Governing Body

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.

Additional responsibilities

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, to read more about being a governor at The Bewdley School please click here.

During the academic year the governing body has continued to be active within school, 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.


Governing Body
The Bewdley School
Stourport Road
DY12 1BL

Our Board of Governors


NameCategoryStart dateCurrent term of officeResponsibilitiesCommittee Membership*Attendance 2022-2023
Jillian Sharples


Co-opted17/05/201629/09/2021 – 28/09/2025Co-Chair of the governing body, Leadership, MarketingFinance, Headteacher’s Appraisal, Pay & Personnel, Admissions9/9
Rich Vaux


Co-opted02/12/202002/12/2020 – 01/12/2024Co-Chair of the governing body, Safeguarding, Pupil PremiumFinance, Headteacher’s Appraisal, Pay & Personnel8/9
Dave Hadley-PryceHeadteacher03/01/2017Finance, Pay & Personnel, Admissions9/9
Della RansomStaff23/07/201818/07/2022 – 17/07/2026Staff WellbeingFinance8/9
Helen SquireLocal Authority26/11/201529/09/2021 – 28/09/2025SEND, LACFinance6/9
Lee ShawFoundation09/11/202209/11/2022 – 08/11/2026Infrastructure, Pupil PremiumFinance, Headteacher’s Appraisal7/8
Katy BaylissParent09/11/202209/11/2022 – 08/11/2026Finance, Sixth FormFinance, Pay & Personnel6/8
Carl StevensonFoundation14/06/202314/06/2023 – 13/06/2027Finance2/2
Kate HazelwoodParent15/11/202315/11/2023 – 14/11/2027N/A
Richard CannonParent15/11/202315/11/2023 – 14/11/2027N/A
Sarah ForbesCo-opted17/01/202417/01/2024 – 16/01/2028FinanceN/A
George CourtCo-Opted21/02/202421/02/2024 – 20/02/2028FinanceN/A
Helen BoswellParent07/12/202207/12/2022 – 22/01/2024SEND, LACFinance6/7
Keith CairnsCo-opted26/11/201514/11/2019 – 13/11/2023Student Wellbeing, Health & SafetyFinance, Admissions8/9

*Governors may be asked to serve on pupil disciplinary, hearings and appeals committees as per statutory and/or school policies.

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