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An Introduction to Barnehurst Governors

by Steve Ristow, Chair of the Governing Body

Becoming a Governor is a serious but rewarding commitment.  Governors work closely with our Head Teacher and the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that children receive the best education and achieve their individual maximum potential during their time at Barnehurst. The Governing Body sets the School’s strategic direction, and acts as a ‘critical friend’ to the School.

Governors do not manage the day-to-day running of the School, that is the responsibility of the Head but Governors do appoint the Head Teacher and we hold the Head accountable for the day-to-day management and leadership of the School as well as the progress that our children make.  In practice that means that Governors attend full Governing Body meetings once a term and sit on subordinate committees that take responsibility for particular areas of School business; curriculum and finance being two examples. 

The work of a Governor at Barnehurst includes understanding how funds are spent and ensuring that investments are aligned to our development plan.  Governors visit the school with a focus on a particular area and we always report back on our findings.  This is the way we can see for ourselves how the school is progressing.

Governors do not need special qualifications but there is training available that helps us do our job.  Training is something that doesn’t stop and at Barnehurst we have a culture of continuous professional development in the Governing Body. It is important that we understand the way that the education system works and how to use the tools that are available to us to monitor the Schools’ performance. 

We also bring other professional skills with us and the people that make up our Governing Body bring a wide range of expertise with them.  From engineers and project managers to professional educators and recruitment specialists our professional backgrounds are most varied. Whilst we all bring different skills the thing we have in common is that we all share the same enthusiasm for the children of our School. 

 

Come and meet our Governing Body

Come and meet our Governing Body 1 Mr D Gardiner
Come and meet our Governing Body 2 Mrs E Hunwick
Come and meet our Governing Body 3 Ms C Murias
Come and meet our Governing Body 4 Mr J O'Neill
Come and meet our Governing Body 5 Mr S Ristow, Chair of Governors
Come and meet our Governing Body 6 Mr J Smith
Come and meet our Governing Body 7 Mrs E Starkey
Come and meet our Governing Body 8 Mr D Whalley
  1. Board Members – The Primary First Trust (PFT)

Full Names

Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Board Member Type / Appointed by

Relevant Business & Pecuniary interests inc governance roles in other education institutions

Date stepped down (if applicable)

Attendance record at meetings:
PFT Board Meeting 1.9.15-31.8.16

Justin Smith

18.10.13

Ongoing

CEO

None Declared

-

3 out of a possible 3

William Harwood

18.10.13

4 years

Member and Chair of the Board

None Declared

-

3 out of a possible 3

Chris Foster

18.10.13

4 years

Board Director

None Declared

23.3.16

Reappointed 20.7.16

3 out of a possible 3

Martin Wallbridge

18.10.13

4 years

Member

School Governor – Barnehurst Federation

20.7.16 (as Director)

3 out of a possible 3

Steven Ristow

18.10.13

4 years

Member

School Governor – Barnehurst Federation

9.12.15 (as Director)

1 out of a possible 1

Andrew Spearman

10.12.14

4 years

Member and Board Director

School Governor – Harris Federation

Senior Employee – A City Law Firm

-

3 out of a possible 3

Adelle Martin

23.3.16

2 years

Board Director

Family Director - 4M Bars Limited

 

2 out of a possible 2

Steve Rumbles

23.3.16

2 years

Board Director

Managing Director - Rumbles Pension Services Limited

 

2 out of a possible 2

2. Local Governing Body – Committee Structure for 2016/17

Chair of Governors: Mr Steve Ristow
Vice Chair of Governors: Mr Martin Wallbridge

The below committee restructure is due to be revisited in November 2016:

CURRICULUM COMMITTEE

FINANCE/ STAFFING/PREMISES COMMITTEE

Mrs Camilla Beecham

Mr Dean Gardiner

Mr Simon Brown

Mrs Sue Edwards

Mrs Anna Dunne (Chair of Committee)

Miss Christina Murias

Mrs Emma Hunwick

Mr Steve Ristow

Mrs Emma Starkey

Mr Martin Wallbridge

 

Mr Darren Whalley (Chair of Committee)

3. Local Governing Body - Structure and remit of members for September 2015 - August 2016

NOTE: The committee structure shown above is for 2016/2017. 
The attendance records shown below are for academic year 2015/2016.

Full Names

Date of Appointment (4-year term of office)

Governor Type / Appointed by
(Primary First Trust – PFT)

Committee/s

Relevant Business & Pecuniary interests inc governance roles in other education institutions

Date stepped down (if applicable)

Attendance record at meetings for academic year Sept 2015 - July 2016 (*):

Mrs Camilla Beecham

1/07/2015

Parent

Curriculum

  • Employed by Blackheath High School
  • Membership of National Union of Teachers

N/A

5 out of a possible 7

Mr Simon Brown

23/02/16

Staff

Curriculum

  • Deputy Head Teacher at the Federation of Barnehurst Schools

N/A

7 out of a possible 7

Mrs Anna Dunne

20/07/15

PFT Appointed

Curriculum

  • Self-employed ADSPC Ltd
  • Anna Dunne Property Strategy Consultancy Ltd

N/A

4 out of a possible 5

Mrs Sue Edwards

28/09/16

Staff

Finance/Staff/Premises

  • School Business Manager at the Federation of Barnehurst Schools

N/A

N/A

Mrs Chris Foster

13/10/14

Staff

Finance/Staff/Premises

  • School Business Manager at Federation of Barnehurst Schools
  • Company Directorship at Primary First Trust
  • Membership of NAHT

Resigned in July 2016

6 out of a possible 7

Mr Dean Gardiner

11/11/14

PFT Appointed

Finance/Staff/Premises

  • Prison Governor
  • Fellow CIPD St John Ambulance Divisional Superintendent

N/A

5 out of a possible 6

Mrs Emma Hunwick

11/02/14

PFT Appointed

Curriculum (Chair of Committee)

  • Business / Company Directorship at Cyber Rose Consulting

N/A

6 out of a possible 7

Mrs Penny Jones

2016

PFT Appointed

Not assigned to a committee

  • PFT Leading Head Teacher at Mayplace Primary School, Lessness Heath Primary School and the Federation of Barnehurst Schools
  • Company Directorship at All Through Learning Ltd
  • Membership of College of Teachers
  • Membership of the Royal Society of Arts

N/A

1 out of a possible 1

Mrs Tamsin Love

27/11/13

Parent

Curriculum

None Declared

Resigned in July 2016

2 out of a possible 3

Mr Andy Maher

16/11/11

PFT Appointed

Curriculum

  • Assistant Head Teacher at Erith School

Term of office ended in Nov 2016. 

2 out of a possible 2

Mrs Cassie Malone

01/03/15

Staff / Head Teacher

Curriculum and Finance/Staff/Premises

  • Head Teacher at the Federation of Barnehurst Schools

N/A

10 out of a possible 10

Miss Christina Murias

20/07/15

PFT Appointed

Finance/Staff/Premises

  • Self-employed – Property Consultancy
  • CABC / PSA

N/A

4 out of a possible 5

Mr Steve Ristow

13/12/14

PFT Appointed

Finance/Staff/Premises

  • Head of Rolling Stock Delivery LUC

N/A

6 out of a possible 7

Mrs Emma Starkey

15/04/16

Parent

Curriculum

None declared

N/A

3 out of a possible 3

Mr Martin Wallbridge

23/03/16

PFT Appointed

Finance/Staff/Premises

  • Civil Servant

N/A

6 out of a possible 7

Mr Darren Whalley

8/06/14

PFT Appointed

Finance/Staff/Premises (Chair of Committee)

None declared

N/A

4 out of a possible 7

(*) The register of meetings above is based on all meetings each governor is required to attend from the start of the academic year 2015 or when they joined the governing body, through to the end of the same academic year in 2016 or when they left the governing body.  This register of attendance was last updated in September 2016 for academic year 2015-2016 and attendance for academic year 2016-2017 will not be updated until September 2017.

 

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, please address your letter to:

 

Mr Steve Ristow, c/o Mrs Jane Hingston
Clerk to the Governors,

The Primary First Trust
The White House
Clifton Marine Parade
Gravesend  DA11 0DY


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