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Governors

Governing Body Annual Report 2018 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 on the EAS website www.governor.support@sewaleseas.org.uk or by contacting the Governor Support Team on 01443 863155

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.

 

 

Bleddyn Hopkins

Community Governor

I was appointed as a community governor in the spring term (2018). I worked for over 40 years in local government in a variety of roles in both finance and education. I worked in Caerphilly Council Education service from 1996 until my retirement in February 2017.

 I am looking forward to working with fellow governors to continue the excellent progress being made by the school. This is a particularly exciting time with a diverse range of building projects being developed. I anticipate having a significant role in H&S, finance and building works, in particular.

 

Heather Morgan

Parent Governor

I am a parent governor and was appointed in the autumn term (2018). I have a son in the school who is in one of the classes in the 14-19 learning pathways department.

I wanted to be a parent governor to help support the school and to uphold their policies and support their work. Pupils at Trinity Fields are given the education they deserve because the school looks after their wellbeing and rights with a dedicated staff to support them.          

    

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

Headteacher

I have had the privilege of being headteacher at Trinity Fields School and Resource Centre since September 2012, having been headteacher of a similar school in Brecon for 12 years before the move to Trinity Fields. 

During my time at Trinity Fields I have seen the school grow in terms of pupil and staff numbers as we continue our journey as a centre of excellence. I am firmly committed to pupils being at the heart of everything that we do at Trinity Fields and their wellbeing, progress and achievements provide myself and the school team with the energy and enthusiasm to  do what we do.

Our governing body is very strong, experienced and dedicated; governors provide myself and the entire school team with the support and challenge that is required to be the best that we can be! But don't just take my word for that- please come and visit us; our Head Girl and Head Boy will only be too pleased to show you around.

 
 

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.

I am also the Regional Professional Learning Lead for special schools and PRUs across the EAS consortium.

 

 

Deborah Sapey

Parent Governor

 

Amanda Hurst

LA 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.

 

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. 

 

 

Claire Coff

Clerk

 

 

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.

 

Contact Us Heading

Trinity Fields School & Resource Centre
Caerphilly Road
Ystrad Mynach
Caerphilly
CF82 7XW
Email: tflsa@caerphilly.gov.uk
Tel: 01443 866000 Fax: 866045