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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 Mr Matt Furneaux, Chair of Governors
Golden Valley's School Governors 2 Mr James Johns, Vice-Chair
Golden Valley's School Governors 3 Mr Kevin Lynch, Headteacher
Golden Valley's School Governors 4 Mrs E Taylor, Parent Governor
Golden Valley's School Governors 5 Mrs Jess Devanny, Co-opted Governor
Golden Valley's School Governors 6 Mrs Jane Turner, Parent Governor
Golden Valley's School Governors 7 Mr Ken Hallett, Parent Governor
Golden Valley's School Governors 8 Mrs Mary Elford, Co-opted Governor
Golden Valley's School Governors 9 Mrs Jan Barber, LA Governor
Golden Valley's School Governors 10 Mrs Pauline Davis, Co-opted Governor
Golden Valley's School Governors 11 Mrs Tina Roberts, Co-opted Staff Governor
Golden Valley's School Governors 12 Mrs Ann Clark, Co-opted Governor
Golden Valley's School Governors 13 Mrs Debbi Buss, Clerk to Governors
Golden Valley's School Governors 14 Mrs Helen Gillard, Co-opted Staff Governor
Golden Valley's School Governors 15 Mr Doug McMillan, Co-opted Governor

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 17/5/18

S&I 12/10/18

S&I 22/2/18

S&I 14/6/18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ann Clark

YES

 

 

 

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

Doug Mc Millan

YES

 

 

 

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

Elise Taylor

NO

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

 

 

Helen Gillard

YES

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

 

 

Jan Barber

YES

 

 

 

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

Jane Turner

NO

 

 

 

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

Jess Devanny

YES

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

 

 

Jimmy Johns

NO

 

 

 

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

Ken Hallett

NO

 

 

 

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

Kevin Lynch

YES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Elford

YES

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

 

 

Matt Furneaux

YES

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

 

 

Pauline Davis

YES

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

 

 

Tina Roberts

YES

 

 

 

 

 

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

 

REGISTER OF GOVERNOR ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS 2016/17

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

 

 

FGB

13/10/16

FGB

8/12/16

FGB

2/2/17

FGB

6/4/17

FGB

15/6/17

FGB

13/7/17

R&P

15/9/16

R&P

10/11/16

R&P

2/2/17

R&P

8/3/17

R&P

4/5/17

R&P

15/6/17

S&I

29/9/16

S&I

24/11/16

S&I

23/3/17

S&I

11/5/17

S&I

29/6/17

 

                                 
M Furneaux Yes Yes No Yes Yes

Yes

 

N/A Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes No
J Johns Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
P Davis No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
J Barber No Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
K Hallett Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
D McMillan Yes      No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
E Taylor No Yes No Yes No No N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A No Yes Yes No Yes
M Elford Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
K Lynch Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
N French N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
J Devanny Yes No Yes No Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes No No Yes Yes
J Turner Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
T Roberts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
A Clark Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
H Gillard N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes

 

 

FULL GOVERNING BODY DETAILS

 

NAME TYPE OF GOVERNOR APPOINTING BODY OFFICE TERM START TERM END COMMITTEE(S) REGISTERED INTEREST
Matt Furneaux Parent Elected by parents Chair of Govs 16/11/2011 15/11/2015 S&I Child at school
Helen Gillard Staff Elected by staff   02/06/2017 01/06/2021 S&I  
Elise Taylor Parent Elected by parents   03/12/2013 02/12/2017 S&I Child at school
Ken Hallett Parent Elected by parents   07/02/2014 06/02/2018 R&P Child at school
Jan Barber LA Appointed by LA   19/10/2014 18/10/2018 R&P  
Doug MacMillan Co-opted FGB VC of R&P 01/06/2015 31/05/2019 R&P  
Jess Devanny Co-opted FGB   01/06/2015 31/05/2019 S&I  
James Johns Co-opted FGB Chair of R&P 01/06/2015 31/05/2019 R&P Child at school
Mary Elford Co-opted FGB VC of S&I 01/06/2015 31/05/2019 S&I  
Pauline Davis Co-opted FGB Chair of S&I 01/06/2015 31/05/2019 S&I Trendlewood Church (school lettings)
Kevin Lynch Headteacher Auto   01/09/2006 UFN R&P, S&I  
Ann Clark Co-opted         R&P  
Vacant Co-opted FGB          

 

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