Governors/School Finance

A message from the Chair of Governors

Welcome to Cambo First School, a school of which I am proud to be Chair of Governors.  Cambo is a small school but a very special one that is at the heart of its community.  In addition to mainstream schooling we have a wraparound facility that provides care and education for all children of preschool age and up to the end of middle school.  In all areas of its work and the curriculum the school is highly creative and the staff are constantly updating their expertise, to the extent that they are asked to share their skills and knowledge with other schools and professionals in Northumberland.  We also aim to work in partnership with our parents and are open to any ideas you can bring that will improve our school.  Should you choose to send your child to Cambo First School you can be assured that they will receive the best possible education in a supportive environment that respects the individual.

Pam Walker

Chair of Governors

The Governing Body are the critical friends of the Head Teacher and the  school. There are several different types of Governor. Some are elected by the school, some by parents and some by the Local Authority. If you have any concerns, worries or thoughts about the school please feel free to contact the head teacher, staff or your elected representatives on the governing body: Paul Cowie or Charlie Bennett. Our aim is, as always, to support you and your child through Cambo’s educational system.

Governor /Staff interests/business interests/financial interests

Governors must declare any relevant business interests as well as the details of any other educational establishments they govern.  The register must also set out any relationships between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives.  It is important to address any perception of a conflict of interest by making clear where such potential personal or pecuniary interests might apply; this might be a conflict between personal interests and the interests of the school or County Council when dealing with outside organisations or individuals.


Examples (potential conflicts):

  • A governor whose spouse/partner is employed by the school – Should not take part in discussion regarding the school’s pay policy or any staffing matter that might impact on their partner. Both direct and indirect decisions might impact on the salary range of senior staff e.g. increasing pupil numbers (PAN) or the age range (first to primary). 
  • A governor on the management committee of a childcare provider or after school club who rent part of the school – Should not be party to discussion involving the use of the school or their charging policy.
  • A governor who is a supplier of goods or services to the school – Should not take part in decisions regarding the letting of contracts for that type of goods or services or where a sub-contract relationship might exist.

Examples (other declarations):

  • Being a governor on another school or academy
  • Relationship to staff members

The register of governor interests must be reviewed and updated on an annual basis.

Associate governors must be included on the register and it should be clear where they have voting rights.

The school is required to maintain a similar register of staff interests that should also be reviewed annually

Member of Governing Body



Mrs. P.A.V Walker nil 8/11/22
Mrs. N. Robson nil 8/11/22
Mrs E. Patterson nil 8/11/22
Mrs. P. Cummings nil 8/11/22
Mr. Paul Cowie nil 8/11/22
Mr.  J Ballantine Grounds Business used by school 8/11/22
Mr. C. Bennett nil 8/11/22
Dr Mike Dowrick nil 8/11/22
Mrs I Anderson nil 8/11/22
Liz Aynsley nil 8/11/22
Mr. B. Ayliffe nil 8/11/22
Mrs L Thompson nil 8/11/22
Staff Interests date
Ms Kate Freeman nil 9/11/22
Mrs. L. Chalmers nil 9/11/22
Mr G. Flatman nil 9/11/22
Mrs. P. Cummings nil 9/11/22
Mrs. D. Lewins nil 9/11/22
Mrs. S. Birdsall nil 9/11/22
Mrs. C. Flatman nil 9/11/22
Mrs. J. Wilson nil 9/11/22
Mrs. E. Patterson nil 9/11/22
Mrs. H. Boucher nil 9/11/22

Keeping Children Safe in Education  update 2020 post Governor Meeting March 2021- governors have read document



Sept 22 update


summary of changes and additions

Email document

Read and confirmed On line/face to face

Child Protection

Training for staff/community/

governors Aut 22 5/12/22

Carol Leckie NCC

Face to face

Safer Recruitment


E-safety online


Mrs L Thompson Email document 11/11/22 Prevent no no no
Mr. B. Ayliffe Email document 11/11/22 Prevent yes no no
Mrs. N. Robson Email document 8/11/22 Prevent yes no no
Mrs E. Patterson Email document  2/9/22 Prevent Deputy DSL yes May 2022 no yes 
Mrs. P. Cummings Email document  2/9/22 Prevent DSL Sept 2021 yes updated 22 yes  coordinator
Mr. Paul Cowie Email document 8/11/22 Prevent no no no
Mr.  J Ballantine Email document 8/11/22 Prevent no no no
Mr. C. Bennett Email document 11/11/22 Prevent no no no
Dr Mike Dowrick Email document 9/11/22 Prevent yes no no
Mrs I Anderson Email document 9/10/22 Prevent yes yes updated 22 yes governance
Liz Aynsley Email document 18/9/22 Prevent yes no no
Mrs. P.A.V Walker Email document  9/9/22 Prevent yes yes 2022 yes governance

Finance Benchmark Comparisons Tool 

Benchmarking information for Cambo First School . Governors can use this tool to compare income and expenditure with similar schools in Northumberland and the Country as a whole. Finance  is zero re costings but our finance costs are part of services, as we buy into Northumberland County Council Service Level Agreements. We do not hold a voluntary account.


Governor Code of Conduct Policy

Cambo First School gov code of conduct


Meeting attendance Autumn 22-Summer 23

Full Governor Meeting 5/12/22 – PAV Walker,  B Ayliffe,  E Patterson, P Cummings, Mrs E Aynsley, I Anderson, Dr M Dowrick. N Robson, L Thompson, C Bennett,  J Ballantine, P Cowie, – Safeguarding with Carol Leckie

Staffing Committee 5/12/22 – P Cummings P Walker, N Robson

Staffing Committee 28/11/22– P. Walker, N Robson, E. Patterson, P Cummings 

Finance Committee 30/11/22 – P. Cummings, N Robson, P Walker 

Finance Committee 28/11/22 – P. Cummings, N Robson, P Walker 

Governors Visit to School 21/11/22 – M Dowrick, P Walker – school data and data into practice within the classroom

Full Governor Meeting 8/11/22 – PAV Walker,  B Ayliffe,  E Patterson, P Cummings, Mrs E Aynsley, I Anderson, Dr M Dowrick. N Robson, L Thompson Apologies: C Bennett,  J Ballantine, P Cowie,

Meeting attendance Autumn 21-Summer 22

Full Governor Meeting  PAV Walker,  B Ayliffe,  P Cowie, E Patterson, Mrs E Aynsley, I Anderson, Dr M Dowrick.  P CummingsApologies: C Bennett,  J Ballantine, N Robson

Staffing Committee – 16/5/22 Meeting with Alan Johnston re succession planning attendees: E Aynsley, I Anderson, N Robson

Finance Committee – 8/4/22 Budget Meeting PAV Walker, N Robson, P Cummings

Governor Visit to School – 5/5/22 9.30-11.45 RE/PSHE, attendees N Robson, I Anderson

Headteacher Performance Management 6/1/22 – A Johnston, PAV Walker, N Robson

Finance/Staffing Committee  Annual Pay Policy review C Bennett, N Robson, P Walker

Finance Committee  SFVS review on behalf of full governing body N Robson P Walker

Full Governors Meeting 9/11/21  PAV Walker,  E Patterson, P Cummings, Mrs E Aynsley, Mrs N Robson , I Anderson, Dr M Dowrick. Apologies: C Bennett,  J Ballantine, B Ayliffe, Dr P Cowie

Governor Visit to School – 2/11/21 9.30-11.45 SEND/Interventions use of PP/Covid Catch Up, attendees E Aynsley/PAV Walker

Report submitted to governors on 9/11/21

Staffing Committee 19/10/21 Virtual Meeting 2pm-3pm -Leave of absence Policy discussion/ratification attendees  P Cummings , P Walker, E Aynsley. No Apologies

Meeting attendance Autumn 20-Summer 21 – meetings held virtually until further notice due to COVID 19 restrictions

Full Governors Meeting  Held Virtually via Google Meet 08/6/21 Mrs P Cummings, Mrs PAV Walker, Mrs E Patterson, Mr B Ayliffe, Dr P Cowie, Mrs E Aynsley, Mrs N Robson , Mr C Bennett. Mr F Cowan. Apologies: Mrs I Anderson, Mr J Ballantine,

Full Governors Meeting  Held Virtually via Google Meet 09/3/21 Mrs P Cummings, Mrs PAV Walker, Mrs E Patterson, Mr B Ayliffe, Dr P Cowie, Mrs E Aynsley, Mrs N Robson , Mr C Bennett, Mrs I AndersonApologies Mr F Cowan, Mr J Ballantine,

Full Governors Meeting  Held Virtually via Google Meet 10/11/20 Mrs P Cummings, Mrs PAV Walker, Mrs E Patterson, Mr B Ayliffe, Dr P Cowie, Mrs E Aynsley, Mrs N Robson Apologies Mr F Cowan, Mr J Ballantine, Mr C Bennett, Mrs I Anderson

Finance Committee 19/10/20 Virtual Meeting 6pm-6.50pm -Pay/Appraisal Policy discussion/ratification attendees Mrs P Cummings , Mrs P Walker, Mr C. Bennett. No Apologies

Staffing Committee 9/10/20 Virtual Meeting 6pm-6.50pm -Leave of absence Policy discussion/ratification attendees Mrs P Cummings , Mrs P Walker, Mr C. Bennett. No Apologies

Meeting attendance Autumn 19-Summer 20

Virtual contact with governors on a regular basis throughout the pandemic to ensure consistent , safe running of the school. Safety, Health and well being of children and staff. Weekly face to face meeting/socially distanced meeting with Chair of Governors during summer term on Fridays to discuss situation/problems/ reopening to further groups. [email

Hub Architecture Meeting 4/8/20 to review plans for the school re proposed change to the building should funding be possible. Governors P Cummings, I Anderson, P Walker. Parent Representative A. Haywood Hub Rep [All other governors sent information and comments relayed/informed meeting.] Face to face/socially distanced

Full Governors Meeting  Held Virtually via Google Meet 7/6/20 Mrs P Cummings, Mrs PAV Walker, Mrs E Patterson, Mr B Ayliffe, Dr P Cowie, Mrs E Aynsley,  Mrs. I Anderson Mrs L Thompson, Mr C Bennett.       Apologies Mr F Cowan, Mrs N Robson, Mr J Ballantine

Equalities/DDA Accessibility Meeting –  3rd June Virtual Meeting Google Meet Gill Finch, P Cummings,  PAV Walker, I Anderson

Full Governors meeting  Held via email due to  COVID 19 .  17/3/20 Responses sent to Helen Pye / Head teacher for response and qualification

Curriculum/Data Committee Meeting incorporating visit to school 29/1/20 Mrs P Cummings, Mr B Ayliffe and Dr P Cowie. Book scrutiny/pupil discussion to take place on 2/3/20

Full Governing Body Meeting 26/11/19 Mrs P Walker, Mrs P Cummings, Mrs I Anderson, Mrs N Robson, Dr P Cowie, Mr B Ayliffe, Mrs L Thompson, Mr J Ballantine

Apologies – Mr C Bennett, Mrs E Patterson, Mr F Cowan

Finance Committee 15/11/19 Mrs P. Walker, Mr C. Bennett, Mrs P. Cummings

Finance Committee 20/11/19 Mrs P. Walker, Mr C. Bennett, Mrs P. Cummings

Staffing Committee 24/9/19 Mrs P. Walker, Mr C. Bennett, Mrs P. Cummings

Autumn 18-Summer 19:

Curriculum Visit – Mrs P. Walker, Mrs N Robson 3/7/19

Whole School Governors Meeting  4/6/19 Mrs P. Walker, Dr Paul Cowie, Mrs Liz Patterson, Mr Barry Ayliffe, Mrs Paula Cummings, Mrs Lindsay Rutherford, Mr Frank Cowan

Apologies: Mr John Ballantine, Mrs Nanette Robson, Mrs Linda Thompson, Mr Charlie Bennett, Mrs Isobel Anderson

School Clerk to the Governing Body – Mrs Helen Pye

Staffing Committee – 10/5/19 References/Additional Needs Appointment Mrs. P. Cummings, Mrs PAV Walker,Mrs I Anderson

Staffing Committee- 29/4/19 at 9.30am. Short Listing  SEND Assistant. Mrs I. Anderson Mrs P. Cummings, Mrs. P. Walker

Finance Committee- 24/4/19 at 9.30am. Budget 19/20. Mrs E. Patterson, Mrs P. Cummings, Mr C Bennett, Mrs P Walker

Whole School Governors Meeting – 19/3/19 Mrs Pam Walker, Dr Paul Cowie, Mrs Nanette Robson, Mrs Isobel Anderson, Mrs Liz Patterson, Mr Charlie Bennett, Mr Barry Ayliffe, Mrs Paula Cummings.

Apologies Mr Frank Cowan, Mrs Lindsay Rutherford, Mrs Linda Thompson

School Clerk to the Governing Body – Mrs Helen Pye

Governor visit to school SIP – Mrs P Walker GDPR – Policy into Practice 12/10/18

Staffing Committee – Pay Policy – Dr Paul Cowie, Mr Barry Ayliffe, Mrs Paula Cummings  24/10/18

Finance Committee – SFVS Mrs Pamela Walker, Mrs Nanette Robson, Mrs Paula Cummings  16/10/18

Autumn Full Governors Meeting  13/11/18

Governors Present
Chair Mrs Pamela Walker  [chaired the meeting], Mrs Nanette Robson Vice ChairHeadteacher – Mrs Paula Cummings, Teacher Governor – Mrs Elizabeth Patterson
Co-opted Governor – Mr Barry Ayliffe, Co-opted Governor – Mrs Isobel Anderson, Parent Governor – Mr Paul Cowie, Co-opted Governor – Mr John Ballantine, Parent Governor – Mrs Lindsay Rutherford, Parent Governor – Mrs Linda Thompson, Co-opted Governor – Mr Frank Cowan

Governors Apologies-LA Governor – Mr Charles Bennett

School Clerk to the Governing Body – Mrs Helen Pye

Governor Visit to school Mrs Pamela Walker /Mrs Nanette Robson Data update/book scrutiny/observation 11/3/19

Governor Training/Visit to school with Gill Finch NCC – Safeguarding Checklist, compliance equalities tool kit. Mrs Isobel Anderson/Mrs Pam Walker/ Mrs Paula Cummings 13/3/19

Governor visit to school DATA and Progress across the school Mr Barry Ayliffe/ Dr Paul Cowie 22/10/19

Finance Committee – Dr Paul Cowie/Mr Barry Ayliffe/Mrs Paula Cummings The Budget/Ratification of the budget  26/4/19

Staffing Committee – Mr Charles Bennett/Mrs Pam Walker TBC – Health and Well being of staff 9/5/19

Staffing Committee – Mrs Paula Cummings/Mrs Isobel Anderson/ Mrs Pam Walker/ Mrs Linda Thompson – Application pack for SEND TA  first meeting -TBC


Meeting attendance from Autumn 17-18:

Governors Meeting 12-6-18 summer meeting

spring meeting of govs 18

17-18 meeting aut spring govs

Autumn Committee Meetings of Governors 17

Autumn Meeting of Governors 17

summer meeting attendance govs


Governance -terms of reference 

governors terms of office

Name Committees Type of Governor Term of office
Mrs Pam Walker all as necessary Chair of Governors co-opted 17/9/15-  16/9/23
Mr Barry Ayliffe all as necessary  Co-opted governor
Mrs Paula Cummings all as necessary Head Teacher Governor 1/1/04-Ongoing
Mrs. Elizabeth Patterson all as necessary Staff Governor
Mrs Isobel Anderson all as necessary Co-opted governor
Mrs Liz Aynsley all as necessary Parent Governor 12/12/19-11/12/23
Mrs Linda Thompson all as necessary Co-opted governor
Dr Paul Cowie all as necessary Community Governor 10/01/2022-23/5/26
Mrs. Nanette Robson all as necessary Vice Chair Co Opted governor
17/09/15 – 2/3/2023
Dr Mike Dowrick all as necessary Parent Governor 10/11/20/-9/11/24
Mr. Charlie Bennett all as necessary LA Governor 30/03/17-29/03/25
Mr. Johnny Ballantine all as necessary Co Opted Governor

occupation links to gov body(PJC)


Committee structure

Cambo First School amended 2015 vii

Our School Clerk to the governors is Ms Helen Pye. If parents wish to contact any governor on Cambo School Governing body then they can do so by ringing the school head teacher on 01670 774210 or by contacting  Helen Pye on 01670 623604

All information regarding the governing body are held in the school prospectus. We also have a Governors hand book in the school office for any governor/parent to peruse.

A copy of the school Improvement Plan/ School Self Evaluation Plan are also available in the school office and group room for any Governor/Staff Member/Parent to peruse and comment upon.

OFSTED Dashboard Data

2246 – Ofsted Inspection Dashboard 2016

2246 – 2015 Validated Inspection Dashboard-2


School Improvement Partners/Adviser

Every school has an independent School Improvement Adviser. This Adviser is paid for via the school/NCC. At Cambo our School Improvement Adviser is Mr. Alan Johnson. Mr Johnson submits a report to the Head teacher and the Governing body three times per year after his focused visits to school. This includes the observation of teaching and learning.  This gives us a snapshot of our school and the school development. Until now we have never really shared this with parents, no matter how good they have always been, as they are private documents. In view of outstanding schools not being inspected, I really feel that parents need to know what our school continues to be like and to know that we are rigorously assessed each term, thus I have been given permission to publish the first page of our SIP report. I will update this as and when a newer version becomes applicable. The areas we have chosen to develop, improve are linked to the new assessment changes for 2015.


Based on the evidence analysed the overall effectiveness

of the school is

Effectiveness of Leadership and Management   Outstanding
Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment   Outstanding
Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare   Outstanding
Outcomes for Children and Learners   Outstanding
Early Years   Outstanding

Summary of key findings for school

This is an outstanding school.

All staff and governors are relentless in their approach to raising standards. Pupil progress is always effectively checked; teachers identify and support those who fall behind, and enable almost all to catch up.

Achievement is outstanding. Pupils make rapid progress from their generally average or below-average starting points.

Standards at the end of Y2 are consistently above the national average in reading, writing and mathematics and by the end of Y4, most pupils reach high standards for their age.

Teachers plan work very effectively. It is sufficiently challenging for the differing ability groups within each class. Pupils are eager to answer questions and to share ideas. They work hard in lessons, and complete their work to a high standard. Teaching assistants are used effectively to support all learners.

Through highly effective classroom and individual support, disadvantaged and SEN pupils achieve as least as well as other pupils.

The curriculum is rich, varied and exciting. Pupils achieve well in a range of subjects,  e.g. history, geography and outdoor education.

Attendance is above the national benchmark.

Pupils conduct themselves exceptionally well in lessons, assemblies and around the school where they act considerately and politely. They take part with wholehearted enthusiasm in activities and are motivated to work hard and are eager to do well.

Pupils are strongly of the view that they feel safe and free from bullying and anti-social behaviour. They have a very good grasp of living a healthy lifestyle. They contribute exceptionally in many ways to support their school and local community. Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the school.

The school has the following strengths:

The school is extremely well led and managed.  The headteacher has successfully created a culture of high expectations and continuous improvement. Leaders & Governors are both  ambitious and compassionate. Parents, staff and children hold the school in high regard.

The teaching of basic skills is a real strength of the school.

The curriculum is rich, varied and exciting. Pupils achieve well in a range of subjects, e.g, history, geography & outdoor education.

The whole school community exudes tolerance and respect. Children are confident, articulate, polite and friendly. They behave exceptionally well, particularly in lessons, where they are always  eager to learn.

The school needs to improve:

The accuracy and reliability of teacher summative assessment by –

evaluating against national benchmarks.

in-school moderation of assessment and outcomes, particularly on-entry/exit data.

ensuring the school keeps evidence of moderation and agreed assessments.

Work within the partnership to support and develop a shared and agreed system to demonstrate pupils’ attainment and progress.

Plans are in place to increase the amount of teaching space.


Finance information

There are no staff in school who earn over 100,000 pounds in wages

Cambo First School Financial Benchmarking for 2019/20