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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.

Current Governors

 

 Francis Franks

Chair of Governors

Governor since 2004

joined the school community in 1997 when my eldest child started in Reception year, I was finally able to hang-up the school run shoes in July 2016. I’ve been a Governor since the 2003/4 school year, latterly chairing the Standards and Safeguarding Committee and taking on Vice Chair roles.

Occupation: - Civil Servant.

Interests: - Music, as part of St Mary’s choir and hand-bell team and the East Anglian Hand Team, messing about in small sailing boats.

 Ben Richardson

Vice Chair of Governors (Joint)

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.

 

 Rev Simon Heron

Vice Chair of Governors (Joint)

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.   

 Anna Deane

Appointed Foundation Governor in May 2018

As well as a Foundation Governor, I am parent to three children, two of whom currently attend Lawford Primary School.
I have a Pharmacology degree. I was delighted to be asked to be a Governor and look forward to working with everyone.

 

 

Richard Heath

 

 

 

 

Governor since 1999 (former 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.


 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!

Rev Sally Morris

Rev Morris was appointed Foundation Governor on 23rd November 2017

Further information to follow

 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
I am delighted to be a Governor at Lawford CofE Primary School and I have three children who now all attend.  I am a primary school teacher and I currently work across six different schools helping to raise attainment in English.  My areas of responsibility at Lawford are English and Mathematics and I am the Chair of the Standards & Safeguarding Committee.  In addition, I work with a team to focus on the school progress and attainment data.

The staff governors are:

Abigail Fairbairn - Headteacher

Leanne Harding - SENCo

Terry Webb - School Caretaker

 

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.

 

 

 

Current Governing Body Members (2018-19)

Name

Date Appointed

/Reappointed

Category & Appointed by

Term of Office Ends

Anna Deane

09.05.18

Foundation

08.05.22

Abigail Fairbairn

01.09.18

Staff (Headteacher)

ex officio

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

(Vice Chair of Governors)

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

Rev Sally Morris

23.11.17

Foundation

22.11.21

Jaco Neethling

14.12.16

Local Authority

13.12.20

Joy Oakley

07.10.15

Foundation PCC

06.10.19

Ben Richardson

(Vice Chair of Governors)

05.10.15

Parent (Elected)

04.10.19

Terry Webb

21.05.14

Co-opted

20.05.18

Previous Governing Body Members – current and previous academic year

Name

Date Appointed

Category & Appointed by

Date of leaving

Sharon Crouch

01.12.13

Foundation DBE

01.11.17

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP 2018 – 2019

 

Standards & Safeguarding Committee

Jaco Neethling                                           Maree Ratcliffe (Clerk)

Francis Franks

Headteacher

Leanne Harding

Megan Howes (Vice-Chair)

Karen Livingston

Sally Morris

Joy Oakley (Chair)

 

Resources Committee

Headteacher                                                Sue Halsey (Clerk)

Richard Heath (Vice Chair)

Revd Simon Heron

Mike Mendham

Anna Deane

Ben Richardson (Chair)

Terry Webb

 

Admissions Committee

Francis Franks (Chair)                                    Beverley Kekwick (Clerk)

Headteacher

Rev Simon Heron

Karen Livingston

 

Pay Committee                                             Pay Appeal Committee

Francis Franks (Chair)                                    Richard Heath

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

Ben Richardson

 

Headteacher's Performance Review Committee

Richard Heath

Joy Oakley

 

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:

Ben Richardson

Francis Franks

Megan Howes

Richard Heath

Revd Simon Heron

Joy Oakley

 

Complaints Review Panel

3 governors depending on the nature of the complaint

Governors Attendance Record at Governing Body and

Committee Meetings during 2018-19

(updated Oct 2018)

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

1

1

0

1

1

Anna Deane

n/a

1

 

n/a

1

Abigail Fairbairn

1

1

 

n/a

1

Francis Franks

1

n/a

 

1

1

Leanne Harding

1

n/a

 

n/a

1

Richard Heath

n/a

1

 

n/a

0

Rev Simon Heron

n/a

1

 

1

1

Megan Howes

1

n/a

 

n/a

1

Karen Livingston

1

n/a

 

n/a

1

Mike Mendham

n/a

n/a

 

n/a

0

Rev Sally Morris

1

n/a

 

n/a

1

Jaco Neethling

1

n/a

 

n/a

1

Joy Oakley

1

n/a

 

n/a

1

Ben Richardson

n/a

0

 

0

1

Terry Webb

n/a

1

 

n/a

1

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

LAWFORD C of E PRIMARY SCHOOL (Voluntary Aided) GOVERNORS' REGISTER OF BUSINESS INTERESTS 2018 - 2019

Governor Name

Date

Interests Declared

Business Interest form completed and submitted

Anna Deane

12/09/18

Nil declaration

Abbie Fairbairn

12/09/18

Nil declaration

Francis Franks

12/09/18

Nil declaration

Leanne Harding

12/09/18

Nil declaration

Richard Heath

26/09/18

Nil declaration

Megan Howes

12/09/18

Nil declaration

Rev Simon Heron

12/09/18

Company directorships- Gargantuan Games Ltd

Charity trusteeship – Cox and Hales Almstone Trust Leeds Charity

Governor of St. George C of E Primary, Gt. Bromley

Karen Livingston

12/09/18

Nil declaration

Mike Mendham

26/09/18

Nil declaration

Sally Morris

12/09/18

Nil declaration

Jaco Neethling

12/09/18

Nil declaration

Joy Oakley

12/09/18

Nil declaration

Ben Richardson

12/09/18

Nil declaration

Terry Webb

12/09/18

Nil declaration

Previous Academic Year:

Governors Attendance Record at Governing Body and

Committee Meetings during 2017-18

(updated Jul 2018)

 

Name

Standards

Committee

Resources

Committee

Admissions

Committee

Pay

Committee

Full Governing

Body

Meetings held in current Academic Year to date

Current Governors

3

4

1

1

4

Sharon Crouch

(resigned wef 1.11.17)

1/1

n/a

n/a

n/a

1/1

Anna Deane

(appointed wef 9.5.18)

n/a 1/1 n/a n/a 1/1

Francis Franks

3

n/a

1

1

4

Leanne Harding 2 n/a n/a n/a 4

Richard Heath

n/a

4

n/a

n/a

4

Rev Simon Heron

n/a

3

1

tbc

4

Megan Howes

3

n/a

n/a

n/a

4

Karen Livingston

3

n/a

 

n/a

3

Rev Sally Morris

(appointed wef 23.11.17)

2/2 n/a n/a n/a 3/3

Mike Mendham

n/a

4

n/a

1

4

Jaco Neethling

2/2

1/1

n/a

n/a

4

Joy Oakley

3

n/a

n/a

n/a

4

Ben Richardson

n/a

3

1

1

3

Terry Webb

n/a

4

n/a

n/a

4

Donna Wenden

3

4

1

1

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

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