Governing Body Structure & Responsibilities

The core strategic functions of the Governing Body of Busbridge Infant School are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
  • Promote the highest possible standards for the safeguarding of our pupils.

To do this, the full Governing Body meet at least once a term and, in addition, each Governor sits on at least one committee:

  • Children and Learning Committee – Responsible for teaching, learning, the curriculum & community liaison and monitoring the progress made and the standards achieved by the children
  • Resources Committee - Responsible for finances, health & safety, personnel & premises

Individual governors also have additional responsibilities, such as safeguarding or being attached to a particular class or curriculum area.

All governors visit the school at least once a year. These visits help the governors get to know the staff and school, and to monitor the progress and performance of the school in relation to the School Development Plan.

Governors don’t intervene in the day-to-day management of the school, which remains the responsibility of Mrs Smith and her staff.

The governing body of Busbridge Infant School consists of:

  • 1 Headteacher
  • 1 Staff governor (Bursar)
  • 1 Local Authority Governor (appointed by Surrey County Council)
  • 2 Parent governors (elected by parents)
  • 2 Foundation Governors
  • 5 Co-opted Governors (Co-opted Governors are appointed by the governing body, selected for their skills which contribute to the effective governance and success of the school)

Training

The Governing Body goes through an annual exercise to make sure it has people with the right skills to carry out its responsibilities.  Individual governors take on responsibilities for specific area of the GBs work (e.g. curriculum areas, safeguarding, attachment to a class). There is a mentoring system in place for new governors with a training programme provided by Surrey County Council.  All governors undertake on-going training. Succession planning is an important consideration.

Busbridge Infant School Governing Body – Constitution & Register of Interests

Name of Governor  

Type of Governor  

Role / Responsibility  

Date Appointed  

Current Term of Office Ends  

Business, Personal & Pecuniary Interests  

Governance Roles in Other Educational Institutions  

 

Date Interest was Declared   

 

Katherine Smith  

Staff - Headteacher 

Children & Learning Committee; Resources Committee  

04/01/12  

n/a 

Busbridge Infant School – employee  

Godalming Learning Partnership - Director  

12/10/20  

 

Sally Rogers  

Staff  

Resources Committee  

29/11/2017  

30/11/2021  

Busbridge Infant School – employee;  

Telebase Ltd  

None  

22/06/20  

 

Tom Martin  

 

Local Authority  

Resources Committee (Chair)  

20/03/2003  

31/08/2022  

Worldline – employee; Holloway Hill Sports Association - Director; Godalming Round Table 429 - Treasurer  

None  

30/06/20  

 

Anna Dawkins  

Foundation  

Full Governing Body (Vice-Chair) Resources Committee; Numeracy; GDPR 

01/09/2014  

06/12/2022  

Charterhouse School - employee  

None  

25/06/20  

 

Gayle Horobin 

Foundation  

Children & Learning Committee (Chair); Literacy; Headteacher Appraisal 

01/12/2014  

06/12/2022  

Ram Consulting Services – employee;  

Sigma Consultancy  

None  

04/07/20  

 

Jo Thomas  

 

Co-opted  

 

Full Governing Body (Chair); Resources Committee; Safeguarding Governor; Headteacher Appraisal; Complaints; Admissions Appeals; Pupil Premium; Surveys  

18/07/16  

 

14/11/2022  

 

Department for Education - employee  

 

Godalming Learning Partnership - Director  

 

08/11/20  
 

 

Sonia Alder  

 

Co-opted  

 

Children & Learning Committee; RE/SMSC; Outdoor Learning 

04/02/2013  

 

03/02/2021  

 

Busbridge Junior School – employee; Deloitte Consulting (spouse); Guildford Rugby Club 

Busbridge Junior School - governor  

19/11/20 

 

Hannah Jones  

Co-opted  

Children & Learning Committee; SEND & LAC Governor  

03/12/2017  

04/12/2021  

Busbridge Infant School - employee  

None  

26/06/20  

 

Isobel Russell  

 

Co-opted  

 

Children & Learning Committee 

26/03/2020  

25/03/2024  

 

None  

None  

11/05/20  

Rachael Balls  

 

Co-opted  

Resources Committee; Safeguarding Governor 

05/09/2020  

04/09/2024  

Yum! Brands (KFC) - employee  

None  

14/09/20  

VACANCY 

Parent  

 

 

 

 

 

 

VACANCY   

   

Parent  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other 

Becky Saunders  

Clerk  

 

 04/06/18 

n/a 

Busbridge Infant School & Godalming Junior School - employee  

 

23/06/20  

 

Historic (left within last 12 months)  

Matt Treacy   

Parent  

Resources Committee  

23/10/2017  

21/07/2020  

Busbridge Infant School – employee (spouse)  

 

21/11/19  

Mark Shepherd   

Co-opted  

Children & Learning Committee  

06/09/2016  

05/09/2020  

Charterhouse School - employee  

 

27/06/19  

Joe Smithies 

Parent 

Children & Learning Committee; Safeguarding Governor; Training; Website 

22/05/2019 

19/11/2020 

Office of Communications – employee; Witley Infant School – employee (spouse) 

None 

03/07/20 

 

Attendance record of Governors

We have never cancelled a meeting because it was not ‘quorate’ (the number of Governors needed to ensure that decisions are legal) and Governors make frequent visits to school. Monitoring reports are shared with all governors and discussed at meetings.  All meetings are planned well in advance to ensure good attendance.  Governors conduct much business via email which ensures that decisions are made on a timely basis.

Attendance 2019-20

Governor

Type

Role

End Date

Appointing Body

Present / Expected

 

Katherine Smith

Headteacher

Headteacher

 

Ex-officio

12/13

Sally Rogers

Staff

School Bursar

30/11/21

Elected

9/10

Tom Martin

Local Authority

Chair Resources Committee

31/08/22

Local Authority

8/10

Jo Thomas

Co-opted

Chair of Governing Body; 

14/11/22

FGB

9/10

Joe Smithies

Parent

 

21/05/23

Elected

8/9

Matt Treacy

Parent

 

22/10/21

Elected

6/10

Gayle Horobin

Foundation

Chair Children & Learning Committee

30/11/22

FGB

6/8

Sonia Alder

Co-opted

 

03/02/21

FGB

7/8

Mark Shepherd

Co-opted

 

05/09/20

FGB

3/8

Hannah Jones

Co-opted

 

04/12/21

FGB

8/8

Anna Dawkins

Foundation

Vice Chair

30/11/22

FGB

9/10

Isobel Russell

Co-opted

 

25/03/24

FGB

2/3


Committee Membership:

Resources

Children and Learning

Tom Martin

Katherine Smith

Sally Rogers

Anna Dawkins

Jo Thomas   

Rachael Balls

Gayle Horobin

Katherine Smith

Hannah Jones

Isobel Russell

Hannah Roche and Julia Jagelman were appointed as Parent Governors in December 2020 and they will be appointed to one of the two committees soon.