Governor Information and Duties
Local Authority Govenor
Director of Strategy and Resources
Forest Hill School Governing Board as of October 2016
Information and Duties
Forest Hill School has sixteen governors including the head teacher Mr. Sullivan. We represent parents, school staff, the local community and the education authority. We give our time voluntarily, working together to bring a range of outside knowledge and skills to the school. We all support the core values and ethos of the school.
As governors, we are responsible for:
- Ensuring the school delivers high quality education to all students.
- Recognizing and celebrating the schools strengths.
- Monitoring pupil progress and achievement using current data.
- Supporting the head teacher and senior leadership team in identifying where the school is not performing as well as it could, and challenging them where necessary.
- Overseeing the school budget including pupil premium funding.
- Appointing the head teacher.
- Monitoring and evaluating the funding and provision within the school for students with special educational needs and disabilities
- Access arrangements for public examinations for SEN students
We work together as a team with shared responsibilities – Governors never make decisions on their own, nor do they act as individuals.
The full governing board, chaired by Dr. John Perry, meets twice a term. Our clerk Karen O’Brien distributes the agenda, takes the minutes and ensures we are complying with our statutory requirements. Key responsibilities are delegated to the following committees:
The Management committee chaired by Dr. John Perry
The Learning and Achievement committee chaired by Patrick McMorrow
The Special Educational Needs committee chaired by Dr. John Perry
Other committees meet as necessary and discuss matters arising.
Forest Hill School Governors (16)
Head Teacher – Mike Sullivan
Elected by the Staff of the School – Mark Salmon and Stuart Livingstone
Elected by Parents of Pupils Attending the School – Dr. John Perry (Chair), Russell Ockwell, Beki Bateson, Judith Ralphs, Laura Foster.
Local Authority Governor – Richard Cory
Co-opted Governors – Paula Hamilton, Stuart Livingstone, Patrick McMorrow, Alan Quarterman, Christine Bernard, Keith Knox, Petrine Macdonald
Associate Governor – Dave King
Clerk to the Governing Body – Karen O’Brien
Management Committee (delegated)
Finance; Staffing; Pay; Premises & Health & Safety; Documents and Policies; New Legislation – Christine Bernard, Mike Sullivan, Richard Cory, Patrick McMorrow, Karen O’Brien (Committee Clerk), Samantha Davies (Director of Strategy and Resources), Beki Bateson, Russell Ockwell, Dr. John Perry, Keith Knox, Keeley Graham (Associate Governor)
Learning and Achievement Committee (delegated)
Curriculum; Ofsted Preparation and Monitoring; School Improvement, Outcomes & Progress – Mike Sullivan, Patrick McMorrow (Committee Chair), Petrine MacDonald, Dr. John Perry, Rachel Woolf, Karen O’Brien (Committee Clerk), George German (Deputy Head Teacher), Paula Hamilton, Dave King, Judith Ralphs, Keith Knox
SEND & Learning Support Committee (not delegated)
Mike Sullivan, Iain Haresign, Paula Hamilton, Dave King, Stuart Livingstone, Keith Knox, Dr. John Perry (Chair)
SFH6 Committee (delegated)
Mike Sullivan (FH), Charlotte Jones (SYD Joint Committee Chair), Gill Pooley (Head of SFH6), Petrine MacDonald (FH), Lorraine Martin (SYD), Gloria Lowe (SYD), Lesley Clarke (Committee Clerk), Mark Salmon, Dr. John Perry, Russell Ockwell
Pupil Discipline, Staff Discipline/Grievance, Staff Capability: Minimum 3 experienced Governors form panel
Staff Liaison Committee
Mike Sullivan, Stuart Livingstone, Dr. John Perry plus Union Reps and other Governors as available
Head Teacher Performance Appraisal Panel
Keith Knox, Jackie Jones (School Improvement Advisor), Dr. John Perry