The partnership, which exists across the school, incorporates our Governing Body and we wanted
to take this opportunity to:
• Provide an insight into the role of the Governing Body and the work that it does
• Give an overview of the individuals that make up the Governing Body
If you have any queries which you would like to raise directly with the governing body then please
Meet our Governing Body (excluding Staff governors)
Bethan Cullen, Co-opted Governor (Chair)
I am the Operations Director of the Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) which involves developing specific training and professional development for school leaders across the country. My day to day role involves regular engagement with and project delivery for the Department for Education (DfE).
Prior to this role I have held senior roles in the commercial sector across marketing and operations. My mother was a primary head teacher and I saw the extensive changes and demands taking place in the education sector and wanted to support my local school.
I have been a community governor at Bawnmore since November 2011. I took on the role of Chair in September 2018 prior to that I was vice-chair and I chaired the Performance and Standards Committee.
I believe that my current job allows me to assist the school and provide insight into the changing education sector. I also have a son at Bawnmore, who has just started in Year 2 and a daughter at Bilton Junior School.
Kate Aluze-Ele,, Parent Governor (Vice-Chair)
I joined the Governing Body in January 2018 and I am the Vice Chair. I have a daughter in Year 2 and a son who attended Bawnmore and is now at Bilton Junior School. I am interested in education policy and in supporting the school to provide a great early educational experience for our children. I strongly believe in parental involvement in school governance, and as a parent governor, I am keen to encourage collaboration between the school and parents, as well as the wider community. I am also a member of the local residents' association and have taken an action interest in the borough's plans for housing development, and education and public facilities. I also bring skills from an academic career in social policy research, including national educational policy evaluations.
Claire Baldock, Co-opted Governor (Chair of Finance and Resources Committee)
I am a qualified accountant, which I feel is a useful skill to bring to the Governing Body and allows me
to effectively assist in the schools resources planning. I became a governor as I feel very strongly
about the quality of learning and experiences that children receive during their time at Bawnmore. I have been a governor at Bawnmore since May 2013 and I am also the Chair of the Resources Committee.
Bethan Earley, Parent Governor
I am delighted to join Bawnmore Community Infant School as a parent governor in addition to being a member of the PTA, Friends of Bawnmore. My daughter started in Reception in September 2018 and as a parent I feel it important to be involved and help wherever I can, as I believe every child should be given the best possible start in their school years. I want to bring a parent perspective to ensure the school is accountable, and always performing to its best in order to improve outcomes for all children, and that the children themselves find the school a safe, fun and engaging place to be.
Ben Street, Parent Governor
I come from a varied commercial background and have significant experience in creating, developing and growing businesses in different industries. I feel a real purpose and desire surrounding the provision and quality of the education and overall reputation of Bawnmore Community Infant School. I believe my commercial experience gives me a strong position from which to maintain and further develop the school's value proposition.
The role of the Governing Body
The governing body is responsible for the conduct of its school, and must promote high standards of
educational achievement at the school. It is the accountable body and as such:
• Provides a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and
aims of the school within an agreed policy framework.
• It appoints and performance manages the head teacher, agreeing the school improvement
strategy, which includes setting statutory targets with supporting budgets and staffing
• Monitors and evaluates the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the head
teacher, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets, and the
effectiveness of the school improvement strategy.
• Signs off and contributes to the self-evaluation process and responds to school improvement
service and Ofsted reports as necessary.
• In addition, it holds the head teacher to account for the performance of the school and
ensures that parents are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate, with information
to the community being made available as required.