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. 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.  To access the meeting minutes please click here.

Governor visits to school

We hold a governors’ meeting 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.

Who we are

The governing body is composed of:

  • 2 Parent governors
  • 1 Staff governor 
  • 1 Headteacher
  • 1 LA governor 
  • 6 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

Claire Creed

 

 

 

 

 

LA Governor

Chair of Governors

Date of Appointment: 7th September 2022

Term of Office: 31st July 2023

Natalie Rogers

LA Governor

Date of Appointment: 13th March 2023

Term of Office: 20th July 2023

Rosemary Hucker 

LA Governor

Date of Appointment: 23rd January 2023

Term of Office: 22 January 2024

Stephen Case Green

Co-opted Governor

Pay committee

Nominated Governor with the responsibility for Attendance

Attendance 2021-2022 6 of 6

Date of Appointment: 15th July 2021

Term of Office: 14th July 2025

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

Katrina Turvey

 Acting Headteacher

Date of Appointment 1st January 2023

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

  

Ushma Olaitan

Co-opted Governor

Date of Appointment 19th October 2022

Term of Office: 18th October 2026 

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): Governor at Westvale Park Primary Academy

 

 

Current Governor Vacancies  
Parent Governor (1)

 

Former Governors

Hannah Mead

 

Co-opted Governor

Headteacher Performance Appraisal Panel

Child Protection/Safeguarding Governor

Attendance 2021-2022 1 of 6

Date of Appointment 23rd October 2015

Term of Office: 22nd May 2023

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

Kate Attwood

Parent Governor

Attendance 2021-2022 1 of 6

Date of Appointment 14th March 2019

Term of Office: 13th March 2023

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): Parent Governor Oakwood School

Nicholas Calver

Partnership Governor

Attendance 2021-2022 1 of 6

Date of Appointment: 24th September 2018

Resigned: 3rd February 2023

Special Education Needs & Disability (SEND) and Looked After Children Governor

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): Churches of Burstow, Horne & Outwood Henry Smith Charity

Kevin Bourne

Partnership Governor

Attendance 2021-2022 1 of 6

Date of Appointment: 24th September 2018

Resigned: 28th November 2022

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives):Councillor for Burstow, Horne & Outwood Ward for the Tandridge District Council.

Louisa Van der Rey

Staff Governor

Attendance 2021-2022 1 of 1

Date of Appointment: 23rd May 2022

Resigned: 3rd February 2023

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

Claire Hodgson 

Former Headteacher 

Date of Appointment: 1st March 2017

Resigned: 31st December 2022

 

Andrew Dye

 

 

Parent Governor 

Resources committee

Chair Pay committee

Attendance 2021-2022 3 of 6

Date of Appointment: 17th December 2019

Resigned: 23-03-2022

 

Nikolaos Demiridis

Co-opted Governor

Chair

Pay Committee

Headteacher’s Pay Review Panel member

Child Protection/Safeguarding and Looked After Children (LAC) Governor

Nominated Governor with the responsibility for Health & Safety

Attendance 2021-2022 1 of 6

Date of Appointment: 27th January 2022

Resigned: 3rd July 2022

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

Caroline Johnstone

Staff Governor

Attendance 2021-2022 1 of 6

Date of Appointment: 24th May 2018

Term of Office: 23rd May 2022

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

Caroline Da Costa

LA Governor

Date of Appointment: 5th July 2022

Resigned: 19th September 2022