Staff & Governors
“The school is improving because of the very good leadership that the Headteacher and senior leadership team provide. The Headteacher, together with governors and the senior leadership team, have a very accurate understanding of the school and use this to identify strengths and priorities” (Ofsted March 2016)
Who are the School Governors?
School governors are there to ensure that schools are well run. They are volunteers who help to decide on the direction, focus and ethos of schools. Each school has between 9 and 20 governors who together form ‘the governing body’, our school has 16 governor positions. Governors represent people from many walks of life: school staff, parents, the local community and even organisations connected to the school. This means that decisions are made by people with a wide range of views and experience.
Our current Chair of Governors is Mr Adrian Dodwell and can be contacted via our Clerk, Jane Scott (email@example.com). The full list of members of the Governing Body is below.
Adrian is the Chair of Governors and also sits on the Buildings & Finance Committee and Personnel Committee. Adrian has been a governor at Oriel since November 2013. Adrian has had long experience in education and as a senior manager in a further education college, most recently as a Deputy Principal.
Sandie is the Vice Chair of the Governing Body and also chairs the Teaching & Learning Committee. Additionally she sits on the Performance Management Committee and Pay Appeals Committee. She has been a governor at Oriel since November 2006. Sandie worked for many years in primary school education and was a headteacher in a London primary school. She is also a serving magistrate in the local community.
Kevin has been on Oriel’s Governing Body since 2001 and is our Health & Safety Link Governor. He sits on the Buildings & Finance and Pay Committees. Kevin has worked in the private sector in the transport industry and currently holds a key role in a very large bus company.
Ben is Oriel’s Staff Governor and sits on both the Teaching & Learning and Buildings & Finance Committees. Ben has been a governor since 2012. Ben is an IT teacher and a senior pastoral team member at the school. He has also had substantial private sector experience in the publishing industry.
Philip Stack is the Headteacher Governor at Oriel and also is a governor at Gresham Primary School, Croydon.
Nic joined the governing body in June 2015 and sits on the Teaching & Learning Committee, together with the Performance Management Committee. Nic has had considerable private sector experience in training, learning and development and has held a senior position in a large provider of supply chain solutions.
Justin joined the governing body in June 2015 and sits on the Teaching & Learning Committee and the Pay Appeals Committee. Justin has had considerable experience in the private sector in IT and is a senior director at a well-known security company.
Gillian joined the governing body in June 2015 and is Chair of the Buildings & Finance Committee and also sits on the Pay Committee. Gillian has had experience both in the private and public sector in audit, accountancy and risk management. She is currently employed as an audit and risk manager in the public sector.
Steve joined the governing body in June 2015 and is Chair of the Pay Committee and sits on the Buildings & Finance Committee. Steve is a fully qualified chartered accountant working for one of the UK’s leading insurance companies in a senior management role.
Josef joined the governing body in June 2015 and sits on the Personnel and Pay Committees. He is also a governor at Maidenbower Junior School. Josef is a paramedic and has had substantial experience in the health and care industry. He has extensive knowledge of employment law and has played a leading role as a union negotiator in the health industry. He currently a quality assurance manager in the Care Quality Commission.
Karen joined the governing body in November 2013 and sits on the Teaching & Learning Committee. Karen is the Business Crime Partnership Manager for Crawley, and runs a highly successful Business Crime Reduction Partnership, working closely with a wide variety of local the businesses, Police, Probation, Council, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, West Sussex County Council, and various other agencies.
Kristine joined the governing body in June 2015 and Chairs the Personnel Committee. She also sits on the Performance Management Committee. Kristine has wide ranging experience in HR, change management and employee relations. She is currently serving as Group HR Director for a local highways maintenance organisation.
What do the School Governors do?
They are there to give a long-term strategic direction to how the School is run; to be critical friends to the School and to ensure the School is accountable for its actions.They are there to give a long-term strategic direction to how the School is run; to be critical friends to the School and to ensure the School is accountable for its actions.
Governors discuss and have input on:
- school policies, such as discipline, uniform, homework, bullying, etc
- long-term plans and the future of the School
- how the School Budget will be spent
- how the School will try to reach performance targets
- Our governing body also has sub-committees of governors to look at specific areas such as Buildings & Finance; Curriculum, Students and Personnel.
How much time do governors give?
Normally governors serve for four years, but as volunteers they can leave at any time. Previous governors can normally apply to be re-appointed or re-elected if they wish to return. A governor’s main task is to attend meetings of the full governing body (normally 2.5 hours once a term). In addition, a governor will be appointed to a sub-committee whose meetings take place once a term and last approximately 2 hours. Governors are also committed to carrying out a school visit to their linked department to observe a lesson and familiarise themselves with this department and how it works. All our meetings take place at 3.30pm.
Governors committee structure, meeting schedule and membership
We have a very professional and dedicated team of staff, who do their very best to ensure that each and every child enjoys school and fulfills their potential whilst a student at our school. We have dedicated year group parent/teacher consultations during the year and encourage parents to attend many school shows and awards events.. Should parents/carers have any specific questions or worries, we would always encourage them to discuss the matter and/or make an appointment, with the student’s mentor or Pastoral coordinator in the first instance. Pastoral Coordinators e-mail contact details can be found on our Student Support page.
Teaching staff e-mail contact details can be found in the ‘Curriculum‘ area of our website under the specific subject they teach.
A full staff list of teachers, pastoral staff and Learning Assistants can be found here for reference also. Staff list Sept 2016
The school’s Senior Leadership Team contact details are listed below.
Mr P Stack, Headteacher – firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss H Everitt, Deputy Headteacher – email@example.com
Mr T Matthews, Deputy Headteacher – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr R Sallows, School Business Manager – email@example.com
Mrs C Denman, Head of Sixth Form – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms M Huxford, Assistant Headteacher – email@example.com
Mrs E Greer, Assistant Headteacher – firstname.lastname@example.org