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Fordwater Governors 2018 – 2019

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 Mr StJohn Trundle
Mr Iain Mortimer
Co-opted Governors

Mrs Therese Brook

Mr Roy Hawkins-Dady
Mrs Sally Morgan
Mrs Bridget Wright

Clerk Mrs Carol Groves

Fordwater Governors meet twice a term as a full Governing Body, our meetings are held during the school day.  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 contributing to the new Fordwater Bugle 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 2018 – 2019 are scheduled to be held on:

Autumn Term 2018

10th September
15th October
3rd December

Spring Term 2019

11th February
25th March

Summer Term 2019 13th May
1st July

 

Membership of the Finance and Statutory Committees

For the academic year 2018 – 2019 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
S. Morgan
I. Mortimer

Staff Dismissal Appeal Committee

T. Brook

R Hawkins-Dady

St. J Trundle

B. Wright

Finance Committee

I. Mortimer (Chair)

St J. Trundle
T. Brook
B. Dyton

R. Hawkins-Dady

The Headteacher  
The School Business Manager

GOVERNING BODY OF FORDWATER SCHOOL

Our Governing Body consists of 10 members and operates with a Finance committee

Attendance* during previous academic year from 1/9/2017 -31/8/2018

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 / details of governorships at other schools

Remarks

Mrs Beryl Dyton

 

 

Local Authority

Sept 2004 – 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

4 (4)

None

none

Miss Sophie Clarke

 

 

Headteacher

 

Head since 1 September 2017

Headteacher

Headteacher, Teacher’s Pay and Performance Review Panel

Finance Committee

6(7)

Finance

3 (4)

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

Mr St John Trundle

Parent

 

Jan 2014 – Jan 2022

Fordwater Parents

Building Development, Finance

7(7)

Finance

4 (4)

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

7(7)

Finance

4 (4)

None

None

Mrs Sally Morgan

Co-opted

Mar 2010 – Jan 2019

Fordwater Governors

Safeguarding,

Pupil Voice

Headteachers Performance Management Panel

7(7)

N/A

N/A

None

None

Mrs Bridget Wright

Co-opted

Dec 2007 – Jan 2019

Fordwater Governors

Health and Safety,

Pupil Premium

7(7)

N/A

N/A

None

None

Mr Iain Mortimer

Parent

May 2017 – June 2021

Fordwater Parents

Chair of Finance

GDPR

7(7)

Finance

4 (4)

Member and Chair of FDF and Food Hygiene Committee and member of project steering groups

None

Mr Roy

Hawkins-Dady

Co-opted

Sept 2018 – Sept 2022

Fordwater Governors

Finance Committee

 

Finance

4

None

None

 

Changes to governing Body during previous academic year to 31/8/2018

 

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 Jo Slater

Parent

Jan 2010 – Jan 2018

 

Fordwater Parents

Pupil and Sport Premium

1 (3)

N/A

N/A

Arundel C of E School Teacher

None

Mrs Innes Mary Quigley

Co-opted

April 2009 – Dec 2017

Fordwater Governors

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

3 (3)

N/A

N/A

None

None

 

Changes in Governors took place during the academic year ended 31/8/2018

Ms Sophie Clarke was appointed Headteacher on 1st September 2017

Mrs Jo Slater resigned as Parent Governor on 31st January 2018

Mrs Innes Mary Quigley resigned as Governor on 31st December 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.
 

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 2022.

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 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 Carol Groves

Carol Groves 26.4.2018 v2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Clerk to the Governors

This is my first role as a Clerk to the Governors.  My skills include governance, leadership, organisational and administration.  

In addition I have had experience of chairing and taking minutes both in a professional and a voluntary capacity.

Roy Hawkins Dady

Roy Hawkins Dady

  • ​Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Body
  • Finance Committee

 

 

 

 

I became a Co-opted Governor in September 2018 and my review date is September 2022.

I retired in December 2016 after working 17years with West Sussex County Council where I was involved in contract and project management work relating to schools and non-educational establishments. I worked for 22 years overseas mainly in the Middle East and Africa providing procurement administrative and cost control services.