St Nicholas CE First School is a founder member of Codsall Multi Academy Trust (CMAT, established October 2016)) along with Codsall Middle School.   CMAT is governed by it's Trustees and Members and operates within the confines of the Memorandum and Articles of Association

At local level St Nicholas has retained a FGB and Committee structure as can be seen below.


The Governors's Role
Governing bodies are expected to have a strong focus on 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
  • Monitoring and challenging the progress of the school in achieving its priorities
  • Recruiting and performance managing the Headteacher and exercising employer responsibility

Categories of Governors

There are five types of school Governor on our Governing Body:

  • Foundation Governors – appointed by Lichfield Diocesan Board of Education
  • Parent Governors - elected by the parents and carers of children in school
  • Co-opted Governors - selected by the Governing Body to bring the expertise of the local community to the school
  • Staff Governors – elected by employees of the school, with the exception of the Headteacher who holds an ex - officio role.
  • Associate Governors - ex-officio invited to contribute and inform meetings, unable to vote.

Structure of the Governing Body

Governing Body Composition

Our Instrument of Government provides for 16 Governors which is made up as follows:

  • 4 Foundation governors
  • 4 Parent governors
  • 6 Co-opted governors
  • 1 Headteacher governor
  • 1 Staff governor

and has the ability to recruit additional Associate Governors for specific projects or purposes. Currently there are no Associate Governors appointed.

Governors are appointed for a term of four years, Associate Governors for one year. See below for full details of governors.

The Chair of Governors is Matt Jevons and the Vice Chair of Governors is Jenny Birch.

Meetings of the Full Governing Body during 2018/2019 are scheduled for:

 Thursday 18th October  5pm

 Thursday 14th March 5pm

 Thursday 4th July 5pm


Much of the detailed business of the governing body is conducted through a committee structure focussed on these responsibilities, as follows:

  • Resources Committee
  • Personnel Committee
  • Raising Achievement Committee
  • Wraparound Care Committee

Sub Committees of the Governing Body and Committee Chairs

Resources Committee – Chair:-M Jevons

The Resources Committee has the responsibility to ensure that the school’s buildings and grounds are well maintained and provide a safe and suitable environment for the pupils and staff. This group sets the financial policy and strategy for the School and is responsible for ensuring that the School’s finances are well managed. Also responsible for procurement of major contracts and monitoring the performance of contractors. The committee is also responsible for key policies relating to health and safety and safeguarding.

Personnel Committee – Chair: Mr M Jevons

The Personnel Committee is responsible for the Governing Body’s non-executive functions as an employer; ensuring that employment policies are legally compliant, maintaining staffing and pay structures and the recruitment, induction and training of governors.

Raising Achievement Committee – Chair: Mrs J Gollins

The Raising Achievement Committee is made up of Link Governors for key areas (Literacy, Numeracy, Pupil Premium, SEN, Early Years and Worship/RE) and is responsible for:

  • Setting pupil performance targets for ratification by the full governing body
  • Monitoring and challenging data on pupil performance and the quality of teaching
  • Reviewing reports from departmental reviews.

Link Governors

Link Governors visit their link areas to gain and understanding of the context of pupil progress and attainment data and thereby improve their ability to provide constructive challenge and hold school leaders to account.

Link Governors observe policies and plans being implemented on a day-to-day basis. Their findings help the whole governing body and committees make well-informed judgments about the progress being made towards the school’s priorities and targets. This process enables the governing body to recognise and celebrate the efforts and successes of pupils and staff and to identify further areas for development. Link Governor’s visits are not about making judgments on the quality of teaching, nor are they about checking on the progress of individual children or pursuing personal agendas.

The current Link Governors are:

  • Leadership & Management – Mr M Jevons
  • Teaching, Learning & Assessment – Mrs J Birch (Literacy) & Miss L Griffiths (Numeracy)
  • Personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare – Mrs L Howse
  • Outcomes for Children & Learners – Mr M Jevons & Mrs J Gollins
  • Early Years – Mrs L Griffiths
  • British Values – Mrs L Howse
  • Buildings – Mr J Richards
  • E-Safety – Mrs L Howse
  • Governor Training & Development – Mr M Jevons
  • Literacy – Mrs J Birch
  • Numeracy – Miss L Griffiths
  • Prevent, Safeguarding, Looked after Children – Mrs L Howse
  • Pupil Premium – Miss Pugh
  • SEN – Mrs R Wright
  • Sports Premium – Mr M Jevons
  • Worship/RE – Mrs S Gilmour

If you feel you can make a contribution to the school and are prepared to make a commitment to a four year term office, please contact Matt Jevons, Chair of Governors, via Julie Howell,  School Bursar, on 01902 842998 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange an informal discussion in the first instance.


Please see documents attached below that will give you further information about the work of the Governing Body.


Chair of Governors Mr M Jevons
can be contacted by email at:
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