Governance

Structure

 

The Underhill School and Children’s Centre Governing Body consists of categories of governors, some of whom have been elected by the parent or staff bodies, some appointed by the Governing Body and a Local Authority governor.

The Governing Body has three core aims:

  • To provide a strategic direction for the work and improvement of the school;

  • To support, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school; and

  • To hold the school to account for the standards achieved and the quality of education.

 

The Governing Body holds a business meeting every school term to review progress against the school improvement plan, discuss and challenge strategy with the school leadership team and  evaluate Local Authority decisions which impact our school community. Everyone involved in governance works in close partnership with our Interim Headteacher, staff and the Local Authority to support and develop the School.

Rather than operate under a committee structure, governors are empowered to support and challenge the school through the allocation of specific areas of expertise (known as portfolios). The portfolios are intended to encourage governors to develop their ability to hold the school to account and give the opportunity for a more hands on approach and detailed reviews. Governors make visits into school, build relationships with staff and meet termly as a board to discuss findings and report back to the Governing Body.

There are still a number of committees. The Finance Committee is responsible for the overall budget distribution but not the fine detail of how school funds are spent. A Pay Committee meets twice a year to agree pay recommendations for teaching and support staff. Appeals and Complaints Appeals Committees can be formed if required with membership determined at the time based on circumstances.  

Governing Body Membership and Statutory Information

As the Underhill School and Children’s Centre Governing Body operates a portfolio approach (in place of most committees), the attendance figures for each governor are split between full governing body meetings and portfolio meetings (committee meetings).  Specific committee attendance and membership is listed further below.  All attendance figures take into account the time a governor was in office.

Headteacher Governor

Jenny Matthews

Date of Initial Appointment:     November 2018

Appointed By:                          Governing Body

Current Term:                          November 2018 - November 2022

Attendance at Board meetings over the year 2017/2018:  100% (as non-voting observer)

Attendance at Committee meetings over the year 2017/2018:  100% (as non-voting observer)

Governance Roles in other educational institutions:     None

Relationships with other governors/school staff:           None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:                  None

 

Staff Governor

Sukriti Roy Chowdhury

Date of Initial Appointment:     November 2018

Initially Appointed By:              Elected by staff

Current Term:                          November 2018 – November 2022

Attendance at FGB meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  100%

Attendance at Committee meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  N/A

Governance Roles in other educational institutions:     None

Relationships with other governors/school staff:           None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:                  TBA

 

Parent Governors

Doug Mather

Date of Initial Appointment:     February 2019

Initially Appointed By:              Governing Body

Current Term:                          February 2019 – February 2023

Attendance at FGB meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  50%

Attendance at Committee meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  100%

Governance Roles in other educational institutions:     TBA

Relationships with other governors/school staff:           TBA

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:                  TBA

Abbie Moss

Date of Initial Appointment:     February 2019

Initially Appointed By:              Governing Body

Current Term:                          February 2019 – February 2023

Attendance at FGB meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  100%

Attendance at Committee meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  100%

Governance Roles in other educational institutions:     TBA

Relationships with other governors/school staff:           TBA

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:                  TBA

Kerri-Anne Wakefield

Date of Initial Appointment:     November 2016

Initially Appointed By:              Elected by parents

Current Term:                          November 2016 – November 2020

Attendance at FGB meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  100%

Attendance at Committee meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  100%

Governance Roles in other educational institutions:     None

Relationships with other governors/school staff:           None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:                  None

 

Co-opted Governors

 

Peter DeNaeyer

Date of Initial Appointment:     September 2014

Appointed By:                          Governing Body

Current Term:                          September 2018 - September 2022

Attendance at Board meetings over the year 2017/2018: 66%

Attendance at Committee meetings over the year 2017/2018:  66%

Governance Roles in other educational institutions:      Grasvenor Avenue Infant School Academy Trust – Member, Trustee,

                                                                                       Local Advisory Board Representative

                                                                                       BEYA – Community Governor – ended November 2018

Relationships with other governors/school staff:            Niece employed at the School

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:                   BT employee

 

Jasmeet Fyfe

Date of Initial Appointment:     September 2014

Appointed By:                          Governing Body

Current Term:                          September 2018 - September 2022

Attendance at Board meetings over the year 2017/2018:  33%

Attendance at Committee meetings over the year 2017/2018:  66%

Governance Roles in other educational institutions:     St Catherine’s School

Relationships with other governors/school staff:           None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:                  None

 

 

Kay Rossington

Date of Initial Appointment:     September 2014

Appointed By:                          Governing Body

Current Term:                          September 2018 - September 2022

Attendance at Board meetings over the year 2017/2018:  100%

Attendance at Committee meetings over the year 2017/2018:  100%

Governance Roles in other educational institutions:      Grasvenor Avenue Infant School Academy Trust - Trustee

Relationships with other governors/school staff:            None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:                   None

 

Jacqui Zimaras

Date of Initial Appointment:     September 2014

Appointed By:                          Governing Body

Current Term:                          September 2018 - September 2022

Attendance at Board meetings over the year 2017/2018:  100%

Attendance at Committee meetings over the year 2017/2018:  100%

Governance Roles in other educational institutions:      Grasvenor Avenue Infant School Academy Trust – Member, Trustee, Local Advisory Board Representative

Relationships with other governors/school staff:            None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:                   Employee of Twin Systems plc – ended October 2018

                                                                                       JLine Consulting Limited - Director

 

Local Authority Governor

Cllr Timothy Roberts

Date of Initial Appointment:     September 2014

Initially Appointed By:              Governing Body

Current Term:                          September 2018 – September 2022

Attendance at FGB meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  66%

Attendance at Committee meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  33%

Governance Roles in other educational institutions:      None

Relationships with other governors/school staff:            None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:                   None

 

Finance Committee attendance

Peter DeNaeyer                      Attendance at Finance meetings over the year 2017/2018:  100%

Jasmeet Fyfe                          Attendance at Finance meetings over the year 2017/2018:  100%

Jack Newton                           Attendance at Finance meetings over the year 2017/2018:  100%

Kay Rossington                      Attendance at Finance meetings over the year 2017/2018:  100%

Minesh Lad                             Attendance at Finance meetings over the year 2017/2018: 0%

(Resigned November 2018)

       

 

Pay Committee attendance

Jacqui Zimaras                       Attendance at Pay meetings over the year 2017/2018:  100%

Kerri-Anne Wakefield             Attendance at Pay meetings over the year 2017/2018:  100%

Jack Newton                           Attendance at Pay meetings over the year 2017/2018:  100%

Jenny Matthews                      Attendance at Pay meetings over the year 2017/2018:  100%

Peter deNaeyer                      Attendance at Pay meetings over the year 2017/2018:  N/A

Governors who have resigned since September 2017

Jack Newton

Date of Initial Appointment:     September 2014

Initially Appointed By:              Ex-officio

Current Term:                          Left August 2019

Attendance at FGB meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:           100%

Attendance at Committee meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  N/A

Governance Roles in other educational institutions:    Grasvenor Avenue Infant School Academy Trust – Executive Headteacher and Trustee        

                                                                                     Grasvenor Project mentoring - Executive Headteacher and Trustee

Relationships with other governors/school staff:          None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:                 Trustee of The Imagination Trust (Live Unlimited)

Martin Kingsley

Date of Initial Appointment:     November 2018

Initially Appointed By:              Governing Body

Current Term:                          Resigned May 2019

Attendance at FGB meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  50%

Attendance at Committee meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  0%

Governance Roles in other educational institutions:    None

Relationships with other governors/school staff:          None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:                 None

Sulakshna Aluwathugoda

Date of Initial Appointment:     May 2018

Initially Appointed By:              Elected by parents

Current Term:                          Resigned July 2018

Attendance at FGB meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  0%

Attendance at Committee meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  100%

Governance Roles in other educational institutions:     None

Relationships with other governors/school staff:           None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:                  None

 

Lucy Corrin

Date of Initial Appointment:     May 2016

Initially Appointed By:              Elected by parents

Current Term:                          Resigned January 2018

Attendance at FGB meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  100%

Attendance at Committee meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  100%

Governance Roles in other educational institutions:     None

Relationships with other governors/school staff:           None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:                  None

 

Minesh Lad

Date of Initial Appointment:     November 2015

Initially Appointed By:              Elected by parents

Current Term:                          Resigned December 2018

Attendance at FGB meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  33%

Attendance at Committee meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  66%

Governance Roles in other educational institutions:     None

Relationships with other governors/school staff:           None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:                  None

 

Lucy Palmer

Date of Initial Appointment:     January 2015

Initially Appointed By:              Elected by parents

Current Term:                          Resigned October 2018

Attendance at FGB meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  33%

Attendance at Committee meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  100%

Governance Roles in other educational institutions:     None

Relationships with other governors/school staff:           None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:                  None

 

Neil Ruckman

Date of Initial Appointment:     September 2014

Appointed By:                          Governing Body

Current Term:                          Resigned November 2017

Attendance at Board meetings over the year 2017/2018:  100%

Attendance at Committee meetings over the year 2017/2018:  100%

Governance Roles in other educational institutions:    Grasvenor Avenue Infant School Academy Trust – Member, Trustee

Relationships with other governors/school staff:          None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:                 Southover Partnership

 

Emmy Stanley

Date of Initial Appointment:     November 2018

Initially Appointed By:              Elected by staff

Current Term:                          Resigned July 2018

Attendance at FGB meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  100%

Attendance at Committee meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  33%

Governance Roles in other educational institutions:     None

Relationships with other governors/school staff:           None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:                  None

 

Susan York

Date of Initial Appointment:     November 2015

Initially Appointed By:              Elected by staff

Current Term:                          Resigned July 2018

Specific Role:                          None

Attendance at FGB meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  100%

Attendance at Committee meetings over the academic year 2017/2018:  66%

Governance Roles in other educational institutions:     None

Relationships with other governors/school staff:           None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:                  None