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 - LDBS (21 February 2022 – 20 February 2026)

    Ms. N. Bowles

    Chair of Governors - LDBS (21 February 2022 – 20 February 2026)
    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, running, cooking and spending as much time in Kew Gardens and Richmond Park as possible.

    Mrs A. Sladden : Vice-Chair of Governors - LDBS (21 January 2020 - 20 January 2024)

    Mrs A. Sladden

    Vice-Chair of Governors - LDBS (21 January 2020 - 20 January 2024)
    Anna works in a trade & investment negotiation team at the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, following a position as Senior Development Manager at the Centre for Social Justice, helping to improve the life opportunities of those most deprived in the UK. She gained a BA Hons (1st) in International Relations & French at the University of Exeter, which included a year's study at Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence, France; followed by an MSc in Global Politics at LSE. A Westminster resident, Anna enjoys playing tennis, travelling, skiing & sailing with family when the British weather permits.

    Ms. Y. Barnett : Headteacher - Ex-officio (appointed Sep 2020)

    Ms. Y. Barnett

    Headteacher - Ex-officio (appointed Sep 2020)

    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 & 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.

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

    Mrs J. Bates

    Deanery (24 January 2019 – 23 January 2023)
    Jill lives with her husband and three children in Battersea. She earned her PGCE and M.Ed at Cambridge University, after reading Psychology and English at the University of Ottawa, and has enjoyed an extensive teaching and educational leadership career in schools across UK & the US. Following a break to care for her children, she has now resumed her career as a primary school teacher. Her professional research interests include developing resilience and growth mindset in pupils and her pastimes include knitting, reading mysteries & playing in Battersea Park with her children.

    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.

    Mrs. S. Lee : Elected Staff (13 October 2021 – 12 October 2025)

    Mrs. S. Lee

    Elected Staff (13 October 2021 – 12 October 2025)
    Sascha has taught at Burdett-Coutts since moving to London from the North-East in 2012. During that time she has undertaken a variety of teaching and leadership roles across the school, and has worked with a wide range of year group. She is currently an Assistant Headteacher and her responsibilities include leading English. Before training as a teacher, Sascha read history at Durham University. Sascha is passionate about the education of young people, and joined the school’s governing body as the elected staff governor following her return to work from maternity leave in October 2021.

    Ms. S J Nicholls : Elected Parent (02 December 2021 – 01 December 2025)

    Ms. S J Nicholls

    Elected Parent (02 December 2021 – 01 December 2025)

    Ms E. Standring : Trustee (11 March 2021 – 10 March 2025)

    Ms E. Standring

    Trustee (11 March 2021 – 10 March 2025)
    Emily studied English Literature at Royal Holloway College, University of London, after which she worked in various marketing roles until her son was born in 2004. During her career break, she was involved in many local charities and decided to use this fundraising experience when she returned to work in 2018. She worked in development roles in the independent and state school sectors before returning to Katherine Low Settlement (a local charity where she'd volunteered as an ESOL assistant) as Fundraising Manager. Emily lives with her husband and three children in Battersea; she is a keen reader, theatre and gym goer.

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.

Our governors are also 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.

Following recent guidelines, we have streamlined our governing body’s processes and procedures to ensure our focus remains primarily on strategic issues. Our ongoing aim is to ensure the sharing of all key information and effective use of governors’ and school leaders’ skills and time. 

As well as meeting 6 times a year, we also meet to form the following committees – Pay, Headteacher’s Performance Management, and Admissions – in order to be able to discharge certain statutory functions. We further meet at the following Forums – Finance & Business, Outcomes, and Ethos – to monitor and ensure the effectiveness of our school in these important areas.

FGB Meeting Minutes

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Key Documents

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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: Parent Governor appointed by parents of pupils at the school

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

Committees & Responsibilities 
Ethos Committee | SEND & LAC Link Governor

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
None

Ms. Y. Barnett

Category: Headteacher appointed by virtue of ex-officio role

Term of office including end date:
Ex-officio

Committees & Responsibilities:
Pay & Admissions Committees

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
None

Mrs J. Bates

Category: Foundation Governor appointed by Deanery of Westminster

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

Committees & Responsibilities:
Ethos & Pay Committees

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
Employment: Thomas’s Battersea School

Ms. N. Bowles

Category: Foundation Governor appointed by the LDBS

Term of office including end date:
21/02/22 to 20/02/26

Committees & Responsibilities:
Outcomes & Ethos Committees | Chair of Governors

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
Trustee of Friends of Burdett-Coutts, Trustee of Tiffin Girls’ Music Society, Director of IMAGIZ Ltd

The Revd. G. Buckle

Category: Foundation Governor appointed by virtue of ex-officio role (Vicar of St Stephen with St John, Westminster)

Term of office including end date:
Ex-officio

Committees & Responsibilities:
Ethos Committee | SIAMs Link

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

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

Mrs S. Lee

Category: Staff Governor appointed by staff at the school

Term of office including end date:
13/10/21 to 12/10/25

Committees & Responsibilities:
Outcomes & Ethos Committees | Health & Safety Link Governor

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
None

Ms. S. J. Nicholls

Category: Parent Governor appointed by parents of pupils at the school

Term of office including end date:
02/12/21 to 01/12/25

Committees & Responsibilities:
Outcomes Committee | Outcomes Link Governor (Shadow)

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
None

Mrs A. Sladden

Category: Foundation Governor appointed by the LDBS

Term of office including end date:
21/01/20 to 20/01/24

Committees & Responsibilities:
Ethos & Pay Committees | Vice-Chair of Governors, Finance & Business Link

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
N/A

Ms. E. Standring

Category: Foundation Governor appointed by the Trustees of the Burdett Coutts & Townshend Foundation

Term of office including end date:
11/03/21 to 10/03/25

Committees & Responsibilities:
Safeguarding & Equalities Link

Governor at any other educational establishments:
None

Declarations of Interests:
None declared

END OF TERM / RESIGNATIONS:

  • Ms. A. Johnson (Foundation appointed by Trustees of the Burdett-Coutts & Townshend Foundation | 29/04/18 to 28/04/22 | END OF TERM)
  • Miss R. John (Foundation Governor appointed by the Parochial Church Council | 09/03/2021 to 08/03/2025 | RESIGNED February 2022)
  • Miss C. Hui (Foundation Governor appointed by the LDBS | 25/02/20 to 24/02/24 | RESIGNED November 2021)
  • Mr P. Carrivick (Local Authority Governor appointed by Westminster Council | 11/07/17 to 12/07/21 | END OF TERM)
  • Mr S. Brickell (Staff Governor appointed staff at the school | 26/09/19 to 25/09/23 | RESIGNED May 2021)

This information was last updated 03 March 2022

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
24th September 202012th November 202028th January 202111th March 202106th May 202124th June 2021
S. Agabani Parent Elected Present Absent Present Present Present Present
J. Bates
Foundation: Deanery
AbsentPresentPresentPresentPresentAbsent
N. Bowles
Parent Elected
PresentPresentPresentEnd of termEnd of termEnd of term
S. Brickell
Staff Elected
Present PresentAbsentAbsentResignedResigned
G. Buckle
Vicar
Ex officio
PresentPresentPresentPresentPresentAbsent
P. Carrivick
Chair
Local Authority WCC
PresentPresentPresentPresentPresentPresent
Y. Barnett
Headteacher
Ex-officio
PresentPresentPresentPresentPresentPresent
C. Hui
Foundation: LDBS
PresentAbsentPresentPresentPresentAbsent
A. Johnson
Vice Chair
Foundation: Trustee
PresentAbsentAbsentAbsent PresentPresent
L. Playford
Vice Chair
Foundation: Trustee
PresentAbsentPresentEnd of termEnd of termEnd of term
A. Sladden
Foundation: LDBS
AbsentPresentPresentPresentPresentPresent
E. Standring
Foundation: Trustee
Not yet appointedNot yet appointedNot yet appointedPresentPresentPresent