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Meet the Governors

What is the role of Burford School governors?

Our governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in school. Each governor is a member of the governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body. Its key functions are to:

  • set the aims, objectives, targets and policies for the school
  • monitor and evaluate the progress school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher (a critical friend)
  • oversee the financial performance of school.

The governing body is not responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body – this is the responsibility of the head teacher. You can find out more about the work of school governors here: www.nga.org.uk or by speaking to a member of Burford’s governing body.

Who are Burford’s governors and what is their focus?

Executive Head Teacher: Mr Stephen Matthews

Chair: Mrs Muriel Bell – As chair of governors, Muriel sits on almost all the committees including the Standards and Curriculum, the Finance and General Personnel and the Salaries, Performance Management and Employment Issues Committees and she is link governor for Pupil Premium.

Vice chair: Reverend Sian Harris – Reverend Sian’s key areas of focus are understanding school performance data in terms of attainment and progress of all pupils and as link governor for Child Protection, Safeguarding, English, Maths and RE. She sits on several committees including Standards and Curriculum, Finance and General Personnel and Salaries and Performance Management and Employment Issues.

Parent governor: Mrs Melisa Price, link Literacy, Standards and Curriculum.

Parent governor: Vacancy 

Foundation governor: Mr Ray Morris - Ray’s key areas are the Premises, Security and Health and Safety Committee.

Local Authority governor: Vacancy

Staff governor: Mrs L. Farr - Laura's key areas are the Standards and Curriculum and the Premises, Security and Health and Safety Committees and she is link governor for Early Years Foundations Stage, PE and Sports Premium.

Co-opted governor: Miss Kristy Hiles – Kristy plays a key role in the Standards and Curriculum Committee updating governors on curriculum planning and classroom activities in line with actions identified in the School Development Plan and national curriculum changes, as well as in her role as teaching lead for Special Educational Needs.

Co-opted governor: Mr W. Tisdale - Curriculum and Standards, Pupil Premium, Security and Health and Safety.

Co-opted governor: Mr Gareth Compton - Gareth has joined our board of governors only recently. Due to his profession Gareth has considerable expertise in legal matters and has a great deal of experience as a governor at a school in the south-east of England. Gareth sits on the Finance and General Personnel  Committee and Maths link.