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Governance for Watling Park School

Watling Park School is overseen by a Local Governing Body (LGB) which has a strong focus on three strategic functions:

  • Ensuring the school is governed following the Trust & school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher and senior leadership team to account for the educational performance of the school, its pupils and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school, ensuring value for money is achieved.

These functions have been delegated to the LGB by the Bellevue Place Education Trust, which is the maintaining authority for the school.  Visit the BPET website for information on BPET’s governance structure and how this links with Watling Park School.

Free Schools are schools funded by the government with the freedom to govern independently – but all are accountable to the Secretary of State for Education. To share resources and best practice, Watling Park benefits from the Trust – a network of schools under one legal body.

BPET responsibilities are set out in the two following documents that are contracts between BPET and Secretary of State for Education:

  • Master Funding Agreement – a contract with BPET, as a multi academy sponsor
  • Supplementary Funding Agreement– a sub contract of the above for Watling Park School

The delegation for Watling Park School is set out in the BPET Scheme of Delegation.  To support BPET Governors, all are provided with a Governance Handbook that set out the terms of reference, structure along with a code of conduct for BPET governors.

This means that Watling Park School governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.

Watling Park’s LGB is made up with the following appointments:

    • Five community governors appointed by BPET, which usually includes the Chair – these are governors with a local connection or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area.
    • Two staff governors – an elected staff member and the Headteacher (as an ex-officio appointment)
    • Two parent governors (elected)
    • A governor’s term of office is 4 years and no governor will be expected to serve more than two terms.

The LGB meets at least four times a year.

All governors are required to complete a Declaration of pecuniary and personal interest every academic year.  For 2016/17 declarations, click here.

A new governing body, a focus has been training governors to support them being effective in the role.  A training log is being maintained to set out the programme of training the governors have received over the past year (2015/16).

Current Governors

Dhanmita Boodhna – Chair of Governors

Richard Caranese – Vice Chair of Governors

Chisom Jide-Ajagbe

Raymond Li

Isabelle Lee

Prettyvi Rawoo (Parent)

Anna Mechlinska (Parent)

Mark Greatrex – Trust Rep

Moira Anderson – Headteacher

Rianne Richards – Staff

The clerk to the LGB is Sarah Beaumont

Governor Appointment and Attendance Record

All schools are required to publish each governors appointment date, type of governor, term of office and attendance record.  Below is a table that outlines these area for the Watling Park governors for 2016/17.

GovernorsTypeDate appointed/resignedMeetings attendedOut of a total of
Chisom Jide-AjagbeCommunity1 Sept-15 - present01
Dhanmita BoodhnaCommunity1 Sept-15 - present11
Raymond LiCommunity1 Sept-15 - present01
Isabelle LeeCommunity1 Sept-15 - present11
Richard CaraneseCommunity1 Sept-15 - present11
Mark GreatrexCommunity - Trust Rep1 Sept-15 - present11
Moira AndersonStaff (ex-officio)1 Sept-15 - present11
Prettyvi RawooParent20 Sept 15 - present11
Anna MechlinskaParent20 Sept 15 - present11
Rianne RichardsStaff17 May 16 - present11

The table below sets out the attendance record in 2015/16.

GovernorsTypeDate appointed/resignedMeetings attendedOut of a total of
Chisom Jide-AjagbeCommunity1 Sept-15 - present46
Dhanmita BoodhnaCommunity1 Sept-15 - present56
Raymond LiCommunity1 Sept-15 - present46
Isabelle LeeCommunity1 Sept-15 - present34
Richard CaraneseCommunity1 Sept-15 - present45
Mark GreatrexCommunity - Trust Rep1 Sept-15 - present56
Moira AndersonStaff (ex-officio)1 Sept-15 - present66
Prettyvi RawooParent20 Sept 15 - present66
Anna MechlinskaParent20 Sept 15 - present56
Rianne RichardsStaff17 May 16 - present12

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