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(For any school enquiries please contact the Office Manager Mrs Mandy Mills)
(For any Special Educational Needs (SEN) enquiries please contact Ms Alison Brown)
The vision of the Governing Body at Great Dunmow Primary School is to ensure that each and every child has the opportunity to thrive and achieve their potential at Great Dunmow Primary School. This is achieved through a combination of excellent teaching, accurate assessment and a creative, enquiry-based curriculum, as well as opportunities to build children’s confidence through participation in music, drama and sports activities. This is achieved, in turn, by ensuring that each and every member of staff, whether a school leader, a teacher or a support member of staff, is supported, developed and encouraged to fulfil their own potential.
The vision is underpinned by the school’s core values of honesty, effort and respect. We work in an inclusive partnership with parents and the wider community to create a school that is distinctive and special.
Our school motto, “To Strive for Excellence in Learning and All that We Do” underlines the aims of the school to be fully inclusive and work as a team to ensure the best possible experiences and outcomes for every single child.
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 at least two occasions 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 Full Governing Body Meeting holds the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
Strategic Review Committee meetings are held when required to discuss the vision and future actions of the Governing Body.
Subject leaders attend Governing Body meetings for question and answer sessions. This enables Governors to monitor the progress of subject development plans. Governors also meet with Phase Leaders (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2).
All Governors are appointed subject to the approval of the Full Governing Body. Essex County Council are notified of all appointments. The Governing Body for Great Dunmow Primary School is 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). There are currently also 2 associate members who assist the Governing Body in an advisory capacity, but have no voting rights. We currently have a vacancy for a Local Authority Governor on our Governing Body.
The Chair of the Governing Body or the Clerk can be contacted via the school office.
Dr Christine Hemming Chair / Partnership Governor
Kevin Watts Headteacher
Sannelie Gallichan Parent Governor/Vice-Chair
Olivia Matthews Partnership Governor
Jo Marshall Co-Opted Governor
John Thornton Parent Governor
Simon Ellis Parent Governor
Kate Flynn Staff Governor
Jo Hayes Associate Member
Kylie Robinson Associate Member
Governor List correct as of May 2022
Register of Business Interests
Governor Roles and Responsibilities