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

 

Ms Kirsty Berry

Co-opted Governor

01.09.18

31.08.22

To be confirmed

Mr Kevin Bowskill

Headteacher

01.09.17

n/a

Communications, Curriculum, Finance, Staffing

Mrs Rachel Branton

Co-opted Governor; Vice-Chair

26.09.16

25.09.20

Curriculum, Staffing, Safeguarding

Ms Caroline Davies

Co-opted Governor

23.03.15

22.03.19

Curriculum

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

01.09.17

31.08.21

Communications

Mrs Cathryn Siddall

Parent Governor

30.01.17

29.01.21

Curriculum, Staffing

Mr Dave Varey

Associate Member

01.11.16

31.10.20

Finance, Staffing

Mr Mark Watson

Co-opted Governor; Chair

23.03.15

22.03.19

Curriculum, Finance (Chair), Data protection

Clerk to the Governing Body: Ruth Newell (Bucks Learning Trust)

 

Mrs Valerie Benfield’s term as a partnership governor ended on 17 November 2017.

Mr Jamie Eglese’s term as a Local Authority governor ended on 31 August 2018.

Mrs Michelle Sutton resigned as a co-opted governor on 24 September 2018.

The two parent governors are elected by parents/carers of children on roll at the school. There is currently a vacancy for a Local Authority governor who will be 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.

Mr Mark Watson also holds an appointment as a governor at The Cottesloe School.

None of the governors have any business or pecuniary interests which relate to their duties as a governor. None of the governors 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 2017/18, out of the number they were eligible to attend.

Governor

Full GB

Comms

Curriculum

Finance

Staffing

Mrs Valerie Benfield

1/1

1/1

*

*

*

Mr Kevin Bowskill

4/4

4/4

4/4

6/6

2/2

Mrs Rachel Branton

4/4

*

4/4

*

*

Ms Caroline Davies

3/4

*

3/4

*

*

Mr Jamie Eglese

4/4

*

*

*

2/2

Ms Michaela Gardner

4/4

3/4

*

*

*

Mr Stephen Gates

3/4

*

*

6/6

*

Mr Mat McArthur

4/4

4/4

3/4

*

*

Mrs Cathryn Siddall

3/4

*

4/4

*

*

Mr Steven Stray

2/2

*

*

*

*

Mrs Michelle Sutton

4/4

4/4

4/4

6/6

2/2

Mr Dave Varey

1/4

*

*

4/6

2/2

Mr Mark Watson

3/4

*

3/4

5/6

*

 

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