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Local Governing Body

The Governing Body

The governors for Gagle Brook Primary School, in conjunction with the local education authority, will be responsible for the management of the school under the 1986 Education Act. The principal will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the school. Parents are reminded that they should, in the first instance, approach the principal on any matters concerning the school and pupils.

The governing body will be responsible for setting vision, ethos and strategic direction, creating robust accountability, and ensuring financial probity. They will carry out their responsibilities by challenging the way things are done, providing support to the senior leadership team, and adopting and checking that relevant policies are being implemented. Regular meetings will take place together with the principal. The full governing body will meet each term, but because the running of the school is such a complex issue, the governing body will be split up into a number of sub-committees/ working parties:

  • Finance, Staffing, Health & Safety, and Premises
  • Curriculum and Standards

The aim of the governors will be to make Gagle Brook Primary School a centre of excellence for learning; creating a fun, enjoyable and safe place to be.

Register of Interests 2020-21 & Attendance 2019-20

Governors have been appointed by the board of trustees and will serve a four-year term.

Name Position Nature of Interest Date Registered Date Ceased Terms of Office Attendance 2019 -2020 (# of meetings)
Drew Price Principal 01/09/20 N/A Commenced Sept 2020 1/6
Darren Townsend Chair Co-opted 01/09/20 N/A Commenced Sept 2020 1/6
Haylie Yearwood Parent Governor Parent 01/02/20 N/A 2 1/6
Natallia Patsaluyonak Co-opted Governor Co-opted01/02/20 N/A 2 1/6
Bobs Damerell Clerk 01/09/20 N/A 36/6
Helen Fellows Parent Governor Parent 04/09/2018 N/A 126/6
Rachel Bowen Co-opted Governor Co-opted 04/09/2018 N/A

Parent Governor Elections

An exciting opportunity for parents of children registered at Gagle Brook Primary School:

Would you like to contribute to the work of the local governing body (LGB) at your child’s school to secure a high-quality education and excellent outcomes for all children?

If you would, please download a parent governor application form by clicking the button below, complete it, and return to [email protected] or send a hard copy to:

Parent Governor Election at GBPS
c/o Southwold School Office
Holme Way
OX26 3UU

Parent Governor Application Form Download

The role of a local governing body is an important one. The local governors monitor their school’s key performance indicators and act as a critical friend to the principal and the senior leadership team, providing challenge and support, as appropriate. Its role is to provide focused local governance for the school at a local level.

We are looking for two local parent governors who are keen to join us on our journey from the exciting infancy of our new school to developing it year on year. We are looking to you to demonstrate a commitment to determine the school’s strengths and weaknesses and monitor progress. You will need to be able to work as a member of our team, delivering the role as delegated by the board of trustees. We will support you with training and help you develop a sound knowledge of the Ofsted framework as we progress through our exciting journey. You will need to be able to consider initiatives and outcomes in the best interests of the school and The White Horse Federation.

The White Horse Federation takes very seriously its responsibilities to safeguard children in our schools. The appointment process requires newly appointed local governors to undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check within three weeks of appointment. Refusal to comply leads to disqualification as a local governor. We will also follow up your references and ask you to produce evidence of identity (e.g. a passport or photo driving license) prior to your first meeting.

The White Horse Federation Local Board of Governance

Each school has its own local governing body (LGB). The chair of each LGB will also sit on a collective group of similar chairs, from which one representative will be elected and then co-opted onto the executive board. This process will be repeated every two years, thus affording new chairs the opportunity to be similarly elected.

TWHF executive board has clearly identified the areas of responsibility that they delegate to the LGBs. Although not in any way legally responsible, and not itself accountable for the statutory functions, the LGB has an important role to play in assisting the school to operate effectively in line with the wishes of TWHF executive board as communicated to the LGB.

To learn more, visit The White Horse Federation website.

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