Governors

Introduction to the Governing Body

The school governors work together with the Head and other teachers to ensure that Long Wittenham School provides the best possible education for all our children. In particular, governors are responsible for:

  • The overall direction of the school – including the steps it needs to take to continue to develop and improve.

  • The teaching and learning – making sure that the curriculum is broad and balanced and that all pupils are given the opportunities to achieve their potential.

  • Monitoring the progress and achievement that children make.

  • The school’s finances – making sure that the budget is monitored and the money well spent.

  • Appointing staff, overseeing safeguarding, health and safety and ensuring that the school is inclusive for all pupils and staff.

The role of governors is largely a thinking and questioning role, not a doing role. It is their role to set the school’s strategic framework and to ensure all statutory duties are met. They work to support and strengthen the leadership of the headteacher, and hold them to account for the day-to-day running of the school, including the performance management of teachers. Governors must maintain a strategic view, and not get involved in the day-to-day management and operational responsibilities within school. The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.

How the Governing Body Works

There are six Full Governing Body meetings each year, one every half term. There are 2 committees:

Teaching, Learning & Pastoral Care responsible for looking at:

  • Outcomes for pupils including pupil progress, attainment, health and wellbeing

  • Achievement of pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

  • The curriculum taught at Long Wittenham

  • The effectiveness of the school safeguarding policy

  • How the school is performing against the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) framework

Finance & HR responsible for looking at:

  • Setting the school budget and monitoring spend against the agreed budget

  • Staff recruitment, discipline and appraisal

  • Health, safety and welfare

Each committee meets three or four times a year. Each governor sits on one of the committees.

The governing body is made up of representatives of the parents, community, church, staff and local authority. A list of current governors can be found below. Governors can be contacted through the school office or via their email governor.3233@long-wittenham.oxon.sch.uk.

 

NAME

TYPE OF GOVERNOR

APPOINTED

EXPIRY DATE

COMMITTEE

ATTENDANCE 2016/17

Kate Keefe

Co-opted

06/02/18

06/02/2022

Teaching, Learning and Pastoral

n/a

Annie Eccles

Co-opted

18/11/2014

18/11/2018

Teaching, Learning and Pastoral

5/5

Peter Jones

Co-opted

26/09/2017

26/09.2021

Finance, Staff and Resources

n/a

Sam Haynes

Parent

08/11/2016

07/11/2020

Teaching, Learning and Pastoral

3/4

Trevor Blackman

Parent

08/11/2016

07/11/2020

Finance, Staff and Resources

4/4

Lynn Parker

Parent

24/03/2015

24/03/2019

Pay Committee

Finance, Staff and Resources (Chair)

4/5

John Plenty

Local Authority

27/10/2014

27/10/2018

Finance, Staff and Resources

3/5

Alison Bellingham

Headteacher

01/09/2016

 

All

5/5

Philippa Purvis

Staff 

08/11/2016

07/11/2020

Teaching, Learning and Pastoral

5/5

Elizabeth Atherton

Foundation

10/10/2015

10/10/2019

Chair of FGB – Elected 18/10/2016

Teaching, Learning and Pastoral (Chair)

Pay Committee

5/5

 Lilantha Siriwardene

Parent

 24/04/2018

 24/04/2022

Finance, Staff and Resources

 n/a

Emma Rudman

Parent

 05/05/2018

 05/05/2022

Teaching, Learning and Pastoral

 n/a

 Lyndi Feathers

Clerk

 

 

 Full Governors

 

 

 Register of Governor Interests:

There are no other relevant business or pecuniary interests of our existing governors.