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.

Helen Morris – Parent Governor

Helen is a primary school teacher at a school in Wiltshire, and has three children in the school. Helen brings her valuable experience of education to the team, as well as her perspective of being both a parent and teacher. Helen sits on the School Improvement Committee.

 

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!

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

 

 

Miss Jennifer Lawton
Jennifer Lawton is our year 2 teacher, SEND Lead and Deputy Head Teacher, and is the Teacher Governor on the LGB.

 

 

 

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)

  Foundation Governor Vacancy

 

Bathford Church School Governors’ Details as of September 2020

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

             

Alison Rideal

LGB governor

MAT

4

26/08/2023

Pupil Premium/SEND

SEND Lead

Helen Morris

LGB governor

MAT

4

11/08/2024

School Improvement School Improvement Committee

Fiona Gillison

LGB governor

MAT

4

05/02/2023

Safeguarding

Safeguarding

Maureen Breeze

LGB governor

MAT

4

19/02/2023

School Improvement

School Improvement
Jennifer Lawton LGB governor Staff 4 01/09/2024 School Improvement Deputy Head
Jon Cooper Clerk n/a n/a n/a    
             

Bathford Church School Register of Governors’ Interests as of September 2020

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

Helen Morris

Class Teacher Clutton Primary school

   

12/08/2020

 

November 2020

Fiona Gillison

University Lecturer / Head of Department

   

05/02/2019

 

February 2019

Maureen Breeze

Nil

   

19/02/2019

 

February 2019

Jennifer Lawton

Deputy Headteacher and Year 2 Class Teacher at Bathford Church School

    01/09/2020   September 2020
Jon Cooper Nil          
             

Bathford Church School Attendance Register of Governors’ Meetings 

2020 – 2021

Governor 06/10/202019/11/202019/01/202111/03/202104/05/202129/06/2021
Beth DuffetAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Becky HayterAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Simon CunninghamAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Caroline MurrayAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Alison RidealAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Sally Land ApologiesResignedn/an/an/a
Fiona GillisonAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Maureen BreezeAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Rev. Sally Buddle AttendedAttendedApologiesn/an/a
Jennifer LawtonAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Helen MorrisAttendedAttendedApologiesAttendedApologies
Jon Cooper (clerk) AttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
2019 – 2020
Governor23/09/201909/12/201910/02/202030/03/202018/05/202006/07/2020
Beth DuffetAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Karen SykesAttendedAttendedApologiesAttendedAttendedAttended
Simon Cunningham AttendedApologiesAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Caroline MurrayAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Alison RidealAttendedAttendedAttendedApologiesAttendedAttended
Sally LandAttendedSabbatical SabbaticalAttendedAttendedApologies
Fiona GillisonAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Maureen BreezeAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Rev. Sally BuddleApologies AttendedAttendedApologiesAttendedAttended
Becky HayterAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Jon Cooper (clerk)AttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended

Former Bathford Church School Governors’ who have Resigned or Retired in the last 12 months – as of December 2020

NameStatusDate
Karen SykesRetired July 2020
Sally LandResignedNovember 2020
Sally BuddleTerm Not RenewedFebruary 2021
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