Governors

The Governors in any school carry a great responsibility in ensuring that their school is run properly. They challenge and support the Headteacher in making the major decisions affecting the school and its students. The Governors do not manage the school on a day-to-basis, but focus on strategic and policy matters. We try not to get drawn into operational issues and concentrate on the big picture.

At Avon Valley School, the Governors share the Head and Senior Leaders’ ethos of always putting the student first. Our decisions will always be based on what is best for our students. We take a long term view and make decisions about the future development of the school.

Governors are volunteers. We give up our free time, and sometimes work time, to fulfil our duties. It is not a role to be taken up lightly. At Avon Valley, we are fortunate to have an excellent board of governors who bring their valuable skills and knowledge to their role. We meet every half term to discuss the matters of the day and make decisions when required. Our decisions focus on ensuring that the Headteacher has the resources needed to give all our students the best opportunity to thrive, and to realise their potential during their time at Avon Valley. Resources alone are not enough. We also challenge and support the quality of teaching throughout the school. We are kept busy!

We do part of our work through committees. Currently we have two: Resources and Performance & Standards. The former looks after the financial side of the school and the latter, the input and outputs concerned with the achievement of our students. It is not all about grades!

It is an honour to be the Chair of Governors at The Avon Valley School. The commitment of time and occasionally feeling daunted by responsibility, is far out-weighed by the satisfaction of seeing our students rewarded for their efforts within school, leaving with the skills and qualifications that they need to make their chosen onward journey in life.

Damon Swindell

Chair of Governors


Current Governor Details

CH = Chair, VC = Vice Chair, FGB = Full Governing Body, P&S = Performance & Standards Committee, RM = Resource Management Committee, SEN = Special Educational Needs, LAC = Looked After Children, H&S = Health & Safety, HT = Head Teacher

Term of office for governors is 4 years.  See Office Ends column for specific end dates.

 Governor Name
 Type
 CH/VC
 Chair
 P&S
 RM
 Responsibilities
 Staff Connections
 Office Ends
 Other School Governor Posts
 Business Interests
 Damon Paul Swindell  Partnership  CH  FGB  Yes  Yes 

 Patch Representative (standby)

 HT Appraisal Review Officer

   27/04/2020    
 Janet Ruth Gilbert  Co-opted  VC    Yes  Yes  Induction, HT Appraisal    18/01/2019  Rugby High School  
 Brian John Cheney  Co-opted    RM    Yes  Safeguarding, HT Appraisal    18/01/2019    
 Karen Elizabeth Powell  LA    P&S  Yes         18/01/2019    Kokoro Y11 Employability Programme
 Alison Davies  Head Teacher      Yes  Yes      18/01/2019    
 Karen Lesley Ellen Moulton  Co-opted - Business Manager      Yes  Yes    John Moulton - Husband  18/01/2019    
 David Mark Pearson  Co-opted - Deputy Headteacher      Yes  Yes      18/01/2019    
 Darren Andrew Thomas Walden  Co-opted - Deputy Headteacher      Yes        18/01/2019    
 Andrew Arnold Gabbitas  Partnership      Yes    Pupil Premium Link    25/06/2018    
 John William Moulton  Partnership        Yes   Training Link, H&S    21/05/2018    
 Neil James Owen  Partnership        Yes  Patch Representative    25/06/2018    
 Andrew Mark Jones  Partnership      Yes    HT Appraisal    16/09/2017    Warwickshire College Employee
 Pat Chamberlain  Co-opted        Yes  Governor Visits Co-ordinator    18/01/2019    
 Ramesh Mohan Lal Srivastava  Co-opted        Yes  Patch Representative    18/01/2019    
 Kshama Shore  Co-opted      Yes    Attendance    18/01/2019    
 Karl David Challenger  Staff        Yes      08/11/2019    
 Lisa Claire Walker  Parent      Yes        13/03/2018    Employee of feeder school
 Rachel Ann Cunningham  Parent        Yes  SEN & LAC   Nigel Cunningham - Husband  30/09/2020    

Governor Types

 Partnership  Partnership Governor - appointed by FGB - nominated by parents and community
 Co-opted  Co-opted Governor - appointed by FGB
 Staff  Staff Governor - elected by staff at the school
 LA  Local Authority Appointed Governor - recommended by Coventry City Council
 Parent  Parent Governor - elected by parents at the school

 

Governor Meeting Attendance

 

    19-Sep-16 03-Oct-16 10-Oct-16 28-Nov-16 05-Dec-16 12-Dec-16 23-Jan-17 30-Jan-17 06-Feb-17 13-Mar-17 13-Mar-17 20-Mar-17 03-Apr-17 08-May-17 15-May-17 22-May-17 26-Jun-17 03-Jul-17 10-Jul-17        
                                                 
    FGB Resources P&S Resources P&S FGB Resources P&S FBG P&S FBG Resources FGB P&S Resources FGB P&S Resources FGB FGB Resources P&S
                                                 
Chamberlain Pat  ✔   a    ✔    ✔      ✔     ✔    ✔                    
Challenger Karl  ✔  ✔    ✔    ✔      ✔   ✔  ✔                         
Cheney Brian  ✔  ✔    ✔          ✔     ✔                         
Cunningham Rachael  ✔        ✔        ✔   ✔  ✔       ✔     a              
Davies Alison  ✔  ✔  ✔  ✔  a  ✔      ✔   ✔  ✔                         
Gabbitas Andrew      ✔    a  ✔    a  a  ✔  ✔                 a        
Gilbert Janet  ✔  ✔  ✔  ✔    ✔          ✔                         
Hartley-Dowling Nikki  ✔    a    ✔  ✔    a  a  ✔  ✔       a                  
Jones Andrew      ✔    a      a  ✔  ✔  ✔       a          a        
Moulton Karen  ✔  a  ✔  ✔    ✔         ✔  ✔           a              
Moulton John  ✔  ✔    ✔    ✔      ✔    ✔            a              
Owen Neil  ✔  ✔    ✔    ✔          ✔    a                      
Pearson Dave  ✔  ✔  ✔  ✔  ✔  ✔         ✔  ✔                 a        
Powell Karen  ✔    ✔    ✔  ✔         ✔  ✔     ✔      a              
Rabin Wayne  ✔  ✔    ✔            ✔    a                      
Shore Kshama  ✔    ✔    a         ✔  ✔  ✔     ✔                    
Srivastava Ram  ✔  ✔    ✔    ✔  a    ✔    ✔                         
Swindell Damon  ✔    ✔    a  ✔       ✔  ✔  a    ✔  a                  
Walden Darren      ✔    ✔  ✔    ✔    ✔  ✔     ✔            a        
Walker Lisa  ✔    ✔    ✔  ✔    ✔  a  ✔  ✔     ✔                    

 

    18-Sep-17                                        
                                               
    FGB Resources P&S Resources P&S FGB Resources P&S Resources P&S Resources FGB P&S Resources FGB P&S Resources FGB FGB Resources P&S
                                               
Chamberlain Pat                              
Challenger Karl                                
Cheney Brian                              
Cunningham Rachael                                     
Davies Alison              
           
Gabbitas Andrew a                                  
Gilbert Janet                
   
           
Hartley-Dowling Nikki                                  
Jones Andrew                                  
Moulton Karen              
             
Moulton John                                
Owen Neil                            
Pearson Dave                            
Powell Karen a                                
Srivastava Ram                                
Swindell Damon                                
Walden Darren                              
Walker Lisa