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.