Governors

The day-to-day running of the school and its management is undertaken by the Headteacher. The governing body is similar to a board of directors, making policy decisions about how the school should be run. Governors can only act together, not individually, and they meet regularly. Smaller committees deal with matters concerning finance, curriculum, premises and personnel, and their decisions are ratified at full governors’ meetings. All governors are DBS checked. Minutes of the governors’ meetings are available from the school office.

Little Gaddesden Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School has a governing body of twelve. There are seven Foundation Governors, with two appointed by the Diocese of St Albans Board of Education, and four appointed by the Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St Peter & St Paul, Little Gaddesden. The parish priest is a Foundation Governor ex officio. One governor is appointed by Hertfordshire County Council. There are two elected Parent Governors, and two Staff Governors (including the Headteacher).

Parent governors bring the views of the parents to the governing body, but they speak and act as individuals. They should not be thought of as delegates or mouthpieces of the parents, and they do not vote for all parents in general. They have equal status in the work of the governing body, with voting rights. Parents elect two Parent Governors for four-year terms.

News from the School Governors

Governing Body Newsletter – June 2018

School Governor Report – April 2017

2016-17 Annual Financial Report from Chair of Governors

Governing Body – Schedule of Delegation Summary

School Governors from July 2018

  Term Start Term End
Headteachers    
Charis Geoghegan    
Staff governors    
Lucy Martindale 28 Jan 2018 27 Jan 2022
Foundation Diocesan Board of Education Appointed    
Nicholas Crispin 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2018
Vacancy (1)    
Foundation Ex-Officio    
John Russell    
Parent governors    
Anne Consedine 11 Jul 2014 10 Jul 2018
Claire  Owen 01 Oct 2016 30 Sep 2020
Foundation Parochial Church Council Appointed    
Sarah Brattle 01 Sep 2014 31 Aug 2018
Laura Gill 04 Dec 2017 03 Dec 2021
Philip Heaphy 06 Jul 2015 05 Jul 2019
Vacancy (1)    
Local Authority Governors    
Briony Sutcliffe 24 Jun 2018 23 Jun 2022

Minutes of Governors’ Meeting

Below you can find a copy of all the minutes from our governor meetings.

Learning Committee Meeting : 6th July 2018
3rd October 2017
24th January 2017

Attendance at committee meetings from September 2017 to July 2018

Learning: 4 meetings
Anne Consedine 4; Charis Geoghegan 4; Briony Sutcliffe 4; Sarah Brattle 4; Anne Heard 4; Laura Gill 3; Phil Heaphy 3;
John Russell 2; Lucy Martindale 2; Claire Owen 1; James Mitchell 1; Nick Crispin 1; Alison Cotton 1;

Resources: 4 meetings
Phil Heaphy 4; Charis Geoghegan 4; Briony Sutcliffe 4; Nick Crispin 3; Anne Consedine 4; Claire Owen 4; Laura Gill 1;
Sarah Brattle 1; Anne Heard 1; James Mitchell 1 Martin Pearce 0.

Attendance at committee meetings from September 2016 to July 2017

Learning: 3 meetings
Briony Sutcliffe 3; Nick Crispin 3; Charis Geoghegan 3; Sarah Brattle 3; Anne Consedine 3; Alison Cotton 1;
Laura Gill 3; Phil Heaphy 2; Anne Heard 3; John Russell 2; Claire Owen 2.

Resources: 5 meetings
Phil Heaphy 5; Charis Geoghegan 5; Briony Sutcliffe 5; Nick Crispin 4; Martin Pearce 0; Anne Consedine 2; Laura Gill 3.

Attendance at committee meetings from September 2015 to July 2016

Curriculum & Personnel: 4 meetings
Laura Sutcliffe 4; Nick Crispin 4; Charis Geoghegan 4; Sarah Brattle 4; Anne Consedine 4; Alison Cotton 1;
Laura Gill 3; Phil Heaphy 3; Anne Heard 1; John Russell 0; Paul Woods 1.

Finance & Premises: 5 meetings
Phil Heaphy 5; Nick Crispin 5; Charis Geoghegan 5; Anne Consedine 5; Laura Gill 3; Martin Pearce 0;
Briony Sutcliffe 5.

Attendance at Meetings (September 2014 to July 2015)

Governors (four meetings)
Nick Crispin 4; Charis Geoghegan 4; Sarah Brattle 4; Anne Consedine 3; Alison Cotton 3;
Laura Gill 4; Phil Heaphy 4; Anne Heard 2; Martyn Pearce 4; John Russell 1; Briony Sutcliffe 4; Paul Woods 3.

Curriculum Committee (three meetings)
Briony Sutcliffe 3; Charis Geoghegan 3; Sarah Brattle 3; Anne Consedine 3; Nick Crispin 2;
Alison Cotton 2; Laura Gill 3; Anne Heard 3; Phil Heaphy 2; John Russell 0; Paul Woods 1.

Finance Committee (four meetings, including two jointly with Premises)
Phil Heaphy 4; Charis Geoghegan 4; Nick Crispin 3; Anne Consedine 4; Laura Gill 4;
Martyn Pearce 0; Briony Sutcliffe 4.

Personnel Committee no separate meetings – relevant matters covered at Curriculum meetings

Premises Committee (three meetings, including two jointly with Finance)
Laura Gill 3; Charis Geoghegan 3; Anne Consedine 3; Nick Crispin 2; Phil Heaphy 2;
Martyn Pearce 0; Briony Sutcliffe 2.

Business and Other Interests

•  No governor has declared any business interests which might involve the school.
•  The Revd John Russell is also an ex officio governor of Great Gaddesden Church of England Primary School.
•  No governor has any relative, spouse or partner employed by the school.

Minutes of the Govenors’ Meetings are available on request from the school office.