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.


Governors Information

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  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 of Teaching and Learning and School Business Sub- Committees
    08/12/2016 07/12/2024 y y
    Staff governor Fauzia Bashir Staff 26/11/2020 25/11/2024 y  
    Governor Alice Bridle Co-opted 20/03/2023 19/03/2027 y  
    Governor Jane James-Jones Co-opted

    Vice chair of School Business Sub-Committee

    11/07/2023 10/07/2027 y
    Governor Nikita Patel Co-opted 11/07/2023 10/07/2027 y
    Governor Actively recruiting
    Governor Lucy Durrant Co-opted

    Vice chair of Teaching and Learning Sub-committee

    26/11/2020 25/11/2024 y
    Chair Justin Waite LA appointed 26/03/2019 21/03/2025   y
    Governor Jawaid Syed Parent 26/11/2020 25/11/2024   y
    Governor Laura Yeboah Parent 23/11/2023             22/11/2027 y
  2. Governing Body Link Roles

    Governing Body Link Roles:

    Name Designation Link Governor Staff link
    Mrs Mary Berkeley-Agyepong Head Teacher
    Mr Justin Waite Chair – LA Appointed Health & Safety
    Asset Management
    Finance (shared)
    Geography
    Ruth Kidane,& Anthony Temple
    Ruth Kidane
    Fauzia Bashir
    Mrs Alice Bridle Co-opted Spanish (MFL)
    Training & Development
    Assessment
    PE
    Melania Gonzalez
    Tamryn Scott Cree
    Paris Clarke
    Fauzia Bashir Staff
    Ms Laura Yeboah Parent Healthy Schools & Art
    D&T
    Tamryn Scott Cree (TSC)
    Mark Sidwell
    Mr Jawaid Syed Parent Finance (shared)
    Music
    Ruth Kidane,
    Kiran Qureshi
    Mrs Lucy Durrant Co-opted RE,
    P4C,
    English,
    History
    Helena Santos,
    Carol Butler,
    Heather Selvadurai
    Nikita Patel Parent Science
    Computing
    Marcia Anthony Watts
    Mark Sidwell
    Mrs Jane James Jones Vice Chair
    Co-opted
    Safeguarding, LAC,
    Mental Health & Wellbeing,PHSERSHE
    SEND
    Tamryn Scott Cree,
    Ilena Bruno
    Mary Berkeley-Agyepong,
    Kiran Qureshi
    Mr Stephen Beck Co-opted Maths
    PPG & Behaviour
    Finance (shared)
    TSC &MBA
    MBA
    Ruth Kidane
    Vacancy
    Octavo Clerking Service
    Mary Rider
    Clerk
    Mrs Tamryn Scott Cree            Deputy Head Teacher  (Observer)
    Mrs Ruth Kidane SBM

    (Observer)

  3. Governor Meeting Attendance Records

    Governor Meeting Attendance Records:

  4. Pecuniary Interests

    Pecuniary Interests:

    Governor
    Name
    Stephen
    Beck
    Mary
    Berkeley-Agyepong
    Lucy
    Durrant
    Alice
    Bridle
    Jane
    James-Jones
    Justin
    Waite
    Jawaid
    Syed
    Current Employment None Winterbourne JGS Sutton High School Sage Retired Network Rail
    Business None None None None None None
    Company Directorship None None None None None None
    Charity Trusteeships None None None None None None
    Membership of other Bodies etc None None None ICAEW None CIB
    Trainee RICS
    Other conflicts None None None None None None None
    Family/close connections None None None None None None Daughter at  school
    Company directorships etc None None None None None None
    Governorship at other schools Bishop Thomas Grant
    St Piran’s
    None None None None None