School Governors

The governors are appointed by the Dunraven Educational Trust, the charitable company and Multi Academy Trust which runs the school.  The governing board has a wide range of responsibilities - clearly defined by the scheme of delegation and by law.  The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools. It has three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

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Governors or Trustees set the aims and objectives for the school and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher. In action, this means:

  • Appointing and performance reviewing the head teacher and senior leaders, including making decisions about pay
  • Managing budgets and deciding how money is spent
  • Engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community
  • Sitting on panels and making decisions about things like pupil exclusions and staff disciplinaries
  • Addressing a range of education issues within the school including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, staff workload and teacher recruitment
  • Looking at data and evidence to ask questions and have challenging conversations about the school

Governors and Trustees must be prepared to adopt the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. 

Governors and Trustees should also be committed to their role and to young people; confident in having courageous conversations; curious with an enquiring mind; able to challenge the status quo to improve things; collaborative to build strong relationships; critical to improve their own work and that of the board; and creative in problem solving and being innovative.*

The Annual General Meeting of the Dunraven Educational Trust is held in the Autumn term.  For details about the Trust's Governance, please view the website HERE

Notice of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2021

At Van Gogh Primary, our Governors are:

Name Role Term of Office
Kirsty Peace Vice-Chair (Interim Chair) and Safeguarding Link November 2018 - November 2022
Sarah Botchway   November 2018 - November 2022
Sarah Baker Health & Safety Link June 2020 - June 2024
Kim Mezoui SEND Link September 2020 - September 2024
Eleni Hack Staff Governor June 2021 - May 2025
Chris Harper Parent Governor July 2021 - July 2025

The Local Governing Board currently has a vacancy for a Parent Governor which will be filled via election.

We are always happy to hear from anyone who may be interested in the role of the Governor either for Van Gogh or one of our Trust's schools.  If you would like to find out more, please contact governance@det.org.uk 

*Source: National Governance Association

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