Governors

Overview

The role of the Governing Body and individual Governors at Christ's School is:

  • To ensure clarity of ethos, vision and strategic direction for the school
  • To hold the Head teacher to account, through constructive and robust challenge, for the educational performance of the school and performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school, so as to ensure that money is well spent.

The make-up of the Governing Body at Christ’s School reflects our Christian ethos and the school’s status as a Church of England School. Two local parishes provide Foundation Governors (four from the Richmond Team Ministry and three from the Parish of Holy Trinity and Christ Church, within which the school is situated). The Southwark Diocesan Board of Education provides two additional Foundation Governors, as well as vital professional advice across many areas of the life of the school in furtherance of our Christian ethos. There are three Parent Governor Posts, reflecting our belief that parents bring a unique and valuable insight to our deliberations. The Richmond Local Education Authority appoints one Governor. The Head teacher is an ex officio member of the Governing Body, whilst another teacher is elected to the Governing Body by the Staff. The Deputy Heads are Associate Members.

Each of the Governors has at least one area of specific interest (such as Child Protection, Health & Safety, Curriculum or Disadvantaged Students), with regard to which they will engage with the school across areas of activity. There is, therefore, enormous scope for Governors to bring their particular areas of experience and enthusiasm to bear for the benefit of the school. We view diversity as a key strength in decision making and in fulfilling our governance roles, and actively encourage people from all backgrounds to volunteer their expertise and energy to enhance the learning experience of our children.

The Governing Body at Christ's School meets four times a year - in September, December, March and July. 


Membership

The current membership of the Governing Body is as follows:

Name Membership Category Appointed By Term of Office

Attendance Possible/ Actual

Dr Alison Greenwood - Chair Foundation Richmond Team Ministry 31 Aug 2017 10/ 11
Mr Graham Bamping - Vice Chair Foundation Holy Trinity and Christ Church 17 Nov 2017 7/ 9
Ms Rowan Woodward  - Vice Chair Parent Election 31 Oct 2019 10/ 11
Ms Susan Armstrong Foundation Holy Trinity and Christ Church 29 Sep 2020 7/ 9
Mr Hugh Dunlop Foundation Holy Trinity and Christ Church 19 Jan 2018 4/ 5
Mrs Sarah Percival Foundation Richmond Team Ministry 31 Aug 2018 10/ 12
Ms Wilma Roest Foundation Richmond Team Ministry 1 Oct 2021 0/0
Mr Phil Rushby Foundation Richmond Team Ministry 12 Jan 2020 7/ 7
Vacancy LEA LEA 14 Apr 2017  
Ms Pernille Holtedahl Parent Election 31 Dec 2017 8/ 9
Vacancy Parent Election    
Mrs Helen Dixon - Headteacher Staff Governing Body 31 Aug 2020 18/ 22
Ms Debbie Smee Staff Election 20 Nov 2019 6/ 7
Mr Will Graham - Deputy Headteacher Associate Member Governing Body 31 Aug 2017 6/ 6
Ms Sarah Kieran - Deputy Headteacher Associate Member Governing Body 31 Aug 2017 7/ 7

To contact the Governors, in the first instance, please email the Clerk to the Governors, Samantha Burnett.

Any general complaints or issues about the school should go through the normal channels of:

  • Form tutor/subject teacher as appropriate
  • Head of year/department as appropriate
  • Headteacher

Committees

There are nine Committees of the Governing Body. These Committees are set up at the first meeting of the academic year. The named Governors and Working Parties are responsible for reporting back to the Committees.

  • Admissions - Chair: Susan Armstrong
  • Care, Guidance & Support - Chair: Alison Greenwood
  • Complaints - Chair: Hugh Dunlop
  • Finance, Staffing & Premises - Chair: Graham Bamping
  • Chairs of Committees - Chair: Alison Greenwood
  • Pay - Chair: Alison Greenwood
  • Pupil Discipline & Exclusions - Chair: Phil Rushby
  • Teaching & Learning - Chair: Rowan Woodward
  • Staffing Appeals - Chair: Sarah Percival

Governors’ individual interests and responsibilities (Named Governors) are as follows (*= statutory responsibility):

*Child Protection/Safeguarding: Rowan Woodward/ Sarah Kieran

*SEND: Susan Armstrong

Attendance: Susan Armstrong

Careers: Sarah Percival

Disadvantaged: Phil Rushby

Ethos & Values: Wilma Roest

Governor Training: Sarah Percival

Health and Safety: Graham Bamping

Literacy: Rowan Woodward

Able and Ambitious: Alison Greenwood

Looked after Children: Susan Armstrong

Marketing: rowan Woodward/ Sarah Percival

Art, Music & Drama/Enrichment: Pernille Holtedahl

Numeracy: Hugh Dunlop

Modern Foreign Languages: Alison Greenwood

Science: Hugh Dunlop

Sixth Form: Phil Rushby

Sports: Pernille Holtedahl


Terms of Reference of Committees

 

FINANCE, STAFFING AND PREMISES COMMITTEE

Membership: elected by the full Governing Body.

The key purpose of this committee is to provide vital governance and oversight of the Financial Management of the school.

The committee is required to consider, challenge and ultimately approve the budget proposed by the Headteacher for submission to the Governing Body in the Spring Term of each year. The committee ensures that the budget is consistent with the goals set out in the School Development Plan and with the Staffing priorities stemming from review of the school’s curriculum. Staffing costs represent nearly 80% of the overall expenditure budget, and so require particular focus as to strategy.

The committee monitors the school’s financial performance relative to this budget throughout the financial year, and will recommend any changes considered necessary as a result of this monitoring to the Governing Body. It considers the financial implications of recommendations from other committees and stakeholders.

In respect of the school’s premises, the committee monitors the condition of buildings and other assets, and determines priorities for repair, maintenance and development projects.

In consultation with the Headteacher, the committee reviews various policies in connection with the safe and effective use of school premises. In addition, the committee reviews school policies that pertain to staffing, for example the Pay Policy, Appraisal Policy, Grievance and Discipline Procedures.

In carrying out its mandate, the committee liaises as appropriate with the Local Authority and the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education.


CARE, GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT COMMITTEE

Membership: elected by the full Governing Body

The key purpose of this committee is to ensure that the school’s pastoral structure meets the needs of all students at Christ’s, keeping them safe, and ensuring they can access all aspects of the curriculum.

In particular, the committee focuses on behaviour for learning, attendance, special educational needs (SEN), child protection and collective worship.

In carrying out its role, the committee receives reports from the Deputy Headteacher responsible for pastoral care, the Attendance Officer and the SEN Co-ordinator on matters relating to the impact of the various policies and how successful they are in achieving the priorities set out in the School Development Plan. For example, in relation to behaviour for learning, the committee analyses the number of behaviour incidents across year groups and types of pupils, and trends over time, in order to ascertain the impact of the policy.  It also very closely monitors attendance and persistent absence figures, as low attendance has the biggest single impact on pupil outcomes.

In addition, the committee reviews school policies that pertain to all aspects of personal, social and health education, including nutritional matters such as the school’s food and water policies.


TEACHING AND LEARNING COMMITTEE

Membership: elected by the full Governing Body

The key purpose of this committee is to ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of all students at Christ’s.

To do this, the committee receives reports from Subject Leaders on the progress of the school’s Teaching and Learning priorities, as outlined in the School Development Plan. These priorities may refer to areas such as quality of teaching, homework, differentiation, feedback and marking etc.

The committee monitors students’ progress and attainment across all year groups, particularly looking for under performance in specific groups of students such as disadvantaged, able and ambitious, middle prior attainment, ethnic groupings etc. For the previous year 11, the committee studies the data contained within Ofsted’s RAISEonline, which shows progress and attainment data for all subjects and all groups of students at GCSE.  For current students, the committee reviews the in school tracking data for each year group, again broken down by subject and student groupings.

In addition, the committee reviews school policies that pertain to teaching and learning, for example the Religious Education and Collective Worship Policy and the Able and Ambitious Policy.


PAY COMMITTEE

Membership: the Chair of the Governing Body, the Chairs of Committees, the Headteacher.

Terms of Reference

  1. To review and determine each year the levels of pay for all teaching staff; this must be within the approved budget and in accordance with the current School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document

  2. To review and determine each year the levels of pay for all non-teaching staff; this must be within the approved budget and in accordance with the National Joint Council for Local Government Service or other appropriate bodies, including any local agreements

  3. To determine any other pay matters in accordance with current legislation, good practice and advice (where necessary) from the Local Authority or SDBE.

Further information can be found in the Governing Body Scheme of Delegation pack, available on request from the school.


ADMISSIONS, COMPLAINTS, CHAIR OF COMMITTEES, PUPIL DISCIPLINE, STAFFING APPEALS COMMITTEES - terms of reference to follow.

Information correct at 28.9.16

 

Register of Interests

Name

Position

Name of organisation

Nature of interest

Date interest was registered

Date interest ceased

Notes

Susan Armstrong

Foundation Governor

 

None registered

7/9/2015

 

 

Graham Bamping

Foundation Governor

BlackRock Fund Managers Ltd (Chairman)

BlackRock Asset Management Ireland Ltd

BlackRock (Luxembourg) SA

BlackRock Fund Management Company SA

BlackRock (Channel Islands) Ltd

Company Directorships

7/9/2015

 

 

Graham Bamping

Foundation Governor

Holy Trinity Richmond PCC

Charity Trusteeship

7/9/2015

 

 

Helen Dixon

Headteacher

 

None registered

7/9/2015

 

 

Hugh Dunlop

Foundation Governor

 

None registered

7/9/2015

 

 

Will Graham

Deputy Headteacher & Associate Member

 

None registered

7/9/2015

 

 

Alison Greenwood

Foundation Governor

 

None registered

7/9/2015

 

 

Pernille Holtedahl

Parent Governor

 

None registered

7/9/2015

 

 

Sarah Kieran

Deputy Headteacher & Associate Member

Malden Oaks PRU

Member of Management Committee

7/9/2015

 

 

Sarah Percival

Foundation Governor

J Whitaker & Sons Pension Scheme

Pension Trustee

7/9/2015

 

 

Alan Saunders

Co-opted Governor

J P Morgan Emerging Markets Investment Trust PLC

Company Directorship

7/9/2015

 

 

Alan Saunders

Co-opted Governor

J P Morgan Pension Fund

Pension Trustee

7/9/2015

 

 

Rowan Woodward

Parent Governor

 

None registered

7/9/2015

 

 

 

 

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