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School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy head teacher. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools.

Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.

The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • Set the aims and objectives for the school
  • Set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • Be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher.

The head teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body, as well as the day to day running of the school.

 Bracken Leas School Governing Body

Name & CategoryCommitteesRole & ResponsibilitiesTerm Of Office
Paula Harwood
Headteacher
Resources
Standards
01.09.17
Karen Falvey
Trustee from the Trust Board
StandardsHeadteacher Performance Management01.04.17-
31.03.21
Andrea Kent
Staff
Elected by Staff
Standards01.09.17-
31.08.21
Christine Allum
Appointed by the board
StandardsVice Chair of Governors01.04.17-
31.03.21
Chris Watts
Appointed by the board
ResourcesLooked After Children/Child Protection
Safeguarding
Safer Recruitment
01.04.17-
31.03.21
Claire Fisher
Staff
Standards01.04.17-
31.03.21
Dave Edge
Parent
Standards
Chair of Governors
Head Teacher Performance Management
Safer Recruitment
01.04.17-
31.03.21
Neil Jacobs
Parent
Resources01.04.17-
31.03.21
Peter Gardner
Parent
ResourcesHeadteacher Performance Management
Health & Safety
01.04.17-
31.03.21
Sue Parry
Parent
Appointed 21.10.13
Resigned 22.04.17
Cliff Nichol
Parent
Appointed 21.10.13
Resigned 31.03.17
Sarah Hall
Co-opted
Appointed 01.09.15
Resigned 08.03.17

Register of Governors’ Interests 2017-18

NameCategoryInterests
Paula HarwoodHeadteacherNone
Andrea KentStaffNone
Claire FisherStaffParent
Chris WattsAppointed by the BoardNone
Dave Edge
Chair
ParentParent
Christine Allum

Vice Chair
Appointed by the BoardNone
Peter GardnerParentParent
Karen FalveyTrustee from the BoardTrustee and Governor of Nicholas Hawksmoor Learning Trust
Governor IMAT
Neil JacobsParentParent

Record of Governors’ Attendance 2016-17

NameFull Governors’ MeetingFinance & PersonnelPremises, Health & Safety
Rachel Gallyot8/8
(8 out of a possible 8)
1/11/1
Michelle Swanson
7/80/1n/a
Sarah Hall
5/5n/an/a
Chris Watts
8/8n/a1/1
Claire Fisher
8/8n/an/a
Giorgio
Mystkowski
2/2n/an/a
Karen Falvey
6/6n/an/a
Cliff Nichol
5/61/1n/a
Sue Parry
6/61/11/1
Mark Edwards
2/3n/an/a
Dave Edge 7/8n/a1/1
Neil Jacobs
6/81/1n/a
Peter Gardner
4/41/1n/a
Christine Allum
3/41/1n/a
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