Governors are responsible for overseeing the management aspects of the school. They enable their school to run as effectively as possible, acting as a critical friend to the Headteacher and Senior Leaders. Governors are required to be familiar with and use objective data on the performance of pupils, teachers and finances to ask the right questions and ensure resources are allocated to school priorities.
The whole Governing Body meets on two days each term. The first one of these is a Committee Day. There are four committees, Finance, Premises, Curriculum and Personnel, each with its own Chairperson. The committees look in detail at their different areas of responsibility, probing and questioning the school as well as facilitating solutions.
The second day has a strategic focus with governor involvement in planning for the future. The Strategic Review Meeting is followed by the Full Governing Body Meeting, which hears reports from the Headteacher and Committee Chairs to assist in making decisions.
Governors also meet with Phase Leaders (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2) and Subject Leaders (English, Maths, Geography etc) at least once a term in order to monitor the progress of their goals.
Essex County Council appoints all governors subject to the agreement of the Full Governing Body. The Governing Body of Great Dunmow Primary School are constituted to have 9 governors (3 parent governors, 1 Local Authority governor, 1 staff governor, 2 partnership governors, 1 co-opted governor and the Headteacher). We currently have 1 parent governor vacancy and 1 co-opted governor vacancy. We also have 3 associate members who assist the Governing Body in an advisory capacity, but have no voting rights.
The Chair of the Governing Body or the Clerk can be contacted via the school office.
Governor Membership 2018/2019
Linda Pannell Chair
Kevin Watts Headteacher
Veronica Hayhow Staff Governor
Ben Baylis-Davey LA Governor
Christine Hemming Vice-Chair
John Thornton Parent Governor
James Robinson Parent Governor
Jo Hayes Associate Member
Dave Frater Associate Member
Kylie Robinson Associate Member
Governor List correct as of April 2019