Meet The Governors

Crossways Federation Governing Board

The Composition of the Governing Board

As we are a federation we have one Governing Board covering both schools. The formal constitution provides for a minimum of five Governors with flexibility to appoint others to meet demand for skills and experience. The Crossways Schools Governing Board consists of:

  • the Executive Head Teacher;
  • two parents; elected by parents and carers of children in both schools;
  • one staff; proposed and elected by the staff of both schools;
  • one local authority (South Glos council) appointment;
  • a further thirteen co-opted, making a total of eighteen, from a range of areas ensuring a good balance between staff, parents and others;
  • there is also the option to appoint up to two ‘associate’ governors;

Once in place each governor plays a full and equal part in the running and management of the schools. Nobody is there to represent their particular group. Most are educational amateurs but bring experience from home and work. Each governor serves a term of four years. We often welcome new members to add to the diversity, skills and experience of the governing body.  If you would like to take on this challenging but interesting and rewarding role, please contact the Chair of Governors or Clerk via the school office.

Responsibilities

When compared to a business we are the board of directors with the Executive Head Teacher being the Managing Director. The Governing Board has the final accountability to the Secretary of State for Education for the running of the schools. We set, agree and oversee budgets; appoint the Executive Head Teacher, Federation Deputy Head Teacher and Federation Assistant Head Teacher; monitor the implementation of changes in the law; ensure the national curriculum is being taught, with all pupils having equal access; and help formulate the vision and aims. All this whilst ensuring that the ethos of the schools is supported. We are fortunate to be able to delegate many responsibilities to the Executive Head Teacher.

Name

Status

Emma Aiken-Jones

Chair of Governors, Co-opted (Parent)

Alan Bucke

Co-opted (Parent)

Philip Clarke

Co-opted (Parent)

Cori Davies

Parent

Paul Gardiner

Co-opted (Parent)

David Jenkins

Chair of Finance and resources, Local Authority

Julia Jolley

Chair of Staff Development Commitee, Co-opted (Parent)

Nicky McMahon

Executive Head Teacher

Paul Medlicott

Co-opted Staff

Emma Mitchell

Co-opted Staff

Helen Mitchell

Parent

James Oakley

Co-opted (Parent)

Jane Stockton

Staff

Vicki Vowles

Co-opted

Sarah Wickett

Vice Chair/Chair of Pupil Development, Co-opted (Parent)

Lucie Wilson

Co-opted (Parent)

Michelle Galliot

Clerk to Full Governing Body/Clerk to all commitees

Execution of Responsibilities

Each year governors elect the Chair and Vice-chair. Our Governors meet regularly throughout the year, as a Full Governing Board and in sub-committees (Finance and Resources; Pupil Development; Staff Development). There are 5 Full Governing Board meetings and 11 committee meetings per year. The Chair of Governors and Executive Head Teacher meet once a fortnight.

Governor Contacts

Governors can be contacted for issues causing concern to parents/carers or for any other reason. If there are general issues with the running of the schools, governors are always open to approaches. Please feel free to speak informally. However, the role means that governors are remote from day-to-day running of the schools and it is more beneficial to contact your child’s class teacher, the Federation Deputy Head Teacher or the Executive Head Teacher. Letters should be directed via the school office and are, of course, treated with utmost confidentiality.

Governors have a close relationship with the Executive Head Teacher and staff to provide a source of support and challenge. This will include a variety activities, from helping to set the long term direction for the schools, setting the schools’ budget, recruiting staff and monitoring schools performance through to attending school concerts, helping out in class, and lending a hand at school fundraisers.

To contact the Chair or Clerk of the Governors, please send a letter c/o either  school office or send an email to infantschool@crossways.org.uk or juniorschool@crossways.org.uk marked for their attention.