Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
The Role of the Governing Body
The Governing Body are a team of volunteers who provide support and guidance to the Senior Leadership Team and Staff and is collectively responsible for setting the strategic direction of the school and for monitoring the schools performance.
The Governing Body has three main roles:
Strategic - Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
The Governing Body sets the general direction of the Infant and Junior School, looking at how they should best develop. This is done by reviewing and agreeing policies, targets & priorities and monitoring and reviewing aims & school objectives.
Critical Friend - Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff;
The Governing Body must work closely with the Senior Leadership Team and create a clear understanding of the challenges faced in managing the two schools. The Governing Body must feel able to question and challenge, real critical friendship is only achieved where there is trust and mutual respect.
Accountability - Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
A school is a business and its stakeholders are the pupils. The Governing Body must have a professional attitude and use its collective skills to benefit the pupils. It must gather views, ask questions and decide what is best for the schools. The Governing Body is answerable to parents and the wider community.
What do Governors do?
See below two Governor Impact Reports from 2019-2020 and 2018-2019 showing a summary of activities from the Governing Body over the last couple of academic years.
The Structure of the Governing Body.
In September 2018 a change in structure from Committee Led to a Flat Governance structure for the Governing Body was proposed and accepted unanimously. Prior to this date the governing body was split into two main committees being a Resources Committee and a Strategy Committee. There were 6 Full Governing Board meetings, 5 Resource Committee meetings and 4 Strategy Committee meetings a year. By moving to a Flat Governance structure, hence disbanding the requirement for the Resources Committee and Strategy Committee, all members of the Governing Body attend all meetings and discuss all areas of the Federation. We now hold 10 Full Governing Board meetings a year.
|Name||Position||Who Appointed||Current Term of Office Start & End Dates||Term of Office||Business; Pecuniary & Material Interests||Responsibilities||Governance Roles in Other Educational Institutions|
|Debbie Sawyer||Chair||Co-Opted Governor - proposed by Fiona Western - Accepted by FGB||7/10/17 - 6/10/21||2||None||None|
|Hannah Mitchell||Vice Chair||Co-Opted Governor - Proposed by Fiona Western - Accepted by FGB||23/11/17 - 22/11/21||1||None||None|
|Amanda Mullett||Exec HT||Exec HT||7/10/13 - N/A||Ongoing as Exec HT||Staff||None|
|Anneka Schofield||Parent Governor - Parent Elected||25/1/18 - 24/1/22||1||Works for Conservation Organisation RSPB - Use of New Forest Site for Forest School Activities. No Charge to school.||None|
|Matthew Hawes||Parent Governor - elected by Parent Recruitment Process||04/10/19 - 03/10/23||1||None||None|
|Jessica Spacagna||Staff Governor - Staff Elected||12/10/18 - 11/10/22||1||Staff||None|
|Fiona Western||Co-Opted Governor - Proposed by Debbie Sawyer - Accepted by FGB||17/09/2020 - 16/09/2024||5||None||None|
|Sean Cullen||LA Governor - Nominated by Cllr Malcolm Wade - Accepted by FGB||19/11/2020 - 18/11/2024||1||None||None|
|Amelia Blake||Co-opted Governor - Proposed by Debbie Sawyer - Accepted by FGB||25/02/2021 - 24/02/2025||1||Staff||None|
|Ruth Harrison||Co-opted Governor - Proposed by Debbie Sawyer - Accepted by FGB||01/07/2021 - 30/06/2025||1||None||TBC||None|
|Marika Johnson||Clerk||8/11/18 - ongoing||Admin Staff||Member of Preschool Committee at Orchard Preschool|
|Deb Summers||Associate Member||Staff||None|
|Lisa Taylor||Associate Member||Staff||Parent Governor at Noadswood|
|Julia Stevens||Resigned||24/05/18 - 19/11/20||1|
|Thomas Reynolds||Resigned||23/01/20 - 23/03/21||1|
|Zoe Snow||Resigned||12/12/19 - 23/03/21||1|
|Paul Stevens||DTG||Resigned||19/9/19 - 15/07/21||1|
Wildground Federation Governing Body encourages interest from members of our community in finding out more about the work we do. Please see page Governors Information for more details on the background of each Governor and Governors Attendance for information on attendance figures at meetings over the last academic year. If you are interested in joining Wildground Federation Governing Body, please see our Governors Vacancies page.
If you wish to contact the Governing Body - please choose from:
Debbie Sawyer, Chair of Governors on email@example.com
Marika Johnson, Clerk to the Governing Body on firstname.lastname@example.org