Minutes of a meeting held on 25th February, 2015.


Present:  Councillors F.T. Johnson; P.J. Clarke, C.P. Franks, T.H. Jarvie and Mrs. M.R. Wilkinson.


Also present:  Mrs. M. Gibbs, Vale Governors Association.


(a) Apology for Absence -


This was received from Councillor C.P.J. Elmore (Chairman).


(b) Appointment of Chairman for the Meeting -


In the absence of the Chairman Councillor C.P.J Elmore, Councillor F.T. Johnson was appointed Chairman of the Panel for the duration of the meeting.


(c) Declarations of Interest -


The following declarations were received:

  • Councillor T.H. Jarvie, Governor of Cowbridge Comprehensive School and Ysgol Iolo Morgannwg
  • Councillor Mrs. M.R. Wilkinson, Governor of Colcot Primary School.

(Note: Both Members withdrew from the meeting during consideration of the applications in respect of their related schools).


(d) Guidance Regarding Appointment Process -


The Senior Governor Support Officer outlined the procedure and advised of the requirement for applicants to attach a completed skills register to their application.  The new procedure had been approved by Cabinet at its meeting on 8th September, 2014 with schools also being invited to complete and submit a register of need outlining the type of skills required for their Governing Body.  A full list of current Local Authority Governor vacancies was attached at Appendix 1 to the report.  Members were further advised that an advert had been distributed to all Elected Members, all Vale Schools, members of the Vale Governors Association Management Committee in accordance with the Council’s policy.  LA Governors whose terms of office were due to cease had also been contacted to establish if they wished to be re-nominated for the positions and all applicants had been informed that application forms and a skills register must be completed otherwise they would be precluded from consideration. 

A grid reference of all schools and applicants was attached at Appendix 3 to the report.


RECOMMENDED - T H A T the guidance regarding the appointment procedure be noted.


(e) Exclusion of Press and Public


RESOLVED - T H A T under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 4 of Schedule 12A (as amended) of the Act, the relevant paragraphs of the Schedule being referred to in brackets after the minute heading.


(f) Applications for Appointment of Current Local Authority Governor Vacancies (Exempt Information - Paragraph 12) -


Due to technical difficulties Ms. S. Williams’ skills register had not been available to be despatched with the agenda, following agreement by Members this was subsequently tabled at the meeting.  Having fully considered the criteria for the appointment of Local Authority Governors, the applications  and the information tabled at the meeting, it was


RECOMMENDED to Cabinet -


(1) T H A T the following appointments be made for the schools as set out below:


School Appointment
All Saints Church in Wales Primary School S. Williams
Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School J. Rees
Bute Cottage Nursery No applications received – deferred to the Autumn
Colcot Primary R. Thomas * ( position 2)

The remaining vacancy to be deferred to the Autumn

Cowbridge Comprehensive School J. Smith
Dinas Powys Primary School D.A. Dean
Evenlode Primary School T.S. Bowring ** ( position 1)

The remaining vacancy to be deferred to the Autumn

High Street Primary School Deferred to the Autumn
Llandough Primary School T.S. Bowring ** ( position 2)
Llansannor Church in Wales A.L. Bourne
Oakfield Primary School R. Thomas * (position 1)
St. Andrews Church in Wales Primary School S. Dovey
St. Joseph’s RC Primary School M.A. Wilson
St. David’s Church in Wales Primary School I. Eldridge
St. Nicholas Church in Wales Primary School No applications received – deferred to the Autumn
St. Richard Gwyn RC High School G. A. Hawke ***
Sully Primary School C. Hooper
Victoria Primary School

S. McLaughlin

The remaining vacancy to be deferred to the Autumn

Wick and Marcross Church in Wales Primary School M.E. Cornelius
Ysgol Iolo Morgannwg S.J. Davis ( appointed from 21/07/15 and R.D. Jones
Ysgol Sant Baruc A. Tamplin ****
Ysgol Sant Curig H.E. Cooper ***** ( position 1 )



* Should R. Thomas not wish to accept appointments to the two schools, Ms  Thomas to be appointed to Oakfield Primary School in the first instance.


** Should T.S. Bowring not wish to accept appointments to the two schools, Mr Bowring to be appointed to Evenlode Primary School in the first instance.


*** Should G .A Hawke not wish to accept the appointment at St. Richard Gwyn R/C High School, the position to be re-advertised for consideration in the Autumn.


****  H.E Cooper to be appointed in the first instance to Ysgol St Curig. However, should  Mr. A. Tamplin not wish to accept the appointment at Ysgol St Baruc , Ms. Cooper to be appointed to the position subject to confirmation with officers that she would be willing to be appointed to two schools. 


(2) T H A T Cabinet be requested to write to schools carrying vacancies as outlined above, stressing the need for appointments to be made and in particular if the Governing body or the school is aware of interest from persons in the local community or business field to encourage them to apply.


Reasons for recommendations


(1) To allow Cabinet to consider and approve the appointments to the above school Governing Bodies.


(2) To encourage schools to be proactive in the appointment of Governors.