The Federation of Church Schools of Shalfleet and Yarmouth


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
Deputy Chair:  Mr Stephen Holland
Staffing & Policies: Mrs Debbie Downer & Mr Stephen Holland
Finance: Mr Stephen Holland, Mrs Caroline Weeks & Mrs Debbie Downer
Standards: Mr Stephen Holland & Mrs Tina Griffith
Admissions: Mrs Carla Bradshaw, Mrs Caroline Weeks & Mrs Debbie Downer
Community & Marketing: Mr Neil Gartell, Revd Leisa Potter & Mrs Debbie Munn
Premises, Health and Safety:  Mrs Carla Bradshaw
Safeguarding: Mrs Caroline Weeks
Inclusion: Mrs Caroline Weeks
Early Years Foundation Stage: Mrs Laura Homes & Mrs Tina Griffith
Pre-School Yarmouth: Mrs Laura Homes & Mrs Tina Griffith
Pre-School Shalfleet: Mrs Laura Homes & Mrs Tina Griffith
Modern Foreign Language: Mrs Tina Griffith
PE: Mr Neil Gartell
Attendance: Mrs Laura Homes
RE & SIAMS:  Mrs Tina Griffith, Revd Leisa Potter & Mrs Sylvia Smith
Headteachers Performance Management: Mr Stephen Holland, Mrs Debbie Downer & Mrs Tina Griffith
Pay Committee:  Mrs Carla Bradshaw, Mr Stephen Holland & Mrs Debbie Downer 
Development: Mrs Sheila Caws (Clerk)
Clerk to the Governors: Mrs Sheila Caws

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 2020-21 the areas of focus are:


Maths Mastery – Phase 2
Continuing with our focus on Maths and developing our commitment to the Maths Mastery approach we are rolling out the programme and developing teacher’s expertise in this area. We are very fortunate to have a Maths Mastery specialist teacher at the Federation and look towards developing children’s fluency within Maths, embedding their knowledge or place value and supporting the children in developing the language of Maths. 
Reading the Write Way
Looking into the development of the relationship between reading and writing. We are focusing on our love of quality texts to inspire and enable writing opportunities. We are looking at supporting the children to understand how to unpick a text and hone their writing style to suit purpose and have the desired effect on the reader. 
Leading a Federated Curriculum
As we look to develop leaders of the future, we are committed to providing our members of staff with their next professional challenge. With a focus on developing our curriculum, there are many opportunities for leaders to inspire and grow. With a focus on honing our curriculum to the needs of our learners, we aim for them to take advantage of their locality, appreciate all that the Isle of Wight has to offer whilst broadening their horizons and developing independence. 
Future Progress For All
We value all children. We are committed to all children making progress – both academic, personal, social and spiritual. We believe in knowing our learners and doing all we can to provide them with the best chance possible for their future success. With many children joining the Federation, a focus on the children in our school with SEND and those who are disadvantaged, we are determined to provide all our children with equal opportunities, value them and set hopeful 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 Sheila Caws, 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

Letter to parents from Governors October 18

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Governor Profile Carla

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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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