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Governors Information

GOVERNORS

School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the Headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies.

Furzedown has 13 full Governing Body members drawn from the staff, parents and the local community. Our governing body consists of 8 co-opted governors, 2 parent governors, 1 local authority governor, 1 associate member, 1 staff governor and the Headteacher.

The full governing body meets meets once a term. In addition governors belong to sub-committees who also meet at least once a term.

GOVERNORS HAVE THREE MAIN ROLES:

  • To provide strategic direction for the school
  • To act as a critical friend to the Headteacher
  • To ensure accountability

THEY ALSO CARRY OUT A NUMBER OF OTHER IMPORTANT DUTIES, WHICH INCLUDE:

  • Determining how the school’s budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of senior staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school’s curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies

WE HAVE 2 GOVERNING BODY SUB COMMITTEES

  • Curriculum and Achievement
  • Finances and  Resources

 

 

Name Photo Position Appointed by Sub-Committee Business/Financial Interests

 Term

expires

Relationship between governors and staff Role in other schools
 

 

 

Rebecca

Wilson

 

 Chair

Safeguarding link governor/

 

 Parent Governor

Curriculum and achievement

 

None

 

 05-09-25

 

None

 

None

Bennett

Morris

Vice

Chair

 Co-opted

Governor

 

Curriculum and Achievement

 None

 tbc

 None

 None

Ishbel Maclean

 

Chair of the Finance Committee

Staffing link governor

Co-opted

Governor

 

Finance and resources

 

None

03/01/25  None None
Sophie Anderson

 

Health & Safety link governor/ Data Protection

Co-opted

Governor

 

Finance and resources

  None

13/12/24

None none
Charley Jarrett  

 

 Inclusion link governor, Chair of theCurriculum and achievement commitee

 Co-opted Governor  

Curriculum and achievement

 None 24/06/22 None None

Adnan

Bajwa

 

Enrichment link

 Parent Governor

 

Curriculum and achievement

 None

 

05/09/25

 None None
Deborah McFarlane

 

Financial management link

 Local authority Governor

 

Finance and resources

 None

 

21/11/25

 None

None

 

 

Catriona Watt-Smith

 

Pupil performance link

Governor Curriculum and achievement  None

 

01/06/26

 

None None
Sandra Brekalo

Co-opted 

Governor       

 

 None

 01/01/2024

 

 None

 None

Edwin Bellamy

 

Staffing link

Governor

 

Co-opted 

Governor

 

Finance and

Resources

 

None

 16/11/2027

 

None

 None

Carmen Harabagiu

 

Finance link

Governor

 

Co-opted 

Governor

 

Premises

 

 None

Laura

Brown

 

 

David

Jones

Parent

Governor

 

 

Clare Harkey

 Resigned

 

 

Co-opted

Governor

 

 

 

 

Curriculum and achievement /

Finance and resources

 

 None

 

 

 

05/09/25

None

 None

Simone Ujah

Resigned

23/01/24

 

Co-opted

Governor

Curriculum and achievement  None

 01/06/26

 None

 

None

 

Jack Talbot

 

Resigned

 Associate member

 

 

 

 

Premises &

extended Provision

Works for an educational company.

 

 31/12/22

 

 

 None

 

 

None

Nick Dutton

 

 

 

Resigned

 Staff governor

 

 

  Pupils & Curriculum

 

 None

 

  21/11/25

None

 None

 

Alastair Cowie

Co-Chair

Resigned

Co-opted

Governor

Premises and Extended Provision None

 

01/01/26

 

None None
 Simon Hill

 Co-Chair

Resigned

Co-opted Governor Finance and Staffing  Business manager for an educational company

 

05/09/25

None None
Caron Heywood

 Resigned

 Co-opted

All None

 01/09/22

None None

 Chair of Governors' contact: Furzedown Primary 02086723480

Governors Annual Report 2021 

Governors Report 2020 

Governors' Meeting Attendance 2023

Governors' Meeting Attendance 2022

Governors' Meeting Attendance 2021