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The Governing Board

The Governing Board exists to provide strong strategic leadership to the school, ensuring accountability for its educational and financial performance. The Governing Board’s vision is to support ambition and challenge for all. The Governing Board consists of 4 committees Each committee has its own Terms of Reference, Membership, and Procedures as detailed in the Governing Body Information provided below.

The Governing Board Information

2021-2022 Governors Meetings

2020-2021 Governors Newsletter 

The Governors

Alison Evans

Associate member for Staff Governor

Annette Corbett

Parent Governor

Billie King

Co-Opted Governor

Claire O’Brien

Associate  Member / Deputy Head Teacher

Juliet Blakemore

Co-opted Governor

Janet Sumner

Chair of
Student Support

Liz Cook

Headteacher

Marc Mosthav

Co-opted Governor

Mark Hooper

Vice Chair

Matt Hall

Associate Member / Deputy Head Teacher

Mark Glanville

Co-opted Governor

Mary Temperton

Chair of Curriculum

Rene Rastall

Chair of Governors

Rhona Franco

Clerk to the Governors

Sophie Johnson

Parent Governor

Would you like to be a governor?

School governors have 3 core strategic functions:

  • making sure there is clarity of vision, ethos, and strategic direction
  • holding the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the organization and making sure its money is well spent

The role of a school governor

To contribute to the work of the governing body in ensuring 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; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The activities of a school governor

As part of the governing body team, a governor is expected to:

  1. Contribute to the strategic discussions at governing body meetings which determine:
  • the vision and ethos of the school;
  • clear and ambitious strategic priorities and targets for the school;
  • that all children, including those with special educational needs, have access to a broad and balanced curriculum;
  • the school’s budget, including the expenditure of the pupil premium allocation;
  • the school’s staffing structure and key staffing policies;
  • the principles to be used by school leaders to set other school policies.
  1. Hold the senior leaders to account by monitoring the school’s performance; this includes:
  • agreeing the outcomes from the school’s self-evaluation and ensuring they are used to inform the priorities in the school development plan;
  • considering all relevant data and feedback provided on request by school leaders and external sources on all aspects of school performance;
  • asking challenging questions of school leaders;
  • ensuring senior leaders have arranged for the required audits to be carried out and receiving the results of those audits;
  • ensuring senior leaders have developed the required policies and procedures and the school is operating effectively according to those policies;
  • acting as a link governor on a specific issue, making relevant enquiries of the relevant staff, and reporting to the governing body on the progress on the relevant school priority; and
  • listening to and reporting to the school’s stakeholders: pupils, parents, staff, and the wider community, including local employers.
  1. Ensure the school staff have the resources and support they require to do their jobs well, including the necessary expertise on business management, external advice where necessary, effective appraisal and CPD (Continuing Professional Development), and suitable premises, and that the way in which those resources are used has impact.
  2. When required, serve on panels of governors to:
  • appoint the headteacher and other senior leaders;
  • appraise the headteacher;
  • set the headteacher’s pay and agree the pay recommendations for other staff;
  • hear the second stage of staff grievances and disciplinary matters;
  • hear appeals about pupil exclusions.

The purpose of a school governor

All governors regardless of their constituency are elected or appointed with one common purpose – to govern the school in the best interest of pupils. In order to perform this role well, a governor is expected to:

  • get to know the school, including by visiting the school occasionally during school hours, and gain a good understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses;
  • attend induction training and regular relevant training and development events;
  • attend meetings (full governing body meetings and committee meetings) and read all the papers before the meeting;
  • act in the best interest of all the pupils of the school; and
  • behave in a professional manner, as set down in the governing body’s code of conduct, including acting in strict confidence.

A governor does NOT:

  • Write school policies;
  • Undertake audits of any sort – whether financial or health & safety – even if the governor has the relevant professional experience;
  • Spend much time with the pupils of the school – if you want to work directly with children, there are many other voluntary valuable roles within the school;
  • Undertake classroom observations to make judgements on the quality of teaching – the governing body monitors the quality of teaching in the school by requiring data from the senior staff and from external sources;
  • Do the job of the school staff – if there is not enough capacity within the paid staff team to carry out the necessary tasks, the governing body need to consider and rectify this.

As you become more experienced as a governor, there are other roles you could volunteer for which would increase your degree of involvement and level of responsibility (e.g as a chair of a committee). This document does not cover the additional roles taken on by the chair, vice-chair and chairs of committees.

 

The time commitment for a governor

Under usual circumstances, you should expect to spend between 10 and 20 days a year on your governing responsibilities; the top end of this commitment, which equates to about half a day per week in term time, is most relevant to the chair and others with key roles, such as chairs of committees. Initially, we would expect your commitment to be nearer 10 days a year. However, there may be periods when the time commitment may increase, for example when recruiting a headteacher. Some longstanding governors may tell you that they spend far more time than this on school business; however, it is fairly common for governors to undertake additional volunteering roles over and above governance.

Under Section 50 of the Employment Rights Act 1996, if you are employed, then you are entitled to ‘reasonable time off’ to undertake public duties; this includes school governance. ‘Reasonable time off’ is not defined in law, and you will need to negotiate with your employer how much time you will be allowed.

Expenses: Governors may receive out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of fulfilling their role as governor, the school does have a Governor Allowances Policy. Payments can cover incidental expenses, such as travel and childcare, but not loss of earnings.

Code of Practice for Governors of EPCS

Governors should recognise that:

  • The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school, delivery of the curriculum, and implementation of policies and the strategic framework established by the Governing Body.
  • Their priority is to provide vision and direction, ensure statutory responsibilities are met, challenge and support the senior management team, and know the strengths and weaknesses of the school.
  • They need to maintain an appropriate balance between being supportive and challenging the actions being taken to improve the school.
  • All governors have equal status and that there is no legal authority to act individually or speak on behalf of the school, except when given delegated authority to do so. Governors should accept that:
  • They have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice with an over-riding concern for the welfare of the school as a whole whilst considering carefully how decisions may affect other schools.
  • They have a commitment to be actively involved in the work of the Governing Body and getting to know the school.
  • They have a responsibility to assess their own development requirements and to keep abreast of developments in the world of education.
  • In carrying out their duties governors should:
    • strive to work as a team and to develop effective working relationships with the Headteacher, staff, parents, LA and other relevant agencies, and the community.
    • observe complete confidentiality when required or asked to do so and exercise prudence when discussing outside the Governing Body potentially contentious issues affecting the school.
    • recognise the school’s successes, ask questions that are probing without being confrontational, and be prepared to be critical when necessary.
    • encourage the open expression of views, support and encourage each other, and accept collective responsibility for all decisions taken by the Governing Body.
    • turn up regularly for meetings, prepare for meetings by reading the documentation provided and carry out any actions allocated to them.
    • get to know the school but only make visits to school within the framework of the visits policy established by the Governing Body.
  • Governors should always be mindful of their responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of the school when discharging their duties.

Become a Governor!

Being a school governor or trustee is a challenging but hugely rewarding role. It will give you the chance to make a real difference to young people, give something back to your local community and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment. You will also be joining the largest volunteer force in the country: there are over a quarter of a million volunteers governing state-funded schools in England. You can register your interest to become a school governor. Send your email to the  clerktothegovernors@epschool.org . We look forward to hearing from you!

GOVERNORS REGISTER OF INTERESTS

LAST UPDATE 15.10.2021

Name Category Date of appointment Term of Office end date Appointed by Committees

Position

Chair / VC

Link Interest / organisation Nature of Business Date interest was registered
Alison Evans Staff 19.09.2019 18.09.2023 Staff Election Student Support     Nil Employee App.
Anette Corbett Parent 01.09.2021 31.08.2025 Governing Body Student Support ( New ) ( New ) Holly Spring Junior School Employee 2021
Billie King Co-opted 08.09.2018 07.09.2022 Governing Body Curriculum  

Sixth Form Governor

IT and Business

Edgbarrow School Employee 2013
Jan Sumner Co-opted 08.09.2018 07.09.2022 Governing Body Finance and Resources Student Support Chair of Student Support

SEN Governor

English, inc literacy & oracy & library

Self – Warfield Park Homes Partner – Warfield Park Homes

EPCSFA

Employee

MD

Trustee

1993

1967

2019

Juliet Blakemore Co-opted 01.02.2021 31.01.2025 Governing Body

Sttudent Suppor t

Finance

Vice Chair of Curriculum

Pupil Premium Governor

Maths

St Mary COE School Trust

Winkfield Educationsl Foundation

Winkfield Parochial Charity

‘The Popels Charity’

Winkfield Parish Council

Trustee (Chair)

Trustee

Trustee

Trustee

Councillor (Husband)

2019

2020

2020

2020

2020

Liz Cook Headteacher 01.01.2013 n/a Governing Body Ex-officio member of all committees     EPCSFA HT  
Marc Mosthav Co-opted 03.12.2018 02.12.2022 Governing Body

Curriculum

Student Support

  Modern Foreign Languages ATOS IT and Business process solution 1995
Mark Glanville Co-opted 03.12.2018 02.12.2022 Governing Body Chair of Finance Chair of Finance and Resources

Science

Mental Health

Self – Bayliss Court School Partner – SEBMAT and Slough & Eton College Governor HR Adviser

2015

2015

Mark Hooper Co-opted 11.12.2017 10.12.2021 Governing Body Leadership and Management Vice Chair of Governors L&M Governors Perfroming Arts & Design

South Hill Park

EPCSFA

Director

Trustee

2018

2019

Mary Temperton Authority

GIAS 18.06.2020

UDF 13.07.2020

GIAS 20.06.2024

UDF 12.07.2024

Local Authority

Curriculum

Student Support

Chair of Curriculum Safeguarding & Careers

Councillor for BFC and BFTown

EPCSFA

Representing Constituents

Trustee

2015

2019

Rene Rastall Co-opted 08.09.2018 07.09.2022 Governing Body All Committees Chair of Governors Parental Engagement EPCSFA Trustee 2019
Sophie Johnson Parent 01.09.2021 31.08.2025 Governing Body Curriculum (New) ( New ) Great Hollands Primary School PTA Member 2018
Matt Hall Associate 25.09.2021 24.09.2025 Governing Body As requested     NIL Associate  
Claire O Brien Associate 25.09.2021 24.09.2025 Governing Body As requested     NIL Associate  
Rhona Franco Clerk 06.11.2019                
Vacancy Co-opted                  
Vacancy Co-opted                  

 

RESIGNED OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS

Graham Ferguson Parent 26.09.2017 Resigned 16.07.2021 Parent Election Finance and Resources Curriculum Chair of Finance Finance
IT Business Computing
Microsoft
Birch Hill Primary School
EPCSFA
Employee
Co-opted Governor
Trustee
2011
2013
2019
Chantel Picton Co-opted 24.09.2018 Resigned 04.09.2021 Governing Body Student Support     Brackenhale School Employee 2019
Catherine Bodin Co-opted 30.03.2020 29.03.2024 Governing Body Curriculum Vice Chair of Curriculum Personal Development Governor St Mary’s University Employee Higher Education Student recruitment 2020

 

GOVERNORS ATTENDANCE 2020-2021

LAST UPDATE 15.10.2021

Name Category Date of appointment Term of Office end date Attendances Possible attendances %
Alison Evans Staff 19.09.2019 18.09.2023 10 10 100.00%
Anette Corbett Parent 01.11.2019 31.08.2025      
Billie King Co-opted 08.09.2018 07.09.2022 10 16 62.50%
Jan Sumner Co-opted 08.09.2018 07.09.2022 21 23 91.30%
Juliet Blakemore Co-opted 01.02.2021 31.01.2025 5 6 83.33%
Liz Cook Headteacher 01.01.2013 n/a 21 23 91.30%
Marc Mosthav Co-opted 03.12.2018 02.12.2022 10 16 62.50%
Mark Glanville Co-opted 03.12.2018 02.12.2022 14 16 87.50%
Mark Hooper Co-opted 11.12.2017 10.12.2021 15 16 93.75%
Mary Temperton Authority GIAS 18.06.2020 UDF 13.07.2020 GIAS 20.06.2024
UDF 12.07.2024
18 22 81.82%
Rene Rastall Co-opted 08.09.2018 07.09.2022 24 28 85.71%
Sophie Johnson Parent 01.09.2021 31.08.2025      
Matt Hall Associate 25.09.2021 24.09.2025 10 10 100.00%
Claire O Brien Associate 25.09.2021 24.09.2025 16 17 94.12%
Rhona Franco Clerk 16.11.2019 n/a      
Vacancy Co-opted          
Vacancy Co-opted          

RESIGNED OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS

Name Category Date of appointment Term of Office end date Attendances Possible attendances %
Graham Ferguson Parent 26.09.2017 Resigned 16.07.2021 14 16 87.50%
Chantel Picton Co-opted 24.09.2018 Resigned 04.09.2021 7 10 70.00%
Catherine Bodin Co-opted 30.03.2020 29.03.2024 7 10 70.00%