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Fordwater Governors 2017 – 2018

Fordwater has ten Governors and a professional Clerk as follows:

Local Authority Governor Mrs Beryl Dyton
The Headteacher Miss Sophie Clarke
Staff Governor Mrs Donna Pratt
Parent Governors Mrs Jo Slater
Mr StJohn Trundle
Mr Iain Mortimer
Co-opted Governors Mrs Therese Brook
Mrs Sally Morgan
Mrs InnesMary Quigley
Mrs Bridget Wright
Clerk Mrs Joanna McLeod

Fordwater Governors meet twice a term as a full Governing Body.  All our Governors have experience and skills which they give voluntarily to support the school.

Our role is threefold:

  1. Establishing the strategic direction by: setting the vision, values and objectives for the school, agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets and meeting statutory duties
  1. Ensuring accountability by: appointing the Headteacher, monitoring progress towards targets; performance managing the headteacher; engaging with stakeholders and contributing to school self-evaluation
  1. Overseeing the financial performance of the school  by: setting the budget, monitoring spending against the budget; ensuring value for money is obtained and ensuring risks to the school are managed. 

Individual Governors have specific roles and responsibilities which enables us to be better informed, proactive and supportive to the senior school leaders.  We have statutory committees and a Finance Committee and form Task and Finish Groups when needed.   At the beginning of each academic year we hold an extra meeting when we review our annual Governors’ Action Plan and set our targets for the coming year.  We make focused visits to the school and keep all our stakeholders informed by our Governors’ News item in the school’s termly newsletter.

We continue our own development by attending training courses, briefings and conferences.  We also hold In School Training Sessions to which we invite other special schools. 

Non-confidential Governing Body Minutes are available from the Clerk to the Governors who may be contacted through the School Office. The Chair of Governors may also be contacted through the School Office.

Governing Body Meetings

Full Governing Body Meetings for the academic year 2017 – 2018 are scheduled to be held on:

Autumn Term 2017

13th September
11th October
29th November

Spring Term 2018 31st January
14th March
Summer Term 2018 9th May
27th June


All meetings are held at 5.30 pm with light refreshments from 5.15 pm

Membership of the Finance and Statutory Committees

For the academic year 2017 – 2018 the membership of the finance and statutory committees is as follows:

Headteacher’s Performance Management Panel B. Dyton
T. Brook
S Morgan
Teachers’ Pay and Performance Review Panel B. Dyton
T. Brook
S. Morgan
Pupil Discipline Committee

B. Dyton
J. Slater
S. Morgan
I. Mortimer

Staff Dismissal Appeal Committee St. J Trundle
IM Quigley
T. Brook
B. Wright
Finance Committee

I. Mortimer (Chair)

St J. Trundle
T. Brook
B. Dyton

The Headteacher  
The School Business Manager

GOVERNING BODY OF FORDWATER SCHOOL.

Our Governing Body consists of ten members and operates with one committee structure.

Full name of Governor

Governor Category

Date of  current Appointment or Election

Source of Appointment (where appropriate)

Term

of

office/Roles within GB

Attendance at full GB Meetings*

Committee membership

Attendance at committee meetings*

Declarations on register of business & pecuniary interest

Remarks

 

Mrs Beryl Dyton

 

 

Local  Authority

 

Sep 2004 –

Sep 2020

 

Local Authority

Chair of Governors

Headteacher’s Performance Management Panel, Teacher’s Pay and Performance Review Panel, Finance Committee, Website Governor

 

7 (7)

 

Finance

 

3 (3)

 

None

 

none

 

Ms Sophie

Clarke

 

 

Headteacher

 

Head since

1 September 2017

 

 

 

Headteacher

Headteacher,

Teacher’s Pay and Performance Review Panel

Finance Committee

 

N/A

 

 

Finance

 

1 (1)

 

Fordwater  Headteacher

Member of the National Association  of Headteachers

 

none

 

Mrs Donna Pratt

 

Staff

 

 

Jan 2015 –

Jan 2019

 

Fordwater Staff

 

Staff Governor

 

6 (7)

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

Fordwater SSA

Son is a cleaner at Fordwater

 

none

Mrs Jo Slater

Parent

 

 

Jan 2010 –

Jan 2018

Fordwater Parents

Pupil and Sport Premium

 

4 (7)

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

Arundel CofE School Teacher

 

None

 

Mr St John Trundle

Parent

Jan 2014 –

Jan 2018

Fordwater Parents

Building Projects, Finance Committee

 

7(7)

 

Finance

 

3(3)

 

None

 

None

Mrs Therese Brook

Co-opted

Feb 2005 –

Jan 2019

Fordwater Governors

Vice Chair of Governors, Headteacher’s Performance Management Panel, Teacher’s Pay and Performance Review Panel, Finance Committee, NOVIO

 

5(7)

 

Finance

 

3(3)

 

Part –time Catering Management Consultant: Donnington House, Lodge Hill, Some secondary schools

None

Mrs InnesMary Quigley

Co-opted

 

 

Apr 2009 –

Jan 2019

Fordwater Governors

Headteachers Performance Management Panel, Teacher’s Pay and Performance Review Panel

 

5(7)

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

None

 

None

Mrs Sally Morgan

Co-opted

Mar 2010-

Jan 2019

Fordwater Governors

Safeguarding,

Pupil Voice

 

6(7)

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

None

 

None

Mrs Bridget Wright

Co-opted

Dec 2007 –

Jan 2019

Fordwater Governors

Health & Safety, Training

 

5(7)

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

None

 

None

Mr Iain Mortimer

Parent

May 2017-

June 2021

Fordwater Parents

Chair  of Finance 

 

2(2)

 

Finance

 

1(1)

 

Spouse of a teacher. 

Member and Chair of FDF and Food Hygiene  committee and Member of project steering groups

 

None

*Attendance during previous academic year to 31/8/2017

Changes to Governing Body during previous academic year to 31/8/2017

Full name of Governor

Governor Category

Date of  current Appointment or Election

Source of Appointment (where appropriate)

Term

of

office/Roles within GB

Attendance at full GB Meetings*

Committee membership

Attendance at committee meetings*

Declarations on register of business & pecuniary interest

Remarks

Mrs Sue Meekings

Headteacher

Head since Sep 2007

Retired 31 August 2017

Headteacher

Headteacher,

Teacher’s Pay and Performance Review Panel

Finance Committee

 

7(7)

 

Finance

 

         3(3)

Fordwater Headteacher

 

Mr Miguel Gonzalez

 

 

 

 

May 2014

Left the Governing Body Dec 16

 

Fordwater Parents

E-Safety Governor

Finance Committee

 

 

2(3)

 

Finance

 

1(1)

 

Spouse Fordwater SSA

 

None

 

 

A change in Governors took place during the academic year ended 31/8/2017:

Mr Miguel Gonzalez resigned his post as Parent Governor in December 2016.

Mr Iain Mortimer was appointed Parent Governor in May 2017

Mrs Sue Meekings retired as Headteacher on 31st August 2017

Miss Sophie Clarke was appointed Headteacher on 31st August 2017

 

Mrs Beryl Dyton

Beryl Dyton

  • Local Authority Governor appointed by West Sussex Local Authority
  • Chair of Governors
  • Headteacher’s Performance Management Panel
  • Teachers’ Pay and Performance Review Panel
  • Finance  Committee
  • Website Governor

I have been a Governor at Fordwater since September 2004 and became the Chair of Governors in May 2008 my present term is due for review in September 2020

I have worked as a Secretary at a Special School and have experience of leading and chairing church groups.

Miss Sophie Clarke B.A. Hons, M.A, Q.T.S.

Sophie Clarke

  • Headteacher Governor
  • Finance Committee

I have worked in special education the majority of my working life and have a passion for improving and sustaining outcomes for pupils with SEN.  I have worked though from reading assistant, though to teacher, department leader, deputy and head.  I have worked with a range of pupils with complex needs and for the last 10 years I have specialised in autism and challenging behaviour.  Fordwater is my second headship.

Mrs Donna Pratt

Donna Pratt 218x300 (1)

  • Staff Governor appointed by the School Staff

I became the Staff Governor in January 2015, my term is due for review in January 2019.

I have worked as an SSA at Fordwater School in various classes since September 2010.
 

Mrs Jo Slater B.Ed.Hons

Jo Slater Govenor 244x300

  • Parent Governor appointed by Fordwater Parents
  • Pupil Premium and Sports Premium Governor 

I have been a Parent Governor  since January 2010, my present term is due for review in January 2018.

I am the mother of Nicholas Slater  who has been a pupil at Fordwater since September 2006.

I am a teacher at Arundel Church of England School.

Mr St John Trundle

St John Trundle

  • Parent Governor appointed by Fordwater Parents
  • Building Project Governor
  • Finance Committee

I have been a Parent Governor since January 2014, my term is due for review in January 2018.

I am the father of Jack Trundle who has been a pupil at Fordwater since 2012.

I am self-employed and work in the building industry as a Controls Engineer and have previously held positions in finance and management.

Mr Iain Mortimer

Iain Mortimer   Parent Governor

  • Parent Governor appointed by Fordwater Parents
  • Chair of Finance Committee

I have been a parent Governor since May 2017, my term is due for review in May 2021.  I am the father of Eleanor Mortimer who is in the Sixth Form.  I work as a senior quality manager in the food industry within which I am an active member or chair on a number of committees or steering groups. 

For leisure I enjoy fly tying and fishing and volunteer as a leader for an adult additional needs group through my church.

Mrs Therese Brook F.I.O.H., F.R.S.P.M.

Therese Brook

  • Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Body
  • Vice Chair of Governors
  • Headteacher’s Performance Management Panel
  • Teachers’ Pay and Performance Review Panel
  • Finance Committee
  • Novio Governor 
  • Special School Governor on the School’s Forum

I first became a Local Authority Governor in February 2005, I became a Co-opted Governor in January 2015, my term is due for review in January 2019.

I worked as the County Catering Advisor for the local authority for 12 years.

I am an active Rotary member working with the Aldingbourne Trust and the Woman’s Refuge and Families in need.

Mrs InnesMary Quigley M.A.

Innesmary Quigley 235x300

  • Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Body

I first became a Local Authority Governor in April 2009,  I became a Co-opted Governor in January 2015, my term is due for review in January 2019.

I have taught at Nyewood Junior School Bognor,  Herbert Shiner School Petworth and Midhurst Intermediate School where I was also a Governor.  I was a literacy tutor at Bedford Hills Women’s Correctional Facility, New York State.

Mrs Sally Morgan M.C.S.P.

Sally Morgan

  • Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Body
  • Headteachers Performance Management Panel
  • Teachers Pay and Performance Review Panel
  • Safeguarding Governor
  • Pupil Voice Governor

I first became a Community Governor in March 2010, I became a Co-opted Governor In January 2015, my term is due for review in January 2019.

I have worked as a physiotherapist in the Child Assessment Unit and as co-ordinator of the volunteers at St Wilfrid’s Hospice.  I was also Governor at Parklands CP School.

Mrs Bridget Wright

Bridget Wright

  • Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Body
  • Health and Safety Governor
  • Link Governor for Governor Training

I first became a Parent Governor in December 2007 when my son Francis was a pupil. He left Fordwater in 2013. I became a Co-opted Governor in January 2015. My review date is January 2019.

I help with community groups. I organise a tennis club and am assistant treasurer of a sailing club. I was a Governor at West Wittering Primary School.

Mrs Joanna McLeod

Joanna Mcleod

  • Clerk to the Governing Body

I was appointed as Clerk to the Governing Body in January 2017.  Along with my Clerk role, I also work as a Freelance consultant in Account Management and Product Development in the Skincare and cosmetics industry.