Sibford is one of six Quaker Schools in England and a member of Friends’ Schools Council (FSC). It is a company limited by guarantee, incorporated in 1997. Historically the school was owned by three ‘Owning Meetings’ which, each June, appointed representatives to Sibford General Meeting. The purpose of this General Meeting is to lay down the rules by which the school is governed, and also to appoint Members of School Committee (the Governing Body and Trustees) who monitor the running of the school. Sibford General Meeting is still held each year. At this meeting, school officers present an annual report and the school accounts and hope to strengthen links between the School and the Society of Friends. However, the long term strategic management of the school is now in the hands of School Committee, which meets more regularly and devolves some of its functions to the Head.
School Committee – The Governing Body
Sibford School’s Governing Body is known as ‘School Committee’. The School address is the registered office of School Committee.
The full School Committee meets three times a year, while two sub-committees (‘Finance and Premises’ and ‘School Life’) meet on a further three occasions, usually on a Saturday.
Most members of the governing body are ‘Friends’ (that is members of the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers), nominated through a committee set up by Sibford General Meeting, which meets annually. School Committee is also supported by two Old Scholar representatives and two parents.
The chair of the governing body is known as the Clerk of School Committee; this post is currently held by Seren Wildwood. Seren has been a Quaker for over 40 years. She works as a registrar of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships, and her favourite hobby is Dartmoor letterboxing (Google it!). Seren can be contacted via the school office (telephone 01295 781200) or by emailingJulia Morel, Head’s PA.
The full School Committee is as follows:
Seren Wildwood (Clerk and Safeguarding & Child Protection Link)
Richard Cziborra (Treasurer)
Richard Bee (Clerk Finance & Premises & parent)
Sally Bicheno (Clerk School Life)
Margaret Shelley (Old Scholar)
Stuart Fowler (parent)
Amanda Brown (Old Scholar)
Any member of the School Committee can be contacted via the school office or by emailing Julia Morel, the Head’s PA.
Staff Attenders at School Committee are: Toby Spence, Tracy Knowles, John Charlesworth, Edward Rossiter and Ally Lynch.