Governors

 

Many people work hard to make Burstow School an excellent educational environment for your child to enjoy learning and achieve their full potential. While teachers and other staff often make themselves available for a chat, you might not get to meet the school governors very often, so we’d like to tell you a bit about ourselves...

We’re a group of local people who want to make a positive contribution to your child’s education here at Burstow.

What do the governors do?

School governing bodies play an essential part in raising school standards. Ofsted (the monitoring body for schools) notes that the most effective schools demonstrate excellent leadership and management - and that includes the governing body.

As governors at Burstow, we have three important roles to play:

Setting strategic direction - we’re involved in setting aims and objectives for the school and the policies and procedures needed to achieve them. We help the school set high standards and targets for school improvement.

Ensuring accountability - we monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making against its objectives. We help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community. We also monitor the budget.

Acting as a critical friend - we provide support and challenge to the head teacher and teaching staff.

 

How do we do it?

Regular meetings

We hold six full governors’ meetings per year (two per term), which every governor attends. We also have three committees:

Children and learning - covering all 
aspects of learning, teaching and the curriculum, and emotional well-being.

Resources - covering human resources, 
finance, health and safety and the buildings and premises.

Pay – covering staff pay and performance.

Governors’ meetings include a variety of the following:

progress updates from the head teacher and 
other members of staff responsible for particular areas of the school curriculum, for example literacy or numeracy;regular updates from the Windmill Centre Manager and the County Nurture Room Manager, as we’re also responsible for ensuring these run successfully;the opportunity to challenge and ask questions about the running of the school;the chance to thank staff and congratulate them on successes;discussion of particular problems or issues arising in school and how they can be solved efficiently and effectively;debate about how best to spend particular parts of the budget;approval of school policies and procedures.

Burstow School governor meetings are open for anyone to attend or read the minutes - you can find details of meeting dates, agendas and past minutes below.

Governor visits to school

We hold a governors’ week twice a year, in which we visit a number of lessons to monitor learning in particular areas of the school improvement plan. In the past our monitoring has included phonics, numeracy, science, reading, handwriting, topic work and assertive mentoring. We also look out for evidence of children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

We all enjoy visiting the school and finding out from the children what they are learning, what they are finding difficult and the progress they feel they are making. All visits are recorded and any questions are addressed by the head teacher and staff at children and learning committee meetings.

School improvement plan monitoring

We hold two evenings a year - one at the beginning and one at the end - to hear from teachers about plans and progress against objectives. This gives us a chance to speak to a range of staff and ask questions about where things are going well and where there is room for improvement. It’s a great opportunity for us to feed our thoughts and views into the school improvement plan.

Other support

We provide a whole range of support to the school in other ways too:

regular progress meetings with the head teacher and other teaching staff;attending visits by external consultants and Ofsted inspectors;help with staff recruitment interviews;safeguarding (all governors have attended training);supporting school events, productions and trips;improving the buildings and premises;sitting on discipline panels if needed;occasionally dealing with complaints.

Did you know...?

School governors form one of the country’s largest groups of volunteers - there are around 300,000 of us.Governors come from every walk of life and many different parts of the community - you don’t necessarily have to be a parent to be one.

Burstow School usually has 16 governors, with a wide variety of skills and expertise, including parents, volunteers from the local community and school staff.

Parent Email...

As governors we are always happy to hear parent / carer thoughts.

With this in mind we have set up an email address, for you to send in your ideas on how to improve the school.

This is a tool we have set up for parents / carers to put forward proactive ideas that would have a positive impact on the school. Any operational/teacher/pupil concerns should be taken to the Headteacher.

This is a great opportunity for you as parents to put forward any ideas on anything you feel the school could do better.

No idea will be too big or small, so please let us know.

Email us at: Yourthoughts@burstow.surrey.sch.uk

 

Who we are

The governing body is composed of:

  • 2 Parent governors
  • 2 Staff governors (including the Head Teacher as an ex-officio governor)
  • 1 LA governor
  • 5 Co-opted Governors
  • 2 Partnership governors

The governing body meets twice a term, the Resources committee once a term, the Pay committee twice a year.

Current governors and their nominated roles are as follows:

 Name  Governing body role
    Chris Botten

Co-opted Governor

Chair

Attendance 2017-18 5 of 6

Headteacher’s Pay Review Panel member. Child Protection/Safeguarding and Looked After Children (LAC) Governor. Governors Material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): Surrey County Councillor, Tandridge District Councillor. Governor Hurst Green Infants (Chair)

Stephen Case Green

Co-opted Governor

Nominated Governor with the responsibility for Attendance

Chair Resources committee

Pay Committee

Attendance 2017-18 9 of 10

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Sandra Derrick

Co-opted Governor

Attendance 2017-18 n/a

Appointed 24-09-18

 Theo Harris

Vice Chair

Co-opted Governor

Nominated Governor with responsibility for Special Educational Needs

Pay Committee, Resources committee

Attendance 2017-186 of 9

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): St Catherine’s Hospice

 

 Adrian Taylor

Co-opted Governor

Chair Pay Committee

Resources committee

Attendance 2017-18 8 of 11

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

 Caroline Wren

Co-opted Governor

Attendance 2017-18 5 of 7

Resources committee

Pay committee

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): Lingfield College – Head of Organisational Development

 Hannah Mead

Parent Governor

Headteacher Performance Appraisal Panel

Attendance 2017-18 6 of 6

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): Girl Guiding Surrey East – Leader

  Claire Hodgson

Headteacher

Attendance 2017-18 8 of 8

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): Head Teacher

 Caroline Johnstone

Staff Governor

Attendance 2017-18 1 of 1

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): member of staff

 Nicholas Calver

Partnership Governor

Attendance 2017-18 2 of 2

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): Windmill United Benefice

 Kevin Bourne

Partnership Governor

Attendance 2017-18 n/a

Appointed 24-09-18

Councillor for Burstow, Horne & Outwood Ward for the Tandridge District Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curent Governor Vacancies                                                                           
 

Local Authority Governor (1)

Parent Governor (1)

 

Former Governors

 

 

Gary Andrews

Parent Governor

Attendance 2017-18 1 of 6

Stepped down 02-05-18

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Hazel Clarke

Staff Governor

Nominated Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding

Stepped down 12-12-17

Attendance 2017-18 2 of 2

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): Member of staff

Bronia Day

Co-opted Governor

Nominated Governor with responsibility for Community and Parental Engagement

Pay Committee

Resources Committee

Attendance 2017-18 1 of 2

Stepped down 15-11-17

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Sandra Derrick

Co-opted Governor

Attendance 2017-18 2 of 2

Stepped down 22-01-18

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Kate Lumley

Joint Vice Chair

Partnership Governor

Link Governor (for training)

Nominated Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding

Budget Approval Committee

Attendance 2017-18 6 of 7

Stepped down 20-05-18

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

June Norris

Partnership Governor

Nominated Governor with responsibility for Community and Parental Engagement

Pay Committee

Attendance 2017-18 6 of 6

Stepped down 13-03-18

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None