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Our Governing Body
The Governing Body at Barrow Hedges consists of 14 members of the local and school community. It works closely with Mrs Wood and her Senior Leadership Team to oversee the strategic direction of the school. It does this by offering support, constructive advice, a sounding board for ideas, and help where needed. It challenges, asks questions and seeks information to ensure that the best interests of the children at Barrow Hedges are met.
All of the governors work on a voluntary basis. They are either elected by parents or by staff, one is appointed by the Local Authority, and some are co-opted by the Governing Body from the local community. The Headteacher is a governor. Terms of office are 4 years and Governors may choose to stand for re-election.
More details on the role of our Governing Body can be found in the Governors’ Handbook
Who are the Governors?
Louise Wood - Headteacher
Mike Smith - Chair of Governors, Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee, Inclusion Link Governor, Member of Resources Committee
Neil Webster - Chair of New Buildings Development Group, Resources Committee Member
Tim Crowley - Member of Resources Committee
Kumaresh Thiru - Member of Curriculum and Standards Committee
Nermine Abdel Syed - Member of Curriculum and Standards Committee, Safeguarding Link Governor
Alexis Hille - Member of Curriculum and Standards Committee, EYFS Link Governor
Isabel New - Curriculum and Standards Committee, English Link Governor
Gillian de Marco - Staff Governor, Resources Committee Member
Richard Lacey - Parent Governor, Resources Committee Member, Governors's Training
Gavin White - Parent Governor, Member of Curriculum and Standards Committee, PE/Healthy Schools Link Governor
Natalie Edgson - Parent Governor, Curriculum and Standards Committee, Mathematics Link Governor
WHAT DO GOVERNORS DO?
The Governor Handbook attached below provides more detail about the work of a governor.
The role of the Governing Body is a strategic one. Its key functions are to:
- Set the aims and objectives for the school
- Set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
- Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
- Monitor and valuate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
- Be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher
- Promoting high standards of educational achievement
- Setting and monitoring the school's budget, including numbers of staff and their pay
The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the Governing Body.
All Governors are members of sub-committees and working parties, which deal with specific issues relating to Curriculum and Standards and Resources. These committees meet regularly and feed back to the Full Governing Body, which meets once a term. The terms of reference for the FGB can be found in the Governors’ Handbook.
The non-teaching governors often visit the school and some governors undertake to support certain subject areas as link governors and liaise with the members of staff who co-ordinates that area.
How to contact the Governors: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8643 4428