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Governors

Tenterfield’s governing body works with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to ensure the highest standards of education are delivered to all children in a safe and inclusive environment, with the well-being of all held as a priority.

The board is made up of parents, staff and community, authority and associate governors, who work together to ensure that there is sufficient diversity of views and experience at each meeting.

List of Governors 2021/22

Name

Type of Governor

Committees/
Responsibilities

Declaration of Interests

Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Attendance at FGB Meetings 2020/21

Dan Roach

Chair of Governors

  • All Committees
  • Health and Safety Link
  • Curriculum Link
  • HIP Link

Parent

01/09/19

01/09/19 – 31/08/23

3/3

Vicky Beare

Headteacher

  • All Committees

Staff

01/09/19

Ongoing

3/3

Richard Loader

Clerk

  Employed by HfL

01/09/2020

Ongoing

3/3

Kelly Fairhall

Co-opted

  • School Improvement (Chair)
  • Safeguarding Link 
  • SEN Link
  • Pupil Premium Link

Assistant head at Tewin Cowper School

01/09/20

01/09/20 -31/08/24

3/3

Lucy Hill Parent 
  • School Improvement
Parent 10/09/21 09/09/25 2/3

Christopher Knapp

Parent 

  • Finance, Premises & Resources
Parent 05/01/22 04/01/26 1/3

Holly Brankin

Assistant Head/ Staff Governor

  • School improvement
  • SENCo

Staff

01/09/21

Ongoing

2/3

Charlotte Lake

Co-opted

  • School Improvement
  • Well-being Link

 

01/09/20

01/09/20 – 31/08/24

3/3

Rob Taunton Co-opted 
  • Finance, Premises & Resources Chair
  • School Improvement
  01/09/21 01/09/21- ongoing  N/A
Clare Woolmer Co-opted 
  • School improvement
  01/05/22 01/05/22 – 31/04/26 N/A

Tom Hassan

Associate*

  • All Committees

Headteacher at Oaklands Primary School

05/05/2020

05/05/2020 – ongoing

3/3

             
Ian Matthews Co-opted 
  • School Improvement
  • Wraparound
  •  
30/06/2021

30/06/21 – 29/06/25

Resigned Jan 2022

1/3

Neil Bradley

Co-opted

  • Finance, Premises & Resources (chair)
 

09/12/20

09/12/20 – 31/08/24

Resigned March 2022

2/3

*Associate governors do not have voting rights

The role of the Governing Body

There is a Full Governing Board (FGB) meeting every term, and our two sub-committees meet termly, too. Governors receive meeting documents in advance, so they can submit questions and prepare accordingly. This allows for effective governance.

Some meetings are held out of work hours but, where possible, they are scheduled during the school day to allow governors the opportunity to undertake visits and produce Governor Visit Reports. This is also an indication of governors’ support for the wellbeing of school staff who need to attend meetings.

Governors are expected to attend all meetings but may provide apologies where appropriate. Failure to attend 3 meetings per year may lead to the removal of a governor from the board.

Governors have three main roles;

  1. Establishing strategic direction by:
    • Setting and ensuring clarity of vision, values, and objectives for Tenterfield
    • Agreeing Tenterfield’s improvement strategy with priorities and targets
    • Meeting statutory duties
  2. Ensuring accountability by:
    • Appointing the headteacher
    • Monitoring the educational performance of Tenterfield and progress towards agreed targets
    • Performance managing the headteacher
    • Engaging with stakeholders
    • Contributing to school self-evaluation
  3. Overseeing financial performance by:
    • Setting the budget
    • Monitoring spending against the budget
    • Ensuring money is well spent and value for money is obtained
    • Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed

All our governors adhere to the NGA Code of Practice and our own Code of Conduct, which has been signed by all members of the board.

Contacting the Governing Body

The Tenterfield governing body welcomes the views of parents and is always happy to discuss ideas and suggestions on how to improve our nursery school.  Please be aware that all complaints must follow the school’s complaints policy and that the Chair of Governors will not be able to intervene unless the correct process has been followed.

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via letter sent to the school office or via email at d.roach@tenterfield.herts.sch.uk.