What is a Governing Body?
The Government requires that each school has a management team known as a governing body. This team is made up of the various stakeholders that the school serves (parents, local authority, staff and community). Governors are either elected or appointed, e.g. parent governors are elected from the parent body; the local authority (LA) appoints governors, the governing body appoints community governors.
The Governing Body has three core functions:
Structure of the governing body:
At Yattendon we meet as a Full Governing Body on at least seven occasions throughout the year. Unlike some schools, we no longer operate with separate committees focusing on resources and pupil standards but instead work collaboratively to monitor these through an ongoing cycle. In addition, where working parties are required to monitor particular areas of school life, these are formed as necessary. We do however operate a pay committee and a headteacher’s appraisal committee.
If you are interested in helping to make Yattendon the best school it can be and want to be more involved in school life then please contact us (email@example.com) for more information.
Gemma Wilcox - Chair of Governors
I was appointed as Chair of Governors in September, having been a parent governor at Yattendon since September 2013. I've lived in Horley all my life and am a full-time mum to our three boys, two of which are here at Yattendon.
The area of school development that I am currently responsible for is Behaviour.
I really enjoy being part of a great team and I am very pleased to have this opportunity to support the school in its continued development and success.
I have been a co-opted governor at Yattendon since June 2016 and am very excited to be part of the ‘Yattendon’ team. I have been the Co-Headteacher of Felbridge Primary School since September 2015, having been the deputy headteacher for the previous 7 years, following a relocation from London. I had previously worked in North London, in a 3 form entry Junior school, very similar to Yattendon itself and have always loved the ‘feel’ of a Junior school. I live in Horley and have a young son who will be starting school in Horley next September. I am very much looking forward my role as governor at this unique and exciting school. I think the school’s shared vision of the ‘Y’ factor is very inspiring and I look forward to seeing it in practice through my work and contributions on the governing body.
Having taught for a number of years in Surrey primary schools, I joined Yattendon in September 2010 as Deputy Headteacher. I was soon struck by the unique atmosphere at Yattendon largely influenced by the enthusiasm for learning of Yattendon children.
In May 2016 I was extremely proud to be appointed Headteacher of Yattendon School.
I have always had a passion for education, and am particularly keen to develop in children a sense of responsibility and enthusiasm for their own learning.
I live fairly locally near Dorking and have a daughter who is being educated in a Surrey school and 2 young sons. Parenting is not easy in the twenty-first century. Pressures that come with being a working parent can mean that engaging with your child’s education is particularly challenging. I am keen to involve parents and carers as much as possible, and help them feel part of the school community.
Although not having a child at Yattendon School, I have been a Community Governor for over ten years. Now retired but as a result of my background in industry and human resources my prime focus has been as a member of the Resources Committee. Yattendon is a special school and I feel privileged to have been involved with it.
I have been a Governor at Yattendon school for a number of years and when my son left Yattendon in July 2013 I decided to continue as a Governor because I am passionate about the direction the school is heading and so much good work has been done by all under the leadership of Dave Cole and Guy Perkins. My background in Employment Law, working for the Home Office, has supported my role as Governor and I am sure it will continue to do so. I enjoy being part of the team that continues to work hard to ensure the school is an outstanding place to learn not just in academia, but also in the rich learning experiences that will set the foundation for our children's values throughout their lifetime.
I was delighted to be elected as a parent Governor late last year. My wife and I have lived in Horley for 20 years.
Alison Burgess - Year 3 Teacher
I joined Yattendon School in September 2013 and am currently teaching in Year 3. Prior to joining Yattendon, I worked at a school in Crawley for two years. Before to becoming a teacher I worked for the Local Government for several years and was also a Governor at a school in West Sussex.
I really enjoy the challenges of being part of a Governing Body and am enjoying this role at Yattendon School.
I have recently been appointed to the governing body at Yattendon. Born and raised in Germany I have been living in the UK since 2004 and in Earlswood since 2010.
I’m very excited to be part of a great team of governors and to be able to actively contribute and make a difference in my community. Great education is one of the most important foundations to help children grow up into confident, self-expressed, happy and fulfilled adults; Yattendon’s vision of developing the “whole child” encompasses that.
With the skills and professional experience I have acquired over the past twelve years I hope to be able to contribute to the continued success of Yattendon School where children are able to fulfill their full potential.
I joined Yattendon School in September 2015 and am currently teaching in Year 4. Prior to joining Yattendon, I worked as an LSA in both Secondary and Primary education. I trained to become a teacher as part of the S.C.I.T.T. programme and am now in my second full year.
I became a governor in 2016 and look forward to the year ahead. I am particularly keen on helping the school move forward in its vision for Maths and sports, as well as continuing the work the school does on promoting growth mindsets.
Clerk to the Governors