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"A very warm welcome from the School Governors"    
 

Welcome to our School

Mark Tuffney
 
Sharon McNab
 
Philip Mead
 
Dermot Bracken
 
Jenifer Ball

Staff Governor

Headteacher

 

Chair of Governors

Course Producer BBC Academy

 

Vice Chair of Governors

Barrister

 

Associate Governor

Deputy Headteacher

 

LA Governor

Freelance Education and Community Partnership Consultant

Areas of responsibility:

Premises and Health and Safety

Finance

Curricuum and Policies

Marketing

Personnel and Pay

 

Areas of responsibility:

Finance

Personnel and Pay (Chair)

 

Areas of responsibility:

Finance

Marketing

Personnel and Pay

 

Areas of responsibility:

Finance

Curriculum and Policies

 

Areas of responsibility:

Curriculum and Polices (Chair)

SEND

Safeguarding

Appointed: Sep 2001   Appointed: Sep 1998   Appointed: Sep 2010   Appointed: Sept 2015   Appointed: Sep 2001
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photo - link to details of Councillor Rita Palmer

Louise Duthart
 
Will Gradidge
 
Sarah Brecher
 
Cllr Rita Palmer
 
Carol Webster

Co-opted Governor

Finance transformation specialist AET

 

Staff Governor

Teacher

 

Co-opted Support Staff Governor

Chef

 

Co-opted Governor

Local councillor

 

Co-opted Governor

Teacher

Areas of responsibility:

Finance (Chair)

 

Areas of responsibility:

Premises and Health and Safety

Curriculum and Policies

 

Areas of responsibility:

Premises and Health and Safety

Marketing

 

Areas of responsibility:

Premises and Health and Safety

Personnel and Pay

 

Areas of responsibility:

Curriculum and Polices

Marketing

Finance

Appointed: Sep 1999   Appointed: Jan 2018   Appointed: Sep 2010   Appointed: Apr 2008   Appointed: Sep 1995
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Claire Mankowitz
 
Julie Burdon
 
Howard Smith
 
Melanie Payne
 
Aisha Bicknell

Associate Governor

Psychotherapist

 

Co-opted Governor

Child minder

 

Associate Governor

 

 

Parent Governor

 

 

Parent Governor

 

Areas of responsibility:

Curriculum and Policies

Personnel and Pay

 

Areas of responsibility:

Premises and Health and Safety

 

Areas of responsibility:

Premises and Health and Safety (Chair)

 

Areas of responsibility:

Pay and Personnel

Marketing

 

Areas of responsibility:

Curriculum and Policies

Governor Training

Finance

Appointed: Sep 2010   Appointed: Sep 2010   Appointed: Apr 2012   Appointed: Oct 2019   Appointed: May 2016
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Tim Bishop
 
Lelde Wohlfart
 
 
 

Associate Governor

Solicitor

 

Parent Governor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Term of office:

To November 2024

 

 

Term of office:

To November 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appointed: Nov 2020   Appointed: Nov 2020            
Attendance at full governing body meetings 2019/20
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Vacancies: None
 
Governors Outline  
School Governing bodies have an important part to play in raising standards. Our main tasks include:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and the pupils, and the performance management of staff
Understanding and carrying out statutory duties
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Governors are often called 'critical friends', but we are not directly involved in the day-to-day running of the school. Our role is to build a supportive but challenging relationship with the headteacher, looking at all aspects of children's learning and wellbeing, and taking strategic decisions in the light of objective data. We ensure that policies are in place and are monitored, and work to make the school an inclusive, fair and healthy place for children to learn and thrive. Governors sit on committees to oversee the school in more detail, and report to the full Governing body. Both committees and the full Governing body meet approximately twice a term.

The Government's handbook for Governors gives a full picture of our role and duties:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/395789/Governor s_Handbook.pdf

Lowther's team is small, but we can expand it to fit defined needs. The core membership is the Head teacher and a staff representative, plus one LA Governor and 2 parent Governors, who serve for 3 years. The rest of the team is currently made up of 8 co-opted Governors, whose skills fit the set we feel we need, in order to support and challenge the school effectively. They may serve for up to 4 years, or for a predetermined project-based term. We are also able to invite people with skills on which we would like to draw for a short or longer period to be Associate Governors.

We invite people who would like to know more, who have skills we have identified (see below) and who are interested in working with Lowther Governors, or in applying to become a Governor when there is a vacancy, to register an interest and leave contact details with the Clerk to the Governors Sharon Day: s.day@lowther.richmond.sch.uk

Lowther Parent/Former Parent/Knowledge of School/Knowledge of local Community
Involvement in local Community
Expertise as a professional or volunteer
Committee experience/Communication skills
Professional experience in:
Law/Accounting/Education
HR/Employment/Recruitment
Publicity/Marketing/Fundraising
Health & Wellbeing (incl. pastoral, SEND)
Business/Enterprise/Management /Training
Environment & Sustainability

Anyone who joins the Governing body needs to be able to attend meetings and be committed to the school's ethos and progress, to have good inter-personal skills, be willing to be trained, and to have an appropriate level of literacy in English and appropriate level of numeracy to understand basic data.

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Register of Interests
 
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