Green Farm Road, Colne Engaine, Colchester, CO6 2HA

Tel: 01787 222717

e-mail: (Mrs Sarah Cushney, School Business Manager)

Headteacher:  Mrs Julie Sarti

Chair of Local Governing Body:  Godfrey Evans c/o Colne Engaine C of E Primary School

SENCo: Mrs Julie Sarti 

The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust

Diocesan Offices

53 New Street Chelmsford Essex CM1 1AT

Telephone: 01255 863646


The Local Governing Body (LGB) of Colne Engaine Church of England Primary School, formed on April 1st 2019, is a sub-committee of the Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Trust Board (VTB).  Details about that can be found in the Articles of Association and the Funding Agreement of the VTB. You can view the Annual Accounts of the Trust for 2018/2019 here.
What this means is that responsibility for monitoring the day to day running of the school rests with the LGB while the accountability to the Regional Schools Commissioner, the Secretary of State for Education and the Education and Skills Funding Agency rests with the VTB.  Part of the role, therefore, of the LGB is to provide the VTB in a timely fashion with the information they need about the school to evidence their accountability.

The Terms of Reference indicate what the VTB  expects from the LGB.  As a corporate body we believe that we have a wider range of responsibilities which we sum up below.
We agree with the three functions which the current government thinks we have:
•    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

We believe, however, that  we have a range of other functions which are equally important and without which the three functions above would be meaningless.
•    We have an overriding duty of care to the staff and the pupils of the school
•    We must act as a critical friend to the headteacher in the hugely demanding job she has
•    We must ensure that the curriculum on offer to our pupils is broad and balanced and encourages learning and success
•    We are a church school and fostering our links with the church must be very important to us
•    We must recognise that we work within a community and we must embrace everyone in the community and help encourage the development of the community both inside and outside the school
•    We must support the school in working with other schools, giving expertise and experience to and gaining expertise and experience from other schools

A great deal of responsibility is delegated to the LGB by the VTB as you can see in the Scheme of Delegation.

To make sure that at all times we are keeping our eye on a wide range of aspects of the school we annually review our statement of Strategic Focuses.
The business and personal interests of governors, along with other information about their roles, can be found in Business and Personal Interests of Governors.
Information about any gifts or hospitality received by governors can be found in Gifts and Hospitality to Governors.
The attendance record of governors for 2019/2020 will be found here

Governors annually sign a Code of Conduct which defines how they should act.

Members of the Local Governing Body:

Godfrey Evans (Chair)             
Doug McKenzie (Vice Chair)   
Alison McKeown                      
Julie Sarti                                
Natalie Pennell                       
Jane Lambert                         
Tim Champion                        
Tom Owen                             
Mark Payne                            
Christopher Barnett                
Elizabeth Murphy                   
appointed by the Vine Trust Board 
appointed by the Vine Trust Board
appointed by the Vine Trust Board
Headteacher, ex officio
appointed from the staff body
appointed by the PCC
appointed from the parent body
appointed from the parent body
Incumbent, ex officio
co-opted by the LGB


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Find out more about each governor and see what they look like here.

The LGB meets twice each term.  The dates for 2019 – 2020 are:
10 September 2019 (Business Planning)
12 November 2019
10 December 2019
11 February 2020
17 March 2020
16 June 2020
7 July 2020

In general, one meeting per term has a focus on Resources – finance, premises, health and safety, personnel, - while the other focuses on pupil learning and well being.
As we develop our role the plan is that for each of the two focuses a pair of governors meets to look at detailed information and interrogate it as necessary, then taking their findings to the relevant LGB meeting for further discussion if necessary.

Each governor has a particular oversight responsibility – for example, Pupil Premium, Equalities, Health and Safety, - and will report to the LGB from time to time.

Each governor is expected to make visits to the school during the working day to monitor some aspect of the developments looked for in the school development plans.

Governors are guided in their work by a large number of policies:  some are mandatory and Trust wide, some are models for schools to adapt and a large number are specific to Colne Engaine.  All policies are reviewed regularly to make sure they are fit for purpose.  See the full list of policies here.

You can find more details about the work of the governors in the annual Governance Statement. (statement for 2017 - 2018 to follow)

A file of record of all non-confidential governing body meetings is kept and is available for inspection at the school.  Contact the School Office for further details.