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Governors

OVERVIEW

Every school has a governing body, whose role is similar to that of the board of a company or the board of trustees for a charity.  Governors are the strategic leaders of schools and have a vital role to play in ensuring every child gets the best possible education.  Governing bodies have a statutory role and responsibility to raise academic achievement and promote pupil welfare.  

​Governors support, encourage and challenge the headteacher and staff.  Our core strategic functions are:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction,

  • overseeing the headteacher's capability to manage and lead,

  • overseeing the school's educational and financial performance.
     

The Headteacher presents a report at each Governing Body meeting, commenting on the life of the school in general and progress in relation to the targets laid out in the school’s development plan.​​

Members

The governing body here at Bushmead Primary School consists of a total of 11 members as follows:

  •  1 Headteacher
  • 1 Elected staff governor
  • 1 LA Governor
  • 3 Elected parent governors 
  •  5 Co-opted governors (of which up to 2 could be members of staff)
  • Associates
     

Clerk to Governors - Lorna Lawrence

 

 

Initial Appointment Date

Committee appointed by

Appointed

Term Expires

Headteacher: Steve Down

01/09/2015

Head

01/09/2015

N\A

Staff Governor

Vacancy   

LA Governor: Rebecca Walker

(Chair of Governing Body)

01/11/2013

Co-opted by Governing Board

15/09/2020

14/09/2024

Parent Governors

 

 

 

 

Cara Holloway

26/11/2018

Parent Elected

26/11/2018

25/11/2022

Paul Dawson

26/11/2018

Parent Elected

26/11/2018

25/11/2022

Samantha Beecham01/12/2021Governing Body01/12/202131/11/2025

Co-opted Governors

 

 

 

 

Maureen Plowman

(Vice-Chair of Governing Body)

01/09/1996

Governing Board

15/09/2020

14/09/2024

Sue Brown

18/09/2012

Co-opted by Governing Board

18/09/2012

21/01/2023

Becky Richards

18/07/2018

Co-opted by Governing Board

18/07/2017

17/07/2022

Jodie Flowerday

15/09/2020

Co-opted by Governing Board

15/09/2020

14/09/2024

Therese Pavlovic26/01/2021Co-opted by Governing Board26/1/202125/1/2025

Associates

 

 

 

 

Mark Leonard

01/04/2007

C and S Committee

15/09/2020

14/09/2021

Kay Blenkinsopp

01/05/2017

FP and P Committee

15/09/2020

14/09/2021

Beccy Wyse

01/11/2012

Co-opted by Governing Board

15/09/2020

14/09/20214

 

You can find out more about the work of our governing body in our school’s newsletter and by reading the minutes of our Full Governing Body meetings, copies of which can be obtained by emailing our clerk at clerk@bushmead.cambs.sch.uk   If you are interested in becoming a governor please email chair@bushmead.cambs.sch.uk or contact the school office." 

Role of Governor

Meet the Governors

ABOUT OUR GOVERNORS

 

BECCI WALKER

I became a governor in 2013 when my youngest daughter was in Early Years at Bushmead.  Both my daughters are at Secondary School now but I remain committed to Bushmead as both girls were very happy there and progressed well.  It is important to me that Bushmead recognises and meets the needs of each pupil to allow them to be happy at school and exceed in their education to enable them to reach their full potential.  I became Chair of Governors in September 2018 and I am on both committees.  I enjoy being a Governor for several reasons and would be happy to speak with anyone who is interested in finding out more about the role.  Being a Governor helped me to understand more about the education system and how I could support my own children with their learning.  I have also gained lots of skills, knowledge and experiences through being a Governor which gave me the confidence to return to my career as a Paediatric Nurse.  

 

CARA HOLLOWAY

 

I joined the Governing Board as a Parent Governor in late 2018 when my older daughter started Reception at Bushmead. I also have a younger daughter who be attending Bushmead before I know it. I am originally from the US and moved to the UK in 2013. I taught primary school in the US for several years and worked in finance before moving to the UK. I am passionate about helping the local community - in particular by supporting parents and education. I am a certified Sling Consultant and run the local sling library and other local sling services. I look forward to continuing my role as a Governor and helping the school continue its positive growth. 

 

MAUREEN PLOWMAN

I have been a Governor at Bushmead since 1996 having previously worked as the Bushmead Junior School secretary for 10 years prior to that. I have seen many changes during my time as a governor including the merging of the Bushmead Infant and Junior schools in 2000 and the building of the newer part of Bushmead Primary School. I have also been part of the recruitment process for the three Headteachers of Bushmead Primary School. I have been the Chair and Vice Chair of the Governing Body and Chair of the Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee (FPP) and currently am the Vice Chair of the FPP Committee and have several Link Governor roles within the Governing Body.  I consider being a governor at Bushmead such an interesting and rewarding role knowing that we are giving the children who come here a happy and safe environment in which to thrive and develop and be the very best they can be. It is good to see that parents who were once pupils at Bushmead are now bringing their own children here and we even have some Staff who in the past were pupils here!

 

 

BECCY WYSE

I started my time as a Governor at Bushmead primary school in 2011, I have taken on various roles within the govening body, including being a Parent Governor, co-opted Governor and more recently becoming an associate member. All three of my children have attended Bushmead and I am passionate and committed to not only seeing children reach their academic potential, but to ensure they are within an environment that supports their growth emotionally and socially. I have a background in education working within post 16 education for 12 years and held a designated safeguarding role within that time. I currently work to support children and families and feel that this extends my experience and understanding of the complexities involved in family life and the support that families may need to overcome the difficulties they may face

 

SUE BROWN

I first became a Parent Governor when my children attended Bushmead. After many terms of office as Staff and Associate Governor, I am now ‘Co-Opted’. My role encompasses that of Link Governor for Pupil Premium/disadvantaged and AMA (academically more abled) children, as well as my place on the Curriculum and Standards Committee.  I form part of the HT Performance Management Review Panel, and offer governor support for pupils on the School Council. 

 

Having worked in education for 20 years, I was an HLTA before my retirement in 2009. With four grandsons and the recent, welcome addition of two foster/granddaughters, all of school age, I continue to be passionate about education! I strongly believe that children of all abilities thrive from learning in a school like Bushmead, one that provides for their individual needs, ‘nurturing’ where necessary and learning styles, with its exciting and inspirational curriculum.

 

BECKY RICHARDS

I joined the Governing Board in July 2018 and have two daughters who attend Bushmead.  I am Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee and also the Head Teacher Performance Management Commitee plus have various link roles to curriculum and non- curriculum areas.   Outside of governing, I am a self employed local piano tutor, teaching in schools during the day and at home in the evenings.  Prior to this, I worked in the corporate sector for over 20 years dealing with legal, contractual and governance.  Being part of the Full Governing Board is very rewarding and enables me to contribute my time, skills and career experience by supporting the school strategically.  I am proud that our school provides a happy and engaging learning environment where each pupil is valued and encouraged to reach their full potential academically and personally by building self-esteem and confidence through their learning and achievements. 

 

PAUL DAWSON

My son is a pupil at Bushmead and I joined Board of Governors to take a more prominent role in his education and the future of the school.   My career background is within the IT industry and I have previously run my own company.  These roles have given me a great deal of business experience which I feel will be of benefit to the school and help define and support it's future development.

 

JODIE FLOWERDAY

I am a mum of two.  My eldest has recently moved on to secondary school from Bushmead and my youngest will hopefully be joining in 3 years. My background is within customer service/ Business development & compliance.  Bushmead School has been a great experience and brought us many fond memories, of which we will always be grateful and appreciative of.  I am new to the team and wanted to become a governor so I can give something back to the school as a thank you and help to build on from what they have already successfully achieved.  

INFORMATION REGARDING OUR GOVERNING BOARD

 

Full Governing Board

Becci Walker (Chair) Cara Holloway (Vice Chair)

All governors and associate members

 

Curriculum & Standards (C&S)

 Becky Richards (Chair) Becci Walker (Vice Chair)

Other governors: Steve Down, Maureen Plowman, Sue Brown, Becky Richards.  Therese Pavlovic. Associate members: Becky Wyse Mark Leonard.

 

Finance, Premises and Personnel

Cara Holloway(Chair) Maureen Plowman (Vice Chair)

Other governors: Steve Down, Becci Walker, Paul Dawson, Jodie Flowerday.  Associate member: Kay Blenkinsopp.

 

Headteacher Performance Management (HTPM)

Sue Brown, Cara Holloway, Becci Walker and Becky Richards (Chair)

 

Disciplinary and Appeals Committees

Members to be selected as and when needed from those governors who are neither associate governors nor school staff.

 

Linked Roles

Governors are allocated linked roles to various areas and also to all areas of the School Improvement Plan:

Curriculum Monitoring Areas

 

21/22

 

1

English

  • Phonics
  • Reading
  • Writing
  •  

Becky Richards/Becci Walker

2

Maths

 

Becky Richards/Becci Walker

3

Science

 

Cara Holloway

4

Humanities

  • RE
  • Geography
  • History
  • MFL

 

Susan Brown

5

Arts

  • Music
  • Drama
  • Art,
  • Design Technology

 

Becky Richards/Cara Holloway/Jodie Flowerday

6

Early Years

 

Cara Holloway

7

Pupil Well Being

  • PE (inc Sports Premium)
  • PSHE / RSE
  • Pupil Mental Health
  • School Council
  • Opal
  • Forest Wraparound Care Care

 

 

Becci Walker

Becci Walker

Maureen Plowman /Becci Walker

Susan Brown

Becky Richards

Cara Holloway

8

ICT/Computing

 

Paul Dawson

Other Monitoring Areas

21/22

 

 

9

SEN

Equality & Diversity

 

Maureen Plowman/Becci Walker

Maureen Plowman/Becci Walker

 

10

Safeguarding

Child Protection

Children in Care

 

Maureen Plowman/Cara Holloway

Maureen Plowman

Susan Brown

 

11

Disadvantaged Pupils

Covid Catch up

Becky Richards/Susan Brown

Becky Richards/Susan Brown/Becci Walker

 

12

Staff & Governor Support

  • Staff/Governor Mental Health & Well Being
  • New Governor Mentorship
  • Governor Training

 

 

Maureen Plowman/Cara Holloway

Maureen Plowman

Paul Dawson

 

13

Other Compliance

  • Policies / School website compliance
  • Health & Safety
  • GDPR

 

 

Becky Richards

Jodie Flowerday

Maureen Plowman

 

 

 

School Improvement Plan Areas

Quality of Education

Behaviour and Attitudes

Personal Development

Leadership & Management

Early Years

Governance