School Governors

Governors of Winterbourne Junior Girls’ School

The Governing Body is constituted by an ‘Instrument of Government’ as defined and required by the Government. The Instrument sets out the categories, numbers and terms of office of governors:

Parent governors; at least 2

Staff governors; Head Teacher +1

Authority governors; 1

Co-opted governors; as determined by the governing body and no more than 1/3 where they are also eligible to be elected as staff governors when counted with the staff governor and Head Teacher.


The Governing Body sets the strategic direction, the vision and the ethos of the school.  In doing so it has a number of key responsibilities:

  • monitor and challenge the progress of the school in achieving its priorities
  • recruit and performance manage the Head Teacher
  • exercise employer responsibility
  • ensure the school meets its statutory responsibilities
  • ensure financial probity
  • ensure the premises are well managed
  • report to the school’s stakeholders

The purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school. This is achieved through:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

The governors carry out these functions through its termly full meetings, visits to the school and the work of its two principal working parties:

  • Teaching and Learning (T&L)
  • School Business (SB)

Other committees are put together to deal with other functions including the Pay Review Appeal committee (PPA), The Way Forward committee (WFC) and the Headteachers Performance and Salary Review committee (HTPSR).

Governors, along with staff members, who regularly attend meetings of the Governing Body and its working parties must declare any business or personal interest that might influence any decision they may make especially in financial matters. Any governor with such an interest must declare it annually and notify the school of any changes that occur. Where there is a conflict of interest the governor must withdraw from the meeting and take no part in the discussions or vote. The agenda of each meeting requires governors and non-governors present to declare any interest they may have in any of the items to be discussed.


  1. Our Governing Body

    Our Governing Body

    Role First name Surname Appointed by Appointed Term end Teaching & Learning
    Sub-Committee
    School Business
    Sub-Committee
    Head Teacher Mary Berkeley-Agyepong Ex-officio by virtue of office as Head Teacher 01/09/2014 31/08/2099 y y
    Governor Stephen Beck Co-opted
    Chair Teaching and Learning Sub-Committee
    08/12/2016 07/12/2020 y y
    Staff governor Lucy Durrant Staff 22/03/2017 21/03/2021 y  
    Governor Alice Gandell Co-opted 26/03/2019 25/03/2023 y  
    Governor Jane James-Jones Co-opted 09/07/2019 08/07/2023   y
    Governor Nikita Patel Co-opted 20/11/2018 19/11/2022   y
    Vice chair Adam Powley Co-opted
    Chair School Business Sub-Committee
    22/03/2017 21/03/2021   y
    Governor Khanitha Syeda Parents 28/09/2018 27/09/2022 y  
    Chair Justin Waite LA appointed 22/03/2017 21/03/2021 y y
    Governor     Parents Actively recruiting    
    Governor     Co-opted Actively recruiting    
    Governor     Co-opted Actively recruiting    
  2. Governor Meeting Attendance Records

    Governor Meeting Attendance Records

    Role First name Surname Total
    Meetings
    Possible
    Date:
    27/11/19
    Date:
    24/03/20
    Date: Total
    meetings Attended
    Attendance
    %
     
    Head Teacher Mary Berkeley-Agyepong 3 1 TBC TBC 1 100%  
    Governor Stephen Beck 3 1 TBC TBC 1 100%  
    Staff governor Lucy Durrant 3 1 TBC TBC 1 100%  
    Governor Alice Gandell 3 1 TBC TBC 1 100%  
    Governor Jane James-Jones 3 1 TBC TBC 1 100%  
    Governor Nikita Patel 3 0 TBC TBC 0 0%  
    Vice chair Adam Powley 3 1 TBC TBC 1 100%  
    Governor Khanitha Syeda 3 0 TBC TBC 0 0%  
    Chair Justin Waite 3 1 TBC TBC 1 100%  
    Observer Tamryn Scott Cree 3 1 TBC TBC 1 100%  
    Observer Emma Wilson 3 1 TBC TBC 1 100%  

    School Business Sub-Committee 2019-2020:

    Role First name Surname Total
    Meetings
    Possible
    Date:
    15/10/19
    Date:
    03/03/20
    Date: Total
    meetings Attended
    Attendance
    %
     
    Head Teacher Mary Berkeley-Agyepong 3 1 TBC TBC 1 100%  
    Governor Stephen Beck 3 1 TBC TBC 1 100%  
    Governor Jane James-Jones 3 1 TBC TBC 1 100%  
    Governor Nikita Patel 3 0 TBC TBC 0 0%  
    Chair Adam Powley 3 1 TBC TBC 1 100%  
    Observer Emma Wilson 3 1 TBC TBC 1 100%  

    Teaching & Learning Sub-Committee 2019-2020:

    Role First name Surname Total
    Meetings
    Possible
    Date:
    08/10/19
    Date:
    11/02/20
    Date: Total
    meetings Attended
    Attendance
    %
     
    Head Teacher Mary Berkeley-Agyepong 3 1 TBC TBC 1 100%  
    Governor Stephen Beck 3 1 TBC TBC 1 100%  
    Staff governor Lucy Durrant 3 1 TBC TBC 1 100%  
    Governor Alice Gandell 3 1 TBC TBC 1 100%  
    Governor Khanitha Syeda 3 0 TBC TBC 0 0%  
    Observer Tamryn Scott Cree 3 1 TBC TBC 1 100%  

    Full Governing Board 2018-2019:

    Role First name Surname Total
    Meetings
    Possible
    Date:
    20/11/18
    Date:
    26/03/19
    Date:
    09/07/19
    Total
    meetings Attended
    Attendance
    %
     
    Head Teacher Mary Berkeley-Agyepong 3 1 1 1 3 100%  
    Governor Stephen Beck 3 1 1 1 3 100%  
    Staff governor Lucy Durrant 3 1 1 1 3 100%  
    Governor Alice Gandell 2 N/A 1 1 2 100%  
    Governor Jane James-Jones 3 1 1 1 3 100%  
    Governor Nikita Patel 2 N/A 1 1 2 100%  
    Vice chair Adam Powley 3 1 1 0 2 67%  
    Parent Governor Khanitha Syeda 2 N/A 1 1 2 100%  
    Chair Justin Waite 3 1 1 1 3 100%  
    Observer Tamryn Scott Cree 3 1 1 1 3 100%  
    Observer Emma Wilson 3 1 1 1 3 100%  
    Parent Governor Anita Bey 3 1 1 1 3 100%  

    School Business Sub-Committee 2018-2019:

    Role First name Surname Total
    Meetings
    Possible
    Date:
    20/11/18
    Date:
    05/03/19
    Date:
    18/06/19
    Total
    meetings Attended
    Attendance
    %
     
    Head Teacher Mary Berkeley-Agyepong 3 1 1 1 3 100%  
    Governor Justin Waite 3 0 1 1 2 67%  
    Governor Jane James-Jones 3 1 1 1 3 100%  
    Governor Nikita Patel 1 N/A N/A 1 1 100%  
    Chair Adam Powley 3 1 1 1 3 100%  
    Observer Emma Wilson 3 1 1 1 3 100%  

    Teaching & Learning Sub-Committee 2018-2019:

    Role First name Surname Total
    Meetings
    Possible
    Date:
    10/10/18
    Date:
    16/01/19
    Date:
    05/06/19
    Date: 09/07/19 Total
    meetings Attended
    Attendance
    %
    Head Teacher Mary Berkeley-Agyepong 4 1 1 1 1 4 100%
    Governor Stephen Beck 4 1 1 1 1 4 100%
    Staff governor Lucy Durrant 4 1 1 0 1 3 75%
    Governor Alice Gandell 2 N/A N/A 1 1 2 100%
    Governor Khanitha Syeda 2 N/A N/A 0 1 1 50%
    Observer Tamryn Scott Cree 4 1 1 1 1 4 100%
    Governor Cara Cinnamon 1 1 N/A N/A N/A 1 100%
    Parent Governor Anita Bey 4 1 1 0 1 3 75%
  3. Pecuniary Interests

    Pecuniary Interests

    Governor
    Name
    Stephen
    Beck
    Mary
    Berkeley-Agyepong
    Lucy
    Durrant
    Alice
    Gandell
    Jane
    James-Jones
    Nikita
    Patel
    Adam
    Powley
    Justin
    Waite
    Khanitha
    Syeda
    Current Employment None Winterbourne JGS Winterbourne JGS Sage Winterbourne JGS   Deutsche Bank Network Rail  
    Business None None None None None   None None  
    Company Directorship None None None None None   None None  
    Charity Trusteeships None None None None None   None None  
    Membership of other Bodies etc None None None ICAEW None   None CIB
    Trainee RICS
     
    Other conflicts None None None None None   None None None
    Family/close connections None None None None None   None None Daughter at  school
    Company directorships etc None None None None None   None None  
    Governorship at other schools Bishop Thomas Grant
    St Piran’s
    None None None None   None None