Governors

The School Governors are appointed to oversee the running of the school. They act as our “critical friends.” They are representatives of the parents, the Local Authority, the local community and the Church of England. Meetings are held at least once a term and are open for parents to attend. All minutes of meetings are available on request at the school office. If you have a query that you would like the Governing Body to address, please email beth.duffett@bathford.bwmat.org or office@bathford.bwmat.org

Beth Duffett, Chair of Governors and Foundation Governor

Beth has been a governor at Bathford School for 7 years and has been Chair of Governors since September 2018. She works in business management and brings management, administration, budgeting and HR expertise to the team. Beth has two daughters in school and one who is now in senior school, having been through Bathford.

Caroline Murray, MAT Governor and Co-vice Chair of Governors

Caroline is a Chartered Civil Engineer and STEM ambassador. She brings to the school her passion for Science and Engineering and her experience in project management, site maintenance and Health and Safety, which is useful as Caroline is the Health and Safety Governor for the school. Caroline has three children at the school.

Simon Cunningham, MAT Governor and Co-vice Chair of Governors

Simon moved to the village with his family in March 2017. Having previously been a school governor in Hertfordshire, he was quickly snapped up! Simon is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) with over 15 years’ experience specialising in the charity and education sector. Simon chairs our Finance and General Purposes Committee and has two children in the school.

Sally Land – Parent Governor

Sally is a former journalist and editor who now runs her own communications agency specialising in charities and businesses with social purpose. She chairs the Curriculum Committee which monitors the school’s academic achievement levels. Sally has three sons at the school.

Alison Rideal – MAT Governor

Alison is a retired education psychologist and has been a governor with us for many years. Given her profession, Alison is ideally placed to support the LGB and school with their SEND and Pupil Premium strategies and she is the SEND Governor. Alison is known to many as she helps at Pepperpot. She is also one of those responsible for the lovely bell ringing that greets the village on a Sunday morning!

Reverend Sally Buddle – Vicar and Foundation Governor

Sally has been the vicar at St Swithun’s Church since she and her family moved here in January 2017. Sally is known to all the children, as she regularly attends school in her capacity as our local vicar. She also chairs the school’s Ethos Committee and welcomes our school family to St Swithun’s on a regular basis.

Dr Fiona Gillison – MAT Governor

Fiona has been a resident in the village for 11 years and is a Health Psychologist and Head of Department for Health at the University of Bath. Fiona brings a wealth of knowledge from her research work in promoting physical activity and her experience of working with young people in further education. Fiona is currently the Safeguarding Governor.

Maureen Breeze – MAT Governor

Maureen will be known to many of you as local cookery teacher, founder member of the Village Shop Initiative, Chair of the Twinning Association and other village activities. Whilst now semi-retired, Maureen brings to the school her experience from a wide ranging career in education and training, including research and consultancy.

The staff members on the LGB are:

Mrs Becky Hayter 

Becky Hayter is our Head Teacher

Clerk to the Governors

Jon Cooper is the Clerk to Governors; if you would like to get in touch with our governors please do so via Jon (jon.cooper@bathford.bwmat.org)

Bathford Church School Governors’ Details as of September 2019

Name

Category

Appointed by

Term of Office

(no. of years & end date)

Committee membership

Responsibilities

             

Becky Hayter

LGB governor

Staff

4

01/01/2024

School Improvement, Finance, Admissions, Safeguarding, Ethos

Headteacher

Beth Duffett

LGB governor

MAT

4

17/09/2022

Admissions & Head Teacher Performance Management

Chair of Governors

Caroline Murray

LGB governor

MAT

4 01/01/2022

Health & Safety, Finance, Admissions

Co-vice chair of Governors

Simon Cunningham

LGB governor

MAT

4

19/03/2022

Finance & General Purposes, Discipline and Grievance

Co-vice chair of Governors

Rev Sally Buddle

LGB governor

Foundation/Trust

4

01/01/2021

Ethos

Chair of Ethos Committee

Alison Rideal

LGB governor

MAT

4

26/08/2023

Pupil Premium/SEND

SEND Lead

Sally Land

LGB governor

MAT

4

01/01/2022

Ethos Pupil Premium Governor

Fiona Gillison

LGB governor

MAT

4

05/02/2023

Safeguarding

Safeguarding

Maureen Breeze

LGB governor

MAT

4

19/02/2023

School Improvement

School Improvement
Jon Cooper Clerk n/a n/a n/a    
             
             

Bathford Church School Register of Governors’ Interests as of September 2019

Name

Name of Business

Including:

  • governor elsewhere (please include school name)
  • related/married to member of staff (include staff name)
  • employed at school

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Date of Appointment or Acquisition

Date of Cessation of Interest

Date of Entry

             

Becky Hayter

Headteacher employed at school    

01/01/2016

 

January 2016

Beth Duffett

Nil

   

17/09/2018

 

December 2013

Caroline Murray

Nil

   

01/01/2018

 

January 2018

Simon Cunningham

Nil

   

19/03/2018

 

March 2018

Rev Sally Buddle

Nil

   

01/01/2017

 

January 2017

Alison Rideal

Nil

   

26/08/2019

 

January 2013

Sally Land

Nil

   

01/01/2018

 

January 2018

Fiona Gillison

Nil

   

05/02/2019

 

February 2019

Maureen Breeze

Nil

   

19/02/2019

 

February 2019

Jon Cooper

Nil

         
             
             

Bathford Church School Attendance Register of Governors’ Meetings as of July 2020

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