Epping Primary School

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Governing Body

The Governing Body is made up of a group of appointed volunteers who each with their own skills and strengths have the common aim of ensuring pupils receive the best education possible whilst at their school. They work closely with the Headteacher and are involved in making important decisions which affect the strategic direction of the school. The 11 Governors meet regularly and comprise members from different categories, those of; Co-opted Governor (6 members), Staff Governor (2 members), Parent Governor (2 members) and Local Authority Governor (1 member). 

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Governing Body Mission Statement

We work with the school to ensure an effective strategic direction whilst fulfilling all of our statutory obligations.

We help to provide a school where a well-rounded, creative and inspiring education is accessible to all pupils.

We continually develop the school through forward thinking, shared ambition and a passion to create an amazing place to learn.

The organisation of your Governing Body

The Governing Body was restructured in September 2017. 

The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets twice a term to discuss all areas of governance, however, in order for the work load to be manageable and effective governors still have areas of responsibility which they oversee. These include Finance, Inclusion and Safeguarding.

 Some committees are established for a specific purpose. These are listed below.

  • Headteacher’s Performance Management – meet at least twice a year

  • Staff Appeals (meets when needed)

  • Pupil Disciplinary (meets when needed)

  • Staff Disciplinary (meets when needed)

  • Pay Committee – meets at least once a year 

  • Budget Committee - meets at least once a year 

The Full Governing Body comprises all members of the Governing Body.

Working Parties

When a specific (usually time limited, or time critical) project is identified a working party can be formed.  These will consist of governors and representatives of other relevant stakeholders.  Terms of reference, based on the purpose of the working party are drawn up and progress reports are provided to the FGB.

Governor Activities

Governors also organise specific monitoring activities linked to the School Improvement Plan and will visit the school throughout each term to look at progress in these areas. These visits include a variety of activities, according to the area being monitored. They could include; talking to pupils or staff, looking at pupils work and displays or meeting with subject leaders.

Every Governor is part of the Full Governing Body, is actively involved in monitoring activities every term and may be part of any working parties or other committees as needed. The Governing Body work hard to ensure that through their meetings and visits to school they know the school very well.

Formal records of all Governing Body meetings and committee meetings are taken and filed by the Clerk. Once agreed, minutes are then available to view. Should you wish to read any of the Governors' minutes, please make a request via the school office.

Governors Board Membership Details and Register of Interests

The Governors' profiles are shown below.

Name and Appointed Role

Appointed in

End of term

of office

Positions of Responsibility including Commitee and Working Party Membership

Relevant business interests

Personal relationship with members of school staff 

Linda Goodyear

Co-opted 

Governor

19/03/2019

 18/03/2023

 - Vice Chair of Governors 

- Budget Committee 

- HTPM 

- Future School

- Lead/WP 

- Parental Engagement 

- Health & Safety Lead

 Employee of University of Hertfordshire

 None

Bradley Hodds

Co-Opted Governor

01/02/2021

31/01/2025

- Chair of Budget Committee

- Finance Area Lead

- Pay Committee

- Income Generation Lead

- EYFS Lead

 Employee of Royal Bank of Canada

 None

Ceri Margerison-Bird

Parent Governor

07/11/2021

06/11/2025

- Chair of Governors

- Pay Committee

- Standards & Progress Lead

Employee of Kings College London

 

None

Peter Marsden

Co-opted 

Governor

21/05/2019

20/05/2023

- Link Governor

- HTPM

- Extended Schools Lead/WP

- Future School WP

Self Employed

 None

Fadumo Mohammad

Co-opted Governor

 17/03/2020

 16/03/2024

- Pupils, Learning & Teaching Area Support

- Safeguarding Lead 

- Health & Safety Area Support

- Website Compliance Lead

 Employee of Lewisham College

 None

Jon Whitehouse,

Local

Authority 

Governor

27/10/2010 and reappointed 27/10/2014 & 19/11/2018

18/11/2022

- Staff and HR Area Lead

- Pay Committee

Employee and Member of East of England Liberal Democrats;
Member of Epping Town Council and Epping Forest District Council.

Friends of Swaines Green

None

Sharon Duffy

Parent Governor

07/11/2021

06/11/2025

 - Pupils, Learning & Teaching Area Support

- EYFS Support

Employee Transport for London

None

Elizabeth

Wheatley

Parent Governor

07/11/2021

06/11/2025

 - Parental Engagement Area Support

None

None

Tracy O'Donnell,

Ex Officio

 2007

 N/A

- Head Teacher

- Staff and HR

 Head Teacher

 None

Rebecca Warwick

Staff Governor

 01/10/2021

 30/09/2023

 - Standards & Progress Area Support

Class Teacher

None

Christiane Baehr, Associate Member*

02/09/2020

Reappointed 02/02/2021

 

01/09/2022

- Budget Committee
- Pay Committee

- Finance Area Support

None

None 

Julie Taylor,

Associate Member*

 

27/09/2021

26/09/2022-

 

 - Inclusion Lead

National Leader of Governance; Director of Dacota Solutions; Girlguiding Leader;

Governor St Edward’s CofE Academy in Romford

None 

 

 Governors who have left during the last twelve months

Name and Appointed Role

Appointed in

End of term

of office

Commmittee or Working Party membership

Relevant business interests

Personal relationship with members of school staff

Lisa Travis,

Co-opted Governor

 19/05/2020

 Resigned 12/11/2021

 - Inclusion Lead
- Staff & HR Area Support

Principal (Dance Studio)

Director of The LGA

Member of Royal Academy of Dance

 

 None

Gary Brunskill

Parent Governor

19/05/2020

 Resigned 15/10/2021

 None

Employee of Royal Institute of Blind People None

Leon Kuforiji,

Staff Governor

 01/10/2019

 Term of Office ended 30/09/2021

-  Standards & Progress Area Lead

None None

Craig McCann
Co-opted Governor

07/11/2017

06/11/2021

Resigned 22/12/2020

Pay

Health, Safety & Safeguarding Area Support · Finance Area Support

None

None

Julie Taylor,

Co-opted Governor

 

 

22/09/2008

Reappointed 22/09/2012; 01/09/2015 & 01/09/2019

Resigned 21/09/2021

Appointed as Associate member – see above

Chair of Governors

 Chair of Pay Committee

Budget Committee

HTPM

 EYFS Lead

 Extended Schools Lead

 Pupils, Learning & Teaching

 Link Support

 

National Leader of Governance; Director of Dacota Solutions; Girlguiding Leader;

Governor St Edward’s CofE Academy in Romford

None

The Constitution of the Governing Board since 1 September 2015 has comprised of -

Authority Governor x 1; Co-opted Governors x 6; Parent Governors x 2; Staff Governors x 2 including the Headteacher.

*In addition, the Governing Board has appointed an Associate Member. The Associate Member does not have any voting rights on the Governing Board or Committees on which they serve.

Updated December 2021

Governor's Allowances

 The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013, part 6 enables Governing Bodies to decide whether they wish to pay travelling and subsistence allowances from the school budget to individual members of the Governing Body.

The policy of the Governors in respect of payment of allowances must be openly available to parents and Governors. The Governing Body must consider the payment of allowances annually, and the outcome must be recorded appropriately in the minutes.

Governors have agreed that travelling and subsistence allowances will not be paid to Governors. 

More information

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the Governing Body, how to become a Governor or wish to contact the Chair of Governors then please speak to the school office.

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