Governors

Bedmond Village Primary and Nursery School Governors

 

Bedmond Village Primary and Nursery School has 12 governor places:

  • 3 parent governors –  parents of children at the school and are elected by the other parents.
  • 2 staff governors – the Headteacher plus two others elected by the teaching and non-teaching staff as their representatives.
  • 6 co-opted governors –  people living or working in the community or committed to the good government and success of the school. They are invited to join the governing body.
  • 1 LA governor – appointed by the local education authority with a view to their commitment to raising standards. Positions may be filled to reflect the local political balance.

Chair of Governors: Wendy Meldrum

Vice Chair of Governors: Helen Richardson

Committees

Finance, Resources, Health and Safety* - Chair: Helen Richardson

Pupil Achievement and Strategy# - Chair: Wendy Meldrum

Pay and Appraisal~ - Chair: Helen Richardson

Mrs. W. Meldrum *#~ Co-opted - Appointed by GB Miss. H. Richardson *~ Parent - Appointed by GB
Mrs. E. Woollon*#~ Headteacher Mr. I. Donald * Co-opted - Appointed by GB
Mrs. R. Inskipp # LA Mrs. V. Lyon # Parent - Elected by parents
Mrs. L. Mason# Co-opted - Appointed by GB Ms. R. Mason # Parent - Appointed by GB
Ms. M. Smith * Co-opted - Appointed by GB Mr. K. Walsh* Co-opted - Appointed by GB
Mr. T. Willcox # Staff - Elected by staff    
 Mrs. L. Butler Associate Member - Appointed by GB Mrs. N. Greenway Associate Member- Appointed by GB
 
Retired

Mrs. Sarah Broughton

Co-opted (31.08.15)

Mrs. Janet Perry

Co-opted (08.07.15)
Mr. Glen Davies Parent Elected (12.06.15) Mrs. Amy Gower Parent Elected (10.10.15)
Mr. Tim Robbins Staff (31.08.15)  Mrs. Tracey Parkins  Co-opted - Appointed (14.10.15)
Miss. Samantha Cross  Staff (1.9.15-17.04.16) Mrs. Sandra Muffett  Parent Elected (29.5.15-19.01.16)
Rev. David Warner  Co-opted - Appointed (24.4.15-20.7.16) Mrs. L. Power  Parent Elected (8.3.16-14.8.16)
Mr. Roy Hansard  Co-opted - Appointed (1.9.16)    

 

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests

Rosemary Inskipp is also a member of Family Services working with the Kings Langley Consortium

Victoria Lyon is a Governor at another school

 

Figures for 2015-2016 Academic Year – for governors who are members of the current Governing Body

Governor

Committee

% Attendance

Ian Donald

FRSH

71%

Rosemary Inskipp

PAS

73%

Ruth Mason

PAS

78%

 Wendy Meldrum

 FRHS, PAS, P&A

 100%

Helen Richardson

FRHS, PAS, P&A

94%

Kevin Walsh

FRSH

82%

Tom Willcox

PAS

100%

 Emma Woollon

 FRHS, PAS, P&A

 100%

 

Figures for 2015-2016 Academic Year – for ‘retired’ governors

Governor

When Resigned

Committee

% Attendance

Roy Hansard

29.9.16

FRHS, P&A

33%

Samantha Cross

1.4.16

PAS

100%

David Warner

20.7.16

PAS

87%

Lynne Power

14.8.16

FRHS

67%

Sandra Muffett

19.1.16

FRHS

50%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Role of the Governing Body

Introduction
Our school governors help to make sure that the school is well run. They are a group of volunteers, including parents of children at Bedmond School, who help to lead the school. They don’t manage the school – that’s a role undertaken by the Head – but they do help to plan the school’s future as well as acting as critical friends and ensuring the school is accountable for its actions.


Our governors come from all walks of life – they include parents, teachers at Bedmond Village Primary and Nursery School and people from the local community.

 

Being a School Governor
School governors form the largest volunteer workforce in the UK with around 370,000 governor places nationally.


The Government is committed to raising educational standards in the classroom, and to increasing the role of parents and the local community. Volunteers are needed to help all our children reach their full potential.

Schools are keen to attract people in the community who can bring energy, experience and fresh ideas. Those who would make very good governors may be put off because they think you need to be an expert. Not so – interest, enthusiasm and commitment are much more important.

Governors should bring a range of experience and interests from many walks of life. They will need to work closely with others to make good decisions, and to make sure their decisions are followed up. It will help if you are a good listener. You should make time to visit the school and spend time with the staff, by doing this you will stand a much better chance of understanding how the school works.

Every school has a governing body which usually includes:

  • Parents elected by other parents at the school;
  • Staff governors elected by their colleagues;
  • Local Education Authority governors;
  • Governors recruited from the local community
 

What do Governors do?
The governing body has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

a. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; 
b. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and 
c. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governors work as a team. They are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education. Raising educational standards in school is now a key priority. This has the best chance of happening when there are high expectations of what pupils can achieve.
Governors also promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies. They do this together with the head who is responsible for the day to day management of the school. Heads are chosen by governors – and most heads choose to be governors themselves.

Governing bodies are responsible to parents, funders and the community. Numbers vary depending on the school’s type or size and appointments are for up to four years.

The governing body’s main role is to help raise standards of achievement. It:

  • is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community;
  • plans the school’s future direction;
  • selects the Headteacher;
  • makes decisions on the school’s budget and staffing;
  • makes sure the National Curriculum is taught;
  • decides how the school can encourage pupil’s spiritual, moral and social development;
  • makes sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs.

Governors are at the heart of how a school operates. It is important they get things right. How they do their job affects the interests of pupils, staff morale and how the school is seen by parents and others in the community.

Governors support and challenge the head by gathering views, asking questions and deciding what’s best for the school. They are not there to rubber stamp decisions. All governors carry equal responsibility for the decisions made by the governing body and accept collective responsibility for those decisions.

So long as governors act within the law they are protected from any financial liability for the decisions they take. The governing body has a very important and essential role to play. Governors are ultimately responsible for how the school is performing. Following up OFSTED inspection reports is an extremely important task. It is therefore essential that governors have their finger on the pulse of the school. They should aim to identify problems and tackle them in advance.