Dear parents and carers

Welcome to the Governors section of our website.

At the Federation of the Church Schools of Shalfleet and Yarmouth, staff and governors work together as a team to create a safe, happy, and high attaining environment for the children and a welcoming, supportive community for our parents and carers; a community where everyone feels valued.

The DfE handbook for Governors explains that governors should focus on the following key functions:

  1. Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


The Federation is very lucky to have a diverse group of governors supporting both schools. They are involved with a variety of issues including finance, pupil welfare, performance management, policies, buildings/grounds, etc. However without doubt we consider that our most important role is to ensure that the Federation seeks the highest standards from its pupils and delivers high quality education for local children in a safe environment. We are very proud of the children in our schools. We would also like to thank our parents and carers for your support and encouragement of your children. This is invaluable for their progress and well-being.

Our Governing body is made up out of members from our community. Our current Instrument of Government which is approved by both the Diocesan Board of Education and the Local Authority is included on this site for your information together with a list of the governors.

Shalfleet & Yarmouth Instrument of Government

Governors Scheme of delegation 2019.20

Governors Standing Orders 19.20

Governors Statement of Roles and responsibilities inc. Finance ToR

The Headteacher meets regularly with individual governors, focusing on a specific area of responsibility. Reports from these meetings are brought to the Governing Body for discussion and approval. This year we have the following main portfolio holders:

Chair: Mrs Carla Bradshaw
Vice Chair:  Mr Stephen Holland
Staffing & Policies: Mrs Debbie Downer & Mr Stephen Holland
Finance: Mr Stephen Holland, Mrs Caroline Weeks & Mrs Debbie Downer
Standards: Mr Steve Holland & Mrs Tina Griffith
Community & Marketing: Mrs Debbie Munn & Mr Stephen Holland
Premises, Health and Safety:  Mrs Carla Bradshaw
Safeguarding: Mrs Krista Bratton
Inclusion: Mrs Caroline Weeks
Early Years Foundation Stage: Mrs Laura Homes
Pre-School Yarmouth: Mrs Tina Griffith
Pre-School Shalfleet: Mrs Laura Homes
Modern Foreign Language: Mrs Tina Griffith
PE: Mrs Krista Bratton
Attendance: Mrs Laura Homes
RE & SIAMS:  Mrs Tina Griffith & Mrs Sylvia Smith
Headteachers Performance Management: Mrs Debbie Downer, Mrs Tina Griffith & Mrs Caroline Weeks
Pay Committee:  Mrs Carla Bradshaw, Mr Stephen Holland & Mrs Debbie Downer 
Appeals Committee: Mrs Tina Griffith & Mrs Caroline Weeks
Clerk to the Governors: Mrs Katie Riley

The Governors visit both schools to support the Federation Development Plan. In our development plan are the areas Mrs Grainger and her staff will focus on in the coming year, working to improve standards in both schools and ensuring new requirements are met. For 2018-19 the areas of focus are:

Magnificent Mastery
To support our pupils to achieve Age Related Expectation in line with or better than National Averages in EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in Maths. To maintain the number of children achieving Greater Depth at the end of Key Stage 1 and 2 at or above National Averages.

Loving Lifelong Literacy
To ensure continued high quality teaching of ‘Phonics’, supporting our pupils to achieve at or above the National Average. To support our pupils to achieve Age Related Expectation in line with or better than National Averages in EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in Reading, Writing and Grammar. To maintain the number of children achieving Greater Depth at the end of Key Stage 1 and 2 at or above National Averages.

Leading a Federation Curriculum
To develop our curriculum even further, offering exciting and enriching opportunities for learning and working collaboratively; by increasing cultural experiences both on and off the Island, working with topics that they have an interest in as well as increasing opportunities to work collaboratively within and across both schools.

Closing the Gap
To improve the outcomes for vulnerable groups; to ensure the children who need most help receive all the focus and support they need to be successful.

The ‘Growth Mindset and Solo Taxonomy approach are key to improving resilience and independence in our pupils, enabling them to take control of their own learning journey. The following link may be useful for you to have a look at:


Both are schools rated a solid good with Ofsted and the Federation is a strong unit through the commitment of staff, governors and the wider community. Pupils enjoy working and playing at each other’s schools, meeting friends from the communities they live in and residential trips are undertaken together to broaden their experiences in preparation for Secondary School. Staff are working across the Federation and with other schools to share best practice and benefit from the wider experience, keeping the learning in our schools vibrant and engaging and creating new opportunities for the children.

The Federation is a positive experience for everyone. We have dedicated governors who give significant time voluntarily to support both schools and are committed to offering the best education in the West Wight.

On this website we aim to publish our latest minutes and other relevant information in order to keep you informed of our work. Should you have any questions in the meantime however, please do not hesitate to contact me or Katie Riley, Clerk to the Governing Body.

Yours faithfully

Carla Bradshaw Chair of Governors

Carla Bradshaw
Chair of Governors

The chair of the governing body may be contacted through either school office – Shalfleet (01983 760269) or Yarmouth (01983 760345).

The Federation of the Church Schools of Shalfleet and Yarmouth

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Governor Profile Carla

Governor profile Debs D

Governor profile Krista

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Governor profile Steve H

Governor profile Sylvia S

Volunteering as a governor has huge benefits for individuals, their employers, as well as schools and colleges and their students. For more information see the website Inspiring Governors –

Please click the link to the National Governors Association for the acronyms, abbreviations and glossary.

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