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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.
Gwen Dent - Foundation Matt Thompson - Foundation
Appointed: 18.04.2016 Appointed: 06.01.14
Appointed by: Diocese Appointed by: Diocese
Term of office: 4 years Term of office: 4 years
Business and Pecuniary interests: None  Business and Pecuniary interests: None 
Other governor roles: None Other governor roles: None
Attendance: 80% Attendance: 20%
Sasha Keaty - Staff Debbie Marsh - Vice Chair of Governors - Foundation
Appointed: 11.03.13 Appointed: 03.01.2016
Appointed by: Staff  Appointed by: Diocese
Term of office: 4 years Term of office: 4 years
Business and Pecuniary interests: None Business and Pecuniary interests: None
Other governor roles: None Other governor roles: None
Attendance: 100% Attendance: 40%
Mrs Allchurch - Headteacher Mandy Dove - Co-opted
Appointed: 01.09.2013 Appointed: 12.12.2014
Appointed by: Board of Governors Appointed by: Board of Governors
Term of office:  Term of office: 4 years
Business and Pecuniary interests: None Business and Pecuniary interests: None
Other governor roles: None Other governor roles: None
Attendance: 100% Attendance: 80%
Rev. Joe Dent - Chair of Governors - Foundation  Stephanie Booth - Parent Governor
Appointed: 23.06.14 Appointed: 15.04.16
Appointed by: Diocese Appointed by: Parents
Term of office: 4 years Term of office: 4 years
Business and Pecuniary interests: None Business and Pecuniary interests: None
Other governor roles: Other governor roles: None
Attendance: 80% Attendance:60%
Zoe Masters - Local Authority Dr Arunangsu Chatterjee - Parent
Appointed: 13.10. 15 Appointed: 13.10.14
Appointed by: Board of Governors Appointed by: Parents
Term of office: 4 years Term of office: 4 years
Business and Pecuniary interests: None  Business and Pecuniary interests: None
Other governor roles: Hyde Park Juniors Other governor roles: None
Attendance: 80% Attendance: 60%
                      
               Pat Williams - Foundation                             Oliver Colvile MP                            
                  Appointed: 29.06.15 Appointed:
                     Appointed by: Diocese

Appointed by: Diocese

                 Term of office: 4 years Term of office: 4 years
                           Business and Pecuniary interests: None Business and Pecuniary interests: None
                      Other governor roles: None Other Governor roles:
                      Attendance: 80% Attendance 20%
Picture 1 Gail Mallard - Clerk to Governors

Introduction

A school's Board of Governors is there to provide oversight of the management and operation of the school. The governors help the school take a strategic view of its activities and bring experience and expertise from other walks of life into the school. This section will tell you who the governors are, how they are appointed and elected, what they do, what their legal duties are and how you can contact them or seek to get involved as a governor yourself.

What does the Board of Governors do?

The Board of Governors does not run the school. That is the job of the Headteacher and the leadership team.  Rather, the governors provide independent oversight of the school and how it is run. The school is required to report to the governors on various aspects of management and planning and, by acting as 'critical friends', the governors can give the school an invaluable sounding board.

Some aspects of the governors' role in the school are laid down by law. For example, the governors are required to approve the school budget. Also, if the school decides to exclude a pupil permanently that decision has to be reviewed by an independent panel of governors.

Major strategic decisions of the school also have to be approved by the governors. A recent example at St Andrew’s has been the decision to:

  • investigate multi-academy trust partnerships 

 

What sort of people are the governors?

The governors are all volunteers and the role is part-time. Most of them have full-time jobs elsewhere. One of the major benefits of the Board of Governors is that the governors are all able to bring experience and expertise from vastly different walks of life to bear on their work with the school. This can help the school take a more creative and strategic approach to management, problem-solving and long-term strategic planning.   

The current board includes governors with experience in education, policy analysis, human resources, diplomacy, health and safety, management, information technology, financial services and business systems.

According to a Government publication, more people in the UK today come forward to be school governors than for any other volunteer activity.

How are the governors elected or appointed?

There are a number of different routes onto the Board of Governors. At St Andrew’s the board is made up of:

  • Eight Foundation governors: appointed by Diocese;
  • One Staff governor: elected by the staff;
  • Two Parent governors: elected by the parents;
  • One Local Authority governor: appointed by the Board of Governors;
  • One co-opted governor: appointed by the Board of Governors;
  • The Headteacher: appointed by the Board of Governors

All governors (except the headteacher, whose position is ex officio) serve a four-year term, at the end of which they may stand for re-election or re-appointment.  There is no limit to the number of terms a governor may serve. When a parent governor’s term ends, an announcement is made about an election and all parents or carers of pupils at the school are eligible to stand.

The chair and vice-chair of Governors are elected by the full Board of Governors at its first meeting of each school year. The current chair of governors is Reverend Joe Dent. The current vice-chair is Mrs Debbie Marsh. The clerk to governors is Miss Gail Mallard. Governors can be contacted by email or in writing via the school admin office.


How is the work of the governors organised?

The full Board of Governors meets nine times in each academic year. Each meeting covers the content agreed in the Governors Management Plan.

Governors also attend Governor Days at the school three times a year and training provided by the Governor Development Team (PCC) and the Diocese.

Minutes of the Full Board of Governor meetings are made available once they have been approved.

 

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