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The Governing Body

Who is on the Governing Body?

Woodingdean Primary School

Governing Body (Constitution (15.10.2014) – 14 Govs in total: Head; 1 LA, 4 Parent, 7 Co-opted, 1 Staff)

Name

Type

Appointed by

Responsibilities on GB and the following committees:

Resources  – Teaching, Learning and Well-being (TLW) - Pay

Start – end of term

 

Baker, Natasha

Co-opted

Governing Body

Member TLW

13.05.2015-12.05.2019

Denman, Steven

Co-opted

Governing Body

Vice Chair of GB, Member TLW, member Resources, HT Appraisal Panel

13.05.2015-12.05.2019

Gardener-Haig, David

Co-opted

Governing Body

Member Resources,

 

01.10.2010-25.11.2018

Gearing, Darren

Co-opted

Governing Body

Member TLW

30.11.2016-29.11.2020

Lintott, Tim

Co-opted

Governing Body

Member Resources, Chair Headteacher Appraisal Panel

 

15.11.2006-25.11.2018

Moore, Dale

Parent

Elected by Parents

Member Resources,  member HT Appraisal Panel

03.06.2014-02.06.2018

Meeres, Karen

Co-opted

Governing Body

Chair of Governors, member HT Appraisal Panel, member of all committees

01.10.2008-25.11.2018

Page, Nick

Co-opted

Governing Body

Co-Chair of Resources Committee

 

18.09.2012-31.01.2021

Pettitt, Tim

Parent

Elected by Parents

 

24.02.2017-23.02.2021

Sculthorpe, Chris

Parent

Elected by Parents

 

24.02.2017-23.02.2021

Thomas-Brooks, Lisa

Parent

Elected by Parents

Chair of TLW Committee

 

23.11.2012-22.11.2020

Whitfield, Jonathan

Headteacher

Ex-officio

All committees

07.01.2013

Williams

Kate

LA

Proposed by LA, appointed by GB

 

30.11.2016-29.11.2020

In the past year, the following persons have also served on the Governing Body

Marchant, Pat

Co-opted

Governing Body

 

23.07.2013-06.01.2016

Axton, Louise

Staff

Elected by Staff

Member Resources, member TLW

 

01.09.2001-07.05.2017

Brown, David

LA

Local Authority

Chair of F&S, member TLW, Headteacher Appraisal Panel

31.07.2008-30.07.2016

Gumbrill, Paul

Associate Member

Governing Body

Associate Member to Premises and Health and Safety Committee

22.05.2001-31.08.2016

Hayward, Mylene

Parent

Elected by Parents

Member TLW

 

05.06.2013-04.01.2017

Siepel, Josh

Co-opted

Governing Body

Member Resources

 

26.11.2014-13.01.2017

 
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Who are we?

We are volunteers and we come from every section of the community. Woodingdean Primary School's governing body is made up of 14 staff, parents, local authority and community representatives.

What is our purpose?

In a nutshell - to help the school provide the best possible education for your children.

We support and encourage all aspects of school life by acting as a "critical friend". By that we mean we fully support our headteacher Mr Whitfield but also ask important and difficult questions. We are an integral part of life at the school. We celebrate the school's many successes and achievements but we do not shirk from identifying and addressing any weaknesses.

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What are our key roles?

The governors take a long-term overview of the school. We agree its vision, values, strategic aims and its policies. We monitor and evaluate the school's performance and ensure the school is accountable to everyone it serves, ie: the children, parents, staff and local community.

Duties and powers?

School governors have a number of very important legal responsibilities. We oversee the school's budget, we are responsible for the health and safety of staff and children on school property. We also set the targets for pupils' achievement at certain Key Stages and ensure delivery of the National Curriculum. The governing body is also responsible for major appointments such as the headteacher and deputy head.

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Our Committees

The workload of the Governing Body is shared between various committees, each with its own chair. They are Finance & Staffing; Strategic Planning; Teaching, Learning and Wellbeing; and Premises. Each committee meets termly and reports to the main Board. Minutes from governing body meetings are available upon request.

  • Finance& Staffing: Looks at the annual budget being proposed by the school to ensure it meets legal criteria, and fits in with the Governing Body's strategic plans. Monitors expenditure to ensure compliance to the budget. Any expenditure outside of the approved budget has to be approved by the finance committee, or by the Governing Body, depending on the amount. The committee also monitors capital expenditure. This committee also agrees the staffing structure and oversees all aspects relating to the staff of the school, such as, recruitment, welfare and remuneration.
  • Strategic Planning:To ensure the activities of the governing body are coordinated, efficient and productive and directed towards the achievement of the school’s vision and key objectives.
  • Premises Committee: This committee ensures that the school environment is satisfactory for purpose and that the buildings and grounds are safe for children, staff and parents. The school takes safeguarding particularly seriously.
  • Teaching, Learning & Wellbeing (TLW): The work of this committee is very important, as it looks at the standards of teaching and learning in the school, and looks in very close detail at pupil progress data. The committee wants to see that targets for attainment and learning are realistic, but challenging, and that the school is meeting these targets. Other work includes setting the overall curriculum, agreeing policies and ensuring their implementation for areas such as Special Educational Needs, Behaviour, Educational Trips and pupil welfare.

Governor Attendance at meetings

FGB

14.10.2015

25.11.2015

10.02.2016

16.03.2016

25.05.2016

13.07.2016

Axton Louise

Present

Present

Apologies

Apologies

Present

Present

Baker Natasha

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Brown David

Present

Present

Present

Apologies

Late 6.12

Present

Denman Steven

Apologies

Present Apologies Present Present

Present

Gardener-Haig David

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Hayward Mylene Present Present Apologies Present Present Present

Lintott Tim

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Marchant Pat - Resigned Jan 2016

Present

Present

N/A

N/A N/A N/A

Meeres Karen

Present

Apologies

Present

Present

Present

Present

Moore Dale

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Apologies

Page Nick

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Apologies

Siepel Josh

Present

Present

Present

Apologies

Apologies

Present

Thomas-Brooks Lisa

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Whitfield Jonathan

Present

Late

Present for learning walk

Present

Present

Present

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TLW Committee

06.10.2015

10.11.2015

26.01.2016

08.03.2016

26.04.2016

28.06.2016

Axton Louise

Present

Present

Present

Apologies

Present

Present

Baker Natasha Present Present Present Present Present Present

Brown David

Present

Present

Present until 5.05pm

Present

Present

Present

Denman Steven   Present Present Present Apologies Present

Hayward Mylene

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Meeres Karen

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Moore Dale

Present

From 4.20

Apologies

Present

Present

Present

Thomas-Brooks Lisa

Present

Apologies

Present

Present

Present

Present

Whitfield Jonathan

Present

Apologies

Apologies

Present

Apologies

Present

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F&S Committee

30.09.2015

27.01.2016

18.05.2016

 

 

 

Axton Louise

Present

Apologies

Present

 

 

 

Brown David

Present

Present

Apologies

 

 

 

Denman Steven - Appointed 25.11.15 N/A Present Present      
Gardener-Haig David Present Present Present      

Lintott Tim

Present

Present

Apologies

 

 

 

Marchant Pat - Resigned 06.01.16

Present

N/A N/A

 

 

 

Meeres Karen

Present

Present

Present

 

 

 

Moore Dale

Present

Present

Present

 

 

 

Whitfield Jonathan

Present

Apologies

Apologies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premises Committee

23.09.2015

20.01.2016

04.05.16 - Combined meeting with F&S

 

 

 

Gumbrill Paul

Present

Present

N/A as Associate

 

 

 

Marchant Pat

Present

N/A

N/A

 

 

 

Meeres Karen

Present

Present

N/A as F&S

 

 

 

Page Nick

Present

Present

Present

 

 

 

Siepel Josh

Present

Apologies

Present

 

 

 

Whitfield Jonathan

Present

Apologies

N/A as F&S

 

 

 

             
Pay Committee 18.07.16          
Brown David Present          
Denman Steven Apologies          
Gardener-Haig David Present          
Lintott Tim Apologies          
Meeres Karen Present          
Moore Dave Apologies          
Thomas-Brooks Lisa Present          
Whitfield Jonathan Present          

Register of Interests of governors and associate members 2015-2016

Name

Employment

Businesses/company directorships/charity Trusteeships

Membership of professional bodies

Date interest was registered

Notes

Louise Axton

Deputy Head Teacher at Woodingdean Primary School

 

 

14.10.2015

 

Natasha Baker

 

 

 

 

No interests

Steven Denman

IRIS Connect. 

 

 

19.12.2015

IRIS Connect sells CPD technology for teachers

David Gardener-Haig

Department for Education

 

 

14.10.2015

 

Darren Gearing

Self-employed

Gearing Management Service Ltd, Gearing Plant Hire Ltd, The Beach House Worthing Ltd, Portland Freehouse Ltd, Our Eating House Ltd

Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality

08.12.2016

 

Mylene Hayward

(resigned January 17)

Brighton & Hove City Council (Environmental Health)

 

 

14.10.2015

 

Tim Lintott

HMRC

 

 

14.10.2015

 

Karen Meeres

 

KFM Consulting Ltd

 

19.10.2016

 

Dale Moore

Oathall Community College, West Sussex County Council

 

 

19.10.2016

 

Nicholas Page

Structural Engineer

Director Dixon Hurst Ltd

Institute of Structural Engineers

14.10.2015

 

Tim Pettitt

Lloyds Banking Group

 

 

29.03.2017

Wife Marian Buckley-Pettitt works as MDSA at WPS

Chris Sculthorpe

Health Improvement  Specialist Kent Community Health NHS Trust

 

 

29.03.2017

 

Josh Siepel (resigned January 17)

Lecturer in Management, University of Sussex

 

 

25.10.2016

 

Lisa Thomas-Brooks

NHS

 

 

19.10.2016

 

Jonathan Whitfield

Headteacher Woodingdean Primary School

 

 

14.10.2015

 

Kate Williams

Headteacher Longhill High School

 

 

03.01.2017

Ex-officio governor at Longhill High School

 

If you have any questions about the role of school governors or how to become one, do not hesitate to ask. Contact our Clerk to the Governors, Mrs Ruth Ali by email - ruth.ali@woodingdean.brighton-hove.sch.uk