The Governing Body is made up of 12 members. The body is made up of three Parent Governors elected by the parents of the pupils, three Foundation Governors nominated by the Diocese, three Community Governors drawn from the school catchment area who are selected because of their skills and interests, one Staff Governor elected by staff members, one Governor appointed by the Local Authority and the Head Teacher. They all hold office for a period of four years, although they may be invited to stay for further terms of office.
The Governing Body meets twice a term and more frequently if there is urgent business that cannot wait until the next meeting. The minutes of Governing Body meetings are available for anyone to look at in reception at school. In addition, the Governing Body consists of various sub-committees:
The Teaching and Learning Committee provides direction for all aspects of curriculum provision within the school and also reviews most of the school’s management policies.
The Teaching and Learning Committee is responsible for the following:
The General Purposes Committee is responsible for the following:
Sarah became a Parent Governor at Great Horwood School in the summer of 2017. Having lived in Great Horwood for over 20 years she has a different connection to the village and feels it is important to be part of the School that her daughter attends.
Sarah has over 25 years work experience within the financial services industry. Having taken a career break she is now enjoying taking on another challenge using the skills she have accumulated over the years. Sarah has recently been appointed to the role of Chair of Governors - again using her mantra of "life is more interesting if you say Yes".
Having kept chickens now for over 10 years she am on hand to offer any poultry advice (a day isn't complete until you have cuddled a chicken!). An avid book worm, cake maker and vegetable growing enthusiast - there are no end to her talents...…
Paula is the Headteacher and Governor at Great Horwood School, taking up the position in September 2014. Her teaching career has spanned 20 years in Primary Education beginning in the City of London. Paula has worked in Wilshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire and has taught in a range of schools from inner city to village, community and Church of England Schools.
As Headteacher she attends all Governor meetings being part of the Finance and General Purposes committee, the Teaching and learning committee and the SIAMS committee. She is responsible for the Health and safety of the site and all stakeholders when on site. She is accountable for pupil achievement, assessment and pupil progress.
Natalie is a staff governor and is an LSA working in Acorn and Conkers. She has worked at Great Horwood school for nearly 3 years and has been an LSA for over 6 years. Prior to becoming an LSA she worked as a marketing manager for a sales company. She lives in the village and has two children who currently attend the school.
Tom is a parent governor with two children at the school and one more at home. Tom is a GP by profession and has worked in the NHS for over 10 years. Despite being new to education, Tom has already seen many parallels with the NHS.
Janthea is an Early Years Professional, a designated safeguarding lead, a member of the Church parish council and runs an award winning event childcare company. After her second child was born Janthea changed careers from actress to childcare professional, opening a shoppers creche in Wood Green, London which evolved into her current mobile childcare business.
Janthea ran parenting courses for nine years and currently trains childcare professionals in communicating with children without praise, reward or punishment. Janthea has three children, all of whom attended Great Horwood school so has a commitment to ensuring the best possible outcomes for all who attend. Her knowledge and practical experience of Early Years make her well placed to carry out her duties as EYFS governor for the school.
Emma lives in Great Horwood with her family and has been a governor for two years. She works locally as a secondary school Science teacher and is pleased to be able to use her experiences in education to support the local village school which is attended by her two sons.
Reverend Andrew Lightbown