Governing Body

The Role of School Governor


The role of School Governor is a challenging and rewarding one. Striving to provide the best educational opportunities for all the children who attend our school, working in partnership between parents, teachers and governors. The Governing Body is made up from nominees of the Local Education Authority, elected representatives from the parents, elected representatives from both the teaching and non-teaching staff and co-opted governors, all serving a four-year term. We have a statutory obligation to hold the Headteacher and the school management team to account. We must ensure that all relevant policies are up to date, fit for purpose and adhered to. We agree the annual budget and monitor income and expenditure throughout the year. We agree the School Improvement Plan and the Progress and Attainment targets for the pupils and monitor and review results regularly. Everything we do must have one, primary consideration – How does this affect the pupils and improve education.

There is a lot to do but we do not run the school on a day-to-day basis – Alison Kerrell, the Headteacher, does that. We commit time, not only to attend committee meetings and training courses but also to read, review and prepare policies and other documents and be involved in discussions and decisions as they arise as well as visiting the school to carry out monitoring visits.


Chair

Jane Tillotson (Co-opted Governor)

 

Vice-Chair of Governors

Clare Parker (LEA Governor)

 

Parent Governors

Joe Jones

Sophie Clark

Faye Moore

 

 

 

Headteacher

Alison Kerrell

 

Staff Governors

Sue Aldred

 

Co-opted Governors

Marjorie Clough

Janet Dyson

Julie Lowe

Jane Tillotson

Ade Clarke

Carol Andrews

Andy Gosden

 

Associate Governors

Darren Hockley

Jacqueline Way

 

Clerk

Debbie Rogers

 

Previous Governing Body Members

John Willetts

Mo Graham


Governor details and the Register of Interest 2017_18

Code of Conduct 2017

Great Bardfield Instrument of Government

Attendance at Governing Meetings 2014-17


Could I please encourage all parents to use the Ofsted ‘Parent View’ link https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk to express your views on our school? Your feedback is essential for continued improvement. Every September the previous year’s comments are erased for the new academic year. So, if you have not used the service since September 2014, please take a minute to do so and give your valued feedback on our school, it is much appreciated .The more submissions the better and do note that BOTH parents can submit their views (from separate e-mail addresses). Thank you.


Meet the Governors


Joe Jones

jjResponsibilities: Chair of Governors, member of the Curriculum Committee, Data Committee and Early Years Governor

Service started: April 2010

Service ends: April 2018

Nature of interest: Child attending school

Job: Children’s Book Designer

Message to Parents: I am proud to be part of the governing body
and Great Bardfield Primary School – that produce fully rounded children, whose talents are nurtured so that they succeed.

Parental involvement and support at home really is key to maximising our children’s learning potential. Whether it’s a few minutes to listen to them reading, going through spellings over the breakfast table or reciting times tables whilst cooking the tea; I’m sure we can all find a few minutes during the week to help to ensure our children progress and fulfil their potential! Your support is very much appreciated.

Clare Parker

cpResponsibilities: Vice-Chair of Governors, ICT governor, member of the Data Committee and Resources Committee

Service started: June 2008

Service ends: June 2016

Job: I’m a full time working mother in sales for Lightning Packaging Supplies Ltd

Message to Parents: I have been Governor for Great Bardfield School since 2008, initially as a parent Governor; I am now the Local Authority Governor.  I have been the Vice Chair since 2012.

I am passionate that we offer our children the best in education and all round personal development to enable our children to make the next steps into higher education with confidence and aspiration.

Alison Kerrell

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Responsibilities: Designated Safeguarding Officer, member of the Curriculum Committee, Data Committee and Resources Committee

Service started: September 2014

Nature of interest: Employed by school

Job: Headteacher

Message to Parents: My role as part of the Governing Body is to meet with the Safeguarding Governor to discuss any safeguarding concerns, report into all of the different committees that link into the Full Governing Body and welcome all Governors into the school as a supportive and critical friend. I believe that the collaborative partnership between the Headteacher and the Governing Body is intrinsic to moving the school forwards to provide the best care and opportunities for the children in our care.

Together we will help your child to reach their full potential regardless of their background or ability.

Sue Aldred

saResponsibilities: member of the Curriculum Committee and Resources Committee

Associate member

Nature of interest: Employed by school

Job: Deputy Headteacher, English coordinator, Computing coordinator, Target Tracker administrator

Message to Parents: I joined the school 9 years ago and have held several roles within the school. I became part of the senior management team 3 years ago, taking on the responsibility for managing the school’s assessment system, ICT and Science. In January 2015, I became Acting Deputy Head and was appointed to the position in March.

I have attended governing body meetings for several years and believe that it plays a vital role, through support and challenge, ensuring the best outcomes for our children. The governing body helps to cement our links within the community and put our school at the heart of the village.

Julie Lowe

Responsibilities: member of the Curriculum Committee and SEN governor

Service started: April 2001

Service ends: June 2019

Job: Primary school teacher specialising in language acquisition; Speech and Language Therapist working with primary school children; lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy.

Message to Parents: My involvement with Great Bardfield Primary School began many years ago when all four of my children had a wonderful primary education here. I became a parent governor when my youngest child was in the school, and have for many years been the governor with responsibility for monitoring the school’s special educational needs provision.

Over the years I have seen the school manage many structural and procedural changes and challenges without ever losing sight of the core responsibility to educate our children in the fullest sense: to be thoughtful, enquiring, responsible and caring.

We are very lucky to have a new dynamic head teacher who has already demonstrated an extraordinary level of commitment to maintaining this caring perspective alongside an explicit determination to work with her staff to raise standards of attainment across the school.

John Willetts

Responsibilities: member of the Resources Committee and
Phoenix class link

Service started: December 2015

Service ends: December 2019

Nature of interest: Child attending school

Job: Company Director

Message to Parents: I have become a parent governor at Great Bardfield as the older of my two children has joined the Reception class recently. I am keen to be able to support the dedicated team that works hard to make it such a great place for all the pupils to learn and enjoy. It is important that a positive experience at our village school stays with the children throughout their lives, and I know we have the right people in the school to deliver that.

I am a Director of a Hop merchant in Kent but live in the village with my wife and two boys after moving from Finchingfield two years ago. This village has a wonderful community, a lot of it centred around our school, and it’s great to be part of it.

Faye Moore

Responsibilities: member of the Curriculum Committee
and Science governor

Service started: November 2016

Service ends: November 2020

Nature of interest: Child attending school

Job: I work part time as a crisis worker for a forensic and medical company; Mountain Healthcare, contracted by Essex police. My role is managing a SARC out of hours this involves providing paediatric and adult support/safeguarding and medical care.

Message to Parents: I have lived in the village for 10 years; I am passionate about nature; sourcing sustainable food and children having opportunities for open-ended play within the education system. My son attends the school and my daughter attends the pre-school.

I joined the governing body, as I wanted to support the school and the head teacher, to offer whatever resources I am able to, with commitment and enthusiasm, to ensure the children learn, achieve and develop, socially and mentally, helping them to reach their aspirations.

Sophie Clark

Responsibilities: member of the Curriculum Committee
and Pegasus class link

Service started: November 2016

Service ends: November 2020

Nature of interest: Child attending school

Job: Account Executive

Message to Parents: After seeing the hard work that Great
Bardfield Primary School puts into our children’s education and overall well-being I felt inspired to try and help in any way I could, which is why I signed up to help the governing body. After a career of Corporate Governance in London I retrained as an early years Montessori Teacher, which helped me understand how children develop and learn.

Although it’s very early days in my Governing role, I am very proud to be part of the Great Bardfield School team that works towards all of our children emerging at the end of the day smiling and with lots to tell us!

Janet Dyson

jdResponsibilities: member of the Curriculum Committee and Resources Committee

Service started:

Service ends: June 2019

Message to Parents: I have been connected with the school for 40 years as a teacher, parent of three children and as a governor. I enjoy being a governor and believe that we have a major role in ensuring that the school provides the best education for our children. I have a particular interest in links with the community and feel that we are fortunate to have such a successful primary school at the heart of this lively village.

Marjorie Clough

mcResponsibilities: member of the Curriculum Committee, Data Committee, Resources Committee, Numeracy governor and Dragons class link

Service started: May 2011

Service ends: June 2019

Nature of interest: Grandchild attending school

Message to Parents:

My four grand children attended Great Bardfield School so I have taken a great interest in the school over fourteen years the last four serving as a governor.  Being a governor is a commitment taking up time but is very worthwhile.

Jane Tillotson

jtResponsibilities: Chair of the Resources Committee, member of the Curriculum Committee, Data Committee and Literacy governor

Service started: April 2002

Service ends: June 2019

Message to Parents: Having previously been a parent governor, while my two children went through the School, I am now a co-opted governor. I live in Great Bardfield and truly believe we are very privileged to have a school, at the heart of our community, offering a good education. The school likewise ensures that every child is encouraged to develop in to a respectful, responsible and resourceful individual.

My wish is to encourage all our parents and carers to focus on how much their children can gain from providing the school with their support, a positive attitude and mutual respect.

Ade Clarke

acResponsibilities: Chair finance Resources Committee

Service started: October 2014

Service ends: June 2019

Job: National Trust General Manager

Message to Parents: I was a parent governor for Great Bardfield Primary School when my son attended. He is now in his final year at HRS, but I was delighted to have the opportunity to return to the role of Finance Governor with such an inspirational team of people. The governors, teachers, parents and staff all working to ensure each individual child reaches or exceeds their potential.

Carol Andrews

caResponsibilities: member of the Resources Committee

Service started: June 2015

Service ends: June 2019

Nature of interest: Employed by school

Job: LSA

Message to Parents: I have worked at Great Bardfield School for 9 years. I first started as a Midday Assistant and now I am a LSA in Pegasus class. Just one smile from a child I have been able to support makes my day.

Andy Gosden

Responsibilities: member of the Resources Committee, Safeguarding governor and Unicorns class link

Service started: September 2016

Service ends: September 2020

Message to Parents: My name is Andy Gosden and I joined the board of Governors in September 2016 where I have specific responsibility for safeguarding as well as sitting on the Resources committee. I spent my early career in recruitment but for some years now I have worked in Human Resources within the pharmaceutical industry.

Having been here for a few months, I have been very impressed with all that I have seen and I am very much looking forward to working with Mrs Kerrell and the governors to help the school achieve all that it can.

Jacqueline Way

jwResponsibilities: member of the Resources Committee and Link training governor

Service started: May 2011

Service ends: July 2019

Nature of interest: Child attending school

Job: Strategic Director specialising in healthcare

Message to Parents: I have been a Parent Governor at Great Bardfield Primary School since 2011.  Over the past four years I have been proud to play my part in ensuring the school offers our children the best learning environment possible within an atmosphere of nurturing, guidance and most of all fun.

Since moving to the village, eight years ago, I have watched my three daughters all flourish, as they have progressed from their early days in reception, through to my second daughter just leaving for senior school and my third starting her final year.

I am a nurse and midwife, now a Strategic Director specializing in healthcare. My experience focuses on developing strategy, marketing, advertising, medical education and research. I feel these professional skills coupled with the experience I have gained from being a Governor over the past few years greatly helps me to support the school, and ensure our children enjoy the unique benefits this village environment can offer, whilst receiving the best possible education for their futures.