Welcome to our governors' webpage.
The purpose of the Governing Body is to uphold the school's aim to create a caring Christian environment, where pupils feel valued and develop a life-long love of learning.
Our school has strong links with St. Bartholomew's Church. The children often attend services at the church and the Reverend Jonathan comes into school every week to take assemblies, to speak with the children and to run the Wednesday football club!
The governors themselves are a body of volunteers who support the school by providing executive and due diligence advice, challenge and support. In support of our excellent school staff, the main three roles of the governors are:
1. Strategy - to help define aims, ethos, targets and plans for the school each year.
2. Constructive review - monitor and evaluate the school's performance and build effective relationships with the head and teaching staff.
3. Ensure accountability - by receiving regular reports from the head and ensuring information provided to parents is on time and accurate.
To work effectively, we link governors to a subject or a particular aspect of the school such as Special Education Needs and Disability or Early Years. These governors work on behalf of the whole governing body to gain detailed knowledge of their liked area and in supporting and challenging the subject co-ordinator to drive progress and new initiatives.
We are committed to listening to and understanding the views and needs of our pupils and their parents. Some of the ways that we do this are through annual parent questionnaires, annual pupil questionnaires and several informal coffee mornings/meetings throughout the year. These help us to gain the views of the whole school community and enable the community to contribute to the development of the school.
Contacting the Governors
All of the governors welcome your comments and questions and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you wish to discuss any of the issues mentioned above. However, individual governors cannot provide an alternative route to voicing parental concerns. If you have a concern or a complaint which is specific to your child, your first port of call should be the class teacher. If the issue is of general concern, you should make this known to the Head teacher.
The minutes of the governors meetings are available from the school office.
|Name||Category||Appointing Body||Committee Roles||Term of office||Interests|
|Sally Roycroft||Head teacher||Head teacher||14/4/15 ongoing||None|
|Vic Mowbray||Staff Governor||Staff||People and Curriculum Committee||1/9/15-31/8/19||None|
|Richard Burnell||Foundation||St Bartholomew's Parochial Church Council||Chair of Governors||18/10/17-17/10/21||None|
|Rev Jonathan Gordon||Foundation||Ex-Officio||People and Curriculum Committee||1/9/14 ongoing||Jonathan is a governor at St Mary's Primary School, Northchurch.|
|Barbara Burch||Foundation||St Bartholomew's Parochial Church Council||Finance and Premises Committee||1/9/15-31/8/19||Barbara's husband does repair and maintenance jobs for the school.|
|Natalie Browne||Foundation||St Bartholomew's Parochial Church Council||Chair of Finance and Premises Committee||18/10/17-17/10/21||None|
|David Parker||St Alban's DEC||St Alban's Diocesan Education Committee||Finance and Premises Committee||1/10/15-31/8/19||None|
|Steve Wilkinson||Local Authority||Local Education Authority||Chair of People and Curriculum Committee||9/9/17-8/9/21||None|
|Deborah Simcock||Parent||Parents||People and Curriculum Committee||20/9/17-19/9/21||None|
|Jennie Arthur||Parent||Parents||Committee to be decided||1/10/18-30/9/22||None|
|Mark Burrage||St Alban's DEC||St Alban's Diocesan Education Committee||Committee to be decided||
|Vacancy||Foundation||St Bartholomew's Parochial Church Council|
Interests include governance roles in other educational institutions, business and financial interests, material interests arising from relationships between governors, or relationships between governors and school staff.
|Name||FGB Meetings attended||People and Curriculum committee||Finance and Premises committee||Position|
|Vic Mowbray, on maternity leave from Feb 18||1/5||2/3||n/a|
|Richard Burnell||5/5||3/3||4/4||Chair of governors|
|Rev Jonathan Gordon||4/5||1/3||n/a|
|Natalie Browne||5/5||n/a||4/4||Chair of F&P committee|
|Alexei Gillard, term of office as Parent governor ended 31/8/18||5/5||3/3||n/a||Chair of P&C committee|
|Michael Eggleton, term of office as Diocesan governor ended 31/8/18||1/5||0/3||n/a|
We have 2 committees. They meet once per term. One focuses on the people and curriculum of the school. The other focuses on the finance and premises of the school. Please see the work plans for these committees below.