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Governors

The Governing Body of Thorpe Lea Primary School is comprised of a group of volunteers, both from within the school community (staff and parents) and the wider community, with an interest in the education of the children of Thorpe Lea.

The Governing Body’s work focuses on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governors work together and with the Senior Leadership Team, to ensure the best possible education for all the children in our school, enabling them to realise and achieve their potential at each and every stage of their journey, in accordance with the mission statement of the School:

“A dedicated community working together, nurturing a safe, happy school where all children can achieve their potential.”

The Full Governing Body meets termly, with an additional business meeting at the start of each academic year. There are also two main Governor committees - Resources and Children & Learning who also meet termly.  Members of the public (including school staff and parents) can request to attend a Full Governing Body meeting as observers by following the “Open Meeting Protocol”. This protocol constitutes the code of conduct required by the governing body in return for granting access to their meetings.

Governor meetings receive reports from the Headteacher, consider the latest performance data and feedback, ensure that all policies and procedures are in place, that the schools finances are being used effectively and appropriately, that relevant audits are taking place, that the schools have the resources required to do their job effectively, that the premises are suitable and very importantly, that the safeguarding of the children is appropriate.

In addition, governors take on other areas of responsibility e.g. Special Educational Needs or Safeguarding and every Governor has a link to a subject area of the curriculum e.g. science, history or PE. 

Governors visit the schools regularly, undertaking learning walks, talking to staff and reporting back to the governing body on the progress they have seen. Governors also attend regular training sessions to keep them appraised of national and local developments in education and to keep their general governance knowledge up to date. Governors are also interviewed by Inspectors during an Ofsted inspection of the school.

The Governing Body can be contacted in writing through the school office or the Chair of Governors can be contacted at Chair@Thorpe-Lea.surrey.sch.uk

Governors

Caroline Wright

Chair of Governors, Local Authority Governor

Responsibilities / Committees:

Children & Learning (Chair), Headteacher Appraisal (Chair),

Link Governor for MFL and Science

Date Appointed: 12/05/20

Term of Office: 12/05/20 - 11/05/2024

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: None declared

Governance roles in other educational institutions: Additional

Governor/LLG support at Chennestone and Beauclerc Schools

Meetings attended in the previous academic year: 6 FGB 5 Committee


Martin Belfrage

Ex-Officio, Headteacher

Responsibilities / Committees:  Resources, Children & Learning

Date Appointed: 01/9/2023

Term of Office: 01/9/2023 - ongoing

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests:  None declared

Governance roles in other educational institutions:  None declared

Meetings attended in the previous academic year: 


Vacancy

Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities / Committees: 

Date Appointed:  

Term of Office: 

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests:  

Governance roles in other educational institutions:  

Meetings attended in the previous academic year:


Alan Gardner

Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities / Committees: Pay Committee (Chair), Resources, Link Governor for Finance and Computing

Date Appointed: 08/07/2020

Term of Office: 07/07/2022 - 07/07/2026

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests:

Director of Bowles Rocks Trust Ltd

Governance roles in other educational institutions: LA Additional Governor at Beauclerc & Chennestone Federation & and Furzefield Primary School

Meetings attended in the previous academic year: 6 FGB 2 Committee


Karla Hanna

Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities / Committees:   Children & Learning

Link Governor for SEND, Pupil Premium, The Arts     

Date Appointed: 09/06/2022

Term of Office: 09/06/2022 - 08/06/2029

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests:  None declared

Governance roles in other educational institutions:  Parent Governor at The Magna Carta School

Meetings attended in the previous academic year: 5 FGB 4 Committee


Vacancy

Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities / Committees:  

Link Governor for  

Date Appointed:  

Term of Office:  

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests:  

Governance roles in other educational institutions:  

Meetings attended in the previous academic year: x FGB x Committee


Vacancy

Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities / Committees:   

Date Appointed:   

Term of Office:     

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests:   

Governance roles in other educational institutions:  

Meetings attended in the previous academic year:   FGB   Committee


Ian Downer

Parent Governor

Responsibilities / Committees:  Resources 

Link Governor for PE/Sport, Sports Premium Funding

Date Appointed:  21/10/20

Term of Office: 21/10/20 - 20/10/24

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: VUE International

Partner employed by Penn Wood Primary School

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None declared

Meetings attended in the previous academic year: 6 FGB 5 Committee


Rhys Hayward

Parent Governor

Responsibilities / Committees:  Children & Learning

Link Governor for Computing

Date Appointed:  11/11/22

Term of Office:    11/11/22 - 10/11/26

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests:   None Declared

Governance roles in other educational institutions:  None Declared

Meetings attended in the previous academic year: 4 FGB 2 Committee


Charlotte Ellis

Staff Governor

Responsibilities / Committees:   Resources                           

Date Appointed:   15/09/2022

Term of Office:      15/09/2022 - 14/08/2026

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests:   None

Governance roles in other educational institutions:  None

Meetings attended in the previous academic year:  3 FGB    3 Committee 


Adam Collin

Associate Member 

Responsibilities / Committees: Children & Learning

Date Appointed:  16/09/2022

Term of Office:     16/09/2022 - 15/09/2023

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: 

Governance roles in other educational institutions:    

Meetings attended in the previous academic year: 3 FGB 4 Committee

 

 


Resignations / End of Term

Graeme Smith (Co-opted Governor) 13/01/23 - 16/08/23
Claire Bolton (Co-opted Governor) 04/03/23 - 21/03/23
Janet Franck (Co-opted Governor) 01/11/20 - 31/12/22
Rob Hall (Co-opted Governor)  19/01/21 - 04/11/22
Adam Swift ( Parent Governor)  21/01/21 - 03/10/22