The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together


Welcome to the Governors' Page.

This page gives information relating to governor activity at the school.




The Team

Name Governor Type Committees & Roles  
John Birch Co-opted Resources committee  
Adam Butterworth Parent Chair of Resources committee  
Linda Edwards Co-opted Resources committee  
Jigna Vyas Gosal Co-opted Resources committee  
Anthea Kenna   Chair of Governors  
Anne Morten LA School Improvement committee  
Reena Scutt Parent School Improvement committee  
Alex Stride Community School Improvement committee  
Julie Wickenden Co-opted Chair of School Improvement committee  
Helen Wilman Interim Head Teacher    

Governor Attendance

Further information on the governing board, including relevant interests, can be found on the page below.

Information for prospective Spinney governors


There are eight Spinney school governors and a Clerk working with Miss Wilman and her staff to ensure Spinney pupils get the best from their time in the school. The governing body works with the head teacher and staff to make sure the school provides a high quality education for its pupils, providing strategic direction to support the head teacher to make the operational day-to-day decisions.


There are four categories of governors, and at the Spinney we currently do not have a local authority governor, but have two parent governors, four co-opted governors, one community governor and the head teacher. We meet regularly as a Full Governing Board and also in two committees - School Improvement and Resources. Monitoring is carried out by all governors focusing on issues highlighted in the yearly Raising Attainment Plan (RAP). Several governors also take on other responsibilities e.g. health and safety. All governors report back to the relevant committee.

Minutes of governor meetings are available from the clerk.  Please ask the OPS team in the  office should you wish to see them.


What being a Spinney governor involves


Being a Spinney governor involves attending full governing body meetings (usually two a term) and being a member of one of the two governor committees. The School Improvement Committee looks at developments in teaching and learning in the school, and the Resources Committee looks at areas such as maintenance of the premises, personnel and finances. Membership depends on a governor's areas of interest, expertise and vacancies. These committees also usually meet twice a term. Governors are also encouraged to link with an area of the curriculum.


Settling in as a new governor


If you agree to become a governor, a mentor will be able to give you an overview of the role including how meetings are conducted, and be able to answer any questions you may have about the role. You will be given a Spinney Welcome Pack for New Governors which will give you information pertinent to the school, and an Induction Pack from Cambridgeshire Governor Services which includes information on Training for Governors. We would encourage you to attend the next Induction Course (these take place in Cambridge and other parts of the county both during the day and in the evening so you can you choose the most convenient time) as it will give you information and an overview of what being a governor involves. The Governor's Handbook is also very useful.


The Spinney is committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all its pupils and expects all staff, parents and volunteers to share in this commitment.

Schedule of Meetings 2020/21;


Autumn term 2020

Date Time Type
Tues 22nd September        7:00pm    FGB

Weds 30th September

6:00pm    School Improvement Committee
Thurs 15th October 7:00pm    Resources Committee 
Thurs 22nd October 6:00pm    Pay review Committee
Thurs 22nd October 7:00pm    FGB (pay review)
Thurs 3rd December 7:00pm    FGB


Spring term 2021


Date Time Type
Thurs 28th January        7:00pm    Resources
Weds 3rd February 7:00pm    School Improvement Committee
Thurs 4th March 7:00pm    FGB
Weds 10th March 7:00pm    School Improvement Comittee
Tues 16th March 7:00pm    Resources Committee
Weds 24th March 7:00pm    FGB


Summer term 2021


Date Time Type
Tues 20th April         7:00pm    School Improvement Committee
Thurs 29th April 7:00pm    Resources Committee (Budget)
Weds 5th May  7:00pm    FGB (Budget approval)
Tues 22nd June 7:00pm    Resources Committee
Tues 29th June 7:00pm    School Improvement Committee
Tues 13th July 7:00pm    FGB