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

At Van Gogh Primary, our Governors are:

Sally Prentice Chair of Governors
Sarah Botchway  
Kirsty Pearce Vice-Chair and Safeguarding Link
Sarah Baker Health & Safety Link
Kim Mezoui  
Eleni Hack Staff Governor
Chris Harper Parent Governor
Andrea Marcela Monina Mejia Parent Governor

*Source: National Governance Association


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