Governors

 

 The School Governing Body

School governors make up the largest voluntary workforce in the country, with over 300,000 people supporting schools in this capacity. The following aims to give you a little more information about what governors do.  Further information is available on the Bexley Council website and on the National Governors’ Association website.

What does the governing body do?

Governors work closely with their Head Teachers and Senior Leadership Teams to support their schools’ ongoing development and improvement. The governing body does not have responsibility for the day to day running of the school – that falls to the Head Teacher. The governing body is held responsible for raising standards, setting the school’s strategic direction, and ensuring accountability. In doing so, governors act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school, offering advice and challenge where necessary.

In reality, this translates to governors attending termly meetings of the full governing body and their relevant committees, and getting involved in detailed work including the analysis of pupil performance data, reviewing school policies on issues such as Health and Safety, and undertaking visits to the school to see teaching and learning in action.

Who can become a governor?

 

Anyone over 18 can become a school governor.

What skills do governors need?

 

You don’t need special qualifications to be a governor, but qualities such as enthusiasm, commitment, and an interest in making a difference to children’s lives are essential!

What benefits are there to becoming a governor?

Becoming a governor is a serious commitment, but it can also be extremely rewarding. You get a real sense of satisfaction seeing the children in your community benefit from your efforts, you get to work with a wide range of people, and you gain an insight into how schools and the education system as a whole operates. You also have the opportunity to develop new skills and strengthen existing ones, both through governor meetings and through the range of training that all governors are encouraged to participate in.


The Governing Body’s Work

It would be impossible to cover all of the governing body’s business in just one meeting a term. So the governing body splits itself into three key committees – Curriculum, Finance and General Management, and Staffing – where more detailed discussions can take place. In addition to these committees, there are smaller, more specific committees that are only convened when they are required. Some governors also have a specific responsibility to act as a link with the school on a key area of interest.  Details of those committees and the specific interest governors are below.

 

Mrs E Box - Chair of Governing Body

Mrs P West - Vice Chair of Governing Body

 

Curriculum

Mrs P West – Chair

Mrs E Box

Mr T Linnett

Mrs J Smith

Mr T Wald

 

Finance & Premises

Mr I Scott (Chair)

Mr T Linnett

Mrs J Smith

 

Staffing

Mr H Johnstone (Chair)

Mrs E Box

Mr T Linnett

Mrs P West

 

Pupil Discipline

Mr T Linnett

 

Staffing 'First' / Staff Dismissal

 

Deputy Head Teacher Selection Panel

Mrs J Smith

Mrs E Box

 

Head Teacher Selection Panel

Mrs E Box

Mr J Johnstone

Mrs P West

 

Admissions Appeal Panel

Mrs E Box

 

Appointed Governors For Performance Management

Mrs P West

 

Review Officer

If required 


LINK GOVERNORS

Role

A link governor is:

  • a named, non-staff governor with an additional responsibility for monitoring the governance of a particular area of school activity 
  • appointed by the Full Governing Body from its membership, giving consideration to governors’ preferences and experience
  • not an inspector and does not hold any decision making responsibility unless otherwise delegated by the Full Governing Body.

 

Aim

The aim of the link governor is:

  • to make effective links with key school leaders and their staff to ensure that governors can successfully challenge and support the school.

 

Expectations

Link governors will:

  • communicate with their link school leader on a termly basis
  • visit the school to meet with the link leader and/or carry out a learning walk at least twice a year
  • ensure the focus of the visit is closely aligned to the School Improvement Plan and curriculum priorities
  • maintain effective lines of communication between the school link leader and the governing body by completing an agreed pro forma report, to be  shared with all governors by email and at the relevant committee and/or full governing body meeting
  • keep themselves informed and up to date by attending relevant training provided by the Local Authority and, where possible, relevant staff training. In addition, reading relevant material and information, in particular publications and newsletters from the DfE, Ofsted and the National Governors’ Association.

 

LINK GOVERNORS

Link Area Governor School leader
Early Years & Foundation Stage Mr I Scott Mrs J Maddison
English Mr J Johnstone Mrs S Mortimer
Maths Vacant Mrs J Smith
Inclusion & SEN Mrs P West Mrs K Cordingley
Safeguarding & Behaviour Mrs E Box Mr T Linnett
Curriculum & Assessment Mr T Wald Mr J Smith
Performance & Monitoring Vacant Mr T Linnett
Health & Safety Vacant Mrs B Husbands

 

 

 


Our School’s Governors

Hurst Primary School’s governing body is made up of around a dozen governors who represent the school’s staff, parents and the community.  All governors are appointed directors by the Academy. So that you can get to know your governing body a little more, individual governors have provided some information about themselves.

Esther Box (Parent Governor) has been a member of the governing body since November 2011. She is currently a member of the Staffing and Curriculum committees. Esther has two children at the school and works part-time as a midwife. She feels it is important for parents to be part of ensuring the school maintains its high standards and is a local school to be proud of.  Term of Office - 15/11/15 to 14/11/19.

 

Tazmeen Dhillon (Parent Governor) has one child at the school and has lived in and around Bexley for most of her life. She has worked predominantly in the public sector and more recently at the Cabinet Office with central government departments. Tazmeen is self employed and has a background in project and stakeholder management. She is looking forward to contributing to the continual improvement of the school.  Term of Office - 14/07/16 to 13/07/2020.

 

John Johnstone (Community Governor (appointed)) has been a governor since 2011. He Chairs the Staffing Committee and has a special interest in Literacy. He has had a wide professional experience in education ranging from Higher Education to Special Education. He has also served the community as a Trustee for a Mental Health Charity and as an Adviser/ Trainer and Chair of a Citizen's Advice Bureau. He also taught classes in Keep Fit for the Over 60s.  Term of Office - 01/10/13 to 30/09/17.

 

Tony Linnett (Head Teacher, Staff Governor) has been the school’s Head Teacher since January 2006.  For 10 years he worked in private industry before deciding to become a teacher.  Since coming to Bexley, Tony has fully involved himself with other Bexley schools.  He has twice been Chair of the Bexley Primary Heads’ group and is currently Chair of the Primary Schools’ Sports Association. In September 2015 he became an accredited Ofsted Inspector.  He has three children aged 23, 21 and 13.  His youngest son, Joseph, helps him to retain a parent perspective of education.  Term of Office - from 01/01/06.

 

Claire Mortimer (Assistant Head Teacher - EYFS and KS1, Staff Governor) As a former Hurst pupil herself, Claire was delighted to join the staff in September 2009, having already taught at another Bexley Primary school for five years.  She joined the governing body in 2017, having had experience of being a governor at her previous school.  Claire has a young son William, who she very much hopes will become a Hurst pupil himself in years to come.  Term of office 12/1/17 - 11/1/21. 

  

Sarah Mortimer (Assistant Head Teacher - KS2, Staff Governor) Sarah came to the school in September 2010, following five years at another local Bexley Jjnior school. She was elected as a staff governor in January 2017 and has previous experience of working on a governing body as a parent governor at her sons’ infant school. With English as an area of interest, Sarah is the school’s Literacy Leader. Term of office 12/1/17 – 11/1/21.

 

Natalie Lloyd (Parent Governor) is a former Hurst pupil with 3 children at the school.  As a parent and now a governor, Natalie believes it's paramount that children have a learning journey at Hurst that is the best it can be in all aspects so children can flourish and reach their potential. With a background in finance, art and media Natalie is looking to draw on her experience to encourage fresh thinking and innovation, and be part of the journey which maintains high standards, values and ethics.  Term of Office - 14/07/2016 - 13/07/2020.

 

Iain Scott (Community Governor (appointed)) has lived in the Bexley area for most of his life.  He has two young children and is interested in assisting Hurst Primary School to create a great educational environment.  He started his professional career as a Chartered Accountant with a large accountancy firm working as an auditor.  He now works for a large consultancy firm providing specialised reward advice to businesses.  A particular area of interest for Iain has been governance and regulatory compliance and he hopes to build on this experience as a community governor.  Term of Office - 01/04/2016 - 31/03/2020.

 

Jayne Smith (Staff Governor) is Deputy Head Teacher at Hurst Primary. She came to the school in September 2009, following eleven years as a Deputy Head in Greenwich. She was elected as a staff governor at Hurst in 2012 and has experience of working on the governing body at her previous school. Jayne’s son, Lucas, is a pupil at Hurst Primary.  Term of Office - 01/10/13 to 30/09/17.

 

Trevor Wald (Community Governor (appointed)) has been a governor since 2006, originally as a parent governor when his two sons were at Hurst. He is a retired chemistry teacher from Beths Grammar School and has been coming into the school delivering science lessons to Hurst pupils for many years. He is an old boy of the school attending between 1958 and 1963.  Term of Office - 01/10/13 to 30/09/17.

 

Pam West (Community Governor (appointed)) has had a long association with Hurst Primary School, both as a parent and grandparent. She has been retired for several years after holding the position of Deputy Head Teacher in a Special School in Bexley. She is a member of the Staffing committee and the Chair of the Curriculum committee. Pam is also the designated governor with a specific interest in Special Needs, Safeguarding and Looked After Children. She has been a member of the governing body since 2009, and remains keen to continue her links and interest in the education of the young people in our local community.  Pam is also Chair of Governors at Belvedere Infant and Nursery School.  Term of Office - 01/10/13 to 30/09/17.

 

Related parties from the pecuniary interest forms completed by all governors: Mr T Wald wife Ms J Lewis (teacher).


 Governor Meeting Attendance

 

Governor

FGB

5 March

2015

FGB

9 July

2015

FGB

1 Oct 2015

FGB

19 Nov 2015

FGB

10 March

2016

FGB

12 July

2016

FGB

29 Sept

2016

FGB

24 Nov

2016

FGB

8 Feb

2017

Mr A Linnett Y Y Y Y  Y Y Y Y Y
Mrs E Box N Y N Y  Y Y N Y Y
Mr P Hammond (term of office ended Summer 2016) Y N Y Y  Y Y N/A N/A N/A
Mrs B Husbands (term or office ended Autumn 2016) Y Y N Y  Y Y Y Y N/A
Mr J Johnstone Y Y Y Y  Y Y Y Y Y
Mr I Lebbell (resigned Summer 2016) Y Y N/A Y  Y N/A N/A  N/A N/A
Mrs J Smith Y Y Y Y  Y Y Y Y N/A
Mr T Wald Y Y N Y  Y Y Y Y Y
Mrs H Warren (term of office ended Autumn 2016) Y Y Y Y  Y Y N Y N/A
Mrs P West Y Y Y Y  Y Y Y Y Y
Mrs C Winslade (term of office ended Autumn 2016) Y Y N Y  Y Y Y Y N/A
Mr I Tonks (term of office ended Autumn 2015) Y Y Y N/A N/A  N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mr I Scott (appointed   Spring 2016) N/A N/A N/A N/A  Y Y Y Y Y
Ms T Dhillon (appointed Summer 2016) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Y Y Y Y
Mrs N Lloyd (appointed Summer 2016) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Y Y Y Y

 

Curriculum Committee

Governor

26 Jan

2015

11 May

2015

12 Oct 2015 8 Feb 2016 16 May 2016 10 Oct 2016 6 Feb 2017
Mr A Linnett Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mrs E Box Y Y Y Y Y Y N
Mr P Hammond (term of office ended Sum 2016) Y Y Y N Y N/A N/A
Mrs N Lloyd N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Y - Observer

Mrs C Mortimer (term of office start - Spr 2017)

N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Y

Mrs C Mortimer (term of office start - Spr 2017)

N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Y
Mrs J Smith N Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mr T Wald Y Y Y N N Y Y
Mrs P West (Chair) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mrs C Winslade (term of office ended Autumn 2016) Y Y Y Y Y Y N/A

 

Finance Committee

Governor 17 June 2015

7 Oct

2016

27 Jan 2016 28 Jun 2016
Mr A Linnett Y Y Y Y
Mrs B Husbands Y Y Y Y
Mr I Lebbell (Chair) Y Y N N
Mrs J Smith Y Y Y Y
Mr C Winslade (term of office ended Autumn 2016) Y Y Y Y
Mr I Tonks (term of office ended Autumn 2015) N N  N N
Mrs H Warren (term of office ended Autumn 2016) N/A N/A N/A Y (Chair for this meeting)

 

Staffing Committee

Governor

10 June

2015

14 Oct 2015 24 Feb 2016 15 Jun 2016 19 Oct 2016 1 Mar 2017
Mr A Linnett Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mrs E Box Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mr J Johnstone (Chair) Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mr I Lebbell (resigned Summer 2016) N Y Y N/A N/A N/A
Mrs P West Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mr I Scott (observer) N/A N/A Y N/A N/A N/A
Mrs T Dhillon (observer) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Y

 

 

Pay Committee

Governor 16 Sept 2014 24 Sept 2015 22 Sept 2016
Mr T Linnett Y Y Y
Mrs H Warren (Chair) (term of office ended Autumn 2016) Y Y Y
Mr J Johnstone Y Y Y
Mr S Williams (term of office ended  Spring 2015 ) Y N N
Mrs P West N/A Y Y

 


 

Governor Visits

Once a term, a small team of governors make a planned visit to the school to investigate a key area of the school’s improvement plan in action. The findings of the visits are reported back to the full governing body meetings, and any follow up action is discussed. The notes of governor visits will be made available here on the school’s website so that the whole school community can see what governors are exploring, and their findings.

Visit - 14 July 2016 - School Website Audit

Visit - 14 June 2016 - Health and Safety Audit

Visit - 1 March 2016 - Mathematics

Visit - 16 November 2015 - RAISE

Visit - 1 July 2015 - Monitoring Teacher Performance

Visit - 17 March 2015 - SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development)