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The local Academy Governing Board (AGB) of our school act as “critical friends” of the Headteacher and staff through looking at how the school is progressing. The AGB is responsible for: ensuring the school’s money is well spent; making sure procedures are in place to ensure effective teaching and learning; examining the educational outcomes the school achieves; resolving grievances; overseeing the implementation of annual school development plans; and ensuring we regularly review how we are doing and how we could do better.

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent’.

The structure of our Academy Governing Board (AGB) is:

  • 3 Governors who are appointed by the Trust.
  • 3 Governors who are appointed by the Governing Board.
  • 1 Headteacher. This role is held ex-officio,
  • 2 Parent Governors who are appointed following parental elections,
  • 2 Staff Governors who are appointed following a staff election.

We also operate a system of link governors where individual governors take on responsibility for specific subject areas, such as Special Educational Needs and Disability, Safeguarding, Health and Safety and Statutory Grants. Governors will meet with their link members of staff and may sit in on part of lessons to understand how these topics are being managed.

Summary of Governors’ Details (2022-23):

Governor NameGovernor CategoryTerm of office start dateTerm of office end dateRolesDeclarations of Interest
Jonathan SpectorEx Officio01/09/23Executive HeadteacherExecutive Headteacher of The Orchard Primary School
Emma ReeseAppointed by the Trust03/12/1902/12/23Chair
Health and Safety
Ellen PaceAppointed by the AGB16/05/2315/05/27Safeguarding
Iain SedgwickParent05/10/2104/10/2025Vice-Chair
Julian WolfAppointed by the AGB04/12/2203/12/24SEND
Hazel PinderAppointed by the Trust09/10/2208/10/26Head of School
Cedric FelderParent15/10/1914/10/23Finance
Sarah RussellTeaching Staff05/10/2104/10/2025
John RobbSupport Staff28/03/2327/03/27

Governors’ left within the last year:

Carole StroudAppointed by the AGB04/02/2011/10/22Statutory Premiums
Michelle AlpernAppointed by the Trust03/12/1921/11/21AIP Curriculum Priorities
Paul SuttonAppointed by AGB09/07/1931/08/23Executive Headteacher
Ben WilsonAppointed by the AGB09/07/1905/10/21SafeguardingNone
Megan CollingsTeaching Staff02/09/1701/09/21None
Janice ForbesSupport Staff27/09/201924/02/2023

Governor attendance 2022-23:

Number of eligible FGB in yearTotal number FGB attendedTotal number of absences
Paul Sutton660
Janice Forbes651
Emma Reese660
Hazel Pinder660
Julian Wolf651
Cedric Felder624
Sarah Russell660
Iain Sedgwick660
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