Our Governing Body
Our Governors come from a range of backgrounds, and bring different areas of expertise to the school. Governors contribute to ensuring high standards of achievement for all children in the school by:
- Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
A Governor’s role is to support and challenge the senior staff to continue to improve the school. It is largely a thinking and questioning role and Governors are not there to manage the school or do the jobs of school staff. Governors fulfil their role by regularly attending Governing Body meetings, providing strategic guidance, by asking probing and challenging questions of leaders within the school. They also undertake visits, serve on relevant committees and oversee the Headteacher’s performance management.
|Name of Governor||Date appointed to the committee||Type of Governor||Financial interests||Business interests||
Governance roles in other schools
Mrs Claire Daffern
(Chair of Governors)
Mrs Janet Tighe
Mrs Maria Gardner
(Chair of Resources Committee)
Reverend Anne Potter (Safeguarding)
Suckley Primary School Community Governor
|Mrs Virginia Wigglesworth||03/12/2012||Co-opted – Parish Council||none||none||100%|
|Mrs Kate Ryan||01/09/2019||Parent||none||none||100%|
|Mr Geoff Jeffrey||01/01/2005||Headteacher||none||Headteacher||100%|
|Mrs Deborah Hulls||01/09/2018||Staff||none||Deputy Head||100%|
Mr Ben Tanner
(Chair of Curriculum Committee)
|Mrs Monica Longley||01/09/2019||Co-opted||none||none||100%|
|Mr Graham Messervy-Whiting||15/3/2021||Foundation||none||none||100%|
Mrs Louise Smith
Clerk to Governors
Chair of Governors
Claire Daffern is Chair of Governors. She joined the governing body in September 2018 as a community governor before becoming Chair of Governors at the beginning of the 2019/20 academic year. Mrs Daffern provides the governing body with invaluable expertise from her wide experience of the educational sector, as a teacher and senior leader in the London area. Mrs Daffern is fully involved in school life, meeting with Mr Jeffrey on a weekly basis, visiting classrooms and attending special assemblies and celebratory events. The role of the Chair is:
- To ensure the business of the Governing Body is conducted properly, in accordance with both legal and Worcestershire County Council delegation requirements.
- To ensure meetings are run effectively, focusing on priorities and making the best use of time available, and to ensure that all members have an equal opportunity to participate in discussion and decision-making.
- To establish and foster an effective relationship with the Headteacher based on trust and mutual respect for each other’s roles. The Chair has an important role in ensuring that the Governing Body acts as a sounding board to the Headteacher and provides strategic direction.
Janet Tighe is Vice Chair. Mrs Tighe is a retired primary teacher with a strong grasp of contemporary issues within education, including the challenges facing schools in the current climate.
Clerk to Governing Body
Louise Smith is the Clerk to the Governing body. The clerk’s role is:
- To work effectively with the Chair of Governors, the other Governors and the Headteacher to support the Governing Body
- To advise the Governing Body on Constitutional and Procedural Matters, duties and powers
- To convene meetings of the Governing Body
- To attend meetings of the Governing Body and ensure minutes are taken.
- To maintain a register of members of the Governing Body and report vacancies to the Governing Body.
- To give and receive notices in accordance with relevant regulations.
- To perform such other functions as may be determined by the Governing Body from time to time.
Role of Governing Body
The conduct of the Governing Body and its meetings will be based upon the “Seven Principles of Public Life”: (Nolan Committee’s report on standards in public life)
We expect all governors to be able to demonstrate the following essential qualities and attributes:
- commitment to improving education for all pupils;
- ability to work in a professional manner as part of a team and to take collective responsibility for decisions;
- willingness to learn and to engage in training and development;
- commitment to the school’s vision and ethos and to the democratic values of freedom, tolerance and respect for the rule of law;
- literacy, numeracy and IT skills, sufficient to deal with governing body papers and school data.
Across the Governing Body as a whole, we are also looking to ensure that a range of specialist skills are covered (but we do not expect any individual governor to have all of these), including: understanding and experience of governance; strategic planning; human resources and performance management; data analysis; financial planning/budgeting; community engagement and volunteering; legal understanding; premises and property management; and experience of working in education/social care/health settings.
Composition of the Governing Body
The composition of Rushwick School’s Governing Body will be as follows:
- 3 x Parent Governors
- 1 x LA Governor
- 2 x Staff Governors (including the Headteacher)
- 3 x Co-opted Governors
- 3 x Foundation Governors (appointed by the Diocese)
The Governing Body may also decide to appoint Associate Governors to serve on a particular committee if they provide a specific skill that the committee requires. Associate Governors can vote at committee meetings. They can also attend full Governing Body meetings in a non-voting capacity. The full Governing Body meets on a half termly basis and is also be broken down into 2 main sub-committees who meet termly:
There is also a Performance Review Panel who meet twice a year, as well as Hearings , Appeals and Pupil Discipline Committees, who only meet on a needs basis. Minutes for governors meetings are filed in the school office and are available for parents and carers to view.
The terms of reference for governors is reviewed on an annual basis.