Chestnut Grove Academy
45 Chestnut Grove
Balham, London SW12 8JZ

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The Board of Governors
NAME GOVERNOR
CATERGORY

APPOINTING
BODY

TERMS OF OFFICE

COMMITTEES
SERVING ON

POSITIONS OF 
GOVERNOR RESPONSIBILITY
Headteacher
Christian Kingsley Senior Leadership     Ex-officio member of all committees  
Chair of Governors
Judi Dumont-Barter Community Parents (P) and governing body (GB) 2008-16 Ex-officio member of all committees Chair of Governors, Chair of the Policy & Strategy Committee (all Chairs of Commitees)
Community & Parent Governors
Bridget Palmer Community P and GB 2011-19 Personnel (including staffing appeals) and Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committees Chair of the Personnel and Staffing Appeals Committees
Charlotte Hollinshead Parent P and GB 2013-17 Site Committee  
Sarah Guerra Parent P and GB

2016-2020

TBC

 
Conrad Withey Parent P and GB 2016-2020 TBC  
Sarah Coyte Parent P and GB 2013-17 Resources Commitee  
Sheila Mitchell Community P and GB 2011-19 Teaching, Learning And Assessment Committees Vice Chair of full Governors and Chair of Children Families and Community
Rose Caldwell Community GB 2014-18 Resources and Children, Families and Community Committees  
Martin Goffe Community GB 2011-17 Site and Resources Committee Chair of Site Committee
Richard Gorringe Community GB 2011-19 Site and Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committees Vice Chair of the GB, Chair of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee and the Teaching School's Alliance link governor
Sarah Marshall Community GB 2015-19 Resources and Children, Families and Community Committees Chair of Resources Committee
Paul Thomas Community GB 2012-16 Resources and Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committees Vice Chair of the Resources Committee
Teacher and Support Staff Governors
Helen Holding Teacher Teachers (T) and Senior Leadership (SLT) 2014-18 Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Site Committees  
Ben Keeble Support Staff Support Staff and SLT 2014-18

Site and Resources Commitee

 
Beth Buchanan Teacher Teachers (T) and Senior Leadership (SLT) 2017-2021 TBC  

"Governing boards are the strategic decision makers and vision setters in every school and academy. They play a vital role in ensuring the best possible education for every child by creating robust accountability for school leaders. I want everyone involved in governance to be confident in tackling underperformance, challenging mediocrity, and setting the highest of expectations; refusing to accept second best for any child."

Lord Nash, Governance Handbook (November 2015)

As the Chestnut Grove Governing Body we are committed to ensuring, as the words of Lord Nash state, that every student at the academy receives the best possible education. We, along with the headteacher, are the strategic leaders of the academy and have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

a.   ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and setting the strategic direction of the academy;

b.   holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;

c.   overseeing and ensuring the financial health, probity and value for money of the academy and making sure it is money is well spent.

Communication

The Governing Body (GB) is chaired by Judi Dumont-Barter. The academy governors are committed to ensuring that there is a high level of engagement with stakeholders so that the GB can genuinely listen to the issues young people have and take the views of parents, teachers and the local community into account.

In order to support this vision, we contribute a regular feature in the academy’s newsletter, which will provide parents / carers with information relating to our current work plan and ideas about how they and the young people of this academy can get involved.  Parent / carers can find information on our current full governing body on this website via this link:

http://www.chestnutgrove.wandsworth.sch.uk/Biographies-of-Governors

Should you wish to contact the chair of governors, Judi Dumont-Barter, please write to her at the school address. Alternatively, you can contact the GB via email on: governors@chestnutgrove.wandsworth.sch.uk

The full governing body (FGB) meets twice in the autumn term, and once in the spring and summer terms. We have made a commitment to work in a fully-transparent way and thus from mid-July 2016 and within four weeks after each subsequent meeting our FGB minutes will be accessible from the link on the right hand side of this page.  Additionally governors are normally present at school performances and parents’ evenings and are keen to hear parent and carer feedback.

Work plan

The work of the governing body is extremely varied as we seek to ensure that all aspects of the academy are developing at a level which is commensurate with our outstanding status. Alongside the FGB meetings, each term four sub-committees meet. The four sub-committees are: 1) Resources (Finance and Human Resources), 2) Children, Families and Communities, 3) Teaching, Learning & Assessment and 4) Site and Infrastructure. The items below will give you a flavour of what the GB is currently working on:

Curriculum reforms – having discussions with Heads of Department in order to ensure that young people are adequately prepared, not just academically but through adherence to the academy’s behaviour policy, which supports learning.

Finance – overseeing the academy’s budget, setting a 3-5 year plan and supporting and raising the profile of fundraising through facilitating the work of the Development Manager and working with the Friends of Chestnut Grove.

Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) - The government’s White Paper ‘Educational excellence everywhere’, outlined the government’s plans for education in England. The governing body have a working party on MATs to enable us to consider the wide variety of options available to us as an already established outstanding academy.

Business Interests

NAME INTEREST DECLARED NAME OF ORGANISATION(S) ROLE

Judi Dumont-Barter

YES

More to Life

3 Belsize Crescent

London NW3 5QY

NB. Chestnut Grove Academy does NOT have any current or intended transactions with this company

Race Equality Foundation

Deane House Studios

27 Greenwood Place

London NW5 1LB

NB. Chestnut Grove Academy does NOT have any current or intended transactions with this company

Finance Director

 

 

Trustee

Richard Gorringe  YES

Learning Cultures

The Post House

Astley Abbotts

Bridgnorth WV16 4SW

NB. Chestnut Grove Academy does NOT have any current or intended transactions with this company

Cognition Ltd

16 Normanby Road

Mount Eden

Auckland 1024

New Zealand

NB. Chestnut Grove Academy does NOT have any current or intended transactions with this company

Marketing Consultant

 

 

 

Marketing Consultant

 

 

 

Sheila Mitchell tbc    
Sarah Marshall NONE TO DECLARE    
Sarah Coyte NONE TO DECLARE    
Martin Goffe tbc    
Charlotte Hollinshead NONE TO DECLARE    
Paul Thomas NONE TO DECLARE    
Rose Caldwell YES

Disasters Emergency Committee

43 Charlton Street

London NW1 1DU

Bond

Society Building
8 All Saints Street
London N1 9RL

NB. Chestnut Grove Academy does NOT have any current or intended transactions with this company

Director

 

 

Director

 

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