Governors

Welcome to our Governor’s Section

 Overstone’s Governing body is a dedicated group of volunteers who meet regularly to share in the leadership and management of our school and resources. Its various members bring a wealth of experience from the wider world to their role and represent the many stakeholders that have an interest in the success of our school; the staff, parents, members of the local community and the Local Authority.

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

 Role of the Governing Body

The role of the Governing Body is to act as a strategic leader of our school, the Headteacher has operational responsibility for the day to day running 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 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.

What do the Governors do?

  • We work to ensure that the school has aims and values, which are clearly set out
  • Our core business is carried out in evening meetings and most governors also visit the school during the day at least once a term
  • As Governors we formally visit classrooms, talk to children and teachers and have meetings with staff members. The objective is to see that the aims and values are evident in the day to day operation of the school
  • At Overstone, we conduct much of our work through sub-committees and working groups who meet each term
  • We take an active role in supporting school events and activities

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

Pecuniary Interests registered *

Start

End

Ms Kirsty Berry

Co-opted Governor; Vice-Chair

01.09.18

31.08.22

People & Resources, Staffing

 

Mr Kevin Bowskill

Headteacher

01.09.17

 

Teaching Curriculum & Policy

 

Mrs Rachel Branton*

Co-opted Governor

26.09.16

25.09.20

Teaching Curriculum & Policy,  Staffing

 

Mrs Sarah Dunn

Co-opted Governor

12.12.18

11.12.22

Teaching Curriculum & Policy,  Staffing

 

Mr Steve Fuller

Co-opted Governor

13.03.19

12.03.23

Teaching Curriculum & Policy, People & Resources, Staffing

 

Mr Stephen Gates

Parent Governor

03.01.16

02.01.20

Teaching Curriculum & Policy, People & Resources, Staffing

 

Mrs Emma Seabourne

Co-opted Governor

23.07.19

22.07.23

Teaching Curriculum & Policy, Staffing

 

Mrs Cathryn Siddall

Parent Governor

30.01.17

29.01.21

Teaching Curriculum & Policy, Staffing

 

Mrs Ellie Thompson

Partnership Governor

16.09.19

15.07.23

Teaching Curriculum & Policy, People & Resources, Staffing

 

Mr Dave Varey*

Partnership Governor

01.11.16

31.10.20

People & Resources, Staffing

 

Mr Mark Watson*

Co-opted Governor; Chair

23.03.19

22.03.23

 People & Resources, Staffing

Governor at Cottesloe School

Georgie McGinty

Co-opted Governor

25.09.19

24.09.23

 

 

Vacant

Co-opted Governor

 

 

 

 

Vacant

Local Authority Governor

 

 

 

 

Vacant

Staff Governor

 

 

 

 

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

 

* denotes membership of the Governing Board prior to current term

 *Since 1st September 2015, schools are required to publish on their website details of any 'pecuniary interests' held by governors. This means any personal or business interest that could possible cause a 'conflict of interest' in their role as a governor. This information is recorded in the above table.