Our Governors work collaboratively as part of the school Leadership Team to promote and develop the school vision. Their role is strategic and responsibilities include: employing staff, managing resources, ensuring a broad and balanced curriculum, maintaining high standards, working effectively with parents and ensuring that the staff and children have a high quality working environment. Our Governors work very hard for the development of successful learning at Bernards Heath and there are a variety of times during the school year when you can meet them.
A Governor’s time commitment is significant and they have a number of meetings throughout the year. They have six full Governing Body meetings and six committee meetings each year. All Governors belong to one Committee, either:
Resources (Personnel, Premises and Finance)
School Improvement (Pupils and Curriculum)
Governors are also linked to the School Development Plan and are encouraged to make three visits a year during the teaching day to talk to the children and staff, to informally observe teaching and learning and to learn more about the day to day work of the school.
The Governing Body provide strategic management and act as a ‘critical friend’ supporting the work of the Head Teacher and other staff.
Schools have a budget and the Governing Body is responsible for managing this budget. They support the Head Teacher in deciding how many and what types of staff to employ, which type of equipment to replace or upgrade and what the priorities are for implementing new strategies and initiatives. The Governors also have a role in monitoring the school’s progress.
The Governors do not get paid for their work at school – it is a voluntary role. People often apply to join the Governing Body because they are keen to make a commitment to their local community.
Anyone can become a Governor, some of our Governors work full-time, some part-time, and others are not in paid employment, but they all share one thing – a commitment to the children at Bernards Heath Infant School today and in the future. We welcome people with skills and expertise in particular fields, but the most important thing is having the time and willingness to work with the school to make it as good as it possibly can be.
Elections are held for new Governors as and when the need arises. Any parent or guardian of a child at our school is eligible to stand for election. You may want to talk to a current Governor if you would like to find out more about joining the Governing Body.
The Governors are pleased to meet with parents. You can contact them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Governors also attend our parent teacher consultations, plays, fetes etc. to meet as many parents as they can.
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Our Governors are:
Chair / Parent Governor: Vicky Pearlman
Deputy Chair / Co-opted Governor: Penny Dent
Chair – Resources Committee / Co-opted Governor: Abi Newbigging
Vice-chair – Resources Committee / Co-opted Governor: Paul Durant
Head Teacher: Hannah Rimmer
Staff Governor: Isabel Parfitt
Co-opted Governor: David Zolynski
Co-opted Governor: Nasima Rahman
Co-opted Governor: Diane Secker
Parent Governor: Sarah Pike
Parent Governor: Esther Hill
Parent Governor: Sara Sherafat-Scott
Associate Governor: Lottie Woolfson
Associate Governor: Barry Desborough