Governors

 

Role of the Governing Body

The role of the Governing Body is to act as a strategic leader of the school. The law states that the Governing Body should “conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school”. In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus 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; this aspect of the role is often described as being a “critical friend”
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

All Governors are volunteers and include parents, staff and members of the local community. Governors are not involved in the day-to-day running of the school which is the responsibility of the Headteacher. At Overstone we have four committees through which Governors conduct much of their work:

  • Finance and General Purposes
  • Curriculum
  • Staffing
  • Communications and Marketing

Members of the Governing Body may be contacted via the school office or school e-mail address available on the home page contact box.

OVERSTONE COMBINED SCHOOL: MEMBERSHIP OF GOVERNING BODY

In line with the School Governance Constitution Regulations 2012, the school’s Governing Body was re-constituted with effect from 23 March 2015.

Current membership of the Governing Body is as follows:

Name

Category

Term of office

Committees

 

 

Start

End

 

Mrs Valerie Benfield

Partnership Governor

18.11.13

17.11.17

Communications (Chair)

Mrs Rachel Branton

Co-opted Governor

26.09.16

25.09.20

Curriculum

Ms Caroline Davies

Co-opted Governor

23.03.15

22.03.19

Curriculum

Mr Jamie Eglese

Local Authority Governor

01.09.14

31.08.18

Staffing (Chair)

Mrs Naima France

Staff Governor; Headteacher

01.01.04

31.12.21

Curriculum, Finance, Staffing

Ms Michaela Gardner

Co-opted Governor

30.11.15

29.11.19

Communications

Mr Stephen Gates

Parent Governor

03.01.16

02.01.20

Finance

Mr Mat McArthur

Staff Governor

01.09.13

31.08.17

Communications

Mrs Cathryn Siddall

Parent Governor

30.01.17

29.01.21

To be confirmed

Mrs Michelle Sutton

Co-opted Governor; Chair

23.03.15

22.03.19

Communications, Curriculum (Chair), Finance, Staffing

Mr Dave Varey

Associate Member

01.11.16

31.10.20

Finance, Staffing

Mr Mark Watson

Co-opted Governor; Vice-Chair

23.03.15

22.03.19

Curriculum, Finance (Chair)

Clerk to the Governing Body: Mrs Sue Sawyer (Bucks Learning Trust)

 

Mr Andy Ashton resigned as a co-opted governor on 23 January 2017.

Mr Robert Bridgen’s term of office as a parent governor expired on 2 January 2016.

Mrs Sophie Law resigned as a co-opted governor on 26 September 2016.

The two parent governors are elected by parents/carers of children on roll at the school. The Local Authority governor was appointed by Bucks County Council. The staff governor is elected by school staff.  Under the re-constituted arrangements all other governors were appointed by the Governing Body.

None of the governors have any business or pecuniary interests which relate to their duties as a governor. None of the governors act as a governor at any other educational establishment, nor do they have spouses, partners or relatives who are members of school staff.

 

 

The table below shows the number of full Governing Body and committee meetings attended by each governor during the school year 2015/16, out of the number they were eligible to attend.

Governor

Full GB

Comms

Curriculum

Finance

Staffing

Mr Andy Ashton

1/5

1/2

*

3/6

*

Mrs Valerie Benfield

4/5

4/4

*

*

*

Mrs Rachel Branton

5/5

*

5/6

*

*

Mr Robert Bridgen

1/2

1/1

*

*

*

Ms Caroline Davies

5/5

*

6/6

*

*

Mr Jamie Eglese

5/5

*

*

*

3/3

Mrs Naima France

5/5

*

6/6

6/6

3/3

Ms Michaela Gardner

2/3

1/2

*

*

*

Mr Stephen Gates

3/3

*

*

*

*

Mrs Sophie Law

2/5

2/4

*

*

*

Mr Mat McArthur

5/5

*

5/6

*

*

Mrs Michelle Sutton

5/5

4/4

6/6

6/6

3/3

Mr Dave Varey

5/5

*

*

6/6

3/3

Mr Mark Watson

3/5

*

4/6

5/6

*

 

‘* denotes that the governor is not a member of that committee

Mrs L Sim (Deputy Headteacher) also attends meetings of the full Governing Body and Curriculum Committee.