Edenbridge Primary School – Governing Body

 

 

         The Spring Newsletter

The Governing Body

The purpose of the Governing body is to review and determine school aims and objectives, its policies, plans, targets and monitor results. The day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the headteacher who is the principal professional advisor of the governing body. Governors provide support for, and act as “critical friend” to, the headteacher and the school. Some of the work of the governing body is devolved to smaller committees that have responsibilities for monitoring and reviewing different areas of school life. The Governing Body and each committee meet once a term and the responsibilities of the committees are shown below. 

Curriculum & Standards

To monitor with the Headteacher the school’s delivery of the Foundation Stage Curriculum and National Curriculum as well as the National Literacy and Numeracy strategies. To review the policy and provision for SEN, Sex Education, RE and Collective Worship and make recommendations where necessary.

Pay & Staffing

To consider any formal complaints from staff and carry out the appraisal of the Headteacher. To act as a sounding board for the Headteacher on any staffing issues. To achieve the aims of the whole school pay policy in a fair and equal manner.

Health, Safety & Premises

To monitor and report to the Governors all matters relating to the management of the school premises. To advise the Governors on all matters of Health and Safety management in the school. To determine priorities, submit bids, place orders and monitor the work ensuring that expenditure is controlled within the budget.

Finance

To set the annual school budget and identify what funding is available to support key areas determined in the School Improvement Plan. To advise Governors on financial and budget matters and regularly monitor expenditure of the school budget throughout the year.

Who are the governors?

Name

Category/Appointed by

Committees

Term of Office

Business or pecuniary interests

Material interests

(relationships between

governors or school staff)

Governance roles in other educational institutions

Attendance record at Full Governing Body (FGB) 2016/2017

Michael Burt

Co-opted Governor

Premises (Chair)

Staffing

04.11.15 – 03.11.19

None

Spouse to member of staff, V Neary

None

FGB 5/6

 

Clive Cain

Co-opted Governor

Chair

Staffing (Chair)

Premises

Finance

Curriculum

 

14.07.17-13.07.21

None

None

None

FGB 4/6

 

Michelle Clark

Parent Governor (appointed)

Staffing

22.05.17-21.05.21

Owner, Eden Lettings and Sales

None

None

FGB 2/6

 

Mike Collins

Co-opted Governor

Curriculum (Chair)

Staffing

14.07.17-13.07.21

None

None

None

FGB 4/6

 

Maria Esain

Parent Governor (elected)

 

24/3/17 – 23/3/21

None

None

None

FGB 2/2

Sharron Garrett

Staff Governor (elected)

Curriculum

07.12.15 – 06.12.19

None

None

None

FGB 6/6

 

Janet Hart

Co-opted Governor

Curriculum

Premises

14.07.17-13.07.21

None

None

None

FGB 4/6

 

Katherine Pitts-Tucker

Co-opted Governor

Curriculum

14.07.17-13.07.21

None

None

None

FGB 4/6

 

Jenny Smith

Co-opted Governor

Curriculum

07.12.15 – 06.12.19

None

None

None

Maternity Leave 1/1

Deborah Toohey

Co-opted Governor

Finance (Chair)

19.05.14 – 18.05.18

None

None

None

FGB 4/6

 

Valerie Viret

Headteacher

Staffing

Premises

Finance

Curriculum

On going

None

None

None

FGB 6/6

 

John Wakeman

Associate Member

Finance (with full voting rights)

14.07.13 – 13.07.17

None

None

None

 

James White

Associate Member

Curriculum (with full voting rights)

10.10.16-09.10.17

None

None

None

FGB 6/6

Jane Howard

Clerk

 

On going

    

 

The Governing Body consists of 13 Governors. Of these:

  • 2 are elected by parents
  • 1 is appointed by the Local Authority
  • 1 is elected by the staff
  • 1 is the Headteacher
  • 8 are co-opted (appointed by the Governing Body)

The Governing Body may also appoint Associate Members, who are not Governors and do not have voting rights at the Full Governing Body, but who attend Full Governing Body meetings and may be appointed to sit on a committee with or without voting rights.

Except for the Headteacher, all Governors are appointed/elected for a term of 4 years.