Welcome to West Byfleet Infant School’s Governing Body

As Governors of West Byfleet Infant School, we aim to be as approachable as possible and welcome any feedback and concerns that you may have. We are regular attendees at many school events and believe that it is important to meet and chat to parents on a regular basis. Please feel free to approach us or we can be contacted through the school office should you need to speak to us at any time.

Governing Bodies in every school have representation from different groups including parents, staff and the wider community.

The Governing Body is part of the Leadership & Management team of the school; they are responsible for working with the school, to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the Co-Heads, Shirley James and Sarah Smithers, who are responsible for the day to day running of the school, the Governing Body sets the school’s strategic aims and policies and ensures they are delivered and monitored.

Governors have three main roles:

  • To provide strategic direction for the school
  • To act as a critical friend to the Co-Heads
  • To ensure accountability

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school's budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies

At West Byfleet Infant School, our Governing Body is made up of a team of committed volunteers, from a selection of education & non-education backgrounds.

Our governors bring a wealth of experience and skills to the team. For non-staff governors this includes work within Senior Management, Commercial Airlines, Education Support, Nursery Education, Secondary Education, Police, Finance, Social Care, Health and Safety, Government and Charities, The British Army, Global Marketing and Management Consultancy.

We currently have a full complement of governors, but please do consider joining if there is a vacancy.

Our Clerk to the Governing Body is Mrs Jackie Dutton

Angela Woods

Chair of Governors

Co-opted

Term of office 12/10/2017 - 31/1/2019

Appointed by Governing Body

Committees: Health and Safety, School and Community, Pay, Head's Appraisal, Resources


Jason Kerr

Vice Chair of Governors

Co-opted

Term of office 12/10/2017 - 23/11/2020

Appointed by Governing Body

Committees:TBC

Shirley James

Co Head

Sarah Smithers

Co Head and Deputy Headteacher

Peter Abbotts

Governor

Parent

Term of Office: 14/10/2013 - 13/10/2017

Appointed by: Parents

Committees: Early Years Governor, Chair of Children & Learning

Becky Perry

Governor

Parent

Term of Office: 28/3/2013 - 27/3/2017

Appointed by Parents

Committees: Children & Learning, Safeguarding Governor

Andy Price

Governor

Co-opted

Term of Office: 1/2/2015 - 31/1/2019

Appointed by Governing Body

Committees: Chair of Resources, Link Governor

Grant Harrison

Governor

Co-opted

Term of Office: 1/2/2015 - 31/1/2019

Appointed by Governing Body

Committees: School & Community

David White

Governor

Co-opted

Term of Office: 1/2/2015 - 31/1/2019

Appointed by Governing Body

Committees: Resources, Children & Learning

Richard Wilson

Associate Governor

Associate Member

Term of Office: 28/2/2013 - 27/2/2017

Appointed by Governing Body

Committees: School & Community, Resources

Stacey Webber

Governor

Staff

Term of office: 6/7/2015 - 5/7/2019

Appointed by Staff

Committees: TBC

Richard Fidge

Associate Governor

Associate Member

Term of Office: 1/2/2015 - 31/1/2019

Appointed by Governing Body

Committees: School & Community

Alan Cross

Associate Governor

Associate Member

Term of office 12/10/2017 - 13/10/2021

Appointed by Governing Body

Committees TBC

Carla Brannan

Governor

Parent

Term of office 13/10/2017 - 13/10/2021

Appointed by Parents

Stuart Bradshaw

Governor

Co-opted

Term of office 10/3/2016 - 9/3/2020

Appointed by Governing Body

Committees TBC

Shiv Gopalan

Governor

Co-opted

Term of office 10/3/16 - 9/3/20

Appointed by Governing Body

Committees TBC

Annabel Marks

Governor

Parent

Term of office 13/10/2017 - 13/10/2021

Appointed by Parents

What Do Our Governors Do?

As a Full Governing Body, we meet at least three times per year; we have additional sub-committees who monitor and evaluate standards against our School Improvement Plan.

  • Children and Learning - focuses on curriculum, data and monitoring of teaching and learning.
  • Resources - has a focus on finance, personnel and buildings.
  • School and Community – manages the school environment and links with the community.
  • Health and Safety – focuses all issues to do with H&S, including the children’s and staff’s safety, fire evacuations etc.

Governors receive training on an on-going basis and also meet with Governors of other governing bodies to share good practice and skills.

Our Governors take an active part within our school. In addition to team meetings they undertake formal visits to monitor progress in many aspects of the school from teaching phonics to health and safety. They also come along to Church services, drama productions and seasonal celebrations. As you can appreciate, this requires a lot of time and commitment and we are incredibly grateful to those who give up their time in order to do this invaluable role within our school. Any of the governors can be contacted c/o the Clerk.

Strategic Planning

The Governing Body meets with the Senior Leadership Team, to plan the school improvement priorities for the following academic year and beyond. It is a chance to discuss key issues in depth from pupils' performance data & feedback from the parents' and carers' questionnaire to financial management and budgets.

The school has recently grown to meet local demands, from a 2 form entry to a 3 form entry and with this has come new buildings and facilities. We are a forward looking school, growing and working within our community and enhancing our children’s learning and experiences not only through the curriculum but also through extra-curricular activities and after school clubs.

We are also very proud of our onsite Nursery, West Byfleet Nursery, which is managed by the school and has the same ethos and values as the whole school. It provides an early year’s provision that supports the curriculum and children’s development, ultimately leading to a smooth transition to Infant School.

Governors' Business Interests

It is important that governors and staff not only act impartially, but are also seen to act impartially. The governing body and school staff have a responsibility to avoid any conflict between their business and personal interests and affairs and those of the school. There is a legal duty on all governors to declare an interest likely to lead to questions of bias when considering any item of business at a meeting and for the governor concerned to withdraw, if necessary, whilst the matter is considered.

To help put this duty into practice, a governing body is required to establish and maintain a register of pecuniary interests indicating, for all governors and the Head Teacher, any business interests. This should include, if appropriate, the company by whom they are employed, directorships, significant shareholdings or other appointments of influence within a business or other organisation which may have dealings with the school. They should include their own interest and those of any member of their immediate family (including partners) or other individuals known to them who may exert influence. The register sheet should be signed by the governor. The register will enable governors to demonstrate that in spending public money they do not benefit personally from decisions that they make.

Governing Bodies should ensure the register is up to date, complete and includes all governors. Dated nil returns are also required. There should be notification of changes from governors, as appropriate, and through an annual review of entries.

Please refer to the Register of Interests under the Governor section of this website.

Developing the skills & knowledge of the Governing Body

As an important part of the strategic leadership of the school, governors undertake a lot of training. Governors buy into a package with the Local Authority for training and development. In addition, bespoke training is delivered by school staff on a range of topics.

Training in the last two years includes:

  • Safeguarding
  • New governors' induction
  • Hot Topics

Governor visits

Governors make regular formal visits to the school to monitor and evaluate the impact of our work. Each Governor is also responsible for an area of the curriculum and meets on a termly basis with the relevant team to discuss and monitor work, progress and impact in that area. In the last two years these have included visits with a focus on:

  • Team Meetings for
    • Literacy
    • Numeracy
    • Science
    • Computing
    • Assessment
    • Transition
    • Expressive Arts
    • Physical Development
    • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
    • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
    • Foundation Stage
    • KS1
    • SEN
    • Strategic Leadership
  • Health and Safety
  • Building works
  • Learning Walks focusing on
    • phonics,
    • maths,
    • English,
    • Implementation of the new curriculum
    • Impact of new resources
    • Topics
    • PE