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Governing Body

General Information

The Portesbery School Governing Body comprises twelve Governors, made up of six Co-opted Governors, three Parent Governors, one Local Authority Governor and one Staff Governor and the Headteacher, who is a governor by virtue of his position.

The term of office for all Governors other than the Headteacher is 4 years, although a Governor may choose to resign prior to the end of her or his term.  Parent and Staff Governors are appointed by election.  The Governing Body appoints Co-opted Governors.  The Local Authority governor nominated by the school and is ratified by the County Councillor for the ward in which the school is located.

Governors are able to resign from their position by providing written notice to the Clerk to Governors. The Governing Body also has the right to remove a Governor if she or he has not attended meetings of the Governing Body for a period of 6 months without the agreement of the other governors, and the Governing Body resolves that the position is to be vacated.

The Full Governing Body meets at least once each term, usually towards the end of each term.  Major parts of the work of the Governing Body are dealt with in Committees.  The two chief Committees are the Children and Learning Committee and the Resources Committee.  These meet earlier in the term, before the Full Governing Body.  The Terms of Reference of these two Committees are shown below.  Other Committees are the Pay Committee and the Headteacher’s Performance Review Committee.

Current Vacancies

1 Co-opted Governor Vacancy.


Governors at Portesbery School are as follows:

Parent Governors:   Term of Office: from  to
Mr Patrick Dawson (Vice Chair)  01-Jan-2018  31-Dec-2021
Mr Simon Fellows 25-Nov-2017  24-Nov-2021
Mr Jonathan Spink (Chair) 07-Feb-2018 06-Feb-2022
Co-opted Governors:    
Mrs Margaret Dean 01-Mar-2019  28-Feb-2023
Mr Hudson Holt 14-Apr-2016 13-Apr-2020
Brig Stephen Shirley 15-Dec-2016 14-Dec-2020
Mrs Susan Thelton 04-Apr-2019 03-Apr-2023
Mrs Debbie Andrews 04-Jul-2019 03-Jul-2023
(Vacancy) - -
Staff Governors:    
Mr Nathan Aspinall 18-Apr-2017 open-ended
Mrs Tracey Haigh 21-Mar-2017 20-Mar-2021
Local Authority Governor    
Mrs Jane Vaughan (Vice Chair) 01-Mar-2019   28-Feb-2023
Clerk to the Governors    
Ms Janet Pain 01-Sep-2017 open-ended
Contact the clerk via the school office or Email:

The Clerk to the Governors is not a governor, but attends meetings to take minutes and to act on governors’ instructions.  Persons wishing to make contact with the Governing Body should do so through the Clerk in the first instance.


The structure of the Governing Body

The Chair of the Governing Body is Mr Jonathan Spink, who can be contacted via email at .

Full Governing Body
Mr Jonathan Spink (Chair) 
Mr Patrick Dawson (Vice-Chair)
Mrs Jane Vaughan (Vice Chair)
Children and Learning Committee  Resources Committee
Mrs Jane Vaughan (Chair) Mr Patrick Dawson (Chair)
Mrs Tracey Haigh Mrs Debbie Andrews
Mr Hudson Holt Mr Jonathan Spink
Brig Stephen Shirley Mrs Margaret Dean
Mr Simon Fellows Mr Nathan Aspinall (HT)
Mrs Susan Thelton
Mr Nathan Aspinall (HT)


Governors who have served at any point over the past 12 months but who have stepped down during that period:
Mrs Susan Carpenter
Mr Chris Hamilton
Mrs Ruth Buchan.

Register of business and pecuniary interests and attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over the last academic year.

Governor Pecuniary/other interests
Mr Nathan Aspinall Headteacher at school, otherwise none
Mrs Debbie Andrews
Mrs Susan Thelton Horsell Common
Mr Patrick Dawson Employed at West Hill Golf Club
Mrs Margaret Dean None
Mr Simon Fellows None
Mrs Tracey Haigh Teacher at school, otherwise none
Mr Hudson Holt Employed by construction company (Geoffrey Osborne Ltd)
Brig Stephen Shirley
Mr Jonathan Spink  Trustee at Lightwater Country Park
Mrs Jane Vaughan  Parent Trainer for Surrey SEND Teaching School

Attendance at governing body meetings is a major, but not the only, part of the input of governors.  Other governor commitments not listed on the tabulation include governor visits and learning walks, and informal consultations with staff on, e.g, finance-related matters.

Governor Meetings 

Meetings of Portesbery School’s Governing Body are for Governing Body members only. If interested parties wish to attend one of the meetings, arrangements can be made in advance by contacting the Chair of Governors.

Full Governing Body Board Meeting 12 Sep 2019 (6.30pm)
Children & Learning Committee Meeting 14 Nov 2019 (6.00pm)
Resources Committee Meeting 27 Nov 2019 (5.30pm)
Full Governing Body Board Meeting 05 Dec 2019 (6.30pm)
Children & Learning Committee Meeting 06 Feb 2020 (6.30pm)
Resources Committee Meeting 06 Feb 2020 (5.30pm)
Full Governing Body Board Meeting 12 Mar 2020 (6.30pm)
Resources Committee Meeting 29 Apr 2020 (5.30pm)
Children & Learning Committee Meeting 21 May 2020 (6.00pm)
Resources Committee Meeting 17 Jun 2020 (5.30pm)
Full Governing Body Board Meeting 02 Jul 2020 (6.30pm)


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