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What we do.

Every school has to have a Governing Body made up of a number of governors to oversee the running of the school.

Our Head Teacher, Mrs Orchard, organises and manages the schools on a day to day basis, within policies and guidance agreed by the Governing Body.

The governors are accountable to the Academy Trust, the Diocese, the local authority and, most importantly our community – our children, our staff, our parents and our local people.

The governing body is responsible for

  • Making sure the school provides the best possible education for all its pupils.
  • All major decisions about the school and its future.
  • Setting the school’s vision and strategic aims,
  • Monitoring and evaluating performance to ensure the school is accountable to those it serves.
  • Acting as a critical friend to the head teacher
  • Setting budgets, policies and targets

So how do we do this?

The Governors meet six times each academic year – that is approximately every 2 months.  See school calendar for meeting dates.

In addition to this there are two standing committees

Teaching & Learning, and Finance & Premises Committee.

All governors are on at least one committee and some are on two!

The committees meet at least every two months and sometimes more if there is urgent business to attend to.

There are also a number of different panels that are required for different issues as they arise, such as admissions, exclusions, staff pay etc.

The Governors role in school

The Governors with the support of the Head Teacher and staff consider issues and make decisions on a wide range of issues such as the following:

  • Child Protection
  • Standards
  • The curriculum
  • Admissions
  • School budget
  • Staffing
  • Discipline and attendance
  • Communication with key stakeholders
  • Ofsted inspection
  • Health, safety and welfare
  • Control and use of school premises
  • Organisational change

Specific responsibilities

Each governor has a number of delegated responsibilities with regard to subject areas – called link governors.  Click here to see the rota for 2015/16

These cover all of the subject areas e.g. child protection, health and safety.

Who can be a governor?

To be a really effective set of governors ideally the Governing Body should be made up of a cross section of the community.  Each school’s governing body has a specific make up depending on what type of school it is.

Currently the Governing Body consists of:-

  • Two Foundation Governors who are appointed by the church
  •  Parent Governors who are elected by parents
  • Two Staff Governors (including the Head Teacher) who represent the staff

How can you keep updated about the work of the Governing Body?

The minutes of the Governing Body meetings are on the school website, so you can read up about what’s going on.

Important decisions are also communicated through the school newsletter.

How You Can Contact Us?

If you would like the Governors to consider an issue, please write or email the Clerk to the Governors –Sheila Pedlar via the school office contact  admin@broughtongifford.wilts.sch.uk

Mrs C Francis - Chair of Governors

Claire qualified as an Environmental Health Officer at Cardiff University and went on to live in Bristol for 10 years. She initially specialised in private sector housing within Bristol City Council and then moved to pollution and housing at North Wilts District Council. Since 2011 Claire has been managing the pest control service at Wiltshire Council, a job where no day is the same and has gained lots of knowledge on all sorts of pests! She is also an Assistant Cub Leader within the village and enjoys encouraging children to experience the beautiful countryside we live in.  Having grown up in Broughton Gifford since the age of 6 and attended St Marys School it felt natural that once her eldest son reached school age that she would move back so that her 3 sons could also attend the school and start their education in a small caring village school. As a governor I am always learning and really enjoy being part of such a fantastic school.

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Mrs C Monk

.Charlotte has lived in Broughton Gifford for the last 20 years and has two children at St Marys.  Charlotte takes an active part in the village and school and is an elected parent governor. 

“I hope parents find me approachable and as I have children in two different year groups I feel I listen to the concerns of parents and bring them to the attention of the head and other governors”

In her spare time Charlotte enjoys walking her dog, gardening and socialising.

Mr M Monk

Matthew grew up in Broughton Gifford from the age of three and attended St Mary’s along with his three brothers.  His two daughters now attend the school.

Matthew left senior school and became a herdsman on a dairy farm, after several years he made a change in career and headed off to Westminster University to study Medical Cardiology.  He came back to work as a Medical Physiologist in Bristol Royal Infirmary and the Royal United Hospital Cardiac Centre

Presently; Matthew is employed by Biotronik a privately owned, global medical device company with products and services that save and improve the lives of patients suffering from cardiovascular and endovascular disease.

“I believe a school should inspire and have high expectations for each and every child; enabling them to have an excellent foundation for their future education”.

Mrs V Childe

Virginia became a Governor in 2005 and is a Foundation Governor at the school.  Virginia is a regular member of the congregation at St Mary’s Church in the village and strongly believes in maintaining the Christian values and ethos  within the school. 

I have two granddaughters of primary school age with whom I spend time and consider the importance of encouraging children to achieve their full potential begins in primary school.

I enjoy walking with friends, going to quiz nights and travelling.

Rev. A Evans

.Andrew Evans is the village Rector and Rural Dean of Bradford. He believes that the link between Church and School is a key ingredient in keeping the school a healthy thriving place of learning. He is an ex officio Foundation Governor and also sits on the Member's Board of ATOM. Andrew was 20 years a solicitor before becoming a priest.

In his spare time he enjoys playing tennis, oil painting and gardening.