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Mr Chris Yelland - Chair of Governors
Mrs Elaine Okopski - 01.09.2014–31.08.2018, Curriculum & Student Welfare Committee (Special Educational Needs Governor – Pastoral & Looked After Children)
Mrs Louise Burgess – 14.1.2015-13.1.2019 - Curriculum and Student Welfare Committee
Mrs Julie Samouelle – 1.9.2016 – 31.08.2020
Mrs Tracey Richards – 1.9.2016 – 31.08.2020

Mr Richard A Jacobs - Principal
Mr Phil Hadgett - 1.9.2017 - 31.08.2021

Mr David Harwood - 16.07.2014-15.07.2018, Finance and Resources Committee (Vice Chair of Finance and Resources Committee, Chesil Education Partnership Link Governor)

Mr David Harris  - 01.09.2014-31.08.2018, Strategic Advisory & Personnel Committee, Curriculum & Student Welfare Committee (Chair of Curriculum & Student Welfare Committee, Governor Responsible for Supporting Children with Medical Conditions, Careers’ Governor) 

Ms Susan Prescott – 13.07.2016 – 12.07.2020, Strategic Advisory & Personnel Committee, Finance and Resources Committee (Acting- Chair of Governors, Chair of Finance and Resources Committee, SMSC Governor) 
Mr Andrew Prowse – 01.01.2016 – 21.12.2019, Finance and Resources Committee, Equality Governor. 
Mrs Jane Delany  - 01.09.2016 –31.8.2020, Curriculum & Student Welfare Committee (Vice Chair of Curriculum & Student Welfare Committee, Pupil Premium Governor, Student Voice Governor) 
Mrs Angela Puddick – 01.09.2016 – 31.08.2020

Education in schools has changed dramatically in the last two decades. These changes have transformed the role and work of governing bodies. They now have key responsibilities for setting their school's aims and policies, deciding how money will be spent, managing the employment of staff, and the maintenance and development of the premises. Most important of all, they have an important role in the main purpose of their school – ensuring that its pupils receive the best possible education.

Effective governing bodies work in close partnership with the headteacher in making decisions. The head, not the governing body, is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and management of the school.

The responsibilities of the governing body are defined in law. They are predominantly strategic and include:

The governing body's formal work and decision-making is undertaken in meetings. Their considerable workload is managed by delegating some tasks to committees or other small groups.

Committees specialise in one of a number of areas, typically curriculum, finance, staff and premises matters. (Budmouth has three main committees: Curriculum, Personnel and Resources, and Finance.) Budmouth also has a Strategic Advisory Committee – a discussion group with Chair of Governors, Vice Chair of Governors and governors who chair committees.

All governors are expected to attend meetings of the full governing body. Indeed, the fact that they are now required to give reasons for non-attendance underlines the importance of attendance. There are usually two meetings each term. Additionally, governors are expected to belong to a committee. Committees usually also hold two meetings each term.

All meetings start with apologies, declarations of interest (to declare any conflicting interests), an opportunity to put forward items for any other business at the end of the meeting, plus agreeing the minutes of the previous meeting (including any matters arising from the minutes). The main agenda items will be taken from the meeting plans plus any additional items for that particular meeting. On occasions relevant members of staff are asked to come and talk to governors about specific topics and these items will usually be slotted in at the start of the meeting. Any decisions that need to be made are usually proposed and seconded, but there must be a quorum – 50% of the current number of governors on the governing body for a full governing body meeting and 3 governors for a committee meeting. At the end of the meeting agenda items for the next meeting are noted, also the date for the next meeting. (All meeting dates are pre-arranged and agreed by the governors for the year.)

If a member of staff wishes to experience a governor meeting this should be arranged through the Clerk to the Governors.

Copies of signed minutes are kept in a file in the staffroom and are available for any member of staff to read.

The governing body decides on the number of governors between 9 and 20, agreed with Local Authority and/or trustees. The precise make-up of a governing body depends on the type of school. All schools include the following governors:

Governors are usually elected or appointed for four years and can apply to be re-elected or re-appointed.

Name Businesses (of which I am a partner/proprietor) Company directorships, Trusteeships & Governorships Any other potentially relevant interest Attendance Record
Mrs Laraine Bradshaw (Staff Governor) None None None 6/12
Mrs Rose Bruce (Partnership Governor, Chair of Governors) (Retired) None Budmouth Ltd (Chuckles) - Director None 26/30
Mrs Louise Burgess (Parent Governor)  None None None 12/12
Mrs Jane Delaney 
(Co-opted Governor)
None None None 8/12
Mr William Ford
Sole Trader None Spouse employed at the College as the Examinations Officer.   9/12

Mrs Amanda Fortescue (Ex-officio)

None None Spouse employed at the College as a Teacher N/A
Mrs Anna-Maria Geare (Associate Governor) Geare Business Consultancy None None N/A
Mr David Harris (Partnership Governor) None None None 18/18
Mr David Harwood (Local Authority Governor) None CEP (Chesil Education Partnership) Chair of Governors None 18/18
Mrs Elaine Okopski (Parent Governor) None None None 10/12
Ms Susan Prescott 
(Co-opted Governor)
Sole Trader.  Homestay and Venture breaks Ltd/ITEACPD Ltd None None 17/18
Mr Andrew Prowse 
(Co-opted Governor)
None Trustee Weymouth Town Charities   10/12
Mrs Angela Puddick (Associate Governor) None None None N/A
Mrs Tracey Richards (Parent Governor) None None None N/A
Mrs Julie Samouelle (Parent Governor) None None None N/A
Mr Chris Yelland 
(Parent Governor)
None None None N/A
Mr James Mussenden
None None None 14/21

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