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The Governing Board of Beechfield School

In September 2015, the Governing Board made the decision to cease meeting as separate committees. Instead, all governors meet nine times per academic year to discuss and monitor the curriculum, school improvement, premises, health and safety, personnel and finance. The structure of our Governing Board is:

  • The Head Teacher –  role is held ex-officio
  • 6 Co-opted governors – appointed by the Governing Body
  • 1 LA (Local Authority) Governor – Hertfordshire nominate candidates who are then voted in by the Governing Body
  • 3 Parent Governors – appointed following parental elections
  • 1 Staff Governor – appointed following a staff election

As a Governing Board we have decided to appoint Associate Members.  The Governing Body have decided not to award Associate Members full voting rights at committee or full Governing Board level.  We currently have two Associate members, both Deputy Heads,  Michelle Connell and Nuno Alexandre.

Approved governor minutes which detail attendance at meetings are available in the school office.

Governors are linked to priority areas including Pupil Premium, SEND, Safeguarding, CLA and Health and Safety, and meet with relevant staff/visit the school regularly to discuss standards, actions and strategic direction.  Governor monitoring contributes to discussions that formulate a strategic school development plan.

Complaints, staff disciplinary appeals and pupil exclusion panels will be set up according to availability.

Governing board membership 2017-18

Governor nameCategory of governanceTerm of officeRoles and responsibilities
Lesly AdamsLocal Authority governor30/04/14 to 29/04/18Chair of Governing Board, Pupil premium, CLA governor, Headteacher performance appraisal
James BrownCo-opted governor07/06/16 to 06/06/20Vice Chair of Governing Board, SEND governor
Glenn GibsoneCo-opted governor01/11/15 to 31/10/19Health and safety governor
Martin AdamsCo-opted governor01/10/15 to 30/09/19Child protection, safeguarding governor
Saadia AslamCo-opted governor08/12/16 to 07/12/20Community link governor
Nikita MistryParent governor07/11/16 to 06/11/20Governor development co-ordinator, Governor induction
Kalpana PatelParent governor21/01/16 to 20/01/20Finance governor
James RoachStaff governor02/09/16.Headteacher
Michelle Connell
Associate Governor13/09/16 to 12/09/20Deputy Headteacher
Nuno AlexandreAssociate Governor12/09/16 to 11/09/20Deputy Headteacher
VacancyCo-opted governor
VacancyCo-opted governor
VacancyParent governor
VacancyStaff governor

With the exception of parent governors the governing body have decided to cease recruiting until after the academy conversion in January 2018.

Previous Governing Board membership over the last 12 months

Governor nameCategory of governanceTerm of office startRoles and responsibilities
Fran KershawParent governor21/11/14 to 07/06/17Vice-Chair of Governing Board, Curriculum and Assessment governor, Governor induction
Susan BugdenCo-opted governor01/11/15 to 01/12/16Joint Chair of Governing Board, Child protection and safeguarding governor
Rebecca Wilkinson Staff Governor 07/12/16 to 20/07/17 Not allocated
Marsha ThompsonParent governor08/03/16 to 12/09/16Not allocated

Register of business interests/relationships within governing board and school

Governors along with staff members who regularly attend meetings of the governing body and its committees must declare any business or personal interest that might influence any decision they may make especially in financial matters. Any governor with such an interest must declare it annually and notify the school of any changes that occur.

Where there is a conflict of interest the governor must withdraw from the meeting and take no part in the discussions or vote. The agenda of each meeting requires governors and non governors present to declare any interest they may have in any of the items to be discussed.

Governor nameCategory of governanceRelationship within governing board and schoolBusiness interests
Lesly AdamsLocal Authority governorSister in law to Martin AdamsAdams & Sons Builders, Pilsons Property Services
James BrownCo-opted governor
Glenn GibsoneCo-opted governorWife works at Cherry Tree School and Mullanays Coaches
Martin AdamsCo-opted governorBrother in law to Lesly Adams
Saadia AslamCo-opted governorHLTA at Beechfield School
Nikita MistryParent governor
Kalpana PatelParent governor
James RoachStaff governorHeadteacher of Beechfield School, Headteacher of Laurance Haines School, CEO of Inclusive Multi Academy TrustGovernor at Chessbrook Education Support Centre, Advisory Board member Westfield and Littlebury Children's Centre
Michelle ConnellAssociate governorDeputy Headteacher at Beechfield School
Nuno AlexandreAssociate governorDeputy Headteacher at Beechfield School seconded from Laurance Haines School

Meeting attendance 2017/18

Governor nameCategory of governance05/09/201723/11/201712/12/2017
Lesly AdamsLocal Authority governorX
James BrownCo-opted governorX
Glenn GibsoneCo-opted governorA
Martin AdamsCo-opted governorA
Saadia AslamCo-opted governorX
Nikita MistryParent governorX
Kalpana PatelParent governorUA
James RoachStaff governorX
Michelle ConnellAssociate governorX
Nuno AlexandreAssociate governorA
X - In attendanceA - Absent and
apologies have
been accepted
UA - Absent and
apologies have
either not been
received and/or
accepted
O - No longer in
post

In anticipation of the school’s conversion to academy status on January 1st, no governing board meetings have been set beyond this point.  When the school converts and joins the Inclusive Multi Academy Trust a new local governing committee will be formed to work along side the Inclusive Multi Academy Trust Trustees.

Meeting attendance 2015/16 & 2016/17

School improvement priorities

Our school improvement priorities run from November to November:

Improvement Priority 1

TO ENSURE A GOOD RATE OF PROGRESS ACROSS EACH KEY STAGE TO SUSTAIN GOOD ATTAINMENT BY THE END OF KS2

  • Pupils make at least expected and in many cases accelerated progress within each year group across all subjects
  • Diminish the differences between identified underachieving groups and their peers both in school and nationally
  • Ensure a new assessment framework is in place which matches the National Curriculum

Improvement Priority 2

ESTABLISH A RICH AND VARIED CURRICULUM THAT ENGAGES, MOTIVATES AND PREPARES OUR CHILDREN FOR SUCCESSFUL LIFE IN MODERN BRITAIN

  • Revise the approach to planning and teaching
  • Establish an agreed and consistent system of presentation, marking and feedback that supports rapid progress
  • Increase opportunities for pupils to practise their writing in subjects other than English

Improvement Priority 3

DEVELOP PARENTAL ENGAGEMENT TO ALLOW PARENTS TO ACTIVELY SUPPORT THEIR CHILD

  • Establish avenues for parents to have a voice and influence school policy
  • Strengthen parental learning opportunities
  • Establish a volunteer programme across the school
  • Develop a rich programme of community events
  • Utilise technology to establish effective two way communication with parents

Beechfield staff would like to thank the Governors for all they do for the school.