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Our Governing Body

School Governing Bodies

All state maintained primary, secondary and special schools, are accountable to their governing bodies, which in turn are accountable to parents and the community. Parent and staff representatives are elected to the governing body; the local authority appoints governors to the governing body and the relevant faith bodies appoint foundation governors in faith schools.

In addition the governing body can appoint its own co-opted governors,  and it is traditionally these posts which the governing body uses to cover skills gaps, hence these posts often being offered to governors from the business community.

Increasingly local authority appointment panels also look to the skills set of their appointees.

 

At Crockham Hill CE Primary School, the Governing Body consists of 12 Governors. Of these:

  • 2 are elected by parents
  • 1 is appointed by the Local Authority
  • 1 is elected by the staff
  • 1 is the Headteacher
  • 3 Foundation 
  • 4 are co-opted (appointed by the Governing Board)

The Governing Body may also appoint Associate Members, who are not Governors and do not have voting rights on the Full Governing Body, but who attend Full Governing Body meetings.

Except for the Headteacher and Vicar, all Governors are appointed/elected for a term of 4 years.
The Governing Body operates under the Committee model of governance. We have a Resources and a Teaching and Learning Committee which meet three times a year. In addition the Full Governing Body meets 4 times per year.

The table at the end sets out details of all Governors who are currently in office. 

 

The Value of School Governance

Governing bodies make decisions which are in the best interests of the children and young people. Keeping the decision making as close as possible to those that are affected by the decisions makes for sound and efficient leadership and governance.

The current government’s commitment to the ‘Big Society’ supports this, and the school governance model fits into this concept neatly. Fulfilling the role of a school governor is, therefore, both a serious undertaking and enormously rewarding. Not only do governors bring their own knowledge and skills to the role, but, in learning how schools are run, they often develop their understanding of leadership.

The majority of employers appreciate this and are supportive of their staff taking on the responsibility. In addition, contributing to the growth and development of a school and seeing tangible improvements in the attainment and well being of the children is a satisfying and important contribution to the local community.

 

The Role of the Governing Body

The role of the governing board is a strategic one with three key functions:

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

Governors set the aims and objectives for the school. They set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend).

The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.

In order to do this, governors need to gain knowledge of how their school operates through training, by attending meetings, and by getting to know their school community, for example through a small number of visits to the school during the school day.

CROCKHAM HILL  SCHOOL - GOVERNING BODY 2020-21 - You can contact the Chair of Governors by leaving a message with the school office or via email on jnaismith@crockhamhill.kent.sch.uk      
Name of Governor Type of Governor Role/Committee Term Started Term Ends Business interests/
Other Governor roles
Jo Naismith  Co-opted Chair of GB & Resources  04/02/2019 03/02/2023 Governor at Tonbridge School
Susan Cash  Foundation  T&L (Chair) 20/07/2018 19/07/2022  
TBC  Foundation ex officio  T&L       
Sally Dodson Parent  Resources 28/05/2020 27/05/2024  
Rosemary Holt Co-opted T&L  28/03/2018 27/03/2022  
Jayne Ingman  H/T ex officio Headteacher 11/04/2016 Ongoing  
Adam Lewis Parent  Resources  10/07/2020 09/07/2024  
Barbara Mitchell Foundation T&L 29/09/2020 28/09/2024  
Chris Sadler  Co-opted Resources 21/05 2020 20/05/2024  Governor at Harris Academy Purley
TBC Local Authority        
Lorraine Ashley Associate T&L 29.09.2020 28.09.2021  
           
           
           
           
           
           
Resources Teaching & Learning
Mrs Jo Naismith (Chair)  Mrs Sue Cash (Chair)
Mr Adam Lewis Mrs Jayne Ingman 
Mrs Jayne Ingman  Mrs Rosemary Holt
Mr Chris Sadler Mrs Barbara Mitchell
Mrs Sally Dodson Ex-officio TBC
  Locl Authority TBC
  Lorraine Ashley

 

CROCKHAM HILL  SCHOOL - GOVERNOR ATTENDANCE 2019-20                
Name of Governor Type of Governor Role/Committee Term Started Term Ends            
Jo Naismith  Co-opted Chair of GB & Resources  04/02/2019 03/02/2023            
Lorraine Ashley  Foundation Vice Chair GB/T&L 11/08/2016 10/08/2020            
Andy Jervis  (Resigned) Staff    16/07/2019 02/10/2019            
Susan Cash  Foundation  T&L (Chair) 20/07/2018 19/07/2022            
Ashok Damodaran (Resigned) Parent  Resources 09/02/2018 06/01/2020            
Rev. Sue Diggory  Foundation ex officio  T&L  30/04/2014 Ongoing            
Sally Dodson Parent    28/05/2020 27/05/2024            
Helen Eckersley Co-opted  T&L 03/07/2017 02/07/2021            
Lenka Hennessey (Resigned) Co-opted Resources  03/02/2016 16/01/2020            
Rosemary Holt Co-opted T&L  28/03/2018 27/03/2022            
Simon Hurst  LA  T&L  31/01/2017 30/01/2021            
Adam Lewis Parent    03/07/2020 02/07/2024            
Jayne Ingman  H/T ex officio Headteacher                
Leah Loughlin (Resigned) Parent  Resources  16/11/2016 16/01/2020            
Chris Sadler  Co-opted   21/05 2020 20/05/2024            
                     
FGB 01/10/2019 11/12/2019 06/02/2020E 27/02 2020 E 31/03/2020 14/05/2020 21/05/2020E 11/06/2020E 14/07/2020  
Lorraine Ashley  Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y  
Susan Cash  Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y  
Ashok Damodaran Y Y                
Rev. Sue Diggory  Y Y Y Ap Y Y Y Y Y  
Sally Dodson               Y Y  
Helen Eckersley Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y  
Lenka Hennessey  Y Y                
Rosemary Holt Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y  
Simon Hurst  Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y  
Jayne Ingman  Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y  
Andy Jervis Ap                  
Adam Lewis                 Y  
Leah Loughlin Y Ap                
Jo Naismith  Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y  
Chris Sadler               Y Y  
                     
T&L 06/11/2019 27/02/2020 09/07/2020              
Lorraine Ashley Y Y Y              
Sue Cash Y Y Y              
Sue Diggory Y Ap Y              
Helen Eckersley Y Y Y              
Rosemary Holt Y Y AB              
Simon Hurst Ap Y AB              
Jayne Ingman Y Y Y              
                     
Resources 16/10/2019 11/02/2020 13/05/2020              
Ashok Damodaran Y                  
Lenka Hennessey Y                  
Jayne Ingman Y Y Y              
Leah Loughlin Y                  
Sue Diggory (from 11/02)   Y Y              
Jo Naismith Y Y Y              
                     
KEY                    
Y = Present                    
Ap = Apologies accepted                    
AB = Absent, no apology                    

CROCKHAM HILL SCHOOL - GOVERNOR ATTENDANCE 2018-19

 

FGB

26/09/2018

12/12/2018

28/03/2019

15/05/2019

16/07/2019

NOTES

Lorraine Ashley

Ap

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Sara Birmingham

Y

Ap

Y

N/A

N/A

Resigned March 2019

Susan Cash

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Ashok Damodaran

Y

Ap

Y

Y

Y

 

Rev. Sue Diggory

Y

Ap

Y

Ap

Y

 

Helen Eckersley

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Lenka Hennessey

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Rosemary Holt

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Simon Hurst

Ap

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Jayne Ingman

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Andy Jervis N/A N/A N/A N/A Y Appointed 03/06/2019

Leah Loughlin

Y

Y

Y

Ap

Y

 

Jo Naismith

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

 

T&L

08/11/2018

26/02/2019

10/07/19

Lorraine Ashley

Y

Y

Y

Sue Cash

Y

Y

Y

Sue Diggory

Y

Ap

Y

Helen Eckersley

Y

Y

Y

Rosemary Holt

Y

Y

Y

Simon Hurst

Y

Y

AP

Jayne Ingman

Y

Y

Y

 

Resources

17/10/2018

24/01/2019

15/05/2019

Sara Birmingham

Y

Ap

N/A

Ashok Damodaran

Ab

Y

Y

Lenka Hennessey

Y

Y

Y

Jayne Ingman

Y

Y

Y

 

Leah Loughlin

Ap

Y

Ap

 

Jo Naismith

Y

Y

Y

 

 

KEY

 

Y = Present

AP = Apologies accepted

AB = Absent

 

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