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Local Governance Board

The St Lawrence Local Governance Board is responsible for working with the Head of School, Executive Head and other school staff to promote high standards of educational achievement. The local governing body at St Lawrence is accountable to the Board of Trustees to The Howard Partnership Trust. The role of school governance is to:

  • ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent

Running the school day-to-day is the job of the Head of School and all the professional staff at school. The role of the local governing body is to make sure that everything is in place to make the school as successful as possible. We do this by setting the strategic direction for the school, agreeing the School Development Plan and then reviewing all aspects of school life (including achievement, teaching, learning, safeguarding, behaviour, leadership, staffing, premises and finance) to ensure that the school is on track to meet its objectives and is compliant with statutory requirements (for example having the right policies and processes in place).

Our role is to support the school in its ongoing success as well as to continue to challenge how things could be done better for the benefit of all the children at our school.

Governors meet at least once a term and the minutes of these meetings are available at the school. Parents are welcome to observe these meetings by prior arrangement with the Clerk to the Governors.

Are you interested in becoming a governor?

You don't need to have a child at school to become a school governor - enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education are the most important qualities. We need people who would like to make a difference to our school and help us drive improvement through constantly raising standards of educational achievement. The role of a school governor is to bring the experience, life skills and ordinary commonsense of non-experts, to the expert task of running a school. There are 4 full governing body meetings per year and 2 or 3 governor committee meetings per term (no governor is required or expected to attend all committee meetings!). Any new governor also needs to have some time to dedicate to the role, a passion for improving children’s education and a desire to contribute to our school community.

The table below shows the members of our 2018 - 2019 Local Governance Board along with their roles and responsibilities:

Governor Name

Category

Term of Office - start

Term of Office - End

Appointing Body

Additional Position of Responsibility

Portfolio Area

Attendance                              AY 2017-2018

Tom Dell

Head of School

01/09/2018

n/a

n/a

Ex-Officio

n/a

4/5

Gavin Megaw

Trust Appointed

04/10/2016

03/10/2020

THPT

Chair

Finance

3/5

Lindsay Choudhry

Parent Governor

13/07/2018

12/07/2022

Parent Body

Vice Chair

SEND and Disadvantaged/ Safeguarding

4/5

Cameron Munden

Parent Governor

17/12/2015

16/12/2019

Parent Body

Vice Chair

 Finance

5/5

Marie Newman

Parent Governor

10/03/2017

09/03/2021

Parent Body

Governor

Standards and Performance

4/5

Suzan Kern

Staff Governor

14/04/2016

13/04/2020

Staff Body

Governor

4/5

Michelle Taylor

Local Governor

30/10/2018

29/10/2022

THPT

Governor

Finance

n/a

Vacancy

Local Governor

n/a

n/a

n/a

Governor

n/a

n/a

* Term commenced after the first meeting

Attendance is expressed as attended over expected

Stepped down in the past 12 months

Gill Walker

 

14/10/15

21/12/17

Local Governor

Governor

2/2*

Louise Calland

Trust Appointed

21/09/2017

04/02/2019

THPT

Governor

Community Stakeholder Voice

2/4*

* Stepped down in the Autumn term

In accordance with statutory requirements the following information has been made available:

1. Register of interests  2. Membership, roles and attendance

For further information, please see the The Howard Partnership Trust