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Governors

“Governors are committed to helping the school improve. They access appropriate training to ensure that they have the skills required to understand and carry out their statutory duties.”

“Governors’ minutes are of a high quality and reflect a strong focus on ensuring that children and pupils are safe and well cared for.” (Ofsted 2018)

The Role of the Governing Body

Who are we?

There are currently ten full governors who make up the Governing Body. Four are parents, two are members of staff, one is a Local Authority governor (Hertfordshire County Council) and three are Community governors (co-opted). We also have one Associate governor.

When Do We Meet?

Governors meet two or three times a term, in the evening, usually on a Monday. Each meeting lasts about two hours. In addition, governors visit the school regularly to observe all aspects of the school’s work.

What do we do?

The Governing Body is responsible for overseeing the work of the school and ensuring that everything is done properly.

We act as a “critical friend” to the Headteacher, reviewing what has been achieved and helping to plan for the future.

We approve the school’s curriculum and set the vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school.

We oversee the financial decisions of the school, ensuring the school’s income is well spent.

We oversee the school’s safeguarding arrangements.

We take an active role in virtually all appointments of new staff, to ensure that we have the best people possible to work with the pupils.

We investigate complaints against the school.

How can you become a Governor?

Initially, you can respond to an announcement in the school newsletter that there is a vacancy. The LEA Governor is nominated by Herts County Council, the parents in the school vote for the Parent Governors and the Governing Body appoints the Community/Co-opted Governors. The Staff body elect the Staff Governor.

Each governor is appointed for four years, initially, but can be re-elected or co-opted. If you are interested in the idea of becoming a governor, you can contact the Headteacher or Chair of Governors to discuss things further.

There are currently vacancies for one parent governor and two co-opted governors.

List of Governors

Name Category Term Attendance at Meetings
2018-19
Roles / Responsibilities Relevant business & Pecuniary interests
William Spicer LEA Jan 20 – Jan 24 5/5 Chair
Pupil Premium
DVP
None
Stuart Dunlop Co-opted Jan 18 – Jan 22 4/5 Married to ND
Nicola Dunlop Co-opted Jan 18 – Jan 22 5/5 H & S Married to SD,

Employed at Ashtree

Nicholas Radley Parent Jan 19 – Jan 23 3/5 Vice Chair, Safeguarding None
Tanya Haskins Parent Jan 21 – Jan 25 None
Robert Robertson Parent Jan 19 – Jan 23 5/5 None
Kieran Doyle Parent Jan 21- Jan 25 None
Elizabeth Kirwan Headteacher Ex Officio 5/5 None
Maria Janes Deputy Head Associate Governor Jan 20 – Jan 24 None
Sally Barber Staff Jan 20 – Jan 24 None
Marina Stone Co-opted Jan 19 – Jan 23 3/5 SEND None
Governors who have left within the last year
Catherine Bucknor Parent Jan 19- June 21