Governance

Governance

Made of up individuals who are elected or appointed to voluntarily represent the church, parents and carers, the local authority and the staff; our governing body are the strategic leaders of the school with a vital role to play in making sure every pupil receives the best possible education while achieving his or her full potential, irrespective of age or ability.

Governors

We are proud to have a committed governing body made up of a team of individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. The number of governors for our school is 12 and our primary role is to ensure that the school discharges their statutory duties under the law as well as act as a ‘critical friend’ in supporting and challenging the leadership and management.

We also help to set the vision and strategic direction of the school, oversee the maintenance of the premises and management of budgets, monitor performance and attainment of pupils and engage with key stakeholders.

The school and governing body also benefit from the support of the Trustees who look after the endowment left by Baroness Angela Burdett-Coutts and periodically gives grants to the school. The chair of the Trustees is Mrs Fiona Burdett-Coutts.

 

    Ms. N. Bowles : Chair of Governors - Elected Parent (06 March 2017 – 05 March 2021)

    Ms. N. Bowles

    Chair of Governors - Elected Parent (06 March 2017 – 05 March 2021)
    Narissa lives with her partner, daughter and cat, working from home as co-director of a web development company. She read Journalism at Sheffield University and has enjoyed careers in print journalism, sound engineering and event planning. Her interests include reading, cooking and spending as much time in Kew Gardens and Richmond Park as possible.

    The Revd. G. Buckle : Vice-Chair of Governors - Ex-officio (appointed March 2014)

    The Revd. G. Buckle

    Vice-Chair of Governors - Ex-officio (appointed March 2014)
    Born and raised in South-East London, Graham had worked for a community newspaper and even been a fumigator, before reading Theology at Southampton University. Ordained in 1989, he has enjoyed varied and extensive service in many churches and is now presently at St Stephen’s with St John’s, Westminster. His passions include travelling, playing and listening to music, watching and participating in sport as well as being involved in the community.

    Mrs. R. Dyer : Headteacher - Ex-officio (appointed Feb 2014)

    Mrs. R. Dyer

    Headteacher - Ex-officio (appointed Feb 2014)
    Rosetta was born in Highgate, London and educated at the innovative Gatehouse Learning Centre. She has been teaching for 25 years and has taught in 5 London primary schools. She enjoys listening to Any Questions on Radio 4, going to the theatre, dancing and visiting museums. She believes that being a teacher is the most rewarding job in the world!

    Mr. S. Brickell : Elected Staff (26 September 2015 – 25 September 2019)

    Mr. S. Brickell

    Elected Staff (26 September 2015 – 25 September 2019)
    Born and raised in South London, Steve has been teaching for 15 years following a successful career in telecommunications. His association with Burdett-Coutts, where all his children attended school, spans 26 years and he has previously served three terms on the governing body. In 1995, he co-founded the Out-Of School Club with Ms Caroline Hall, which still provides after hours support for the school. Steve has also been a governor of London Nautical School and Charlotte Sharman Primary School and is passionate about football, dancing and in particular, the martial arts, having represented England in international karate tournaments and training for over 40 years.

    Mrs. S. Butcher : Elected Parent (12 October 2015 – 11 October 2019)

    Mrs. S. Butcher

    Elected Parent (12 October 2015 – 11 October 2019)
    Sue is from Bedfordshire and now resides locally in Westminster with her husband and two daughters. Educated in the USA, Sue works as a Children and Family Health Practitioner for Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust in School Nursing. Her interests include horse riding and spending time with her family.

    Mr. P. Carrivick : Local Authority (11 July 2017 - 12 July 2021)

    Mr. P. Carrivick

    Local Authority (11 July 2017 - 12 July 2021)
    Phil lives in Pimlico and works as a strategy consultant, a role that involves advising companies on growth, transactions and transformation. He studied at the University of Durham and read Engineering, after which he did a brief stint designing buildings in London before living in New Zealand for two years and working for a management consultancy there. In 2013, he returned to London and joined A.T.Kearney, a leading global strategy consultancy. In his spare time he enjoys sport and finding the next good spot for coffee.

    Mr. C. Drewsen : Associate Member (appointed by Resource Committee)

    Mr. C. Drewsen

    Associate Member (appointed by Resource Committee)
    Christopher moved to London from Stockholm, Sweden, in 2014 and works in the financial sector. He studied Finance and Accounting at the Stockholm School of Economics, and started his career at a bank before moving into his current role at an investment firm. He enjoys travelling, reading and just about any form of strength and endurance training.

    Miss L. Playford : Foundation (08 March 2017 - 07 March 2021)

    Miss L. Playford

    Foundation (08 March 2017 - 07 March 2021)
    Louise lives in south-west London and works in St James's as a Corporate Finance adviser working with Healthcare and Education businesses. She studied French at the University of Nottingham and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2010 (Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales) whilst working at KPMG. Following 5 years at KPMG which included time living and working in Amsterdam, Louise spent a year in industry working in a Commercial Finance role before returning to advisory work in her current position. Louise enjoys playing hockey, travelling, theatre and photography.

    Mrs. E. Siddall : Deanery (01 September 2015 – 31 August 2019)

    Mrs. E. Siddall

    Deanery (01 September 2015 – 31 August 2019)
    Erica moved to London from New York in 2008. She has worked for Shell since that time, previously in environmental & social impact assessment and currently in greenhouse gas reduction. She enjoys open water swimming and cycling with her husband and toddler.

    Mrs. E. Szewczyk : Trustee (04 September 2013 – 03 September 2017)

    Mrs. E. Szewczyk

    Trustee (04 September 2013 – 03 September 2017)
    Liz was born in Llandaff, Wales and now lives in Finsbury Park.  She has a degree in English and Philosophy and taught in London secondary and primary schools until retirement in 2010.  She is a church warden at St Stephen's church and is involved in various charities.  Relaxation is spending time with adult children, grandchildren - some in Australia - reading, music, choir and her allotment.

    Mr. J. Turpin : Parochial Church Council (31 August 2014 – 30 August 2018)

    Mr. J. Turpin

    Parochial Church Council (31 August 2014 – 30 August 2018)
    John is now in retirement from a career that straddled primary school teaching and horticultural science. He enjoys a range of interests including walking, singing, art and dabbling in poetry - plus gardening. Monday mornings usually find him volunteering in a classroom at Burdett-Coutts and on Sunday mornings, he is an active participant at St.Stephen's church.

    Mr. W. Walter : LDBS (13 July 2016 - 12 July 2020)

    Mr. W. Walter

    LDBS (13 July 2016 - 12 July 2020)
    Born in London, William was brought up in the Channel Islands. After reading Accountancy & Finance at Durham University, he began his career in Parliament where he worked for three MPs: firstly, as research assistant to the then Shadow Minister for Universities & Skills, David Willetts MP, secondly, as an assistant to then Opposition Treasury whip, James Duddridge MP, and lastly as Campaign Manager to former Shadow Pensions Minister, Nigel Waterson MP. William currently works as a political and international media communications consultant.

    Mr. A. Woodward : LDBS (01 September 2015 – 31 August 2019)

    Mr. A. Woodward

    LDBS (01 September 2015 – 31 August 2019)
    Andrew is originally from Lancashire and has lived in London for 12 years. He studied at King's College London and has been a civil servant for 8 years at the Home Office and, more recently, the Attorney General's Office.  Andrew enjoys the theatre, travelling and politics.

Structure

Our governing body is highly active and motivated both in celebrating the schools’ successes and in concentrating on their improvement. All members are expected to familiarise themselves with the schools’ strengths, weaknesses and targets for improvement especially in reference to two key documents, the Self Evaluation Form (SEF) and the School Improvement Plan (SIP)

In addition, governors are encouraged to involve themselves in the school directly, perhaps attending a school assembly or event, accompanying children and staff on a school trip or simply talking to pupils and staff. We also have key link roles related directly to the Key Priorities of our School Improvement Plan as well as other strategic positions eg: Safeguarding, Pupil Premium, Health & Safety etc.

Till now, the entire governing body met one evening a term, usually at 5.30pm, with specific subcommittees – Resources, Standards & Achievement and Children, Families & Community- meeting termly at other dates as well.

Following recent guidelines, we have streamlined our governing body’s processes and procedures to ensure our focus remains primarily on strategic issues. From September 2017, we will have a new meeting structure, moving away from termly FGB and committee meetings to a monthly FGB meeting model, to ensure sharing of all key information and effective use of governors’ and school leaders’ skills and time.

Register of Business Interests

It is important that governors act and are seen to act impartially. In May 1996 the Nolan Committee published a report on standards in public life as applicable to local public spending bodies. The report identified seven principles which should be applied in public life. These are selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

One important means by which a self-governing school demonstrates that it is applying these principles is by maintaining detailed information including a register of business, pecuniary and material interests.

Information on the Membership of the Governing Body of Burdett-Coutts and Townshend CE Primary School (re-constituted 4th August 2015)

Ms. N. Bowles

Category of Governor:
Parent

Appointed/elected by:
Parents of pupils at the school

Term of office including end date:
06/03/17 to 05/03/21

Committees:
Resources; Pay, Standards & Achievement

Responsibilities:
Chair of Governors; Equalities Link; Pupil Premium Link

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
Company Director Imagiz Ltd (web development)

Mr. S. Brickell

Category of Governor:
Staff

Appointed/elected by:
School staff

Term of office including end date:
26/09/15 to 25/09/19

Committees:
Resources; Standards & Achievement

Responsibilities:
N/A

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
Co-ordinator Burdett-Coutts Out-of-School Club; Partner is fellow co-ordinator

The Revd. G. Buckle

Category of Governor:
Foundation

Appointed/elected by:
Ex-officio: Vicar of St Stephen with St John, Westminster

Term of office including end date:
Ex-officio

Committees:
Admissions; Children, Families & Community; Standards & Achievement, Headteacher’s Performance Management

Responsibilities:
Vice-Chair of Governors, Chair of CFC

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
Trustee of the following charities: PCC/Townshend Foundation/Alms Houses

Mrs. S. Butcher

Category of Governor:
Parent

Appointed/elected by:
Parents of pupils at the school

Term of office including end date:
12/10/15 to 11/10/19

Committees:
Children, Families & Community, Resources

Responsibilities:
Safeguarding Link, Sports Premium Link

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
Employed by Central London Community Healthcare NHS

Mr. P. Carrivick

Category of Governor:
Local Authority

Appointed/elected by:
Westminster Council

Term of office including end date:
11/07/17 to 12/07/21

Committees:
N/A

Responsibilities:
N/A

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
None

Mr. C. Drewsen

Category of Governor:
Associate Member

Appointed/elected by:
Resources Committee – Burdett-Coutts & Townshend Foundation CE Primary School Governing Body

Term of office including end date:
31/03/17 to 03/09/17

Committees:
N/A

Responsibilities:
N/A

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
None

Mrs. R. Dyer

Category of Governor:
Headteacher

Appointed/elected by:
Ex-officio

Term of office including end date:
Ex-officio

Committees:
Admissions; Pay; Resources; Standards & Achievement

Responsibilities:
N/A

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
None

Miss L. Playford

Category of Governor:
Foundation

Appointed/elected by:
Trustees

Term of office including end date:
08/03/17 to 07/03/21

Committees:
N/A

Responsibilities:
N/A

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
Employee: Nexus Corporate Finance

Mrs. E. Siddall

Category of Governor:
Foundation

Appointed/elected by:
Deanery of Westminster

Term of office including end date:
01/09/15 to 31/08/19

Committees:
Headteacher’s Performance Management; Resources

Responsibilities:
TBC

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
None

Mrs. E. Cooke Szewczyk

Category of Governor:
Foundation

Appointed/elected by:
Trustees of the Burdett Coutts & Townshend Foundation

Term of office including end date:
04/09/13 to 03/09/17

Committees:
N/A

Responsibilities:
N/A

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
Trustee of the following charities: ARC; Kench Hill Centre; Friends of Kench Hill; St Stephen’s PCC

Mr. J. Turpin

Category of Governor:
Foundation

Appointed/elected by:
Parochial Church Council of St Stephen with St John, Westminster

Term of office including end date:
31/08/15 to 30/8/18

Committees:
Admissions; Children, Families & Community

Responsibilities:
Special Educational Needs Link

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
None

Mr. W. Walter

Category of Governor:
Foundation

Appointed/elected by:
LDBS

Term of office including end date:
13/07/16 to 12/07/2020

Committees:
Resources; Pay

Responsibilities:
Chair of Resources & Pay

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
Employee: Centaurus Communications

Mr. A. Woodward

Category of Governor:
Foundation

Appointed/elected by:
LDBS

Term of office including end date:
01/09/15 to 31/08/19

Committees:
Admissions; Children, Families & Community

Responsibilities:
Chair of Admission, Vice-Chair of CFC, RE Link

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
None

Resigned: Mr. A. MacDonald

Category of Governor:
Foundation

Appointed/elected by:
Trustees of the Burdett Coutts & Townshend Foundation

Term of office including end date:
04/08/15 to 03/08/19 RESIGNED: 24/02/2017

Committees:
N/A

Responsibilities:
N/A

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
None

Resigned: Mr C. Smith

Category of Governor:
Local Authority

Appointed/elected by:
Westminster Council

Term of office including end date:
01/09/13 – 31/08/17 RESIGNED: 30/08/16

Committees:
N/A

Responsibilities:
N/A

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
None

Resigned: Dr H. McCormick

Category of Governor:
Foundation

Appointed/elected by:
LDBS

Term of office including end date:
01/09/15 – 31/08/19 RESIGNED: 22/03/16

Committees:
N/A

Responsibilities:
N/A

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
Teacher, Harrow School

This information was last updated 08 August 2017

Governors Attendance Record

Governors hold an important public office and their identity should be known to their school and wider communities. It is now a requirement to publish every governor’s attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over the last academic year.

Full Governing Body Meetings 2016 - 2017

Governor Name/Role Thursday 27th September 2016 Thursday 13th December 2016 Thursday 30th March 2017 Thursday 25th May 2017 Tuesday 11th July 2017 Attendance
N. Bowles Chair of Governors

2016-2017

Present Present Present Present Present 100%
S. Brickell Staff Governor Absent Present Present Present Present 80%
S. Butcher Parent Governor Absent Present Present Present Present 80%
G. Buckle Vice-Chair

Ex officio

Present Present Present Present Absent 80%
C. Drewsen Associate Member N/A

not appointed

N/A

not appointed

N/A

not appointed

Present Present N/A
R. Dyer Headteacher

Ex-officio

Present Present Present Present Present 100%
A. MacDonald Foundation Governor

Trustee

Present Present Resigned

24th February 2017

N/A N/A N/A
L. Playford Foundation Governor

Trustee

N/A

not appointed

N/A

not appointed

Present Present Present N/A
E. Siddall Foundation Governor

Deanery

Present Present Present Present Absent 80%
E. Szewczyk Foundation Governor

Trustee

Present Present Present Present Present 100%
J. Turpin Foundation Governor

PCC

Present Present Present Present Absent 80%
W. Walter Foundation Governor

LDBS

Absent Present Present Absent Present 60%
A. Woodward Foundation Governor

LDBS

Present Present Present Present Present 100%

Resources Committee Meetings 2016 - 2017

Committee Members Thursday 4th October 2016 (extraordinary meeting) Thursday 20th February 2017 (Pay & Resources) Thursday 9th March 2017 Thursday 11th May 2017 Thursday 6th July 2017 (Pay only) Attendance
N. Bowles Chair of Governors 2016-2017 Present Present

Including Pay

Present Present Present 100%
S. Brickell Staff Governor Present Present Present Present N/A

Not on Pay Committee

100%
S. Butcher Parent Governor Absent Absent Present Present Absent 40%
C. Drewsen Associate Member N/A

not appointed

N/A

not appointed

N/A

not appointed

Absent Present Not on Pay Committee 0%
R. Dyer Headteacher Ex-Officio Present Present

Including Pay

Present Present Present 100%
A. MacDonald Foundation Governor Trustee Present Present

Including Pay

Resigned

24th February 2017

N/A Resigned N/A Resigned N/A
E. Siddall Foundation Governor Deanery Present Absent Present Present  N/A

Not on Pay Committee

75%
W. Walter Foundation Governor LDBS Absent Present

Including Pay

Present Present Present 80%

Standards & Achievement Committee Meetings 2016 - 2017

Committee Members Tuesday 6th December 2016 Tuesday 21st March 2017 Tuesday 11th July 2017 Attendance
N. Bowles

Chair of Governors 2016-2017

Present Present Present 100%
S. Brickell

Staff Governor

Absent Absent Present 33%
G. Buckle

Vice-Chair

Ex-officio

Absent Present Absent 33%
R. Dyer

Headteacher

Ex-officio

Present Present Present 100%
E. Siddall

Foundation Governor Deanery

Present Present Absent 66%
E. Szewczyk

Foundation Governor Trustee

Present Present N/A

Resigned from committee

N/A

Children, Families & Communities Committee Meetings 2016 - 2017

Committee Members Wednesday 19th October 2016 Wednesday 18th January 2017 Wednesday 10th May 2017 Attendance
S. Butcher

Parent Governor

Present Absent Present 66%
G. Buckle

Vice-Chair

Ex officio

Present Present Present 100%
J. Turpin

Foundation Governor

PCC

Present Present Present 100%
A. Woodward

Foundation Governor

LDBS

Absent Present Present 66%