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Governing Body Webpage


           Joel Hartfield                                             Jonty Cowan                                         Stuart Hood                                                Lee Elliott                                            Eddie Owens                                            Natalia Rana

     Chair of Governors                         Vice-Chair of Governors                   Vice-Chair of Governors                   Co-opted Governor                              Co-opted Governor                            Co-opted Governor



Welcome to the Burpham Primary School Governing Body webpage.  Here you will be able to find out more about the role of the Governors and how our Governing Body contributes to the life of our school.

So Governors ... who are we and what we do?  The Governing Body is not just made up of people who work in school; there are Community Governors, Partnership Governors, Staff Governors, Parent Governors and Local Authority Governors. At Burpham Primary School, all Governors put the needs of the children at the heart of the decisions they make.

Governors are people who are passionate about the school and are here to make sure that every child is given the best education, opportunities and experiences that the school can provide. The Governors work extremely closely with the school and regularly challenge and question to ensure that everyone is working together to promote the very best opportunities for the children; enriching and enhancing an exciting learning journey for each individual to ensure that every child has the opportunity to be enriched, enhanced and excited.


What school Governors do

School Governors are a team of people who work closely with the head teacher to make key decisions vital to the successful running of the school; to be critical friends; and to ensure the school is accountable for its actions.

Governors discuss and have input on:

  • Overall strategy of the school
  • School policies, such as safeguarding, bullying, behaviour, admissions and health & safety
  • Improvement plans and the future of the school (School Development Plan)
  • How the school budget will be spent (Finances)
  • Appointment and dismissal of staff including the Head Teacher
  • Complaints from pupils, staff and parents
  • Repair and maintenance of school buildings
  • Use of school premises outside school hours

The Governing Body is led by the chair who is elected from within its membership, although anyone who works in the school cannot be the chair. Governors are volunteers and usually serve for 4 years at a time.

Governors attend Governing Body (GB) meetings which normally take place twice a term, in the evening. They also belong to various committees, such as Finance or Curriculum, which deal with specific business on behalf of the GB.

Our Governors are ‘hands-on’ and assist with school events such as fairs, fundraising events, outings and special events. Governors also visit classes to learn more about the impact of the teaching on our learners.  They are welcomed at assemblies, In-Service Training (INSET) days, inspections and monitoring visits, to name but a few areas of involvement.

The Governors also work closely with the Parents’ Support Group (PSG) and the School Council. All the Governors work extremely hard, and happily give up their time because they are extremely proud of Burpham Primary School, the hard working staff and, of course, all the children.

Thank you for taking the time to find out a little bit about our Governing Body. We are keen to hear from parents and friends of the school at any time so please don’t hesitate to contact us via the website or at school.

We look forward to hearing from you.

 Joel Hartfield

Chair of Governors