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Beecroft Garden Governing Body

We are very lucky at Beecroft Garden to have a very active Governing Body that works closely with the school to improve educational attainment.

The Governors are:

  • Chair of Governors: Hugh Morris
  • Vice Chair of Governors: Claudine Munro-Lafon and Nicholas Ostrowski
  • Associate Member: Lucy Kirkland
  • Parent Governor: Naqash Goher
  • Parent Governor: Sarich Khizer
  • Co-opted Governor: Adam Benedykt
  • Co-opted Governor: Susie Labinjoh
  • Co-opted Governor: Clare McGread 
  • Staff Governor: Tembisa Yawa
  • Headteacher: Graham Voller

All Governors can be contacted via the school office either by email admin@beecroftgarden.lewisham.sch.uk or by letter, please mark your envelope private and confidential and it will be forwarded to the named Governor.

About the governors

Governors are appointed for four years.

It’s a voluntary role, so governors aren’t paid for the work they do for the governing board. The chair of governors leads the governing board and is elected every two years by them. Each committee is also headed by a chair, elected by the committee members. Parent governors are elected to the governing board by parents and teachers elect a teacher representative. Community governors are appointed from within the local community providing the governing board agrees.

Role of school governors

The governing board at Beecroft Garden Primary School is made up of 11 governors.

We provide strategic leadership and accountability for the school. We appoint the Headteacher and with the Headteacher, we appoint the Deputy Head.

We meet regularly to assess how the school is performing and to make sure it is managed effectively. We don’t get involved in the day to day running of the school, individual complaints or do fundraising.

We all meet twice a term for a full governors meeting.

We have two committees:

  • the resources committee looks in detail at how the school’s money is spent
  • the curriculum committee looks at how and what the children are taught and how they are performing

Each committee meets separately at least once a term.

Discussions of each meeting and the decisions made are recorded in writing. Lewisham Council provides us with a clerk who independently minutes our meetings.

You can view the published minutes of the governor’s meetings. Please contact the school reception for details.

Declaration of Business Interests

Please click here for our latest declaration of business interests.

How Lewisham Council helps us

Beecroft Garden is a local authority maintained school, supported and held to account by Lewisham Council.

The council supports governors by providing information, training sessions and conferences. They publish a governor’s handbook every term that highlights any key changes that could affect the running of the school.

Lewisham Council decides if our governing body structure complies with rules set by the Department for Education.

School priorities for 2023-24

The governors have agreed that the school’s priorities for 2023 to 2024 are:

  • To increase achievement and progress in English throughout the school. 
  • To create a comprehensive Professional Development programme to develop expert teachers using the "Great Teaching Toolkit".
  • To ensure accelerated progress for Pupil Premium children throughout the school by developing meaningful and fulfilling curricula & extra curricula experiences. 
  • To develop meaningful community engagement around the school's commitment to tackling race inequality in education.
  • To embed a broad curriculum which progresses from EYFS through to KS1.

THE GOVERNING BODY OF BEECROFT GARDEN PRIMARY SCHOOL

(Crofton Park Ward)

Beecroft Road

London SE4 2BS

Tel 0208692 2762/Fax 020 8694 9976

GOVERNING BODY STRUCTURE

Reconstituted 13/11/19

 10 governor places

 

Headteacher                                                                      1

Staff                                                                                     1

Nominated by the London Borough of Lewisham            1

(appointed by the Governing Body)

Elected parents of pupils attending the school                2

Co-opted                                                                            5

 

Chair of the Governing Body – Mr Hugh Morris

Vice Chair of the Governing Body – Ms Claudine Munro-Lafon and Mr Nicholas Ostrowski

 

COMMITTEE STRUCTURE

 

Curriculum Committee: Chair – Ms Susie Labinjoh

Resources and Pay Committee: Chair – Mr Nicholas Ostrowski

 

Pupil Discipline Committee / Staff Discipline Committee / Dismissal Committee / Complaints Committee / Pay Appeals Committee

Membership to comprise any three members of the Governing Body having regard to availability, personal knowledge or involvement in a case, and any advice from Lewisham HR regarding the appropriate make up of a committee.

 

Clerk to the Governing Body:  Mrs Jackie Woods, c/o Beecroft Garden Primary School

 


Governors’ details (for each governor who has served at any point over the past 12 months) – FEBRUARY 2024

Please open this Document for the above information 


 GOVERNORS’ ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS 2022/23

All meetings in 2022/23 took place remotely via Zoom.

NAME

GOVERNING BODY

 

 

4/10/22

29/11/22

7/2/23

31/3/23

18/5/23

13/6/23

13/7/23

Ms Rita Barr

ü

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mr Adam Benedykt

X

X

ü

ü

X

X

ü

Ms Emma Cole

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Mr Naqash Goher

N/A

N/A

N/A

ü

ü

X

ü

Ms Sarich Khizer

N/A

N/A

N/A

ü

ü

X

ü

Ms Lucy Kirkland

N/A

 N/A

 N/A

ü

ü

X

X

Ms Susie Labinjoh

ü

ü

ü

ü

X

ü

ü

Ms Sharon Long

X

ü

X

X

X

X

X

Ms Clare McGread

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

Mr Mick McGuire

X

X

ü

ü

X

X

X

Mr Hugh Morris

N/A

N/A

N/A

ü

X

X

ü

Ms Claudine Munro-Lafon

X

X

ü

ü

ü

X

ü

Mr Nicholas Ostrowski

X

X

ü

ü

ü

ü

X

Ms Lee Tang

ü

ü

ü

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mr Sebastian Toscani

N/A

N/A

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

Mr Andrew Twesigye

ü

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mr Graham Voller

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

 

 

 

 

 

NAME

RESOURCES COMMITTEE

 

1/11/22

26/1/23

8/6/23

Mr Adam Benedykt

ü

ü

ü

Ms Sharon Long

X

X

ü

Mr Mick McGuire

X

ü

ü

Mr Hugh Morris

N/A

N/A

ü

Mr Nicholas Ostrowski

ü

ü

ü

Ms Lee Tang

ü

ü

N/A

Mr Sebastian Toscani

N/A

ü  *

N/A

Mr Andrew Twesigye

X

N/A

N/A

Mr Graham Voller

ü

ü

ü

 

            NAME

CURRICULUM COMMITTEE

 

17/11/22

9/3/23

20/6/23

Ms Emma Cole

X

ü

ü

Mr Naqash Goher

N/A

N/A

X

Ms Sarich Khizer

N/A

N/A

N/A

Ms Lucy Kirkland

N/A

N/A

X

Ms Susie Labinjoh

ü

ü

ü

Ms C. McGread 

ü

ü

ü

Mr Hugh Morris

N/A

ü  *

N/A

Ms Claudine Munro-Lafon

ü

ü

X

Mr Graham Voller

ü

ü

ü

               

*  Attended as an observer