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Governors

Governors of Townsend

Voluntary Aided Church of England School

 

Role of the Governing Body

 

The Department for Education states that Governing Bodies –

“….are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. For maintained schools this is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.

In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

a. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

b. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and

c. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

These functions are reflected in regulations for maintained schools that came into force in September 2013.”

 

At Townsend Voluntary Aided Church of England School, governors have a strategic role in the development of the school but are not involved in the day-to-day management – that is the role of the Headteacher. Governors need to be clear about the aims and values of the school and prepared to work with the school as a critical friend recognising and celebrating achievements, supporting and encouraging strategies to bring about improvements, but also asking challenging questions to ensure objectives are met.

The Governing Body at Townsend Voluntary Aided Church of England School bring a wide range of skills and experience to their roles which is of great value to the leadership team and wider school community.  Governors take their role seriously and seek to improve their knowledge by attending training courses, workshops and conferences as appropriate.

 

Governing Body Organisation at Townsend Voluntary Aided Church of England School

The full Governing Body meets at least four times a year and additionally if circumstances require.  At each meeting governors receive a report from the Headteacher and often other staff and the minutes from the various committees.  Other items are discussed or approved at specific times of the year, for example examination results in September, plans for school improvement and budget. Some important items are standing a standing item on the meeting agenda. ie. safeguarding, reports from sub-committees and working groups

 

The main Governing Body is supported by two main committees which meet at least once each half term and additionally as required.

1.    The Finance and General Purposes Committee is concerned with budget and finance, premises and health and safety, and relevant aspects of safeguarding, and other matters delegated by the full governing body.

2.    The Curriculum and Standards Committee deals with standards, safeguarding and child protection, curriculum matters, examination results/outcomes, well-being and pastoral care, special educational needs and disability, disadvantaged and pupil premium students, and other matters delegated by the full governing body.

 

All governors with the exception of the ex-officio governor are members of at least one of the sub-committee listed above. Other sub-committees are formed as appropriate eg. academisation, development.

Other sub-committees

1.    The Policy and Urgency Committee

Membership composes the Chair of Governors, the two Vice Chairs of Governors, the Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, the Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee (note – the current Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee is also a Vice Chair of Governors), and the Headteacher.  This committee considers issues that are urgent or concerned with strategy or overall policy as well as acting as the governors Personnel Committee.

2.    Pupil disciplinary Committee

All governors are appointed to this committee with a panel being selected as required from that membership.  The committee considers issues relating to exclusions if not covered by other committees delegated by the full governing body.

3.    Admissions Committee

All governors are appointed to this committee with a panel being selected as required. The committee considers applications to join the school and revisions to the admissions policy if not undertaken by the full governing body.

4.    Personnel Committee

The work of this committee is delegated by the full governing body to the Policy and Urgency Committee

 

Governors visit the school to see the day to day experience of the students and staff, often a visit will have a specific focus eg. assessment and making, student well-being, behaviour

Governors also attend school events such as secondary transfer evening, the four annual Cathedral services, school play performances, music concerts and parent/carer consultation evenings. Please come and talk with Governors while you are at these events.

If you would like more information about the work governors do, or have any concerns or queries you would like to raise with the governors, please contact Mr Downs, Chair of Governors, by writing to him at the school address and marking your envelope as confidential for his attention.

If you would like information on how to become a Governor in a Hertfordshire School, please contact the Governance unit at Hertfordshire County Council. (01438 844113)

 

 

Foundation Governors

Ex officio

The Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John, The Dean of St. Albans
MA (Classics and Mod Langs); M.A. (Theology); D.Phil (Oxon); Hon D.Litt (Univ Herts)
Term of Office – July 2004 – until appointment as Dean ceases
Member of – Pupil Disciplinary Committee, and Admissions Committee
Relevant business and pecuniary interests – Church of England
Interests in other educational establishments – Honorary Fellow, Hertford College, Oxford; Governor, St Albans High School for Girls; Member of the Advisory Council, St Albans School; Member of the University Court, University of Hertfordshire.

 

Appointed by the St Albans Diocesan Board of Education

1.      Reverend N Ward

Current Term of Office – 1st September 2014 – 31st August 2018 (first appointed 1997)
Member of – Curriculum and Standards Committee, Pupil Disciplinary Committee, and Admissions Committee
Secretary of Curriculum Committee
Relevant business and pecuniary interests – Current vocation – Associate Minister, Holy Trinity Frogmore, Diocese of St. Albans.
Professional background – Database specialist (retired).
Parent of three former Townsend students.

 

2.      Mrs H Fellows

Current Term of Office – 1st June 2016 – 31st May 2020 (first appointed 2009)
Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee
Member of – Finance and General Purposes, Policy and Urgency Committee (including the Personnel Committee), Pupil Disciplinary Committee, and Admissions Committee
Relevant business and pecuniary interests – none relevant
Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA).

 

3.      Mrs H Quenet

Current Term of Office – as a Foundation Governor – 1st September 2014 – 31st August 2018, previously an elected parent/carer governor from 2011 to 2014
Vice Chair of Governors, Member of – Finance and General Purposes, Curriculum and Standards Committee, Policy and Urgency Committee (including the Personnel Committee), Pupil Disciplinary Committee, and Admissions Committee
Relevant business and pecuniary interests – Professional background – worked for the NHS in Mental Health Services. Runs own business. Local Borough Councillor for Welwyn Hatfield. Had two children through the school, both now at University.

 

Appointed by St Albans Deanery Synod

1.      Mr P Kestner

Current Term of Office – 1st September 2014 – 31st August 2018 (has served for many years previously as a Diocesan Appointed governor from 2001)
Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee
Member of – Curriculum and Standards Committee, Policy and Urgency Committee (including the Personnel Committee), Pupil Disciplinary Committee, and Admissions Committee
Special Educational Needs Link Governor, Safeguarding and Child Protection Link Governor
Relevant business and pecuniary interests – None relevant
Professional background – Retired opera singer (English National Opera ENO), Chair of St Albans Chamber Opera (SACO), singing teacher.
Parent of two former Townsend students

 

2.      Mr A P Hale (Leave of absence granted from September 2017)

Current Term of Office – 1st September 2014 – 31st August 2018 (has served for many year previous to current appointment)
Member of  – Finance and General Purposes Committee,  Pupil Disciplinary Committee, Admissions Committee
Relevant business and pecuniary interests – qualified architect

 

Hertfordshire County Council Local Authority Appointed Governor

Mr I Downs

Current Term of Office – 1st September 2014 – 31st August 2018 (has served for many years previously since 2000)
Chair of Governors (previously Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee)
Member of – Policy & Urgency Committee (including the Personnel Committee), Pupil Disciplinary Committee, and Admissions Committee
Ex-officio Member of – Finance and General Purposes Committee, Curriculum and Standards Committee
Relevant business and pecuniary interests – Business management role in small to medium sized business.

 

Elected Governors

1.       Parent/Carer Governor

Miss R Keen
Current Term of Office – 25th November 2015 to 26th November 2019
Member of – Finance and General Purposes Committee, Pupil Disciplinary Committee, Admissions Committee
Relevant business and pecuniary interests – Education Primary School Teacher
I became a parent governor in 2015 to give support to a school I feel passionately about.  As a primary school teacher, I am able to bring my experience of the education system to the role of governor.

 

2.       Staff Governor

Mrs L Altria
Term of Office – 20th November 2014 – 19th November 2018 (has previously been a governor since 2008)
Member of – Curriculum and Standards Committee, Pupil Disciplinary Committee, Admissions Committee
Relevant business and pecuniary interests – Education – an experienced member of staff at Townsend VA CE School since 1996

 

Head Teacher

Mr A Wellbeloved, Headteacher
Term of Office – ongoing while employed as Head Teacher
Member of – Finance and General Purposes Committee, Curriculum and Standards Committee, Policy and Urgency Committee (including the Personnel Committee), Admissions Committee
Relevant business and pecuniary interests – Education – employed as the Head Teacher of Townsend VA CE School, member St Albans Diocesan Board of Education, Member Herts For Learning Multi-Academy Trust, Member St Albans Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust, non-executive Director of not for profit Herts For Learning, member Hertfordshire Schools Music Service Forum, Director of not for profit St Albans and Harpenden Schools Umbrella Trust

 

Clerk to Governors

Awaiting Appointment
The Clerk (or Acting Clerk) attends all formal meetings of the governor body

 

How to contact the Clerk to the Governors
Please address all communications clearly marked for the attention of The Clerk to the Governing Body to the school address for your communication to be dealt with appropriately.

 

 

Attendance at meetings