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 

Attendance

during last academic year 22/23

6 x FGB meetings
2 x C'tees

Nicholas Cornwell

Co-Opted Governor

02/10/2023

01/10/2027

- Staff and HR Lead

None

None

N/A

Bradley Hodds

Co-Opted Governor

01/02/2021

31/01/2025

- Chair of Budget Committee

- Finance Area Lead

- Pay Committee

- Income Generation Lead & WP

- Headteacher Performance Management

None

 None

FGB - 83% (5/6)
Pay C'tee - 100%
Budget C'tee - 100%

Michael Meakin 

Co-Opted Governor

22/07/2022

21/07/2026

 -Safeguarding Governor

- Pay Committee

- Future School WP

- Pupil Premium & Sports Premium Lead

 None

None 

FGB - 83% (5/6)

Josh Nash

Co-Opted Governor

22/07/22

21/07/2026

- Chair of Governors from 03/07/23

- Chair of Pay Committee

- Budget Committee

- Inclusion Governor

 - Headteacher Performance Management

Teacher at High Beech Primary School

Chair of Trustees - Arts for All

Trustee of Friends of Oakview School

None

FGB - 100%

Pav Saunders

LA Governor

02/06/2023

01/06/2027

- Training Link

 

 

N/A

Sharon Duffy

Parent Governor

07/11/2021

06/11/2025

 - Vice Chair of Governors to 31/8/23

-Income Generation WP

-EYFS 

Governor

Employee Thames Water

None

FGB - 67% (4/6)

Elizabeth

Wheatley

Parent Governor

07/11/2021

06/11/2025

  - Vice Chair of Governors from 01/9/23

- Parental Engagement Area Lead

- Future School WP

- Income Generation WP

None

None

FGB - 100%

Tracy O'Donnell,

Ex Officio

 01/01/2007

 N/A

- Budget Committee

 None

 None

FGB - 100$

Budget C'tee - 100%

Ally Jessey
Staff Governor

01/10/2023

30/09/25

- Website Compliance

 

 

N/A

 

 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

Attendance

during last academic year 22/23

6 x FGB meetings
2 x C'tees

Jamie Borg

Co-Opted Governor

22/07/2022

02/10/2023

 -Safeguarding Governor

- Income Generation WP

None

None

 FGB - 50% (3/6)

Laura Smart

Co-Opted Governor

22/07/2022

20/07/2023

 - Pay Committee

Headteacher Performance Management

- Standards & Progress Lead

- Staff and HR Area Lead

None

None

FGB - 83% (5/6)

Pay C'tee 100%

Brian Moldon

Co-Opted Governor

22/07/2022

14/10/2023

 - Chair of Governors to 25/5/23

- Budget Committee

- Pay Committee

-Headteacher Performance Management

- Health & Safety Governor

 None

None 

FGB - 67% (4/6)

Pay C'tee - 100%

Budget C'tee - 100%

Pav Saunders

Associate Member*

22/07/2022

Changed Category 02/06/2023

 - Training Link

None

 

FGB - 67% (4/6)

Rebecca Warwick

Staff Governor

 01/10/2021

 30/09/2023

 - Future School WP

- Standards & Progress Support

None

None

FGB - 83% (5/6)

Jon Whitehouse,

Local

Authority 

Governor

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

Term Lapsed

18/11/2022

 - Future School Working Party

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

Friends of Swaines Green

None

FGB - 100% (2/2)

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 Associate Members. An Associate Member does not have any voting rights on the Governing Board or Committees on which they serve.

Updated November 2023

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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