The Governing Board

The Governing Board at Thomas Jones are rigorous. They hold the Leadership Team to account for everything from financial elements of running the school, to the quality of education that every pupil is afforded. Governors are a regular presence at the school; formally when scrutinising a specific subject area or strand they oversee, as well as informally. This is especially the case for Parent Governors who are a near constant presence, discussing incidentals with the Leadership Team to ensure Thomas Jones remains valid, ambitious and accountable.

Our Governors access Governor Hub and use this as a resources to assist them in their roles. It is no exaggeration to say that Governor Hub has become a tool to afford information and updates for changes within both statutory and non-statutory strands pertaining to schools per se.

All Governing Board and subcommittee meetings are minuted (and informed on some occasions) by the designated Clarke of Governors, Charmaine Strelitz - Director, Clerking and Appeals Associates Limited.

Governors pride themselves on holding the Leadership Team to account and continue to operate using these exacting standards. Governors are brutally candid and demanding, and the expectations of all are disarming. The Head Teacher’s 360° appraisal by the Chair and Vice Chair of Governors (alongside an external provider) is:
• dense
• ultra-challenging
• informed by strategy

The above performance management also affords incidental insight into the current climate with regard to Ofsted and their exacting requirements for outstanding.

In response to the question how do governors know what is happening at the school, this can take a number of forms. Used within the example of the success of the remote learning venture in 2020 and 2021 this occurred:

• through dialogue (both formal and informal)
• challenge at governor meetings and committee meetings.
• utilising the school’s website as a tool for information

More recently this understanding also occurs through:
• visits to the school to undertake specific scrutiny of subjects or other areas such as wellbeing, child protection, SEN etc.

Recent governor visits to the school include:
• 10/11/21 – Subject specific history and geography meeting, book look and learning walk held between Melissa Kiley, History and Geography subject leader and Barbara Crowther, Governor overseeing these subjects.
• 24/11/21 - Safeguarding Audit Review meeting held between Harriet Bingley, Governor, Designated Safeguarding Lead Lindsay Johnson and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Scott Gourley.
• 25/11/21 – Subject specific English meeting, book look and learning walk held between Rachel McCombe, English subject leader and Lucy Bramhall, Governor overseeing this subject.

30/11/21 - Subject specific MFL/French meeting, book look and learning walk held between Natasha Peurois, French subject leader and Chanda Viette, Governor overseeing this subject.

•10/12/21 - SEN meeting held between Harriet Bingley, Governor, SENCO Lindsay Johnson and Assistant SENCO Abi Kantoch.

• 18/01/22 – Single Central Record check (safegaurding) held between Harriet Bingley, Governor, and Janice Hall, Business Manager.

• 31/03/22 - Generic school tour with a focus on behaviour by Chair of Governors Tom Church.

• 05/05/22 - Curriculum and Assessment meeting held between Sarah Danes, Vice-Chair of Governors, Curriculum Leader Verity Handyside, and Assessment Leader Natasha Peurois.

• 12/07/22 - Attendance at Music Recital and scrutiny of SEN outcomes by Chair of Governors Tom Church.


Information about all governor visits including follow up reports is stored centrally but can be made available upon request

Governor

Type

Term of office

Area of responsibility

Committee

Register of interests

Tom Church (Chair)

Co-opted Governor

19/11/18  -  18/11/22

Well-being, Behaviour and Attitudes

Resources and Pay Committee member (Chair of this committee)

Ministry of Justice, The Choir With No Name (Chair of Trustees),

Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation (Governor)

Sarah Danes (Vice-chair)

Co-opted Governor

11/03/19  -  10/03/23

Assessment, Including Equal Opportunities and Pupil Premium

Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Standards Committee member (Chair of this committee)

Stock Exchange Benevolent Fund (Charity Trusteeship),

Magistrate

David Sellens

Head Teacher Ex Officio

04/09/01  -

None

Resources and Pay Committee member and

Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Standards Committee member

Thomas Jones Primary School (employee)

Scott Gourley

Staff Governor

01/09/18  -  31/08/22*

None

Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Standards Committee member

Thomas Jones Primary School (employee)

Harriet Bingley

Co-opted Governor

19/11/18  -  18/11/22

Safeguarding, Health and Safety and SEND

Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Standards Committee member

House of Commons

Jennifer Brauner

Co-opted Governor

19/11/18  -  18/11/22

Mathematics and RE

Resources and Pay Committee member

Amazon Public Policy Manager

Corinna Farrow

Co-opted Governor

21/03/22 - 20/03/26

Art and Music

Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Standards Committee member

Art Director Pinehurst Management Ltd

Robin Garton

Co-opted Governor

06/03/21-05/03/2025

Science and PE

Resources and Pay Committee member

Executive Creative Director Advertising - Sky

Tania Usmani

Co-opted Governor

21/03/22 - 20/03/26

Community Cohesion and Personal Development

Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Standards Committee member

Usmani Medical Consulting Ltd

Chanda Viette

Co-opted Governor

24/06/19  -  23/06/23

EYFS and French

Resources Committee

 

Casio Electronics Co LTD,

The Black Rose Enterprise (Company Directorship)

Lucy Bramhall

Co-opted Governor

 

21/03/22 - 20/03/26

Curriculum and English

Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Standards Committee member

None

Barbara Crowther

Local Authority Governor

 

07/12/2020-06/12/2024

History and Geography

Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Standards Committee member

Sustain/ Children’s Food Campaign Co-ordinator

 

Pattrina Quashie-Ferguson

Parent Governor

15/12/2021-14/12/2025

Venture Community Association Head of Operations

Ebony Steelband Trust

Amina Ahmed

Parent Governor

15/12/2021-14/12/2025

St Mungo's Mental Health Worker

Lindsay Johnson

Observer (no voting rights)

None

Thomas Jones Primary School (employee)

 *Staff governor elections will take place in the autumn term.