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
I have just become a Governor at Berkley School - May 2019
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. I have recently tried to fit more walking into my downtime.
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
Mr Steve Kirby
I was delighted to join Berkley First School in September 2016 on a part-time basis and am loving every moment in this very friendly and hard-working school. I have taught for 39 years in both the private and (predominantly) state sector, in first, middle and secondary schools and have assumed roles including Head of English, Head of Religious Education, Head of PSHE, Head of Year, Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher. I have taught in Frome at both middle schools since 1991 and was Head of Selwood Academy from 2007-2013. All my experience has led me to really believe in the maxim ‘Each child is my child’, and to expect as much for each child as I would for my own offspring. Speaking of which, I have been married to Sue for 39 years, we have three children and currently three grandchildren with a fourth on the way. My wife and I have a great deal of contact with our grandchildren and look after them regularly, which keeps us young and helps me to see things from the perspective of a five year old. In my spare time I read, write and play various sports, such as golf, tennis and badminton. I am an avid Everton FC supporter, and for the first time in my life the club seems to have money to burn! Hopefully this will lead to Everton pushing for a top four finish.
Chair (Foundation Governor) and a Parent
Mr Kieron Rushton
I have been a governor with Berkley since 2013. My three children have all come through the school, Rio, my stepson, is now at Frome College, Eloise is at Selwood and Rosie will be in Berkley until 2019.
I have been a senior manager in high turnover retail for 10 years and this helps with my understanding of the schools financial reporting, legal requirements and community involvement. I love being part of a school with a history of success, a great present and a wonderful future.
Staff Governor
Mrs Luci Hooper
I have worked at Berkley for 6 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 recently had a little baby boy called Harri. At weekends I enjoy taking Harri to the park and catching up on sleep I have missed in the week!!
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 List – Short Form

Governor Attendance Record for Governor Meetings 2016-17

Attendance Record for Governor Meetings 2017/18

Attendance Record for Governor Meetings 2018/19

Governor Meeting Dates 2018 -19

Standing Orders 2018/19

Governors Code of Conduct 2018/19

Governor visits and monitoring form

Governor monitoring and terms of reference 2018/19

Parental Replies To Ofsted Questionnaire 2016

Questionnaire Feedback from all stakeholders 2017

Parental replies to questionaire July 2018

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

Carole Brautigam – Southwick School Governor – End of term

Tommy Street – Own Solicitor Business

Andrew knight – Parish Council, RiManufacturing

Staff

Luci Hooper

Steve Kirby

Sarah Pickford

Suzanne Thompson

Parents

Tommy Street

Liz Halliwell

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