The purpose of a School’s Governing body is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.
The three core functions of our Governing body at Twyford St Mary’s are:-
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent
The Governing Body at Twyford St Mary’s is instrumental in working with the Head Teacher and school staff to make the school the best it can be. We are lucky to have such a dedicated team of volunteers who offer their time and expertise freely and enthusiastically.
The Governing Body welcome dialogue with members of the school community and take every opportunity to get involved in School life. However, if you have any concerns relating to the day to day running of the school, these should in the first instance be referred to the Head Teacher.
Twyford St Mary’s Primary School
Governors’ Details/ Pecuniary Interests Register Academic year 2018/19
|First Name||Surname||Category||Appointed||Term of Office
(no. of years & end date)
|Sophie||Davies||Head Teacher||14/12/2020||N/A||N/A||Resources and Health + Safety||N/A||N/A||None|
|Luke||Ince||Parent||12/02/2020||4||11/02/2024||Resources and Health + Safety||N/A||N/A||None|
|Freya||Fixler||Co-opted||17/12/2018||4||16/12/2022||Resources and Head Teacher Performance Management||Chair of Governing Body||None|
|Jo||Robb||Co-opted||04/12/2019||4||03/12/2023||SEND + Resources||Vice Chair of Governing Body|
|Linda||Snoswell||Foundation||01/08/2020||4||31/07/2024||Head Teacher Performance Management||N/A||N/A||None|
Full Governing Body meetings are held once every half term. Minutes of the Full Governing Body (FGB) meetings are held in school. You may make a request to view the minutes via the school office or by email to the Clerk to the Governors at the following email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Resources committee deals with all HR, finance and Buildings & Grounds matters. It is a sub-committee of the Governing Body. Matters of Standards & Curriculum are discussed within the Full Governing Body meetings.
Below is a link to the Resources Terms of Reference document
There is also an additional committee which reviews the Head Teacher’s performance.
Working groups are set up occasionally to review specific areas, as and when required.
Keri Billen is a co-opted member of the Board of Governors. He has three children in the school. Keri has expertise in finances, management processes and science. He is keen to build on the sports activities and scientific education in the school.
Rev Damon Draisey is the Vicar of Twyford St Mary’s Church and is also on the Governing Body.
Freya Fixler is the Chair of Governors. She also sits on the Resources committee and the HT Performance Management committee. Freya has two children at the school. Her expertise lies with Human Resources and Health and Safety.
Bruce Greig is the Vice Chair of Governors. Bruce has been a Parent & Co-opted governor for the last 7 years and was the Chair of Governors for 4 years. Bruce is Chair of the Resources committee and sits on the HT Performance Management committee, has two children at the school and has expertise in Business and Finance.
Hannah Greenberg is a Parent Governor and has two children at the school. Hannah is an A&E doctor with experience in supporting and integrating vulnerable children and adults with Head Injury and Learning Disability, LGBT children and young adults.
Sophie Davies is our Head Teacher and sits on the Governing body.
Luke Ince is a Parent Governor and has two children at the school. Luke has expertise in engineering, finance, leadership and management and has taken on the role of Health & Safety Governor.
Sophie Keating is a Staff Governor.
Tonia Ralls is a co-opted member of the board of governors. She has three children still in secondary/further education. Tonia is a barrister specialising in family law and sits as a Deputy District Judge and in the Property Tribunal
Jo Robb is a Co-opted Governor. Jo has expertise in business consultancy and retail leadership, specialising in digital and ecommerce. Jo latterly ran digital strategy and change for B&Q, and now runs her own independent content consultancy. Jo has had long term volunteer roles with the Twyford Playgroup Committee, the Winchester chapter of the NCT and as secretary of the TSM PTA.
Linda Snoswell joined the Governing body as Foundation Governor in 2017. An ex secondary school teacher, Linda sits on the HT Performance Management committee and has responsibility as the PSHE Link governor. Linda also owned and ran a guest house in Cornwall for 12 years.
Twyford St Mary’s Primary School
Governor Attendance Record for the Academic Year 2019/20
|Full Governing Body||Curriculum Committee||Resources Committee|
|Name||Number of meetings the governor should have attended||Number of meetings attended||Attendance rate (%)||Number of meetings the governor should have attended||Number of meetings attended||Attendance rate (%)||Number of meetings the governor should have attended||Number of meetings attended||Attendance rate (%)|
- Instrument of Government – http://www.twyford-pri.hants.sch.uk/images/Governors/Instrument_f_Government_Decemeber_2014.pdf
- Governors’ Code of Conduct – http://www.twyford-pri.hants.sch.uk/images/Policies/Gov_code_of_conduct_Approved_Summer_2017.pdf
- Governors’ Allowances Policy – http://www.twyford-pri.hants.sch.uk/images/Policies/Governors_Allowances_Policy.pdf