included in FGB)
  • Wednesday 22nd May 2024 (included in FGB)

Performance & Standards Committee Meetings 4.30pm – Linnell Building

  • Wednesday 29th November 2023
  • Wednesday 13th March 2024

Governing Board Members 2023-24

All Abbot Beyne Governors have enhanced DBS certificates. Business or Pecuniary Interests have been declared as of September 2023.

All members of the Abbot Beyne Governing Board have been appointed by the Abbot Beyne Governing Board.

 Name Role Committee Term of office Links Governor at any other school
Jay Trivedy Co-opted Chair 1.3.2021 – 28.2.2025 Key Stage 5 & Enterprise Faculty
Ruth Chester Co-opted Vice-Chair and Chair of Performance and Standards Committee 1.3.2014 – 1.9.2026 Communications Faculty, SEN and Safeguarding
Brian Judd Co-opted Chair of Student and Personnel Committee 1.11.1996 – 1.9.2027 Innovation Faculty Department & Pupil Premium
Nicci Jones Parent 1.12.2023 – 30.11.2027 Performance Faculty  & Social Studies Faculty
Laura White Parent 1.4.2024 – 31.03.2028
Jamie Tickle Headteacher from 1.9.2020 Burton PRU and Beyne Foundation
Ian North Co-opted 1.9.2002 – 31.8.2026
Craig Atkinson Co-opted 4.11.2013 – 1.9.2025
Cate Winfield Co-opted 3.12.2020 – 3.11.2024
Mike Swain Co-opted Chair of Policy and Finance Committee 1.12.2022 – 30.11.2026  Finance and Site
Birgit Kurz Staff 1.5.2021 – 30.04.2025
Chris Norcup Co-opted 1.4.2024 – 31.3.2028
VACANCY Representative from the Beyne Foundation
VACANCY Representative from the Beyne Foundation
Associate Members
Nicola Wagstaff* Clerk and Bursar  from 1.3.2014
James Church* Deputy Headteacher
Fiona Airey* Assistant Headteacher
Gavin Holden* Assistant Headteacher
Laura Pollitt* Assistant Headteacher



*The listed associate members have no voting rights on committees

Governor Meeting Attendance 2022-2023

Declaration of Business & Pecuniary Interests 2023

If you have any queries please contact the clerk to governors at or the Chair of Governors at


Governors Responsibility

The Full Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that the requirements of the Financial Regulations for Schools are met

The Full Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that the financial policies and arrangements made by the governors are implemented


It is the Governing Body’s intention to delegate their responsibilities adequately to the committees and to the Headteacher and Staff, so as to ensure the most efficient and effective delivery of policy.

Each Committee will be supported by non-governor members of the school staff, who will make appropriate recommendations for consideration and provide the research or evidence as required by the committee.   The members of the school staff will be invited to join the committee deliberations as the occasion demands, but will not have the power to vote.

Membership of the Committees and their terms of reference will be reviewed at the first meeting of the full Governing Body each Autumn Term.


The Headteacher is granted delegated powers to manage the staffing budget within the terms of reference established by the governors for appointments.


  • Determine and monitor the policies related to Finance and Premises within the statutory powers of delegation outlined in the Statutory Instruments 9SI) 1503.


  • Prepare the budget for approval by the Full Governing Body
  • Allocate itemised budgets and exercise virements between headings as necessary
  • Approve individual orders that are over £20,000. In exceptional circumstances this may be approved by the Headteacher subject to agreement by the Chair of the Policy and Finance Committee and ratified at a subsequent Finance and Policy Committee. Orders up to £20,000 may be approved by the Headteacher.   The School Business Manager may approve orders that amount to less than £10,000 of the delegated budget.   This figure to be reviewed annually
  • Monitor expenditure, discussing any variations with those with responsibility for the appropriate budget
  • Liaise with any externally managed funds, so that an overall policy on expenditure is determined to the best advantage of the school.


  • Review regularly the condition of the school buildings and grounds, and have responsibility for the requirements of health and safety regulations
  • Make recommendations to the L.A. for minor works
  • Determine plans for the improvement or extension of the school buildings, other than maintenance; invite, consider and approve quotations from contractors
  • Consider all aspects of the usage, efficiency and potential development of the school premises
  • Liaise with local community groups and organisations on matters concerning the school curriculum and the use of the school premises
  • Determine appropriate lettings policies, including the appropriate charges


  • It may act as a working party on other matters and make appropriate recommendations to the full governing body
  • Monitor and Evaluate progress of the SIP: Site
  • Focus on the current Ofsted Evaluation Framework relating to aspects of Leadership
  • Prepare the Schools Financial Value Statement


  • Determine policies and procedures for all matters concerning staffing, including appointments, pay, performance management, grievance, discipline, redundancy or dismissal.
  • Ensure that there are effective and enforceable policies on child protection, bullying and equal opportunities and that all students have confidence that these issues will be dealt with in an appropriate manner.
  • Ensure as far as possible Abbot Beyne School is a place of positive experience and enjoyment for students and that the rewards system reflects this.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of the school’s behaviour policy and procedures including attendance and use of exclusion
  • Ensure that regard is paid to students’ spiritual, moral, social, emotional and cultural development.
  • Review the Performance Management Policy
  • Monitor and Evaluate progress of the SIP: Support and Inclusion.
  • Focus on the current Ofsted Framework relating to behaviour and safety of students.
  • Form a sub-committee of 3 non-employee governors to –
    • Review and set annual targets for the Headteacher’s performance
    • Annually review the Headteacher’s Performance & Salary
  • Form the Pay Committee

The members of these sub-committees will not serve on the Committee which considers appeals by staff on personnel issues.  


  • Determine policies and procedures for all matters concerning the curriculum, learning and examination outcomes


  • Advise the governing body on all matters relating to delivery of the curriculum.
  • Revise annually those curricular policies (e.g. Sex Education) which are required by the Education Reform Act, in order to make firm recommendations for the full governing body.
  • Oversee arrangements for the school’s monitoring system, including assessment procedures, reports and communications with parents.
  • To monitor and review academic arrangement to ensure the school delivers a broad and balanced curriculum in keeping with the ethos of the school and the requirements of the National Curriculum


  • Monitor and evaluate the quality of Learning and Teaching


  • Monitor and evaluate all examination outcomes and data relating to school performance and standards.
  • Monitor and Evaluate progress of the SIP: Learning and Curriculum.
  • Focus on the current Ofsted Evaluation Framework relating to Outcomes of students and Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

If you have any queries please contact the clerk to governors at or the Chair of Governors at