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The Governing Body

Welcome to our Governors’ section

 

Who are we?

Our Governing Body is made up of 12 people, drawn from different parts of the community, including parents, staff, the local authority and the wider community.  Everyone brings their own skills, perspective and experiences to ensure we have a diverse team.

 

What are we responsible for?

  • offering a strategic view of the running of the school by reviewing and agreeing policies, targets and priorities and monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives;
  • accountability to parents and the wider community.  We must gather views, ask questions and decide what is best for the school;
  • supporting and challenging the head teacher  (critical friend) through a mutual relationship of trust and respect. The Governing Body works with the head teacher  to create a clear understanding of the challenges faced in managing a school.

 

We currently do this by holding 3 meetings per term. These meeting include the whole governing  body to ensure we are all fully informed and can agree and approve key decisions, visions in a timely manner. We receive a report form the head teacher at every meeting which updates us on all aspects of school life and we make regular monitoring visits linked to the School Development Plan. We also review the school’s financial position at every meeting, making sure our money is well spent and that we are operating within approved budgets.

 

Each Governor is also assigned to a particular responsibility, covering everything from the curriculum, the school’s financial position, safeguarding, Health & Safety, pupils’ development and well-being, through to supporting the Head Teacher in making decisions on the strategy and direction of the school and responding to external concerns, such as the Covid 19 pandemic.

 

Please find below details of how our Governing Body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each governor.

Governing Body Membership 2022-23

 

NameGovernor TypeTerm FromTerm toRoles
Moira BanfieldCo-opted governor01 Dec 202130 Nov 2025 
Nicola BartleyCo-opted governor16 Jul 202115 Jul 2025

Development & Training Governor

Safeguarding Governor

Karen BeanCo-opted governor22 Oct 202021 Oct 2024 
Monique ClarkHeadteacher   
Linda CullenCo-opted governor16 Sept 202115 sept 2025

Chair

Forum Rep

H&S Governor

Kate HardingStaff Governor4 Sept 20193 Sept 2023 
John Hatter

Co-opted

governor

14 July

2022

13 July 2023Finance Governor
Shikha Krishnmurthy

Local Authority

Governor

14 July 202213 July 2026 
Frances O'Sullivan

Co-opted

governor

14 July

2022

13 July 2023 
Stephanie WatsonCo-opted Governor29 jan 201928 Jan 2023

Vice Chair

EAL Governor

Curriculum Lead governor

Simon WalkerParent Governor21.09.2220.09.26 
Michael BorelloParent Governor21.09.2220.09.26 

 

Governors' Details for the Last Academic Year 2021-22

NameCategoryApp't by

Length of

Office

Date of appointmentEnd of termResponsibilities 
Kate Harding

Staff

 

Governing

Body

44.09.193.09.2023Teacher representative 
Karen BeanCo-optedGoverning Body422.10.2021.10.24

Vice -chair

 
David Bentley

Co-opted

Governing

Body

416.10.17February 2022Health & Safety 
Monique ClarkHeadteacher  --Safer Recruitment trained 
Linda CullenCo-opted

Governing

Body

416.09.2115.09.25

Chair of the Governing Body

Forum Representative

Health and Well being Governor

 
James DumbeltonCo-opted

Governing

Body

413.03.20

12.03.24

 

  
Hannah HallParentParents422.10.20Dec 2021

 

 

 

John Hatter

ParentParents419.11.1918.11.23HT PM 
Linda McBreartyClerk-- -- 
Frances O'SullivanParentParents419.11.1918.11.23

SEND Governor

HT PM

 
Moira BanfieldCo-optedGoverning Body428.11.2127.11.25

 

 

 
Stephanie WatsonCo-opted

Governing

Body

429.01.1928.01.23

Development and Training

HT PM

 

Nicola BartleyCo-opted

Governing

Body

416.07.2115.07.21Safeguarding Governor 
Gareth SaundersLALA41.09.22March 2022  

 

Register of Governors' Interests for the Last Academic Year 2021-22

 

NameName of businessNature of interestDate of app't or acquisitionDate of cessation of interestLast date of declaration
Kate HardingEmployed at school Sept 2016 Sept 2021
Karen BeanNil   Sept 2021
David BentleyNil   Sept 2021
James DumbeltonNil   Sept 2021
Monique ClarkEmployed at school Sept 2017 Sept 2021
Linda CullenNil   Sept 2021
Hannah HallNil   Sept 2021
Linda McBrearty     
Stephanie WatsonNil   Sept 2021
John HatterNil   Sept 2021
Frances O'SullivanNil   Sept 2021
Nicola BartleyNil   Sept 2021
Moira BamfieldNil   Sept 2021

Gareth

Saunders

Nil   Sept 2021

 

 

Governor Attendance Record For the Academic Year 2021/2022

Full Governing Body                                   

NameShould have attendedAttended%
Kate Harding9778%
Karen Bean99100%
David Bentley4250%
James Dumbelton9778%
Monique Clark99100%
Linda Cullen9778%
Hannah Hall33100%
Moira Bamfield66100%
Stephanie Watson9889%
Frances O'Sullivan99100%
John Hatter9556%
Nicola Bartley99100%
Gareth Saunders6584%

Pen Portraits for Current Governors (2022-23 academic year)

 

Kate Harding

My name is Kate Armond and I was elected staff governor in September 2019. I have been a teacher at the school for four years and am currently teaching in Year 2 and have previously taught in reception. My passion is ensuring all children reach their full potential through engaging and inspiring learning opportunities. As the music subject leader at the school I  also aim to ensure all children experience opportunities to perform and learn different musical instruments during their time at the school. In my spare time I enjoy taking long walks with my dog, going to the beach and following new cooking recipes. 

 

Nicola Bartley

I was elected as a Co-opted Governor in September 2021. I currently work for Her Majesties Courts and Tribunals Service in the County Court and prior to that, I was a primary school teacher working in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4. I loved working with young people and since leaving teaching I have wanted to help in a school and see this as a great opportunity to support a local school. I hope to be able to bring my experience and skills of working in education to the role of governor for the benefit of the school. My own two children have sadly long left education but I know how important having your children in the right school for them is. I love to read in my spare time and hope to come into school and share a book or two in the near future.

 

Karen Bean

I was elected as a parent governor in December 2016, and I am now a co-opted governor and the co-Vice Chair of Governors. My background is in health economics and evidence based medicine looking at cost effectiveness, efficiency opportunities and budget impact. I hope to continue to utilise these skills in my role as a governor. I have three children, two of which were at Fleet Infants school and have now moved on to junior school, and one who is still at the school. As a result, I am hugely invested in seeing that the high standards of the school are maintained. I have lived in Fleet for the last 23 years and love the area and the opportunities it offers for our children. In my spare time I love to run, play netball and read. 

 

Monique Clark

My name is Monique Clark and I am the Headteacher of Fleet Infant School. I have served as a Governor in several schools and as a Parent Governor at my daughter’s secondary school a few years ago. The role of the Headteacher is to work with the Governing Body on the strategic development of the school. I believe children thrive in a stimulating learning environment, where they can grow through challenge and a love of learning.

I have two older children, one who works in animal welfare and the other lives in Japan. My hobbies include taking long walks with my husband and our dog Bailey, and visits to the seaside.

 

Linda Cullen

I was co-opted to the Governing Body in July 2017 and I am the Chair of Governors. I have worked in banking and finance for over 40 years and was Chief Operating Officer for a financial institution in London until retirement in 2018. I am now doing consultancy work on a part-time basis and hope my financial and business skills add value to the Governing Body. I have lived in Fleet for 30 years and my daughter attended Fleet Infant School and is now a teacher. In my spare time I enjoy walking, cookery and music. I have been Safer Recruitment trained in order to support safeguarding when recruiting new staff.

 

John Hatter

I was elected as a Parent Governor in November 2019 and hope to bring my experience working in finance for a property and facilities management company to the role. In what spare time I have I like to run and spend time with my family."

 

Frances O'Sullivan

I am a mother of two young boys. I have worked in education for over twenty years, as a teacher and a Deputy Headteacher, and have previously been a staff governor. I am passionate about helping young people achieve their potential through education, ensuring they have the best opportunities to succeed whilst developing into caring and responsible individuals. I recently moved to the area and love being closer to the countryside, making the most of the outdoors. I volunteer with the Scouts and am a keen swimmer and runner.

 

Stephanie Watson

My name is Stephanie Watson and my two younger children both attended Fleet Infant School. My background is in education and I taught in primary schools in inner London for 14 years. When a vacancy arose for a co-opted governor I volunteered for the role as I wanted the opportunity to continue to help and support the school where my daughters were so happy. Please find below details of how our Governing Body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each governor. We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

 

Moira Bamfield

I was elected as a co-opted governor in December 2021 and was very pleased to be joining the governing body of Fleet Infants where my two grandchildren had been so happy.  I had previously been a governor at Hawley Primary School and before that in four primary schools in Croydon. At two of these schools I had been the Chair of Governors. I have spent my working life teaching in Croydon and was a Head of Infants for many years. My two daughters are also primary teachers and I like to think that my love of teaching and being with young children influenced them to do so. I have always been keen to keep up with new developments in education and aim to continue to do so now. I am also a keen gardener and enjoy reading, particularly books about politics.

 

Shikha Krishnumurthy

My name is Shikha Sharma Krishnmurthy and I am a town councillor for Fleet Town Council and local authority governor for Fleet Infant School . I started in July 2022.  I am currently working as a head of product with a leading payment service provider  and have 16 years experience in payments ,fraud and compliance industry. My strategic skills add value to the Governing Body. I have lived in Fleet for couple of years now and my daughter is currently a student at Fleet Infant School. I am very passionate about giving children every opportunity to grow and develop, hence I am very pleased to join the Governing Body  . In my spare time I enjoy writing poetry , cookery and music. 

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