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Governing Body Annual Report 2017 click here.

Governors work with the headteacher and staff to make sure that Trinity Fields provides effective and successful teaching and learning for all of our pupils and to help raise standards.

The governing body is accountable to parents, the local authority (Caerphilly County Borough Council) and the local community for what they do, for the results they achieve and for the way in which they use our resources.

Our governing body meets at least once a term, with additional sub-committee meetings throughout the year. Our governors work with the headteacher and staff to fulfill 3 key roles. These are:

  • Strategic role- relating to the school's aims, developing policies, targets and monitoring to see if these are achieved;
  • "Critical friend" role- such as acting as a sounding board for ideas, offering support and constructive advice;
  • Accountable role- where governors must be prepared to explain their decisions and actions to anyone who has a legitimate interest in the school such as the local authority, parents/carers etc.

 The role of Governors in Trinity Fields includes the following tasks:

  • agree the school's aims, values and policies;
  • contribute and approve the school development plan;
  • approve and monitor the school budget;
  • make sure that the curriculum is taught and that there are enough staff to teach it;
  • monitor and review the school's progress towards targets;
  • ensure that pupils' needs are met;
  • recruit and select staff (in partnerships with the School Council);
  • provide parents and carers with information on the school;
  • develop action plans after an Estyn inspection;
  • promote the school's commitment towards"healthy eating";
  • develop and maintain positive links with local business and the community;
  • support the day-to-day decisions taken by the headteacher;
  • promote and enhance the effectiveness of the governing body.

Further information about the role of governors and the work of the governing body can be found at the Governors Wales website:

For the new rules concerning requesting a meeting with the school governors please see this document.  Copies can also be obtained from the school.

Governing body vacancies: there are currently NO vacancies on the governing body of Trinity Fields School and Resource Centre.

Safeguarding: our safeguarding governor is: Mr. Brian Witchell


Members of Trinity Fields' Governing Body



Barrie Jones

Community Governor



Brian Witchell

LA Governor

Vice Chair of Governors


I became a governor at Trinity Fields School and Resource Centre in January 2010. In addition to my duties at the full governing body termly meetings I am also involved in the following sub committees: Finance, Health and Safety, Pay, Staff Appointments, including Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher, Staff Disciplinary and Dismissals, along with the Headteacher’s Performance Management.

I am also the appointed Safeguarding Governor. I am particularly passionate about Safeguarding issues and together with the school leadership team we proactively promote compliance with the policies in this extremely important area.


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Heather Morgan

Parent Governor


My name is Jill Farrier and I have been a parent governor since 2016. My son is a pupil at Trinity Fields School; he is currently in Snowdrop Class.

I became a parent governor because I’m very proud to work alongside an amazing school and staff team; I also want to make sure all parents and pupils have a voice so that we can work together to make the school even more amazing!


Hefin David AM

LA Governor

I was elected as AM for Caerphilly in May 2016. Before that I was a University Lecturer, specialising in small business and employment. I was also a Caerphilly County Borough Councillor for 10 years, representing my home area.

I am currently a member of the Assembly’s Children, Young People and Education Committee. My interests as an AM include: Additional Learning Needs, Small Business, Self-Employment and Affordable Housing. My office can be contacted on 01443 838542; I can arrange to meet constituents via appointments.


Mike Cook

Community Governor

Chair of Governors

I joined the governing body of Trinity Fields when the school first opened in 1998; my son was a pupil in the school at that time. This was an opportunity to contribute towards the efforts of the school and make it as successful as possible.

I am a retired civil servant having worked over 42 years for HMRC. Being a governor keeps me up to date with all the changes in education in Wales and there is much happening these days! I find the experience very rewarding and occasionally challenging, which keeps us on our toes.

I have been chair of governors for over 5 years.


Ian Elliott MBE



Angela Kenvyn

LA Governor

I became the local education authority representative on the governing body of Trinity Fields in October 2010. I am currently reserve Chair and involved in the Finance, Health and Safety, Staff Appointments and Staff Disciplinary and Dismissals sub committees.

My association with Trinity Fields began in 2003. I was employed by the school for 7 years tasked with the development and coordination of school and community based services that promoted independence, educational and social inclusion, provided person centred and peer support for the transition to adulthood. I then worked for the local authority as Community Services Manager (ALN) with responsibility for a regional project (Real Opportunities) until retiring at the end of 2015.

I continue to be passionate about children and young people and their families: having a voice that is listened to; being provided with the support required to meet their individual needs; being given opportunities that will help them to reach their full potential.




Helen Muscat

Support Staff Governor

I was a Level 3 teaching assistant at the school for 17 years and have worked as a Specialist Support Communication Assistant for the last 8 years.

I joined the governing body in 2014 as a Staff Governor; I represent the school’s support staff and I am involved in all aspects of school life. Being a governor I was keen to see how the school decides how to allocate funding to projects, along with the actions the school takes to make sure we act in pupils’ best interests and that they make progress.




Anthony Rhys

Teacher Governor

I am a teacher governor who has taught at Trinity Fields for over 10 years. I am also the team leader of the School Curriculum department, as well as being the lead for sensory curriculum and Digital Competence.

I am responsible for the budgets for staff development which includes the Welsh Government’s Education Improvement Grant (EIG) and the Pupil Development Grant (PDG). I have been a governor for over 2 years and really enjoy representing the teaching staff on the governing body.



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Deborah Sapey

Parent Governor



Amanda Hurst -

Parent Governor


I am the mother of 5 children, grandmother of 2 and soon to be 4 grandchildren. For the last 15 years I have been a long term foster carer for 3 young people with additional needs and challenging behaviour, one of whom attends Trinity Fields.

I was a Governor of my own children’s primary and secondary schools for many years and also taught for over 20 years in a special school. I am also currently the secretary of Trinity Fields’ PTA. I became a Parent Governor at Trinity Fields because I wanted to share my skills and experience to further enhance the work of the school.





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Ruth Seymour

Parent Governor


My name is Ruth. I am married, with 2 children; my son Daniel attends Trinity Fields and Cwm Ifor. I am a new parent governor, so I’m learning about the role from other governors.

I have become a parent governor because I would like give something back to Trinity Fields School. Dan is thriving here as a pupil and has grown so much. The school is amazing providing a safe environment for our children to flourish. Being a parent governor also gives me the opportunity to have an input into how the school is run.

My interests are card making, singing and I love the arts. 

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Claire Coff (Clerk)



Governor pen portraits

Links with United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC):


Article 3 (Best interests of the child): The best interests of children must be the primary concern in making decisions that may affect them. All adults should do what is best for children. When adults make decisions, they should think about how their decisions will affect children. This particularly applies to budget, policy and law makers.

Article 12 (Respect for the views of the child): When adults are making decisions that affect children, children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account.

Article 23 (Children with disabilities): Children who have any kind of disability have the right to special care and support, as well as all the rights in the Convention, so that they can live full and independent lives.

Article 28 (Right to education): All children have the right to a primary education; young people should be encouraged to reach the highest level of education of which they are capable.

Article 29 (Goals of education): Children’s education should develop each child’s personality, talents and abilities to the fullest.


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Trinity Fields School & Resource Centre
Caerphilly Road
Ystrad Mynach
CF82 7XW
Tel: 01443 866000 Fax: 866045