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Welcome to the Governors' section!

 

What is a School Governor?

School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Some are elected (staff and parent governors) and others are appointed either by the local authority or from the local community.

 

What do governors do?


School governors have a wide range of responsibilities, helping to raise standards of pupil achievement and planning the school’s future direction, always in consultation with the Headteacher and other staff. We are also accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community. We are not expected to take detailed decisions about the day-to-day management of the school: that is the job of the Headteacher.

 

Governors’ responsibilities include:

  • Helping to establish the aims and policies of the school and how standards of education can be constantly improved
  • Ensuring that a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered and that it meets statutory requirements, while promoting high standards and monitoring progress during the year
  • Appointing, challenging and supporting the Headteacher (being a ‘critical friend’)
  • Acting as a link between the local community and the school
  • Helping to set and manage the school budget
  • Ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff

 

At Golden Valley we do this on several levels. We meet as a Full Governing Body about six times a year but also in two main committees, where certain aspects of the school are considered in more detail. At present our committees are:
 

  • Resources & Premises – dealing with finance, our building and grounds (including Health & Safety) and all staffing matters.
  • Standards & Information – dealing with curriculum and assessment matters and monitoring standards, as well as communication with parents and the wider community (including the production of the school prospectus).

 

Individual governors are also linked with a particular area, such as Special Educational Needs, Safeguarding, a curriculum subject or a year group. All governors are encouraged to visit the school during the working day if they can, but we do not interfere in the day-to-day teaching or running of the school: we leave that to the professionals!

 
North Somerset provides training in all aspects of governors’ responsibilities and we take full advantage of that, in order to be as effective as possible.

 

At Golden Valley we have 15 governor positions, a lively and dedicated team who work hard for the school.

Golden Valley's School Governors

Golden Valley's School Governors 1 Mrs Jane Turner, Chair of Governors
Golden Valley's School Governors 2 Mr Matt Furneaux, Vice-Chair of Governors
Golden Valley's School Governors 3 Mr Kevin Lynch, Headteacher
Golden Valley's School Governors 4 Mr Ken Hallett, Co-opted Governor
Golden Valley's School Governors 5 Mrs Mary Elford, Co-opted Governor
Golden Valley's School Governors 6 Mrs Jan Barber, LA Governor
Golden Valley's School Governors 7 Mrs Pauline Davis, Co-opted Governor
Golden Valley's School Governors 8 Mrs Ann Clark, Co-opted Governor
Golden Valley's School Governors 9 Mr Doug McMillan, Co-opted Governor
Golden Valley's School Governors 10 Mrs Katherine Mann, Parent Governor
Golden Valley's School Governors 11 Mrs Helen Gillard, Co-opted Staff Governor
Golden Valley's School Governors 12 Mrs Julie Bennett, Co-opted Staff Governor
Golden Valley's School Governors 13 Mrs Tina Roberts, Co-opted Staff Governor
Golden Valley's School Governors 14 Mr Martin Sills, Parent Governor
Golden Valley's School Governors 15 Mrs Emily Dawson, Clerk to Governors

GOVERNOR ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS 2018/19

 

FGB=Full Governing Body / R&P=Resources & Premises Committee / S&I= Standards & Information Committee

 

NAME

FGB

20/9/18

FGB

13/12/18

FGB 28/3/19

FGB 16/5/19

FGB 18/7/19

R&P 4/10/18

R&P

29/11/18

R&P 14/3/19

R&P

16/5/19

R&P

27/6/19

S&I 11/10/18

S&I 24/1/19

S&I

25/4/19

S&I 13/6/19

Ann Clark

YES

 

 

 

 

NO

YES

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Doug Mc Millan

YES

 

 

 

 

NO

YES

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Helen Gillard

YES

 

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

 

 

 

Jan Barber

YES

 

 

 

 

NO

YES

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Jane Turner

YES

 

 

 

 

YES

YES

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Jess Devanny

YES

 

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

 

 

 

Katherine Mann

YES

 

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

 

 

 

Ken Hallett

NO

 

 

 

 

YES

NO

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Kevin Lynch

YES

 

 

 

 

YES

YES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Sills

NO

 

 

 

 

YES

NO

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mary Elford

YES

 

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

 

 

 

Matt Furneaux

NO

 

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

 

 

 

Pauline Davis

YES

 

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

 

 

 

Tina Roberts

YES

 

 

 

 

YES

NO

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Vacancy

N/A

 

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGISTER OF GOVERNOR ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS 2017/18

FGB=Full Governing Body / R&P=Resources & Premises Committee / S&I= Standards & Information Committee

NAME

FGB

21/9/17

FGB

7/12/17

FGB 22/3/18

FGB 12/7/17

R&P 16/11/17

R&P 8/3/18

R&P

26/4/18

R&P 17/5/18

S&I 12/10/17

S&I 22/2/18

S&I 14/6/18

Ann Clark

YES

NO

Yes

YES

YES

YES

YES

NO

N/A

N/A

N/A

Doug Mc Millan

YES

NO

NO

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

N/A

N/A

N/A

Elise Taylor

NO

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Helen Gillard

YES

YES

YES

YES

N/A

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Jan Barber

YES

YES

YES

YES

NO

YES

YES

YES

N/A

N/A

N/A

Jane Turner

NO

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

N/A

N/A

N/A

Jess Devanny

YES

M/L

YES

NO

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

M/L

M/L

NO

Jimmy Johns

NO

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

NO

YES

N/A

N/A

N/A

Katherine Mann

N/A

N/A

YES

YES

N/A

N/A

N/A

YES

N/A

N/A

YES

Ken Hallett

NO

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

NO

YES

N/A

N/A

N/A

Kevin Lynch

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Martin Sills

N/A

N/A

YES

YES

N/A

N/A

NO

NO

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mary Elford

YES

YES

YES

YES

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

YES

YES

YES

Matt Furneaux

YES

YES

YES

YES

N/A

YES

YES

N/A

NO

YES

NO

Pauline Davis

YES

YES

YES

YES

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

YES

YES

YES

Tina Roberts

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

 

GOVERNOR ROLES, TERMS OF OFFICE AND REGISTERED INTERESTS

 

 

Name

Type of Governor

Appointing Body

Office

Term Start

Term End

Committee/s

Registered Interest

Ann Clark

Co-opted

FGB

 

1/7/16

30/6/20

R&P

 

Doug McMillan

Co-opted

FGB

Chair of R&P

1/6/15

31/5/19

R&P

 

Helen Gillard

Staff

Elected by staff

 

2/6/17

1/6/21

S&I

 

Jan Barber

LA

LA

 

19/10/14

18/10/18

R&P

 

Jane Turner

Parent

Elected by parents

Chair of Governors

5/12/15

4/12/19C

R&P

 

Jess Devanny

Co-opted (staff)

FGB

 

1/6/15

31/5/19

S&I

 

Katherine Mann

Parent

Elected by parents

 

12/3/18

11/3/22

S&I

 

Ken Hallett

Co-opted

FGB

 

22/3/18

21/3/22

R&P

 

Kevin Lynch

Head teacher

Auto

 

-

-

R&P + S&I

 

Martin Sills

Parent

Elected by parents

 

12/3/18

11/3/22

R&P

 

Mary Elford

Co-opted

FGB

VC of S&I

1/6/15

31/5/19

S&I

 

Matt Furneaux

Co-opted

FGB

VC of Governors

30/11/15

29/11/19

S&I

 

Pauline Davis

Co-opted

FGB

Chair of S&I

1/6/15

31/5/19

S&I

 

Tina Roberts

Co-opted (staff)

FGB

 

31/3/16

30/3/20

R&P

 

 

 

Governor Mini-Profiles

 

Jane Turner

Being a School Governor enables me to contribute and give back to the school community that has given my two children so much; I have a son still at Golden Valley and a daughter who has now left and moved on to Secondary school. I have been a School Governor since autumn 2016 and Chair of Governors since September 2018. I aim to use the skills and experience I gain in my own career as a senior manager at the BBC and apply these to the work of school governance, helping Golden Valley to continue to provide the right environment and opportunities for pupils to achieve their absolute best.

 

Pauline Davis

I have lived in Nailsea since 1977 and used to teach in Clevedon. My children attended Golden Valley in the 80’s and 90’s so in 2011 when I was no longer working full time I became a Governor to give something back to the school. I enjoy coming into Reception to hear children read. I am also Safeguarding Governor and Chair of the Standards and Information Committee which oversees issues around curriculum and assessment. We also monitor standards for the school.

 

Doug MacMillan

I joined the Governing board in 2014 on the Resources and Premises Committee.

My two sons attended the school from 1995 to 2002 when we moved to the area. My background is in Adult Training and Project Management as a Chartered Engineer in government and consultancy. My particular interests are in the Financial Management of the school and our need to allocate our limited and reducing resources for teaching and the buildings for the best possible outcomes for the children. I am currently the Chair of the Resources and Premises Committee.

 

 

Matt Furneaux

I was originally elected as a Parent Governor in 2011 whilst my children were all at Golden Valley School - my youngest left after Year 6 in 2018. Since volunteering as a Governor I've assumed a number of roles within the committees and am currently Vice-Chair to the Governing Body. In 2015 at the end of my term as a Parent Governor I became a co-opted Governor, and continue to enjoy working together with the outstanding team at Golden Valley in helping facilitate learning for life and achievement for all our children.

 

 

Ken Hallett

I first moved to Nailsea in 1989, and after various changes of location moved back in 2008. Both my children have attended the school and I currently have a son in Year 6.

When my term as a Parent Governor ceased recently, I continued my involvement with the school as a Co-opted Governor.

I am a member of the Resources and Premises Committee where we look after areas including school finance, staffing and health and safety issues.

 

 

Ann Clark

I have been a governor for two years.
I have lived in Nailsea since 1995 having relocated from Berkshire due to work commitments . My eldest child commenced school in reception class at the same time, with her two younger siblings joining her in 1997 and 2001.I was very active in the school PTA.
I semi-retired as a Registered Nurse/trainer(PGCE cert ed) three years ago and decided to return to the school my children went to and become a co opted govenor. I am on the RP committee, leading on health and safety.

 

Mary Elford

I feel very much at home at Golden Valley, having been a governor since my children were here in the ‘80s. It is a privilege and joy to visit school during the working day, to share the exciting and challenging learning opportunities provided for the children by our fantastic staff and to help ensure that high standards are maintained. Over the years I have served in various governor roles, including Chair, and am currently a member of the Standards & Information committee with a particular interest in English.

 

Jan Barber

My younger daughter, Fiona, was one of the first entrants to Golden Valley School in 1976, so I have been involved with the school since it was built, starting with helping with sewing and cooking, and the P.T.A.
I have been a governor since 1984, firstly as a nomination from Nailsea Town Council and later as an L.E.A. Governor from Avon and subsequently from North Somerset Councils. In my professional life I visited many schools countrywide as an Ofsted Inspector. At present I am an elected member for North Somerset and serve as Executive Member for Children and Young People. I hope that this helps my role as a governor and vice versa. I very much enjoy being a governor and am delighted that my term of office has been extended until 2022.

 

Martin Sills

I have been a Parent Governor at Golden Valley School since April 2018 as I have a child currently in Year 4 at the school. I have lived in Nailsea since 2003 and have worked at several secondary schools in Bristol and North Somerset since 1995. I have, therefore, a wide range of experience in Secondary School issues but am looking forward to learning more about the Primary school phase. Education is changing more rapidly now than ever before and it is important that we keep up with the changes that are sure to affect our children. Away from school I have a passion for all things sporting and have played competitively in several clubs in the area as well as holding offices within the clubs to help them progress.