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Lawford C of E Primary School

High quality learning and caring together in an encouraging Christian environment.

Our Governors

Introduction from the Chair of Governors

The Governing Body of Lawford Primary School is made up of Church Governors, elected Parent Governors, Local Authority Governor and Staff Governors, including the Head Teacher. Governors are appointed on a four year basis.

 

The three core strategic functions of the Lawford Primary School Governing Body are:
1. Ensuring the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school.
2. Supportively holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure that its money is well spent.


The school’s Governors are all volunteers with a varied scholastic and work background whose common interest is in ensuring Lawford Primary School  remains the excellent learning environment that it is, and that it continues to improve.


Vacancies arise for new Governors from time to time. If you are interested in becoming a governor please speak to the head teacher or the Chair of Governors.

 

 Francis Franks

Chair of Governors

 

Governor since 2004

Responsibilities: , Standards & Safeguarding Committee, Pay Appeal Committee, History Monitoring, French Monitoring
I am full time Civil Servant, as a Higher Officer (business regulatory compliance).
I am married with three children and have been parent of at least one pupil at Lawford C of E Primary School continuously since 1997; member of Parochial Church Council of St Mary’s church, active church groups member. Other interests include dinghy sailing, handbell ringing including with a region wide team performing public concerts and swimming

 Ben Richardson

Vice Chair of Governors

 

Elected Parent Governor (October 2015)

I am a parent of two children at the school.  I run an advisory business working on M&A transactions for corporate clients. I am a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and I enjoy riding bicycles.

Current Governors

 

 Sharon Crouch

Governor since December 2013
Responsibilities: Maths monitoring and Standards and Safeguarding Committee.
I am a primary school teacher, with a special interest in Key Stage 1.

 

Richard Heath

 

 

 

 

Governor since 1999 (Chair of Governors Sept 2013 - Sept 2017)

Responsibilities: Safeguarding, Geography Monitoring, Science Monitoring, Admissions Committee, Resources Committee, Staff Pay
Retired Senior Probation Officer. Married with three adult children. On the Parochial Parish Council of St Mary’s church

BA hons, CQSW, Dip Prob. Man.

 

 Rev Simon Heron

Governor since 2011 (Ex-officio)
Responsibilities: ICT and RE Monitoring, Admissions and Resources Committees                             
I am Priest-in-charge at St Mary the Virgin, Lawford. Before ordination I was a derivatives broker and trader with a number of financial institutions.
Married with three children.   


 Megan Howes

Foundation governor since July 2016

Responsibilities: Special Education Needs, Personal, Social and Health Education and Health and Safety
I am a retired Police Staff UNISON Branch Secretary, working within Suffolk Police for 22 years. 
My hobbies are knitting and swimming.

 Karen Livingston

Parent Governor, elected November 2016

As well as being a former pupil of Lawford, I am a parent to two boys currently within the school.  My responsibilities as Governor include Assessment.  I am currently Head of MFL at Colchester Royal Grammar School. My hobbies are Pilates and following football – mostly when my sons are playing!

 Mike Mendham

Foundation governor 
Married with two adult children, retired Financial Adviser.

I have a long association with Lawford Primary School and was previously a Parent Governor.  My responsibilities include PE and I am the Training Link Governor.
My hobbies are theatre, travelling, walking our dog and annoying my wife!
 

Jaco Neethling

Local Authority Governor, appointed December 2016

 I represent the Local Authority and I am also parent to a child attending Lawford C of E Primary.  I’m a qualified Chartered Accountant and work for an Accounting and Business advisory firm in London where I render governance, risk management and internal audit services to a variety of clients.

 Joy Oakley
Governor since 2013
Responsibilities:   English Monitoring, Standards and Safeguarding Committee, SEN (G&T)
In 2013 I was delighted to become a Parent Governor when my son started school in our Reception Class.  I am a qualified primary school teacher

The staff governors are:

Donna Wenden - Headteacher

Leanne Harding - SENCo

 

The co-opted governor is Terry Webb, School Caretaker

 

Current Governing Body Members (2017-18)

 

Date Appointed / Reappointed

Category & Appointed by

Term of Office Ends

Sharon Crouch

01.12.13

Foundation DBE

31.11.17

Francis Franks

(Chair of Governors)

01.09.17

Foundation PCC

31.08.21

Leanne Harding

07.10.16

Staff (Elected)

06.10.20

Richard Heath

01.09.17

Foundation DBE

31.08.21

Rev Simon Heron

01.09.11

Ex-officio

ex-officio

Megan Howes

04.07.16

Foundation PCC

03.07.20

Karen Livingston

16.11.16

Parent (Elected)

15.11.20

Mike Mendham

04.07.16

Foundation PCC

03.07.20

Jaco Neethling

14.12.16

Local Authority

13.12.20

Joy Oakley

07.10.15

Foundation PCC

06.10.19

Benjamin Richardson

(Vice Chair of Governors)

05.10.15

Parent (Elected)

04.10.19

Terry Webb

21.05.14

Co-opted

20.05.18

Donna Wenden

01.09.11

Staff (Headteacher)

ex officio

Vacancy

 

Foundation PCC

 

Previous Governing Body Members – current and previous academic year

  Date Appointed Category & Appointed by Date of leaving

Mr Alastair Livingston

16.11.12

Parent (Elected)

15.11.16

Mrs Lynda McFaull

01.09.13

Foundation PCC

31.08.17

The function and remit of the committees are:

 

Standards and Safeguarding: A committee operating under the delegation of the Full Governing Body to ensure that the school meets the requirements of the National curriculum, to receive reports on implementation of standards and safeguarding in all respects and reports to the Full Governing Body.

 

Resources: A committee operating under the delegation of the Full Governing Body to view progress on premises, school finance and personnel matters and report back to the Full Governing Body.

 

Admissions: A committee operating under the delegation of the Full Governing Body to discharge the functions conferred on it by relevant Education Acts and Regulations; to determine and review the admissions policy for the school; to rank all applications in accordance with the current determined admissions policy and to ensure the school continues to serve the needs of the whole community and compliance with the School Admissions Code.

 

Pay: A committee operating under the delegation of the Full Governing Body that deals with all staff pay matters (with the exception of the headteacher) and implements pay policy with consideration to staff performance.

 

Pay Appeals: A committee operating under the delegation of the Full Governing Body to consider any appeals against decisions of the Pay Committee.

 

Pupil Discipline: The Governing Body can delegate some or all of its functions in respect of exclusions to a committee consisting of at least three governors and such a committee may be called the Pupil Discipline Committee where one has been established.

 

Staff Discipline/Dismissal: To consider disciplinary matters and dismissals where these functions have not been delegated to the Headteacher under the Staffing Regulations 2009 or, in the case of discipline, where the Headteacher has had detailed prior involvement.

 

Staff Discipline/Dismissal Appeals: To consider any appeals against decisions by the Headteacher/Staff Disciplinary/Dismissal Committee.

 

 

Governors Attendance Record at Governing Body and

Committee Meetings during 2017-18

(updated Sept 2017)

figures rounded to nearest 1%

Name

Standards

Committee

Resources

Committee

Admissions

Committee

Pay

Committee

Full Governing

Body

Meetings held in current Academic Year to date

Current Governors

0

0

0

0

1

Sharon Crouch

 

 

 

 

100%

Francis Franks

 

 

 

 

100%

Richard Heath

 

 

 

 

100%

Rev Simon Heron

 

 

 

 

100%

Megan Howes

 

 

 

 

100%

Karen Livingston

 

 

 

 

100%

Mike Mendham

 

 

 

 

100%

Jaco Neethling

 

 

 

 

100%

Joy Oakley

 

 

 

 

100%

Ben Richardson

 

 

 

 

100%

Terry Webb

 

 

 

 

100%

Donna Wenden

 

 

 

 

100%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governors Attendance Record at Governing Body and

Committee Meetings during 2016-17

(updated July17)

(figures rounded to nearest 1%)

Name

Standards

Committee

Resources

Committee

Admissions

Committee

Pay

Committee

Full Governing

Body

Meetings held in current Academic Year to date

3

4

1

1

4

Current Governors          

  Sharon Crouch

2

N/A

N/A

N/A

3

  Francis Franks

3

N/A

N/A

N/A

4

  Leanne Harding^ 2/2^ N/A N/A N/A 3/3^

  Richard Heath

N/A

4

1

1

4

  Rev Simon Heron

N/A

4

1

1

3

  Megan Howes

3

N/A

N/A

N/A

2

  Karen Livingston^

2/2^

N/A

N/A^

N/A

3/3^

  Lynda McFaull

N/A

2

N/A

N/A

2

  Mike Mendham

N/A

2

N/A

N/A

3

  Jaco Neethling^ N/A 2/3^ N/A - 3/3^

  Joy Oakley

3

N/A

N/A

N/A

4

  Ben Richardson

N/A

4

N/A

1

4

  Terry Webb

N/A

4

N/A

N/A

4

  Donna Wenden

3

4

1

N/A

4

Ex Governors (current academic year)          
Alistair Livingston^^ 0/1* N/A 1 N/A 0/1

^*Where a governor left part way through the academic year, attendance figures are based on the meetings up until the date of leaving.

^Where a governor joined part way through the academic year, attendance figures are based on the meetings from the date of their appointment

Information below is in the process of being updated for the new academic year and this will be published as soon as possible.

LAWFORD C of E PRIMARY SCHOOL

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP 2016 – 2017

 

Standards &  Safeguarding Committee

Sharon Crouch                       Maree Ratcliffe   (Clerk)

Francis Franks  (Chair)

Headteacher

Leanne Harding (tbc)

Megan Howes

Joy Oakley  (Vice- Chair)

 

Resources Committee

Headteacher                           Sue Halsey (Clerk)

Richard Heath                        

Revd Simon Heron (Vice- Chair)

Lynda McFaull

Mike Mendham

Ben Richardson (Chair)

Terry Webb

 

Admissions Committee

Richard Heath  (Chair)             Beverley Kekwick (Clerk)

Headteacher

Rev Simon Heron

Alistair Livingston - replaced by Karen Livingston

 

Pay Committee                                              Pay Appeal Committee

Richard Heath    (Chair)                                 Francis Franks

Rev Simon Heron                                           Second and third member to be nominated from pool

Ben Richardson (tbc)                                     

                                                                       

 

Headteacher's Performance Review Committee

Richard Heath

Lynda McFaull

 

Pupil Discipline Committee*

3 governors selected from the following pool

 

Staff Discipline/Dismissal Committee*

3 governors selected from the following pool but excluding Staff Governors

 

Staff Discipline/Dismissal Appeals Committee*

3 governors selected from the following pool but excluding Staff Governors and the governors who formed the related Staff Discipline Committee.

 

* Pool:

Sharon Crouch                                               Francis Franks                       Megan Howes

Richard Heath                                                Revd Simon Heron                 Lynda McFaull

                                               

Complaints Review Panel

3 governors depending on the nature of the complaint

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests (as recorded in the register of interests)

Current Governors

Date

Interests Declared

 Mrs Sharon Crouch

14th Sept 2016

 Nil declaration

 Mr Francis Franks

14th Sept 2016

 Nil declaration

 Mrs Leanne Harding    tbc

 Mr Richard Heath

14th Sept 2016

 Nil declaration

 Rev Simon Heron

14th Sept 2016

 Nil declaration

 Mrs Megan Howes

14th Sept 2016

 Nil declaration

 Mrs Karen Livingston

 

 tbc

 Mrs Lynda McFaull

14th Sept 2016

 Nil declaration

 Mr Mike Mendham 

14th Sept 2016

 Nil declaration

 Mr Jaco Neethling    tbc

 Mrs Joy Oakley

14th Sept 2016

 Nil declaration

 Mr Ben Richardson

14th Sept 2016

 Nil declaration

 Mr Terry Webb

14th Sept 2016

 Nil declaration

 Mrs Donna Wenden

14th Sept 2016

 Nil declaration

Ex- Governors

(governors within the last 12 months)

Mr Alastair  Livingston 17th Sept 2015 Nil declaration

Mrs Sue Simpson

17 Sept 2015

Nil declaration

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