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Barrow Hedges Primary School

Governors

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BARROW HEDGES PRIMARY SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY

The Governing Body at Barrow Hedges consists of 14 members of the local and school community. It works closely with the 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 governors work on a voluntary basis.

ROLE OF THE GOVERNING BODY

Establishing the strategic direction, by:

  • Setting the vision, values, and objectives for the school
  • Setting all necessary policies to meet the vision, values and objectives set
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets
  • Meeting statutory duties

Ensuring accountability, by:

  • Appointing the Headteacher
  • Monitoring progress towards targets
  • Performance managing the Headteacher
  • Engaging with stakeholders
  • Contributing to school self-evaluation

Ensuring financial probity, by:

  • Setting the budget, including numbers of staff and their pay
  • Monitoring spending against the budget
  • Ensuring value for money is obtained
  • Ensuring risks to the school are managed

THE GOVERNING BODY

There are four categories of governor: parent governors elected by parents; staff governors elected by staff; Local Authority governor appointed by the London Borough of Sutton; and co-opted governors appointed by the Governing Body. In addition, the Headteacher has exercised her right to be a governor. The number of governors in each category is shown below:

Headteacher 1
Parent Governor 3
Staff Governor 1
Local Authority Governor 1

Co-opted Governors (Governors have agreed that 1 co-opted governor will be a member of staff and 2 will be prioritised for parents)

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The Governing Body uses a skills audit to aid recruitment and ensure there is a breadth of skills, knowledge and perspectives.

The Full Governing Body (FGB) usually meets once a term, towards the end of the term to discuss issues and make decisions. The FGB delegates many responsibilities to committees, individuals or the Headteacher, however the FGB remains accountable for these decisions. We have 2 main committees who meet at least once a term: Curriculum and Standards and Resources. Additionally, since schools became individually responsible for the pay of teachers (and Pay Policy) we have a Pay Committee which meets in the Autumn Term. On occasions there may be a short-term need to have a working party for a specific issue to work on the FGBs behalf. There is currently a working party responsible for overseeing the building work at the school, the New Build Working Party. Chairs and vice-chairs also meet at the start of each term to plan for the committee meetings for the term, the Governors’ Planning Group.  Full terms of reference for the main committees can be found on this page (see tab at bottom).

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. Please see our Governors Handbook and our last Governors’ Report for July 2015 (see tabs at bottom)

Name

Category

 

Appointed by

Term of Office

Start   End

COMMITTEE(S)

POSITION OF RESPONSIBILITY

ATTENDANCE

FGB                  CTTEE
15/16              16/17
16/17

Mike Smith

Co-opted

Governing Body

12/12/16

12/12/20

Resources

Curriculum & Standards

Governors’ Planning Cttee

New Build Working Party

Chair of Governors

Chair Curriculum & Standards

Chair Pay Committee

Link Governor SEND

3/4

3/3

Res  3/3

C&S 3/4

 

Louise Wood

Head

teacher

N/A

N/A

N/A

Resources

Curriculum & Standards

Governors’ Planning Cttee

New Build Working Party

 

 

4/4

1/3

(maternity leave)

Res  1/1

C&S 1/1

Neil Webster

Co-opted

Parents

12/12/16

9/12/20

Resources

New Build Working Party

Vice Chair

Chair New Build Working Party

 

4/4

3/3

Res  2/3

 

Nermine Abdel Sayed

Co-opted

Governing Body

14/12/15

13/12/19

Curriculum & Standards

 

Link Governor Safeguarding

4/4

3/3

C&S 3/4

 

Tim Crowley

LA

Governing Body

15/02/15

14/02/19

Resources

New Build Working Party

 

 

0/2

1/3

Res  3/3

 

Kumaresh Thiru

Co-opted

Governing Body

14/12/15

13/12/19

Curriculum & Standards

 

0/2

0/3

C&S 0/4

 

Alexis Hille

Co-opted

Governing Body

14/12/15

13/12/19

Curriculum & Standards

Link Governor Early Years

3/3

C&S 4/4

 

Natalie Edgson

Parent

Parents

9/12/16

9/12/20

Curriculum & Standards

Link Governor Mathematics

3/3

C&S 2/2

 

Isabel New

Co-opted

Governing Body

12/12/16

9/12/20

Curriculum & Standards

Link Governor English

3/3

C&S 2/2

 

Gavin White

Parent

Parents

9/12/16

9/12/20

Curriculum & Standards

Link Governor Physical Education/PSHE and Computing

3/3

C&S 1/2

 

Laura Smith

Staff

Staff

12/12/16

9/12/20

Curriculum & Standards

Attendance Governor

3/3

C&S 2/2

 

Gilly de Marco

Staff

Staff

12/12/16

9/12/20

Resources

 

 

3/3

Res  3/3

 

Richard Lacey

Parent

Parents

9/12/16

9/12/20

Resources

 

Link Governor – Training

3/3

Res  3/3

 

Ex Governors

Anna Bowman

Co-opted

Governing Body

14/11/12

13/11/16

Resources

Curriculum & Standards

Governors’ Planning Cttee

New Build Working Party

 

Vice Chair of Governors

Link Governor – Training

Chair of Pay Appeal Panel

3/3

 

Heather Foney

Co-opted

Governing Body

14/06/15

13/06/19

Resources

Governors’ Planning Cttee

New Build Working Party

Chair Resources

1/1

 

Jacques van Zyl

Parent

Parents

20/10/14

Resigned 22/7/16 due to pressure of work

Resources

Responsible Officer

3/3

 

Neil Webster

Parent

Parents

30/11/12

29/11/16

Resources

New Build Working Party

Chair New Build Working Party

Eco Warrior Governor

4/4

 

Jo Linney

Co-opted

(staff)

Governing Body

23/06/15

22/06/19

Curriculum & Standards

 

1/1

 

Tim Hyman

Parent

Parents

20/10/14

Resigned 22/7/16 due to work relocation

Curriculum & Standards

Link Governor ICT

2/3

 

Kate Duncan

Staff

Staff

08/09/15

Resigned 01/04/16 due to birth of first child

Curriculum & Standards

Attendance Governor

2/4

 

Edward Huxley

Co-opted

Governing Body

26/03/15

Resigned 27/04/16 due to additional work commitments

Resources

Governors’ Planning Cttee

Pay Committee

Vice Chair Resources

Child Protection

Governor

2/2

 

Governor Declarations:

GOVERNOR’S NAME

BUSINESS / PECUNIARY INTERESTS

OTHER GOVERNANCE ROLES IN OTHER EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENT

MATERIAL INTERESTS ARISING FROM RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN GOVERNORS or GOVERNORS AND SCHOOL STAFF

Nermine Abdel Sayed

None

None

None

Tim Crowley

None

None

None

Gillian De Marco

None

None

None

Natalie Edgson

None

None

None

Alexis Hille

None

None

None

Richard Lacey

None

None

Spouse of Clerical Assistant at Barrow Hedges

Isabel New

None

None

None

Laura Smith

None

None

None

Mike Smith

(Chair of Governors)

None

None

None

Kumaresh Thiru

None

None

None

Neil Webster

None

None

None

Gavin White

None

None

None

Louise Wood

None

None

None

 

How to contact the Governors: office@barrowhedges.com or call 020 8643 4428