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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 9 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 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 3
Staff Governor 1

Co-opted Governors 

4

 

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

The Local Governing Body (LGB) usually meets once a term (twice in the Autumn Term) to discuss issues and make decisions. The LGB delegates some responsibilities to individuals or the Headteacher, however the LGB remains accountable for these decisions. 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 LGBs behalf. 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. There are a variety of documents at the bottom of this page which provide further important information.

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 LGB on 13/9/18

 

Neil Webster

Co-opted

Governing body

9/12/16

9/12/20

Joint Vice Chair of Governors

Attended LGB on 13/9/18

Nermine Abdel Sayed

Co-opted

Governing Body

14/12/15

14/12/19

Link Governor Safeguarding (currently on maternity leave) 

Apologies for LGB 13/9/18

Alexis Hille

Co-opted

Governing Body

14/12/15

14/12/19

Joint Vice Chair of Governors

 

HR Governor

 

Member of Pay Committee

Attended LGB on 13/9/18

Natalie Edgson

Parent

Parents

9/12/16

9/12/20

Admissions Governor

Attended LGB on 13/9/18

 

Attended Trust Admissions Committee on 4/10/18

 

Isabel New

Co-opted

Governing Body

9/12/16

9/12/20

Link Governor Safeguarding (Interim) 

 

Member of Pay Committee

Apologies for LGB 13/9/18

Gavin White

Parent

Parents

9/12/16

9/12/20

Chair of Governors

 

Deputy Safeguarding Governor

 

Inclusion (Pupil Premium, SEND and LAC) Governor

 

Chair of Pay Committee

Attended LGB on 13/9/18

Gillian de Marco

Staff

Staff

9/12/16

9/12/20

Health and Safety Link Governor

Attended LGB on 13/9/18

Richard Lacey

Parent

Parents

9/12/16

9/12/20

Finance Governor

 

Training Representative

 

Member of Pay Committee

Attended LGB on 13/9/18

 

Attended Trust Finance Committee on 10/10/18

Ex Governors - these roles were carried out under a previous governance structure when we had committees and a Full Governing Body (prior to our academisation). 

Laura Smith Co-opted Staff 9/12/16 Left the school 29/3/18 Resources and Curriculum and Standards Attendance and Music Link Governor See attachment below
Mike Smith Co-opted Governing Body 12/12/16 31/5/18 Chair of Governors Inclusion Link Governor and Chair of Pay Committee See attachment below 
Cllr Tim Crowley LA Governor Governing Body 15/2/15 20/6/18 Resources LEA Governor See attachment below 

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

Gillian De Marco

None

None

Niece of a TA at Barrow Hedges

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

Neil Webster

None

None

None

Gavin White

None

None

None

Louise Wood

None

Yes - undisclosed for safeguarding/data protection reasons

None

How to contact the Governors

Chair of Governors email: Gavin White gwhite36@suttonmail.org

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