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 2017

Scheme of delegation 2017.18

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:

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

Governors info, business interests & attendance 2017.18

Governors List 2017.18

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 2017-18 the areas of focus are:

Excellence for Everyone

To enable the best outcomes for each child in Reading, Writing and Maths by ensuring high quality assessment systems and monitoring is in place and developing best practice.

Culture of Challenge

To ensure we challenge every child to be their best by setting ambitious targets, developing teachers’ and children’s skills and offering focused enrichment opportunities.

Community and Curriculum

To develop our curriculum even further, offering exciting and enriching opportunities for learning; by linking with other schools both on and off the Island and by improving links within our own community.

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.

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The work around the ‘Growth Mindset and Solo Taxonomy remains important; to improve the children’s resilience and independence, enabling them to take control of their own learning journey. The following link may be useful:

In addition we will stay focused on our more able children to ensure they receive all the challenge and support they need, as well as the continued development of our curriculum delivering rich and exciting experiences and expanding our pupils’ horizons.

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 Jane Lewis, 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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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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