Dungworth Green, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 6HE

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The role of the Governing Board

Including Mrs. Adams (the Head teacher) there are ten governors, who come from a variety of walks of life. Photographs of us, are in the school entrance.

 We meet, as a full group, at least once each term and, more regularly, within specialist groups. Governors are one of the largest volunteer groups in the country and have an important part in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is key to the effectiveness of the school.

 We provide strategic leadership and accountability in the school. We are responsible for the appointment of the head teacher and assistant head teacher. We also hold the main responsibility for the finance of the school and, it is governors, who make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

 Each individual governor is a member of the governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individually, we may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.

 The role of the governing board is a strategic one and, its six key elements are; -

  • Strategic Leadership
  • Accountability for School and Financial performance
  • People
  • Structures
  • Compliance
  • Evaluation

We keep records of the number of hours each Governor worked on behalf of the school. We were entirely realistic and, the records show that, between September 2015 and July 2016, as a group, we provided over 500 hours of our time.

When you do see us in the school, we may be meeting with Mrs Adams or carrying out what are known as “learning walks”. Whilst we’re in the school, we do not make judgements on pupil’s work, or members of staff. The purpose of a Governor’s learning walk is to support the Governing board in carrying out its key responsibility on monitoring and evaluating the work of the school.

We also have specialist Governors who are responsible for such areas as; health and safety, safeguarding issues and special educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

 If you do see us in the school and, you have an enquiry or issue you would like to be listened to, please do feel able to talk to us or contact the Chair of Governors via the school office.

                                                                                                    

Name

Term commenced

Term finishes

                Background on being a Governor             

Angela Donnelly

Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

1/10/15

30/9/19

I became a parent governor in 2008, and have taken an active part in the leadership and management, policies development, personnel issues, quality standard issues of the school.

I have undertaken specific training to support me in some particular governor responsibilities such as safeguarding in recruitment, performance management of the head teacher and recruitment into senior leadership positions.
I am Training and Development lead for governors.
As the current Chair of Governors I attend school a minimum of once a fortnight to conduct school business and learning walks.

My experience is drawn from 25 years in the NHS as both a health care professional and senior manager of a Trust wide department. I worked at both local and regional level. More recently I volunteer for not only the school but 2 other organisations dealing with families in crisis and criminal justice issues.

Andrew Beckerman

Co-opted Governor

9/12/15

8/12/19

I am a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences and I have two children in the school.  In addition to 15 years of research and teaching in higher education, I have two years of experience in outdoor/experiential education for primary students (5-10 year olds). I also have several years of experience in undergraduate student recruitment.  My work involves teaching, mentoring, and research all of which involve developing and using several forms of data analysis and visualization. As well as my passion for education in all its forms, I also have experience in many aspects of IT and IT based learning and quantitative skills development.
 

I have also been a Trustee for a large charity for several years.  I have several years of experience as Chairperson of one of the committees, coordinating up to 15 trustees, coopted members and charity staff, and responsible for a large budget and contributions to the overall strategic plan.  I have also had the pleasure of helping and implementing two five-year strategic plans for the Charity, leading to growth and expansion of activities, as well as to increased efficiency.

I am Chair of the Finance, Personnel and Premises committee.

Melanie Smart

Co-opted Governor

1/10/14

1/10/18

I became a governor in 1978. In 1981 I was part of the Action Group which saved our local schools and saw their amalgamation to create Bradfield Dungworth School. Threat of closure loomed again in 1993. I was part of the Action Group that won the case to stay open. I was instrumental in developing a new extension to create more capacity within the school.

In 2011 OFSTED criticised our PE provision and the lack of library space.  We were the only school in Sheffield without a hall. I helped to pursue grants to build a new hall, eventually our success led to a feasibility study, we appointed an architect and dealt with Health and Safety issues.

I am secretary of the Village Hall, part of the Green Hall Committee and also a Trustee for the volunteer-run Stannington Library. Ive worked as a commercial artist, an estate agent, at Loxley School, as Parish Clerk and as an IT Help Desk advisor.

My three children attended Bradfield Dungworth School and I have four grandchildren from age 4 -14.

I am on the Standards and Curriculum, Parents and Community Committee, undertake the Performance Management of the Head Teacher, am a link Governor for Science, History and Geography and I chair the School council.

Paula Loombe

Parent Governor

11/2/15

10/2/19

I joined the Governing body as a Parent Governor in spring 2015   As a secondary school teacher with over 20 years experience, I felt that I could bring my expertise to this role.  I teach Business Studies, Child Development and ICT to a wide range of students from Y7 up to Y13 – everything from helping them to settle into “big school” to getting ready for University.  For many years, I have worked closely with the SEN department as the liaison teacher for ICT and my role was to encourage and support all students to make the most progress that they can at school.

Rev Alan Isaacson

Co-opted Governor

2/10/14

1/10/18

I have been Rector of St Nicholas’ Church, Bradfield, since 2007 and a co-opted governor at Bradfield Dungworth Primary School since 2010. I am a board member of the Bradfield Feoffees, and chair of the Bradfield Festival of Music.  I trained as a secondary school teacher, and taught in Derbyshire, Sheffield and Nigeria.  I then worked for some 10 years in formal and informal adult education.I was ordained in 1996, and before coming to Bradfield was Vicar of Treeton, where I was chair of governors of Treeton CofE Primary School. I am married, with children and grandchildren.

Stuart Maiklem

Parent Governor

2/10/14

1/10/18

I have been a parent governor since 2009. I am a chartered engineer and have worked in the construction industry for over 20 years. My relevant experience includes facilities management, project management and commercial management. I apply these skills in the governor role as the Health & Safety Link Governor. I formed part of the working group that project managed the development of the school hall, from proposal to identifying ‘snagging issues’ of the new build. I form part of the Premises Committee.

Michelle Scott

Parent Governor

11/2/15

10/2/19

I have a PhD in biochemistry, postdoctoral experience in biomedicine and a qualification in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.  I have gained significant experience of teaching, scholarship and developing curricula within a wide range of specialties within the UK higher education sector.

I have an interest in research-led, innovative curricula and emerging teaching methodologies. I also have a passion for creating the best opportunities for all children regardless of their background and ability. I was elected as Parent governor in January 2015, I form part of the Standards and Curriculum committee. My skills with data analysis assist the Governing Body when dealing with termly data reports. Bradfield Dungworth Primary School is a school I am extremely proud of and it is a privilege to be part of the schools development and I thoroughly enjoy it.

Ali Heath-Cooke

LA Governor

11/2/14

Resigned

1/10/16

 

Andrew Brookes

Co-opted Governor

2/10/15

Resigned

30/07/16

 

Governor Voting :

All co-opted, parent, Local Authority (LA) and staff governors are eligible to vote in all governor meetings.  Associate governors are not eligible to vote in any governor meeting.  We currently do not have any associate governors at Bradfield Dungworth Primary School.

 

Governor Register of Business Interests

Name

Governor

 Relevant Business Interests / Personal Interests

Any other Educational Establishments Governed

Relationships with the School Staff inc Spouses, partners or relatives

Date Form Completed

MRS HELEN ADAMS

Headteacher

None

None

None

30/9/2016

MRS ANGELA DONNELLY

Chair, Parent

None

None

None

30/9/2016

MR ANDREW BECKERMAN

Co-opted

None

None

None

30/9/2016

MRS KERRY FLEWITT

Staff

None

None

None

2/9/2016

REV ALAN ISAACSON

Co-opted

None

None

None

30/9/2016

MRS PAULA LOOMBE

Parent

Husband Ian Loombe runs abseiling / charity fundraising activity

None

None

30/9/2016

MR STUART MAIKLEM

Parent

None

None

None

30/9/2016

DR MICHELLE SCOTT

Parent

None

None

None

30/9/2016

MRS MELANIE SMART

Co-opted

None

None

None

30/9/2016

MR ANDREW BROOKES

(Resigned July 2016)

Parent

None

None

None

26/9/15

MRS ALI HEATH COOK

(Resigned October 2016)

LA

None

None

None

1/10/15

 

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