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Board of Governors

WHAT DO THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS DO?

 

The Board of Govenors is made up of the Head Teacher, a member of staff, parents, one person appointed by the Local Authority, and representatives of the local community.  They meet at least once a term as a full Board of governors, as well as in committee meetings.

 

What are their responsibilities?

  • They decide, with the Head Teacher, the aims and policies of the school and how the standards of education can be improved.

  • They decide in general terms, how the school should be run.  The Head Teacher is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.

  • With the Head Teacher and staff, governors help to draw up the School Development Plan.

  • They help, with the Head Teacher and the Local Authority, to decide how to spend the school budget.

  • They make sure that the national Curriculum, Foundation Stage Curriculum and Religious Education curriculum are taught appropriately, and that the school reports on children’s attainment within this.

  • They select the Head Teacher and Deputy Heads.

  • They assist in appointing other new staff.

  • They act as a link between the school and the local community.

  • They draw up an action plan after an Ofsted inspection, and make sure that it is put into place.

 

Individual governors have no power: the Board of governors act together.

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS

 

October 2023

 

Name

 

Role

Start of term of office

End of term of office

 

John Pettifer

Chairman, Local Authority governor

13/9/21

12/9/25

Bob Drew

Headteacher

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Joe Mason

Staff governor

14/9/23

13/9/27

Farhana Patel

Parent governor

14/3/20

13/3/24

Dr Adam Ainley

Parent governor

10/11/22

9/11/26

Lydia Kirby

Vice- chair, Co-opted governor

10/11/21

9/11/25

Wendy Dempsey

Co-opted governor

4/3/20

3/2/24

Mohammed Absar

Co-opted governor

14/3/20

13/3/24

Atif Jaleel

Co-opted governor

2/12/21

1/12/25

Dr Minakshi Sehgal

Co-opted governor

23/6/22

22/6/26

vacancy

Co-opted governor

 

 

Dan Lea

Associate member

1/12/22

30/11/26

 

 

Governor Committees and Working Parties:

 

School Development Committee

  • Bob Drew
  • Mohammed Absar
  • Lydia Kirby (Chair)
  • Wendy Dempsey (Vice-Chair)
  • Adam Ainley
  • Joe Mason

 

Scrutiny Committee

  • John Pettifer (Vice Chair)
  • Bob Drew
  • Farhana Patel (Chair)
  • Atif Jaleel
  • Minakshi Sehgal

 

NIPA Oversight committee

  • Bob Drew
  • Mohammed Absar (Chair)
  • John Pettifer (Vice Chair)
  • Dan Lea

 

Pay Committee

  • Bob Drew
  • John Pettifer (Chair)
  • Lydia Kirby
  • Farhana Patel
  • Wendy Dempsey (Vice Chair)

 

Head Teacher Performance Committee (2023-2024)

  • John Pettifer
  • Lydia Kirby
  • Wendy Dempsey

 

Link Governors

  • John Pettifer: Safeguarding and Music
  • Atif Jaleel – Training
  • Lydia Kirby - Pupil Premium
  • Farhana Patel – PE and Sports Premium
  • Wendy Dempsey and Mohammed Absar – The Curriculum and its assessment/RSHE
  • Atif Jaleel – Data analysis
  • Adam Ainley – SEND
  • Minakshi Sehgal – Equalities/EAL

 

 

 

 

Gearies Primary school

Board of Governors Communication Strategy

Current practice

  • The COG’s annual letter to parents
  • Minutes of Governor meetings are available in the school
  • Details about the Board of Governors are posted on the school website
  • Governor attendance at PTA events
  • Monitoring visits – feedback to pupils on roles
  • Report of governor questionnaires to parents
  • Meetings with the school council
  • Governors to wear Governor ID badges when visiting
  • Governors to accompany school visits

 

October 2019

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