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Thorpe Lea Primary School

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

Meet the 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: 4 FGB 4 Committee

 

  

Pete Bailey

Ex-Officio, Headteacher

Responsibilities / Committees:  Resources, Children & Learning

Date Appointed: 01/9/2017

Term of Office: 01/9/2017 - ongoing

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: None declared

Governance roles in other educational institutions: Governor at Trumps

Green Infant School

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

 

  

Janet Franck

Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities / Committees:

Headteacher Appraisal, Children & Learning

Link Governor for Special Educational Needs and Pupil Premium and RE

Date Appointed: 01/11/2020

Term of Office: 01/11/2020- 31/10/2024

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests:

CofE Guildford Diocese OLM Priest St Paul's Church Egham Hythe

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None declared

Meetings attended in the previous academic year: 4 FGB 0 Committee

 

        

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: 08/07/2021 - 07/07/2022

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests:

Director of Bowles Rocks Trust Ltd

Governance roles in other educational institutions: Vice Chair Dormansland Primary School

Meetings attended in the previous academic year: 4 FGB 9 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: 

 

Robert Hall

Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities / Committees:  Resources 

Link Governor for Safeguarding and History & Geography

Date Appointed: 19/01/2021

Term of Office: 19/01/2021 - 18/01/2025

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: None declared

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None declared

Meetings attended in the previous academic year: 2 FGB 5 Committee

 

Claire Bolton

Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities / Committees:  Resources 

Link Governor for Music

Date Appointed:  4/3/22

Term of Office:    4/3/22 - 3/3/26

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests:  None declared  

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None declared

Meetings attended in the previous academic year: 0 FGB 0 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: Legoland Windsor Resort (Merlin Entertainments)

Partner employed by Penn Wood Primary School

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None declared

Meetings attended in the previous academic year: 1 FGB 2 Committee

 

 

Adam Swift

Parent Governor

Responsibilities / Committees:  Children & Learning

Date Appointed:   21/01/22 

Term of Office:     21/01/22 - 20/01/26

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests:  

Governance roles in other educational institutions:  

Meetings attended in the previous academic year: 0 FGB 0 Committee

 

Nick Dolby

Staff Governor

Responsibilities / Committees:  Resources

Date Appointed:  10/09/2021

Term of Office:  10/09/2021 - 09/09/2025

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests:  

Governance roles in other educational institutions:  

Meetings attended in the previous academic year:  0 FGB   0 Committee

 

Rachel McRae

Associate Member, Deputy Headteacher

Responsibilities / Committees: N/A

Date Appointed: 01/09/2021

Term of Office: 01/09/2021 - 31/08/2022

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: None declared

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None declared

Meetings attended in the previous academic year: 2 FGB 0 Comm

 

Resignations / End of Term

Gavin Fuidge (Co-opted Governor)01/09/20 - 20/04/2022
Jaz Malhotra (Parent Governor)

05/03/2021 - 31/08/2021

11/10/2016 - 10/10/2020

Sarmila Bhal (Co-opted Governor)22/11/2019 - 2/12/2021
Stuart Wingate (Parent Governor)20/02/2017 - 19/02/2021
Peter Bernard (Staff Governor)09/10/2021 - 08/07/2021
  

 

 

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