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.

 

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

    Mr. P. Carrivick

    Chair of Governors - 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.

    Miss L. Playford : Vice-Chair of Governors - Trustee (08 March 2017 - 07 March 2021)

    Miss L. Playford

    Vice-Chair of Governors - Trustee (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.

    Miss A. Johnson : Vice-Chair of Governors - Trustee (29 April 2018 – 28 April 2022)

    Miss A. Johnson

    Vice-Chair of Governors - Trustee (29 April 2018 – 28 April 2022)
    Abimbola lives in Oval and works as a criminal defence barrister. She read Jurisprudence (Law) at Oxford University, graduating in 2009 and was called to the Bar in 2011. She is passionate about social justice and fairness and sits on her chambers’ management committee as the equality & diversity officer and as the junior members’ representative. Abimbola regularly volunteers in schools outreach programmes and her interests include learning about history, with an emphasis on the history of people of African & Caribbean descent in Britain & the Commonwealth, playing netball, and singing.

    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!

    Ms. S. Agabani : Elected Parent (12 October 2019 – 11 October 2023)

    Ms. S. Agabani

    Elected Parent (12 October 2019 – 11 October 2023)
    Shaza, who has a daughter at the school, lives locally and actively participates in the many community events and activities in the area. Following professional careers in advertising and marketing, working with some of London’s top media agencies and publishing houses, she is now focussed on realising a childhood passion and developing her own jewellery business. Shaza is a strong advocate of the GROWTH model and Child Safety Online and loves reading and aromatherapy. Her favourite part of the world is the River Nile, close to where she was born.

    Ms. N. Bowles : Elected Parent (06 March 2017 – 05 March 2021)

    Ms. N. Bowles

    Elected Parent (06 March 2017 – 05 March 2021)
    Narissa lives with her husband, 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.

    Mr. S. Brickell : Elected Staff (26 September 2019 – 25 September 2023)

    Mr. S. Brickell

    Elected Staff (26 September 2019 – 25 September 2023)
    Born and raised in South London, Steve has taught for over 15 years after a successful career in telecommunications. His association with Burdett-Coutts, where all his children attended school, spans 26 years and he has previously served on the governing body. In 1995, he co-founded the Out-Of School Club with Ms C. Hall, which continues to provide 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 trained and represented England in international karate tournaments for over 40 years.

    The Revd. G. Buckle : Ex-officio (appointed March 2014)

    The Revd. G. Buckle

    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.

    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.

Structure

Our governing body is highly active and motivated both in celebrating the school’s 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.

Previously, 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 throughout the academic year as well.

Following recent guidelines, we have streamlined our governing body’s processes and procedures to ensure our focus remains primarily on strategic issues. Since September 2017, we have adopted a new meeting structure, moving away from termly FGB and committee meetings to a monthly FGB meeting model (10 per academic year).

By working without separate committees, our aim is to ensure the sharing of all key information and effective use of governors’ and school leaders’ skills and time. 

In line with this ‘circle model’ of governance, we have retained two committees – Pay and Headteacher’s Performance Management – in order to be able to continue to discharge certain statutory functions and we also delegate monitoring of specific areas of the school to pairs of governors or individuals.

We have also set up a new Ethos committee for 2019/2020 for governors to monitor the effectiveness of our school as a Church school and the provision of RE & Collective Worship within our curriculum so as to enable every child to flourish and to live life in all its fullness.

Link Roles:

Our governors are appointed to strategic link roles related directly to the Key Priorities and School Improvement Actions of our School Improvement Plan, as well as other statutory positions eg: Safeguarding, Pupil Premium, Health & Safety etc. In all cases, their objectives are to monitor the progress and impact of their specific areas and report to the FGB at strategic points during the academic year.

SIP Key Priority Links

  • KP 1: Update and communicate the school vision, values and expectations to all stakeholders in light of the SIAMS framework.

    Miss L. Playford trustees (08 March 2017 – 07 March 2021)

  • KP 2: Continue to improve the consistency of the quality of teaching in Reading, Writing and Mathematics combined so that more pupils reach the expected standards at the end of KS2 in particular the Disadvantaged, Middle Prior Attainers and More Able pupils

    Ms. J. Bates Deanery (24 January 2019 – 23 January 2023)

  • KP 3: Further advance improvements to the quality of teaching and learning of Mathematics across the school in order to increase rates of progress and attainment so that more pupils meet the national expected standards at the end of KS2.

    Miss A. Johnson Foundation (29 April 2018 – 28 April 2022)
    Mr P. Carrivick local Authority (11 July 2017 – 12 July 2021)

  • KP 4: Develop and implement a cohesive mental health strategy when supporting pupils so that they are ready to learn, are respectful of each other and feel safe

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

  • KP 5: Increase the rates of progress so that more children achieve GLD and the Early Learning Goals in Reading, Writing and Maths.

    The Revd. G. Buckle Ex-Officio: Vicar of St Stephen with St John, Westminster
    Ms. P. Ashley Parochial Church Council of St Stephen with St John, Westminster

  • KP 6: Review and redesign the curriculum to challenge and inspire pupils to use and apply their core skills to improve their outcomes

    Ms S. Agabani Parent (12 October 2019 – 11 October 2023)
    Ms N. Bowles Parent (06 March 2017 – 05 March 2021)

Statutory Links

  • Equalities:

    Miss A. Johnson Foundation (29 April 2018 – 28 April 2022)

  • Governors’ Training:

    Miss L. Playford Trustee (08 March 2017 – 07 March 2021)

  • Health & Safety:

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

  • Looked After Children (LAC):

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

  • Pupil Premium:

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

  • Sports Premium:

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

  • Religious Education/SIAMs:

    Miss L. Playford Trustee (08 March 2017 – 07 March 2021)

  • Safeguarding:

    Miss. A. Johnson Foundation (29 April 2018 – 28 April 2022)

  • Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND):

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

FGB Meeting Minutes

Register of Business Interests

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.

It is important that our governors act and are seen to act impartially. 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. Our governing body regularly updates this register to ensure an accurate record is kept at all times.

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

Ms. S. Agabani

Category of Governor:
Parent

Appointed/elected by:
Parents of pupils at the school

Term of office including end date:
12/10/19 to 11/10/23

Committees:
Ethos

Responsibilities:
SIP KP 6 Link: Review and redesign the curriculum to challenge and inspire pupils to use and apply their core skills to improve their outcomes

Governor at any other educational establishments:

Declarations of Interests:

Ms. P. Ashley

Category of Governor:
Foundation

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

Term of office including end date:

Responsibilities:
SIP KP 5 Link: Increase the rates of progress so that more children achieve GLD and the Early Learning Goals in Reading, Writing and Maths

Governor at any other educational establishments:

Declarations of Interests:

Ms. J. Bates

Category of Governor:
Foundation

Appointed/elected by:
Deanery

Term of office including end date:
24/01/19 to 23/01/23

Responsibilities:
N/A

Governor at any other educational establishments:
N/A

Declarations of Interests:
N/A

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

Responsibilities:
N/A

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
Company Director Imagiz Ltd (web development)
Trustee Friends of Burdett-Coutts Parent Association

Mr. S. Brickell

Category of Governor:
Staff

Appointed/elected by:
School staff

Term of office including end date:
26/09/19 to 25/09/23

Responsibilities:
Health & Safety Link Governor

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:
Headteacher’s Performance Management

Responsibilities:
N/A

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

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

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:
Pay

Responsibilities:
Vice-Chair of Governors
Pupil Premium Link
Sports Premium Link
SIP Key Priority 2 Link: Improve the consistency of the quality of teaching in Reading, Mathematics and GPS so that more pupils make rapid progress and reach the expected standards at the end of KS2 in particular the Disadvantaged, Middle Prior Attainers and More Able pupils.

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
Freelance strategy consultant

Mrs. R. Dyer

Category of Governor:
Headteacher

Appointed/elected by:
Ex-officio

Term of office including end date:
Ex-officio

Committees:
Pay

Responsibilities:
N/A

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
None

Miss A. Johnson

Category of Governor:
Foundation

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

Term of office including end date:
29/04/18 to 28/04/22

Responsibilities:
Safeguarding Link
Looked After Children Link
SIP Key Priority 3 Link: Improve the quality of teaching and learning of Mathematics across the school in order to increase rates of progress and attainment so that more pupils meet the national expected standards at the end of KS2.

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
None

Miss L. Playford

Category of Governor:
Foundation

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

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

Committees:
Headteacher’s Performance Management

Responsibilities:
Vice-Chair of Governors
Equalities Link
Governors’ Training Link
SIP Key Priority 6 Link: To maintain and build upon the recent improvements and outcomes in KS1.

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
Employee: Thomas Cook Group Plc
Member of Advisory Board: Le Herisson School

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:
Pay

Responsibilities:
SEND Link
SIP Key Priority 5 Link: Increase the rates of progress for children from their different starting points so that more children meet the outcomes in Reading, Writing, Maths and GLD, to be at least in line with National Expectations and ready for KS1.

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
Employee: Centaurus Communications

END OF TERM: Mrs. S. Butcher

Category of Governor:
Parent

Appointed/elected by:
Parents of pupils at the school

Term of office including end date:
END OF TERM: 11 October 2019

Committees:
N/A

Responsibilities:
N/A

Governor at any other educational establishments:
N/A

Declarations of Interests:
N/A

DEMIT: Mr. A. Woodward

Category of Governor:
Foundation

Appointed/elected by:
LDBS

Term of office including end date:
01/09/15 to 31/08/19 DEMIT: 29 July 2019

Committees:
N/A

Responsibilities:
N/A

Governor at any other educational establishments:
N/A

Declarations of Interests:
N/A

RESIGNED: The Revd. C. Duce

Category of Governor:
Foundation

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

Term of office including end date:
RESIGNED: July 2019

Committees:
N/A

Responsibilities:
N/A

Governor at any other educational establishments:
N/A

Declarations of Interests:
N/A

This information was last updated 17 November 2019

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.

  
Governor Name/Role Thursday 20th September 2018 Thursday 18th October 2018 Thursday 29th November 2018 Thursday 24th January 2019 Thursday 7th March 2019 Thursday 28th March 2019 Thursday 16th May 2019 Thursday 15th July 2019
J. Bates Foundation Governor Deanery N/A

not appointed

N/A

not appointed

N/A

not appointed

Present appointed 24th Jan 2019 Present Present Absent Present
N. Bowles Parent Governor Present Absent Absent Absent Present Virtual Attendance Absent Absent
S. Brickell Staff Governor Present Present Present Present Present Present Present Present
S. Butcher Parent Governor Absent Absent Present Present Absent Absent Present Present
G. Buckle

Ex officio

Present Present Absent Present Present PresentAbsent Sabbatical Absent Sabbatical
P. Carrivick Vice Chair Local Authority – WCC Absent Present Present Present Absent Present Present Present Chaired Meeting
C. Duce Foundation Governor PCC Present Absent Present Present Present Present Present Present
R. Dyer Headteacher Ex-officio Present Present Present Present Present Present Present Present
A. Johnson Foundation Governor Trustee Absent Absent Present Absent Present Absent Absent Present
L. Playford Vice Chair Foundation Governor Trustee Present Absent Present Absent Absent Present Present Absent
W. Walter Foundation Governor LDBS Present Present Present Absent Present Present Present Present
A. Woodward Chair Foundation Governor LDBS Present Present Present Present Present Present Present Absent