Governing Body

The Governors of St Paul's Walden School are pleased to welcome you to our own page of the official school website.

The aim of this page is to provide pupils, parents and other interested parties with information on the role of the schools Governing Body and also to introduce the individuals who make up the group.

The Governing Body is not responsible for the day to day management or running of the school - this falls to the Head Teacher and her staff. The overriding responsibility of the Governing Body is to work in close partnership with the Head Teacher to ensure that the school delivers the best possible education to its pupils with the resources and budget it has available.

To meet its responsibilities the Governing Body is required to undertake the following roles:

  • Strategic Role - setting the schools high level vision, objectives and policies to be adopted by the whole school, to drive standards of effective teaching, learning and achievement;
  • Critical Friend Role - supporting the school and it's staff to continuously improve and develop through performance monitoring, evaluation and feedback;
  • Accountability Role - being accountable to the whole school community for the performance of the school.

The full Governing Body meets at least four times during the school year (and more as necessary) and comprises individuals from all walks of life representing both education and commerce, with a wide mix of skills.

Decisions are made by the whole Governing Body, but the governors also join one of two committees which each meet regularly.

The Resources Committee has responsibilities covering the schools finances, premises and personnel.

The Standards Committee has responsibilities in the area of the school's curriculum obligations and also for marketing and promoting the school.

There is always plenty going on in school and in the wider world of education. To make sure that the information coming from the government, the County Council and elsewhere is considered within the context of our school the Governors attend many training courses.

What do Governors do?

As well as attending regular Governing Body and Committee meetings to carry out their main roles, Governors also spend time in school. This familiarises them with how our school runs and helps them to understand the issues around decisions they'll be making. Each governor is assigned a subject and works with the Subject Leader. Some Governors also link to other areas of school life such as after-school clubs, health and safety, Inclusion (Gifted and Talented children and children with Special Educational Needs) and the three formal 'stages' that our children pass through while in school - the Early Years, Key stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

The role of Linked Governor, for their particular interest area, is:

  • to gain more detailed, specialist knowledge;
  • to understand what is in the School Development Plan (SDP);
  • to be involved in the review of the SDP and part of the planning process for future priorities;
  • to help the Governing Body in its Critical Friend role, by asking questions about progress and challenging appropriately about attainment;
  • to report to the appropriate committee or the full Governing Body;
  • to work in partnership with the headteacher and staff.

Who are the Governors?

Full details of present governors and their responsibilities will be added after the first GB meeting of the year on September 11th 2018

 

         
Governor Category Committee Specific governor role Term Starts Term Ends Register of interests or relation to school staff

Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings  2017 - 2018

Member of committee for any other educational establishment

Anne Reid   Chair of Governors

Co-opted

Standards Resources      Data Analysis

Chair of Governors   SEN

2/4/15

1/4/19

none

Absent for one full GB meeting

Mrs Nancy Adshead   Acting Head Teacher

Acting Headteacher

Standards  Resources 

Mrs Jo Roberts 

Parent 

Resources 

Communication 

 20/1/17

19/1/21 

none 

-

Mrs Leanne Curtis

Associate Member

Standards 

2/11/17

1/11/18

none

-

Mr Paul Dawes Vice Chair

Parent

Standards Resources 

 GDPR

4/11/15

3/11/19

none

-

Mrs Liz Joyce

Staff

Resources

 GDPR           GB training     co-ordinator

19/12/14

18/12/18

none

Tilehouse Street Pre-School, Hitchin

Mr David Rowsell 

 Parent

 Resources

 H & S            PE

 11/2/16

 10/2/20

 none

-

Mr John Norman

Co-opted

Resources

 Child Protection

11/02/16

10/02/20

none

-

 Mrs Vicky Walrond

 Parent

 Resources Data Analysis

Behaviour 

 25/9/17

 24/9/21

 none

-

Mrs Sue Carter 

 Co-opted

 Standards

 4/11/15

 3/11/19

 none

Ms Elaine Petch LA Standards Data Analysis Child Protection CLA 30/10/17 29/10/21 none 

Dr Asha Herbert

Associate Member

Standards

 Staff Leadership

30/10/17

29/10/21

none 

Mr Matt Jackson

Associate Member

Standards

Early Years Foundation Stage

07/11/13

06/11/17

none

 

St Paul's Walden Nursery



Details for Governors who have resigned/finished term during 

Governor   Category Committee Specific governor role Term Starts Term Ended Register of interests or relation to school staff Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings Member of committee for any other educational establishment

                 

                 
                 

 

All of the Governors can be contacted via the school office.

 

Governors’ Written Statement of Behaviour Principles




Our Location

    Our Address:
St Paul's Walden Primary School
Bendish Lane,
Whitwell,
Hitchin,
Hertfordshire.
SG4 8HX
Telephone:
01438 871241

Email:
admin@stpaulswalden.herts.sch.uk