Governors play an important role as members of the Governing Body which is responsible for directing the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards of educational achievement. The three main roles of governors are to provide strategic direction for the school; act as a critical friend to the Headteacher; and to ensure accountability. Together with the Headteacher governors set the future direction for the school and decide how the school’s budget and pupil premium should be spent. The Governing Body makes decisions collectively on matters such as performance targets, school policies and the School’s Improvement Plan.
The Governing Body of Great Dunmow Primary School are constituted to have 9 governors (3 parent governors, 1 Local Authority governor, 2 staff governors,2 partnership governors and 1 co-opted governor). We also have 3 Associate Members. We currently have 1 parent governor vacancy. All governors are appointed by Essex County Council following agreement of governors at a Full Governing Body Meeting. Associate Members assist the governing body in an advisory capacity, they have no voting rights.
The Full Governing Body meets once each term (twice in the Autumn term at the beginning and end of term). In addition to the Full Governing Body meeting there are four committees which meet once each term. These are the Premises Committee, Personnel Committee, Curriculum Committee and Finance Committee.
The Chair of the Governing Body or the Clerk can be contacted via the school office.
Governor Membership 2017/2018
Linda Pannell Chair
Kevin Watts Headteacher
Lisa Waters Deputy Head
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 September 2018