Trustees

Vacancies: We are currently seeking 3 new Trustees - 2 new Parent Trustees and a representative from the local community. 


Find information about the role of a parent Trustee here

Please apply or ask for more information by writing to clerk@sparkwell.devon.sch.uk

If more than 2 parents apply, an election will be arranged with other parents, a community Trustee will be voted on by the existing Board and Members.  Any new Trustee will be asked to complete an application form and we will do a reference check and carry out a full DBS so that we can safeguard our children. 

Meet our current Trustees (Governors):

Click on a name to read more about each Trustee.

Meet the Trustees...


Chair of Trustees
Responsibility for EYFS
 and safeguarding
Chris Bailey
Elected Trustee
Responsibility for finance
Gareth John
Elected Trustee
Responsibility for health & safety




 Jon Hall
Elected Trustee
Finance Committee


 
Parent Trustee Vacancy

Parent Trustee Vacancy 
 
Elected Trustee Vacancy
Clerk to Trustees

 
 Jenny Sparkes
Staff Trustee


Parent Trustee


 Tom Andrew 
Elected Trustee
Safeguarding deputy


The headteacher is also a Trustee. The Trustees meet 6 times a year with an annual AGM in December. There is also a finance committee that usually meets 3 times per year.  

We also have 5 Directors of the Sparkwell All Saints Primary Trust, also known as Members. Our members are: Denis Spencer, David Cobbold, Geoff Perham and the current Chair of Trustees also serves as a member. They meet as required, usually 3 times a year, but are separate from our Trustee Board.


Click here to see the annual audit and financial report for 2018-19

Click here to see the annual audit and financial report for 2017-18

Click here to see the annual audit and financial report for 2016-17

Click here to see the annual audit and financial report for 2015-16


Follow these links for further information:
  • Governors visits policy View Download
  • Memorandum of Articles of Association (how the Trust operates) View  Download
  • Terms of Reference for the Trustees View here
  • Scheme of Delegation (who can decide what) View here 
As is required by the DfE, here is a summary of information on those who held a governor role during 2019-20:
Some Trustees attend additional finance committee meetings, therefore the total possible number of meetings may vary. In April we were able to continue meeting via Zoom and held an additional meeting (however some Trustees had technical or other reasons making attendance difficult).
 NameDate of appointment (& resignation date if applicable)Governance role in any other institution?Business and Pecuniary interests Number of meetings attended (out of possible number) in 2019-20
Chris Bailey

14.12.16Employment and Skills Board OfficerPlessey semiconductors Ltd.9/9
100%
Tracey Bruce01.01.13xLittle Orchard Montessori Nurseries Ltd (Partner) SB Consulting (engineering and acoustics)9/9 
100%
Andy Taylor


 14.12.16
Resigned 2.10.19
 x

Director, Servian Building Co.

0/1

Francesca McLoughlin

 05.01.15xHeadteacher, Sparkwell All Saints7/8
88%
Catherine Garland

 06.02.15
Resigned 03.03.20
 x Little Linguist Ltd – Company Director  3/3
100%
Jon Hall 14.06.17 xSouth Devon College (employee)5/8
63%
Robin May
 01.09.14
Resigned 20.5.20
Chair, Sparkwell Parish Council Birchland Process Engineering – Consultant Engineer 0/4

Jess Talbert

 01.11.14
Resigned 14.7.20
 x Jenst Project Management4/7
86%
Jenny Sparkes
Trustee (staff)
23.3.16 xTeacher, Sparkwell All Saints7/7
100%
Tom Andrew01.11.18x
4/7
86%            
 Laura Newberry 01.11.18 x 7/7
100%
All terms of office are 4 years.

The Role of the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the conduct of its school, and must promote high standards of educational achievement at the school. It is the school’s accountable body and as such:

  • provides a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework. It appoints and performance manages the headteacher, agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes setting statutory targets with supporting budgets and staffing structures;
  • monitors and evaluates the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the headteacher, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets, and the effectiveness of the school improvement strategy including overseeing the spending of the annual budget;
  • ratifies the self evaluation process and responds to school improvement service and Ofsted reports as necessary. In addition it holds the headteacher to account for the performance of the school and ensures that parents are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate, with information to the community being made available as required.

In order to do this, governors need to gain knowledge of how the school operates through training, by attending meetings, and by getting to know their school community, for example through a small number of visits to the school during the school day. 

If you would like to contact the Trustees directly, please email the main email address below and mark it FAO Chair of Trustees. You can request a copy of minutes from the school office.