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Meet the Governors

Welcome to the Governors’ section 

 

All governance boards, no matter what type of school have three core functions:

 

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction 
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff, and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

 

Effective governance is based on six recognised key features:

  • Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy
  • Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance
  • People with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity
  • Structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities
  • Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements
  • Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance

 

The Governing Body of Fen Drayton Primary School comprises of 12 Governors:

  • One LA Governor - nominated by the Local Authority
  • Four Parent Governors - elected by the parent body
  • Five Co-opted Governors - members of the local community, nominated from community organisations or by other governors
  • One staff Governor - elected by the staff
  • Headteacher (who can choose to be a governor or not)

Governors can serve for up to four years before being re-elected. 

 

Upon joining the Governing Board, governors are allocated to one of two sub-committees which meets every half term. These Committees have particular terms of reference and delegated responsibilities for key areas of the school.

 

The Curriculum and Learning Committee (C&L) 

  • Provides strategic direction on all matters relating to pupil’s education and social well-being and ensuring standards of attainment and progress are made
  • Ensures the school’s responsibilities to delivering the national curriculum are met
  • Monitors the needs of SEN children and those with additional needs

 

The Resources and Infrastructure Committee (R&I) 

  • Provides strategic direction all matters relating to the school budget
  • Oversees the school’s asset management, making recommendations on the upkeep and development of the school infrastructure 
  • Monitors that the school adheres to Health and Safety legislation and guidance
  • Provides strategic direction on the implementation of HR policies,
  • Monitors staff training and ensuring staff wellbeing is prioritised and maintained
  • Forms the Pay Review Committee making recommendations for staff pay awards and also the Review Appeals Committee if required

 

In addition to our main committees, delegated governors also participate in the following:

  • Health and Safety at Work Committee: Ensuring the school meets all regulatory requirements in relation to Health and Safety at work legislation.
  • Head Teacher Appraisal Review Committee (HTPR)

And can be called upon to form any of the following panels when required: 

  • Disciplinary Standing Committee (Staff Discipline)
  • Disciplinary Appeals Committee (Staff Appeals)
  • Pupil Discipline - Exclusion Appeals (Pupil Discipline)

 

The work and actions of the sub-committees are reported to all governors at the half-termly meetings of the Full Governing Body or FGB, ensuring we monitor progress against and continue to strive towards our strategic goals:

  • To support children to make good progress
  • To continue to provide a broad and enriched curriculum
  • To prioritise excellence in staffing
  • To make the Fen Drayton Primary School experience a valuable one for all community members
  • To continue strong and responsible financial management
  • To engage with other local schools

 

The Agenda section contains copies of the agendas for all meetings. Please note that due to the size of the school, minutes of the meetings are not made public in the interest of protecting anonymity. Details of attendance at meetings is provided.

 

 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 for your information.

 

Fen Drayton Primary School

PUBLICATION OF GOVERNOR’S DETAILS AND REGISTER OF INTERESTS

Governors hold an important public office and their identity should be known to their school and wider communities. 

In the interests of transparency, a governing body should publish on its website up-to-date details of is governance arrangements in a readily accessible form.

CURRENT GOVERNORS

Full
Name
Category of Governor
Appointing Body
(in accordance with the Instrument of Government)

Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Committees Governor Serves On

Positions of Responsibility

(eg chair or vice-chair
of the GB or Committee of the GB)

Relevant Business/

Pecuniary Interests

Governance roles in any other educational establishments

Relationship between Governors and members of the school staff
(including spouses, partners or relatives)

Julie Bishop
Staff
 

10 July 2019

4

FGB

Behaviour

None

None

None

Paul Cooper
Co-Opted
 

25 May 2021

4

R&I

HTPR Committee,  Review Appeal Committee, Disciplinary Appeals Committee, Pupil Discipline

Chair of R&I , PE and Sport Governor

Director at Deloitte LLP

None

None

Emma CoxCo-opted 6 October 20214R&ITBCNoneNoneNone
Danielle Doyle
Co-opted
 

5  February 2019

4

R&I,

HR Committee, HTPR panel, Disciplinary Appeals Committee

ICT 

Strategic Communication and Engagement Lead for the Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute, University of Cambridge

None

None

Ruth Dunleavey-Routh
 
 
Parent
 

8 May 2018

4

C&L

HTPR Committee, Review Appeals Committee

Chair of C&L, EYPS, Science, More Able and RE Governor

None

None

None

Gemma Edwards
Parent
 

4 February  2020

4

C&L

Staff Discipline Committee

SEN, Inclusion & Vulnerable groups

None

Associate Governor in Role as Assistant Head teacher for Wheatfields Primary School

None

Lorraine HydeParent 6 October 2021 R&ITBCNoneNoneNone
Hannah Oldridge
Co-opted
 

8 October 

2019

4

C&L,

Review Appeals Committee, Pupil Discipline

PSHE, Safeguarding, Children in Care and RE Governor, Single Central Record (SCR)

None

None

None

Jelena
Oka
LA

 

7 July 2021

4

R&I

Health, Safety and Welfare Governor

None

None

None

Philippa Storer
Parent 
 

5 May 2020

4

C&L

HR Committee, Disciplinary Appeals Committee

Chair of Governors,

Literacy,

Humanities Behaviour, Governor Training, Communication to school community of governors activities 

None

None

None

Nina McQueen 
Headteacher (Staff)
 

4 Jan 2021

Term of post

C&L

R&I

HR Committee, Health and Safety Committee

Head

None

None

None

 

 

 

PREVIOUS GOVERNORS (SERVED AT ANY POINT OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS)

Full Name
Category of Governor
Appointing Body
(in accordance with the Instrument of Government)

Date of Appointment

Date Stepped Down

Committees Governor Serves On

Positions of Responsibility
(eg chair or vice-chair
of the GB or Committee of the GB)

Relevant Business/ Pecuniary Interests

Governance roles in any other educational establishments

Relationship between Governors and members of the school staff
(including spouses, partners or relatives)

Nick Ward Hunt
Parent
 

25 Sept 2017

22 Oct 2019

R&I Committee,

Staff Discipline

R & I Chair

None

None

None

Clare Buckfield                                                                                               
Co-opted
 

5 Feb 2019               

9 Oct 2019

C&L Committee

 

Owner if The Crate Escape and Partner in Blue Chilli

None

None

Rebecca Harrison
Co-opted
 

10 Jul 2018

31 Jul 2019

C&L Committee, 

 

None

None

None

Sarah Oakley-Mudge

Co-opted then

Associate

 

6 Dec 2016

31 Jul 2019 (Co-Opt)

13 Oct 2020 (Assoc)

C&L Committee, Disciplinary Appeals, Pupil Discipline

Chair of Governors, 

Chair of C&L Committee

Laser 2000 UK – Non Executive Director

None

None

Tara Spooner

LA Feb 202023 Mar 2021R&I Committee, HR Committee, Staff Discipline CommitteeChair of HR Committee, Maths, MusicNoneNoneNone

 

Clerk - Kerry Thompson

Structure of Governing Body (reference Instrument of Government)

  • 3/4 Parent Governors

  • Headteacher

  • 1/1 Staff Governor

  • 1/1 Local Authority Governor

  • 5/5 Co-opted Governors

  • 1/1 Associate Governors

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