Watchlytes Primary

Creativity, Inspiration and Achievement

Governors

Governors have an important role which is to ensure high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school by:

 

  • Setting the school's vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

Categories of Governor:

  • Local Education Authority (LEA) Governor - nominated by Hertfordshire County Council
  • Parent Governors - are elected by and from the parents.
  • Staff Governors - elected by and from the staff.
  • Co-opted Governors - people appointed by the Governing Body who have particular experience or skills which can contribute to the effectiveness of the governing body.
  • Ex-officio Governors - Governors by virtue of their office, ie the Headteacher.

 

Current members of the Governing Body:

You will find below a list of current members of the Governing Body. As well as their name you will see details of their membership including date of their appointment. The term of office for a governor is 4 years.

 

Term of Office

Name

Member type

From

To

Jane Ashton

Parent Governor

26.11. 2018

26.11. 2022

Robert Blythe

Clerk -   Herts for Learning

N/A

N/A

Lorraine Brendish

Staff Governor

1.5.2017

30.4.2021

Samantha Eckland

Co-opted Governor

1.3.2018

28.2.2022

Karen Friend

Parent Governor

1.1.2018

31.12.2021

Alan Gardiner

Head Teacher

 

 

Alex Graham

Parent Governor

1.1.2018

31.12.2021

Rob Hailey (Chair)

Local Authority Governor

5.12.2017

3.12.2021

Robert Miles

Co-opted Governor

1.7.2017

30.6.2021

Lucy Musk

Co-opted Governor

1.7.2017

30.6.2021

Chisanga Mwelwa

Co-opted Governor

1.10.2018

30.9.2022

Katherine Swart (Vice Chair)

Co-opted Governor

21.11.2017

20.10.2021

 

Structure and Committees

The overarching work of the governors is conducted by meetings of the full Governing Body which are held at least once each term. In addition to the full Governing Body, the work of the Governing body is shared between three committees, each with a specific responsibility;

 

Resources: which monitors how the school spends its money and how it looks after the school. This committee is also responsible for personnel matters.

 

The current membership of the Resources committee is:

Rob Hailey                          Chair

Alan Gardiner                    Headteacher

Lorraine Brendish             Staff Governor

Karen Friend                      Parent Governor

Robert Miles                       Co-opted Governor

Lucy Musk                           Co-opted Governor

Chisanga Mwelwa              Co-opted Governor

 

Curriculum Standards: which takes responsibility for the pupils' attainment, progress and the content of the curriculum.

 

Current members of the Standards Committee are:

Rob Hailey                          Chair

Katherine Swart               Vice Chair

Alan Gardiner                    Headteacher

Lorraine Brendish             Staff Governor

Samantha Eckland           Co-opted Governor

Alex Graham                     Parent Governor

 

In addition to the above, there are three further committees which meet as and when the need arises: Headteachers Performance, Discipline and Complaints. All committees report back to the main Governing body. The committees meet at least once each term so every governor has to invest a great deal of time to fulfil their responsibilities effectively.

 

Link Governors

Link Governors are those who have been assigned to a specific focus of school life. There are Link Governors assigned to areas of the curriculum: English, Maths, Science, Pupil Premium and Special Educational Needs. There is also a Link Governor for the Early Years stage.

 

The role of a Link Governor is:

  • to take an interest in and gain more detailed knowledge of there are of responsibility
  • to know what is contained in the School Plan for their area
  • to be involved in the review of the School Plan for their area and to be part of the planning  process
  • to help the governing body in its critical friend role by asking questions about progress and challenging appropriately about attainment in their area
  • to report back at agreed intervals either to the appropriate committee or the full governing body
  • to work in full partnership with the headteacher and the school leadership team.

 

Other statutory information about the Governors

Watchlytes GB attendance 2017/18

 

Oct 17

Dec 17

Feb 18

May 18

July 18

Lorraine Brendish

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Neil English

Present

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Rob Hailey

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Rob Miles

Absent

Absent

Present

Present

Present

Lucy Musk

Absent

Present

Present

Present

Absent

Neil Nash

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Carole Payne

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Kate Swart

Present

Present

Present

Present

Present

Keith Collins

N/A

N/A

Present

Present

Absent

Karen Friend

N/A

N/A

Present

Absent

Absent

Alex Graham

N/A

N/A

Present

Present

Present

Samantha Eckland

N/A

N/A

N/A

Present

Present

 

N/A = meeting took place either before the governor joined or after the governor left the GB