The Governing Body of Buckland Primary School is responsible for holding the Head Teacher to account and ensuring that the school has a key focus on delivering the best possible outcomes for all of our children. We are made up of 11 volunteers from many different backgrounds, all actively dedicated to ensuring excellent outcomes for the children that attend Buckland Primary School.
As you will see from this website, our school is a successful and happy place, where everyone is an active learner.
School Governors make collective decisions as part of the Governing Body, the main function of which is to ‘help raise the educational standards and performance of the school by supporting the work of the Headteacher and staff’.
Governors make important decisions on how the school is and will be run, but don’t get involved in the day to day business of the school – this is the work of the leadership team and the staff.
Our Governing Body
Chair of Governors with responsibility for Child Protection and Safeguarding
I am a Co-opted Governor and have been on the Governing Body since 2014 when my eldest son started in Reception. I have another son who joined Buckland in September 2016.
I took on the role of Chair of Governors in September 2016. I work as an HR Director and in my spare time I love cooking, reading and spending fun family time with my husband and children.
Louise Turgoose – Vice Chair of Governors and Parent Governor
Rebecca Hutton – Headteacher, Staff Governor
Graeme Ross – LA Governor
Chris Burns – Co-opted Governor with responsibility for Early Years and KS1
Diane Purchase – Co-opted Governor with responsibility for KS2
David Chowings – Parent Governor
Alice Downs – Staff Governor
Julie Mahon – Deputy Head, Associate Governor with no voting rights
Peter De Leonardis – Assistant Head, Associate Governor with no voting rights
Our school governors are responsible for and committed to ensuring that the school provides high quality education. They carry out 3 key functions:
- Ensuring clarity of 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
The size of a governing body varies from school to school. Buckland’s governing body consists of a team of 11 members, who come from variety of professional backgrounds and who represent the parents, staff, business expertise and the local community. Our governors are all volunteers.
They meet half termly as a whole governing body and also in smaller working parties that focus on key areas like finance and curriculum. They regularly visit school outside of meetings and governors can always be found at the school’s social.
Should you wish to contact the Governing Body you can do so easily directly via the school (please address your letter to the Chair of Governors) or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Governors are part of the biggest volunteer force in the UK – there are 300,000!
The last Ofsted inspection in October 2017 stated ‘Governors know their school well. They offer helpful challenge to school leaders by regularly asking thoughtful questions’
How to become a Governor
If you think you have what it takes to be a school governor there are a number of ways of finding schools that have vacancies:
- You can contact your local school to ask if they need a new governor.
- You can contact the School Governors’ One Stop Shop, which recruits Governors nationally.
- You can contact your local council.
Schools financial benchmarking
You can view your school or academy trust’s financial data, see how it compares with others. Please click on this link to compare a school or trust’s income and expenditure with similar establishments in England.
If you have a concern about our school or would like advice who to contact outside of the Headteacher or the Governing Body, please click on the links below
Buckland Primary School
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