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Meet the Governors

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names and portraits, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

Our governing body can be contacted through the school office or you can use governors@woodrow.worcs.sch.uk

Name Role(s) Term of office

Relevant

Business

Interests

Committees

Other schools

they govern

Andrew Jackman Chair 01.09.15-31.08.19 Nil Return Curriculum None
Steve Rea Vice Chair 01.09.15-31.08.19 Nil Return Finance - Chair None

Richard Kieran

Headteacher Ongoing Nil Return       All None
Nancy Borthwick Co-opted 01.09.15-31.08.19 Nil Return Finance None
Ross Crawford Co-opted 12.02.16-11.02.20 Nil Return Premises None
Iona-Towler-Evans LA 24.05.16-23.05.20

West Midlands

Mantle Network

Curriculum None
Sue Howie Co-opted 01.09.15-31.08.19 Nil Return Finance None
Dawn Griffiths Co-opted 01.09.15-31.08.19 Nil Return Premises None
Justine Marshall Staff 24.09.13-23.09.17 Nil Return Premises - Chair None
Suzy Cameron Parent 18.10.13-16.09.17 Nil Return Pay and Personnel - Chair Arrow Vale RSC Academy
Lorna Owen

Associate

No Vote

       
Nicola Willson Parent 15.01.15-14.01.19 Nil Return Safeguarding None
Linda Oakes

Associate

No Vote

       
Adrian Fox Parent 18.11.15-17.11.19 Nil Return Curriculum None
Helen Bacon Parent 23.09.13-14.01.19 Nil Return Curriculum - Chair None
Rochelle Archer Parent 09.11.15-08.11.19 Nil Return Finance None

 

Governor Report for School Website

As Chair of Governors here at Woodrow First School and Nursery it is a joy for me to write this report on behalf of all the Governors. We are very proud of our school, the way it is being run and the children’s learning across the school and nursery. As Governors we are delighted with the way our creative curriculum engages our children, the many and varied opportunities offered to them, their progress throughout their time here and the positivity and respect shown by them.

Our Governing body includes parents and members of staff, alongside other elected members from the local community.

In our role as Governors we work alongside the Head teacher and staff to monitor and track the teaching and learning across the school. Our aim is always to ensure the highest possible standard of education for our children.

Another part of our role is to ensure that the school is financially stable and well run. Our Finance Committee hold regular reviews of our income and expenditure and all aspects of governance.

Regular meetings of the Curriculum Committee and updates from the Head Teacher allow all Governors to keep up to date and to challenge a range of school performance statistics and data. http://dashboard.ofsted.gov.uk/dash.php?urn=116730 Governors are also encouraged to make regular visits into school to see at firsthand what is going on. A small number of Governors are elected with specific responsibilities, for example with Safeguarding and SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).

The last academic year, 2014-2015, was eventful. The year started with an Ofsted Inspection which found that our school was “Good” in all aspects and the standards of “Behaviour and Safety” were “Outstanding”. I was privileged to attend the feedback meeting and hear the Inspectors repeatedly refer to our school as being a “remarkable” place for children to learn. It has been wonderful to hear so many positive comments from our parents and carers.

We have an excellent team of highly qualified and experienced teachers. Due to the good and continually growing reputation of our school, we are able to attract a high calibre of applicants to fill our vacancies. We also regularly attract large numbers of visitors who come to experience life at Woodrow and to meet our amazing children.

These are changing times in Redditch and one of the big challenges facing us in 2016 is the conversion of our school to Academy Status. Our consultation process was fully supportive and we will continue to keep our school community and all other interested parties fully informed as we progress through this process.

If you would like to know more about our School or about the role of our School Governors, then please either contact us through the School Office on 01527 527619 and ask for the Clerk to the Governors or email governor@woodrow.worcs.sch.uk.

Andrew Jackman

Chair of Governors    Woodrow First School

January 2016

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