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Welcome to the Governors' Section!

Members of the Governing Body meet on a regular basis and support the school in a variety of ways.  They have a varied and important role.  There are three committees; Curriculum & Standards, Resources and Pay & Personnel. 

 

The governors have three core functions:

 

  • Planning the strategic direction of the school
  • Overseeing financial performance of the school and ensuring money is well spent
  • Holding the headteacher or school leadership to account

 

Governors don’t get involved with the day to day operational running of a school, instead supporting and challenging the school’s leadership team to drive school improvement.

Governors usually attend around 6 meetings a year plus the meetings of the separate committees. Being a school governor is a commitment and a responsibility, but offers the chance to see first-hand the impact which can be made in improving education for children in our community.

 

Governors work as a team. They are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education for all pupils. Raising educational standards in school is a key priority. This has the best chance of happening when there are high expectations of what pupils can achieve.
Governors promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies. They do this together with the head teacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.
Head teachers are recruited and selected by governors - and most head teachers choose to be governors themselves.

Governing bodies are accountable to parents, the local community and the Local Authority.  Appointments usually for four years. The governing body's main role is to help raise pupils' standards of achievement.

 

So in more detail, the Governing Body:

  • is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
  • plans the school's future direction 
  • selects the head teacher 
  • makes decisions on the school's budget and staffing including the performance management policy 
  • makes sure the agreed Curriculum is well taught
  • decides how the school can encourage pupils' spiritual, moral and cultural development 
  • makes sure the school provides for all pupils including those with special needs.


Governors are at the heart of how a school operates. It's important they get things right. How they do their job effects the interests of pupils, staff and the reputation of the school in the community. Governors support and challenge head teachers by gathering views, asking questions and discussing what's best for the school. They are not there to rubber stamp decisions. They have to be prepared to give and take advice and must be loyal to decisions taken by the governing body as a whole. As long as they act within the law and take appropriate advice, governors are protected from any financial liability for the decisions they take.


The Governing Body is made up of a variety of different governors.  Some are appointed by the Local Education Authority or the Diocese (called foundation governors).  Some are co-opted (community) governors and represent the views of the school's local community; parent governors have children at the school and are elected to ensure parents' views are listened to and represented.  Finally there are staff governors which includes the Head Teacher. 

The governors try to be present at all school events and you will even see them serving tea and coffee at parents' evenings.  

Governors are available to speak to parents if, for some reason, they have an issue which it's felt the school hasn't dealt with appropriately.  Any formal complaints will be dealt with in line with the school's complaints policy.

 

Governing Body (as at 15th September 2021)

 

NameType Role Date Started
Gareth Dee Head Teacher  08/01/18
Miriam Edwards Co-Opted Chair 28/06/16
 Rob Price 

Staff

 

01/10/14

 Revd Trevor LewisFoundation  Vice  28/02/17
 Freddie Colquhoun  Parent 20/11/18
 Robert PerryParent 20/11/19
 Eva HealeyCo-Opted 20/11/19
 Ian MorrisCo-Opted 20/11/19
 Isobel MaclachlanFoundation 23/11/20
 Penny LewisParent 23/11/20
 Roddy WakefordLEA 23/11/20
 Adele Du ToitParent 23/11/20
 David Ellis Clerk 
    
 Georgina WilsonCo-opted  Resigned Jul 2021 
    

 

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

As at 15th September 2021

 

Resources Committee

Freddy Colquhoun – Chair

Robin Price

Ian Morris

Adele Du Toit

Roddy Wakeford

Head Teacher/Chair of Governors

 

Curriculum & Standards Committee

Rob Perry - Chair

Rob Price

Revd Trevor Lewis

Isobel Maclachlan

Penny Lewis

Eva Healey

Head Teacher/Chair of Governors

 

Personnel & Pay Committee

Trevor Lewis – Chair

Eva Healey

Roddy Wakeford

Head Teacher/Chair of Governors

 

Attendance by governors at Full Governing Body and committee meetings

 

Full Governing Body Meetings

 

Date

Present

Apologies

26/09/19SE, GD, RC, RP, GW, ME, AL, FCKT, TL
20/11/19SE, GD, RC, RP, GW, AL, FC, TL, KT, EH, RPeME, IM
6/2/20SE, GD, RC, RP, GW, ME, AL, TL, KT, EH, RPeIM, FC
11/3/20SE, GD, ME, RP, GW, AL, TL, KT, EH, IM, FCRPe, RC
21/5/20SE, GD, ME, RP, GW, AL, TL, EH, KT, IM, FC, RPe, RC 
24/06/20SE, GD, ME, RP, GW, AL, TL, EH, IM, FC, RPe, RCKT
5/7/20SE, GD ME RP, GW, AL, TL, EH, IM, RPe, RCKT, FC
22/09/20GD, ME, RP, GW, FC, EH, IM, RPeSE, TL
23/11/20GD, ME, GW, FC, EH, IM, RP, TL, RW, IM, AdT, PLRPe
08/02/21GD, RP, GW, FC, EH, IM, RPe, TL, RW, IM, AdT, PLME
08/03/21GD, ME, RP, GW, FC, EH, IM, RPe, TL, RW, IM, AdT, PL 
24/05/21  

 

 

Resource Committee Meetings

 

Date

Present

Apologies
26/9/19SE, GD, RC, RP, GW, AL, FC, MEKT, TL
12/11/19RC, SE, GD, FC, IM, KT, JI 
28/1/20RC, SE, GD, FC, KT, IMJI
25/2/20RC, GD, SE, IM, RP, KTJI, FC
12/5/20RC, GD, FC, SE, IM, KT, JI 
22/05/20COVID 
02/7/20COVID 
1/2/21GD, ME, RP, FC, EH, IM, RW, AT, JI
1/3/21GD, ME, RP, FC, EH, IM, RW, AT, JI
10/5/21GD, ME, RP, FC, EH, IM, RW, AT, JI

  

Curriculum & Standards Committee Meetings

 

Date

Present

Apologies

11/11/19GD, SE, ME, RP, GW, TL, AL, RPe, EH 
22/1/20GD, SE, ME, RP, GW, AL, RPe, EHTL
6/5/20COVID 
23/6/20COVID 
09/11/20GD, ME, RP, GW, EH, RPe 
28/01/21GD, ME, RP, GW, RPe, TL, IM, PL 
03/03/21GD, ME, GW, TL, IM, PLRP, RPe
06/05/21GD, ME, GW, TL, PL, RP, EHIM, RPe

 

Personnel & Pay Committee Meetings

 

Date

Present

Apologies

12/11/19RC, SE, GD, FC, IM, KT, JI 
28/1/20RC, SE, GD, FC, KT, IMJI
25/02/20RC, SE, GD, IM, FC KT, JI 
22/5/20COVID 
2/7/20COVID 
01/02/21GD, ME, EH, RW, JI 
01/03/21GD, ME, EH, RW, JI 

 

Key

ME - Miriam Edwards                    

RP - Rob Price              

HT - Head Teacher                       

GW - Georgina Wilson

TL - Revd Trevor Lewis                  

FC - Freddy Colquhoun                      

IM - Ian Morris                               

RPe - Robert Perry                   

EH - Eva Healey                           

RW - Roddy Wakeford

PL - Penny Lewis                          

AdT - Adele Du Toit    

IM - Isobel Maclachlan

JI - Judith Ingvorsen       

 

 

 

 

Register of Governors’ Interests for the Academic Year 2020-2021

 

Name

Name of Business

Including:

governor elsewhere (please include school name)

related / married to member of staff (please include staff name)

employed at school

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Date of Appointment or Acquisition

Date of Cessation of Interest

Date of Entry

Miriam Edwards

Nil

 

 

 

 

23/11/20

Robin Price

Employed at the school

 

 

01/09/2010

 

23/11/20

Gareth Dee

Head Teacher

 

 

01/09/2013

 

23/11/20

Revd Trevor LewisGovernor Vernham Dean    23/11/20
Freddie ColquhounNil    23/11/20
Robert PerryNil    23/11/20
Eva HealeyNil    23/11/20
Ian MorrisNil    23/11/20
Isobel MaclachlanNil    23/11/20
Penny SmithNil    23/11/20
Roddy WakefordNil    23/11/20
Adele Du ToitNil    23/11/20
       
Georgina WilsonNil    Resigned Jul 2021

 

 

 

 

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