The Governing Body operates, collectively, in the best interests of pupils, rather than acting as a group of individuals lobbying on behalf of their constituencies. The task of the governing body is to govern the school, focusing on the core functions of providing strategic leadership, holding the headteacher to account and making sure that the school’s money is well spent. This is a demanding task for which all governors need to have, or develop, relevant and appropriate skills.
The Governing Body (GB) meets three times a term at 6.00pm for a full Governing Body meeting, which is normally completed within 2 hours. Within this meeting there is always an agenda item on finance where such issues may be discussed. Papers are issued before meetings, which Governors can access through Governor Zone, on the school’s website. Governors are expected to attend or offer apologies for reasons of absence.
Governors take a responsibility for different areas of governance and at each GB meeting in addition to the Head Teacher’s report, a governor will report on an area of governance, so that across the year all areas are reported on twice and the school development plan monitored. These link areas of governance are Finance, Health and Safety, Infrastructure, Leadership, Marketing, Pupil Premium, Safeguarding and LAC, SEND, Sixth Form, Well-being of staff and students.
Additionally, there is a Governor day at school each term which gives an opportunity for a longer meeting when governors can focus on matters such as analysis of results, plans for the future, and meet learners. These meetings last between a half and a full day.
Governors are encouraged to attend school events and visit the school during the day so they may be more fully aware of how the school is addressing issues identified for development.
Governors may also be involved in appointments, exclusion hearings, appeals etc.
Skills and Training
New Governors bring their own range of skills and do not necessarily have wide knowledge of educational issues; but are supported so they acquire this knowledge through an induction programme consisting of meetings with the Headteacher and Chair of the Governing Body; agreed training using LA or online materials, and a mentor. All new Governors must complete this induction programme before taking on further responsibilities and are encouraged to use continuation training to improve their knowledge and skills.
During the academic year of 2020/21 the governing body has continued to be active within school using remote meetings. See our Governor Blog.
Contacting the Governing Body
If you would like to contact the Governing Body of The Bewdley School, you can use any of the following methods.
The Bewdley School
Our Board of Governors
|Name||Category||Appointing Body||Start date||Current term of office||Position||Link||Attendance 2020-2021|
|Derek Haskins||Co-opted||FGB||02/06/2014||10/11/21 – 09/11/25||Chair||Leadership||9/9|
|Jillian Sharples||Co-opted||FGB||29/09/2017||29/09/2021 – 28/09/2025||Vice Chair||Infrastructure, Marketing||8/9|
|Della Ransom||Staff||FGB||23/07/2018||23/07/2018 – 22/07/2023||Infrastructure||8/9|
|Steve Riley||Parent||Parent||29/10/2017||29/10/2021 – 28/10/2025||Finance, Pupil Premium||6/9|
|Helen Squire||Local Authority||LA||29/09/2021 – 28/09/2025||Safeguarding & LAC, SEND||7/9|
|Keith Cairns||Co-opted||FGB||15/11/2015||15/11/2019 – 14/11/2023||Wellbeing, Health & Safety||7/9|
|Rich Vaux||Parent||Parent||02/12/2020||02/12/2020 – 01/12/2024||Safeguarding & LAC, Sixth Form||6/7|
|Ricki Goode||Co-opted||FGB||02/12/2020||Resigned on – 14/09/2021||6/7|
|Alison Shiels||Co-opted||FGB||18/07/2018||Resigned on – 14/07/2021||9/9|
|Paul Beacham||Parent||Parent||04/12/2019||Resigned on – 10/06/2021||7/8|