Governors

Who are we?

The current membership consists of the following:
 
Rachel

Mrs Ford
Headteacher

   

R Young

Mr Young
Chair of Governors

 

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Cllr Cornforth
Vice-Chair & Local Authority Governor

 

Sue Kimmins

Ms Kimmins
Co-opted Community Governor

   

Kafayet

Mrs Eletu
Parent Governor

A McLauchlan

Mrs Seeranj
Teacher Governor

 

 

Lina Mertens

Mrs Mertens
Parent Governor

 
Jessica Currie

Ms Currie
Vice Chair & Co-opted Community Governor

Janis Parsons

Mrs Parsons
Co-opted Support Staff

 
         
Martha

Mrs Espinar-Perez
Support Staff Governor

 
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Mr Smales
Associate Governor

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Mrs Curtis
Associate Governor

 
 The following are also members of our School Governing Body;
 
Ms Davies (Parent Governor)
Mr McDonald (Parent Governor)
Mrs Fosang (Parent Governor)
 

All of us serve the governing body because we want to support the school in its development as critical friends. Some, like the parent governors, are directly elected by the parents; some are appointed by the local authority while others are co-opted by the governing body as representatives of the wider community and areas of expertise. In addition the Headteacher, as the chief executive in the school, is a member alongside an elected staff representative.

We are very fortunate in having a strong governing body with a wide range of expertise and professional interests including secondary and higher education, social work, counselling, accountancy and local administration. In addition, the fact that we have a local Councillor on our governing board, who is currently one of our two vice-chairs, is a great source of strength for the school.

How often do we meet?

The full governing body meets once a term, with its committees also meeting at least once a term. The committees have specific areas of responsibility, namely Finance and Personnel, the Curriculum, Premises and Pay and Strategy. All governors are expected to serve on at least one of the committees. In reality most serve on at least two of them. Alongside this formalised structure other meetings are set up to meet specific needs at a particular time – at a particular time, such as supporting the expansion of the school on two sites.

What do we see as our key responsibilities?

  • To help formulate the strategic directions of the school
  • To contribute to the development of school policies
  • To play a significant role in appointment of new staff, especially those at a senior level
  • To review levels of achievement across the curriculum and to explore with the staff ways of enhancing further the children’s education
  • To monitor how the school is meeting children’s generic needs, embracing emotional and social needs as well as the academic
  • To contribute to the school’s evaluation procedures and the school improvement plan
  • To agree the school’s budget and to monitor its implementation

How do governors develop their own expertise?

  • Attending training sessions organised by the local authority and meeting other school governors
  • Participating in induction sessions organised by the school
  • Making visits to the school, frequently focusing on key aspects of school life, as negotiated with the Head.
  • Discussion with staff, drawing on the observations made
  • Attending staff development events at school, where relevant

How can I contribute to the governance of the school?

We would urge parents to seriously consider standing for election as a parent governor. The role is a vital one in the governing body because of the importance of parents as stakeholders in children’s welfare and therefore their perspectives are critical to the effectiveness of the governing body. If you want to find out more about being a governor, you might want to look at the National Governors’ Association web-site and/or speak to one of the current parent-governors.

We were delighted to hear in December 2012 that the Governing Body had been awarded Governor Mark Accreditation, an official recognition of the effectiveness of governance at the school and the positive role played by governors in the school's development. This accreditation takes account of a portfolio of evidence compiled over a period of 18 months so we were relieved and gratified that this lengthy process came to a very successful conclusion. In December 2016 we became the first school in the Royal Borough of Greenwich to be awarded Governor Mark Accreditation for the second time and we see this as a measure of our commitment to the critical appraisal of governance in the school.                                          

Register of Governors Business Interest

The governing body at Bannockburn Primary maintains a register of business interests indicating, for all governors and the headteacher, any business interests. This includes the company by whom they are employed, directorships, significant shareholdings or other appointments of influence within a business or other organisation which may have dealings with the school.  The register enables governors to demonstrate that in spending public money they do not benefit personally from decisions that they make. Currently, there are no conflicts of interest between the governors and the school.

It is important that governors and staff act impartially. The governing body and school staff at Bannockburn have a responsibility to avoid any conflict between their business and personal interests and affairs and those of the school. There is a legal duty on all governors to declare an interest likely to lead to questions of bias when considering any item of business at a meeting and for the governor concerned to withdraw, if necessary, whilst the matter is considered.

Annual Governance Statement

 

NAME

CATEGORY OF GOVERNOR

TERM OF OFFICE

COMMITTEES Currently Serving on

Attendance

2015 - 2016

Actual/Possible 

Attendance

2016 - 2017

Possible/Actual

Attendance

2017 - 2018

Possible/Actual

Adeniran Ikotun

Parent

Nov 2011

May 2020

Curriculum

Performance Management

Pay & Strategy

7 out of 11 7 out of 12 6 out of 12

Aimee Seeranj

Co-opted Teaching

Oct 2013

Oct 2021

Finance & Personnel

6 out of 6 6 out of 6 5 out of 6

Cllr Angela Cornforth

Local Authority

Sept 2012

Mar 2019

Finance & Personnel

Performance Management

Pay & Strategy

Premises

7 out of 15 6 out of 16 7 out of 15

Beverley Curtis

Associate

Head of Site

Sept 2014

Sept 2018

Curriculum

6 out of 6 6 out of 6 4 out of 6

Briget Fosang

Parent

Dec 2013

Dec 2017

Curriculum

Premises

Complaints

3 out of 9 9 out of 9 6 out of 9

Clifton McDonald

Parent

Nov 2011

March 2020

Finance & Personnel

Performance Management

Complaints

11 out of 12 9 out of 12 4 out of 7

Fiona Nelson

Teacher

Nov 2014

Nov 2018

Finance & Personnel

2 out of 3 6 out of 6 2 out of 6

Jessica Currie

 

Co-opted

Community

March 2015

March 2019

Finance & Personnel

Curriculum

Performance Management

Pay & Strategy

Complaints

11 out of 15 13 out of 15 10 out of 15

Joanne Travis

Co-opted

Support

Sept 2015

Sept 2019

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4 out of 5 Resigned Oct 2017

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Jonathan Smales

Associate

Head of Site

Sept 2014

Sept 2018

Finance & Personnel

Premises

8 out of 9 8 out of 9 6 out of 9

June Bygrave

Co-opted

Dec 2011

March 2019

Curriculum

Complaints

4 out of 6 2 out of 7 2 out of 6

Kafayat Eletu

Parent

Mar 2015

Mar 2019

Curriculum

6 out of 6 6 out of 6 5 out of 6

Rachel Ford

Headteacher

Sept 2014

Ongoing

All Committees

17 out of 18 18 out of 18 18 out of 18

Robert Young

Co-opted

June 2015

June 2019

All Committees

18 out of 18 18 out of 18 18 out of 18

Janis Parsons

Co-opted Support

June 2017

June 2021

to be confirmed

    2 out of 3
Lina Mertens Parent

Dec 2016

Dec 2020

Finance & Personnel

Pay & Strategy

Premises

- 3 out of 4 8 out of 9

Lucy Davies

Parent

March 2017

March 2021

Finance & Personnel

Premises

Pay & Strategy

- 3 out of 3 5 out of 12

Georgina Keable

Associate

N/A

Finance & Personnel

3 out of 3 3 out of 3 2 out of 3

Graham Bradshaw

Associate

N/A

Premises

3 out of 3 3 out of 3 3 out of 3
Sue Kimmins Co-opted Community

March 2016

March 2020

Premises

Finance & Personnel

Pay & Strategy

Complaints

2 out of 2 11 out of 12 14 out of 15
Ajay Chhabra Parent Governor

June 2016

June 2020

Curriculum 1 out of 1 1 out of 4 3 out of 6