What do school governors do?
Governors are people who have an interest in the role of schools in society and wish to make a positive contribution to their communities. They will contribute to the effective day-to-day running of the school and the educational achievements of its pupils.
What are the key roles of the Governing Body?
The main task for governing bodies is to promote high standards of educational achievement. There are three key roles and responsibilities that governors fulfil, in order to achieve that goal, these are:
- To be involved in strategic planning – identifying where the school needs to improve and agreeing priorities for improvement
- To challenge the school to do better and support it in those efforts
- To hold the headteacher to account for school performance and to provide an account to parents and the wider community
The Governing Body currently consists of 11 people, they are as follows:
3 Parent Governors, 3 Co Opted Governors, 2 Staff Governors (including the Headteacher) 1 Local Authority Governor and 2 Foundation Governor.
The Full Governing Body meets 3 times a year, usually in October, February and May. The Chair of Governors is elected every year in October and all governors serve a 4-year term, unless they resign before the end of their term of office.
The Clerk to the Governing Body attends all the above meetings to take the minutes.
Every governor is expected to serve on at least one of the three main Committees:
- Finance and Personnel
- Premises, Health & Safety
All Governors are appointed by the Full Governing Body other than the Foundation Governors who are appointed by the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education and the Sunningwell School Foundation Trust. All Governors also hold a responsibility over an area of the Curriculum.
How can I become a School Governor?
If you are interested in becoming a governor you can find out more at https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/school-governors or contact the school for more information.
Current Governing Body
Robert Evans is a Co-Opted Governor and holds the post of Chair of the Governing Body. His current term of office expires in 2023. He currently sits on the committees for Finance & Personnel, Premises and Curriculum.
Stuart Bates is a Co-Opted Governor and holds the post of Vice Chair to the Governing Body. His current term of office expires in 2024. He currently sits on committees for Finance & Personnel. Stuart has expressed a pecuniary interest, his wife Charlotte Bates is employed by the school as an Administrative Assistant.
Anita Leech – Headteacher
As Headteacher Anita forms part of the Governing Body (ex officio). She currently sits on committees for Finance & Personnel, Premises and Curriculum.
Anthea Pearson is a Co-Opted Governor, and is a retired Headteacher of a local Primary School. Her current term of office expires in 2020. She currently sits on the Personnel and Curriculum committees and is the Governor responsible for Pupil Premium.
Sarah Shaw is a Parent Governor. Her current term of office expires 2022. She currently holds the position of our Safeguarding Governor.
Louise Allen is a Parent Governor. Her current term of office expires in 2021. She currently sits on the Curriculum and Premises committees.
Emily Dell is a Staff Governor. Her current term of office expires in 2023. She currently sits on the Curriculum committee.
Rev Rob Glenny
Rev Glenny is a Foundation Governor appointed in September 2017. His current term of office will expire in 2021.
Dave Bates is a Parent Governor. His current term of office will expire in 2024.
Gill Cochrane is our Local Authority (LA) Governor. Her current term of office will expire in 2022.
Bob Nichol is a Foundation Governor appointed in February 2020. His current term of office will expire in 2024.
Louise Plumb is currently Clerk to the Governing Body.
Governor Attendance Record
|Governor||Full Governing Body Meeting||Finance & Personnel||Curriculum||Premises, Health & Safety|
Register of Business Interests (as declared)
Stuart Bates has declared a relationship interest in the school, as his wife works in the school office.
Minutes of Full Governing Body Meetings are available from the Clerk upon request.