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.

    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.

Committees

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

The entire governing body meets one evening a term, usually at 5.30pm. 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.

There are also specific subcommittees that meet termly as well and they are:

Resources

This committee monitors and evaluates the use of all physical, financial and human resources of the school. They also look at best value for money, ensure financial probity and that the school is sufficiently resourced to implement all aspects of the School Improvement Plan.

Members:

Mrs R. Dyer
Mr S. Brickell
Mrs E. Siddall
Ms N. Bowles
Mr W. Walter (Chair)
Mrs S. Butcher

On occasion, meetings are also attended by Mr N. Cressy (Bursar).

Standards & Achievement

This committee monitors and evaluates the standards of learning and teaching and the impact on children’s achievement and attainment. They also monitor how the school ensures that we achieve our national and locally set targets and the targets that we set ourselves.

Members:

Mrs R. Dyer
Ms N. Bowles
Mr S. Brickell
The Revd. G. Buckle
Mrs E. Siddall (Interim Chair)

Meetings are also occasionally attended by Mrs S. Lee (Assistant Headteacher)

Children, Families & Community

This committee monitors and evaluates the school’s contribution to pupil well-being, and parental and community engagement including the attendance, behaviour and safety of pupils, promotion of healthy lifestyles and contribution to the school and wider community.

Members:

The Revd. G. Buckle – Chair
Mr J. Turpin
Mr A. Woodward
Mrs S. Butcher

Meetings are also attended by Mrs L. McMullan (Deputy Headteacher)

Other Committees & Roles

There are several other committees that meet to discuss specific issues:

Pay Committee (Mrs S. Butcher, Ms N. Bowles, Mr W. Walter & Mrs R. Dyer)
Admissions Committee (Mrs R. Dyer, The Revd. G. Buckle, Mr J. Turpin and Mr A. Woodward)
Headteacher’s Performance Review (Ms N. Bowles, The Revd. G. Buckle and Mrs E. Siddall)

Other roles held by members of the GB are:

Health & Safety Link Governor – Mr W. Walter
Child Protection Link Governor – Mrs S. Butcher
Special Educational Needs Link Governor – Mr J. Turpin
RE Link Governor – Mr A. Woodward
Equalities Link Governor – Ms N. Bowles
Sports Premium Link Governor – Mrs S. Butcher
Pupil Premium Link Governor – Ms N. Bowles

Terms of Reference & Other Documents

Terms of Reference:

Other Documents:

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)

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. 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

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

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

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 17 May 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 2015 - 2016

Governor Name/Role Thursday 17th September
2015
Thursday 10th
December
2015
Thursday 10th
March
2016
Wednesday
8th June
2016
Wednesday
13th July
2016
Attendance
Charles Smith

Chair of Governors 2015-2016

Present Present Present Absent Present 100%
Graham Buckle

Vice- Chair ex officio

Present Present Present Present Absent 80%
Rosetta Dyer

Headteacher
Staff Governor

Present Present Present Present Present 100%
Steve Brickell

Staff Governor

N/A

not appointed

Present Present Absent Present 75%
Patrick Murphy

Staff Governor

Present Term of office ended Term of office ended Term of office ended Term of office ended N/A
Sue Butcher

Parent Governor

N/A

not appointed

Present Present Present Present 100%
Narissa Bowles

Parent Governor

Present Present Present Present Present 100%
Erica Siddall

Foundation Governor – Deanery

Present Present Present Absent Absent 60%
John Turpin

Foundation Governor – PCC

Present Present Present Absent Present 80%
Elizabeth Szewczyk

Foundation Governor – Trustee

Present Absent Present Present Present 80%
Hugh McCormack

Foundation Governor – LDBS

Absent Absent Absent Resigned 15th March Resigned 0%
William Walter

Foundation Governor – LDBS

N/A

not appointed

N/A

not appointed

N/A

not appointed

N/A

not appointed

Present N/A

Only appointed in July 2016

Andrew Woodward

Foundation Governor –
LDBS

Present Present Present Present Present 100%
Alex MacDonald

Foundation Governor – Trustee

Present Present Present Absent Present 80%

Resources Committee Meetings 2015 - 2016

Committee Members Thursday
22nd October 2015
Thursday
11th February 2016
Thursday
26th May 2016
Attendance
Charles Smith

Chair of Governors 2015-2016

Present Present Absent 65%
Rosetta Dyer

Headteacher
Staff Governor

Present Present Present 100%
Steve Brickell

Staff Governor

Present Absent Present 65%
Narissa Bowles

Parent Governor

Present Present Present 100%
Erica Siddall

Foundation Governor – Deanery

Present Present Present 100%
Alex MacDonald

Foundation Governor – Trustee

Present Present Present 100%
Hugh McCormack

Foundation Governor – LDBS

Absent Absent Resigned

15th March

0%

Standards & Achievement Committee Meetings 2015 - 2016

Committee Members Thursday 26th November 2015 Wednesday 9th March 2016 Wednesday
15th June 2016
Attendance
Charles Smith

Chair of Governors 2015-2016

Present Present Present 100%
Rosetta Dyer

Headteacher
Staff Governor

Present Present Present 100%
Steve Brickell

Staff Governor

Present Present Present 100%
Narissa Bowles

Parent Governor

Present Present Present 100%
Erica Siddall

Foundation Governor – Deanery

Present Present Present 100%
Elizabeth Szewczyk

Foundation Governor – Trustee

Absent Present Present 65%

Children, Families & Communities Committee Meetings 2015 - 2016

Committee Members Thursday 22nd October 2015 Thursday
21st January 2016
Thursday
5th May 2016
Attendance
Graham Buckle

Vice- Chair ex officio

Present Present Present 100%
Sue Butcher

Parent Governor

N/A

not appointed

N/A

not appointed

N/A

not appointed

N/A
Narissa Bowles

Parent Governor

Present Present Present 100%
John Turpin

Foundation Governor – PCC

Present Present Present 100%
Andrew Woodward

Foundation Governor – LDBS

Present Present Present 65%

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