CHESTNUTS PRIMARY SCHOOL

Meet the Governors

Welcome to the Governors' Page

The Governing Body are a group of volunteers who work alongside the Head Teacher to support in the strategic leadership of the school.  We have three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the leadership to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Much of the work of the Governing Body is around the strategic leadership of the school which means we support the school leadership team in making both good financial decisions and also making sure that decisions about children's education are good.  We track the progress of the school which means we look at how well our children are performing in their education.  We also look at how well our teachers are teaching and support school leaders in helping them to get better.  

Members are voted onto the Governing Body by their representative groups.  Each Governor can then stay a member for four years.  

Each half term we hold a full Governing Body meeting and a meeting of both our committees.  A schedule of our meetings can be found in the Governance Pack attached at the bottom of this page.  All our meetings are open meetings and any parents or members of the wider community can attend to observe.  


Chair of Governors: Hugh Merritt - Trust Governor
Contact Details: 
Governors@chestnutsprimary.com 

Vice Chair of Governors: TBC

Standards and Achievement Committee
This committee challenges attainment levels in the school.  We receive reports from school leaders about how well children are doing and ask searching questions about how we can continually make this better.  We oversee any changing to the curriculum or introduction of new teaching styles. 

We oversee the provision for pupils with additional and special educational needs and for looked after children and children in care.

We review the procedures in place to ensure the safety of pupils.

We monitor the provision of wraparound care (e.g. breahfast club, after school club). We also review the school's relationship with parents and the wider community.

Maureen Duncan - Local Authority Governor

Hannah D'Augiar - Co-Opted Governor

Hannah Marr - Co-Opted Governor

Richard Pierce - Parent Governor

Angeline Conaghan - Parent Governor

Marvis Scott - Staff Governor

 

Finance & Personnel Committee
This committee oversees the financial management of the school.  We work closely with Ms Horwood and Mr Anderson (School Business Manager) to ensure we spend our budget wisely and with the most impact on children's learning.

We consider personnel issues, including the best staffing structure for the school, ensuring appropriate staff policies are in place and monitoring staff wellbeing.

We also review the health and safety proceedures in place.

Ian McDonald - Co-opted Governor (Chair of Committe)

Hannah D'Aguiar - Co-Opted Governor

Hugh Merritt - Trust Governor

Becky Martin - Co-Opted Governor

Kalvi Nadarajah - Parent Governor

Christian Lund - Parent Governor

Link Governors

The Governing Body also has Link Governors to ensure the school are meeting their statutory requirements.  Link Governors gain a greater level of understanding of their particular area, including meeting with their linked member of staff every term. Link Governors report back to the full Governing Body or the appropriate committee.

Safeguarding - Hannah D'Aguiar

SEND - Hannah D'Aguiar

Inclusion - Maureen Duncan

BAME - Angeline Conaghan

Reading - Kalvi Nadarajah

STEM - Chris Lund

Early Years - Vacancy

Pupil Premium - Ian McDonald

H&S - Hugh Merritt

Pupil Voice - Becky Martin

Staff Wellbeing - Maureen Duncan

Creative curriculum (Arts) - Richard Pierce

Creative curriculum (Humanities) - Chris Lund

Full details of all Governors, the Terms of Reference for each committee, the Work Planners for the Full Governing Body and each committee and the Code of Conduct can be found in the Governance Pack at the bottom of this page.

 

Meeting Attendence

The attendance record of governors for the 2019/20 academic year is set out below and is updated on a half termly basis:

Governor

Full Governing Body

Finance Committee

Standards Committee

Hugh Merritt

1/1    

Hannah Marr

1/1    

Maureen Duncan

1/1    

Ian McDonald

1/1    

Kalvi Nadarajah

1/1    

Angeline Conaghan

1/1    

Hannah D'Aguiar

1/1    

Katie Horwood

1/1    

Mavis Scott

1/1    

Richard Pierce

1/1    

Becky Martin

1/1    

Chris Lund

1/1    

 

Retired Governors

In the last 12 months, the following governors have resigned from the Governing Body:

Kaley Foran - Trust Governor - September 2019

Nathalie Zdrojewski - Staff Governor - September 2019

Bethany Marchant - Parent Governor - March 2019 (term expired)

Tiffany Schellenberg - Parent Governor - March 2019

Adrien Schellingerhound - Staff Governor - October 2018

 

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