A Letter from the Chair

I am proud to Chair the Governing Body of the Parliament Federation.

The Governing Body is made up of eight elected or appointed Governors supported by several Associate Members. We are a hard working group of local people who are determined that the children of Kirton Primary and Boston Nursery Schools receive a first rate educational experience. We do this through supporting the schools while not being afraid to hold their practices to account in an honest and open forum.

The Federation works in partnership in order to ‘Achieve Success Together’.

Yours faithfully

Paul Holmes

Chair of the Parliament Federation

Publication of Governor Details and Register of Interests

This section details how the Parliament Federation schools are governed. It shows who our Governors are and what their role is, as well as the meetings they have attended during the last academic year.

There are six Governors, who work with the Executive Headteacher, on a voluntary basis, to govern Kirton Primary School and Boston Nursery School.

  • Mrs Nicky Donley                          Executive Headteacher – ex officio
  • Mr Paul Holmes (Chair)                Local Authority Governor
  • Mr Michael Bean (Vice Chair)     Co-opted Governor
  • Mr Simon Johnson                        Co-opted Governor
  • Mrs Sue Ransome       Co-opted Governor
  • Mrs Tracey Stephenson               Staff Governor
  • Mrs Alison Smith                           Parent Governor
  • Mrs Rebecca Bemrose                 Parent Governor


In addition, there are Associate Members, appointed by the Governing body to serve on Committees because of specific expertise and experience they can contribute to the effectgive governance of the school.

  • Mrs Sharon Clarke
  • Rev. Ann Lett

Governance Arrangements

The Governing Body has established the following two Committees:

    - Resources Committee – to consider finance, personnel, premises and health and safety issues

    - Standards Committee – to consider curriculum and performance standards.

Other committees, such as Disciplinary Committee, are established by the Chair as required.

The terms of reference for each committee are shown below.

The Governing Body of the Parliament Federation

The Governing Body needs to take a strategic role, act as a critical friend to the Schools and be accountable for its decisions. It should set aims and objectives and agree, monitor and review policies, targets and priorities. It does not have a management role, and will not get involved with the day to day running of the Schools.

Terms of reference:

- To agree constitutional matters

- To appoint new governors where appropriate

- To hold at least three Governing Body meetings a year

- To appoint or remove the Chair and Vice Chair

- To establish the committees of the Governing Body and their terms of reference

- To suspend a governor

- To decide which functions of the Governing Body will be delegated to committees, groups and individuals

- To receive reports from any individual or committee to whom a decision has been delegated and to consider whether any further action by the Governing Body is necessary

- To approve the first formal budget plan of the financial year

- To review the delegation arrangements annually

The Resources Committee of the Parliament Federation


Members:  Mr M Bean,  Mrs N Donley, Mr P Holmes, Mr S Johnson, Mrs S Ransome, Mrs A Smith, Mrs T Stephenson

Terms of reference:

- To consult with the Headteacher to draft the first formal budget plans of the financial year

- To establish and maintain an up to date 5 year financial plan

- To consider a budget position statements including virement decisions at least three times a year, and to report significant anomalies from the anticipated position to the Governing Body

- To ensure that the schools operate within the Financial Regulations of the County Council

- To monitor expenditure of all voluntary funds kept on behalf of the Governing Body

- To annually review charges and remissions policies and expenses policies

- To make decisions in respect of service agreements

- To make decisions on expenditure following recommendations from other committees

- To achieve the aims of the federation’s pay policy in a fair and equal manner;

- To apply the criteria set by the federation’s pay policy in determining the pay of each member of staff at the annual review

- To observe all statutory and contractual obligations

- To minute clearly the reasons for all decisions and report the fact of these decisions to the next meeting of the full Governing Body

- To recommend to the Governing Body the annual budget needed for pay, bearing in mind the need to ensure the availability of monies to support any exercise of pay discretion

- To keep abreast of relevant developments and to advise the Governing Body when the federation’s pay policy needs to be revised

- To work with the Headteacher in ensuring that the Governing Body complies with the latest Appraisal Regulations

- To advise the Governing Body on priorities, including Health and Safety, for the maintenance and development of the schools’ premises

- To oversee arrangements for repairs and maintenance

- To make recommendations on premises-related expenditure

- In consultation with the Headteacher to oversee premises-related funding bids

- To oversee arrangements, including Health and Safety, for the use of federation premises by outside users, subject to Governing Body policy

- To establish and keep under review Accessibility plans

- To keep the Health and Safety Policies up to date

Any Associate Governors (as appointed by the Full Governing Body) to be allowed voting rights; and to make up numbers in relation to quorum (providing the number of Governors outweigh the number of Associate Governors)

The Standards Committee of the Parliament Federation

Members: Mr M Bean, Mrs R Bemrose, Mrs S Clarke,  Mrs N Donley, Mr P Holmes,  Rev. A Lett,  Mrs T Stephenson

Terms of reference:

- To consider and advise the governing body on standards and other matters relating to the schools’ curricula, including statutory requirements and the Schools’ Curriculum Policies

- To consider curricular issues which have implications for Finance and Personnel decisions and to make recommendations to the relevant committees or the Governing Body

- To oversee arrangements for individual governors to take a leading role in specific areas of provision where necessary, eg SEN. To receive regular reports from them and advise the Governing Body.

- To oversee arrangements for educational visits, including the appointment of a named co-ordinator

Any Associate Governors (as appointed by the Full Governing Body) to be allowed voting rights; and to make up numbers in relation to quorum (providing the number of Governors outweigh the number of Associate Governors).


The Parliament Federation - Details of Governors and Register of Interests


Date of Appointment

Appointed by

Term of Office

Date stepped down

Relevant Business or Pecuniary Interests






Business Interests

Financial Interests

Mrs N Donley


Ex officio

While in post



None advised

Mr P Holmes


Local Authority

4 years



None advised

Mr M Bean


Full Governing Body

4 years



None advised

Mrs R Bemrose 21.05.2019 Elected by Parents 4 years     None advised

Mr S Johnson


Full Governing Body

4 years


None advised

Mrs S Ransome 21.05.2019 Full Governing Body 4 years     None advised

Mrs A.Smith


Elected by Parents

4 years



None advised

Mrs T. Stephenson


Elected by Staff

 4 years



 None advised

Mrs S.Clarke


Full Governing Body

1 year



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The Parliament Federation - Governor Attendance 2018/19

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