Our Governors

Governing Body Membership

  • Mrs C Epsom (Chair)
  • Mr Carter-Tufnell (Headteacher)
  • Reverend Sharon Miles
  • Mrs Dianne Reed
  • Mrs Belinda Gouge
  • Mrs Jill Haines – Clerk of Governors – Essex Clerking Service
Full name Position

Nature of Business and Pecuniary Interest or
Personal Relationship

Enhanced DBS
Mrs C Epsom Governor None Yes
Mr Mark Carter-Tufnell Headteacher Mayflower – First aid training – Owned by family
Lindon Training – H&S Training – Owned by family
Ofsted Inspector
Miss A Fairbairn Deputy Headteacher None Yes
Rev Sharon Miles Governor None Yes
Mrs Diane Reed Governor None Yes
Mrs Belinda Gouge Governor Children attend St Osyth Yes

Communication with the Governing Body should be addressed to the member concerned and sent to the school’s address (correspondence may be marked ‘Private & Confidential’ if preferred). Such correspondence or telephone messages will be forwarded to the named person or Clerk as indicated at the earliest opportunity.

St Osyth’s Church of England Primary school is an Academy that is a member of the Vine Trust. The Vine trust was set up by the diocese and is a multi-academy Church of England Trust. Each school within the Trust has a Local Governing Body (LGB).

The purpose of the LGB is to support and challenge the head teacher and his colleagues within the school to provide an excellent education for all pupils, regardless of their background and abilities. As a church school it is vital that this excellence is achieved through a Christian ethos that helps children of all faiths to develop their spirituality. The governors will work with the staff, parents and pupils to develop this ethos so that it is part of the everyday life of the school.

The LGB is made up of parents, staff and co-opted members of the community. All members have to be approved by the Trust and the chair is appointed by the Trust. The governing body meets every half term in the early evening for approximately two hours. The head teacher and staff bring reports to the LGB of progress of the pupils, budget, premises and buildings, personnel matters and other aspects of school life. The LGB scrutinises these reports and verifies them through visits to the school. Policies are discussed and recommendations given for improvement.

All governors volunteer their services and all have to undergo a DBS check.

If you wish to contact the governors about any aspect of school life, please hand in a note to the school office addressed to the chair of governors and it will be forwarded to the chair. If you have skills that would be helpful to make the governing body more effective similarly, leave a note for the chair.

LGB Attendance Sheet St Osyth 16/17