We are a group of volunteers whose purpose is to help the school provide the best possible education, resources and environment for all its pupils, to enable them to reach their full potential. Our role includes providing leadership and direction for the school, monitoring and evaluating the work of the school, offering support, constructive advice, a sounding board for ideas and initiatives and help where needed. We act as “critical friends” to the school at all times, challenging and asking questions of the Headteacher.
The Governing Body was reconstituted in 2015 under new government regulations and now comprises twelve members and one Associate.
Following changes made to our governance arrangements in September 2015, the two main committees, Resources and Curriculum & Achievement were disbanded and all governor business is conducted through meetings of the full Governing Body held three times per term, allowing all governors full participation in all aspects of the school. In addition, governors take on specific responsibilities to meet statutory requirements and to ensure the efficient operation of the Governing Body.
A Pay Committee, comprising a small group of governors is appointed to oversee staff performance and pay and meets once a term. Specific committees may also be required to deal with Complaints, Exclusions and Staff Grievance, but these are put together on an ad hoc basis as and when issues arise and will depend upon governor availability.
Details of the Governing Body are as follows:
|Category||Name||Responsibilities||Attendance Record 2016/2017||Date of Appointment|
|Parent Governors||Michaela Kirtley||Safeguarding/Head’s Performance Management/Pay Committee||8 of 9 meetings||December 2014|
|Kim Bloomfield||Inclusion||4 of 6 meetings||January 2017|
|Local Authority Governor||Vacancy|
|Co-opted Governors||Abbas Gulumali||Pupil Premium/Head’s Performance Management Panel/Pay Committee||6 of 7 meetings||December 2016|
|Irvin Needle||Chair/Health & Safety/ Pay Committee||9 of 9 meetings||August 2015|
|Sue O’Brien||n/a||November 2017|
|Robert Palmer||n/a||November 2017|
|Laura Rogers||Teacher||n/a||December 2017|
|Staff Governors||Melanie Ring||Teacher||7 of 8 meetings||November 2016|
|Coert van Straaten||Headteacher||9 of 9 meetings||n/a|
|Associate Members||Toyin Keshiro||Deputy Head||n/a||September 2017|
|Laurie O’Brien||Deputy Head||n/a||September 2017|
Governors who have resigned within the past 12 months:
|Name||Date of Appointment||Date of Resignation||Attendance Record 2016/2017|
|Janet Drake – Co-opted Governor||May 2015||May 2017||6 of 7 meetings|
|Guna Clarke – Parent Governor||May 2016||September 2017||6 of 9 meetings|
|Paul Wray – Local Authority Governor||November 2013||December 2017||7 of 9 meetings|
Please note that Sue O’Brien is related to one of the Deputy Headteachers. Other than that, no governors currently have any relevant business or pecuniary interests or governance roles in other educational institutions or any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives).
The Term of Office for all governors is 4 years.