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List of Governors 

Murray Gifkins (Chair)

Simon Freeman (Vice Chair and Chair of Fabric and Finance Committee)

Jill Knight (Vice Chair and Chair of Curriculum Committee)

Darren Collins (Rector)

Mrs K. Caslake (staff governor)

Sue Rockhill (Chair of Admissions Committee, Staff governor)

Zac Egau (Co-opted)

David Edwards (Parent)

Heather Dyce

Rebecca Sutherland-Cooper

Kathryn Alford

Ray Little 

Governor Committees

MEMBERSHIP

MEETS (or more)

SUMMARY of ROLE

(Subject to Terms of Reference)

 PERFORMANCE &  DEVELOPMENT

Jill Knight (Chair)

Sue Rockhill

Murray Gifkins (CLA)

Rev’d Darren Collins

Kelly Caslake

Rebecca Sutherland-Cooper (SEND)

(See footnote on composition)

 Twice a term

Sets school objectives

Performance targets

Development plan

Curriculum

SAT’s Evaluation

Teaching & Learning

 FINANCE & RESOURCES

 Simon Freeman (Chair)

 Murray Gifkins

  Zac Egau

 

 

 Finance Assistant as advisor

 

 

September

November

January

March

June

For Finance:

Ensure that School finance, including Trust Fund, are properly reviewed and administered.

Prepare Annual budget and review progress of income & expenditure against budget.

Ensure financial returns are prepared and returned punctually to the LE.

For Fabric:

Defines programme of maintenance, repairs and improvements.  Space planning.

Develops 3 or 5-year plan.

For Personnel

Review of salaries/promotions [non staff governors only]

Performance management

 HEALTH & SAFETY

 

 Zac Egau

Ray Little

David Edwards

Minimum of one per term

Safety issues: review with staff co-ordinator.

Ensure HSE issues are address (in conjunction with Finance & Fabric).

 ADMISSION/ PUPIL DISCIPLINE

 Sue Rockhill (Chair)

 Jill Knight

Heather Dyce

 

 

 +School Administrator as adviser during Admission programme

 

 Minimum of one per term

Reviews Admission Policy (annually)

Advises on Admission numbers

Defends School on appeals

Timely Review and update of Prospectus

Reviews Behavioural policy

 The Head (David Lodge) is a member of all Committees. The Deputy Head (Emma Byrne) may also attend any Committee in their own right, or representing the Head. The Chair of Governors can be invited to join all or any as required.

  • The Chair of Governors does not Chair any of the Committees.

  • Performance & Development is potentially the most important Committee since it covers what the school is all about – what we teach and how we teach it. As a result this core group can be augmented by any other Governors, and all Governors are encouraged to attend from time to time by agreement with the Chair.

 

Foundation Governors

Reverend Darren Collins

Relevant business and pecuniary interests - Church of England Vicar, Also governor of Howe Dell School.

Term of Office – 01/09/2016 ongoing

Attendance at FGB meetings - 28/11/2018, 11/03/2019, 24/06/2019, 20/01/20, 23/11/2020, 09/03/20, 29/06/20, 25/01/21, 21/03/21, 14/10/19, 25/11/19, 20/01/20, 09/03/20, 29/06/20, 05/10/20, 23/11/20  25/01/21, 21/03/21, 05/07/21

Simon Freeman

Relevant business and pecuniary interests - Parent of two children at the school. Works for University of Hertfordshire

Term of Office – 17/11/2014 -16/11/2018

Attendance at FGB meetings - 28/11/2018, 21/01/2019, 11/03/2019, 24/06/2019, 23/11/2020, 14/10/19, 25/11/19, 20/01/20, 09/03/20, 29/06/20, 05/10/20, 23/11/20, 25/01/21, 21/03/21, 05/07/21

Murray Gifkins – Chair of Governors

Relevant business and pecuniary interests – Pastor of Local Church. Business background

Term of Office – 17/03/2016 -16/03/2020

Attendance at FGB meetings - 28/11/2018, 21/01/2019, 11/03/2019, 24/06/2019, 23/11/2020, 23/11/2020, 14/10/19, 25/11/19, 20/01/20, 09/03/20, 29/06/20, 05/10/20, 23/11/20  25/01/21, 21/03/21, 05/07/21

Jill Knight

Relevant business and pecuniary interests –  Music Teacher, Director of  Hatfield House Music Festival.

Term of Office – 20/06/2016 -19/06/2020

Attendance at FGB meetings - 28/11/2018, 21/01/2019, 11/03/2019, 23/11/2020, 14/10/19, 25/11/19, 20/01/20, 09/03/20, 29/06/20, 05/10/20, 23/11/20, 25/01/21, 21/03/21, 05/07/21

Rebecca Sutherland-Cooper

Relevant business and pecuniary interests – SENCO at another school

Attendance at FGB meetings - 28/11/2018, 21/01/2019, 11/03/2019, 24/06/2019, 14/10/19, 25/11/19, 09/03/20, 14/10/19,  20/01/20, 09/03/20, 05/07/21

Heather Dyce

Relevant business and pecuniary interests – Pastor of Local Church.

Term of Reference - 26/11/2018 -25/11/2022

Attendance at FGB meetings - 28/11/2018, 21/01/2019, 24/06/2019,  14/10/19, 25/11/19, 20/01/20, 09/03/20, 29/06/20, 05/10/20, 23/11/20  25/01/21, 21/03/21, 05/07/21

Kathryn Alford

 Relevant business and pecuniary interests - Curate at local Anglican Church

Term of Reference - 

Attendance at FGB meetings - 

Ray Little

Relevant business and pecuniary interests - 

Term of Reference - 

Attendance at FGB meetings - 

Co-opted Governors

Zac Egau

 Relevant business and pecuniary interests - business background, Parent of four children at the school

Term of Office – 27/03/2017 – 26/03/2021

Attendance at FGB meetings - 28/11/2018, 21/01/2019, 11/03/2019, 24/06/2019, 14/10/19, 25/11/19, 20/01/20, 09/03/20, 29/06/20, 05/10/20, 23/11/20  25/01/21, 21/03/21, 05/07/21

Staff Governors

David Lodge    

Relevant business and pecuniary interests – Head Teacher

Term of Office – 01/2002 -ongoing

Attendance at FGB meetings - 28/11/2018, 21/01/2019, 11/03/2019, 24/06/2019, 14/10/19, 25/11/19, 20/01/20, 09/03/20, 29/06/20, 05/10/20, 23/11/20  25/01/21, 21/03/21,

Kelly Ray

Relevant business and pecuniary interests – Class Teacher

Term of Office – 10/10/2016 – 09/10/2020

Attendance at FGB meetings - 28/11/2018, 21/01/2019, 11/03/2019, 24/06/2019, 23/11/2020, 14/10/19, 25/11/19, 20/01/20, 09/03/20, 29/06/20, 05/10/20, 23/11/20  25/01/21, 21/03/21,

 05/07/21

Sue Rockhill

Relevant business and pecuniary interests – School Family Worker at Countess Anne. Related by marriage to a class teacher at the school.

Term of Office – 05/10/2015 – 04/10/2019, 

 

Attendance at FGB meetings -  21/01/2019, 11/03/2019, 24/06/2019, 14/10/19, 25/11/19, 20/01/20, 09/03/20, 29/06/20, 05/10/20, 23/11/20  25/01/21, 21/03/21, 05/07/21

 

Elected Parent Governors

David Edwards

Relevant business and pecuniary interests - IT background, Parent of child at the school.

Term of Office – 28/11/2016 – 27/11/2020

Attendance at FGB meetings - 28/11/2018, 21/01/2019, 11/03/2019, 23/11/2020,14/10/19, 25/11/19, 20/01/20, 09/03/20, 29/06/20, 05/10/20, 23/11/20  25/01/21, 21/03/21, 05/07/21

 

Associate Governor

Emma Byrne

Relevant business and pecuniary interests –Deputy Head Teacher

Term of Office – 01/01/2018 – 31/12/2021

Attendance at FGB meetings - 28/11/2018, 21/01/2019, 11/03/2019, 24/06/2019, 14/10/19, 25/11/19, 20/01/20, 09/03/20, 29/06/20, 05/10/20, 23/11/20  25/01/21, 21/03/21, 05/07/21

 

The role of a school governor:

To contribute to the work of the governing body in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school by:

  • Setting the school’s 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. 

For more information on becoming a governor please contact the Chair of Governors, via our school office.