Governing body

What do Governors do?

Our school’s governing body is a group of volunteers who work together with the school's headteacher, deputy and staff to determine and define the aims and conduct of our school, with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Individual governors bring their own experience and expertise to the group.  We endeavour to use each governor's skills to maximise their effectiveness and impact on raising standards in our school.

Our governing body holds the school to account for the quality, standard and effectiveness of the teaching and learning. Through the governing body, the school is accountable to the Saffron Academy Trust, the parents of the pupils and to the wider community.

In practice, the governing body works with the headteacher and trust to determine how the school should develop to ensure continued improvement in standards and provision and with the head and staff agrees plans, policies, targets and procedures that work towards that development.

The governing body is also responsible along with the trust for ensuring that the school fulfils its legal obligations, for the provision of the curriculum, managing the school budget, staffing, the social care and development of the pupils, and other statutory requirements such as

developing school policies, setting targets, managing performance and so on. The governing body is also responsible for evaluating the progress of the school, making sure that effective monitoring is taking place and making strategic decisions on the basis of this evaluation.

Governors are most useful to the school by being supportive yet challenging, neither blindly accepting nor entirely critical of the way the school functions. If the governing body gets the balance right it can both support the school and promote its improvement effectively.  We require our governors to be 'a critical friend', in order to support and challenge our school to strive for improved standards in education for all children.

Zoe Di Paola on 01376 322687 to find out further information.

Governor Bios

Rachel Foster – Chair of Governors, Chair of Standards and Education committee, member of Headteacher’s PMR panel                           

Previously a parent governor I am excited to take on the role of Chair of Governors.  I already enjoy an active role within the school as a governor since 2016 and member of the PTA since 2015. I have spent a career working with people of all ages and am currently employed within a high school.  I enjoyed studying child psychology as part of my degree.  My son is currently in year 3 and I continue to feel passionate about helping the school and its students to achieve their potential.

Chair of governors – appointed 1/9/2020

Meeting attendance

2019-2020 = 5/6

2018-2019 = 11/11

2017-2018 = 10/10

Paul Foster – Chair of Resources and Pay COMMITTEE                                                           

Appointed by the local authority as an experienced financial professional I have spent my career in the banking sector supporting small businesses, SMEs and multi-national companies.  I have worked with clients from numerous sectors including education, not for profit and local authorities which I hope will provide me with a unique skillset to add value to the school.  I have witnessed the positive attitude and desire of the staff to help the students as a parent of the school and I will look to embody these values as part of the governing body. 

Reappointed as governor – 15/09/2020

Meeting attendance

2019-2020 = 7/7

2018-2019 = 9/9

2017-2018 = 7/7

Catherine Pimblett – Member of Resources and Pay committee                                              

Appointed as co-opted governor in 2018 with experience in finance.  I wish to support the school in ensuring the welfare of its pupils and to guarantee that every child has the opportunity to fulfil their potential, whatever their circumstances.

Appointed as governor – 3/10/2018

Meeting attendance

2018-2019 = 7/7

2019-2020 = 6/7

Victoria Powell – Member of Standards and Education Committee.  Safeguarding governor                                                               

Having 2 children currently at Beckers Green Primary school, I was appointed as parent governor in 2018.  I believe that every child has a right to achieve a good education and that every parent be offered the opportunity to support that. As a parent governor I will endeavour to ensure that the strong partnership between staff and parents continues, with parent views and perspectives clearly presented to the governing body. 

Appointed as parent governor – 3/10/2018

Meeting attendance

2018-2019 = 8/8

2019-2020 = 3/5

Daniel Humphreys – Vice chair. Member of Resources committee and Headteachers PMR

Appointed as a co-opted governor with experience in Health and safety and property maintenance.  My children are currently in Year 3 and Year 1.  I am passionate about making sure our children have a safe and inspiring learning environment.  I look forward to playing an active role in the school helping to ensure our children, and future generations, get the right foundation at the start of their life in education.

Appointed as governor – 20/09/2019

Meeting attendance

2019-2020 = 4/5

Claire Smyth – Ex Officio = Headteacher

Meeting Attendance

2017-2018 = 14/14

2018- 2019 = 12/14

2019-2020 = 7/7

Rosie Hatchman – member of Standards and Education committee                                         

Appointed as staff governor in 2019.  Being a teacher myself, I am looking forward to bringing real experiences, thoughts and suggestions to the governing body straight from the classroom, helping to make our school even better than it is now. I am looking forward to working with the other governors and the Becker’s team to improve the school further, not only for the children, but for our parents also.

I would like to get Beckers Green more involved with the community and already have links with a care home for children in our early years.  I want to let people in our community know just how good we are, raising our profile outside of our own building.

Appointed as staff governor – 26/03/2019

Meeting attendance

2019-2020 = 5/5

Janet Banks – member of Standards and Education and Pay committee                          

I recently retired from Beckers Green Primary school where I worked for many years as a learning support assistant.  My father was also a governor for many years and I am happy to continue our family connection with the school.  I live in the local community, close to the school and look forward to continuing to support the school in anyway I can.

Appointed as governor – 15/09/2020

Lisa Christian – Member of Resources and Standards and education committees    

Appointed as staff governor – 15/09/2020

PAULA TEMPLEMAN -MEMBER OF sTANDARDS AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE                                                 

I have been an independent practitioner of alternative and creative learning for over 20yrs with a background in Performing Arts and Science. Currently the Principal of The Pauline Quirke Academy in Bishops Stortford

I have devised and facilitated numerous workshops for educational purposes and have worked closely with community projects, SEND and mental health.

With my daughter in EYFS at Beckers Green, student’s wellbeing, education and self- belief are of huge importance to me. I look forward to having a positive and productive input to the governing committee.

Appointed as governor 11/11/2020

Previous governors

  • Ian Ireland - 11/11/2020 - 8/4/2021
  • Natalie Gardner – 23/11/2017- 15/09/2020
  • Mike Eldred – 06/02/2016 – 31/08/2020
  • Louise Quilter – 10/10/2015 – 31/07/2020
  • Karen Barefield – 18/3/2015 – 18/3/2019
  • Sue Wray – 26/04/2016 – 4/10/2018