St Mary's Bentworth Primary School Governors' Details
I am a foundation governor and parent of two children who have attended the school. One of the school core values is belonging and the children of St Mary’s are given a strong sense of being part of the school, church and local community. It gives me great pleasure to see the year 6 children at their leaving service. To see their confidence, how they have blossomed and their strong sense of belonging and love of the school that is so evident.
I am part of the Education Committee. An important part of this role is monitoring academic progress to try to ensure that each and every child is helped to make the best possible progress. The school also aims to provide the children with many varied and different opportunities to help equip them for life after primary school.
I am a member of the Resources' Committee supporting the Finance side of the Governing Body.
I am appointed as a Foundation Governor and very much hope I am able to contribute to the on-going success that is St. Mary’s. I have spent over 20 years in Aerospace and Defence as both a systems engineer and programme manager, and prior to that I was a research associate in the Astronomy Department at The University of Texas. I think that’s relevant because those are both environments where people are trying to do extraordinary things with extremely tight budgets - much like the challenge St. Mary’s faces. As a result, I hope that I can bring skills and experience to bear as a member and Chair of the Resources Committee and help the school do ‘more for less’. I also want to help St. Mary’s maintain its ability to tap into the interests of the children to allow them to grow/explore as much as possible during this critical time (for me this is the formative time where my son will learn to love or hate education!) and I hope I can help St. Mary’s continue to deliver such a positive experience to our children.
I am the Local Authority governor for St. Mary’s Bentworth. I first became a governor in 1992, and in 2001 left when I went to live in the Caribbean with my husband. I returned as a governor in 2006. I am the link between the school, and the community, and bring maturity and practicality to the existing governors’ team.
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How are Governors appointed?
A Governor is appointed for a 4 year term. They may, of course, stand down at any time within the 4 year term. At the end of the term they may seek re-appointment. We have 12 Governors. The Governing Body was required by law to review its constitution and completed this in July 2015. Three changes were implemented as part of the reconstitution following the Diocese guidance for Voluntary Aided Schools:
- We reduced the number of staff governors (excluding the Headteacher) from 2 to 1
- We increased the number of parent governors from 1 to 2
- We removed the requirement that 3 Foundation Governors must be appointed when parents of children attending St Mary's.
Foundation Governors: appointed by Bentworth Parochial Church Council (PCC) as the representative Church organisation for the school locality. Applicants complete a form for the PCC setting out their involvement in the local community and their religious affiliation—it is not a requirement that you are a practising member of the Church of England. Foundation Governors should ensure that the school ethos reflects its Christian foundation. Foundation Governors can be parents with children aattending St Mary's or members of the community.
Parent Governors: appointed by election by current parents. The parent governor brings a parent perspective to Governing Body discussions. They are not appointed as a delegate for parents.
Local Authority Governor: appointed by Hampshire County Council. In our case the County Councillor for the school area takes responsibility for the appointment, taking account of local views.
Staff Governors: the Headteacher and elected representative for teaching and support staff.
Ex-officio: the Rector is also a Governor.