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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

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.

 

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.

 

 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

 

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 (2017-18)

Name

Date Appointed

/Reappointed

Category & Appointed by

Term of Office Ends

Mr Francis Franks

(Chair of Governors)

01.09.17

Foundation PCC

31.08.21

Mrs Leanne Harding

07.10.16

Staff (Elected)

06.10.20

Mr Richard Heath

01.09.17

Foundation DBE

31.08.21

Rev Simon Heron

01.09.11

Ex-officio

ex-officio

Ms Megan Howes

04.07.16

Foundation PCC

03.07.20

Mrs Karen Livingston

16.11.16

Parent (Elected)

15.11.20

Mr Mike Mendham

04.07.16

Foundation PCC

03.07.20

Mr Jaco Neethling

14.12.16

Local Authority

13.12.20

Mrs Joy Oakley

07.10.15

Foundation PCC

06.10.19

Mr Ben Richardson

(Vice Chair of Governors)

05.10.15

Parent (Elected)

04.10.19

Mr Terry Webb

21.05.14

Co-opted

20.05.18

Mrs Donna Wenden

01.09.11

Staff (Headteacher)

ex officio

Vacancy

 

Foundation DBE

 

Vacancy

 

Foundation PCC

 

Previous Governing Body Members – current and previous academic year

Name

Date Appointed

Category & Appointed by

Date of leaving

Mrs Sharon Crouch

01.12.13

Foundation DBE

01.11.17

Mr Alastair Livingston

16.11.12

Parent (Elected)

15.11.16

Mrs Lynda McFaull

01.09.13

Foundation PCC

31.08.17

Governors Attendance Record at Governing Body and

Committee Meetings during 2017-18

(updated Sept 2017)

 

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

Sharon Crouch

(resigned wef 1.11.17)

1/1

n/a

n/a

n/a

1/1

Francis Franks

1

n/a

 

1

1

Leanne Harding 1 n/a n/a n/a  

Richard Heath

n/a

1

n/a

n/a

1

Rev Simon Heron

n/a

0

 

0

1

Megan Howes

1

n/a

n/a

n/a

1

Karen Livingston

1

n/a

 

n/a

1

Mike Mendham

n/a

1

n/a

n/a

1

Jaco Neethling

n/a

1

n/a

n/a

1

Joy Oakley

1

n/a

n/a

n/a

1

Ben Richardson

n/a

1

n/a

1

1

Terry Webb

n/a

1

n/a

n/a

1

Donna Wenden

1

1

 

n/a

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAWFORD C of E PRIMARY SCHOOL 

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP 2017 – 2018

Revised 1/11/17

 

Standards & Safeguarding Committee

Francis Franks (Chair)                             Maree Ratcliffe (Clerk)

Headteacher

Leanne Harding

Megan Howes

Karen Livingston

Joy Oakley (Vice- Chair)

 

Resources Committee

Headteacher                                            Sue Halsey (Clerk)

Richard Heath (Vice Chair)

Revd Simon Heron

Mike Mendham

Jaco Neethling

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

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

LAWFORD C of E PRIMARY SCHOOL (Voluntary Aided)

GOVERNORS' REGISTER OF BUSINESS INTERESTS

2017 - 2018

Governor Name

Date

Interests Declared

Business Interest form completed and submitted

Comments

Sharon Crouch

13.09.17

Nil declaration

Resigned as at 1.11.17

Francis Franks

13.09.17

Nil declaration

 

Leanne Harding

13.09.17

Nil declaration

 

Megan Howes

13.09.17

Nil Declaration

 

Richard Heath

13.09.17

Nil declaration

 

Rev Simon Heron

13.09.17

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

13.09.17

Nil declaration

 

Mike Mendham

13.09.17

Nil declaration

 

Jaco Neethling

1.11.17

Nil declaration

 

Joy Oakley

13.09.17

Nil declaration

 

Ben Richardson

13.09.17

Nil declaration

 

Terry Webb

1.11.17

Nil declaration

 

Donna Wenden

13.09.17

Nil declaration

 

Information relating to the last Academic Year (2016-17)

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

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

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

 Governors 2016-17

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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