Governing Body

The Governing Body firmly believe that the best way to ensure high standards of behaviour and discipline is to recognise achievement and celebrate success. However they also recognise that on occasions sanctions are necessary to demonstrate that behaviours which disrupt learning or impact on safety are not acceptable. These sanctions are used to express the disapproval of the school community; to deter other pupils from similar behaviour; and to ensure the health and safety of the whole school community. It is recognised that the application of rewards and sanctions must have regard to the individual situation and individual pupil, and that the school is expected to exercise discretion in their use. 


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?

Details for current governors (Feb 2016)            
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 (Sept 2014-Sept 2015) Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings (Sept 2015-Feb 2016) Member of committee for any other educational establishment
Mrs Sue Carter CO-OPTED Standards Foundation subjects 4/11/15

3/11/19

none - Absent from 1 FGB

Mrs Louise Phillips -

Head Teacher

STAFF Standards  Resources 01/09/12 none Attended all FGB and committee meetings. Attended all FGB and committee meetings. St Paul’s Walden Nursery, Whitwell
Mrs Ruth Cornish LA Standards (Minutes)

SEN/ CP/CLA/ Safeguarding/

Pupil Premium

23/05/12 22/05/16 none Absent from 1 Standards and 1 FGB meeting. Absent from 1 FGB -

Mrs Leanne Curtis

PARENT Standards (Chair) 25/10/12 24/10/16 none Absent from 1 Standards and 1 FGB meeting. Absent from 1 FGB -
Mr Paul Dawes PARENT Resources Science 4/11/15

3/11/19

none - Absent from 1 Resources meeting and FGB meeting. -

Mrs Liz Joyce

STAFF

Resources

Finance

(Minutes)

19/12/14 18/12/18 none Attended all FGB, Resources and Finance meetings. Absent from 1 FGB Tilehouse Street Pre-School, Hitchin

Mr Freddie

Marr-Johnson

Associate member (with voting rights)

Resources

(Chair)

Finance (Chair)

English 4/11/15 3/11/16 none Absent from 1 FGB meeting and 1 Finance meeting. Absent from 2 FGB -
Mr John Norman Co-opted Resources 11/02/16 10/02/20 none - Absent from 1 FGB -

Mrs Anne Reid -

Vice Chair

LA

Standards

Resources

(Minutes)

Finance

Maths/Prevent/British Values 4/11/14 3/11/18 none Attended all FGB and Standards meetings. Attended all FGB Standards, Resources and finance meetings. -

Mr Alex Turner - Chair

PARENT

Resources Standards

Finance

PE/ Sports Premium 15/10/13 14/10/17 none Absent from 1 Finance meeting.   Absent from 1 business meeting and Standards meeting. -

Mr Matt Jackson

Associate

Member (with voting rights)

Standards Early Years Foundation Stage/H&S 07/11/13 06/11/17 none Absent from 1 Standards meeting. Absent from 2 FGB. -



Details for Governors who have resigned/finished term during 2014-15 or 2015-2016

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 (Sept 2014-Sept 2015) Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings (Sept 2015-Feb 2016) Member of committee for any other educational establishment

Nancy Adshead

PARENT Standards  26/09/12 31/8/2015 none Attended all FGB and committee meetings. - St Paul’s Walden Nursery, Whitwell
Louise Houston

Associate

 Member

Resources

History/Geog/RE/Music/

Art/DT/PSHE/ICT

GDC

05/12/12 June 2015 none Absent from 1 Resources and 1 FGB. - -

Mr Freddie

Marr-Johnson

COMMUNITY

Resources

(Chair)

Finance (Chair)

English 29/11/11 28/11/15 none Absent from 1 FGB meeting and 1 Finance meeting. - -
Mrs Frances Lyon PARENT Standards

Science/

Outdoor Learning

26/09/11

25/09/15

none Attended all FGB and committee meetings. Absent from 1 business meeting -

Miss Susan Oswald

COMMUNITY

Resources

(Minutes)

Finance (Minutes)

H&S/ Maths 11/10/11 10/10/15 none Absent from 1 Finance meeting. - -
Antony Rossdale Associate member - Auditing accounts 10/05/12 Dec 2014 none Did not attend meetings, solely audited accounts -

 

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