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Governors work closely with the Head Teacher and the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that children receive the best education and achieve their individual maximum potential during their time at Foster’s. School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability and while they do not manage the day-to-day running of the school, they do appoint the Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher as well as hold the Head Teacher accountable for the progress of  children in the school. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make decisions about balancing resources.

 

The governing body at Foster’s includes a mix of experienced and new governors representing a variety of professional backgrounds, expertise and skills. Click here to go to our 'Meet the Governors Page' to find out more about each governor).

 

The role of the governing body is a strategic one and can be summarised by the following:

•             set the aims and objectives for the school

•             set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives

•             set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives

•             monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives

•             be a source of challenge and support to the Head Teacher (a critical friend)

 

(The Head Teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.)

 

Committee Structure

Governors attend full Governing Body meetings once a term and sit on one of two sub-committees (curriculum or resources), which take responsibility for particular areas of School business .

 

Chair of Governors: Ken Scottow

Vice-Chair of Governors: Joanne Surguy

Head Teacher: Bruce Fletcher

 

Curriculum Committee

Resources Committee

Chair: Isatu Bangura

 

Bruce Fletcher

Stuart Keep

Jason Hemley

Victoria Thompson

Anna-Louise Boorer

Kathleen Farram

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chair: Joanne Surguy

 

Bruce Fletcher

Stuart Keep

Ken Scottow

Laurence Lum

Scott Wilkins

Victoria Thompson

Anna-Louise Boorer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foster’s Foundation Governing Body

We have a second set of Governors who are Foundation Governors. They meet separately to discuss charitable works in the area and have strong ties with the main Governing body as they have two representatives on it. Foster’s is fairly unique in that, even though we have Voluntary Controlled status, we are not affiliated to any religious organisation.

 

Governors’ Interests

Governors are required to declare any direct or indirect interests. The document below shows all declared interests and other required information about the Governors at Foster’s.

 

DECLARATION OF INTEREST STATEMENT 2016-17

 

 

Name

Term of Office

Category of Governor

Committees

Direct Interest

Indirect Interest

Attendance

2016-17 GB meetings

 

Attendance

2016-17

Committee

meetings

Voting Rights

Date Form Completed

Date of Declared Changes

Mr K Scottow (Chair)

21/2/2013 to 20/6/2017

Foundation

Resources

 

Governor responsible for Child Protection, Looked After Children, Safeguarding

 

None

Granddaughter attends the school

2/2

5/5

Yes

16/11/16

 

Mr B Fletcher

1/1/2006 to

Head Teacher

Curriculum

Resources

 

None

 

 

2/2

6/6

Yes

16/11/16

 

Mr S Keep

Deputy Head Teacher

 

8/3/2017 to 7/3/2021

Co-opted

Curriculum

Resources

 

None

 

 

2/2

4/6

Yes

16/11/16

 

Mr L Lum

3/11/2015 to 2/11/2019

Co-opted

Resources

 

Governor responsible for Early Years

 

None

 

 

SUG Capital plc LTIP shares

2/2

3/3

Yes

16/11/16

 

Mr W Price

21/2/2013 to 20/6/2017

Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

0/2

0/6

Yes

 

 

Mrs J Surguy

(Vice Chair)

3/11/2015 to 2/11/2019

Co-opted

Resources – Chair

 

Governor responsible for Key Stage one

 

None

 

 

2/2

3/3

Yes

16/11/16

 

Mr S Wilkins

10/3/2016 to 9/3/2020

Co-opted

Resources

 

 

 

 

2/2

3/3

Yes

8/3/17

 

Ms I Bangura

27/2/2015 to 26/2/2019

Local Authority

Curriculum – Chair

 

Governor responsible for Key Stage two

 

None

 

 

1/2

0/3

Yes

16/11/16

 

Mr J Hemley

Assistant Head Teacher

12/11/2014 to 11/11/2018

Staff

Curriculum

 

None

 

2/2

3/3

Yes

16/11/16

 

Mrs V Thompson

 

24/1/2017 to 23/1/2021

Parent

Curriculum

Resources

 

Governor responsible for SEN

 

 

1/2

4/6

Yes

8/3/17

 

Mrs K Farram

24/1/2017 to 23/1/2021

Parent

 

 

Curriculum

 

 

1/2

2/3

Yes

 

 

Mrs A Boorer

24/1/2017 to 23/1/2021

Parent

 

 

Curriculum

Resources

 

 

1/2

4/6

Yes

8/3/17

 

 

 

Governors up to 31 August 2016

 

 

Name

Term of Office

Category of Governor

 

 

 

 

 

Mr J Griggs

27/11/2013 to 26/11/2017

Parent

 

Disqualified due to non-attendance

 

 

 

 

 

Mr I Poole

21/11/2013 to 20/11/2017

Parent

 

Disqualified due to non-attendance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19 May 2017

 

 

 

 

Types of governors explained:
  • Local Authority (LA) Governor: appointed by the Local Authority that maintains the school.
  • Co-opted Governor: appointed by the governing body to represent the community. A co-opted governor does not need to have any previous experience or knowledge of education, nor do they need to have children in the school.
  • Parent Governor: elected onto the governing body by other parents from the school, and are usually parents of children in attendance at the school.
  • Staff Governor: elected onto the governing body by staff at the school.
  • Associate Governor: invited to attend full and committee meetings to support the governors to make informed decisions. Associate governors do not have voting rights.
  • Foundation Governor: (see ‘Foster’s Foundation Governing Body’)

Annual Governance Statement - June 2017

Annual Governance Statement - June 2016

Annual Report from the Chair of Governors - December 2015

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