Our Governing Body
At Bisley Church of England Primary School our Governing Body strive to create a happy and secure learning environment, under-pinned by God’s love and guidance, in which the all-round development of the individual can be fostered to make every child successful every day.
Bisley C of E Primary School has a governing body of 14 governors, consisting of a mix of:
- The Head Teacher
- Foundation governors – appointed by the Parochial Church Council and Diocese
- Parent governors – elected by the parents and carers of pupils at the school
- Local Authority governor – appointed by Surrey County Council
- Staff governor – elected by the staff themselves
- Co-opted governor – appointed by the governing body
- Associate member - appointed by the governing body and attend Full Governing Body meetings. They are not governors and therefore do not have a vote in Governing Body decisions, but may be given a vote on decisions made by committees to which they are appointed.
So what is our role?
The Governing Body is responsible for the strategic management of the school, for setting the school vision and policy framework and the school budget, but also has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
As a Voluntary Aided school we are also responsible for raising 10% towards any capital spending on our school. Our most recent project being to replace the heating within the old part of the school.
The Head Teacher, who is also a member of the Governing Body, is responsible for the day to day (operational) management of the school, is the head of paid staff and provides professional advice and support to the Governing Body.
There are 7 Full Governing Body meetings per year with each agenda drawn from the Governor Work Plan agreed at the start of the academic year. The minutes of all our meetings are available to view by appointment with the school office. As a relatively small school we have determined that the most effective method of governance is through link governors reporting back to the Full Governing Body. The only committees are the statutory ‘Head Teacher’s Performance Management Committee’ and the ‘Pay Committee’.
If you are considering becoming a School Governor and would like to find out more please do not hesitate to get on touch with us by emailing: Governors@bisley.surrey.sch.uk
Meet the Governing Body
Abi Brown - Chair of Governors
Abi commissioned into the British Army in 2001 serving as an officer in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, before leaving in 2010 to have a family. In 2013 Abi took on the role of Chairman of Bisley Pre-School for 4 years whilst her children attended, also becoming a Trustee on the Bisley Village Hall Committee. This period was her first exposure to the education system and the importance of parental involvement, as well as the benefits of a very strong local community. More recently she has returned to the British Army as a Reservist.
Married to Adam, both her children, Eleanor and Harrison, currently attend the school. Whilst she has volunteered to help read, accompany trips and with extra-curricular clubs, she felt the need to offer more to such a thriving and positive school. She became a Parent Governor in March 2018 and her personal drive for the school comes from creating a safe and welcoming environment where both children and adults can flourish in all aspects of their development. Her military background is undoubtedly a benefit as a representation of our forces community within our school and her local community links help support a growing school within the village.
As a parent she is at school most days for drop off/pick up and is more than happy to chat with parents/carers either about her role as a Governor, or any concerns/queries they may have about the school.
Nathan Charles - Vice Chair
Nathan Charles is the Vice Chair. He originally joined the governing body as a parent governor soon after his son started at the school and is now a co-opted governor. He has undertaken a number of roles, including chairing the governing body, chairing a committee and being the finance governor. He believes passionately that every child should achieve their best at the school, within a safe and nurturing environment, and is proud of the work the governors to support and challenge the school leadership.
At work, he leads and manages the UK R&D team for a multi-national company that is head-quartered in Singapore. Nathan is a keen cyclist and spends most of his free time coaching and supporting his children's cycle racing.
Bronwen has been with the Governing Body for a number of years, taking on lots of different roles and has lived in Bisley for even more! Both of her children, who are now teenagers, attended Bisley C of E Primary School.
Bronwen is the new Children and Families Ministry Worker and also runs a Brownie Pack in the local area. She is also responsible for organising the Open the Book assembly team that visit the school on Monday mornings and also the new Fusion club that runs after-school.
Frances has five children with almost twenty years between the oldest and youngest and has lived in Bisley with her husband Jon for over ten years. She is an accountant and registered auditor and is a director of a practice specialising in charities and other non-profit organisations.
As a family, in their spare time they like to get out outdoors, woodlands, beaches and go camping. Frances likes to be learning something and is currently having music lessons. She has tried all sorts of things in the past, some with more success than others!
Frances believes that her finance skills and life experience as a parent and in general will add to her contribution as a Governor. Working with small charities has given her a very broad and inclusive outlook on life and the school strapline “Everyone Successful Everyday” definitely mirrors her own ethos.
Hugh has held various planning roles in various UK airlines working in both operational and future planning organisations.
He has been a governor for almost 8 years and has been on a variety of governing bodies, both primary and secondary. Hugh's roles have been as both Chairman, Vice Chairman and ordinary member. His key skills are in HR and Data Analysis.
Rachel is a mother of one and lives with her partner in Woking, juggling a career in Financial Services with family life. Rachel is a non-parent governor and her choice to do so was to fulfil her growing desire to understand her local community better and to contribute to the growth and development.
Rachel brings with her 18 years of experience in business, including business development, project management and regulatory strategy and governance. Rachel has experience of corporate governance as a Company Secretary and is used to holding senior management and directors accountable for their actions, supporting them in decision making.
Rachel is passionate about people seeing what is possible for them. Having completed leadership and coaching training, she wishes to contribute to the happiness and wellbeing of those she meets. In particular Rachel is passionate about how children see themselves and grow up free of limitations, seeing opportunities and having the confidence to take actions in line with what they are committed to creating.
Rachel also contributes heavily to her cycling community, championing diversity and inclusion in sport. Rachel believes physical exercise and team games are important for mental wellbeing and social development and looks forward to using all of her skills and passions to add value at Bisley.
Charlie has lived in Bisley since 2013. He and his wife have two children; their eldest at Bisley School. They regularly attend the Messy Church service at Holy Trinity, West End. Charlie is a secondary school teacher, mainly teaching History. He is very excited to be a governor of his local Primary school and to support the excellent work that is being done to give the children the best possible start to their education.
Manjeet has been part of the Bisley family since 2013. Prior to a teaching career, she worked in the financial industry and trained as a Chartered Financial Advisor and Medical Underwriter. She always felt she had more to give, therefore after moving from Birmingham to Basingstoke and having her two boys she decided to go back to university and complete her training to become a qualified teacher.
Over the last 3 years, Manjeet has worked closely with The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM). Manjeet is a recognised Maths Mastery Specialist and has received qualifications for her work in supporting Bisley and other schools. Last year, she embarked on The NCETM Accredited PD Lead Programme and has recently been awarded a certificate to recognise the professional development provided for teachers of Mathematics.
The breadth of experiences throughout her life have led Manjeet to develop a strong belief that children learn best when they are having fun and are engaged in practical, real life activities. She believes that questions and deep thinking are valued and mistakes are seen as useful. She is committed to delivering the highest standards of teaching and learning and is relentless in her desire to continually raise standards.
Strong relationships with parents are vital in ensuring that children have a secure foundation before they move through their school life. Manjeet is delighted to be working together with our children, staff, parents, governors and everyone else involved with Bisley C of E Primary School for all our children’s success, achievement and welfare