Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate strong leadership and management – including by the governing body.
What do governors do?
School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint both the Head and Deputy Headteachers. Governors hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the Headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.
Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body and the decisions made are the joint responsibility of the governing body.
The role of the governing board is a strategic one; its key functions are to:
- set the aims and objectives for the school
- set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
- set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
- monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
- be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher
At Brentfield we have committed governors who give their own time to help improve the school, attending meetings and visiting the school on a regular basis.
Information relating to governors
|A Badrick||I am a Civil servant in Central Government, with experience in developing education policy and supporting schools. I am passionate about unlocking opportunities through education, and as a governor I contribute knowledge, skills and experience to help the school succeed.|
|P Witham||I became a parent governor 40 years ago. My children are now parents themselves and I have continued to serve as a governor because I passionately believe that a good education is every child’s birthright. By being involved I can help make that happen. We cannot leave something as important as this to chance, every child matters and I want to do my best to help.|
|A John||I was a councillor in Brent for 24 years. I represented Stonebridge Ward throughout that time and grew to know and love the area really well. I have served on a number of governing boards across Brent and have found that my considerable experience as a Brent Councillor has equipped me to make a good contribution to this valuable voluntary role. Stonebridge is a special place and our children deserve the best possible educational start in life. I feel privileged to be able to continue to make this contribution as a Brentfield Primary School Governor.|
|M Ninvalle||I work as a Senior Management leading the design and delivery of education programmes in low income countries. Schools are a central place where children begin to develop their understanding of the world, through their learning environment. I hope every Brentfield child can recognise their importance as a global citizen, and be equipped as a future leaders. I am privileged to be a small part of their journey.|
|K Vaghela||I was elected a parent governor in March 2016. I have lived in the area since 1985 and my children have attended Brentfield Primary School since Nursery. My son is now in secondary school and my daughter in Year 5. My desire to be part of Brentfield’s Governing Body derives from an interest in school improvement at all levels, ensuring development and outstanding education for each and every child.|
|A Ali||I was elected as parent governor in November 2016. I have three children at Brentfield Primary in years 4, 3 and Nursery. I have lived in Brent since 2010 and have found the borough and school to be warm and welcoming. My desire to be part of Brentfield’s governing body derives from genuine interest in school improvement at all levels, and a deep rooted belief in the importance of education for all.|
|A Serban||I started Brentfield Primary as a trainee teacher in 2017, completing my QTS in July 2018 and currently teach in the Nursery. I wanted to become a governor to learn more about how the school runs and provide a voice for teachers working at the school.|
I have been a resident of Brent for over twenty years and enjoy giving back to my community. My son attends Brentfield Primary School and this was the driving force behind becoming a governor. A chance to be a part of this amazing milestone and to use my skills and experiences to make a difference within the education system. I fundamentally believe in the schools values of BRAVE and want to enable the school and the children to thrive and reach their full potential. By helping set policies, aims and targets for enhancing school performance and challenging where necessary in order to create an enriched education and environment. I wish to help build confidence, inspire, and shape the children of tomorrow to be their best possible selves and to have the best possible experience.