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Welcome to our Governors’ section

 

Chair of Governors:          Mrs Sarah Lawrence    Contact: c/o School

Vice Chair:                      Mrs Carole Sleightholm

 

The role of the school governor and governing body

The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community.  School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the Headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.

 

Key roles of governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent 

 They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school's budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies  
  • Safeguarding
  • Mental health and wellbeing of all

Who can be a school governor? 

You don't have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school.  No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectations.

 

What's really important is that you have the skills, time and commitment to help drive school improvement and the passion and ambition to achieve the best possible education for children and young people. 

Juniper Education for Schools Governor Services have developed a charter for local authority governors that sets out our expectations and commitment to support.

Effective governance will include these core features:

  • Commitment to ongoing development and to getting to know the school well, including effective induction.
  • Commitment to playing an active part whilst working as part of a team.
  • Ability to provide robust challenge and hold school leaders to account whilst listening to and respecting the views of others.
  • Focus on a strategic role rather than involvement in operational matters

 

Further Information

If you wish to talk to a School Governor about the role and responsibilities please let us know via the School Office. In addition, further information can be found via the internet i.e.

 

  • https://www.essex.gov.uk/school-governors
  • www.governornet.co.uk/
  • www.gov.uk/become-School-college-governor

Organisation of the Governing Body

 

Category

Governor

Dates of current Office

Governor

Responsibility / Committee

Foundation DBE

Mrs Maggie Lennard

01.09.19

To

01.09.23

Staff Discipline and Dismissal

Pupil Discipline  (Exclusions)

Arts Enrichment

Premises

Grievance

Evaluation : SIAMS

Foundation

(ex officio)

Reverend Canon Jacqui Jones

05.09.18

Governor Appeals

Sustainable Schools

Education : RE

Education : Collective Worship

Foundation PCC

Mr Stuart Bird

18.05.21

To 

17.05.25

Pay

Governor Appeals

Sustainable School

Parent

 

Mrs Catherine Burnside

24.03.21

To

24.03.25

Governor Appeals 

HT Performance Management

Reading and Phonics

Evaluation

Inclusion

Safeguarding and Pupil Welfare (Deputy)

Education : EYFS

Education : SEND

Education : LA and PLA children

ParentMrs Christine Nicholson

01.09.22

To

01.09.26

 

Parent

Mr Tony Woolley

01.09.19

To

01.09.23

 

Pay (Chair)

Writing

Finance (Deputy)

Complaints

Friends PTA

Co-opted

Mrs Carole Sleightholm

18.03.19

To

18.03.23

Vice Chair of Governors

Staff Discipline and Dismissal

Pupil Discipline  (Exclusions)

Head Teacher Performance  Management

Writing

Education : Curriculum

Information Sharing

Co-opted

Mr Dave Hartwell

20.04.21

To

20.04.25

Staff Discipline and Dismissal

Pupil Discipline  (Exclusions)

Head Teacher Performance Management

Arts Enrichment

Health and Safety

Pupil Wellbeing

Education : Cultural

Political

Co-opted

Mr Ashley Wall

 

04.06.19

To

04.06.23

Governor Appeals 

Attendance

Safeguarding and Pupil Welfare (Lead)

Co-opted

 

Mr Niall Jeewoonarain

 

 

14.09.21

To

13.09.25

Pay

Attendance

Finance (Lead)

Education :  PE and Sport

Local Authority

Mrs Sarah Lawrence

 

 

18.12.18

To

17.12.22

Chair of Governors

Pay

Reading  / Phonics

Equality

Staffing and Performance Management

Whistleblowing

Education : RSHE 

 

Staff

Mrs Lois Barrett

10.09.21

To

10.09.25

Writing

Reading / Phonics

Head Teacher (ex-officio)

Mr Jona Davies

01.04.15

Headteacher

Attendance

 

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