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Governors

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction from the Chair of Governors

Small photo Andy OadesGovernors' are responsible for making sure that Great Baddow High School provides the highest possible standard of education for its pupils, with a very clear focus on raising standards of achievement. We do this together with the Headteacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school. The governors believe that a successful school requires good leadership and the commitment and cooperation of the pupils, the parents and the teaching staff all working together to get the best out of each pupil’s time at Great Baddow High School.

The governors are made up from representatives of the parents, staff and local community. We are fortunate here at Great Baddow High School to have an energetic, capable and committed group. We work together as a team, setting the school’s aims and agreeing its policies, which are designed to promote the most effective ways of teaching and learning.

When we meet to discuss the school’s budget, staffing, pupils’ welfare or building developments on the site, we always consider what impact our decisions will have towards improving the pupils’ learning. We plan the future direction of the school; make sure the National Curriculum is taught; decide how best the school can encourage pupils’ cultural, moral and spiritual development and make sure that we provide for all our pupils. We work closely not only with the Headteacher but all members of the Leadership team and we are able to ask relevant questions, challenge recommendations where appropriate, and offer support when needed.

To help us make the best possible decisions in our meetings we involve ourselves as much as possible in school life. We do this in a variety of ways, including linking each governor with a curriculum team, visiting the school, helping to make staff appointments, meeting with the student council, attending school events and accompanying school trips. This not only makes us better informed, but it is also very rewarding and enjoyable.

 

The Ofsted definition of an Outstanding Governing Body is:

'Governors make a highly significant contribution to the work and direction of the school. They have high levels of insight, are extremely well organised and thorough in their approach. They are vigorous in ensuring that all pupils and staff are safe. In discharging their statutory responsibilities, they have highly robust systems for evaluating the effectiveness of their implementation, keeping the work of the school under review and acting upon their findings. Governors are innovative, flexible and adapt to new ideas quickly, supporting the work of the staff in improving outcomes for all pupils. They are confident in providing high levels of professional challenge to hold the school to account. Governors engage very effectively with parents, pupils and the staff as a whole and are well informed about users’ views of the school. They use these views to inform strategic priorities for development'.

Takes some doing, but we try!

Are you interested in becoming a Governor?

Governors do not need to have any special skills or qualifications and the Local Authority provides the necessary training. If you think you might like to become a parent governor you will need to be a parent of a pupil in the school.

We meet once a term as a full body and then individually as members of one or more of the committees which are delegated to look after specific areas of school life. The committees look at specific issues such as the school’s staffing, curriculum, finance, and premises and the Governing Body makes its decisions based on the recommendations of these committees. Governors are asked to serve on a committee where they have an interest or feel they can make a contribution.

Your main task is to attend meetings of the school Governing Body and to serve on one of the Committees. In addition each Governor is assigned to an area of the curriculum (e.g. Science, Maths, English etc) that they visit on a regular basis reporting back to the Governing Body. There is also a time commitment in keeping up to date with the vast amount of literature that will come your way from the school, the local authority and the government.

 

If you would like to know whether there are any current vacancies please contact the Clerk to Governors.

Current Governing Body

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Andy Oades: Chair of Governors

Andy Oades has been a Governor at Great Baddow High School for the last 4 years and became the Chair of Governors on the 1st December 2015. Previous to taking over this position, he chaired the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee, a role which he continues to fulfil. He lives in Great Baddow and has 2 boys at Great Baddow High School. Andy is a company Director for his own pharmaceutical business and has been in this industry all his working life.

   
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Carol Evans: Vice-Chair of Governors / Responsible Officer

Carol Evans has been a governor at the school over 25 years, joining when her daughter was in year 8. Originally from the north of England, she has lived in Great Baddow for 30 years and has seen the school develop from one that had falling numbers of students to one that is now oversubscribed. 
 
Carol works closely with the Chair of the governing body to ensure that administrative tasks are completed, including the structure of the governing body, overseeing the induction of new governors and until recently, the training and development of all governors.  On conversion to an Academy in 2011, she chaired the Personnel Committee until it became part of the Finance and Premises Committee.  As the Responsible Officer, she attends all Committee meetings and reports to the Finance and Audit committees on the effectiveness of the finance systems operated in the school.

   
   
   

 

Governor Office Held Type of Governor Committee Term Expires

Relevant Business/Financial Interests

Mrs Lisa Alderson

Vice-Chair of Finance Premises and Personnel

Chair of Audit Committee

Parent Governor FP&P, A 10.05.19 Treasurer of Friends of St John's Primary   School, Danbury
Mrs Jenny Beaumont   Community FP&P 22.03.21 Learning and Development Consultancy (Owner).   Spouse Non-Executive Director of NHS

 

Mrs Ann Bell

 

  Community FP&P, C 02.07.20

 

Owner and Managing Director of The Valuing Learning Company Limited (Dormant)

Owner of The Valuing Learning Company.

Governor of Kingston College, London.

Mr Julian Butcher   Staff - Teaching C 28.02.19 Nil
 

 

 

       
Mrs Carol Colledge

 

 

Community FP&P 08.10.18 Governor at St Michael's Junior School
Mrs Beatrice Davidson

 

Vice-Chair of Curriculum Committee

 

Parent Governor C 10.05.19 Governor at St Andrew's, Hatfield Peverel
Ms Carol Evans

 

 

Vice-Chair of Governors

Governing Body Responsible Officer

Community Pay, H, (FP&P, A Responsible Officer Non-Voting) 04.07.17 Nil

 

Ms Catrina Garcea

  Parent Governor C 10.05.19 Governor at East Hanningfield Primary School

 

Mrs Lorraine Harding

  Parent Governor FP&P, C, A 10.05.19 Governor at Beehive Lane Primary School

 

Mrs Susan Howell

 

  Non-teaching Staff Governor  

05.03.20

Spouse is a Governor at Plume and Maldon Primary Schools.

Related to Head of Music

 

Mr John Hull

 

Chair of Curriculum Committee Community Pay, C, H 31.03.18 Nil

 

Mrs Carrie Lynch

 

Headteacher Ex-Officio FP&P, A, C, Pay N/A Governor at the Alternative Provision School   in Heybridge

Mrs Tracey Metson

  Community C 25.03.19 Nil
Mr Andy Oades

Chair of Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee.

Vice-Chair of Audit Committee

Chair of Governors (Elected by FGB 1.12.15)

Community FP&P, A, H, Pay 21.03.20 Birchwood Pharmaceuticals Company
           
Mrs Pearl Bonner Clerk to the Governors     N/A Nil
           

Past Governors

         

 

Mr Jared Hughes

 

  Parent FP&P, C, A

Resigned 24.02.16

(Relocation of job)

Nil

 

Mrs Caroline Shepherd

 

Staff – non-teaching

C

Term ended 05.03.16

Nil

 

Mrs Wendy Purser

      Resigned 18.11.14  

Mrs Sally Clifford

Chair of Pay Committee

Ex-Chair of Governors (Stood down 30.11.15)

Community FP&P, C, A, H, Pay Resigned 1.09.16 Assistant   Headteacher at Perryfields Junior School, Chelmsford

Mrs Sue Hollingsworth

 

Community FP&P, C Resigned 10.10.16 Nil

Governors are appointed by the Governing Body except Parent Governors who are elected by parents.

Key to Committees: Curriculum (C), Finance, Premises & Personnel (FP&P), Pay, Head Review (H) and Audit (A) 

Great Baddow High School Governing Body Documents

Governor Attendance Record 2015/16

Curriculum Commitee Attendance Record 2015/16

Structure of Governing Body

Governors' Annual Report

Articles of Association

Deed of Variation

Funding Agreement

Memorandum

 

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(Mrs Pearl Bonner, Clerk to the Governors/Office Manager)
 

 

Correspondence Address for the Chair of Governors

Mrs P Bonner, Clerk to the Governors

Great Baddow High School

Duffield Road,

Chelmsford,

Essex,

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School Governance

For more information about Governors click on - www.governornet.co.uk - the new school governors' website that has recently gone live and provides up-to-date information on all aspects of school governance and features links to other useful sites.

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