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Meet the Governors

 

 

The Governing Body 

 

The Governing Body comprises parents, staff and members of the local community from a range of different backgrounds. We are volunteers who are committed to ensuring that every child achieves their full potential in a way that builds their confidence and develops a love of learning. We want each child’s journey through our School to be as positive and enjoyable as possible. We aim to achieve this by working hard to discharge our core functions, providing a balance of effective challenge and support.  

 

The Governing Body’s three core functions are: 

 

  • Ensuring the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the School: 

 

This will be seen in the work of the Governing Body, supporting the School to agree its strategic priorities, aims and objectives and agreeing policies, plans and targets for how to achieve them, short, medium and long term.  We then monitor progress against these priorities, aims and objectives.  

 

  • Holding the School leaders to account for the educational performance of the School and its pupils, and the performance management of staff: 

 

This will be seen in the work of the Governing Body in monitoring the standards of education and the progress and achievement of the pupils, monitoring the implementation and evaluating the effectiveness of the School Development Plan, monitoring progress towards targets and aspirations that have been set and to support and strengthen the Headteacher’s leadership. 

 

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the School and making sure its money is well spent: 

 

This will be seen in the work of the Governing Body by the regular review of the School budget, planned spending and the effectiveness and impact of the money spent in terms of the fabric of the school, the delivery of the curriculum and the progress and attainment of the pupils. 

 

How we work? 

 

The full Governing Body meet twice a term. We have three Committees: Teaching & Learning, Resources & Personnel and Premises, Health & Safety all of which meet termly. In addition we have working parties to deal with specific projects or issues. Governors are also allocated individual roles which are linked to their particular skills and interests.  We visit the School on a regular basis, both formally and informally, and get to experience what life in School is really like, the behaviour and attitudes of the children and the hard work of the staff.  

How can you help? 

It is important for us as Governors to understand how our parents and carers feel about the School and your child’s experiences.  Please do speak to us and share any ideas, comments or questions you may have.  You may see some of us in the School playground and we will always be in attendance at School functions but you can contact any one of us via the School Office.  However, just a reminder that any specific concerns you have regarding your child should be dealt with in the first instance by their class teacher and then, if necessary, by the Headteacher. Our role is strategic not operational and, as such, we do not get involved in the day to day running of the School.   

 

Further information 

Below you will find further information about how our Governing Body is constituted, our Committee memberships and details of our “Special Interest” Governors. Copies of our Full Governing Body minutes are available at the School Office should you wish to read them.  

Please also see the link below for details of Governor attendance at meetings and declarations of interest.  

 If you are interested in possible opportunities on our Governing Body then please get in touch with the School Office and we will contact you.  

 

 

The Constitution of the Governing Body 2019/20 

 

The governing body consists of: 

 

2 Parent Governors* 

1 Local Education Authority Governor 

1 Staff Governor 

1 Headteacher 

8 Co-Opted Governors 

 

 

The Governors are:  

 

Name 

Category of Governor 

 

 

Vicky Brindley (Chair) 

Co-Opted 

Luke Maxted (Vice Chair of Governors) 

Co-Opted 

Jean Cornes 

Headteacher 

Janet West 

Staff Governor 

Olwyn Davison-Oakley 

Local Authority 

Liz Thorp 

Co-Opted 

Margaux Taylor 

Co-Opted 

Susan Wallis 

Co-Opted 

Cheryl Hopes 

Co-Opted 

Rashmi Sirdeshpande 

Co-Opted 

Gordon Hamme 

Co-Opted 

 

 

Zoe Bagley 

Associate Governor** 

Mary Leech 

Associate Governor 

 

*There are currently two Parent Governor vacancies. 

** Associate Governors are invited onto the Governing Body but do not have voting rights.  

 

Committees 

 

Teaching & Learning 

 

Resources & Personnel 

Premises, Health & Safety 

 

Margaux Taylor (Chair) 

Vicky Brindley 

Jean Cornes 

Janet West 

Liz Thorp 

Olwyn Davison-Oakley 

Susan Wallis 

Rashmi Sirdeshpande 

Zoe Bagley 

 

Cheryl Hopes (Chair) 

Vicky Brindley 

Jean Cornes 

Olwyn Davison-Oakley 

Liz Thorp 

 

Vicky Brindley (Chair) 

Jean Cornes 

Cheryl Hopes 

Susan Wallis 

Mary Leech 

 

 

 

Governor Responsibilities and Areas of Special Interest 

 

 

Area of Special Interest 

Governor Responsible 

 

Curriculum 

 

Early Years 

 

Sue Wallis 

 

English 

Rashmi Sirdeshpande 

Maths  

Liz Thorp 

PE 

Cheryl Hopes 

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC) and anti-bullying 

Luke Maxted 

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) 

Luke Maxted 

French 

Liz Thorp 

Non-Curriculum  

 

Assessment  

Olwyn Davison-Oakley 

Safeguarding/Child Protection  

Olwyn Davison-Oakley 

Pupil Premium 

Margaux Taylor 

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) 

Susan Wallis 

Equality & Diversity 

Luke Maxted 

Development Governor 

Vicky Brindley/Olwyn Davison-Oakley 

 

 

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