Governors

The governing body plays an important strategic role by giving direction and focus on the governance of the school.

Their role is to govern rather than manage.  This includes:

> Promoting high standards of education
> Planning the school’s long-term future
> Overseeing the school’s aims, values and ethos
> Ensuring proper financial management of the school
> Appointing staff, including the headteacher
> Communicating openly with parents, the local community and the local education authority
> Supporting the school

The full governing body meets at least once a term and has a number of committees who discuss issues in greater detail and report back to the main meetings.  There are two committees covering Resources & Finance and Ethos & Curriculum.  There is also a Holiday Request panel who meet when the need arises.

The governing body of Warnham School is made up of 12 governors:

> 4 Co-opted governors – appointed by the governing body after considering the skills and experience they can bring to the role
> 3 Foundation Governors – appointed by the Diocese
> 1 Local Authority Governor – appointed by the Local Authority
> 2 Parent Governors – elected by parents/carers of pupils at the school
> 1 Staff Governor – elected by the staff of the school
> 1 Headteacher – an ex-officio member by virtue of the post

Safeguarding

Our Safeguarding governors are Mrs Hilary Farquhar and Mrs Gytha Hodgson.

Details of serving governors 2019/20

Shirley Kirby is the Headteacher who took up post on 1 January 2018.  By virtue of her position she is an ex-officio member of the governing body and attends all the meetings of the main committees.

Rev Jules Barnes is an ex-officio Foundation Governor who is priest in charge of St Margaret’s Church.  She is co-chair of the Ethos & Curriculum committee and sits on the Holiday Requests Appeals panel.  She also has special responsibility for monitoring the RE, PSHE and Relationships & Sex Education curriculum.

Hilary Farquhar is a Co-opted Governor who has served on the governing body since September 2009, originally as a Community Governor.  She is Chair of Governors, and a member of the Resources & Finance committee and the Ethos & Curriculum committee.  She has special responsibility for Safeguarding and monitors the Maths curriculum.  She sits on the Holiday Requests panel and is a governor representative of the Parents Teachers & Friends Association.

Katie Fisher is a Staff Governor who was elected on 15 February 2019.  She is a member of the Ethos & Curriculum committee.

Marlene Fleming is a Co-opted Governor who was appointed on 17 September 2018.  She serves on the Resources & Finance committee.  She has special responsibility for monitoring SEND and Pupil Premium students and monitors the Maths Curriculum.  She is also a governor representative of the Parents Teachers & Friends Association.

Ian Gurling is a Parent Governor who was elected on 16 October 2020.

Rachel Hamer is a Foundation Governor who was appointed on 26 July 2017.  She serves on the Resources & Finance committee.  She also monitors the History and Geography curriculum.

Alex Hill is a Foundation Governor who was appointed on 1 September 2017.  She serves on the Ethos & Curriculum committee.  She has special responsibility for e-safety and monitors the PE curriculum.

Gytha Hodgson has served on the governing body since March 2008, originally as a Local Authority Governor.  She is Vice Chair of Governors and serves on the Resources & Finance committee and the Ethos & Curriculum committee.  She has special responsibility for Safeguarding and monitors the English curriculum.  She is a member of the Holiday Requests panel.

Toby Houghton has served on the governing body since March 2017 originally as a parent governor.  He is now a co-opted governor and is co-chair of the Ethos & Curriculum committee.  He has special responsibility for educational visits and monitors the Science curriculum..

Scott House was elected as a Parent Governor in July 2016 and re-selected on 20 September 2019.  He is co-chair of the Resources & Finance committee and has special responsibility for the Art and DT curriculum.

Carol King is a Co-opted Governor who has served on the governing body since September 2012, originally as a Local Authority Governor.  She is vice chair of the Resources & Finance committee.  She has special responsibility for Health & Safety and for EYFS.  She is a member of the Holiday Request Appeals panel.

Retirements in 2019/20

Allison Goodfellow was a co-opted governor who resigned on 11 March 2020.

Listed below are further details about the members of the governing body at Warnham School including appointment information, attendance at meetings and business & pecuniary interests for the academic year 2019/20 *.

FULL NAME OF GOVERNORDate of original appointmentAttendance at full GB meetingsResources & Finance CommitteeEthos & Curriculum CommitteeDeclarations on Register of Business InterestsGoverance roles in other educational establishments
SHIRLEY KIRBY
Headteacher
01.01.186 of 63 of 31 of 1NoneNone
HILARY FARQUHAR
Chair of Governors
01.07.155 of 63 of 30 of 1NoneNone
GYTHA HODGSON
Vice Chair of Governors
14.03.145 of 63 of 31 of 1NoneNone
JULES BARNES05.10.164 of 61 of 1NoneNone
KATIE FISHER15.02.194 of 61 of 1NoneNone
MARLENE FLEMING17.09.184 of 63 of 3NoneNone
RACHEL HAMER26.08.176 of 63 of 3NoneNone
ALEXANDRA HILL01.09.175 of 61 of 1NoneNone
TOBY HOUGHTON24.03.176 of 61 of 1NoneNone
SCOTT HOUSE22.07.165 of 63 of 31 of 1NoneNone
CAROL KING01.07.156 of 62 of 31 of 1NoneNone

* the meetings held after March 2020 were conducted by Zoom or by email due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Shirley Kirby
Shirley KirbyHead Teacher
head@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Hilary Farquhar
Hilary Farquhar Co-opted, Chair of Governors & Safeguarding Governor
hfarquhar@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Gytha Hodgson
Gytha Hodgson Local Authority Governor
ghodgson@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Rev. Jules Barnes
Rev. Jules Barnes Foundation Governor
jbarnes@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Rachel Hamer
Rachel Hamer Foundation Governor
rhamer@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Alex Hill
Alex Hill Foundation Governor
ahill@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Carol King
Carol KingCo-opted Governor
cking@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Marlene Fleming
Marlene FlemingCo-opted Governor
mfleming@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Scott House
Scott House Parent Governor
shouse@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Toby Houghton
Toby Houghton Co-opted Governor
thoughton@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Katie Fisher
Katie FisherStaff Governor
kfisher@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Shirley Kirby
Shirley KirbyHead Teacher
head@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Hilary Farquhar
Hilary Farquhar Co-opted & Chair of Governors
hfarquhar@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Gytha Hodgson
Gytha Hodgson Local Authority Governor
ghodgson@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Rev. Jules Barnes
Rev. Jules Barnes Foundation Governor
jbarnes@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Rachel Hamer
Rachel Hamer Foundation Governor
rhamer@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Alex Hill
Alex Hill Foundation Governor
ahill@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Carol King
Carol KingCo-opted Governor
cking@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Marlene Fleming
Marlene FlemingCo-opted Governor
mfleming@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Scott House
Scott House Parent Governor
shouse@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Toby Houghton
Toby Houghton Parent Governor
thoughton@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Katie Fisher
Katie FisherStaff Governor
kfisher@warnhamprimary.co.uk