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"Governors are very active in school and show a passion for raising standards and supporting the school to improve.

(Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools, September 2017)

Welcome to our Governors' Section
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests for your information. Minutes of Governors' meetings are available on request from the school office.


The Governors’ Role

Our team of Governors comprises a group of local people with a range of experience and expertise who are representatives of the local community.  Many have a thorough working knowledge of the school and make a point of spending time in the classrooms with the children and staff.  We attend training courses on all aspects of the curriculum and school management to ensure we have the necessary knowledge and skills to support the Head in the effective running of the school.


The Department for Education have high expectations of governing bodies. They are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. For maintained schools this is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to 'conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school.'

In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.

Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

These functions are reflected in regulations for maintained schools that came into force in September 2013 and in the criteria Ofsted inspectors use to judge the effectiveness of governance in both maintained schools and academies.


We feel that Southam St. James C of E Academy is privileged to have such a caring, well-resourced village school with a highly skilled and enthusiastic teaching staff that creates a stimulating and exciting learning environment within a strong Christian framework. The happy atmosphere in the school and the enthusiasm with which the children approach their work, as well as the high quality of work achieved, makes us very proud of our school.  We have the greatest confidence in recommending our school to you for your child, and hope that you will come to experience for yourself all the good things we have to offer.


List of Governors including term of office and appointment details.

                                                                                        Term of Office
Mrs Alison Hine, Executive Headteacher -                   Ex-Officio (Headteacher)
appointed by Full Governing Body 

(also Governor at Long Itchington C of E Academy)   


Miss Emily Duncumb                                                     Until 30.06.2021

Staff Governor

Mrs Valerie Copley  Chair of Governors -                     Until 06.02.2020
Foundation Governor 

appointed by All Saints Church, Ladbroke

Mrs Ron Holmes Local Authority Governor                   Until 11.03.2020
appointed by the Local Authority  

Mr Dave Howell Foundation Governor &                        Until 29.12.2019
Chairman of Management and Finance Committee
appointed by St James Church, Southam      

Dr David Baxter Foundation Governor                          Until 16.01.2020
appointed by St James Church, Southam

Mrs Jennifer Thorne  Foundation Governor &               Until 05.06.2016
Vice Chair &

Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee
appointed by St James Church, Southam


Mr Mark Taylor Parent Governor                                  Until 15.09.2019
appointed by parents


Mrs Kate Gordon Parent Governor                                Until 01.09.2020

appointed by parents


Mrs Debs Brown Foundation Governor                          Until 14.03.2021

appointed by All Saints Church, Ladbroke


Mrs Jill Parker Ex-Officio Foundation Governor          Until 16.08.2022                    

appointed by St James Church, Southam


Clerk to the Governors:

Mr Nigel Jones, contact via the school office