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Wye Forest Federation Governors

There are many people in different roles working hard and working together to make our two schools of the Wye Forest Federation the best they can be. The governors may not be the first people you meet, and you may not see us very often – but we are a team of dedicated people who work voluntarily, behind the scenes, to ensure that your children flourish in our schools.

 

We are proud to be governors of these two village primary schools located in beautiful countryside in the Wye Valley. The heritage of the villages and the natural environment surrounding our schools are important to our schools’ identities and values.

 

The Federation has enabled us to preserve the best of both schools yet at the same time benefit both by sharing professional skills, leadership, governance, staffing and resources.

 

Both schools are Church of England Schools, closely affiliated with the Diocese of Gloucester. Drawing on their Christian foundations the schools are dedicated to serving the families of their Parish communities. Redbrook is small enough to create a family atmosphere. St Briavels is a larger school community closely tied to its village. An education that is true to its Christian foundation ensures we give priority to the spiritual, moral, emotional, social and cultural development of children, alongside their academic achievement.

 

What we do

 

As governors we have three important roles:

 

1 Setting Strategic Direction – we are involved in setting the aims and objectives for the both schools, planning ahead and making sure the right policies and procedures are in place.

 

2 Ensuring Accountability – we keep a close watch on the progress the schools are making. We also monitor the budget.

 

3 Acting as Critical Friend – we provide both support and challenge to the Headteacher and the teaching staff.

 

We hold meetings 6 times a year which all governors attend and we have two committees attended by a group of selected governors:

 

Ethos Committee

 

Staffing, Premises & Finance Committee

 

Governor meetings cover a number of different items of business:

 

Regular updates from the headteacher including information about all children’s progress, curriculum and staffing developments

 

Reports from each of the committees, including a budget update

 

Reports from governors with responsibility for safeguarding

 

Reviews of policies and procedures that need to be agreed

 

Reports of governor monitoring visits

 

Discussions about particular problems and issues with plans for actions and solutions

 

Hearing about the achievements and successes of children and staff, with acknowledgements and thanks to all staff for their work

 

We also regularly invite key members of staff to present to governors about their area of curriculum responsibility. This enables governors to keep well informed about teaching and learning across the whole curriculum.

 

Minutes of meetings can be made available to parents in hard copy only if requested.

 

Governor Visits

 

Each governor has at least one area of responsibility. Governors make visits into school in order to learn more about their link area and to help the whole governing body in making decisions that are well informed. These visits give governors an opportunity to have more contact with staff and children – creating a strong sense of connection and community. The wellbeing of everyone are at the top of our priorities for both schools.

 

Most of all we enjoy the occasions during visits when we can observe or talk with children. At the end of the day, the reason we give our time and work voluntarily is to see the children in our schools grow and develop to become young people who learn well - and who care for one another and the living world.

 

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Mrs Sarah Helm
Executive Head Teacher
 
Which body appoints you  N/A
Term of office As long as position of Head Teacher is held – from 1st September 2017
Names of committees you serve on Ethos, Staffing, Premises & Finance, and Standards & Curriculum
Details of position of responsibility  
Business or Pecuniary interests  None
Governor at another school  No
Any relationships between governor and staff  None
Attendance 18-19  FGB – 100% Committees – 100%
 
Dr Susan Young
Chair Of Governors
Category of Governor: Co-opted
 
Which body appoints you:  Governing Body
Term of office  01/07/2019- 01/07/2023
Names of committees you serve on  Ethos and Staffing, Premises & Finance
Details of position of responsibility  None
Business or Pecuniary interest  None
Governor at another school  No
Any relationships between governor and staff  None
Attendance 18-19  FGB – N/A
 
Mr David Rees
Category of governor: Foundation

Which body appoints you Diocese of Gloucester
Term of office

01/06/2020 - 01/06/2024

Names of committees you serve on Staffing, Premises & Finance and Ethos
Details of position of responsibility Co-Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Finance,
Staffing & Premises
Business or Pecuniary interest None
Governor at another school No
Any relationships between governor and staff None
Attendance 18-19
FGB – 100% 
Mr Sarah Bick
Category of governor: Foundation

Which body appoints you Diocese of Gloucester 
Term of office  01/09/2018 – 01/09/2022
Names of committees you serve on  Ethos
Details of position of responsibility  None
Business or Pecuniary interest  None
Governor at another school  No
Any relationships between governor and staff  None
Attendance 18-19  FGB – 100%
Mrs Helen Blanch
Category of governor: Foundation

Which body appoints you Diocese of Gloucester 
Term of office  01/05/2016 – 30/04/2021
Names of committees you serve on  Staffing, Premises & Finance
Details of position of responsibility  None
Business or Pecuniary interest  None
Governor at another school  No
Any relationships between governor and staff  None
Attendance 18-19
 FGB – 100% 
Mike Haines

Category of Governor: Co-opted

 
Which body appoints you  Governing Body
Term of office  01/03/2020 – 01/03/2024
Names of committees you serve on  
Details of position of responsibility  None
Business or Pecuniary interest  None
Governor at another school  Trustee of The Mead Academy Trust, Trowbridge, Wilts
Any relationships between governor and staff  None
Attendance 2020  100%
 
Mrs Natalie Frey
Category of Governor: Staff
 
Which body appoints you  Governing Body
Term of office  01/10/2019 – 01/10/2023
Names of committees you serve on  
Details of position of responsibility  None
Business or Pecuniary interest  None
Governor at another school  None
Any relationships between governor and staff  None
Attendance 19-20  100%
 
Mr Chris McFarling
Category of governor: Local Authority
 
Which body appoints you  LA nominated & Governing Body
Term of office  01/04/2016 – 31/03/2021
Names of committees you serve on  
Details of position of responsibility  Co Vice Chair of Governors
Business or Pecuniary interest  None
Governor at another school  No
Any relationships between governor and staff  None
Attendance 19-20  FGB – 83% (sick leave) 
 
Mrs Alexia Naylor

Category of Governor: Foundation

 
Which body appoints you  Diocese of Gloucester
Term of office  01/09/2019 – 01/09/2023
Names of committees you serve on  Ethos
Details of position of responsibility  Chair of Ethos committee
Business or Pecuniary interest  None
Governor at another school  No
Any relationships between governor and staff  None
Attendance 19-20
 FGB 100% Ethos 100%
Diana Denman

Category of Governor: Co-opted

 
Which body appoints you  Governing Body
Term of office  01/10/2019 – 01/20/2023
Names of committees you serve on  Staffing, Premises & Finance
Details of position of responsibility  Safeguarding
Business or Pecuniary interest  None
Governor at another school  No
Any relationships between governor and staff  None
Attendance 19-20
 FGB 100%
Rachael Seabrook
Category of Governor: Parent
 
Which body appoints you Nominated by parents, appointed by Governing Body 
Term of office  01/10/2019 – 01/10/2023  
Names of committees you serve on  None
Details of position of responsibility  Safeguarding
Business or Pecuniary interest  None
Governor at another school  No
Any relationships between governor and staff  None
Attendance19-20  50%
 

Natalie Warr

Category of Governor: Parent

Which body appoints you Nominated by parents, appointed by Governing Body 
Term of office  01/10/2020 – 01/10/2024 
Names of committees you serve on  None
Details of position of responsibility  
Business or Pecuniary interest  None
Governor at another school  No
Any relationships between governor and staff  None
Attendance19-20  N/A