The Governors at Bents Green School are committed to ensuring that children and young people in our school are able to achieve to the best of their ability.

The Governing Body of Bents Green School do this by;

  • Setting the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school.
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school, making sure that money is spent well.

The Governing Body is made up of people with varying backgrounds and areas of expertise who have either been elected ( i.e. parents or staff) or who have been co-opted because of the knowledge they can bring to the Governing Body.

If you wish to contact the Governors you can email them on governors@bentsgreen.sheffield.sch.uk

Laura Gillespie

Co-opted and Chair of Governors

Simon Dawson

Co-opted Governor and Vice Chair of Governors

Amanda Costello - Head of School - Bent Green School

Amanda Costello

Headteacher

Donna Buckingham

Co-opted Governor & Child Protection

Laura Hall

Co-Opted Governor

Hilary Hoult

Co-opted Governor

               Julia Morrison

          Co-Opted Governor

John Plant

Co-Opted Governor

Jill Smith

Co-opted Governor

Mick Tinker

Co-Opted Governor

Matt Gabrielli

LEA Governor

Natalie Brownell

Parent Governor

Clare Coyne

Parent Governor

Sarah Wallis

Parent Governor

Kate Bradshaw

Associate Governor

Sally Haslingden

Associate Governor

Debbie Ireland

Associate Governor

Heather Partington

Assoicate Governor

Chris Brooks

Staff Governor

The Department for Education describes the purpose of a governing body as follows. The governing body should:

  • help the school to set high standards by planning for the school’s future and setting targets for school improvement
  • keep the pressure up on school improvement
  • be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice
  • help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community
  • make the school accountable to the public for what it does
  • work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review
  • exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the head teacher and staff
  • not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action
  • The name of the school is Bents Green School.
  • The school is a maintained school.
  • The name of the governing body is “The governing body of Bents Green School”.
  • The governing body shall consist of:-
    • Three parent governors.
    • One Local Authority governor.
    • One Staff governor.
    • One Headteacher.
    • Ten Co-opted governors.
  • Total number of governors: Sixteen
  • The term of office of all Governors is three years.
  • This instrument of government comes in to effect on 8 April 2014.
  • A copy of the instrument must be supplied to every member of the governor body (and the headteacher if not a governor), any trustees and to the appropriate religious body.

A governing body is made up of Local Authority, Parent, Staff and Co-opted governors from which a Chair and Vice Chair are elected. 2012 regulations require schools to have at least 7 governors including 2 parents, 1 ex-officio head, 1 elected staff, 1 Local Authority, with the remaining places filled with co-opted governors. Bents Green School governing body re-constituted on 8th April 2014. It was decided to form a governing body of 16 members which comprises:

(Co-opted governors can be parents, staff or community governors but the proportion of staff on a governing body, including the Head, cannot exceed one third of the total.)

A Chair of Governors and a Vice Chair are elected from the Parent, Local Authority and Co-opted governors (staff and the ex-officio head cannot take on these roles). Governors also choose, or are appointed, to serve on various committees and, additionally, to take on the responsibility for overseeing different priorities of the School Development Plan. Governors are encouraged to visit school on a regular basis. There is also a governor responsible for professional development. Committee meetings are chaired and clerked by appointed members of that committee.

Co-opted Governors
Is a person appointed by the governing body and who, in the opinion of the governing body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

Local Education Authority (LA) Governors
These governors are nominated by the Local Authority and appointed by the Governing Body. It is for the governing body to decide whether their nominee has the skills to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school and meets any other eligibility criteria they have set. The authority advertises for LA governors and seeks members of the community who are interested in education and committed to being fully participating school governors.

Parent Governors
Every governing body will include parent governors, in community schools all of these will be elected by parents in the school (unless there are fewer interested parents than there are places), in Voluntary Aided schools a proportion of these parents will be appointed by other governors from amongst parents in the school.

School Staff Governors
These will be elected by the staff at the school. All Governing Bodies have positions for teachers and most have a position for support staff.

Associate members
Are volunteer members of the governing body but they are not governors and have no voting rights at full governing body meetings.  The governing body will decide if it wants associate members and how many. They may be removed from office by the governing body at any time. There is no limit of associate members

Parent Governors

Claire Coyne
Start of term of office: 01/3/16
End of term of office: 01/3/19
Positions: None
Relationship to members of staff or governors: None
Declared interests: None

Sarah Wallis

Start of term of office: 13/03/17
End of term of office: 12/03/20
Positions: None
Relationship to members of staff or governors: None
Declared interests: None

Natalie Brownell

Start of term of office: 13/03/17
End of term of office: 12/03/20
Positions: None
Relationship to members of staff or governors: None
Declared interests: None

Local Authority

Matthew Gabrielli
Start of term of office: 06/12/16
End of term of office: 05/12/19
Positions:
Relationship to members of staff or governors: None
Declared interests: None

Head Teacher Ex-officio

Amanda Costello
Start of term of office: N/A
End of term of office: N/A
Positions: Head of School
Relationship to members of staff or governors: None
Declared interests: None

Staff

To be appointed
Start of term of office:
End of term of office:
Positions:
Relationship to members of staff or governors:
Declared interests:

Co-opted Governors

Simon Dawson
Start of term of office:13/09/2016
End of term of office: 12/09/2019
Positions: Vice-Chair of Governors – 3 years from 13th Sept 2016
Relationship to members of staff or governors: None
Declared interests: Managing Director of DS, Prince’s Trust Business Mentor

John Plant
Start of term of office: 01/03/16
End of term of office: 28/02/19
Positions:
Relationship to members of staff or governors
Declared interests: None

Laura Gillespie
Start of term of office: 13/09/2016
End of term of office: 12/09/2019
Positions:  Chair of Governors – 3 years from 13th September 2016
Relationship to members of staff or governors: None
Declared interests: Trustee of Sheffield Parent Carer Forum, Chair of Sheffield Lightning Athletics Club

Hilary Holt
Start of term of office: 26/11/2013
End of term of office: 25/11/2016 re-elected 13 Sept 16 to serve until 24/11/2019
Positions:
Relationship to members of staff or governors: None
Declared interests: None

Julia Morrison
Start of term of office: 13/10/2014
End of term of office: 12/10/2017
Positions:
Relationship to members of staff or governors
Declared interests: None

Mick Tinker
Start of term of office: 13/10/2015
End of term of office: 12/10/2018
Positions: School Building Manager
Relationship to members of staff or governors
Declared interests: None

Laura Hall
Start of term of office: 13/10/2015
End of term of office: 12/10/2018
Positions:
Relationship to members of staff or governors:
Declared interests: None

Donna Buckingham
Start of term of office: 16/06/2015
End of term of office: 13/10/2018
Positions:
Relationship to members of staff or governors
Declared interests: None

Jill Smith
Start of term of office: 17/05/16
End of term of office: 16/05/19
Positions:
Relationship to members of staff or governors
Declared interests:

Kate Bradshaw
Start of term of office: 13/10/2015
End of term of office: 12/10/2019
Positions:
Relationship to members of staff or governors: None
Declared interests: None

Heather Partington
Start of term of office: 13/10/2015
End of term of office: 12/10/2018
Positions: Deputy Headteacher
Relationship to members of staff or governors: None
Declared interests: None

Debbie Ireland
Start of term of office: 01/03/2016
End of term of office: 28/02/2019
Positions: School Business Manager
Relationship to members of staff or governors: None
Declared interests: None

Sally Haslingden
Start of term of office: 13/10/2015
End of term of office: 12/10/2018
Positions: Deputy Headteacher
Relationship to members of staff or governors: None
Declared interests: None

To be confirmed
Start of term of office:
End of term of office:
Positions:
Relationship to members of staff or governors: None
Declared interests: None

To be confirmed
Start of term of office:
End of term of office:
Positions:
Relationship to members of staff or governors: None
Declared interests: None

A Chair of Governors and a Vice Chair are elected from the Parent, Local Authority and Co-opted Governors (staff and the ex-officio head cannot take on these roles). Governors also choose, or are appointed, to serve on various committees and, additionally, to take on the responsibility for overseeing different priorities of the School Development Plan.

Much of the work of the Governing Body is carried out in committees. At Bents Green School our committees are

Strategy   |   Resources and Finance   |   Teaching, Learning, Parents, Students and Community

Each committee meets once a term.

Governor Committee Attendance Log Sept 2015 – August 2016

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Governor Committee Meeting Dates 2016/17

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Governor Committee Attendance Log Sept 2016 – July 2017

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Strategy Committee
Quorum: 3

Laura Gillespie – (Chair)
Amanda Costello – Headteacher

All Governors are invited to attend

Clerk: Karen Taylor

Resources and Finance Committee
Quorum: 3

John Plant (Chair)
Laura Gillespie
Simon Dawson
Julia Morrison
Debbie Ireland – (Business Manager Associate Member)

Headteacher plus subject leaders as appropriate
Clerk: Karen Taylor

Teaching and Learning Committee
Quorum: 3

Laura Gillespie (Chair)
Nissar Awan (Staff)
Laura Hall
Jill Smith
Clare Coyne
Heather Partington – (Deputy Head Associate Member)

Head teacher plus subject leaders as appropriate

Clerk: Karen Taylor

Parent, Pupil and Community Committee
Quorum: 3

Hilary Hoult ( Chair)
Donna Buckingham
Mick Tinker
Kate Bradshaw
Sally Haslingden (Deputy Head, Associate Member)

Headteacher plus subject leaders as appropriate
Clerk: Karen Taylor

Clerk to Full Governors:  Michael Clift from Governor Support

The Quorum for the full Governing body is half of the members, not including associate members. Bents Green School governing body meets termly for full meetings. These are chaired by the chair of governors and clerked by a local authority clerk. The head teacher presents a termly report which outlines the progress of teaching and learning in the school based on the results of lesson observations and data from assessments, along with progress on the School Improvement Plan, staffing, concerns, absences, exclusions and budget.

  • A typical meeting includes:
  • Declaration of interests
  • Ratifying minutes of previous meetings
  • Reviewing and approving policies
  • Matters arising from previous meetings
  • Reports from governors with special responsibilities
  • Correspondence sent to the Chair
  • Part A of the head teacher’s report
  • Part B of head teacher’s report (confidential)
  • Any other urgent business

Anyone over the age of 18 can apply to become a school governor. Terms of office usually last for 3 years. If you are interested in becoming a governor at Bents Green School you can enquire at the school office or apply online at www.gov.uk.

The National Governors’ Association [link] website has more information about the role of school governors and how to apply.

CURRENT VACANCIES

We currently have one Local Authority (LA) Governor vacancy.