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We have a very active team of governors who play a hugely important part in the success of our school. Our governors are drawn from different parts of the community including parents and staff and we currently have a vacancy for a Local Authority elected governor. Coming from a wide range of employment backgrounds, our governors offer a valuable range of skills that help support the strategic direction of the school.

 

Our Chair of Governors is Mr Roy Cooper. If you would like to get in touch with him please contact the school office. 

 

The full governing body meets at least twice a term to review the performance of the school. Dates of meetings scheduled for this academic year are listed below:

 

  • Wednesday, 12th October, 2016
  • Monday, 21st November, 2016
  • Wednesday, 18th January, 2017
  • Wednesday, 15th March, 2017
  • Wednesday, 26th April, 2017
  • Wednesday, 5th July, 2017

 

The Department for Education describes the three core strategic functions of the governing body as ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction, holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, the performance management of staff; and overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

When focusing on the welfare and quality of educational provision at our school, our governors consider quantifiable data alongside reports on any social or emotional aspects of children's development. A key priority is to ensure that the school delivers the highest standards of teaching and learning for all of our children. A small team of governors meet at least once a term to guide, monitor and evaluate the delivery of the curriculum and standards of teaching and learning. They check that teaching quality is monitored and that staff development is implemented, and they evaluate the strategies being used to improve attainment. Governors are also responsible for making sure that the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) aspects of the curriculum and wider school life are being well delivered.

 

The governing body has three other important responsibilities: the financial management of the school, maintenance of the school premises and looking after issues concerning the school’s staff, both teaching and non-teaching. The financial management role is an important part of the governors’ overall brief to ensure that children in the school receive the best education possible. In seeking to improve the experience of children within the school, the governors’ need to consider how to get the best value out of the resources they purchase. All at Walton on the Hill Primary School work hard to ensure the school site promotes learning in a safe and effective learning environment and governors work with the Senior Leadership Team to carry out safety audits and learning environment inspections to ensure maintenance is carried out and that we are developing the use of our physical resources. On the staffing side, it is up to the governing body to ensure that we have excellent and well-motivated teaching and non-teaching staff looking after our children. To do that, governors take an active role in the appointment of the Headteacher and Deputy and ensure that all staff develop their skills through training and that their performance is regularly reviewed.

 

 

Governors Impact Statement for Academic Year - 2015 / 2016

Picture 1 Roy Cooper - Co-opted Governor and Chair
Picture 2 David Stevenson - Co-opted Governor

Meet Roy Cooper: Chair of Governors, Safeguarding Governor

I have been involved with the school since 2003 when my son joined Cygnets. During his time at the school I became the chair of the Friends association, a position I held for four years. My wife is a TA in year four and I became a governor in 2013. Following reconstitution of the governing body in July 2015, I became a co-opted governor and began a new four year term of office which will finish on 19/07/19. In addition to my safeguarding responsibilities, I oversee marketing and public relations matters on the school's behalf. Outside school I run a business which publishes a monthly magazine which focuses on security.

 

Meet David Stevenson: Maths Governor

I joined the governing body in 2011 as a local authority governor.  Post reconstitution in July 2015, I became a co-opted governor and began a new four year term of office which will finish on 19/07/19 and my specific area of curriculum responsibility is maths.  I have three children, two of which are currently in the school and I work for a multinational  financial services company overseeing the implementation of new clients across one of our product lines. This involves elements of project management, governance, financial discipline and risk mitigation, all disciplines that are helpful in my role as school governor. 

Picture 1 Neil Skinner - Parent Governor and Vice Chair

Meet Neil Skinner: Vice Chair, Pupil Premium & PE/Outdoor Learning Governor & Link for Governor Training,

I was elected as a parent governor in September 2013 for a four year term of office until 22/09/17 and have 2 children in the school.  My work as an engineer has given me experience in project planning and I am used to working in a team and operating within financial and time constraints.  I am particularly interested in maths, the sciences and sports education and my specialist governor role is in analysing pupil performance data in order to support progress and attainment throughout the school.

Picture 1 Andy Downing - Parent Governor
Picture 2 Bryan Dees - Associate Member

Meet Andy Downing: Science Governor & Link for High Attainers

I have been a parent governor since the autumn term 2013 and my term of office finishes on 07/11/17. Both my sons are now pupils and I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about, and hopefully contributing a little towards, the leadership of our fantastic school. I have become link governor responsible for science and also for high attaining pupils. Outside school, I am a small animal vet and I also enjoy ornithology, pottering round the garden growing a few vegetables, and the occasional game of golf.

 

Meet Bryan Dees: Computing Governor

Having completed four years as a parent governor (my 2 children have now moved onto secondary school), I was invited to become an associate member in March 2015 for a further term of office which runs until 22/03/19.  As an associate member I have voting rights at committee meetings but not at full governing body meetings. I have a background in Automotive engineering and am now involved with delivering training and technical support to independent garages about the technology used in modern vehicles.  As a keen sportsman I recognise the importance of physical exercise in our children's education and was very involved with the construction of the Joel Beckman sports pavilion at Breech Lane.

Picture 1 David Carpenter - Co-opted Governor
Picture 2 Debbie Taylor - Staff Governor

Meet David Carpenter: SEND Governor, Humanities Governor

I was elected a parent governor in November 2013 but following reconstitution became a co-opted governor for a four year term from July 2015 which will finish on 19/07/19.  My son left Walton last year for secondary school and my daughter is in Year 5 and I work as an information architect. My aim is to ensure that the school has the resources and support needed to provide a caring and positive environment which enables all children to reach their full potential. I have completed specific training linked to recent changes in Special Educational Needs & Disabilities and have been working closely with the school's SENDCo on developing related policies and the school's approach to the delivery of SEND14.

 

Meet Debbie Taylor: English and Performing Arts Governor

I have just started on a teacher training scheme and am job sharing with another teacher in Year 4, having previously worked as a TA in the school.  I was elected a staff governor for four years from September 2014 until 14/09/18.  I now only have one child in the school as my elder two have moved on to secondary education.  My previous career was in journalism and I am delighted to be able to use this expertise by working with a team of children to produce the school newspaper 'The Walton Rocket'.  I am also keenly interested in all sport and in addition to supporting school teams both at home and away, I helped to run an after school cross country club.

In addition to the governors shown above, Richard Laing, Deputy Headteacher was appointed a co-opted governor in July 2015 for a four year term up until 19/07/19 and Timothy Samuel, Headteacher is an ex officio governor.

Committees and Governor Membership

The governing body has three committees with specific responsibilities and these are listed below:

 

  • Headteacher Review Panel - Bryan Dees, Neil Skinner, David Stevenson
  • Pay - Bryan Dees, Neil Skinner, David Stevenson
  • Grievances & Appeals - Roy Cooper, David Carpenter, Andy Downing

Register of Governors' Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2016/17

 

 

12/10/16

21/11/16

18/01/17

15/03/17

26/04/17

05/07/17

David Carpenter

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

 

Roy Cooper

ü

x

ü

ü

ü

 

Bryan Dees

ü

x

ü

ü

ü

 

Andy Downing

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

 

Richard Laing

ü

x

ü

ü

ü

 

Tim Samuel

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

 

Neil Skinner

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

 

David Stevenson

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

 

Debbie Taylor

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

 

 

Register of Governors' Interests as declared October 2016

 

 Governor

 Name of Organisation

 Nature of Business

 Nature of Interest

 Date Declared

 David Carpenter

 W.S. Atkins

 Civil engineering

 Employee

    12/10/16

 Roy Cooper

 JTC Associates

 Publishing

 Self employed

 Spouse of teaching assistant

    12/10/16

 Bryan Dees

 n/a

 Automotive engineering

 Self employed

     12/10/16

 Andy Downing

 Banstead Village Veterinary    Surgery

 Veterinary surgery

 Self employed

 Spouse elected as chair of PTA

     12/10/16

 Richard Laing

 Walton on the Hill Primary School

School

 Deputy headteacher

     12/10/16

 Tim Samuel

 Walton on the Hill Primary School

 Surrey Teaching Centre, The  Children’s Trust

 School

 Medical PRU

 Headteacher

 Chair of management committee

     12/10/16

 Neil Skinner

 Telefonica

 Mobile telecommunications

 Employee 

     12/10/16

 David Stevenson 

 Legal & General Plc

 Financial services

 Employee  

     12/10/16

 Debbie Taylor

 Walton on the Hill Primary School

 School

 Journalist & editor

 Trainee teacher/teaching assistant

 Self employed

     12/10/16

 Judy Turnbull 

 Walton on the Hill Primary School

 Chiswick Builders Supplies Ltd

 School

 Builders supplies merchant

 Bursar & clerk to governors

 Spouse of company director

     12/10/16

 

Walton on the Hill Primary School Code of Practice for Governors

Department for Education Governors' Handbook

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