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Welcome to Bowmansgreen’s Governing Body

As a school governor we are part of a corporate body known as the ‘Governing Body’, our role is to effectively run the school in partnership with the headteacher.

Our Governing Body has a vital role to play in ensuring every child receives the best possible education by driving up school and children’s performance .  Our Governing Body is the key strategic decision-making body of school and we set the school’s strategic framework. As the Governing Body we agree the strategic priorities, aims and objectives for the school and sign off the policies, plans and targets in order to achieve them.  We check on progress and  regularly review the strategic framework for the school in the light of that progress.

The Governing Body leaves the running of the school to the headteacher, which is the only appointment we make. It is our role to support and strengthen the headteacher’s leadership and to hold them accountable for the performance of children and staff. This is particularly important in relation to the educational performance of the school.

As Governors we need to know our school.  We do this through visits to see the school in action, we check that the school is implementing the policies and improvement plans we sign off, and see for ourselves how the vision and plans for the school are working in practice.  While it is helpful to see classes at work, Governors are not inspectors and it is not our role to assess the quality or method of teaching.

All our Governors bring with them a range of different skills and experiences. Decisions are taken by the whole Governing Body, but to make the best use of everyone’s time and expertise, all Governors also join one of two committees. Committees work on particular aspects of school life and present their recommendations to the Governing Body for approval or discussion. These committees also meet in each half term, and are:

Effectiveness:  

  • Behaviour and attendance
  • Curriculum and school improvement
  • Standards and achievement

Resources:

  • Finance
  • Site
  • Personnel
  • Communication

Our Body consists of:

  • Parent Governors – elected from and by parents and carers of children in the school
  • Local Authority Governor – nominated by Hertfordshire County Council
  • Staff Governor – representative of teaching and support staff, who is elected by their colleagues.
  • Co-opted Governors – are appointed by the GB on the basis that they have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
  • Associate Members – Associate members are not governors, and do not have a vote at full governing body meetings. However, they are entitled to attend those meetings and to be sent the papers for them. They have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. 

 

NameResponsibilityPositionCommitteeTerm of Office 
Anna LippaHeadteacherHeadteacherResources & Effectiveness 01.09.16
James BraddyCurriculumCo-opted GovernorEffectiveness16.05.18 to 15.05.22
Philip ClarkCommittee Chair and Finance Parent GovernorResources 03.05.16 to 02.05.20
Mark RushforthHealth and SafetyStaff GovernorResources01.10.19 to 30.09.23
Karen PennChair of the FGB, Data, Monitoring & Assessment LinkCo-opted GovernorResources & Effectiveness01.09.19 to 31.08.23
Richard PattersonSEN and More AbleParent GovernorEffectiveness23.10.18 to 22.10.22
Emily WarrHealth and SafetyCo-opted GovernorResources 13.12.17 to 12.12.21
Janet MatthewsGovernor Training & DevelopmentCo-opted GovernorResources12.12.18 to 11.12.22
Patricia JonesCommunityCo-opted GovernorResources15.05.19 to 14.05.23
LizAnn PetchCommittee Chair, Pupil Premium, CLA and SafeguardingCo-opted GovernorEffectiveness06.02.18 to 05.02.22
Clare GoldingAssociate MemberEffectiveness13.09.17 to 13.09.21

Associate members have voting rights in the committee to which that person is appointed (as  determined by the governing body).

Within the previous 12 months the following individuals have served on the Governing Body:

NameResponsibilityPositionCommitteeTerm of Office 
Linda Forbes Curriculum LEA GovernorEffectiveness 28.04.16 to 27.04.20
Colin GentlemanCo-opted GovernorResources
Paul RosenPersonal Development and BehaviourCo-opted GovernorResources19.07.17 to 18.07.21
Abigail BudeSafeguarding LinkParent GovernorEffectiveness01.09.14 to 31.08.18

Relevant Business Interests

As a Governing Body we are required to declare any relevant business interests including any other governor roles at other educational settings and any relationships between governors and members of the school staff. These are as follows:

Mr Philip Clark:

Spouse of Mrs Tracey Clark (Receptionist and Head’s P.A.)

All other Governors: no declared interests

Meeting attendances 2017 / 2018

Our register of attendance is below:

Full Governing Body Attendance Record 2018 – 2019

Full Governing Body and Committees Attendance Record 2017-2018 V5

Full Governing Body and Committees Attendance Record 2016-2017

(Please click on the link)

Dates of Governor Meetings 2019 – 2020

DateStartEndCommitteeMeeting
Wed 25 Sep 201918:3020:30Bowmansgreen Primary SchoolFull governing board
Wed 9 Oct 201918:3021:00Resources CommitteeResources Committee
Wed 23 Oct 201918:3021:00School Effectiveness CommitteeSchool Effectiveness Committee
Wed 20 Nov 201918:3021:00School Effectiveness CommitteeSchool Effectiveness Committee
Wed 27 Nov 201918:3021:00Resources CommitteeResources Committee
Wed 11 Dec 201918:3020:30Bowmansgreen Primary SchoolFull governing board
Wed 15 Jan 202018:3021:00School Effectiveness CommitteeSchool Effectiveness Committee
Wed 22 Jan 202018:3021:00Resources CommitteeResources Committee
Wed 5 Feb 202018:3020:30Bowmansgreen Primary SchoolFull governing board
Wed 11 Mar 202018:3021:00Resources CommitteeResources Committee
Wed 25 Mar 202018:3020:30Bowmansgreen Primary SchoolFull governing board
Wed 25 Mar 202018:3021:00School Effectiveness CommitteeSchool Effectiveness Committee
Wed 6 May 202018:3021:00Resources CommitteeResources Committee
Wed 20 May 202018:3020:30Bowmansgreen Primary SchoolFull governing board
Wed 10 Jun 202018:3021:00Resources CommitteeResources Committee
Wed 24 Jun 202018:3021:00School Effectiveness CommitteeSchool Effectiveness Committee
Wed 15 Jul 202018:3020:30Bowmansgreen Primary SchoolFull governing board