The school governors work together with the Head and other teachers to ensure that Long Wittenham School provides the best possible education for all our children. In particular, governors are responsible for:
- The overall direction of the school – including the steps it needs to take to continue to develop and improve.
- The teaching and learning – making sure that the curriculum is broad and balanced and that all pupils are given the opportunities to achieve their potential.
- Monitoring the progress and achievement that children make.
- The school’s finances – making sure that the budget is monitored and the money well spent.
- Appointing staff, overseeing safeguarding, health and safety and ensuring that the school is inclusive for all pupils and staff.
The role of governors is largely a thinking and questioning role, not a doing role. It is their role to set the school’s strategic framework and to ensure all statutory duties are met. They work to support and strengthen the leadership of the headteacher, and hold them to account for the day-to-day running of the school, including the performance management of teachers. Governors must maintain a strategic view, and not get involved in the day-to-day management and operational responsibilities within school. The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.
The Governing Body
Chair: Catherine Harrison
Vice Chair: Fay Read
There are six Full Governing Body meetings each year, one every half term.
The Full Governing Body is chaired by Catherine Harrison
There are 2 committees:
Teaching, Learning & Pastoral Care committee
Chair: Lyndi Feather / Christina Warren
Teaching, Learning & Pastoral Care responsible for looking at:
- Outcomes for pupils including pupil progress, attainment, health and wellbeing
- Achievement of pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN)
- The curriculum taught at Long Wittenham
- The effectiveness of the school safeguarding policy
- How the school is performing against the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) framework
Finance, HR and Health & Safety Committee
Chair: David Lowe
Finance & HR responsible for looking at:
- Setting the school budget and monitoring spend against the agreed budget
- Staff recruitment, discipline and appraisal
- Health, safety and welfare
Each committee meets three or four times a year. Each governor sits on one of the committees.
The governing body is made up of representatives of the parents, community, church, staff and local authority. A list of current governors can be found below.
Governors can be contacted through the school office or via their email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Governors, and their attendance
|Name||Appointed||Type of Governor||Term||Appointed by||Business or financial interests||Governor role in another educational institution||Material interests||FGB Attendance (2021/22, 2022/23)||Committee Attendance|
|Malcolm Banfield||16/01/23||Associate||TBC||Governing Body Members||None||None||None||0/0, 1/1||0/0|
|David Lowe||05/01/23||Parent||4 years||Parents||None||None||Parent||0/0, 1/1||0/0|
|Fay Read||01/11/22||Parent||4 years||Parents||None||None||Parent||0/0, 2/2||0/0|
|Amy Clark||06/06/22||Co-opted||4 years||Governing Body Members||None||None||Staff||2/2, 3/3||1/1|
|Clare Winterbourne||06/06/22||Staff||4 years||School||None||None||Staff||2/2, 3/3||1/1|
|Gillian Fraser||01/01/22||Staff||Permanent||Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher||Staff||None||Staff||4/4, 3/3||4/4|
|Lyndi Feather||10/11/21||Parent||4 years||Parents||None||None||Parent||5/5, 3/3||3/3|
|Christina Warren||09/11/21||Co-opted||4 years||Governing Body Members||None||None||Family||5/5, 3/3||3/3|
|Mark Warren||13/07/21||Co-opted||4 years||Governing Body Members||None||None||Parent||6/7, 3/3||2/3|
|Paul Wignall||18/03/21||Ex-Officio Foundation||4 years||Diocese||None||None||None||3/7, 0/3||0/3|
|Catherine Harrison||08/03/21||Parent||4 years||Parents||None||None||Parent||7/7, 3/3||2/3|
|Judith Baldwin||15/05/19||Foundation||4 years, reappointed for 4 years (13/4/21), then swapped role||Diocese||None||None||None||7/7, 2/3||3/3|
Governors with associate positions will not have voting rights in governing body meetings or count towards a quorum.
|Name||Appointed||Type of Governor||Term||Appointed by||Business or financial interests||Governor role in another educational institution||Material interests||FGB Attendance||Committee Attendance|
|Emilio Lastra-Gill||01/09/19||Co-opted||4 years||LA||None||None||None||5/6||2/3|
|Elizabeth Atherton (term ended)||10/10/15||Co-opted||19/07/22||School||None||None||Parent||4/4||2/2|
|Catherine McLachlan (resigned)||09/02/21||Staff||08/04/22||School||Staff||None||Staff||4/6||2/2|
|Andrew Bayly (resigned)||06/10/20||Parent||08/04/22||School||None||None||Parent||5/6||3/3|
|Gillian Seymour (resigned)||01/09/21||Staff||01/01/22||LA||Staff||None||Staff||3/3||2/2|
|Richard Bellingham |
|01/12/20||Associate (no voting rights)||10/06/21||School||None||None||Spouse of Head||2/3||2/2|
|Philippa Purvis |
|Alison Bellingham (resigned)||01/09/16||Staff||31/08/21||LA||Staff||None||Staff||4/6||3/4, 2/3|
Minutes of Governors meetings
Minutes of the governors meetings are published on this page.