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GOVERNORS

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.  The governors are accountable to the Academy Trust of Melksham 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, 1 full meeting per term. 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 each term, sometimes more if there is urgent business to attend to.

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.  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:-

  • Foundation Governors who are appointed by the church
  • Parent Governors who are elected by parents
  • Staff Governors (including the Head Teacher) who represent the staff
  • Local Governors (formerly referred to as Co-Opted Governors)

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

The minutes of the full Local Governing Body are, once approved, public document and therefore are available on request.

How You Can Contact Us?

If you would like the Governors to consider an issue, please write or email the Clerk to the Governors – Danny Holland either via the school office or by email dholland@broughtongifford.wilts.sch.uk

Who ARE OUR GOVERNORS?

Claire Francis – Chair of Governors

I 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.

Charlotte Monk – Vice Chair of Governors

I have lived in Broughton Gifford for the last 20 years and have two children at St Marys.  I take an active part in the village and school and I am 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 my spare time I enjoy walking my dog, gardening and socialising.

Hannah Filer

I am a teaching assistant at St Mary's supporting children in Year 3 & 4.

Pauline Orchard

I qualified as a teacher in 1983, working firstly in secondary education before retraining in primary when my two children were small.  I joined St Mary’s in September 2015, having moved from another small primary school where I was class teacher of a 5/6 class, SENCO, staff governor and senior leader.

Matthew Monk

I grew up in Broughton Gifford from the age of three and attended St Mary’s along with my three brothers and now my two daughters attend the school.  I left senior school and became a herdsman on a dairy farm, after several years I made a change in career and headed off to Westminster University to study Medical Cardiology.  I came back to work as a Medical Physiologist in Bristol Royal Infirmary and the Royal United Hospital Cardiac Centre.  Presently; I am 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.

Virginia Childe

I became a Governor in 2005 and I am a Foundation Governor at the school.  I am a regular member of the congregation at St Mary’s Church in the village and strongly believe 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 Andrew Evans

I am the village Rector and Rural Dean of Bradford. I believe that the link between Church and School is a key ingredient in keeping the school a healthy thriving place of learning. I am an ex officio Foundation Governor and I also sit on the Member's Board of AToM.  I was 20 years a solicitor before becoming a priest.  In my spare time I enjoy playing tennis, oil painting and gardening.

Crispin Shingler

I am employed by the Gloucestershire Cricket Board and manage a community cricket programme called Wicketz funded by the Lord’s Taverners cricket charity, targeting challenged communities in Bristol.  I am a qualified Level 2 Cricket Coach, have coached all ages from U9s to adults.  I originally trained as an actor at LAMDA, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.  Whilst perusing my acting career I taught acting and drama at a variety of dramatic institutions including the BRIT School and the Anna Scher Theatre Company.  I also created my own theatre company specifically to develop and support the careers of new actors into the business and for young people looking to train for the industry, tutoring several to gain places at RADA, LAMDA and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.  I was also employed as a Teaching Assistant at a primary school in Hackney and during my time there taught literacy and phonics, helped transform the afterschool clubs and playground routines, was heavily active with the SENCO department and created the school’s first KS2 school play, as well getting cricket into the mind-set of the children.  I now play cricket for Broughton Gifford Cricket Club and have held several coaching sessions on the village cricket pitch for the children in the village.  As a Governor at St. Mary’s Broughton Gifford Primary School I aims for the children to gain the confidence, self-esteem and discipline that sport and the arts can offer.

Sandra Sully

Profile coming soon!

Martyn Riley

Profile coming soon!

Richard Harvey

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LOCAL GOVERNING BODY

Title

First Name

Surname

Governor Type

Term of Office End Date

Business Interest

Pecuniary Interest

Governor at another Educational Establishment

Mrs

Claire

Francis

Parent Governor - Chair of Governors

07/11/2018

Nil

Nil

Nil

Mrs

Charlotte

Monk

Parent Governor - Vice Chair of Governors

07/11/2018

Nil

Nil

Nil

Mrs

Virginia

Childe

Foundation

30/09/2018

Nil

Nil

Nil

Rev

Andrew

Evans

Foundation

Ex-Officio

Nil

Nil

‘Member’ of AToM

Mrs

Pauline

Orchard

Staff-Head

31/08/2050

Nil

Nil

Nil

Mrs

Hannah

Filer

Staff

31/08/2018

Nil

Nil

Nil

Mrs

Sandra

Sully

Local Authority

31/12/2021

Nil

Nil

Nil

Mr

Matthew

Monk

Local Governor

09/11/2018

Nil

Nil

Nil

Mr

Crispin

Shingler

Local Governor

05/07/2021

Nil

Nil

Nil

Mr

Martyn

Riley

Local Governor

27/09/2021

Nil

Nil

Nil

Mr

Richard

Harvey

Local Governor

27/09/2021

 

 

 

 

GOVERNING BODY MEETING DATES & ATTENDANCE 2017-2018

 

Title

First Name

Surname

Full Governing Body Meetings

Term1 - 27/9/17

Term 2 - 30/11/17

Term 3 - 25/1/18

Term 4 - 12/3/18

Term 5 - 30/4/18

Term 6 - 2/7/18

Mrs

Claire

Francis

A

 

 

 

 

Mrs

Charlotte

Monk

 

 

 

 

Mrs

Virginia

Childe

A

 

 

 

 

Rev

Andrew

Evans

A

 

 

 

 

Mrs

Pauline

Orchard

 

 

 

 

Mrs

Hannah

Filer

A

 

 

 

 

Mrs

Sandra

Sully

A

 

 

 

 

Mr

Matthew

Monk

A

 

 

 

 

Mr

Crispin

Shingler

A

 

 

 

 

Mr

Martyn

Riley

 

 

 

 

Mr

Richard

Harvey

A

 

 

 

 

Key: √ = In attendance, A = Apologies Received, P = Part Attendance, Ab = Absent

2016-2017 G0VERNORS & ATTENDANCE

GOVERNOR LINKS

Area

Governor

Safeguarding

Mrs Claire Francis

Literacy

Mrs Claire Francis

Health & Safety

Mrs Charlotte Monk

EYFS

Mrs Charlotte Monk

Computing

Mr Matthew Monk

PE

Mr Crispin Shingler

Extra-Curricular Activities

Mr Crispin Shingler

Able, Gifted and Talented

Mr Martyn Riley (temp)

Pupil Premium

Mr Martyn Riley (temp)

SEND

Rev Andrew Evans

Maths

Mrs Sandra Sullivan

RE & Collective Worship

Mrs Virginia Childe

Ethos

Rev Andrew Evans, Mrs Virginia Childe

Science

Mr Martyn Riley