Governors

Role of school governors

The governing board at Beecroft Garden Primary School is made up of 9 governors. We provide strategic leadership and accountability for the school. We appoint the Headteacher and with the Headteacher, we appoint the Deputy Head.

We meet regularly to assess how the school is performing and to make sure it is managed effectively. We don’t get involved in the day to day running of the school, individual complaints or do fundraising.

We all meet twice a term for a full governors meeting.

We have two committees:

  • the resources committee looks in detail at how the school’s money is spent
  • the curriculum committee looks at how and what the children are taught and how they are performing

Each committee meets separately at least once a term.

Discussions of each meeting and the decisions made are recorded in writing. Lewisham Council provides us with a clerk who independently minutes our meetings.

You can view the published minutes of the governor’s meetings. Please contact school reception for details.

 

How Lewisham Council helps us 

Beecroft Garden is a local authority maintained school, supported and held to account by Lewisham Council.

The council supports governors by providing information, training sessions and conferences. They publish a governor’s handbook every term that highlights any key changes that could affect the running of the school.

Lewisham Council decides if our governing body structure complies with rules set by the Department for Education.

 

School priorities for 2015-16

The governors have agreed that the school’s priorities for 2015 to 2016 are to:

  • develop music provision in the school
  • showcase children’s writing (using the arts showcase as a model)
  • use lunch times as a time for play and learning opportunities
  • improve the school buildings and playground
  • develop the children’s center

 

Governor’s report: year to March 2016

At the start of the year, we set the priorities for the school for the year and approved the budget. We agreed the school improvement plan with the staff and the Head teacher.

During the year, we supported the Head teacher in developing a new staffing structure for the school and agreed a new staffing structure for the school.

Part of the governors’ role is to review the school’s policies and procedures to make sure they are fit for purpose.

So far this year we have reviewed these policies and procedures:

  • health and safety
  • special educational needs
  • safeguarding
  • equalities

We also supported the school with improving the website.

Governors visit the school for various events and celebrations. We go into school to observe what’s happening. All the governors met the class representatives on the school council to get feedback directly from the children on key issues. Some governors have a link role, for example to meet with parents.

We looked at the staffing, funding and future of the Children’s Centre and provided support during its Ofsted inspection.

 

About the governors

Governors are appointed for four years. It’s a voluntary role, so governors aren’t paid for the work they do for the governing board.

The chair of governors leads the governing board and is elected every two years by them. Each committee is also headed by a chair, elected by the committee members. Parent governors are elected to the governing board by parents and teachers elect a teacher representative. Community governors are appointed from within the local community providing the governing board agrees.

 

Chair of governors and curriculum committee

Sharon Long

I have been a governor at Beecroft Garden since 7 September, 2013. My term of office ends on the 16 September, 2017. I was first elected as chair of governors in September 2013. I was re-elected as chair in November 2015 for 1 year.

I was elected chair of the Curriculum Committee in September 2016

 

Vice-chair of governors and chair of resources committee

Emma Cole

I have been a parent governor at Beecroft Garden since 1 September, 2013. My term of office ends on 31 August, 2017.

I was first elected chair of the Resources Committee on 9 October, 2013 and was re-elected in 2014, 2015 and 2016 for a further 1 year each time.

 

Parent governors

Emma Cole

I have been a parent governor at Beecroft Garden since 1 September, 2013. My term of office ends on 31 August, 2017. I am chair of the Resources Committee and a member of the Curriculum Committee.

I became a governor because I’m passionate about good community schools and I love being a part of making sure children are getting a really good, and a really fun education. I really enjoy camping with my family and swimming, especially outdoors in the sun!

 

Aimi Plant

I have been a parent governor at Beecroft Garden since the 1 September, 2013. My term of office ends on 31 August, 2017. I am a member of the Curriculum Committee.

 

Community governors

Mick McGuire

I have been a community governor at Beecroft Garden since 17 September, 2013. My term of office ends on the 16 September, 2017. I am also a member of the Resources Committee. I am the link governor for Health & Safety.

I have lived in the local area for 40 years and have wanted to make a contribution to schools in the area because of the good quality education that my own children received in the maintained system.  My career experience includes financial management, policy development and business risk assessment and risk management.

 

Local education authority governors

Antoinette Hoffland

I have been a local authority governor at Beecroft Garden since October 2015, when I was co-opted to the governing body. My term of office ends in October 2019.

I am a member of the Resources Committee and Curriculum Committee. I am also link governor for the website.

 

Mubeen Bhutta

I have been a community governor at Beecroft Garden since June 2016. My term of office ends in June 2020. I am a member of the Resources Committee. I’m a local parent with children at a primary school in the borough and work in the charity sector. I am passionate about the opportunities that education can open up, and the importance of early education in overcoming disadvantages. I’m really pleased to be part of Beecroft’s journey.

 

Staff representative

Caroline Brodie-Browne

 

 

Further information

If you are interested in becoming:

  • a parent governor, contact Emma Cole care of Beecroft Garden Primary School
  • a community governor, contact Lewisham Council

For further information about the role of school governors, see:

National School Governor’s Association: Be a governor 

Gov.uk: Governor’s handbook

 

To view governors attendance for the past academic year see below:

Governor’s attendance

To view declaration of business interests September 2016 see below:

declaration-of-business-interests-sept-2016