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Governors

The Role of the Governing Body

 

Our Governing Body:
• Sets the broad strategy for the school's development.
• Is accountable to those who fund the school, the parents and the wider community.
• Must act in accordance with the requirements laid down in Acts of Parliament, statutory regulations and the school's Instrument of Government.
• Must at all times act fairly and without prejudice.

Meet the Governors

 

Name of Governor

Governor Responsibility

Register of Interest

Information

Mrs Julia Jones

(Headteacher since April 2013)

Member of the Governing Body by virtue of position in school

 

Training Governor

None

Having being educated in Southend as a child and then spending my teaching career in the local area I became Headteacher at Barons Court in April 2013 and since then we have worked together to continue to move the school forward. Before joining the school I worked as a class teacher in Upper Key Stage 2  and then became a Teaching and Learning Consultant for the Local Authority. I have also worked as a Deputy Headteacher in Shoebury for 9 years and helped support the successful move to a brand new school building. I love working at Barons Court where we have a dedicated team who work hard to ensure an exciting learning curriculum. Our children are fantastic and are at the heart of everything we do.

Sits on all Committees

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings

 2018-2019 

4/4

 

Mrs Jillian Robinson

(Deputy Headteacher since September 2019)

Member of the Governing Body by virtue of position in school

Training Governor None

I have taught for more than 9 years in various settings across Kent before moving to Essex and becoming the Deputy Headteacher here at Barons Court in September 2019. I have experience of teaching in mainstream and special schools as well as experience of supporting teachers in other settings through the National Teaching School status. I have lead year groups and phases for the last 4 years and look forward to working closely with the creative and innovative staff and governors at Barons Court. The children at Barons Court deserve the best and it is a privilege to be a part of providing this for them and for our community.

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Curriculum and Personal Development Committee

Mrs Jessica da Silva

Local Authority Governor

Appointment Date:30.06.06

Term Ends 04.02.20

 

Chair of Governors

 

Safeguarding Governor

 

Trustee Governor

 

Nature of Business: Barons Court Primary School Trustee.

 

I have been a governor for 13 years since my oldest son started at Barons Court.  I have a background in finance with a business studies degree and having worked in the City in the money markets for 15 years before I left to have my children. Although not working at present, my days are very full with volunteering and helping out as a financial adviser for Essex WI , I also support with  some life coaching at one of the secondary schools in the area, as well as my governor duties and looking after my sons! My other interests include music (playing flute and piano) and anything related to food! I really enjoy my work as a governor and have learnt so much about the school, its ethos, and how a school which is innovative and forward thinking can achieve great results and happy children. It is a real privilege to be a governor at Barons Court.

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Curriculum and Personal Development Committee

  Pay  Committee 

Teaching School Alliance Strategic Board

 

 

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2018-2019

4/4

Mr Alex Thornton

Staff Governor

Appointment Date: 17.07.18

Term Ends 16.07.22

 

Health and Safety Governor

Nature of Business: Finish Line Fund - Charity Trustee

Having been a parent at Barons Court, worked in a number of industries outside of education, and now a teacher I feel that I bring a unique perspective to the role of Staff Governor. I have had previous experience sitting on the Governing Body of another local primary school for three years, a role I enjoyed enormously, found fulfilling and during which time I hope that I acted as the critical friend that the Governor role requires. As a Staff Governor I represent the broad views and opinions of the staff and act as we all do; to ensure high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school. I look forward to helping Barons Court achieve the best that it can for all our children

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Curriculum and Personal Development Committee

 

 

 

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2018-2019

4/4

Mrs Debbie Docherty

Co-Opted Governor

Appointment Date: 02.07.15

Term Ends 13.07.23

Vice Chair of Governors

Curriculum Governor

None

I enjoy my role as a Co-Opted Governor.  I have retired from my post as Head of Faculty of Business and Enterprise at South Essex College, a large Further and Higher Education College.  I have many years experience in education, albeit in a different sector, and am keen to explore further how I can help Barons Court to maintain high standards for all its pupils. I have always been active in the local community being, in the past, treasurer of a local playgroup and chairperson of the National Childbirth Trust. Currently, I am a member of the WI, a local running group and a book club. 

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Curriculum and Personal Development Committee

Pay Committee 

 

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2018-2019 

2/4

Mrs Sian Ovel Parent Governor

Appointment Date: 04.02.16

Term Ends 04.02.20

GDPR Governor Nature of Business: Financial Administration owner (Just So Administration) 

I have been part of the Barons Court community for 8 years and have one child at the school. I greatly admire the drive and ethos of the school and believe passionately that all children should have the opportunity to achieve to the best of their ability in a happy, caring and safe environment.

I have 21 years experience in financial services specialising in pensions, investments and cashflow modelling. In  2007 I set up my own company providing independent research for Financial Advisers.

A self confessed tree hugger, I enjoy being outside hiking, horse riding and running. I also love to watch live bands play and feel that music is a very powerful tool. 

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Curriculum and Personal development  Committee 

 

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2018-2019 

4/4

Mrs Jan Grover

Co-Opted Governor

Appointment Date: 28.03.18

Term Ends 27.03.22

Inclusion Governor None

I have been a teacher for over 36 years; working in both mainstream and specialist schools, mainly in secondary education but lately also in the primary sector. I began as a teacher of English moving to head of department, during which time I gained my MBA and a diploma in management studies. I moved into Special Educational Needs, working in a specialist school and gaining a Diploma in Special Educational Needs and Psychology.
I have been an Assistant Head before moving into training and consultancy in SEN and coaching and I am a Master NLP practitioner.  Some of my work has involved working with primary feeder schools and lately all my work has been as literacy consultant in primary schools.

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Curriculum and Personal Development Committee

 

 

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2018-2019

3/4

Mr James Hargreaves

Parent Governor

Appointment Date: 02.05.18

Term Ends 01.05.22

Community Governor

None I am a parent of two children at the school and have enjoyed joining the Barons Court community. I am a university professor where I teach university students and design and analyse data from research studies. I sit on several committees and I am support the school in its strategy development. I conduct research on the health of young people and have written articles, worked with governments, charities and the World Health Organisation within this area. I also enjoy music and singing in bands.  

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Curriculum and Personal Development Committee

 

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2018-2019

4/4

Mrs Esther Elegbede

Parent Governor

Appointment Date: 02.05.18

Term Ends 01.05.22

Community Governor

None I have previously worked in project management, a profession which I thoroughly enjoyed. As a parent with two children in the school I feel extremely fortunate to be able to work in further partnership with the school. I am  a committed member of the Parent Council which enables me to work in close partnership with the school. 

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Curriculum and Personal Development Committee

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2018-2019 

4/4

Mr Stuart Cockling

Parent Governor

Appointment Date: 02.05.18

Term Ends 01.05.22

Community Governor

None With 2 children in the school, I have been proud to see the development of the school into a full primary school. With a 25 year career in software engineering using a variety of programming languages I am well versed in the art of solving logic problems. I also enjoy practical work and over the years have been involved in a number of practical activities from rebuilding classic cars to fitting new kitchens. 

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Curriculum and Personal Development  Committee

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2018-2019 

4/4

 

 

Mrs Jane Cross

Co-opted Governor

Appointment Date:07.02.19

Term Ends:08.02.23

 

 

Curriculum Governor

None
 
I am very pleased to be a governor at Barons Court. I have lived in Westcliff with my husband and two daughters for 24 years. I have worked in the education sector for 24 years starting at the Special Needs Support Centre and then at a local secondary school, finishing my career in a primary school in Basildon. As both of my daughters attended Southend schools I wanted to support local primary schools with my wealth of knowledge and skills in finance management. I enjoy walking, photography and riding horses. 

 

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Curriculum and Personal Development Committee

 

 

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings

2018-2019:

1/2

 

Ms Emma Harding

Clerk to the Governing Body

I have worked as a Clerk to Governors since 2014 across both the primary and secondary sectors in community and academy schools. Working in a busy school environment, as part of a team with the aim of ensuring quality outcomes for pupils is both inspiring and engaging. I have a National Governors Association Clerking Accreditation and recently undertook a volunteer life coaching role to support young people to achieve their goals. 

 

The Structure of our Governing Body

 

The Full Governing Body of Barons Court Primary School and Nursery meets at least once a term. Much of the work takes place in meetings of smaller groups of governors, which concentrate on managing specific areas of the school linked to school improvement.

 

These smaller groups which also meet at least once a term are the:

Curriculum and Personal Development Committee - (Jessica daSilva, Julia Jones, Debbie Docherty, Jan Grover, Alex Thornton, Sian Ovel, James Hargreaves, Stuart Cockling, Jane Cross and Esther Elegbede)     

Chair: Debbie Docherty

Pay Committee -  (Jessica daSilva, Julia Jones, Debbie Dochert and Jan Grover) 

Chair: Jan Grover

 

Each of these committees have a defined role to support school improvement. Governors are all volunteers, and the numbers and types of governors are set out in the Instrument of Government for the school. The composition of the Governing Body reflects a wide range of groups in the community. The Governing Body has a business of interest register which is reviewed and updated termly.

Timetable of Meetings 2019-2020

 

Full Governing Body meetings

Autumn 2019

Spring 2020

Summer 2020

Friday 20 September - 9.00 am

Friday 31 January 9.00am

Friday 10 July – 9.00am

 

 

 

Curriculum and Personal Development

Pay 

Autumn Term 2019

Friday 15 November

Wednesday 23 October

Spring Term 2020

Friday 20 March

Wednesday 26 February

Summer Term 2020

Friday 5 June

 

Annual Governance Statement

Governors Information Board

Following parental feedback we are pleased to see that many of our parents find the information provided by our Governors on their role and work highly beneficial. We will continue to use our newsletters for regular updates on the work of our Governing Body. Please see the welcome from our Chair of Governors below:

“I would like to introduce myself as the Chair of Governors.  I have been a Governor for 13 years now and was the Vice Chair of Governors for a year before becomg the Chair of Governors. I have been working in the school kitchen as a volunteer  and both of my children have attended the school.

I am proud and excited to be working with an enthusiastic team of governors who are striving to ensure high standards of achievement for all the children in our school, so that each child leaves the school emotionally and academically ready for the challenges of secondary school.  

As Governors we have 3 main roles:-

  • Helping to set the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

We have continued to re-structure the governing body to try to make it even more effective and focused on the areas that have been identified for development. We will be reporting to parents regularly through the newsletter and via the website, as well as through the parent council where governors, the headteacher and parent representatives will work on school projects in line with school development plans. Look out for more updates coming soon.

Jessica da Silva – Chair of Governors

Feedback from the Full Governing Body Meeting - 20th September 2019

The main focus of the first meeting of the year was to consider the membership of the Governing Body and to ensure that all roles and responsibilities of committees were approved. Governors were appointed to be responsible for : GDPR; Emotional Well-Being, Mental Health and Community; Inclusion; Health and Safety: Safeguarding; Curriculum and Training.

The School Development Plan was received and agreed and there will be a focus on maths and curriculum development over the year.  School performance was also reviewed for the academic year 2018- 2019 and showed that all pupils achieved strong outcomes during the year. A range of survey analysis was also shared and reviewed and feedback from  Year 6 Pupil surveys, Year 6 Parent surveys, the Annual Parent Survey,  the KS2 pupil E-Safety survey and the Summer CLIC Reading Project Survey was positive in all cases and has helped inform the school planning for this year.  Current policies were received and reviewed and  Governors signed to say they had read the Keeping Children Safe in Education Part 1 Sept 2019 and the School's Safeguarding Policy. Governors also received an update on  the Teaching School Alliance strategic plan for 2019- 2020. The governors thanked the staff and Headteacher for all their hard work in the previous year which ensured that all children at our school continue to receive an exciting curriculum and enjoy all the learning experiences on offer. It’s going to be another exciting year ahead and we look forward to working in partnership with you.     

                                                                          Jan Grover - Governor

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