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Governance

The Governing Body of Birchwood Nursery School work with the Headteacher and the Leadership Team to ensure the highest standards of education are delivered to the children, whilst ensuing the welfare of all pupils.

The governing body compromises of a member of the Local Authority, the Headteacher and one staff governor, two parent governors, two associated governors and four co-opted governors. The governors’ work together to collectively reach decisions which support the best outcomes for the children as well as the financial stability of the school. Governors other than the Headteacher are appointed or elected to serve a four-year term of office.

Please click on each individual governors name to find out a little more about them.

      

  • Ms Julie Cahill
    Chair of Governors (Co-opted) (Teaching & Learning)
  • Mrs Caryn King
    Vice Chair of Governors Co-opted Governor (Teaching & Learning)
  • Mrs Susan Jones
    Governor (LA Governor)
  • Mr Geoffrey Strack
    Associate Member (Resources Committee)
  • Mrs Donna Lesmond
    Parent Governor (Resources Committee)
  • Ms Angela Cumming
    Associate Member (Teaching & Learning)
  • Mrs Tracey Jackson
    Staff Governor (Teaching & Learning)
  • Ms Kathryn Kitson
    Co-opted Governor (Resources Committee)
  • Mrs Margaret Stocks
    Headteacher
  • Joseph Craig
    Co opt Governor
  • Vivianne Candy
    Parent Governor

 

 

 Roles of the Governing Body

The governing body provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools and has three main functions:

  • Oversee the financial health and performance
  • Ensures the school is meeting educational expectations of its pupils
  • Ensures the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school

 

Committees and Meetings

Teaching and Learning Committee

The Teaching and Learning Committee looks at the educational performance of the school and our pupils. They will review performance and data provided by the Headteacher and ensure the school is able to provide the best outcomes for pupils.

Resources Committee

The Resources committee oversees the financial health of the school.  This committee also oversees premises and health and safety of the school.

 

Contacting the Governing Body

Parents are welcome to contact the Chair of Governors by letter c/o the school office or by email sjones@birchwoodnursery.herts.sch.uk

However, governors cannot get involved in individual pupil matters or problems in the day-to-day running of the school. The Class Teacher/ Key Person should be contacted in the first instance. Governors will only become involved if necessary as a last resort through the school’s complaints procedure.

 

Governor Information

Information about governors, their terms of office, any pecuniary interests declared and a record of their attendance at meetings is published annually at the end of each academic year. The details for the academic year 2020-2021 to date are as follows:

  

Governor

Category

Appointed/Elected by

Term of Office

FGB Attendance

Committee Membership

Committee

Attendance

Register of Interests

Role

Sue Jones

Local Authority

LA

01.07.2019

30.06.2023

3/4

Resources

 

Teaching & Learning 

3/3

 

2/3

Governor at Bishop Hatfield Girls School

Chair of Governors / Safeguarding Governor

Julie Cahill

Co-opted

Governing Body

26.05.2020

25.05.2024

4/4

Teaching & Learning

 

 

3/3

 

 

 

None

Vice Chair of Governors / SEND, EYPP and Equalities Governor

Angela Cumming

Associate

Governing Body

10.02.2016

09.02.2024

4/4

Teaching & Learning

3/3

None

Training Governor

Caryn King

Co-opted

Governing Body

26.05.2020

25.05.2024

4/4

Teaching & Learning

3/3

None

Safeguarding Governor

Kathryn Kitson

Co-opted

Governing

Body

01.06.2015

31.05.2023

4/4

Resources

3/3

Governor at Brookmead School

School Business Manager

Thomas Seaman

Co-opted

Governing

Body

09.07.2020

17.01.2021

0/3

Resources

0/1

None

 

Nicola Stanton

Parent

Parent Body

25.09.2019

10.05.2021

2/2

Resources

1/2

None

 

Geoffrey Stack

Associate

Governing Body

16.10.2018-15.10.2022

4/4

Resources

3/3

Governor at Parkside Community School

Health & Safety Governor

Margaret Stocks

Headteacher

Ex officio

01.09.2019

31.08.2023

4/4

Teaching & Learning / Resources

6/6

None

Headteacher

Tracey Jackson

Staff

Staff

15.10.2019

14.10.2023

4/4

Teaching & Learning

3/3

None

SEND

Donna Lesmond

Parent

Parent Body

04.12.2020

03.12.2024

2/2

Resources

1/1

None

H&S Governor Governor