In this section you will find details about how we govern our school.

Chair of Governors Welcome

On behalf of the Governing Board at Coppermill Primary School, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you.  I hope you enjoy viewing our website which is intended to provide you with an introduction to life at our school.

I am proud to be the Chair of Governors of a diverse and multi-cultural school that offers a broad, balanced and creative curriculum that aims for enjoyment and achievement.  The staff at Coppermill are experienced and dedicated and work in partnership with parents and children, so that we can provide all of our pupils with the best education within a safe learning environment.

The Governing Board’s role can be explained simply.  Firstly, we act as an employer to the staff that includes appointing the Headteacher and senior leadership team.  Secondly, we have a strategic role in acting as a “critical friend”, providing support to the leadership team and holding them to account for the school’s performance and outcomes.  We provide constructive feedback and question decisions in the interests of the pupils.  In addition, we ensure that there is financial accountability and that money is well spent.  Thirdly, we make sure that the school operates within the statutory legal framework laid down by the local authority and Department for Education.

The Governing Board meets five times annually.  Two key committees meet regularly: Curriculum and Achievement and Finance and Resources.  Each committee is minuted by the Clerk to the Governing Board and has either the Assistant Head or School Business Manager in attendance in addition to the Headteacher, who attends all meetings.

I feel privileged to be the Chair of an experienced and committed team of eleven governors who are united in working hard and sharing their diverse fields of expertise to challenge and support the school.  We place strong emphasis on the skills and experience the governors need to be effective in driving school improvement.  Additionally, we regularly visit the school to get to know the staff and children.

This is an exciting time for our school as we work towards recognition as an outstanding school and continue working together as a whole community to provide the very best education for all of our pupils.

James Percival
Chair of Governors



Full Governing Body and Committee minutes