Whipton Barton Federation Annual Governance Statement 

The Department for Education Governance Handbook (March 2019) states that: 

All boards, whether in the maintained or academy sector and no matter how many schools they are responsible for, have three core functions:  

1.  Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; 

Governors are responsible for setting the school’s strategic framework, identifying priorities for school improvement and monitoring progress towards these goals. Governors are also responsible for setting a school ethos of high expectations of behaviour, progress and attainment of all pupils and of conduct of staff and governors. 

2.        Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; 

Governors must provide challenge to the school and hold the Headteacher and senior leaders to account for improving the quality of teaching and learning and school performance. Governors do this through questioning and through regular monitoring and analysis of data on children’s performance and progress. Governors hold the Headteacher to account for the performance management of teachers. The performance management of the Headteacher is conducted by governors together with an external advisor. 

3.        Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it’s money is well spent. 

Governors look at financial statements and ask questions to ensure that the school makes efficient use of its budget and provides best value for money.  


Governance Arrangements 

The table below outlines the Governor names and their roles. 



Appointed by Office Term


Registered Interests

Executive Head teacher 

Gary Read 

Ex Officio N/A N/A


Whipton Barton Federation

Staff Governor 

Jo Stranks 

Governing Board N/A 01.03.2019-28.02.2023


Whipton Barton Federation 

Co opted


Mike Beresford 

Ted Wragg Trust Chair of Governing Body 01.03.2019-28.02.2023





Co opted


Bethan Jones 

Ted Wragg Trust N/A 01.03.2019-28.02.2023

SEND Lead Governor

Michelmore solicitors employee

Staff Governor

Beck Ramsdale 

Ted Wragg Trust N/A 01.03.2019-28.03.2023


Teacher at Federation
Parent Governor Rajen Chowtee Ted Wragg Trust N/A 22.04.2019-21.04.2023   None
Parent Governor Vacancy          
Co opted Oliver Birley Ted Wragg Trust N/A 01.03.2019-28.02.2023 Vice Chair of the Governing Board, Safeguarding Lead Governor None
Co opted Vacacny

Ted Wragg Trust


Co opted


Ruth Williams

Ted Wragg Trust N/A 01.03.2019-28.02.2023


Exeter City Council 

Councillor for Mincinglake and Whipton Barton Federation

Clerk to Governors 

Jessica Benger 




LEAVERS from the last 12 months             
Parent Governor Stacey Andrew Elected by Parents Co-Chair of Governing Body 01.03.2019-31.12.2019 Inclusion, SEND &PPG, Safeguarding Lead Governor  
Co opted Sarah Norcliffe Governing Body   01.03.2019-31.12.2019  Teaching and Learning Committee, Pay & Performance Committee St Luke's school


Bob Hooper TWMAT   23.11.2015 - 01.03.2019    

Over the last year, we have had governors attend various training including: 

  • Introduction to Governance 

  • Safeguarding 

  • Prevent training 

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education 

  • Achieving Good in OFSTED 


Attendance record of Governors 

All Governors are aware of the importance of attending meetings. We have never had to cancel a meeting due to not being quorate. All details of Governor attendance can be found in the Full Governing Body meeting minutes on the Federation website at: 

The Full Governing Body meets twice a term. The Teaching and Learning committee and Resources committee also meet twice a term. We have yearly Pay and performance and Headteacher Appraisal meetings. We have other committees to handle complaints, staff matters and pupil discipline as these arise. 

Full Governing Board Meeting Attendance 2019-2020
Governor Name AGM 02.04.2019 07.05.2019 21.05.2019 17.09.2019 15.10.2019 12.11.2019 03.12.2019
Gary Read Yes Yes Yes Yes Cancelled Yes Yes
Beck Ramsdale Yes Yes Yes Yes Cancelled Yes Yes
Stacey Andrew Yes Yes Yes Yes Cancelled Yes Family Commitments
Rajan Chowtee N/A Yes Yes Other commitments Cancelled Yes Yes
Oliver Birley Yes Yes Work Commitments Yes Cancelled  Yes Yes
Bethan Jones Yes Yes Family Commitments Work Commitments Cancelled Family commitments Work Commitments
Sarah Northcliff Yes Ill Health  Work Commitments  Yes cancelled Yes Yes
Mike Beresford Yes Yes Yes Yes Cancelled Ill Health Yes
Ruth Williams Yes Holiday Work Commitments Holiday Cancelled Yes Yes
Jo Stranks Yes Yes Yes Yes Cancelled Yes Yes
Full Governing Board Meeting Attendance 2016-17
Governor Name



18.10.2016 06.12.2016 07.02.2017 28.03.2017 23.05.2017 11.07.2017
Gary Read Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stacey Andrew Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mike Beresford Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Oliver Birley N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bethan Jones Holiday Yes Yes Yes Work Commitments Yes Work Commitments
Sarah Norcliffe N/A N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes
Beck Ramsdale Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bob Hooper Holiday Yes Yes Yes Work Commitments Yes Yes
Jo Stranks Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Work Commitments
Vicky Smith Yes Yes No Yes

Family Commitments

Yes Yes
Jamie Wordsworth Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A


The work that we have done 



Future of Governors  



School Improvement Planning 

Governors have high aspirations for the school and believe it will achieve great things in the future. The key aims and priorities as set out in our improvement plan for 2019-2020 are: 







Contacting the Governing Body 

We welcome any questions or comments and can be contacted at: 

If you would like to write to the governors you can use the following address

Chair of Governors

c/o Whipton Barton Federation

Hill Lane


EX1 3JP 

For information about the Ted Wragg Multi Academy trust governance please visit their website: 


Governing Board  Minutes

Below are the meeting minutes of the Full Governing Board. If you would like to review the minutes of the Teaching & Learning Committee or the Resources Committee please contact the school or the Clerk to Governors.