THE GOVERNING BOARD

The Role and Responsibilities of the Governing Body

Governing bodies are the key strategic decision makers and vision setters in every school. They are also a key part of the overall system for school accountability. Governing bodies have a vital role to play in driving up school and pupil performance and ensuring that resources are used well to give every child the best possible education.

In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic 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

  • ·         Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

These functions are reflected in regulations for maintained schools that came into force in September 2013 and in the criteria Ofsted inspectors use to judge the effectiveness of governance in both maintained schools and academies. 

Meet Our Governors

The Governing board for Laburnum Primary is selected from different categories of people; teaching and non-teaching staff, parents, the Local Authority and co-opted community members.  Currently the board is as follows:

Pauline Duncombe

Co-opted Governor

Chair of Governors

Ben Bardell

Headteacher

Sophie Adams

Parent Governor

Jean Andrews

Co-opted Governor

David Bacon

Co-opted Governor

Minke Dawes

Co-opted Governor

Deputy Headteacher

Deirdre Godrey

Co-opted Governor

Thomas Hodgson

Co-opted Governor

Jo Johnston

Staff Governor

Nigel Tingey

Parent Governor

Claire Wells

Parent Governor

Vicky Phillips

Clerk

Vacancy

LA Governor

The Structure of the Governing Board

At Laburnum Primary School, the Governors work with a Full Governing Board and two main sub-committee: Finances and Resources and Curriculum and Standards.  There are also other smaller committees that meet less regularly and these are for Head Teacher Appraisal and pay.

Currently the committees are structured as below:

Chair of Governors: Pauline Duncombe

Vice Chair of Governors: Vacant

Chair of Resources & Finance Committee: Pauline Duncombe

Chair of Standards Committee: Nigel Tingey

Chair of Pay Committee: Pauline Duncombe

 

Committee membership

Resources & Finance Committee

Sophie Adams

Jean Andrews

David Bacon

Ben Bardell

Minke Dawes

Pauline Duncombe (Chair)

Deirdre Godfrey

Vicky Phillips (Clerk)

Standards and Curriculum Committee

Ben Bardell

Minke Dawes

Pauline Duncombe

Thomas Hodgson

Jo Johnstone

Vicky Phillips (Clerk)

Nigel Tingey (Chair)

Claire Wells

Pay Committee

Pauline Duncombe

Nigel Tingey

Claire Wells

Ben Bardell (Advisory)

Head Teacher Appraisal

Pauline Duncombe

Sophie Adams

Nigel Tingey

Appeal Panels

Selected as required

Links - area of responsibility

Safeguarding/Child Protection/Prevent: Sophie Adams

Special Educational Needs and Disability: Nigel Tingey

Early Years: Pauline Duncombe

Governor training link: Jean Andrews

Health and Safety: Jean Andrews

Pupil premium and those working at greater depth: Pauline Duncombe

Sports Premium Link: Claire Wells