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Our Governors

What They Do

Governors (Trustees) are appointed or elected by a number of bodies and groups including the Church, the Local Authority, the parents and the staff. Governors are representatives not delegates.  

The Governing Board is responsible in law for the School, but it has a strategic role and doesn't get involved in operational matters like teaching or timetabling – these are the responsibility of the Headteacher. The Governing Board holds the Headteacher to account for their decisions.  

All governing boards have three core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the School and its students, and the performance management of staff
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the School and making sure its money is well spent

The Governing Board holds the Headteacher to account by monitoring and asking the right questions. This often includes visiting the School to look at specific areas, such as safeguarding or behaviour.

Responsibilities

The Governing Board's duties include:

  • Setting the vision and ethos of the School
  • Appointing and appraising the Headteacher
  • Making sure the Headteacher carries out his/her duties to appraise other teachers
  • Making sure safer recruitment procedures are applied
  • Ensuring the School has a written policy on sex and relationship education (SRE) that parents can see
  • Approving and monitoring the School budget
  • Ensuring that pupil premium funding is being spent on improving attainment for eligible pupils
  • Appointing a designated teacher to promote the achievement of any looked-after children in the School
  • Making sure the School complies with the Equality Act 2010, and publishing information on how it is doing this
  • Ensuring the School has a policy on supporting pupils with medical conditions
  • Appointing a member of staff to be the designated safeguarding lead and ensuring the School has effective policies and procedures in place to keep children safe
  • Ensuring that the School makes special education provision for pupils who have SEN and that the School follows the statutory Code of Practice
 

Contacting the Board

You can contact the Governors through the Clerk to the Governors, Kate Woods  Contact Details:  01905 746800 Email: woodsk@bishopperowne.co.uk
 

You may also be interested in:

  • Governor Allowances Policy
  • Governor Code of Conduct
  • Standing Orders
  • Conflicts of Interest Policy
 
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Questions and Answers

Who is the governing board accountable to?
The governing board is accountable to Ofsted, the secretary of state for education (via regional schools commissioners), the members of the academy trust and the local community. It is accountable to the Education Funding Agency (EFA) for its financial management.
How can I become a Parent Governor? 
If you're interested in becoming a Governor, talk to the current chair of Governors who leads the board. When there's a vacancy for a parent governor all parents will be informed, and you'll have a chance to stand for election.
Are Governors Paid?
No. Being a Governor is entirely voluntary. But as with many other voluntary roles, such as being a magistrate, or working with St John's Ambulance, there is an expectation of professionalism. Training is made available to ensure newcomers reach the necessary level of expertise, and experienced Governors refresh and extend their expertise.
Do School Governors run the School?
No. The day-to-day management of the School is the responsibility of the Headteacher and leadership team. The Board of Governors is there to help shape Bishop Perowne's future direction and focus. They are there to question and challenge, ensuring the School is being run well.
What Sort of People Become School Governors?
All sorts of people become School Governors. Governors do not have to be a particular type of person, nor have particular qualifications, know about education or even have children. The only requirement is to be over 18. 
Can I approach the Governors with concerns?
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the School. Concerns and complaints should go to the School before coming to the Governing Board.

Who they are

We are in the process of changing our governance structure from September 2018 onwards.  The new Articles of Association have been approved by all members, so the school is just awaiting confirmation from the solicitor and then the new governance structure can be implemented to full effect.   The work of TLO committee will primarily be dealt with at Executive Committee as they will be responsible for standards. The work of ELM and PDBW committees will be spread throughout the 8 full governing body meetings.  The table below will be updated when the new structure is fully implemented.

Members, Trustees and Associates (2018-2019)
Name Type of Governor / Trustee Appointed Resigned Trust Role Voting Rights   Standing Committees
Members FGB Steering ELM TLO PDBW
Very Rev Peter Atkinson - 01/05/2012   Member Y Y          
Mrs Margaret Haywood Foundation (1) 29/06/2012   Trustee Y   Y        
Mrs Claire Hollins Parent (Elected) 12/10/2012   Trustee Y   Y        
Mr Matthew Bunn Foundation (3) 13/04/2015   Trustee Y   Vice-chair        
Mr Mark Pollard (Accounting Officer) Ex-Officio (6) 13/04/2015   Member & Trustee Y Y Y        
Mrs Judith Pettersen Foundation (1) 26/06/2015   Member & Trustee Y Y Chair        
Mr Timothy Clarke Ex-Officio (4) 29/08/2016   Trustee Y   Y        
Mrs Caroline Fitzmaurice Foundation (1) 08/11/2016   Trustee Y   Y        
Mr Iain WIlliams Parent (Elected) 21//11/2016   Trustee Y   Y        
Mr Bryan Allbut Foundation (1) 01/04/2017   Member & Trustee Y Y Y        
Mrs Tracey France Foundation (1) 09/01/2018   Trustee Y   Y        

Key

  • Foundation (1) = Appointed by Worcester Diocesan Academies Trust
  • Foundation (2) = Appointed by Worcester East Deanery Synod
  • Foundation (3) = Appointed by Worcester East Deanery Chapter

 

  • Ex Officio (4) = The Dean of Worcester representative
  • Ex Officio (5) = Principal Officiating Minister
  • Ex Officio (6) = Headteacher

* Governor's term in role has been renewed. (Governors are appointed for a maximum of four years, this term is renewable)

Members, Trustees and Associates (2017-2018)
Name Type of Governor / Trustee Appointed Resigned Trust Role Voting Rights   Standing Committees
Members FGB Steering ELM TLO PDBW
Very Rev Peter Atkinson - 01/05/2012   Member Y Y          
Mrs Margaret Haywood Foundation (1) 29/06/2012   Trustee Y   Y Y   Y  
Mr Michael Kitcatt Co-opted 10/07/2012   Trustee Y   Vice - Chair Y   Chair  
Mrs Claire Hollins Parent (Elected) 12/10/2012   Trustee Y   Y   Y    
Mrs Rebecca Surridge Foundation (1) 24/06/2013   Trustee Y   Y Y     Chair
Mrs Rachel Cramp Foundation (1) 20/05/2014 27/03/2018 Trustee Y   Y     Y  
Revd Julieann Watson Ex-Officio (5) 23/02/2015   Member & Trustee Y Y Y       Y
Mr Matthew Bunn Foundation (3) 13/04/2015   Trustee Y   Y Y Chair    
Mr Mark Pollard (Accounting Officer) Ex-Officio (6) 13/04/2015   Member & Trustee Y Y Y Y Y Y  
Mr Richard Bentley Parent (Elected) 21/05/2015 11/09/2017 Trustee Y   Y       Y
Mrs Karen Wigley Staff (Elected) 21/05/2015   Trustee Y   Y   Y    
Revd Dr Richard Johnson Foundation (1) 26/06/2015 06/09/2017 Trustee Y   Y Y      
Mrs Judith Pettersen Foundation (1) 26/06/2015   Member & Trustee Y Y Chair Chair Y Y  
Mrs Bonita Griffiths Foundation (2) 01/03/2016 31/12/2017 Trustee Y   Y     Y  
Mr Peter Albertini (Chief Financial Officer) Associate 06/07/2016   - N   Y   Y    
Mr TImothy Clarke Ex-Officio (4) 29/08/2016   Trustee Y   Y   Y    
Mrs Caroline Fitzmaurice Foundation (1) 08/11/2016   Trustee Y   Y       Y
Mr Philip Chew Parent (Elected) 21/11/2016 01/12/2017 Trustee Y   Y       Y
Mr Iain WIlliams Parent (Elected) 21//11/2016   Trustee Y   Y   Y    
Mr Bryan Allbut - 01/04/2017   Member Y Y          
Mrs Jane Price Associate     - N            
Mr Nigel Ford Associate     - N            
Mrs Tracey France Foundation (1) 09/01/2018   Trustee Y            

Key

  • Foundation (1) = Appointed by Worcester Diocesan Academies Trust
  • Foundation (2) = Appointed by Worcester East Deanery Synod
  • Foundation (3) = Appointed by Worcester East Deanery Chapter

 

  • Ex Officio (4) = The Dean of Worcester representative
  • Ex Officio (5) = Principal Officiating Minister
  • Ex Officio (6) = Headteacher

* Governor's term in role has been renewed. (Governors are appointed for a maximum of four years, this term is renewable)

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