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Barrow Hedges Primary School

Governors

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Governance Structure

Barrow Hedges has a ‘Local Committee’, which is a sub-committee of the Cirrus Primary Academy Trust Board. The accountability of the academy rests with the Trust Board, but many responsibilities are delegated to the Local Committee.

To find out about the structure of the Trust, please see this page on the Trust’s website. 

Barrow Hedges Local Committee consists of:

2 elected Parent Governors
1 elected Staff Governor
Up to 3 other Co-opted Governors
1 Head

Total number of governors: 7

Trustees (including the CEO) are able to attend Local Committee meetings.

The Local Committee 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.

The Local Committee meets four times a year, to discuss issues and make decisions related to the teaching and learning within the school.  Additionally, the Local Committee Chair attends a termly Chairs' Forum meeting with the Chair of the Trust Board and CEO. 

The Local Committee also performance manages the Head and has a Pay Committee which works with the Head as part of the Performance Management Appraisal process.

The Clerk to the Local Committee is Karen Velissarides kvelissarides@cirrustrust.uk. Governors can be contacted via the Clerk.  

Role of the Local Committee

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 Local Committee

There are three categories of governor: parent governors elected by parents; staff governors elected by staff 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 2
Staff Governor 1

Co-opted Governors 

3

 

To read more about our governors, click on their name in the table below.

Name

Category

 

Appointed by

Term of Office

Start            End

POSITION OF RESPONSIBILITY

ATTENDANCE

Current academic year      
(last academic year in attachment below)

Louise Wood

Head

Teacher

N/A

N/A

N/A

Head Teacher 

Attended LC meeting 3/10/22

Melissa Williams

Parent

Parents

14/12/20

13/12/24

Interim Chair of Governors

Attended LC meeting 3/10/22

Andrea Todd Parent Parents 14/12/20 13/12/24

Inclusion Link

Governor

 
Nidhi Misri Co-opted Trust 23/03/20 22/03/24 Vice Chair of Governors

 

Chantel Dyason Co-opted Trust 29/06/21 28/06/25

Deputy Safeguarding Link Governor

Interim Finance Link Governor

Attended LC meeting 3/10/22

Srinivasan Lyengar Co-opted Trust 29/06/21 28/06/25  

Attended LC meeting 3/10/22

Natasha Nardell Co-opted Trust 29/06/21

28/06/25

 

Safeguarding Link Governor

Attended LC meeting 3/10/22

Michelle Rondeau

Staff

Staff

23/11/20

22/11/24

 

Attended LC meeting 3/10/22
Kate Duncan Staff Staff 01/10/20 30/9/24   Attended LC meeting 3/10/22

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

Nidhi Misri None None None

Kate Duncan

None

None

Sister to Barrow Hedges teacher

Louise Wood

None

Yes - undisclosed for safeguarding/data protection reasons

None

Michelle Rondeau None None None
Melissa Williams None None None
Andrea Todd None None None
Chantel Dyason None None None
Srinivasan Iyengar None None None
Natasha Nardell None None None

Governors who have served on LC in last 12 months  

Governor's Name Position of Responsibility Term Start End of Office
Neil Webster Co-opted 09/12/2020 06/07/2022

How to contact the Chair of Governors

School address: Barrow Hedges Primary School, Harbury Road, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 4LA

Telephone: 020 8643 4428 Email: mwilliams@cirrustrust.uk (Interim Chair)

Or for more general enquiries office@barrowhedges.com or call 020 8643 4428

Governance arrangements for Cirrus Primary Academy Trust

https://www.cirrustrust.uk/topic/governance

Our meeting dates for 2022/23

Monday 3rd October 2022 (7pm)

Tuesday 29th November 2022 (6.30pm)

Monday 6th March 2023 (6.30pm)

Tuesday 4th July 2023 (4pm)