Thornford School Governing Body as of September 2016
Jane Akers (Foundation Governor)
Binny Bennett (Parent Governor)
Annette Brown (Parent Governor)
Neela Brooking (Headteacher Governor)
Gemma Cheyne (Staff Governor)
Kim Davies (Foundation Governor)
Martin Derrick (LEA Governor, Chair)
Rev Anthony Gilbert (Foundation Governor, Vice-chair)
Alice Johnsen (Foundation Governor)
Jerry Ridout (Co-opted Governor)
Jane Rogers (Co-opted Governor)
Peter Routledge (Foundation Governor)
Sarah Weale (Co-opted Governor)
The clerk to the governing body is Charlotte Brill
What is the role of the governing body?
The governing body works closely with the staff, and is responsible for the overall strategic management and future direction of the school, and for monitoring progress. In particular, governors have the following responsibilities:
• They help set and monitor targets
• They make decisions about the school’s budget and staffing
• They make sure that a broad range of subjects is taught in compliance with legal requirements
• They ensure that the school provides for all pupils, including those with special needs
• They safeguard and promote the welfare of children
• They are a friend to the school, offering support and advice
What types of school governor are there?
At Thornford, there are 18 members of the governing body, who are drawn from the groups of people with an interest in the way the school works. They are:
• Ten foundation governors, one of whom is the principal Minister of the parish, and nine of whom are appointed by the church
• One headteacher governor
• One other staff governor, elected by the staff
• One LEA governor, appointed by the governing body
• Two parent governors, elected by parents at the school
• Three co-opted governors, appointed by the governing body
How do you become a governor at Thornford?
If you are interested in becoming a school governor, please speak to the headteacher to find out if any vacancies exist. Parents can be considered for other categories as well as parent governors. Governors usually serve for a minimum of four years.
A Few Key Policies (please also see our Policies Page)
Please contact the school office is you require a copy of the latest Governor Minutes.