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Governors Information

The Chair of Governors is Dr. Hilary Hodges.
His official email address is CGovernors@bassingbourn.cambs.sch.uk
The Vice Chair of Governors is Mr John Carter.
Her official email address is VGovernors@bassingbourn.cambs.sch.uk
Introduction and purpose

Bassingbourn Community Primary School has a strong and enthusiastic governing body that is committed to supporting the school to continue to prosper, improve and grow, and thereby to provide the best possible quality of learning experience for the children we serve. This involves supporting the head teacher and staff while at the same time questioning existing practice in a constructive approach.

Role of the Governing Body
The Role of the Governing Body is defined nationally as:
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
    • We achieve this by promoting the school in the local community, reviewing policies and deciding the improvement priorities for the annual development plan.
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
    • To do this, the Governing Body sets ambitious targets for the school to achieve, monitors the school's progress towards these aims, and formally evaluates the annual outcomes.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
    • We do this principally through the work of the Resources Committee which monitors financial planning and expenditure, and ensures that best value is obtained from the resources available to the school.

We achieve these responsibilities through the work of the four committees and through the personal knowledge, expertise and contribution of individual governors.

How the Governing Body Works

The full governing body meets at least once a term, with the agenda covering a many different facets of school development, for example, budgets, policy reviews, staffing and the progress that pupils and plans are making.

Much of the detailed work of the governing body is carried out in four sub-committees which meet regularly. Depending on their terms of reference their work may include:

  • the review and drafting of policies;
  • the monitoring and review of performance;
  • the preparation of reports and advice to the governing body;
  • advising, planning and consulting with the head teacher;
  • ensuring compliance with school policy, legal and regulatory obligations;
  • carrying out initiatives to further the development of the school under the school plan.
Main Sub Committees of the Governing Body
  • Education and Learning concentrates on pupils’ learning, the curriculum, new initiatives and special educational needs. Chair: Mrs P Sutcliffe
  • People and Communications is mainly about staffing and improving communications with a wide range of stakeholders. Chair: Mrs C Wright
  • Health and Safety is a statutory committee and is responsible for all aspects of health and safety at school. Chair: Mrs C Wright
  • Resources covers finance and premises improvement. Chair: Mrs N Morse
Access to Information

Approved minutes of the meetings of the governing body are available for consultation via the school office, as are all the school policy documents. Information of a personally sensitive nature is kept confidential.

Access to Governors

All governors are happy to be approached directly. The Governing Body is a corporate body and as such individual governors are unable to make decisions, however governors will ensure that concerns are raised through the correct channels.

If you need contact details please ask at the school office or correspondence may be passed via the Clerk to the Governing body. Informal communications with a sub committee may be made via the contacts page on this website.

Governing Body 2018-19 Position of Election

Chair - Dr Hilary Hodge
Vice Chair - John Carter

SUB COMMITTEES

Resources

Nichola Morse - Chair
Sue Brown
Robin Brouard
Sarah Oliver
Sam Spreadbury
Pippa Sutcliffe

Education & Learning

Pippa Sutcliffe - Chair
Rachael Schofield
Chris Bishop
John Carter
Sarah Oliver
Nicky Marsh

People & Communications

Claire Wright - Chair
Sue Brown
Hilary Hodge
Sam Spreadbury
Vicky Tyas

Health & Safety

Claire Wright - Chair
Rachael Schofield
Chris Bishop
Nichola Morse
Steve Kinsey
Nicky Marsh as teacher consultant

Nominated Governor for Safeguarding

John Carter

Nominated Governor for SEND

Sarah Oliver

Nominated Governor for Pupil Absence

Claire Wright

Nominated Governor for Pupil Premium

Pippa Sutcliffe

Nominated Governor for Reading

Pippa Sutcliffe

Nominated Governor for Writing

Chris Bishop

Nominated Governor for Maths

Robin Brouard

Nominated Governor for Science

Education and Learning Committee

Nominated Governor for allegations against the Headteacher

Claire Wright

Nominated Governor for Gifted and Talented

Sam Spreadbury

Nominated Governor for Sports

Robin Brouard with Sarah Oliver

Nominated Governor for ICT/eSafety

Robin Brouard

Nominated Governor for EYFS

Claire Wright

Nominated Governor for GDPR

Vicky Tyas

Website and Social Media Working Party

Rachael Schofield
Sam Spreadbury
Annette Le Sage

HT Performance Management

Claire Wright
Sam Spreadbury
Robin Brouard

Staff Dismissal Committee

Claire Wright
Pippa Sutcliffe
John Carter

Staff Pay Award and Dismissal Appeals Committee

Nichola Morse
Hilary Hodge
Sam Spreadbury

Pupils Discipline Committee

Sam Spreadbury
Nichola Morse
Hilary Hodge

Head Teacher Salaries Committee

John Carter
Hilary Hodge
Nichola Morse

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