Governors

The School Governing Body is made up of community and local authority representatives, parents and school staff.

Once a vacancy arises, governors are elected on to the governing body and perform their role on a voluntary basis.

The focus of the governing body is as follows:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • To hold the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.
  • To ensure and enable parental engagement, and to engage with other key stakeholders in the community.

Who Are We? 

 

Peter Woodhouse was a Bexton governor from 2012 until 2019. He has now joined the CAT Trustee Board as a director. 

 

Peter Kingdom
Co-opted Governor, appointed by governing board for 
four year term of office until 6 July 2020

 

Peter has been a Bexton Governor since 2016


Committees: Resources

Link Governor: Safeguarding

Peter is Head of School (Years 7 - 9) at Knutsford Academy. Peter sits on the Resources Committee and is link governor for 'Safeguarding.'

   

Jim Lovett
Co-opted Governor re-appointed by governing board for a further 
4 year term of Office until 30 October 2021
Jim started as a Bexton Parent Governor in 2009. 
Committees: Resources (Chair)

I began as a parent governor and am now a co-opted governor, recently re-appointed for a further four year term of office until 2021.

My key area of focus is on the schools finances and resourcing and I have been the Chair of Resources for the last four years.

I have had three children at Bexton. Outside of the school I work for a specialist catering business based locally and am one of the junior coaches at Knutsford Rugby Club.


Lucy Goldsmith

Parent Governor, elected by parent election for 
4 year term of office until 23 May 2020

Committee: Chair of Curriculum Committee (since October 2018)

Working Groups: Academy, Three Year Plan

Link Governor for 'Marketing' and 'Independence' (one of the priorities on the 2018-9 School Development Plan).

I have two children at Bexton Primary and have been actively involved in different aspects of the school throughout their education.  As a Communications Manager I am passionate about further developing an inclusive communications process that involves not only parents, governors and teachers but most importantly the children.

We all have a part to play in taking Bexton from good to great, and communication sits at the heart of this.  We need to ensure that Bexton is placed at the centre of our strong community to enable it to thrive during an exciting, but also challenging time.

 

Catherine Hulme
Co-opted Governor

Catherine has served on the governing board for two terms of office, and was re-appointed by the Governing Board as a co-opted governor, for a 4 year term of office until 30 October 2021.

Committees: Curriculum

Working Groups: Academy, Three year Plan

Panel: Principal/ Headteacher Performance Management 

Link Governor: 'Vision.'

I am a member of the local community with two young children.
I left my role as a Secondary English Teacher and Assistant Headteacher to raise my family but am keen to use my expertise and experience in education to benefit all of our children.

 I have worked closely with the Senior Leadership Team to encapsulate the Vision and Ethos of the school and I was vice chair to Curriculum Committee until October 2016, and vice chair of the Governing Board until 2018. 

Kathryn Woolf

Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair of Local Governing Board (Until November 2020)


Kathryn was first elected by parents as a parent governor in 2013, and has since been re-appointed by the Governing Board as a co-opted governor for a 4 year term of office until 28 October 2021.

Committees: Curriculum (vice chair) and Salary Committee
Link Governor: 'Assessment Date and Pupil Premium' 'Lower achieving groups in Maths,' (a priority area on school development plan 2019-20.)


 I have three children at the school.

I am currently vice chair of the Curriculum Subcommittee as well as link governor for 'Assessment, data and pupil premium' and 'Lower achieving groups in Maths.' I was training governor until 2019, helping the school governors acquire relevant skills through training sessions and e-learning modules.

I previously worked as a buyer in the food industry and now teach foreign languages to primary school children.

 

 

John Squires
Co-Opted Governor, re-appointed by the goevrning board for a 4 year term of office until 30 October 2021
Chair of Governing Board (until November 2020)

John has the longest service amongst the current governing board, and first began as a Bexton governor in 2005. 


Committees: Resources Subcommittee and Principal Performance Management Committee (from Spring 2020)

Working Group: Academy
Link Governor: Health & Safety


I have been a governor at Bexton for fourteen years, and was recently re-appointed by the governing board in 2017 as a co-opted governor for a further 4 year term of office until 2021. During that time I have helped out as a lunchtime assistant, football coach, Chair of the Resources Committee, Vice Chair and Chair of the governing body. I was recently elected as chair of the governing board for a one year term of office.

I am currently link governor for Health and Safety. 

For my day job I run an architectural practice in Mobberley.  Throughout my 25 year career I have specialised in designing school buildings.


Jon Webb

Parent Governor, elected by parents of pupils at Bexton for a 4 year term of office until 23 May 2020

Committee: Curriculum

Link governor: 'PE and Sports Funding,' Mental Health and Well Being.'

I have two children at Bexton Primary School (Year 6 and Year 4).

I am the Managing Director of an independent weed control company having previously worked for a Premier League football club, including establishing and running their 1st team and Academy Sports Science departments.  I also assist the junior coaching at Knutsford Rugby Club.

I am link governor for 'PE and Sports Funding' as well as being link governor for 'Mental Health and Well Being', a key focus area on our School Development Plan this year 2019-20. 

 

Mike Braun (resignation November 2019)

I am a Chartered Accountant with twenty years experience in finance. A few years ago I set up my own accounting business which specializes in helping small businesses.

Mike was a Co-opted Governor, and Vice-Chair of the Resources Committee until his resignation in November 2019. We thank Mike for his years of commitment to the Bexton governing Board and the school. 

Sandra Bland
Staff Governor (elected by staff election)
Term of Office: 4 years until 31 January 2023

Committees: `Curriculum 

Working Group: Academy

Mrs Bland has experience of a wide range of posts from midday supervision through to headship.

With both children attending Bexton, Mrs Bland has seen the school from a parental perspective, and through the experience of her children has seen various models of secondary education including academies, the independent sector and sixth form college.

Mrs Bland was first elected by Bexton school staff in 2015, and recently re-elected by school staff in 2019 for a further four year term of office. 

 

 

Emily Armstrong
Principal (Head Teacher) Governor (Appointed by virtue of office since 2016. )

Committees: Resources, Curriculum

Working Groups: Academy, Three Year Plan, Wraparound Project Group

Jill Sach
Deputy Principal

Associate Member of governing board (appointed by Local Governing Board)

Committees: Resources and Curriculum

Working Groups: Academy, Three Year Plan

 

Matt Stephenson

Parent Governor (elected by parents for 4 year term of office until 15 March 2021)

Committee: Resources 

Working Group: Academy, Three Year Plan and Wraparound Project 

Link Governor: GDPR

I have been part of the governing board at Bexton since 2016 when I joined as an associate member. I was delighted to be elected by parents in 2017 to be a parent governor to serve a four year term of office until March 2021. 

I am chair of the Resources Commitee and take an active role in other working parties within the Local Governing Body. 

I have three children at Bexton and continue to be impressed by the  dedication and commitment shown by the whole team. 

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Sue Sharratt

Co-opted Governor (Elected by Full Governing Board on 4 July 2018, for a four year term of office until 4.7.22)

Sue began as a Bexton Governor in July 2018.

"I have had a long association with Bexton school. My three children all have happy memories of attending and I spent 20 years teaching at the school mainly in the Rainbow room and as Inclusion Director for the whole school.
I retired 3 years ago and was lucky enough to receive an MBE for Services to Special Education thanks to the support of the Bexton team. I am pleased to now continue my association with the school as a governor. I am joining the Curriculum Committee."

 Committee: Curriculum 

Working Group: Three Year Plan

Link Governor: SEND


Lynne Lea

Co-opted Governor: Elected by Full Governing Board on 4 July 2018, for a four year term of office until 4.7.22

Lynne began as a Bexton Governor in July 2018. 

I am an employment lawyer with lots of experience of business restructure and TUPE transfer.  I worked for a large corporate law firm for over 10 years before becoming a full time Mum to my three children  (Nursery, Reception and Year 2.) With my youngest enjoying the nursery, I feel that I have some time to give something back to the school. I have been a school Governor before when I was a Community Governor at King's Heath Boys' School in Birmingham, a role which I really enjoyed. I am keen to get involved with the governance of Bexton and I hope that my skill set will be useful to the Board.

Committee: Resources

Working Group: Academy

Special Responsibility: Training Governor

 

What do governors do?

Individual governors keep up to date on school policy, new regulations, school development plans and government drives on a local and national level. They attend training and they also visit the school regularly to gain an in depth understanding of the school, which enables them to perform their role more effectively.

Associate members of the governing board are appointed by the Local Governing Board (LGB) and assist in an advisory capacity. Associate members do not have voting rights at LGB. 

Governors also attend the following meetings:
 

Local Governing Body (LGB):  All governors attend the full governing body meetings which take place once per term. Minutes of part 1 of these meetings are public documents, please ask if you would like a paper copy of any of our part 1 (non-confidential) minutes. Part 2 of the meetings is reserved for any confidential business, which cannot be shared with the public (e.g. it may contain information about staff pay or other confidential matters.)

The governing board delegates some of its functions to subcommittees, which meet once per term, and feed into, and report back to, the Local Governing Board. The two committees are Resources Subcommittee and Curriculum Subcommittee:

Resources Subcommittee: This committee meets once per term to look at everything financial and to approve spending. The committee reports back to the local governing body. The governors that sit on this committee are as follows: Jim Lovett, Emily Armstrong (School Principal), Helen Taylor (School Business Manager),  Jill Sach (deputy Principal/ Headteacher), John Squires, Peter Kingdom, Lynne Lea, Matt Stephenson, Georgina Blake (clerk).

Curriculum Subcommittee: This committee meets once per term to look at everything to do with teaching and learning, assessment, and pupil progress. The committee reports back to the full governing body. Governors on this committee include the following: Lucy Goldsmith (chair of Curriculum Subcommittee), Kathryn Woolf (vice chair of Curriculum Subcommittee), Catherine Hulme, Sue Sharratt, Jon Webb, Emily Armstrong (Headteacher), Sandra Bland, Jill Sach (associate member), Georgina Blake (clerk).

Bexton also has working groups which are time bound and research further into a particular area and are advisory in thie role, providing information to the governing body. We currently have the following working groups: 

The 'Academy Working Group' has been researching options for future academisation for the last couple of years. Membership is Matt Stephenson, Lucy Goldsmith, Lynne Lea, Jill Sach, Emily Armstrong, Catherine Hulme, John Squires, Sandra Bland.

The 'Three Year Plan Working Group' was set up in Autumn 2018 to look further into the strategic direction of the school to feed into the development of the three year strategic plan. Membership of this group is as folllows: Emily Armstrong, Sue Sharratt, Matt Stephenson, Peter Woodhouse, Catherine Hulme, Jill Sach. 

The 'Wraparound Project Team' was set up in Autumn 2019 to develop a business plan around developing and extending the wraparound care offered to the community. 

Panels of governors can also be convened as and when needed to deal with complaints, appeals, pupil discipline, headteacher recruitment and other statutory obligations. 

Becoming a Governor


Parent governors are elected by parents of children attending Bexton school at the date of election. Co-opted governors are appointed by the Board of Governors. The staff governor is elected by staff members of the school.  

Vacancies

The CAT Trustee Board is currently reviewing our constitution since our recent Academisation in August 2019. Watch this space for news of any vacancies from Spring 2020. 

Please contact governors@bexton.cheshire.sch.uk if you would be interested in becoming a governor and would like further information. 

 

List of Bexton Governors who have resigned in last 5 years

We are required by law to publish information on anyone who has been a Bexton Primary School governor in last 12 months. Barbara Austin, LA governor (nominated by Local Authority and appointed by governing board, term of office 6.6.14- 6.6.18), member of Resources Committee and Bexton's longest serving governor, resigned on 2 November 2015. Doug Angus parent governor (term of office 21.11.12- 21.11.16, appointed by Bexton parents), member of Curriculum Committee and vice chair of governing board resigned on 18 May 2016 due to his relocation to U.A.E. Andrew Middleton, co-opted governor (appointed by governing board term of office 19.3.14- 19.3.18) and member of Curriculum Committee resigned on 23 March 2016 due to relocation. Kathryn Zuger, co-opted governor (appointed by governing board, term of office 19.3.14- 19.3.18) and member of Curriculum Committee resigned on 7 March 2016. Paul Dolan, headteacher governor and member of Resources, Curriculum and Nursery Committee resigned in December 2015. Sarah Draper (appointed by the governing board on 30.10.13 for four year term of office), co-opted governor and member of the Curriculum Committee, resigned as Bexton Governor on 21 June 2017. James Routs (elected by parent vote for four year term of office on 23.01.15), parent governor and member of the Resources Committee, resigned as Bexton Governor on the 21 June 2017. Charlotte Davies (appointed by governing board for four year term of office on 21.11.16 as co-opted governor) and chair of Curriculum Committee resigned on September 11th 2018. Peter Woodhouse our chair of governors and LA governor until 2019 resigned on 20 November 2019 to join the CAT Trustee Board. Mike Braun, vice chair of Resources Committee and co-opted governor, resigned on 20 November 2019. Thankyou to all our governors past and present. 

 

Contact the Bexton governors

If you have any ideas or comments for the governors in relation to the strategy or vision of the school, please do get in touch with us at governors@bexton.cheshire.sch.uk

Remember the school governor has a strategic role and does not deal with day to day running of the school. Any questions of this nature should always be directed to school staff in the first instance. 

 

Further Information

For the most recent information, please look at the subpages off the governor main page (from the menu at the top choose 'about us'> governors > drop down menu of governor subpages: This will take you to the governor subpages, where you can find the annual governor impact statement together with a precis of the most recent governing body meeting, information on governor attendance at meetings, governor declarations of pecuniary interest, information on governor membership and other useful information. Please see below for some additional downloadable files which may be of interest.

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