What is the purpose of the Governing Body?

The School Governors have responsibility for guiding the school in its aims and for overseeing the budget which has been allocated by the Borough Council.  We do this by maintaining close contact with the Head Teacher and working with the staff to ensure that as far as possible and practicable, they all have the facilities and resources needed to do their jobs effectively.

Who are the Governors?

Governing bodies are a mixture of elected and appointed persons representing various aspects of the community. So there are Parent Governors elected by parents of pupils who attend the school, Co-Opted Governors appointed by the existing Governors and there are Governors delegated by the Local Authority to represent the authority’s interests.  If you are interested in becoming a Governor, please enquire at the school office.

 

How do we do our job?

Governors, who are unpaid, are people who give up their spare time to help in managing the school. This is done by meeting together at least once each term and by forming a number of committees to monitor and guide various areas of activity – such as Finance & Buildings, Health & Safety, and Curriculum. Each committee will also meet each term and report back to the Governors as a whole, on what is happening, what decisions have been taken and recommending courses of action which may be outside the terms of reference of the committee.  For example, the Finance committee will work with the Executive Head Teacher to set a budget each year but the budget has to be ratified by the whole governing body before being sent to the Borough Council.

Another important aspect of the governors’ role is in setting targets and monitoring the progress that the school makes in achieving them. The School Development Plan is a working document which set out what the school aims to do in the academic year, who is to do it and how it will be monitored and achieved. Each Governor has one or more areas of activity to which he or she is linked and will make periodic official visits to the school to observe what is happening in that area and report back to the rest of the Governors.

Governors also set and agree policy documents relating to such things as Staff Pay, Behaviour, Health & Safety, Financial Management and several others. Each of these documents may be seen by enquiring at the school office.

There are three committees within the governing body that take responsibility for different areas:

Leadership Management and Welfare:  this committee has responsibility for overseeing the management of the school, the performance management of the Executive Head Teacher, Health and Safety and buildings maintenance.  This committee also leads on behaviour and welfare of the pupils in the school.

Finance:  this committee has responsibility for the management of the delegated school budget, the approval of contracts and the pay structure for the school staff.

Teaching Assessment and Outcomes:  this committee is tasked with overseeing all areas of curriculum development within the federation and assessment.

How you can contact us?

You can contact us by calling in at the school office and requesting a meeting with one of our Governors or by email. We will always respond as soon as we hear from you but please remember that if you have a complaint; it should first be raised with a member of staff or the Executive Head Teacher.

 

Cllr Jane Walker is the Chair of Bedford Nursery Schools Governing Body.  She also sits on the Standards and Leadership, Management and Welfare committees.  Jane is a local Cllr for the Conservative party and a trustee of Oakley Educational Charity.  She works as an administrator for Custom Tek Ltd.

Pecuniary Interests:  Borough Councillor, Bedford Borough.  Director & Administrator Custom Tek Ltd. Trustee Oakley Educational Charity.

Attendance at meetings Academic year 2016/2017   100%

 

Mr Robin Thomas  is a co-opted governor.  He is the Vice Chair of Governors and also Chair of the Finance Committee.  Robin sits on the Leadership, Management and Welfare committee and has responsibility for Health and Safety. Robin is also a governor at Lakeview School in Bedford.

Pecuniary Interests:  Robin has no current pecuniary interests.

Attendance at meetings Academic year 2016/2017   66%

 

Mrs Isabel Davis is the Executive Head Teacher of Bedford Nursery Schools Federation.  She sits on the Leadership Management and Welfare committee.  Isabel is a Board member of Schools of Tomorrow.

Pecuniary Interest:  AD Property Services, Harley Engineering & Liberate Engineering.

Attendance at meetings Academic year 2016/2017 100%

 

Mrs Abigail Gosling is a co-opted governor and sits on Teaching Assessment and Outcomes committee and has responsibility for Children Looked After and Safeguarding.

Pecuniary Interests: Abigail has no current pecuniary interests.

Attendance at meetings Academic year 2016/2017  50%

 

Alderman Nicky Attenborough is a co-opted governor and sits on Leadership, Management and Welfare committee. Nicky is a member of Bedford Citizens Housing Association and Bedford Guild House.

Pecuniary Interests: Nicky has no current pecuniary interests.

Attendance at meetings Academic year 2016/2017  66%

 

Ms Suzie Hoefkens is a co-opted governor and the Assistant Head Teacher at Cherry Trees Nursery School, she sits on the Teaching Assessment and Outcomes committee.

Pecuniary Interests: Suzie has no current pecuniary interests.

Attendance at meetings Academic year 2016/2017  100%

 

Mrs Lesley Boyle is the Deputy Head Teacher of Bedford Nursery Schools Federation and sits on the Teaching Assessment and Outcomes committee.

Pecuniary Interest:  IDB Creative, Candle Communications.

Attendance at meetings Academic year 2016/2017  83%

 

Cllr Sue Oliver is the Local Authority representative and sits on the  Leadership Management and Welfare committee.  Sue is trustee of House of Industry, Freemans Common and Bedford Tree Charity and is a member of Bedford Borough Council, Kempston Town Council, National Union of Teachers and The Labour Party.

Pecuniary InterestSue as no current pecuniary interests.

Attendance at meetings Academic year 2016/2017  66%

 

Mrs Bev Rinvenuto is the staff representative and sits on Leadership, Management and Welfare committee.

Pecuniary Interest:  Bev  as no current pecuniary interests.

Attendance at meetings Academic year 2016/2017  66%

 

Ms Rebecca Lund is a parent representative for Cherry Trees Nursery School.  Rebecca sits on the Teaching, Assessment and Outcomes committee (standards).

Pecuniary Interest:  Rebecca has no current pecuniary interests.

Attendance at meetings Academic year 2016/2017  100%

 

Mr Olivier Autin is a parent representative for Southway Nursery School.  Olivier sits on the Leadership and Management (Finance) committee.

Pecuniary Interest:  Olivier has no current pecuniary interests.

Attendance at meetings Academic year 2016/2017  50%

Mr Richmond  Asiedu-Darquah is a parent representative for Peter Pan Nursery School.

Pecuniary Interest:  Richmond has no current pecuniary interests.

Attendance at meetings Academic year 2016/2017  60%

 

Mrs Sandra Munday is the clerk to governors

We currently have one vacancy for a co-opted member of the governing body.