Governing Body Minutes
Terms of Reference
Governing Body Information
Ms. Ruth Pott-Negrine (Chair)
Ms. Lilian Brooks (Vice Chair)
I have been a parent governor for almost 4 years. It is a role I wanted to take on and find out more about how my sons school functioned, and to be a proactive parent voice working alongside the teaching team for the benefit of the school community. It has been a role that I have valued as it has enabled me to be an effective parent representative, but also empathetic to the challenges faced by schools. Over the past four years I’ve seen many positive changes but as a critical friend I have been able to challenge the areas that need improvement. In the past year I have taken on the role as Vice Chair and the Link Governor for Safeguarding, working closely with the senior Leadership team. I am a mother of two wonderful children and a full time carer to my eldest child, but enjoy using my professional skills and commitment to the local community in my role as Governor.
Ms. Nadia Glasspool
I joined the governing body in 2019. I sit on the Learning & Achievement Committee and am the pupil premium link governor. As a co-opted governor, I don’t have work or family links to the school but have lived in the borough for the past 10 years and was looking for a way to use my professional skills to serve the local community. Away from Rushey Green, I’m a lawyer at the Bank of England, the UK’s central bank. Before that, I worked at a City law firm after graduating from Oxford University. I enjoy reading, yoga, painting and running.
Canon. Charles Pickstone
I joined the governing body of Rushey Green after a spell as a governor at the then Northbrook (now Trinity) in Lee. As the school’s nearest neighbour, I’ve always been pleased to represent the views of the local community, and where appropriate, as a priest well rooted in the area (I am Vicar of St Laurence Church, next door) to build up links between the school and local faith groups. I currently chair the Learning and Achievement Committee, which I much enjoy as it gives me and the other committee members a chance to develop a real knowledge of the life of the school through learning walks and talking to teachers.
Mr Edison Huynh
I joined the governing body in 2020 and sit on the Learning & Achievement Committee. As I co-opted governor, I wanted to contribute to the community that I grew up in and have lived in Lewisham for most of my life. I currently work in education research after teaching in Downham as a science teacher. I have done classroom-based research in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and China and hope to bring diverse perspectives and transferable lessons to serve the community of Rushey Green. I enjoy racquet sports, learning languages, gaming, travel, and 20th century history.
Ms. Lucy Masters
I have been a parent governor since the beginning of 2020. My daughter is currrently in year 3. I think we have a wonderful school community here at Rushey Green and welcome the school's warm approach to nurturing its pupil's learning, creativity, wellbeing and happiness. Outside of school I work full time in financial services regulation, I live in Catford and enjoy all that SE London has to offer. I also love meeting and chatting to new people so if you see me in the playground, please come and say hello.
Ms. Chinedum Obi
I have been a parent Governor for one year. I chose to be a governor as I wanted to know more about how the school functioned and be a positive contributor to the plans and vision for all the children at Rushey Green. I have three children who attend the school.
I am also the SEN link governor. It's been good to be able to contribute and be a critical friend in looking at SEN policies, and how effectively they support our children and families. As a parent Governor I am committed to working with our multicultural governing body and Leadership Team to ensure our curriculum and children's achievements are in line with national standard and that we strive to excel this standard.
Ms. Rosamund Clarke
Ms. Christine Kiwanuka
Ms. Brenda Montague
The Governing Body
School governors have a responsibility for supporting their schools, while also holding them to account. At Rushey Green, Governors are actively involved in all aspects of school life and contribute time and energy to ensure the school continually improves. Governors share the school’s aims and values, and are keen to enhance the environment, provide the right resources and to see that every child receives the best possible education.
The purpose of the Governing Body is to help the school to provide the best possible education for its pupils. They work closely with the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team to set the school’s strategic aims and policies and actively work to monitor, support and improve the quality of teaching and learning for all pupils. The role of the Governing Body is one of strategic oversight; governors are not involved in the day-to-day running of the school. That is the responsibility of the Headteacher.
Our Governors represent our wider school community: elected parent and staff governors, one Local Authority nominee and co-opted members from the wider community. They have a mix of skills, experiences and backgrounds to help provide the best possible support to the School.
The full Governing Body meets formally twice a term. Sub-committees also meet once or twice a term to focus on particular areas in more detail. The two main sub-committees are: Resources, Pay, Learning and Achievement, and Behaviour and Inclusion. Other committees, panels and project teams meet when needed. It's also important for Governors to see the school in action, and they make regular visits to classrooms, to speak with teachers and to join in school events and celebrations. Governors take very seriously the role they play and the contribution they can make. Governors are expected to sign up to a code of practice agreeing to act with honesty and integrity, to keep up to date with training and to respect confidentiality at all times.
You can contact the Governors by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
A Governing Body’s responsibilities cover three key areas:
1.To provide a strategic view
focus on the future.
set appropriate objectives.
develop a strategic framework and policies to achieve these objectives.
2.To be a ‘critical friend’
offer support and constructive advice.
be a sounding board for ideas.
ask challenging questions when necessary.
3.To ensure accountability of the school.
ensuring that the school delivers good quality education.
monitoring the school’s overall performance.
ensuring the school complies with its statutory and legal responsibilities.