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Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Cathryn Adams and I am Chair of Governors at William Read Primary School and Nursery.

On behalf of the governing body I would like to welcome you and your child to our school. I feel sure that your child will enjoy attending our school and I look forward to meeting you in the future.  If you would like to contact me, please email

Strategic Intervention Board (SIB)
at William Read Primary School and Nursery

In October 2019, Essex County Council formally suspended the governing body’s right to a delegated budget as the school is eligible for statutory intervention following the outcome of a Warning Notice issued on 25th October 2019.  

The effect of the suspension is that the governing body have no power to make decisions with financial implications over £5000 until the suspension is lifted.  The governing body and its committees may continue to meet but may not take any decisions about the management of the school budget. ECC will therefore take responsibility for such decisions and to discharge this function, a Strategic Intervention Board has been established, the membership of which is below:


  • Chair of the Board & Chair of Governors - Cathryn Adams
  • SIB Member – Ruth Bird
  • SIB Member - Sue Faulkner
  • SIB Member – Jenny McCutcheon
  • Governor – Mark Austin
  • Governor - Tom Harrison
  • Governor – Heather Tetchner
  • Staff Governor - Heather Saville
  • Headteacher – Travis Martinson
  • School Effectiveness Partner assigned to the school – Maz Norman

Governing Body Vision Statement

  • Provide strategic Governance which will deliver leadership, vision, ethos and strategy.
  • Governors accept their role in ensuring the school follows the goal of continuous improvement of educational standards, linked to a strong financial performance.
  • The Governing Body will ensure it comprises of members who have complementary skill sets, each Governor will have clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
  • Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements.
  • The Governing Body is tasked to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance at William Read Primary School and Nursery.
  • The Governing Body is responsible in ensuring sustainable and supportive links  with all stakeholders.

Letters and Information from the Governing Body

(please click on the name of the document you wish to view)

Current Ofsted Report
SIB Membership and Register of Business Interests
Governing Body Statement of Behaviour Principles
SIB Meeting Attendance Information

Co-opted governors are persons who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

Local Authority governors are persons who are nominated by the local authority and appointed by the governing body having, in the opinion of the governing body, met any eligibility criteria that they have set.

Parent governors are persons who are elected by parents of registered pupils at the school and are parents at the time of election.

Associate member is a person who is appointed by the governing body as a member of any committee established by them but who is not a governor.

A key role of the Governing Body is to act as a 'critical friend': to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the headteacher, staff and the local authority. Whilst the headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

The Governing Body has a range of powers and duties laid down by various Education Acts relating to:

  • Setting targets and promoting high standards of educational achievement;
  • Setting the strategic framework within which the school operates;
  • Management of the school's delegated budget;
  • Ensuring that the curriculum  for the school is balanced and broadly based.

Governors discharge the above responsibilities, together with many others, through a Governing Body meeting each term. These formal meetings are supplemented by a series of informal sub-committee meetings dealing with more specific issues. A numbers of governors also have responsibilities for specific issues based on key priorities in our School Improvement Plan. Governors adopt, review and monitor a range of policies that govern the operation of the school including safeguarding, health & safety, behaviour, curriculum and performance management.

All governors to the school's Governing Body must be elected or appointed. If you want to be part of our Governing Body, please enquire about any vacancies.