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Birchwood's Governing Body consists of able and committed governors who are passionate about the school and the place it holds at the centre of the local community. "There exists a very open and honest relationship between leaders and governors. As a consequence, governors understand the school’s current priorities and the improvements that leaders have identified. They readily challenge leaders and visit the school to check on progress towards those priorities" (OFSTED 2016).  Governors, along with leaders, are constantly looking to further develop the strategic links that the school has with other schools and the community. 

3 Core Functions of the Governing Body

The Governing Body

Name

Role

First appointed

Term from

Term to

Paul Hesketh

Chair of Governors

11/06/2015

20/03/2019

19/03/2023

Subject Responsibilities

Science

RE

Collaborative Working Party

 

Humanities

 

 

 

Mike Phelan

 

 

 

 

 

Vice Chair of Governors

09/10/2019

14/10/2019

13/10/2023

Subject Responsibilities

Maths

MFL

Computing/ website

 

Collaborative Working Party

PE

Resources Committee Chair

(pecuniary – wife employee)

 

Steve Cloke

Executive Headteacher

21/03/2008

 

 

Subject Responsibilities

English

SEND

EYFS

 

Attendance

 

 

 

Mel Davies

Head of School

 

 

 

Subject Responsibilities

Art

Design Technology

Curriculum Committee Chair

 

Lynsey Westaway

Parent Governor

21/09/2018

21/09/2018

20/09/2022

Subject Responsibilities

PE

Pupil Premium

Safeguarding

 

Attendance

Behaviour

PSHE

 

Sara Gale

Staff Governor

02/10/2018

02/10/2019

01/10/2023

Subject Responsibilities

Humanities

English

MFL

 

SEND

 

 

 

Paul Firman

LA Governor

25/02/2015

27/03/2019

26/03/2023

Subject Responsibilities

Music

Birchwood Bolts

Health & Safety

(pecuniary - daughter and grandaughter employee)

EYFS

Behaviour

 

 

Andre Edwards

Parent Governor

26/11/2019

26/11/2019

25/11/2023

Subject Responsibilities

Maths

Science

Computing/ website

 

Safeguarding

 

 

 

Georgia Everett

Parent Governor

26/11/2019

26/11/2019

25/11/2023

Subject Responsibilities

Birchwood Bolts

PSHE

Health & Safety

 

Hannah Tawell

Parent Governor

26/11/2019

26/11/2019

25/11/2023

Subject Responsibilities

Art

Design Technology

Music

 

Attendance

RE

 

Who's Who
Picture 1 Mr Hesketh Chair of Governors
Picture 2 Mr Phelan Vice Chair of Governors
Picture 3 Mr Edwards
Picture 4 Mrs Everett
Picture 5 Mr Firman
Picture 6 Miss Tawell
Picture 7 Mrs Westaway
Picture 8 Mr Cloke
Picture 9 Mrs Davies
Picture 10 Mrs Gale

Birchwood's Governing Body structure is divided into two committees: 

 

1) Resources committee

    Chair: Mike Phelan

    Members: Paul Firman, Steve Cloke, Mel Davies, Paul Hesketh, Anna Ryder

2) Curriculum committee

    Chair: Mel Davies

    Members: All Governors

 

For a record of their attendance at Governing Body and Committee meetings over the last academic year, please ask the School Office.

All of our Governors are attached to subject leaders in school as well as looking at provision for vulnerable pupils (SEND and Pupil Premium) and checking that safeguarding is effective.  Our very active Governing Body have a range of skill sets from across the community (for example, decades of Headship experience of Primary School to strategic leads of international expertise).  
Currently the Birchwood Governing Body is full but if you are interested please come as an observer, it is best to contact our Chair of Governors in the first instance via the School Office. 
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