Welcome to Shefford Lower School’s Governing Body page. I hope you enjoy reading about our work to help support the school‘s leadership team and drive continuous improvement at Shefford Lower School.

If you would like to discuss any aspects of the governing body in more detail please feel free to contact us, our contact details are included below. Please also have a read of our Governors’ Annual Report which reflects on last year’s school performance and achievements and outlines our priorities for the current year. Best wishes for 2018/19.

Val Thompson - Chair of Governors

What is the role of the Governing Body?

The purpose of the Governing Body is to provide strategic leadership and to ensure robust accountability for the performance of the school, both in terms of pupil achievement and financial management. The Governing Body has three core functions:

Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  • Holding school leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


Who are the Governors?

As a governing body we have a wide range of expertise across the local community, business, finance, and education. Governors are committed to the continued success of the school and promoting the school’s ethos and values. The governors have an unpaid, voluntary role and work in partnership with the Head teacher and the school’s Senior Leadership Team to ensure the best possible provision for all pupils in the school.

New governors are recruited on the basis of skills we require to enhance the governing body. The table below provides a full list of current governors and their specific roles.

What do we do?

The Governing Body provides strategic leadership, shapes school policies and procedures, helps set performance targets and ensures the school’s resources are used efficiently. The Head Teacher remains responsible for leading and managing the school and we work in close partnership to deliver the school’s vision. We are pleased that the governing body has been rated very strongly by external advisors to the school.

Shefford Lower School’s Governors meet every 4-6 weeks to discuss all issues relating to the school. We receive comprehensive reports from the Head teacher which cover performance of pupils, operational issues, review of policies, budget reports and many other issues. Governors also regularly visit the school to see the children learning as well as attending events throughout the year.

Governors are required to understand how the school is performing, provide strategic guidance and ensure appropriate controls are in place. Governors are inspected by Ofsted as part of the school’s Leadership Team.

 

Name and role (where applicable)

Type of governor

Term of office ends

Attendance record 2017/2018

Declarations of interest

Val Thompson

Chair of Governors

Parent governor

January 2021

8/8

Sister is a teaching assistant at the School

Governor at Robert Bloomfield Academy

Pamela Finch

Head Teacher

 

 

 

Jenny Wood Safeguarding Governor

       

Steve Coxon

Chair of Children’s Centre Committee

Co-opted governor

May 2019

5/8

None

Paul Mackin

Health & Safety Governor

Co-opted governor

May 2019

7/8

None

Sandra Orchard

LA governor

April 2019

5/8

None

Emma Atkins

Governor for Vulnerable Children

Co-opted governor

May 2019

6/8

None

Jo Elliot

Vice Chair of Governors SEND Governor

Parent governor

November 2019

6/8

None

Sarah Maynard

Parent governor

September 2021

-

None

Louise Willis

Co-opted governor

September 2021

-

None

Phil Bowen

Staff governor

December 2018

5/7

None

Polly Ross

Associate Member (Deputy Headteacher)

September 2020

7/8

None

Amanda Burrett

Associate Member (staff)

July 2018

7/7

None

 

Schools for the Future Consultation

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