The School Governing Body is made up of community and local authority representatives, parents and school staff.
Once a vacancy arises, governors are elected on to the governing body and perform their role on a voluntary basis.
The focus of the governing body is as follows:
- To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- To hold the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
- To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.
Who Are We?
The closing date for receipt of ballot papers in the recent parent governor election was 12 noon on Tuesday 14th March 2017. We are pleased to welcome Matt Stephenson as the new parent governor.
Peter Woodhouse (Chairman of Governing Body)
I think Bexton School is excellent – as recent results demonstrate. However many changes are occurring in the education system and we need to be alert and prepared to ensure Bexton stays ahead of the game.
Peter is Head of School (Years 7 - 9) at Knutsford Academy. Peter sits on the Curriculum Committee and is link governor for 'Mastery and deeper Understanding,' a key priority on the 2016-7 School Development Plan.
I have been involved on the Governing body for four years first as a Parent Governor, and more recently as a co-opted governor, appointed by the governing board.
I have two children at Bexton Primary and have been actively involved in different aspects of the school throughout their education. As a Communications Manager I am passionate about further developing an inclusive communications process that involves not only parents, governors and teachers but most importantly the children.
We all have a part to play in taking Bexton from good to great, and communication sits at the heart of this. We need to ensure that Bexton is placed at the centre of our strong community to enable it to thrive during an exciting, but also challenging time.
Lucy was elected as a parent governor by parents of pupils at the school and is link governor for consistency, a key focus area on School Development Plan 2016-7.
Co-opted Governor and Vice Chair of Governing Body
Term of Office: 4 years until 30 October 2017
Committees: Curriculum & Nursery
I am a member of the local community with two young children.
I left my role as a Secondary English Teacher and Assistant Headteacher to raise my family but am keen to use my expertise and experience in education to benefit all of our children.
I recently became vice chair of the Governing Board for a two year term of office until July 2018. I have worked closely with the Senior Leadership Team to encapsulate the Vision and Ethos of the school and I was vice chair to Curriculum Committee until October 2016. I am link governor for SEND, Data and Assessment.
Kathryn was elected as a parent governor by parents of pupils at the school.
James was elected as a parent governor by parents of pupils at the school.
Term of Office: 4 years until 30 October 2017
Committees: Resources, Nursery & Pay Committee
Link Governor: Health & Safety
I have been a governor at Bexton for nine years, firstly as a parent, then a Local Authority and now a Co-opted governor, appointed by the governing board. During that time I have helped out as a lunchtime assistant, football coach, Chair of the Resources sub-committee, Vice Chair and Chair of the governing body.
For my day job I run an architectural practice in Mobberley. Throughout my 20 year career I have specialised in designing school buildings.
Term of Office: 4 years until 23 May 2020
I have two children at Bexton Primary School (Year 3 and Year 1).
I am the Managing Director of an independent weed control company having previously worked for a Premier League football club, including establishing and running their 1st team and Academy Sports Science deprtments. I also assist the junior coaching at Knutsford Rugby Club.
I would embrace the opportunity to be a parent governor, to assist the other governors in overseeing the effective and responsible running of the school to ensure the holistic development of our children to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
I am link governor for PE and sit on the Curriculum Committee.
Jon was elected as a parent governor by parents of pupils at the school.
Term of Office: 4 years until 19 March 2018
Committees: Resources (Vice-Chair) & Nursery
I am a co-opted governor, appointed by the governing board, and vice chair of the Resources Committee.
I have one daughter at Bexton.
I am a chartered accountant with more than twenty years experience in a variety of financial and risk management roles.
Recently, I set up my own accounting firm which supports local businesses and non-profit organisations.
Staff Governor (elected by staff)
Term of Office: 4 years until 23 January 2019
Mrs Bland has experience of a wide range of posts from midday supervision through to headship.
With both children attending Bexton, Mrs Bland has seen the school from a parental perspective, and through the experience of her children has seen various models of secondary education including academies, the independent sector and sixth form college.
Term of Office: 4 years until 30 October 2017
Link Governor: Safeguarding and Literacy
I have been a governor at Bexton since 2009, first as a parent governor and now a co-opted governor, appointed by the governing board. I live locally and my two children attended Bexton and now attend Knutsford Academy.
I am the school's safeguarding governor and literacy link governor and I sit on the Curriculum Committee, to which I have recently (October 2016) taken on role of vice chair.
I am a primary school teacher, currently working in more than one school on 'supply'. I have also previously worked as a childcare solicitor.
I enjoy my role as a governor and believe it is very important to become involved in the local community.
Committees: Resources, Curriculum, Nursery
Associate Governor (appointed by Governing Board)
Committees: Resources and Curriculum
I was appointed as an Associate Governor by Governing Board on 6 July 2016 for 4 year term of office until 6 July 2020. I am delighted to have been recently elected by parents of the school to be parent governor for a four year term of office from 15.3.17 to 15.3.21.
Committee: Resources and Nursery
Associate member of nursery commitee, appointed by governing board in July 2016 for a four year term of office.
What do governors do?
Individual governors keep up to date on school policy, new regulations, school development plans and government drives on a local and national level. They attend training and they also visit the school regularly to gain an in depth understanding of the school, which enables them to perform their role more effectively.
Associate governors do not have voting rights at FGB or committees.
Governors also attend the following meetings:
Full Governing Body: All governors attend the full governing body meetings which take place once per term.
Resources Committee: This committee meets once per term to look at everything financial and to approve spending. The committee reports back to the full governing body. The governors that sit on this committee are as follows: Jim Lovett (chair of Resources Committee), Peter Woodhouse, Emily Armstrong (Headteacher), Julie Griffiths (School Business Manager), Jill Sach (associate member), John Squires, Sandra Bland, Mike Braun (vice chair of Resources Committee), Matt Stephenson, Georgina Blake (clerk).
Curriculum Committee: This committee meets once per term to look at everything to do with teaching and learning, and pupil progress. The committee reports back to the full governing body. Governors on this committee include the following: Charlotte Davies (chair of Curriculum Committee), Kathryn Woolf, Catherine Hulme, Lucy Goldsmith, Jon Webb, Peter Woodhouse, Sarah Draper (vice chair of Curriculum Committee), Emily Armstrong (Headteacher), Peter Kingdom, Jill Sach (associate member), Georgina Blake (clerk).
Nursery Committee: Emily Armstrong (chair), Charlotte Davies, Catherine Hulme, John Squires, Mike Braun, Matt Stephenson, Julie Griffiths (School Business Manager), Louise Barker (Nursery Manager), Andy Lynes (associate member), James Hulme (associate member), Georgina Blake (clerk)
Becoming a Governor
Parent governors are elected by parents of children attending school at the date of election, co-opted governors are appointed by the Board of Governors and the staff governor is elected by staff members of the school. The local authority governor is nominated by Cheshire East Council and appointed by the governing board.
The mot recent parent governor election was held in March 2017- watch this space for details of upcoming elections.
Bexton Governors in last 12 months
We are required by law to publish information on anyone who has been a Bexton Primary School governor in last 12 months. Barbara Austin, LA governor (nominated by Local Authority and appointed by governing board, term of office 6.6.14- 6.6.18), member of Resources Committee and Bexton's longest serving governor, resigned on 2 November 2015. Doug Angus parent governor (term of office 21.11.12- 21.11.16, appointed by Bexton parents), member of Curriculum Committee and vice chair of governing board resigned on 18 May 2016 due to his relocation to U.A.E. Andrew Middleton, co-opted governor (appointed by governing board term of office 19.3.14- 19.3.18) and member of Curriculum Committee resigned on 23 March 2016 due to relocation. Kathryn Zuger, co-opted governor (appointed by governing board, term of office 19.3.14- 19.3.18) and member of Curriculum Committee resigned on 7 March 2016. Paul Dolan, headteacher governor and member of Resources, Curriculum and Nursery Committee resigned in December 2015.
Contact the Bexton governors
If you have any ideas or comments for the governors in relation to the strategy or vision of the school, please do get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember the school governor has a strategic role and does not deal with day to day running of the school. Any questions of this nature should always be directed to school staff in the first instance.