The Role of the School Governors

I'm sure many of us don't know what the School Governing Body does, or what it is for.  Certainly before I became a school governor, I was only loosely aware of the purpose of the Governing Body.

So, how is the Governing Body made up, and what does it do?

The Governing Body consists of a group of volunteers and teaching staff (including the Head Teacher).  The members include 3 Parent Governors, a Local Authority appointed Governor, a Staff Governor and a number of Co-opted Governors.  In addition to a full governing body meeting twice each term, there are a number of committees that will also meet on a regular basis to discuss areas such as Teaching & Learning, People & Money and Communication & Facilities.

The purpose of the Governing Body is to ensure that the highest possible standard of education, achievement and well being is provided to all children. It is in place to support the teaching staff and to ensure that we continually achieve the highest standards, whilst continuing to raise expectations.  This is achieved by developing an understanding of what it is that the Headteacher (and Senior Management Team) want to achieve in terms of the children’s individual development, and to ensure that policies, practices and funding are in place to achieve these goals. For example, if we believe that it is right to focus on Early Years provision or Computing throughout the Curriculum – does the budget reflect this in terms of funding?

The Governing Body will also work to ensure that the school has the facilities to ensure that the educational and paternal roles can be met.  As an example, we worked hard over a number of years to plan, budget and negotiate in order to obtain The Hollow, providing much needed additional space for the school. Another example was to build a more welcoming and secure entrance to the school whilst providing additional office space.

An essential role that the Governing Body takes is that of a critical friend to the Headteacher and staff.  It is our responsibility to listen to their views on a range of issues and to question these if and when we feel it necessary. We often find ourselves asking, “why?” and “what will the impact of that be?” or “is there a better way of achieving this result?”. Many of the Governors are not educationalists and so it is essential that we question the professionals to make sure that the children can develop as well as is possible. We try to ensure that we have a broad cross section of interests, backgrounds and skills so that we can meet the expectations of good governance of the school.

To find out a little more about what the Governing Body do for Nine Mile Ride Primary School, please take a look at our Annual Report for 2017. Many of the documents that we publish as a Governing Body can be found on the Policies and Governors' Documents page. Prospective governors may be interested in finding out more about the Role and Expectations of a School Governor at Nine Mile Ride.

If you would like to contact the Governing Body, you can do so by leaving a message at the school office, or emailing or completing the contact form below.

Whilst Nine Mile Ride is a very good school, the Governing Body is in place to ensure that we continue to improve upon the success that we have had to date.  We are working closely with Ali Brown and her excellent team to do even better.

Andrew Beckett, Chair of Governors



Our Vision

Learning for Life - together we discover, nurture, achieve and shine.

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Respect, Resourcefulness, Resilience, Reflectiveness



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Your School Governors

Name Category Appointed By Start Date Term Ends Committees Business Interests Relationship to Staff Gov at other schools
Andrew Beckett (Chair) Co-opted Governing Body 15th Oct 2009 30th March 2019 Teaching & Learning (Chair), Budget Monitoring Cadence Design Systems Limited. Electronic Design Software and Design IP None No
Ben Kay (Vice-Chair) Co-opted Governing Body 1st Feb 2013 12th Dec 2020 People & Money (Chair), Comm & Facilities, Budget Monitoring, Head Teacher Appraisal Thames Water None No
Clare James Parent Parent Election 9th Oct 2015 8th Oct 2019 Comm & Facilities (Chair), Budget Monitoring NATS None No
Rob Daybell Parent Parent Election 9th Oct 2015  8th Oct 2019 People & Money, Budget Monitoring (Chair) BP None No
Simon Ortmayer Parent Parent Election 19th Jan 2017 18th Jan 2021 Teaching & Learning CBRE Global Workplace Solutions None No
Simon Hall Co-opted Governing Body 20th Jun 2012 30th Mar 2019 People & Money FBC Centre - Church None No
Susan Hall Co-opted Governing Body 21st Oct 2011 30th Mar 2019 Teaching & Learning, People & Money, Head Teacher Appraisal Tilney Ltd None No
Cllr. Jim May Co-opted Governing Body 20th May 2007 30th Mar 2019 Comm & Facilities Retired; Parish Councillor None No
Yun Tay Co-opted Governing Body 30th Mar 2015 30th Mar 2019 People & Money None None No
Vacancy LA Local Authority
Andrea Sykes Co-opted Governing Body 12th Feb 2016 12th Feb 2020 Teaching & Learning Member of staff (Deputy Head) Staff No
Barbara Wojna Co-opted Governing Body 27th Mar 2017 27th Mar 2021 Comm & Facilities Retired None No
Vacancy Co-opted Governing Body
Kate Tunstall Staff Staff Election 19th Oct 2012 18th Oct 2016 Teaching & Learning, Comm & Facilities Member of staff (TA, Music Teacher) Staff No



Report of Governor attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings during the school year 2015-2016.

Mrs Katharine Dawson