Governors

Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors and the work that we do.

The Governing body consists of a group of interested people, some of which are employed by the school and others are volunteers.
 
Associate Governor
My background is in product development. I own and run two manufacturing companies which make security and storage equipment for retail chains and industrial furniture. my partner is a headteacher and we have two children.
I live in Berkley and am the Parish Council Chair. I joined the Governors to ensure good liaison between the local community and the school.
Clerk to the Governors
Sarah Pickford
I have worked at the school for 20 plus years. I am passionate about Berkley school and what it has to offer. I work hard to ensure that every child matters and all staff feel valued. I enjoy downtime in the form of reading and spending time with friends and family. Recently I have tried adding in some relaxing walks.
Taking on the role of School Business Manager at Berkley school was a significant role and so important to me. I wanted to learn more about the school, school life and education in general. I felt that a good way to do this would be to be part of the governing body, local community and the parent association, so I readily added the job of Clerk to the Governors to my role.
Headteacher Governor
Mrs Suzanne Thompson
Parent
Mrs Jo Chesshire
I have lived in Frome for over 15yrs and work for Wiltshire Police. My husband and I are both supporters of the friends of Berkley school, FBS and have enjoyed helping out at School events.
I joined the Board of Governor’s in September 2019 when my son started at Berkley. I wanted to get involved in Hugo’s education and the School as a Community. I feel it’s important to get a real understanding of how the school runs ‘behind the scenes’ in order to continue its effectiveness and success, as well as making the right decisions for the Schools future. I am one of the ‘Parent’ Governors, so if you have anything you would like to discuss as a parent of a child at Berkley First School then please feel free to contact me.
Staff Governor
Mrs Luci Hooper
I have worked at Berkley for 8 years and teach the year 1/2 children in Squirrels Class. I have always been passionate about being a teacher and wanted to help children learn from a very young age and am lucky enough to have found my dream job at Berkley. I have a son Harri and have recently had another little baby boy called Henri. At weekends I enjoy taking Harri and Henri out and catching up on sleep I have missed in the week!! I also very much enjoy attending St Mary's Church Berkley and taking the children to our special all age services.
I wanted to become a staff governor so I could be a ‘voice’ for all our school staff members at governor meetings. I also wanted to be able to support the school and become more involved in the technicalities of running a school and the work that goes on 'behind the scenes'.
Ex officio Governor
Rector St Mary's Berkley
This post of rector is being advertised
Foundation Governor
Mr Paul James
Having lived in Frome for over 20 years, I first became a parent governor whilst my daughter was a pupil at the school. I have spent most of my working life in the NHS, I have also worked for a local independent school. Married with 2 children, 1 of whom is now at university, my interests include local/family history and most sports.
Berkley School gave my daughter a great start on her educational journey and I am committed to ensuring that each child at the school has the same opportunity. Whilst it is essential that our pupils make good academic progress, it is also important that they leave as well rounded young people ready for the next stage of their education, something I strongly believe our close relationship with St Mary’s Church helps to develop. My commitment to ensuring equal opportunities for all pupils has led to me being the Lead Governor for SEND and safeguarding.
Foundation Governor
Mr David Hoare
I have lived in Frome for nearly 17 years and like Paul I first became a foundation governor whilst my daughter was a pupil at the school some 14 years ago. Most of my working life has been spent working in either central or local government in property related roles constructing and maintaining government buildings, thus at Berkley I have specific governor responsibility for overseeing the infrastructure of the school.
I have had a hands on involvement with seeing the school site grow having replaced the 2 bottom classrooms in my early years with the school, and then overseen refurbishments and extensions which have resulted in the site we have today. As a Foundation Governor I represent the St Mary’s PCC (parochial church council) and report back to them on the running of the school, ensuring that the Christian ethos of the school permeates through all that we do.
Parent
Liz Halliwell
I have just joined the Governing Body and start my term September 2019
I decided to become a parent governor following my son Lucas starting at Berkley in September 2019; I also have a daughter Meredith who has been at the school for 3 years. I was a pupil at Berkley and my mum was also a governor many years ago, so I am continuing the family tradition. I wanted to join the Board of Governors in order to get a better understanding of the pressures the school is under and to help shape the future of the school. I am also a member of the FBS and I want to build on the relationship between the parents and the Governors in order to enhance the school community.
Parent Governor
Mr Tommy Street
I am originally from Hampshire, but moved to Standerwick approximately 12 years ago. I work as a Solicitor and have my own firm, specialising in Employment and Litigation, based in Frome.
My two eldest children have benefited enormously from Berkley and, with two others still under its tuition, I wanted to make a contribution towards the running of the school. I certainly feel as thorough I can assist from a legal/compliance point of view, and also as an interested parent. My two youngest children love going to Berkley in the morning and I want to make sure that this is the same for all children at the school.
Our Governors are responsible for the strategic direction of the school and the Headteacher and the Management team run the school on a day-to-day basis.
Strategic responsibilities (which are defined in law) include:
    • Being accountable for the performance of the school
    • Planning the future direction of the school
    • Promoting high standards of educational achievement
    • Setting targets for pupil achievement
    • Taking general responsibility for the conduct of the school
    • Managing the schools budget, including key staffing decisions
    • Making sure the curriculum is balanced, broadly based and complies with legal requirements
    • Making sure that the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special educational needs
    • Drawing up and action plan after inspection by OFSTED (the Office for Standards in Education

The Governors carry out their role through support, challenge, monitoring and evaluation.  they are responsible for overseeing the successful management of all areas of the school and for upholding the general ethos of the school. they meet on a regular basis with the Headteacher and staff.

Governors are elected every 4 years and represent different areas of the school and its community. they bring different skills to the board and therefore it is important for the board to carry out regular skills audits to ensure all areas of expertise required are covered.

Our Governors meet several times a year and are committed to providing an excellent environment for all pupils to enjoy during their time at Berkley school. They also attend local community and collaboration meetings to ensure they keep up to date with any new initiatives and to be able to work collaboratively with other local schools.

To contact Governors:

Contacting the Chair of Governors or a foundation Governor can be done by writing to the Chair of governors c/o the school or by phoning the school office on 01373 887390 or emailing sch.030@educ.somerset.gov.uk

We try to attend most school events and meetings so there should always be an opportunity to speak to us if you want to.

All correspondence or communication will be treated confidentially unless the parent states otherwise.

Governors Short form

Currently being updated

Attendance Record

2019/20

Governor Attendance Record 2019/2020

2018/19

Governor Attendance Record 2018/2019

Governor Meeting Dates

2019/20

Governor Meeting Dates 2019

2018/19

Governor Meeting Dates 2018 -19

Standing Orders

Standing Orders 2019-2020

Governors Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct 2019

Governor Visits and Monitoring Form

Governor visits and monitoring form

Governor Structure, Monitoring and Terms of Reference

Governor Structure, monitoring and Terms of Reference

Questionnaire’s

Parental Replies To Ofsted Questionnaire 2016

Questionnaire Feedback from all stakeholders 2017

Parental replies to questionaire July 2018

Governor Information

Instrument of Governance 

Governors Report to Parents – This information is now found within the SDP and the SDP Review under key information on the web site and more information can be found in the parental questionnaires above.

Pecuniary Interests

Governors are required to declare their Pecuniary interests (Business, Financial and Governance Interests) every year.

Pecuniary Interests for 2019/20

David Oliver – Futurform – End of term

Sophie Davies – Wiltshire Council – End of term

David Hoare – Bath University

Kieron Rushton – lidl – End of term

Carole Brautigam – Southwick School Governor – End of term

Tommy Street – Own Solicitor Business

Andrew knight – Berkley Parish Council, Mendip Parish Forum, RiManufacturing, Ironfire Ltd,

Staff

Suzanne Thompson – Head

Luci Hooper – Deputy

Sarah Pickford – Clerk

Parents

Tommy Street

Jo Cheshire

Liz Halliwell – Foundation

For each meeting Pecuniary Interests are declared. This is a standard agenda item.