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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 B Broughton
Come and meet our Governing Body 2 Mr D Gardiner
Come and meet our Governing Body 3 Mrs E Hunwick
Come and meet our Governing Body 4 Mr S Ristow, Chair of Governors
Come and meet our Governing Body 5 Mrs E Starkey
Come and meet our Governing Body 6 Mr D Whalley
Come and meet our Governing Body 7 Mrs J Woodham

 

 

 

  1. Board Members – The Primary First Trust (PFT)

Full Names

Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Board Member Type

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

Date stepped down (if applicable)

Attendance record at meetings:
PFT Board Meeting 1.9.16-31.8.17

Justin Smith

18.10.2013

Ongoing

CEO

None Declared

-

3 out of a possible 3

William Harwood

18.10.2013

4 years

Member and Chair of the Board

None Declared

-

2 out of a possible 3

Chris Foster

18.10.2013

4 years

Board Director

None Declared

23.3.16

Reappointed 20.7.16

3 out of a possible 3

Andrew Spearman

10.12.2014

4 years

Member and Board Director

School Governor – Harris Federation

Senior Employee – A City Law Firm

-

3 out of a possible 3

Steve Rumbles

23.3.2016

2 years

Board Director

Managing Director - Rumbles Pension Services Limited

 

2 out of a possible 3

Sandra Connington

4.11.2016

2 years

Board Director

Owner/Director - Sandra Connington Ltd

School Governor - Somers Heath Primary School

 

3 out of a possible 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Wallbridge

18.10.2013

4 years

Member

School Governor – Barnehurst Federation

20.7.16 (as Director)

N/A

Steven Ristow

18.10.2013

4 years

Member

School Governor – Barnehurst Federation

9.12.15 (as Director)

N/A

Adelle Martin

23.3.2016

2 years

Board Director

Family Director - 4M Bars Limited

4.9.17

0 out of a possible 0

 

As of 20.9.2017

 

2. Local Governing Body – Committee Structure for 2017/18

Chair of Governors: Mr Steve Ristow
Vice Chair of Governors: Mr Darren Whalley

CURRICULUM COMMITTEE

FINANCE/ STAFFING/PREMISES COMMITTEE

Mr Ben Broughton

Mr Saurabh Agarwal

Mrs Emma Hunwick

Mr Dean Gardiner

Mrs Emma Starkey (Committee Chair)

Mr Steve Ristow

Mr Steve Ristow

Mr Darren Whalley (Committee Chair)

Mrs Joan Woodham

 

 

3. Local Governing Body – Remit of members, business interests and meeting attendance

Full Names

Date of Appointment (4-year term of office)

Governor Type

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

Date stepped

down

(if applicable)

Attendance

record at meetings for academic year

2016/2017 (*):

Attendance record at meetings for academic year 2017/2018 (*):

Mr Saurabh Agarwal

19/07/2017

PFT Appointed

None declared

N/A

N/A

3 of 4

Mr Ben Broughton

01/03/2017

Staff

None declared

N/A

3 of 3

2 of 3

Ms Claire Eskelson

01/01/2018

PFT Appointed

PFT Leading Head Teacher for The Federation of Barnehurst Schools, Lessness Heath Primary School, Mayplace Primary School and Westcourt Primary School

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mr Dean Gardiner

11/11/2014

PFT Appointed

None declared

N/A

N/A

2 of 3

Mrs Emma Hunwick

11/02/2014

PFT Appointed

None declared

N/A

4 of 7

3 of 3

Mrs Cassie Malone

01/03/2015

Head Teacher

None declared

N/A

9 of 9

4 of 4

Mr Steve Ristow

13/12/2014

PFT Appointed

None declared

N/A

6 of 6

4 of 4

Mrs Emma Starkey

15/04/2016

Parent

None declared

N/A

6 of 7

3 of 3

Mr Darren Whalley

08/06/2014

PFT Appointed

None declared

N/A

5 of 6

4 of 4

Mrs Joan Woodham

20/11/2017

Staff

Awaiting information

N/A

N/A

2 of 2

Mrs Camilla Beecham

01/07/2015

Parent

Employed by Blackheath High School

Membership of National Union of Teachers

Jul 2017

5 of 7

N/A

Mr Simon Brown

23/02/2016

Staff

Deputy Head Teacher at the Federation of Barnehurst Schools

Mar 2017

4 of 4

N/A

Mrs Anna Dunne

20/07/2015

PFT Appointed

None declared

Jul 2017

7 of 7

N/A

Mrs Sue Edwards

28/09/2016

Staff

School Business Manager at the Federation of Barnehurst Schools

Feb 2017

0 of 1

N/A

Mrs Penny Jones

2016

PFT Appointed

PFT Leading Head Teacher for 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

Dec 2017

7 of 7

2 of 2

Miss Christina Murias

20/07/2015

PFT Appointed

None declared

Oct 2017

3 of 6

 

Mr Martin Wallbridge

23/03/2016

PFT Appointed

Member and Board Director of the Primary First Trust

Jul 2017

4 of 6

 

 

(*) The register of meetings above is based on all meetings each governor is required to attend from the start of each academic year (or when they joined the governing body), through to the end of the same academic year (or when they left the governing body). This register of attendance was last updated in January 2018 for academic year 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. To be updated again in September 2018.

 

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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