Governing Body

The Role of School Governor


The role of School Governor is a challenging but rewarding one, striving to provide the best educational opportunities for all the children who attend our school, working in partnership with parents, teachers and governors.

The Governing Body is made up from a nominee of the Local Education Authority, elected representatives from the parents, elected representatives from the teaching staff and co-opted governors from the community, all working voluntarily for a four-year term; although many of our governors have served for several terms.

We have a statutory obligation to:
• hold the Headteacher and the school management team to account
• help evolve and agree the school’s Strategic Plan
• ensure that all relevant policies are up to date, fit for purpose and adhered to
• agree the annual budget and monitor income and expenditure throughout the year
• agree the School Improvement Plan (which details the school’s educational priorities for each academic year and how they will be achieved),
• agree the progress and attainment targets for our pupils
• monitor and review results regularly.

Everything we do must have one, primary consideration – How does this benefit the pupils and improve education at our school.

With an annually elected Chair and Vice-Chair, we operate under a committee structure, the main ones being the:
• Full Governing Board meets four times a year (occasionally five dependent upon the timing of the budget)
• Curriculum Committee covers all aspects around the delivery of the school curriculum and meets every   term.
• Resources Committee covers finance, premises and HR and also meets termly.

There are a number of other committees which meet to discuss areas of responsibility such as Data, Pay and Conditions and Safeguarding.

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.


Chair

Jane Tillotson (Co-opted Governor)

Vice-Chair of Governors

Clare Parker (LEA Governor)

Resources Chair

Susanah Mercer

Curriculum Chair

Janet Dyson

Headteacher

Alison Kerrell

Staff Governor

Emma White

Co-opted Governors

Christopher Barr

Marjorie Clough

Janet Dyson

Juliet Garmoyle

Julie Lowe

Susannah Mercer

Jane Tillotson

Christian Young

Sheree Reilly

Geoff Gardner

Local Authority Governor

Clare Parker

Parent Governors

Natalie Pitt

Vacancy

Associate Governor

Darren Hockley

Clerk

Debbie Rogers

Previous Governing Body Members who have served in the past 12 months

Sue Aldred – Stepped down in March 2020.

Andy Gosden – Stepped down September 2020.

Danielle Bown – Stepped down October 2020.

Sophie Clark – Stepped down October 2020.

Marjorie Clough – Stepped down October 2020.

IMPORTANT GOVERNOR DOCUMENTATION

Governors Code of Conduct 2020-2021

Great Bardfield Primary Sealed Instrument of Government

Governor Details – Terms, Responsibilities & Business Interests 2020-2021

Meeting Attendance Great Bardfield Primary School 2019-2020


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 2018, 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


Jane Tillotson

jtResponsibilities: Chair, Science, Strategic Planning, Governor Handbook, Governor Calendar, HT Peformance Management Review.

Service started: June 2010

Service ends: July 2023

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.

Clare Parker

cpResponsibilities: Vice-Chair, Computing, DEEP, Link /(training), Website Compliance

Service started: April 2020

Service ends: April 2024

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.

Christopher Barr

Responsibilities: Finance Governor

Service started: May 2019

Service ends: May 2023

Nature of interest: To be updated

Message to Parents: To be updated

Juliet Garmoyle

Responsibilities:  Leprechaun Class

Service started:  September 2018

Service ends: September 2022

Message to Parents: I have been a teacher for over 20 years, and a Senco for 15 years and live in Little Bardfield.  Great Bardfield Primary School is a vibrant and happy school, and I feel lucky to be able to share some of my expertise and experience within such a flourishing environment.  I am committed to the ethos that every child matters, and very much look forward to working with the Governing Body to ensure that every child achieves their potential, academically, socially and emotionally.

Alison Kerrell

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Responsibilities: Headteacher,  Chair of Data

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.

Liz Crow

                                                                               

Responsibilities: Deputy Headteacher, Class Teacher, Safeguarding.

Nature of interest: Employed by school

Job: Deputy Headteacher, Maths Leader, PSHCE Leader, Key Stage One Leader, Phonics Champion

Message to Parents: I joined the school in 1999 and have held several roles within the school. I am the longest serving member of staff.   I  was appointed to the position of Deputy Head in September 2019. Both of my children have attended the school and are now at secondary school.

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:  Inclusion, Special Educational Needs, Pupil Premium

Service started: June 2019

Service ends: May 2023

Job:  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.

Janet Dyson

jdResponsibilities: Chair of Curriculum, Equality and Diversity/Race Equality, HT Performance Management Review

Service started: June 2019

Service ends: June 2023

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.

Geoff Gardner

Responsibilities: Pixie Class

Service started: September 2020

 

Service ends: September 2024

Message to Parents:I live in the village and I’m grandad (and my wife is grandma) to two boys, and soon a girl, who are pupils at Great Bardfield School. I am a planning consultant and was Head of Planning at Essex CC.  Having spent many years in Local Government I hope I bring some relevant skills to the Governing Body. My objective is to support the Head and the team in any way I can, who are doing a fantastic job running a very good school.  I see the school as the centre of this community (and the Coop – obviously!).’

Darren Hockley

Responsibilities: Associate Governor with Health and Safety responsibility

Service started: September 2020

Service ends: August 2021

Job: To be updated

Message to Parents: To be updated

Emma White

                                                                                 

Responsibilities: Staff Governor, Senior Leader and Class Teacher

Service started: March 2020

Service ends: March 2024

Nature of interest: Employed by school

Job: Senior Leader Year 5/6 Class Teacher

Message to Parents: To be updated

Christian Young

Responsibilities:  Safeguarding Lead

Service started: May 2019

Service ends: May 2023

Message to Parents: I am a solicitor who works in Cambridge. I am married and have two children who have now left home. I know the school as my wife’s sister lives in the village. I love the role of a governor and the ability to help the school and its pupils.

Susannah Mercer

Responsibilities:  Dragon Class

Service started: September 2018

Service ends: September 2022

Message to Parents:

I am very pleased to have recently become a co-opted governor for Great Bardfield Primay School.  My three sons attended the school between 2002 and 2010 and I believe we are very lucky to have such great primary education at the centre of our community.  I look forward to helping to ensure that all the children at the school reach their full potential with a happy and nurturing environment.

Sheree Reilly

Responsibilities:

Service started: July 2019

Service ends: July 2023

Message to Parents: I feel very honoured to be a co-opted Governor at Great Bardfield and it is a great school to be a part of. Since becoming a Governor, I have been enthused with the commitment of parents, teachers and Governors to providing the best education possible for our treasured pupils. The pupils leave Great Bardfield with a broadened knowledge of the world around them and with a mature, responsible attitude; eager to build on their knowledge at secondary.

 I have an educational background and I am an Assistant Headteacher in an East-London Secondary school, with a Masters degree in Education. I find it absolutely fascinating to Govern at the primary stage and as someone who used to be a Head of Year 7, in charge of Transition, I have a particular interest in the transition phase from primary school to secondary school and I work collaboratively with the school to offer my expertise and experience.
As an English and Drama teacher I am passionate about literacy and ensuring that The Arts is given the importance it needs in the curriculum. I believe that learning should be challenging, fun and made relevant to the world in which our young people are entering.
Teachers are charged with working alongside parents and carers to raise the next generation – a position that carries both privledge and responsibility, in equal measure. I think that Great Bardfield Primary School is doing a fantastic job and I see it as my role to help to ensure that such a professional and positive approach is maintained and adapted where necessary. The school is central to the vibrant community of Bardfield and I feel that the ‘magic potion’ for a successful school is a community ethos.

Responsibilities:

Service started: November 2020

Service ends: November 2024

Message to Parents: The last few months during this pandemic have taught me a lot, resilience, patience, selflessness but most of all it has taught me how important our lovely little school is.  We could not, as a family not have got through the last few months without the support of the school.

I live locally with my husband and 5-year-old daughter who attends Great Bardfield school. My husband and I both work for Essex Police.  I have been with the Police force for over 17 years in various roles. The last few years has been within the Crime and Public Protection Command.

Of course, like most parents, my child’s future is the utmost importance on my list of priorities, and I am delighted to be given the opportunity in making a difference in the education, of not just my daughter, but the school as a whole.

I will devote my time to being a proactive and effective school governor.