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

Committee

Membership

Positions of Responsibility

Current Working Party membership

Relevant business interests

Personal relationship with members of school staff 

Christiane Baehr,

Co-opted Governor

02/09/2016

01/09/2020 

· Budget

· Pay

- Vice Chair of Governors

- Finance Area Lead

Future School

Chief Operating Officer, Society Limited.

None

Linda Goodyear

Co-opted 

Governor

19/03/2019

 18/03/2023

 

 - Future School Lead

- Parental Engagement Area Lead

Future School

 Employee of University of Hertfordshire
Member of Law Society

 None

Peter Marsden

Co-opted 

Governor

21/05/2019

20/05/2023

 - HTPM

 - Standards & Progress Area Lead

- Staff & HR Area Support

- Future School

Director/Trustee Reuters Pension Fund
Employee of Ticksmith LLC (Montreal)

 None

Craig McCann
Co-opted Governor

07/11/2017

06/11/2021

Budget

- Pay

- Health, Safety & Safeguarding Area Support

- Finance Area Support

None

None

Julie Taylor,

Co-opted 

Governor

22/9/2008 and reappointed 22/09/2014, 01/09/2015 & 01/09/2019

31/08/2023

· HTPM
· Budget
· Pay

- Chair of Governors,
- Link Governor

Inclusion Governor

- Extended Schools Lead

- Pupils, Learning & Teaching Area Support

- Premises Area Support

· Extended Schools
· Future School
· Income Generation

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

Community Governor at St Edwards C of E Academy

None 

Fadumo Mohammad

Co-opted Governor

 17/03/2020

 17/04/2024

 

 

 

 

 

Jon Whitehouse,

Local

Authority 

Governor

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

18/11/2022

· HTPM
· Pay

- Staff and HR Area Lead

Future School

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

Friends of Swaines Green

 None

Ceri Margerison-Bird

Parent Governor

07/11/2017

06/11/2021

-  Standards & progress Area Lead

- Pupils, Learning & teaching Area Lead

 

Future School

Employee of Kings College London;

Chair of Friends of Epping Primary

None

Tracy O'Donnell,

Ex Officio

 2007

 N/A

· Budget

Head Teacher

Future School
Extended Schools

 Head Teacher

 None

Gary Brunskill

Parent Governor

19/05/2020

 19/05/2024

 

 

 

 

 

Leon Kuforiji,

Staff Governor

 01/10/2019

 30/09/2021

 

 

Future School

None

None

Lisa Travis,

Associate Member

 19/05/2020

 18/05/2021

 

 

 

 

 

Janice Webber,

Clerk to

the

Governing Body

06/11/2013

 N/A

 

 

 

None

None

 

 Governors who have left since 1st September 2018

Name and Appointed Role

Appointed in

End of term

of office

Positions of Responsibility

Working Party membership

Relevant business interests

Personal relationship with members of school staff

Emma Adams,

Parent Governor

17/03/2021

Resigned 19/05/2020

 19/05/2024

 

 

 

 

Amanda Bateman,

Parent 

Governor

22/03/2013 and reappointed 20/04/2017
Resigned 19/12/2019

 19/04/2021

- Health & Safety and Safeguarding Area Lead 
- Premises Area Lead

 

Employee of EPUT (NHS); Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Mike Hepton,

Co-opted 

Governor

17/06/2012 and reappointed 02/09/2016
Resigned 31/08/2019

01/09/2020

- Standards and Progress Area Lead

Education Consultant

 None

Anna Galbraith

Staff Governor

07/09/2018

Resigned 31/08/2019

06/09/2020

None

None

Jodie Newman,

Co-opted 

Governor

09/10/2013  and reappointed 19/10/2017 Resigned 20/03/2019

18/10/2021

- Vice Chair of Governors
- Parental Engagement Area Lead

- Pupils Learning & Teaching Lead

Future School Lead

Communication & Engagement

None

None 

Pamela Adodo (Associate Member)

07/11/2017

Term lapsed 06/11/2018

06/11/2018

 Future School

Employee of Chobham Academy

None

Claire Beecroft,

Co-opted 

Governor

 20/06/2010 and reappointed 01/09/2015

Resigned 19/10/18

31/08/2019

- Pupils,  Learning and Teaching Lead
- Inclusion

 

None

None

Rebecca Poole

Staff 

Governor

01/09/2017

Resigned 31/08/18

31/08/2019

 Future School

None

None

Updated March 2019

 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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