Governing Body

 

About the Governors
The governors of Cumberland School are volunteers drawn from the school’s community. It includes parents, representatives of the staff, representatives of the local authority and others with particular skills and experience to contribute.  As a group, the governors are committed to the school as a vital part of the local community and to helping it provide the best possible education for our young people. The governors share and endorse the vision of the school to equip every Cumberland pupil with the knowledge and skills to develop as individuals, to contribute as citizens and to build happy and fulfilling lives.
 
In its most recent report on the school Ofsted said, “Governors are rigorous in performing their statutory roles and fully involved in the strategic direction of the school.”
 
Governor responsibilities
At Cumberland School the governors make important collective decisions and our governing body is answerable to parents and the wider community. Governors are responsible for helping to provide an environment in which a good quality education can be delivered. The specific responsibilities fo the governing body include:
 
·         Promoting high standards of education and achievement
·         Planning the school's long-term future
·         Setting the school's aims and values
·         Appointing senior staff, including the headteacher
·         Budgetary allocation and control
·         Acting as a critical friend to the headteacher by providing support and challenge
 
Governors are not involved in the day-to-day management of the school; that is the responsibility of the headteacher.
 
The governing body meets each term and relies on committees to advise their decisions. The governors are expected to attend termly meetings and serve on one or more of the committees where they have an interest or can add value. At Cumberland our committees address issues such as:
 
·         Students + Standards
·         Strategy + Communication
·         Resources (including budget and finance)
 
Membership        
 
Parent Governor (6):
Amadou Jammeh
 
 
Denise Cornuaud
 
 
Julian Geoghegan
 
 
Emma Mukoro
 
 
Nicola Manners
 
 
Adebisi Titilayo
 
 
 
 
Authority Governors (4):
Cllr Forhad Hussain
 
 
Martin Warne (Vice-Chair)
 
 
Susan Young
 
 
Elizabeth Jones
 
 
 
 
Community Governors (4):
Sharon Higgins (Chair)
 
 
Doreen Fletcher (Vice-Chair)
 
 
Fiona Miley
 
 
Vacancy
 
 
 
 
Staff Governor (4):
John Bradshaw (Headteacher)
 
 
Steven Murrell
 
 
Alison Rudge
 
 
Elizabeth Millward
Total membership: 18
 
Becoming a School Governor
School governance is the most important volunteering role in education.  An effective governing body is a source of enormous strength to a school and being a school governor is a rewarding way of making an important contribution to education.
Anyone aged 18 or over can become a school or college governor.  No specialist qualifications are needed and people from many different backgrounds volunteer for the role.
 
Enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education are the most important qualities. You don’t need to have a family member attending a school or college to become a governor.
 
Being a governor is an enormously challenging and rewarding opportunity.  The personal benefits can be summarised as:
 
·         A sense of satisfaction through knowing children will benefit from your efforts
·         The opportunity to develop new skills and to strengthen existing ones
·         The opportunity to gain understanding in key areas such as finance, personnel and strategic planning
·         The opportunity to gain awareness of the education system as a whole.
 
If you would like to apply to become a governor, you can find more information by clicking on this link

 

Cumberland School Governing Body Committee Structure 

Complaints
 Julian Geogeghan
 
 
Martin Warne
 
 
 Elizabeth Jones
 
 
 Lucy Watson
 
 
 
 
Resources Committee
 Doreen Fletcher
(Chair)
 
Cllr Forhad Hussain
 
 
 Martin Warne
 
 
Amadou Jammeh
 
 
 Julian Geogeghan
 
 
Alison Rudge
 
 
Sharon Higgins
 
 
 Fiona Miley
 
     
Strategy and Communication
 Martin Warne
(Chair)
 
 Steven Murrell
 
 
 Fiona Miley
 
 
 Julian Geogeghan
 
 
 Susan Young
 
 
Emma Mukoro
 
 
 
 
Students and Standards
 Sharon Higgins
(Chair)
 
 Susan Young
 
 
 Elizabeth Jones
 
 
Lucy Watson
 
 
Denise Cornuaud
 
 
Amadou Jammeh
 
 
 
 
Pupil Discipline
 Julian Geogeghan
 
 
 Martin Warne
 
 
 Sharon Higgins
 
 
 Susan Young
 
 
 Doreen Fletcher
 
 
 Elizabeth Jones
 
 
 Lucy Watson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Staff Disciplinary, Grievance and Appeals
 Julian Geogeghan
 
 
 Martin Warne
 
 
 Sharon Higgins
 
 
Susan Young
 
 
 Doreen Fletcher
 
 
 Lucy Watson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Staffing
 Martin Warne
 
 
 Sharon Higgins
 
 
 Doreen Fletcher