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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?

Head Teacher: Mrs Emma Winters

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 and 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.

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

Parent Governor: Mr Steve Benbow, Standards and Curriculum - As a teacher over nearly twenty years, I have a wealth of knowledge, understanding and experience in the education sector and the challenges that it faces. I live in the community and my daughter attends the school. I have previously had family members attend Burford. Therefore, I have an understanding of how the school has developed and have a keen interest in ensuring that all children at Burford flourish. I currently sit on the Standards & Curriculum committee and am link governor for History and Geography. Declaration of Interest : Child at the school

Staff Governor: Mrs Karen Knott - I have worked at Burford Primary School, as a Teaching Assistant for 20 years, during the last 11 years I have worked as a  Higher Level Teaching Assistant.  I ran the Tenbury Rainbow Group for over 12 years in my spare time, but have now stepped down.  I spent my Primary years at Burford and both my children attended this school also.  Burford has a very special place in my heart and I am incredibly blessed to be able to work at such a wonderful school with such dedicated staff.   

Parent Governor: Mrs Terri Ruston, link Safeguarding and Child Protection

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