Local Governance

The Role of the Governing Body

Welcome to the Governors’ section of our website which aims to introduce you to the governing body at our school.

The key role of the LGB is to provide a balance of challenge and support to school leaders, understanding the strengths and areas for improvement in the school.

Our responsibilities are to:
1. Deliver the Trust and school strategy and vision, contributing to the creation of the School Development Plan and ensuring this sets priorities to deliver the strategy articulated by the Trust in the Local context
2. Support educational Improvement by ensuring that the plans put in place by Head Teacher and School Improvement specialists are leading to improved outcomes for children. This will include reviewing the impact and effectiveness of the pupil and sports premium spend, as well as reviewing progress against the School Development Plan
3. Monitor how effectively resources are allocated to meet priorities
4. Monitor safeguarding outcomes in the school
5. Review recommendations from the Bridge specialists relating to IT and Health and Safety and highlight any concerns identified with proposed plans
6. Engage with stakeholders – examine, evaluate and feedback to parents and other stakeholders on the overall quality of the children’s experience in the school as well as identify, understand and respond to stakeholder’s views and concerns.

If you would like to find out more about what Governors do, or find out about vacancies, please don't hesitate to contact the Clerk to Governors, Julia Stoneman clerk-jstoneman@bridgeschools.co.uk

At Blisland School, we have recently moved to a joint governing body with Lanlivery Academy and Darite Academy. This gives  governors the opportunity to make comparisons between similar settings and for headteachers to work together for the benefit of all our children. 

LGB Monitoring at Blisland Primary Academy:
As the strategic leaders of our school, Governors have a vital role to play in ensuring every child gets the best possible education and are therefore an integral part of the monitoring schedule.
Our roles and responsibilities remain strategically aligned to the skills and knowledge of individual members to ensure that the body has the ability to hold the school to account and promote continual school improvement.

The following monitoring visits have taken place over the last year:
Data and Standards
Pupil Premium
Sports Premium
Curriculum including wider curriculum and assessment
Website compliance
Recovery Premium/School led tutoring
Phonics/early reading
Behaviour and wellbeing

A copy of Local Governing Body minutes are available from the school office. Please inquire if you would like a copy to read.

Meet the Governors: 

Mr Adrian Hines
Chair of Governors
Responsible for SEN and safeguarding
I was appointed in 2014 as a Parent Governor at Rydon Primary School, a 420-pupil school in Kingsteignton, Devon. I was elected to the role of Chair in 2016. At this time, the school was part of the Templer Academies Schools Trust (TAST), a MAT comprising two secondary and two primary schools. Upon taking on this role, I prioritised establishing clarity regarding roles and responsibilities, and sought to develop improved insight amongst the Governing Board members. During this period, I also served on the TAST Board, and chaired the TAST Audit Committee, before stepping aside to lead the Governing Body through a challenging period of change arising from a merger of trusts to form Education South West (ESW), which now comprises four secondary and six primary schools. I am currently taking a lead in developing local governance across ESW, seeking to improve cooperation between the Local Governing Bodies, and between the Local Governing Bodies and the Trust Board. I have also implemented a Trust-wide Governor training programme, and have designed and delivered “Basics of Governance” training within this programme. In developing governance across the Trust I have been working with a National Leader of Governance, and with the DfE-funded GovernorSpace leadership development programme. I am an Associate Board Member of Devon Association of Governance, and have recently been appointed as the Primary Academies Governor Representative on the Devon Education Forum.
Outside of school governance, in my “day job” I have over 15 years of experience in leading teams of scientists and software engineers, and of committee work at local, national and international level. My work roles have also involved a number of interactions with the Education sector. My teams have included qualified trainers who are responsible for development and delivery of training materials for a variety of audiences, and I have visiting positions at the Universities of Exeter and Leeds which both involve interaction with both undergraduate and postgraduate training activities. As a public sector employee, I benefit from my employer offering flexibility to enable me to work around Governor duties.

Nic Harrison - White

Geoff Cole
I have lived in Cornwall for more than 40-years, and although born in the next county I do have Cornish ancestors, as well as Cornish grandchildren. I am a retired Quantity Surveyor having worked in London, Plymouth, Redruth & Bodmin. In my younger adult years, I ran a church youth club and was also an officer in the Boys Brigade. I sat locally as a magistrate for 13-years until reaching the retirement age to sit. I enjoyed my school years and would like in a small way help the children to enjoy theirs and be prepared for the next stage of their development.

Andrew Smith
Head of School at Blisland Academy

Ms Emma Richardson - Calladine

Mrs Louise Marks- Saberton
My name is Louise Marks-Saberton. I have two children at Darite who joined in Reception in 2014 and 2017. The school is very dear to my heart having attended myself in the 1980s. I work as a teaching assistant and in my spare time I do a lot of camping and walking with my family.



View the following documents within your web browser or download to read later

Bridge Local Governor Hub Attendance Register 2022-23 Medium Schools[69].pdf
Bridge Local Governor Hub Attendance Register 2022-23 Medium Schools[69].pdf
Bridge Schools Governors Code of Conduct Policy.pdf
Bridge Schools Governors Code of Conduct Policy.pdf
Bridge Schools Scheme of Delegation for LGBs v1.0.docx
Bridge Schools Scheme of Delegation for LGBs v1.0.docx



Lanlivery Blisland and Darite LGH Register of Interests 2023-24.pdf
Lanlivery Blisland and Darite LGH Register of Interests 2023-24.pdf


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