Kempston Rural Primary School

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The name of the school is KEMPSTON RURAL PRIMARY SCHOOL

The school is a community school


The governing body shall consist of:

FOUR Parent Governors

One LA Governor

One Staff Governor

One Head Teacher

Four Community Governors

The total number of governors is Eleven

The sponsors entitled to nominate persons for appointment as sponsor governors under Schedule 5 of the Regulations are TWO

This instrument of government came into effect on 1 September 2017

The instrument was made by order of BEDFORDSHIRE BOROUGH LOCAL AUTHORITY.

A copy of this instrument has been supplied to every member of the governor body including the Head Teacher who is a member of that body.

A message from our Chair of Governors

Kempston Rural School has a proud history in the community stretching back 172 years to 1844. I have had the pleasure to serve on the Governing Body for 10 years and have been the Chair of Governors for the last 6 years. During my time in these roles, the school has seen many changes. We have grown from a school in a small but lovely Victorian building in Church End with just over 100 pupils, to our new modern purpose built 21st century school built in 2014, with nearly 450 pupils. 

However, over this time of great change, one crucial fact has remained the same - and that is that the Governing Body, Head Teacher and staff all work hard together to put the children at the heart of the school. Our school prides itself on being an inclusive, welcoming, happy and successful learning community where everyone is encouraged, challenged and supported to reach their full potential.

The Governing Body has a vital role in the functioning of the school, which includes:

  • Working with the Head Teacher to set the school's strategic direction, aims, vision and ethos, while ensuring it meets its statutory responsibilities.
  • Monitoring and challenging the progress of the school in achieving its priorities; acting as a ‘critical’ friend to the Head Teacher, to support and challenge the management of the school.
  • Setting and monitoring budgets, agreeing development plans, agreeing policies and responding to inspection.
  • Taking part in regular Governor training, to keep up-to-date with new developments and legislations.
  • Ensuring that the school is accountable to its stakeholders.

As a Governing Body, we encourage new members and welcome the experience and expertise that new members can bring to the school Governing Body. It is a role which does require a degree of time commitment, and you will be expected to attend meetings on a regular basis. The Full Governing Body usually meets at least once each term and these meetings are held in the evening. Sub-Committee meetings are held about every 6-8 weeks either at 8am or 4pm depending on what is agreed to try to accommodate the attendees. Alongside this you would have the opportunity to occasionally undertake additional tasks such as monitoring activities during school time such as meeting with a key member of staff to discuss action plans, walking the site to carry out a health and safety audit, or attending key parent and staff meetings. I can honestly say that it is an enlightening and rewarding experience, and with much fun too!

If you would like to know more about the school, and the role of a Governor, then please feel free to contact any of us listed below.


Arnold Küpper

Chair of Governors Kempston Rural Primary School


A Message from our Vice Chair of Governors


I am a Community Governor, and Vice Chair of the Governing Body following a number of years as a Parent Governor. I have 3 children who all started their education in Kempston Rural Lower School, two who followed the 3 tier Marston and Wootton route and one currently following the 2 tier Great Denham and Biddenham route, unfortunately, just missing out on staying in Kempston Rural for their initial and exciting Year 5.

I have lived in Kempston for over 20 years and have been involved in a local scouts group for 10 of those years, currently acting as their Group Chair. My role of Governor is to focus on the Leadership and Management of the school, ensuring that our children are provided the highest quality teaching as well as all the materials and technology that an Ofsted rated Outstanding school such as ours demands. A key part of the role is to monitor and challenge the teaching standards and pupil results, constantly comparing our excellent results to both local and national figures helping push up our pupil attainment for all of our students.

Finally my overall and overarching objective as a governor is to help all of our pupils and staff flourish and be given the opportunity to realise their potential in a safe and enjoyable environment.

 Neil Dodson

Vice Chair of Governors Kempston Rural Primary School


 A Message from Surinder Mahi

I am a parent of 2 children at Kempston Rural Primary School and have lived in the Bedford/Kempston area for my whole life, as well as working for a locally based business for the last 2 decades. Our eldest child has been with the school at a time when the move to a new purpose built school was completed and it is testament to the commitment and hard work of all the staff that their excellent standards have been maintained throughout.

As parent governors it is our duty to actively support the staff in maintaining the school's position as a wonderful place for children to be nurtured and educated, and ensure accountability to the wider community. We all bring different knowledge and expertise to the role but the most important thing is we want to see all children continue to flourish at the school.

Surinder Mahi

Parent Governor Kempston Rural Primary School