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Bentley Church of England

Primary School

Governing Body

Bentley has a full governing body with 16 members and two associate members, as listed below.  Each member initially signs up to a term of four years (end dates are noted below) and all members are voted onto the board at a Full Governing Body meeting.  Parent Governors remain for their four year term or until their child leaves the school, whichever is sooner. 

The governing board exists to provide strong strategic leadership to the school, ensuring accountability for its educational and financial performance. There are three core functions to the board:

  • 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

Full Governing Body meetings are held six times each academic year as are our committee meetings.  

Local Authority Governors

Dave Ibbotson (Chair) July 2023

Nick Austin (Vice Chair) June 2022

 

Co-opted Governors

James Aston March 2022

Laura Brace November 2023

Josie Elliott July 2023

Paul Harrison July 2023

Esther van Rooyen May 2022

 

Parent Governors

Eliza Bell March 2021

Steph Bryan July 2023

 

Clerk

Judith Araque

Foundation Governors

Greg Dalton September 2022

Yann Dubreuil (ex officio)

Trevor Nixon July 2023

 

Staff Governors

Katy Pinchess - Headteacher

Becky Miffling December 2020

Natalie Drew July 2023

 

Associates (re-elected annually)

Claire Aston July 2020

Mark Desborough November 2020

 

COMMITTEES

Resources (Covering Finance & Buildings, Health and Safety)

Paul Harrison (Chair)

James Aston

Steph Bryan

Greg Dalton

Becky Miffling

Katy Pinchess

 

Curriculum and Standards

Eliza Bell (Chair)

Josie Elliott (Safeguarding governor)

Dave Ibbotson

Trevor Nixon

Katy Pinchess

Esther van Rooyen

 

Pay Committee 

Dave Ibbotson

Paul Harrison

Greg Dalton or Clare Aston

Personnel

Esther van Rooyen (Chair)

Claire Aston

Yann Dubreuil

Paul Harrison (Safer Recruitment trained)

Dave Ibbotson (Safer Recruitment trained)

Katy Pinchess (Safer Recruitment trained)

 

Headteacher Performance Management

Dave Ibbotson

Greg Dalton

Claire Aston  

 

Policy/Hub link

Natalie Drew

 

Annual Self Evaluation and Data

Nick Austin

The following committees will be formed as needed; Capability, Disciplinary, Flexible working requests, Grievance, Pay Appeals, Redundancy, Staff Dismissal, Time off.

The pecuniary interests of the members can be downloaded from the foot of this page, along with the attendance details of the members for the last academic year.  With the exception of Yann Dubreuil, who is a governor at Binsted School, no-one else holds a governance role in any other educational institution.