The Governing Body

At Petts Hill Primary School we have 12 governors. Whether you are a prospective or existing parent please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or concerns.

Opportunities to join the governing body arise at regular intervals. There are currently no vacancies for parent governors. We are always keen to hear from parents who may be interested in joining the governing body – please contact the school for more details.

Governors with a * can be contacted through the school office. All other governors' contact details are currently being updated.

Category of Governor Name Term of Office Sub Committee Groups Area of Responsibility Declaration of Business Interests
Community Governors Co-opted Mr. Mark Wild (Chair) 20-June-15 to 19-June-19 All Sub Committee Groups   None to declare Sep 15
  Mr. Martyn Harris (Vice Chair) 14-Nov-14 to 13-Nov-18 * Resources Numeracy None to declare Sep 15
  Mr. Leslie Sommer 14-Nov-14 to 13-Nov-18 * Pay & Staffing PSHE & Healthy Schools None to declare Sep 15
  Ms Zahra Bawab 20-Jun-15 to 19-Jun-19 Curriculum, Standards & Well-being   None to declare Sep 15
  Mrs Fidelis Griffiths 20-Apr to 19-Apr-20 Pay & Staffing Early Years None to declare Apr 16
  Mr Matthew Bennett 14-Nov-14 to 13-Nov-18 Resources Reading None to declare July 16
LA Governor Cllr. Chris Summers 1-Sept-15 to 1-Sept-19 Resources   None to declare Sep 15
Parent Governors Vacancy   Pay & Staffing    
  Vacancy   Resources PE  
Staff Governors Ms. Valerie Upton (Headteacher) Start Sept 2003 All Sub Committee Groups   None to declare Sep 15
  Miss Amanda Paisley Start Curriculum, Standards & Well-being    
Observer/Deputy Headteacher Mrs F Flewin   Curriculum, Standards & Wellbeing English & Maths None to declare Sep 16
Clerk to Governing Body Vacant N/A      

* Denotes Chair of that Committee

What do Governors do?

The governors act as a “critical friend” to the school, monitoring and overseeing the smooth running of the school and supporting and listening to staff and parents. The governing body is responsible for the overall management of the school and for determining its aims, objectives and policies in accordance with all the relevant legislation. The head manages the school from day to day and is the governing body’s principal professional adviser who assists it with the formulation and implementation of its aims, objectives, policies and plans.

School governors help our school provide the best possible education for our pupils by:

  • thinking and working strategically to help raise standards;
  • monitoring and evaluating progress towards the school’s priorities and targets;
  • supporting the head and staff as well as challenging their expectations;
  • accounting to all stakeholders for the school’s overall performance and for the decisions they have made;
  • promote high standards of educational attainment and ensure continued school improvement;
  • set targets for pupil achievement;
  • take general responsibility for the conduct of the school;
  • manage the school’s budget, including deciding how many staff will work there and their pay;
  • make sure that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, in particular that the National Curriculum and religious education are taught, and report on pupils’ achievement in National Curriculum assessments and examination results;
  • participate in the appointment of staff (including appointing the head teacher) and regulate staff conduct and discipline, and;
  • approve an action plan after an inspection by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted);
  • ensure provision for pupils with statements of special educational needs;
  • set standards of behaviour;
  • assist with the preparation of a school profile for parents;
  • deal with complaints;
  • hear appeals against pupil exclusions;
  • fulfil duties placed on governing bodies by the Department for Education.

Governors information area

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