Beechfield Primary School
Oct 24 16

The Governing Body of Beechfield School

In September 2015, the Governing Body made the decision cease meeting as separate committees. Instead, all governors met nine times per academic year to discuss and monitor the curriculum and school improvement, premises, health and safety, personnel and finance.  As of January 2017 the Governing Body agreed to form and operate two sub-committees who meet termly, each with a specific area of focus, who look in more detail at specific issues and make decisions as appropriate or make recommendations to the full Governing Body.  These are the Standards Committee (SC) and the Policy and Resources Committee (P&R).  The structure of our Governing Body 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 Body 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 Body level.  We currently have three Associate members, former Chair Susan Bugden and both Deputy Heads,  Michelle Connell and Nuno Alexandre.

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

The instrument of governance is currently transitioning to the governance tabled below:

Governor Name Governor Category Date term of office: Committee membership Responsibilities
Start End Stepped down
Lesly Adams Local Authority governor 30/04/14 29/04/18   Policy & Resources ·  Chair of Governing Body

·  Pupil premium Governor

·  Headteacher performance appraisal

Fran Kershaw Parent governor 21/11/14 20/11/18   Standards ·  Vice-Chair of Governing Body

·  Chair of Standards Committee

·  Curriculum & Assessment Governor

·  Governor induction

Glenn Gibsone Co-opted governor


01/11/15 31/10/19   Policy & Resources ·  Health and Safety Governor

·  Admissions / Complaints / Student discipline and staff grievance panels

·  Headteacher performance appraisal

James Roach Head Teacher


02/09/16 N/A   Policy & Resources and


·  Headteacher
Martin Adams


Co-opted governor 01/10/15 30/09/19   Standards ·  Safeguarding Governor

·  Admissions / Complaints / Student discipline and staff grievance panels

Kalpana Patel


Parent governor 21/01/16 20/01/20   Policy & Resources ·  Finance Governor
James Brown   07/06/16 06/06/20   Policy & Resources ·  Chair of Policy & Resources Committee

·  Inclusion (SEND) Governor

Rebecca Wilkinson Staff Governor 07/12/16 06/12/20   Standards ·  TBC
Saadia Aslam Co-opted Governor 08/12/16 07/12/20   Standards ·  TBC
Nikita Mistry Parent Governor 07/11/16 06/11/20   Standards ·  TBC
Michelle Connell Associate Governor 13/09/16 12/09/20   Policy & Resources ·  Deputy Head
Nuno Alexandre Associate Governor 12/09/16 11/09/20   Curriculum ·  Deputy Head
Susan Bugden


Co-opted governor


01/11/15 01/12/16 01/12/16 Resources ·  Joint Chair of Governors
Susan Bugden


Associate governor 26/01/17 25/01/18   Policy & Resources ·  Support Health and Safety Governor
Andrea Magill Co-opted governor 01/09/14 19/09/15  15/09/15 Resources ·  Vice-Chair of Governors,
Maria Pace Staff governor 27/03/13 31/12/15  20/12/15 Curriculum ·  Deputy Head
Marsha Thompson Parent governor  08/03/16  07/03/20  12/09/16  N/A ·
Dianne Wootten  Co-opted governor  08/03/16  07/03/20  07/06/16  N/A ·


Register of business interests/relationships within governing body and school

Governor Name Business Interest Other Interest Other governor roles held Date of declaration
Lesly Adams ·  Adams & Sons Builders

·  Pilsons Property Services

·  Sister-in-law to Martin Adams   ·
Fran Kershaw ·  Director of Watford Live ·  Friend of sound engineer, Luke Wells who does some paid work as a mobile DJ ·  Governor at St Joan of Arc Secondary School ·
Glenn Gibsone   ·  Wife works at Cherry Tree Primary School and p/t for Mullanays Coaches   ·
James Roach   ·  Headteacher of Beechfield School

·  Headteacher of Laurance Haines School

·  CEO of the Inclusive multi Academy trust

·  Governor at Chessbrook Education Support Centre

·  Governor at Westfield and Littlebury Children’s Centre

Martin Adams


  ·  Brother-in-law to Lesly Adams   ·
Kalpana Patel


James Brown       ·
Rebecca Wilkinson   ·  Class teacher at Beechfield School   ·
Saadia Aslam   ·  HLTS at Beechfield School   ·
Nikita Mistry       ·
Michelle Connell   ·  Deputy Head of Beechfield School


Nuno Alexandre   ·  Deputy Head of Beechfield School, seconded for a year from Laurance Haines School   ·
Susan Bugden       ·
Previous governors in post
Andrea Magill       ·
Maria Pace       ·
Marsha Thompson       ·
Dianne Wootten       ·


Governor attendance – 2015/16 & 2016/17

Governor Name 2015/16 2016/17
15/09/15 05/11/15 08/12/15 21/01/16 08/03/16 22/03/16 26/04/16 07/06/16 11/07/16 12/09/16 14/11/16 08/12/16 26/01/17 27/02/17 29/03/17 24/04/17 07/06/17 10/07/17
Lesly Adams X A X X X X X X X X X X X  X  X  X    
Fran Kershaw X X X X X A X X X UA X X X  UA  UA  UA    
Glenn Gibsone X X X X X X X X X X X X X  X  X  X    
James Roach O O O O O O X X X X X X X  X  X  X    
Martin Adams O X X X X X A X X X X A X  X  X  X    
Kalpana Patel O O O O O A X X X X X A UA  X  A  X    
James Brown O O O O O O O X X X X X X  X  X  X    
Rebecca Wilkinson O O O O O O O O O O O X X  X  X  X    
Saadia Aslam O O O O O O O O O O O O X  X  X  X    
Nikita Mistry O O O O O O O O O O O O X  X  X  X    
Michelle Connell A A X X X X X X X X X X X  A  X  X    
Nuno Alexandre O O O O O O O O O X X A X  A  X  A    
Susan Bugden X X X X X X X X A X X A A  A  A  O    
Andrea Magill A O O O O O O O O O O O O  O  O  O    
Maria Pace X X O O O O O O O O O O O  O  O  O    
Marsha Thompson O O O O X X A X X O O O O  O  O  O    
Dianne Wootten O O O O A A A O O O O O O  O  O  O    
Lisa Roberts X X X X X X X X X O O O O  O  O  O    
X In attendance A Absent and apologies have been accepted UA Absent and apologies have either not been received and/or accepted O Not in post


School improvement priorities

Improvement Priority 1


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.