Meet our Governors
Who Are the Governors?
The governing body can be made up of between 7 and 20 people from the local community. The governing body at our school has 12 governor positions. These people may work in the school, have children in the school, work in the local area or simply have in interest in doing the best for the children.
Our school governing body is listed below. The children and parents meet them on a regular basis in and around school as they attend school events, speak to parents at parent consultations and undertake monitoring activities of the school’s work.
Mrs. Nicolien Lawson – Chair of Governors / Co-opted Governor
Mrs. Barbara Spencer – Vice Chair of Governors / Local Authority Governor
Mrs. Collette Randall – Headteacher
Mr. Neil Fish-Clark – Elected Staff Governor / Senior Teacher
Mrs. Donna Barnard – Co-opted Governor
Mrs. Trish Atkinson – Co-opted Governor / Deputy Head
Mrs. Natalie Holmes – Elected Parent Governor
Mr. Michael Puczylo – Elected Parent Governor
Mrs. Sarnia Palin – Co-Opted Governor
Mr. Andrew Kofoed – Co-Opted Governor
Mrs. Denise West – Local Authority Governor
Mrs. Sarah Empson – Clerk to the Governors
Governing Body Committee Structure
The Different Types of Governors
Chair & Vice Chair of Governors
The Governing Body is led by the Chair, who is elected by the Governing Body. The Chair must not work at the school. The Chair is supported in their role by the Vice Chair(s) who may be delegated certain tasks and responsibilities.
Elected Parent Governors
A Parent Governor believes that parents should have a say in matters affecting their children’s education. A Parent Governor holds a unique position of having a parental viewpoint. Through the children they will have first hand experience of the curriculum and how the school is perceived from the consumers’ point of view. They will be able to bring this perspective to the strategic management of the school. A Parent Governor is a representative and not a delegate of parents. A Parent Governor does not have to vote in a particular way because they have been pressed to do so by parents. Objectivity, however, is essential. They are not there to promote the interests of their own children but all children. Parent Governors are elected by other parents and it is important to establish a rapport with the parental body that elected them, whilst continuing to maintain a strategic approach to school governance.
Elected Staff Governors
A staff governor represents and is elected by the staff in the school; they have equal status in the responsibility they share with all members of the governing body (with some exceptions). They are representative of staff and, therefore, have a responsibility to communicate their views to the governing body as far as they are able and to keep staff informed as far as possible. They are not, however, a delegate obliged to seek voting instructions on every item on the agenda and to vote in accordance with the views of some or all of the staff team.
Local Authority Governors
Local Authority Governors are nominated by the local authority but appointed by the governing body. A Local Authority Governor should be someone who is able and willing to work as members of the full governing body team to secure the best possible education for children at the school and in the community.
Co-opted Governors are appointed by the governing body. They are people who in the opinion of the governing body have the skills required to contribute to the effectiveness governance and success of the school.
Associate members are appointed by the governing body to serve on one or more governing body committee. They may also attend full governing body meetings. They are not governors and do not therefore have a vote in governing body decisions, but may be given a vote on decisions made by committees to which they are appointed.
Associate members are appointed because of the specific expertise and experience they can contribute to the effective governance and success of the school which can help the governing body to respond to any particular challenges they may be facing.