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Governors

The Governing Body

THE GOVERNING BODY

The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that the schools strives for and achieves excellence in its quality of teaching for learning. This is defined by the Department for Education as:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

As a Governing Body we work with our Executive Head Teacher and the school team to build a common vision and purpose for the school. This is documented in the School Development Plan, which sets our priorities for the school for the next 1-3 years. 

Together we decide the school's strategy for improvement so that pupils learn most effectively and achieve the highest standards. Governors focus on where they can add most value, drawing on their knowledge and experience. They act as a critical friend to the school, providing support, information and advice as well as asking challenging questions and pressing for improvements.

As governors we do this by attending committee meetings and also as the full governing body each term to look at:

  • what has been achieved against the School Development Plan
  • receive information about the school
  • ensuring our statutory duties are being met
  • challenge the school and ourselves
  • ensuring the strategic direction of the school will meet all pupils’ needs

We also meet as committees to look at different aspects of the school.

We have a Learning and Achievement Committee where we support and challenge:

  • how well all children are progressing
  • how new strategies are making learning better for children
  • how well children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities are being supported
  • how more able and less able children are being challenged
  • how the children’s behaviour for learning is evidenced and the impact it has on progress
  • attendance and how the high attendance ensures good progress
  • how children are given other opportunities to learn and grow through the school plays, sports day, educational visits

We have a Resources Committee where we support and challenge:

  • how the budget is spent and the impact of the expenditure
  • how staff are included in the school’s performance management processes and the impact this has in the classroom.
  • Staff have access to continuing professional development (CPD)  and the impact it has in the classroom
  • how we keep the school building and grounds safe and secure
  • how we keep children safe children in our school and grounds
  • how effective safeguarding is in school
  • what the children think about the school
  • how the school engages with parents

We are always looking for enthusiastic new governors from the local community who wish to volunteer their time and skills to join our governing body.  As a governor you would be expected to attend a full Governing Body and a committee meeting every half term.  These meetings are usually held on Friday mornings during the day time so that governors can engage with staff and pupils when the school is active.  Every Governor is asked to join one of the above two committees.

In addition to reading papers, preparing for and attending meetings, governors are expected to visit the school regularly each term and attend training courses to keep their knowledge and skills current. 

If you are interested in becoming a governor or would like to explore this further, please contact me via the school office, or by email to governors@sendcofe.co.uk 

Further guidance on becoming a governor can also be found at: www.nga.org.uk/Be-a-Governor.aspx

Martin Digby

Chair of Governors

September 2016

 The remainder of this web page provides additional information about our governors, which we are required by the DfE to publish.  This includes:  

  1. Constitution of the governing body
  2. Members of the governing body
  3. Governors attendance record for the last 12 month period
  4. Governors Register of Business Interests
  5. Governing Body meetings
  6. Minutes of full governing body meetings 

1. Constitution of the governing body 

School governance is regulated by law, in particular the “School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowance) (England) Regulations” of 2013. Governors are required to publish information about their governing body and governors, and also to declare any financial or other interest that could potentially lead to a conflict of interest.

Our governing body consists of twelve governors.  Governors are elected or appointed in different ways to be representative of the different stakeholder groups who have an interest in the school.  Whenever possible governors are recruited for the skills and commitment they can bring that enhance the role of governing body. 

2. Members of the  Governing Body

 

Caroline Wright, Foundation Governor, Vice Chair of the Governing Body, Member of the Learning & Achievement Committee

Prior to having my daughters I was a Senior Forensic Scientist for the Home Office. In 2012 I was elected as a parent governor of my daughters’ junior school in Knaphill. I took on the roles of Safeguarding Governor, then Chaired the Resources Committee becoming Vice Chair in November 2013 and Chair in April 2014.  In 2015 the junior and infant schools in Knaphill Federated and I became Vice Chair of the governing body. I was approached to join the Governing Body of The Federation of Send Church of England Schools so that we could learn from each other and to develop some stronger working links between the two Federations.

I am looking forward to getting to know the two schools better and working with staff, parents and the Governing Body.

Caroline was appointed by Send Parochial Church Council.  She has no business interests connected to the school and is not a governor at any other school. Caroline’s term of office finishes on 1st September 2020.

 

Emma Rowland, Associate Governor., Member of the Resources Committee

 

 Emma has lived in Send for over 20 years. During this time, her sons attended Send First School and St Bede’s.  This obviously provided a great start to their education as they have both gone on to study at University, with the eldest just completing his Masters. While the boys were at the schools, Emma was actively involved in the school community, being an active member of the PTA and then a parent Governor at Send First School in 2003.

In her professional life, Emma has worked for Procter & Gamble and British American Tobacco in various HR and Leadership Development roles. These have required a diverse range of skills from Project Management to Facilities Management, as well as managing organisational change and developing communications strategies.

Her latest challenge has been the project management of a substantial renovation to her house, which was completed last year. Emma now looks forward to using her skills to build the success of the schools as they embark on exciting and major changes.

Emma has no business interests connected to the school and is not a governor at any other school. Emma’s term of office finishes on 30th September 2019.

 

Joanne Frangiamore, Foundation Governor, Member of the Resources Committee

 A professional background in Environmental Health and Health and Safety, member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. I have worked as a food safety consultant in the private sector as well as within the educational sector as a lecturer and as an environmental health officer at Royal Holloway University of London. I have an excellent skill set in relation to communication, training and team working. Personal interest in the community sector: my voluntary experience is varied, including chairman of our local NCT branch, chairman of non-profit making pre-school, community school governor at Ashford Park primary school and magistrate (chair) appointed 2005. I enjoy working in education and am keen to have a positive impact both professionally and in pursuit of personal interests also. 

Jo was appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education.  She has no business interests connected to the school and is not a governor at any other school. Jo’s term of office finishes on 7th May 2020.

Laura Richards, Foundation Governor, Chair of the Learning and Achievement Committee

 Laura joined the governing body in October 2015, having previously been a governor at William Cobbett Junior School in Farnham and prior to that at Grayshott Primary School.

In her professional life Laura has worked in marketing for over 20 years, specialising in brand strategy and market research. She started her career working on the consultancy side, advising blue chip clients such as Ford and Coca Cola before spending 10 years working in various marketing and research roles at Nokia. She currently works for an independent luxury mobile phone manufacturer. Laura is looking forward to using her professional skills, particularly in the areas of data analysis and strategy to help the Governors and staff of both schools to drive the Federation forwards. Laura has a particular interest in modern languages, having graduated with a degree in German and Russian. She also speaks some French and Spanish and has some basic skills in British Sign Language. Laura knows the local area well, having lived locally on and off for many years, and being an ex-pupil of George Abbot School. She currently lives in West Clandon where she spends most of her spare time running around after her young twin boys!

Laura was appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education.  She has no business interests connected to the school and is not a governor at any other school. Vicki’s term of office finishes on 1st September 2020.

 

Martin Digby, Foundation Governor, Chair of Governors, Member of the Resources Committee

 Martin is the Chair of Governors for the school.  He has been an active governor for many years because he feels passionately about giving children the best possible start in life, leveraging skills acquired from his working life to help move schools forwards. Martin spent all his working life in the IT industry, and for over thirty years worked in IBM, directly with clients across all industry sectors.  Martin lives in Guildford, with his wife and a retired ex racer greyhound, Monica, who is now 10 years old.

Martin was appointed by Send Parochial Church Council.  He has no business interests connected to the school, and is a governor at another school.  Martin’s term of office finishes on 1st September 2020.

 Nikki Faulkner, Local Authority Governor, Member of the Resources Committee

 Nikki Faulkner is Director of Mulberry Bush Consulting. Mulberry Bush Consulting helps small business owners build successful teams so they can take their business to the next level. The company was set up to share the experience gained within the Energy and IT sectors, to small companies in all sectors, to help them take the next step forward with their business.

For the previous 14 years, Nikki worked for Halliburton, one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the energy industry.  Nikki started at the bottom, in a technical role that built off her PhD in Geophysics from Stanford University and Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Science from Cambridge University. She progressed from Technical Support Analyst through Team Lead to finally being Technical Support Manager for Halliburton’s software business unit, responsible for Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa. After 6 years as Support Manager, Nikki had built a reputation for solving problems within People Management, and was promoted to Regional HR Business Partner for a different Halliburton business unit covering Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Nikki was appointed by Surrey County Council.  She has no business interests connected to the school and is not a governor at any other school. Nikki’s term of office finishes on 1st September 2020.

 

Richard Cox, Staff Governor, Member of the Learning & Achievement Committee

 I came late to the teaching profession; I joined St Bede’s in January after spending 4 years teaching at a school in Reading, which was my first teaching post.  I am very happy to have joined St Bede’s where I am a year 6 class teacher, year 5 and 6 senior leader and maths lead for the school. Prior to becoming a teacher, I spent a number of years in the IT industry working mainly for American software companies in a number of roles from technical to sales.  I am married with 3 grown up children and in, my spare time, am a keen amateur dramatist. 

Richard was appointed by the staff of the school.  He has no business interests connected to the school and is not a governor at any other school. Richard’s term of office finishes on 15th July 2020.

 

Richard Powell, Foundation Governor, Member of the Resources Committee

 Richard joined the Board of Governors in September 2016.

He has lived in Ripley for the past 20 years and his four daughters attended St Bede’s school. Richard grew up in Sutton, was educated at Wilsons School in Wallington and graduated with honours in Physics from the University of Leeds. He started his professional career working with Esso Petroleum in sales and operations roles before moving onto more consumer facing sales & marketing roles. He has worked across a number of internationally renowned businesses including Colgate, J&J, Unilever, P&G and John Frieda. Richard now runs his own business providing interim management for companies in food, drink and consumer categories.  He is familiar with working in new teams and has a great track record of supporting new projects and providing guidance and support for them to succeed. It is for similar reasons he joins the Board of Governors at Send Primary School and looks forward to working with the teacher’s and governors to make the school a fantastic place for the young people of Send to learn and gain life experience.

Richard was appointed by Send Parochial Church Council.  He has no business interests connected to the school and is not a governor at any other school. Richard’s term of office finishes on 1st September 2020.

 Sandra Stirzaker, Foundation Governor, Member of the Learning & Achievement Committee

 Sandra became a School Governor in March 2013.  She and her husband Nigel have lived in Send since 2001 and have two children.  Sandra is a nursing sister in Intensive Care and through her work has a particular interest in Clinical Governance and Risk.  Sandra has always had an interest in education and her current role involves teaching and mentoring junior nurses and has an MA in medical ethics and law and a diploma in education.  Her links with the school have included assisting on school trips, delivering some sessions with the children relating to “our skeleton” and even playing in the school band.  She is currently involved in the Resources Committee and has link roles with Safeguarding and Child Protection. Sandra is a regular attendee at Holy Trinity and St Saviours in Woking.

Sandra was appointed by Send Parochial Church Council.  She has no business interests connected to the school and is not a governor at any other school. Sandra’s term of office finishes on 13th March 2017.

Sarah Jones, Associate Governor, Member of the Resources Committee

 

 Sarah is the School Business Manager.

Sarah has no business interests connected to the school and is not a governor at any other school. Emma’s term of office finishes on 1st September 2020.

 Sue Bell, Associate Governor, Member of the Learning & Achievement Committee

 I started as a Co-opted Governor in July 2015 and now moved to become an Associate Governor.  I have two children. My eldest Son is in Year 2 at School and I care for my young daughter at home. Prior to having children I worked as a primary school teacher in classes from Nursery through to Year 2. I am currently on the L&A committee and have a particular interest in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). I very much look forward to being a Governor at the school and helping in any way I can to build on the amazing work that has already been put in place.

Sue was appointed from the parental community of the school.  She has no business interests connected to the school, and is not a governor at any other school. Sue’s term of office finishes on the 30th September 2020.

 Sue Sayers, Executive Headteacher and Staff Governor ex officio, Member of the Learning and Achievement Committee and Resources Committee

 

Susan Sayers became an ex-officio governor in January 2015 when she joined the Federation as Executive Headteacher.  After qualifying at a Catholic teaching college in Liverpool, her home city, in 1988, Sue moved to Guildford and taught at St Dunstan's Catholic School in Woking for 7 years. She then moved on to a senior role, Deputy Headship and Interim Headship in a team which moved New Haw Junior School to an Outstanding grade before taking up her first substantive headship at a church school in Godalming in 1999. In addition to headship, Sue has worked as an Associate Leadership Consultant for Surrey/Babcock, on assessment and in training new teachers, mentoring new head teachers and coaching governing bodies. She is a qualified Leadership Coach and, more recently, became an Ofsted Inspector. Sue has also worked for the LA as a Local Leader of Education, working with schools in crisis and those experiencing difficult post federation or reorganisation processes.

In 2008, Sue went to Barnsbury Infants and Junior Schools to create a new primary school via an amalgamation process and in 2013 successfully managed their conversion to academy as a Good school. She became a Director of the SWAN Trust, a group of 5 academies working collegiately in partnership, committed to school improvement in the Woking area.  Sue lives in Grayshott, Surrey, with her husband and their chocolate Labrador. She is a committed Christian, a vegetarian, an avid reader and has a burning ambition to wing-walk.  

As Executive Headteacher Sue is an ex officio governor and is automatically a member of the governing body.  She has no business interests connected to the school and is not a governor at any other school. As EHT, Sue’s term of office has no finish date.

  Suzi Maine, Parent Governor Member of the Learning & Achievement Committee

 

Before having children, I worked in the charity sector, managing Quality Standards for a network of 50+ Community Foundations, adding value to the network through shared learning and impact assessment. Previously, I project managed the development of FareShare South West (a food redistribution charity in Bristol). I now have two sons - four and two years old - and have been a freelance proof-reader/copy editor for five years, specialising in academic texts and PhDs. I’m passionate about community, am an active member of the church and Send Help, and would love to bring these skills to the school as a governor.  

Suzi was appointed by the parents of Send CofE Primary School on the 4th November 2016.  Suzi has no business interests connected to the school, Suzi’s term of office finishes on 3rd November 2020.

 

Reverend Tony Shutt, Foundation Governor, Member of the Learning & Achievement Committee

 Tony has been a school governor since 1989 and became a governor of the Send Schools in 1995. He is an ex officio governor because he is Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of Send. Tony was previously a curate in Epsom and a foundation governor of St Martin’s C of E Infant School. He trained for ordination in the Church of England at Trinity College, Bristol while George Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury was Principal. Previously he worked for eight years with Marthe Vogt, one of the greatest neurochemists of the 20th Century, researching analgesia at the Institute of Animal Physiology in Cambridge.  He retains his scientific curiosity and has many other interests, including, music, art and poetry. Tony has been a committee chair and Vice Chair and became Chair of Governors of Send First School in July 2009, which led to being Chair of the Federation from March 2012 until November 2014. He has continually sought to improve his proficiency as a governor through numerous training opportunities. Tony completed the Surrey Additional Skills Governor’s course and a pilot module of the National Chair of Governors’ Leadership Development Programme. Tony has been involved with staff recruitment and led the headteacher recruitment panel in July 2014.

Unsurprisingly, he is the nominated governor for both Religious Education and Collective Worship and helps to monitor features that are the focus of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools. Tony visits both schools regularly to lead assembly and to participate in seasonal services and he conducts the termly St Bede’s School Eucharist. He has a keen interest in school admission arrangements. After several years as a member of the Resources Committee, Tony will join the Learning and Achievement Committee in September 2015. He loves the schools and wants them be filled with brilliance, hope and compassion.

Tony is an ex officio governor because he is Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of Send.   He is chair of Send Parochial Church Council and has no other business interests connected to the school.  He is not a governor at any other school. As Tony is an ex-officio governor, his term of office has no finish date.

 

Vicki Groves, Parent Governor, Member of the Resources Committee

 Vicki was elected as a Parent Governor in June 2015.  After receiving a Bachelor of Accountancy from University of South Australia in 1996, Vicki went onto further qualify as a Certified Practising Accountant in 2000 and thereafter also secured her Public Practice Certificate.  Vicki worked in public practice for 8 years in Australia before moving to the UK in 2003, whereby she went on to gain finance industry experience working in publishing, advertising and most recently HR, pensions and investment. Having experienced the turbulence of the last three years, Vicki believes becoming a governor is her opportunity to get involved and make a positive difference to the future of the school and the children within it.  She feels it’s an exciting time to come on board, particularly with all the upcoming changes.

Vicki lives in Send Marsh with her husband Steve, two children Eddie (year 3) and Maddie (year 1) and their cat Barney.  She enjoys the precious time she gets to spend with her family, good food and wine, travelling, music, motorbikes and diving.

Vicki was appointed from the parental community of the school.  She has no business interests connected to the school and is not a governor at any other school. Vicki’s term of office finishes on 1st September 2020.

 Coral Davis Clerk to the Governing Board

 

 Coral is our professional clerk to the Governing Board, and is accredited by the National College of teaching and Learning.  Her role is to provide advice to the governing body on governance, constitutional and procedural matters; to provide effective administrative support to the governing board and its committees; to ensure the governing body is properly constituted and to manage information effectively in accordance with legal requirements.

 

3. Governors' attendance records 

 

Name

4 Sep 2016

14 Oct  2015

11 Dec 2015

15 Jan 2016

26 Feb 2016

18 Mar 2016

22 Apr 2016

15 Jul 2016

Attendance %

L&A Committee

Resources Committee

No of Committees attended

Martin Digby

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

87.5

 

Y

3/6

Sandra Stirzaker

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

87.5

 

Y

3/6

Sue Bell

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

100

Y

 

6/6

Richard Cox

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Y

100

Y

 

0/0

Nikki Faulkner

X

X

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

83.3

 

Y

5/6

Jo Frangiamore

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Y

100

 

Y

1/1

Vikki Groves

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

100

 

Y

6/6

Richard Powell

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Y

100

Y

 

0/0

Laura Richards

X

X

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

100

Y

 

6/6

Sue Sayers

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

87.5

Y

Y

12/12

Tony Shutt

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

100

Y

 

5/6

Caroline Wright

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

87.5

Y

 

6/6

DEPARTED GOVERNORS

Tania Dunton

Y

Y

X

X

X

X

X

X

100

Y

 

1/1

Nadine Gibson

Y

N

N

N

Y

N

X

X

33

 

Y

3/4

Alan Hunwicks

N

Y

N

N

Y

N

X

X

33

Y

 

4/4

 

Y = Attended

N = Not attended when due to

X = Not due to attend ie not started of finished post

The attendance % is based on whether the governor was due to attend or not.

All governors are expected to attend their respective committee meetings, and also full Governing Body meetings.  All meeting dates are published annually in advance.  Not all governors are able to attend all meetings.  When this happens governors send their apologies for absence and this is recorded.  Some governors have also not been on the governing body for a full twelve month period, and this can also distort their attendance record.

The attendance record in the table above cover the last twelve month period, September 2015 to August 2016.  This will be updated in August 2017 to reflect the previous academic year.

 

4 Governors's Register of Business Interests

 

 GOVERNOR     

DECLARED BUSINESS INTEREST

Caroline Wright

Chair of Governors, Federation of Knaphill Schools

Emma Rowland

None

Joanne Frangiamore

None

Laura Richards

None

Martin Digby

Governor at St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School, Merrow

Nikki Faulkner

None

Richard Cox

Teacher

Richard Powell

None

Sandra Strirzaker

None

Sarah Jones

School Business Manager

Sue Bell

None

Sue Sayers

Executive Head Teacher

Suze Maine

None

Tony Shutt

Vicar

Vicki Groves

None

 

5. Governing Body Open Meetings

Each year Governors decide whether or not full governing body meetings are “open” to the public.  Open meetings are meetings of the full governing body to which members of the public, including school staff and parents, can request in writing to attend as observers.

At the first full governing body meeting of this new academic year, Governors voted to continue to permit open meetings for remainder of this year.  The guidance below constitutes the code of conduct required by the governing body in return for granting access to their meetings.  This guidance is recommended by the Local Authority as being good practice.

  • Governing Body meetings are published on the school website (see below).
  • Members of the public can make a request, in writing, to attend the “open” part of any meeting.
  • Requests to attend must be sent to the Clerk to the governing body no less than 14 days before the date of the meeting. This allows time for Governors to finalise and agree the agenda for the meeting with Governors, and for the agenda to be published seven days in advance of the meeting.
  • If there is sufficient capacity and space an invitation to attend the meeting will be issued by the Clerk to the Governing Body, together with an agenda. These will be sent by e-mail seven days before the meeting.
  • Anyone attending will be shown in the meeting minutes as being “In attendance”. 
  • Persons attending meetings are there at the invitation of the governing body and must agree to:

    • be present as observers only;
    • not speak or in any other way interrupt the meeting;
    • at the request of the chair, leave the meeting if any part of it is deemed, by the governing body, to be confidential;
    •  not record any part of the meeting electronically or in writing.
  • Failure to abide by these expectations may result in an individual being asked to withdraw from the meeting and potentially be refused an invitation to future meetings.
  • Minutes of all meetings are published on the school website, when they have been agreed by the full governing body, which is done at the next meeting of the full governing body. These will be published here below.
  • Full Governing Body meetings for the current academic year are scheduled for the following dates:

30th September 2016

9th December 2016

3rd February 2017 (informal - governor training session)

24th March 2017

9th June 2017 (informal - governor planning session)

14th July 2017

Meetings start at 08.30 and the venue alternates between the two school buildings, depending upon availability of meeting room space.

6. Minutes of full governing body meetings

4th September 2015 

11th December 2015               

15th January 2016 

 26th February 2016 

18th March 2016 

24th April 2016

15th July 2016 

30th September 2016 

9th December 2016 will be finalised at the next formal meeting in March 2017

Last revised 1st January 2017

Next revision Summer 2017

 

For more information or if you wish to make any comments please contact:-governors@sendcofe.co.uk