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Governors

The Governors at Bents Green School are committed to ensuring that children and young people in our school are able to achieve to the best of their ability.

The Governing Body of Bents Green School do this by;

  • Setting the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school.
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school, making sure that money is spent well.

The Governing Body is made up of people with varying backgrounds and areas of expertise who have either been elected ( i.e. parents or staff) or who have been co-opted because of the knowledge they can bring to the Governing Body.

If you wish to contact the Governors you can email them on governors@bentsgreen.sheffield.sch.uk

 

Purpose of the Governing Body

The Department for Education describes the purpose of a governing body as follows. The governing body should:

  • help the school to set high standards by planning for the school’s future and setting targets for school improvement
  • keep the pressure up on school improvement
  • be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice
  • help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community
  • make the school accountable to the public for what it does
  • work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review
  • exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the head teacher and staff
  • not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action

Instrument of Government

  • The name of the school is Bents Green School.
  • The school is a maintained school.
  • The name of the governing body is “The governing body of Bents Green School”.
  • The governing body shall consist of:-
    • Three parent governors.
    • One Local Authority governor.
    • One Staff governor.
    • One Headteacher.
    • Ten Co-opted governors.
  • Total number of governors: Sixteen
  • The term of office of all Governors is three years.
  • This instrument of government comes in to effect on 8 April 2014.
  • A copy of the instrument must be supplied to every member of the governor body (and the headteacher if not a governor), any trustees and to the appropriate religious body.

Structure and Membership of Bents Green School Governing Body

A governing body is made up of Local Authority, Parent, Staff and Co-opted governors from which a Chair and Vice Chair are elected. 2012 regulations require schools to have at least 7 governors including 2 parents, 1 ex-officio head, 1 elected staff, 1 Local Authority, with the remaining places filled with co-opted governors. Bents Green School governing body re-constituted on 8th April 2014. It was decided to form a governing body of 16 members which comprises:

(Co-opted governors can be parents, staff or community governors but the proportion of staff on a governing body, including the Head, cannot exceed one third of the total.)

A Chair of Governors and a Vice Chair are elected from the Parent, Local Authority and Co-opted governors (staff and the ex-officio head cannot take on these roles). Governors also choose, or are appointed, to serve on various committees and, additionally, to take on the responsibility for overseeing different priorities of the School Development Plan. Governors are encouraged to visit school on a regular basis. There is also a governor responsible for professional development. Committee meetings are chaired and clerked by appointed members of that committee.

Types of Governor

Co-opted Governors

Is a person appointed by the governing body and who, in the opinion of the governing body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

Local Education Authority (LA) Governors

These governors are nominated by the Local Authority and appointed by the Governing Body. It is for the governing body to decide whether their nominee has the skills to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school and meets any other eligibility criteria they have set. The authority advertises for LA governors and seeks members of the community who are interested in education and committed to being fully participating school governors.

Parent Governors

Every governing body will include parent governors, in community schools all of these will be elected by parents in the school (unless there are fewer interested parents than there are places), in Voluntary Aided schools a proportion of these parents will be appointed by other governors from amongst parents in the school.

School Staff Governors

These will be elected by the staff at the school. All Governing Bodies have positions for teachers and most have a position for support staff.

Associate members

Are volunteer members of the governing body but they are not governors and have no voting rights at full governing body meetings.  The governing body will decide if it wants associate members and how many. They may be removed from office by the governing body at any time. There is no limit of associate members

Governors Terms and Interests

Parent Governors

Natalie Brownell

  • Start of term of office: 13/03/17
  • End of term of office: 12/03/20
  • Positions: None
  • Relationship to members of staff or governors: None
  • Declared interests: None

Tom Sier

  • Start of term of office: 02/07/19
  • End of term of office: 02/07/22
  • Positions: None
  • Relationship to members of staff or governors: None
  • Declared interests: None

Local Authority

Ray Gardener

  • Start of term of office: 26/11/18
  • End of term of office: 26/11/21
  • Positions:
  • Relationship to members of staff or governors: None
  • Declared interests: None

Head Teacher Ex-officio

Sacha Schofield

  • Start of term of office: N/A
  • End of term of office: N/A
  • Positions: Head of School
  • Relationship to members of staff or governors: None
  • Declared interests: None

Staff

Chris Brooks

  • Start of term of office: N/A
  • End of term of office: N/A
  • Positions:
  • Relationship to members of staff or governors: None
  • Declared interests: None

Co-opted Governors

Hilary Holt

  • Start of term of office: 26/11/2013
  • End of term of office: 25/11/2016 re-elected 13/09/16 to serve until 24/11/2019 re-elected 10/12/19 to serve until 10/12/2022
  • Positions:
  • Relationship to members of staff or governors: None
  • Declared interests: None

John Plant

  • Start of term of office: 01/03/16
  • End of term of office: 28/02/19 re-elected 26/03/2019 to serve until 25/03/2022
  • Positions:
  • Relationship to members of staff or governors
  • Declared interests: None

Laura Gillespie

  • Start of term of office: 13/10/16
  • End of term of office: 12/10/19 re-elected 10/12/2019 to serve until 10/12/2022
  • Positions:
  • Relationship to members of staff or governors
  • Declared interests: None

Dave Swindlehurst

  • Start of term of office: 20/03/2018
  • End of term of office: 19/03/2021
  • Positions:
  • Relationship to members of staff or governors
  • Declared interests: None

Laura Ottery

  • Start of term of office: 18/09/2018
  • End of term of office: 18/09/2021
  • Positions:
  • Relationship to members of staff or governors
  • Declared interests: None

Mark Rayner

  • Start of term of office: 26/03/2019
  • End of term of office: 26/03/2022 
  • Positions:
  • Relationship to members of staff or governors
  • Declared interests: None

 

Associate members

Claire Bailey

  • Start of term of office: N/A
  • End of term of office: N/A
  • Positions: Deputy Headteacher
  • Relationship to members of staff or governors: None
  • Declared interests: None

Debbie Ireland

  • Start of term of office: N/A
  • End of term of office: N/A
  • Positions: School Business Manager
  • Relationship to members of staff or governors: None
  • Declared interests: None

Special Responsibilities

A Chair of Governors and a Vice Chair are elected from the Parent, Local Authority and Co-opted Governors (staff and the ex-officio head cannot take on these roles). Governors also choose, or are appointed, to serve on various committees and, additionally, to take on the responsibility for overseeing different priorities of the School Development Plan.

Committees, meeting dates and attendance

Much of the work of the Governing Body is carried out in committees. At Bents Green School our committees are

Strategy   |   Resources and Finance   |   Teaching and Learning   |   Safeguarding and Inclusion

Each committee meets once a term. For further information regarding Committee dates and attendees please click here.

Strategy Committee, Quorum: 3

  • Laura Gillespie – (Chair)
  • All Governors are invited to attend
  • Clerk: Karen Taylor

Resources and Finance Committee, Quorum: 3

  • John Plant (Chair)
  • Laura Gillespie
  • Natalie Brownell
  • Ray Gardener
  • Sacha Schofield (Head)
  • Debbie Ireland – (Business Manager)
  • Clerk: Karen Taylor

Teaching and Learning Committee, Quorum: 3

  • Laura Gillespie (Chair)
  • Natalie Brownell
  • Laura Ottery
  • Chris Brooks
  • Sacha Schofield (Head)
  • Claire Bailey (Deputy Head) plus subject leaders as appropriate
  • Clerk: Karen Taylor

Safeguarding and Inclusion Committee, Quorum: 3

  • Hilary Hoult ( Chair)
  • Dave Swindlehurst
  • Natalie Brownell
  • Claire Bailey (Deputy Head) plus subject leaders as appropriate
  • Clerk: Karen Taylor

Full Governors’ Meetings

Clerk to Full Governors:  Jane Smith from Governor Support

The Quorum for the full Governing body is half of the members, not including associate members. Bents Green School governing body meets termly for full meetings. These are chaired by the chair of governors and clerked by a local authority clerk. The head teacher presents a termly report which outlines the progress of teaching and learning in the school based on the results of lesson observations and data from assessments, along with progress on the School Improvement Plan, staffing, concerns, absences, exclusions and budget.

  • A typical meeting includes:
  • Declaration of interests
  • Ratifying minutes of previous meetings
  • Reviewing and approving policies
  • Matters arising from previous meetings
  • Reports from governors with special responsibilities
  • Correspondence sent to the Chair
  • Part A of the head teacher’s report
  • Part B of head teacher’s report (confidential)
  • Any other urgent business

Other Information

Our Chair of Governors has completed the NCTL Leadership Development Programme. Please click below to view the certificate