Governors

GovernorAppointed ByDate of AppointmentTerm Of OfficeSub Committees
Mrs Sheila Lewis
Chair of Governors
Foundation PCCSept 2013*End 31/08/2017Resources/Curriculum
Mrs Mary West
Vice Chair
Foundation DBEFeb 2013*31/ 01/2020Resources/Curriculum
Mr Jeremy BantinFoundation DBESept 201431/08/2018Curriculum
Rev Peter TurnbullEx Officio IncumbentJan 201730/12/2020Resources
Mr Colin Bramley-RobbinsFoundation PCCJan 201430/12/2018Resources (Chair)
Mrs Irene FoxFoundation PCCSept 201331/10/2017 Resigned 09.05.16Curriculum
Mrs Susan MerrifieldFoundation PCCOct 201530/11/2019Curriculum
Mr Nicholas HowellsFoundation PCCApril 201731/03/2021Resources
Mr Adrian ShortLEAMarch 201428/02/2018Resources
Mrs Amy GeorgeParent GovernorMay 201630/04/2020Resources
Dr Robert PorterParent GovernorNov 201331/10/2017Curriculum
Mr Anthony WhitfieldParent GovernorApril 2012Term of Office Expired 31/03/2016Curriculum
Mrs Kate LawrenceStaff (Head Teacher)
Sept 2017Resources/Curriculum
Miss Paula NuddStaff (Teaching)Sept 2012Term of Office Expired 31/08/2016Curriculum
Mrs Zohra ZamanStaff (Teaching)Jan 201731/12/2020Curriculum
Mrs Lesley HowellsClerk to GovernorsSept 2015

*Nominations for Chair and Vice Chair held annually each September.

Welcome to the Governors’ page.  Here you will find information about the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Governors, governance at St Lawrence and how to become a school governor.

The Role and Responsibilities of the Governing Board   Governing boards are the key strategic decision makers and vision setters in every school, helping to set the school’s aims and values.  In all types of schools, governing boards should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

These functions are reflected in regulations for maintained schools that came into force in September 2013 and in the criteria Ofsted inspectors use to judge the effectiveness of governance in both maintained schools and academies.

(https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/governors-handbook–3).

Governing boards have a vital role to play in driving up school and pupil performance and ensuring that resources are used well to give every child the best possible education.  They also make decisions on matters such as performance targets, school policies, and the school’s development plan.  They oversee the use of the school’s budget, and have responsibility to obtain value for money for that budget, and are responsible for the appointment of the head teacher.  In addition, governors monitor, support and challenge the head teacher and staff on how well those policies and targets are followed through.  They do this by visiting the school, getting to know its strengths and weaknesses, and asking useful questions that foster an ethos of continuous improvement.    They are required to meet once per term, but many, including at St Lawrence, meet more often.

Governance at St Lawrence

St Lawrence VA CofE Full Governing Board (FGB) is currently constituted of 10 members under the leadership of the Chair.  The FGB meets half termly and additionally operates with two committees;

  • Curriculum
  • Resources

Every governor has a specific responsibility and/or is a member of a committee.   St Lawrence governors come from a range of backgrounds: parents, staff, the local authority and the wider community.  We aim to recruit people who have a range of relevant skills and most importantly are committed to acting in the best interests of the children and their learning.

How to Become a Governor at St Lawrence

A good school governor is passionate about children’s education, is open to ideas, likes working as a team, is willing to ask questions, and can commit to spending the requisite time.  All governor appointments are subject to an enhanced disclosure check by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Follow the link below to complete the Prospective Governor form:

https://bedford.firmstep.com/popup.aspx/RenderForm/?F.Name=XpHuNCuGyqn&HideToolbar=1

St Lawrence Governors and how to contact them

Should you wish to contact the Governors you may write to them via the school office or email admin@st-lawrenceschool.co.uk

Click on the following link for structure details of the Curriculum and Resources Committees:

Curriculum-Resources-Committee-Structures

Click on the following link for the Register of Governor Business Interests:

Register-of-Business-Interests-updated-march-2017

Register of Business Interests 2015-16

Click on the following link for Governor Attendance for the Academic Year 2016-17:

Governor-Attendance-2016-17

Governor-Attendance-2015-16