Stanton Community Primary School and Nursery

Stanton Community Primary School and Nursery, Upthorpe Road, Stanton , Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 2AW

01359 250225

A Message from our Chair of Governors


I am very pleased that you have chosen Stanton Community Primary School for your child. If, however, you are still considering then I hope that you will look through the information on this website and also visit the school.

As governors we are very proud of the excellent reputation the school has locally. We consistently provide pupils with a strong academic education, achieving some of the best results in the area. We also focus strongly on personal qualities that enable children to learn and develop, such as confidence, curiosity, creativity, commitment, consideration, communication and craftsmanship. We really do teach more than the curriculum!

In recent years the school has gone from strength to strength, regularly achieving impressive results while also focusing on ensuring that all pupils build a lifelong love of learning in a welcoming, safe and supportive environment.

We know that we still have work to do. As governors we continue to work hard behind the scenes to support the headteacher and all her staff. We have a dedicated team of governors who bring their skills and experience to provide robust accountability, guidance and oversight.

More than anything else, we know that the key to providing a great learning experience lies in the support each child receives both in school and at home. We know that, as parents, you want the very best for your children. With your continued support we at Stanton Community Primary School are all committed to achieving this goal and determined to ensure every child’s experience is rewarding, fulfilling and successful.

Yours sincerely,

Karen Sewell


The role of our governing body is to help our school provide the best possible education for our pupils by:

  • Thinking and working strategically to help to raise standards.
  • Monitoring and evaluating progress towards the school’s priorities and targets
  • Supporting the Head and staff as well as challenging their expectations.
  • Accounting to all stakeholders for the school’s overall performance and for the decisions they have made.

 Our governors have three Key Roles:


  • Vision, values and aims
  • Powers and duties
  • Planning

Acting as a Critical Friend

  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Visits to school
  • Effective meetings


  • Reporting on progress
  • Accountability of Head to governors
  • Accountability of governors 

Meet the Governors.

Would you or somebody you know like to become a school governor


Our school governing body is small and although we have recently recruited some new Governors from the community, we are still looking for parent volunteers to support us to fulfil all the statutory responsibilities of a governing body. Our core role is:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school;
  • To hold leaders to account for the educational performance of the school; and
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school – i.e. is the money well spent?

Anyone over 18 can be a school governor – you don’t have to be a parent with a child at the school. However, every governing body includes parent governors, and it can be a rewarding way to be involved in your child’s school. The most important qualities for being a governor are enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education.  You don’t need teaching experience, and it’s useful to bring skills from other areas of your life. All the Governors meet twice a term for a formal meeting. This starts at 5.30 pm, usually on a Monday and takes between 1 ½ and 2 hours. Each Governor takes an aspect of the school day to day life that they look at in a bit more detail, for example,  SEND (Special needs) is the responsibility of every Governor, but one Governor will ‘champion’ this element of school life. It means that in addition to the termly Governing Body meeting, there is a need to find out about day to day school life.

There is no denying that this is a role that requires a commitment but it is very rewarding too.   


 If you are interested or would like to find out more about what being a governor entails do not hesitate to contact Mrs Chapman via the school office.