Governing Body Constitution

The Gipsy Hill Federation Governing Body covers Kingswood, Elm Wood, Paxton, Crawford, Fenstanton and Glenbrook Primary Schools and Children’s Centres.  The constitution of the Governing Body provides for 15 governors. Appointments or elections are for 4 years.

The Governors monitor the performance of the six schools in Gipsy Hill Federation. They protect the interests of the school and its children, offer guidance and support and promote good communication with all parents. They work with school staff to oversee the curriculum, manage its finances and ensure that all aspects of the school's provision are of a consistently high standard.

We are fortunate to have an extremely committed and skilled Governing Body, who take a keen interest in the Federation's continued development and success.

Governor meeting minutes are available on request. Please contact your school office to make a request.

Category Type Name Appointed Until
Executive Headteacher Staff Sir Craig Tunstall N/A
Staff Staff Ms Lorraine Palache 15/09/19
Local Authority (1) LA Ms Sarah Wintle (Chair) 15/09/19
Parents (6) Parent (Kingswood) Ms Abi Gilbert 15/09/19
  Parent (Elm Wood) Ms Clare Sayer (Vice Chair) 15/09/19
  Parent (Paxton) Mr Michael Corden 15/09/19
  Parent (Crawford) Ms Kelly Mackenzie 15/09/19
  Parent (Fenstanton) Mr Jerome Martello 15/09/19
  Parent (Glenbrook) Mr Alexander Gomes 15/09/19
Co-opted (6) Co-opted Ms Laura Wright 15/09/19
  Co-opted Mr David Okoro 15/09/19
  Co-opted Ms Lynley Oram 15/09/19
  Co-opted Vacancy  
  Co-opted Vacancy  
  Co-opted Vacancy  
  Senior Headteachers Ms Laleh Laverick   
    Mrs Susan Holt  
  Headteachers Ms Gillian Roberts (Kingswood)  
    Ms Cath Cosgrave (Elm Wood)  
    Ms Sarah Drew (Paxton)  
    Ms Michelle Bennett (Fenstanton)  
    Ms Jo Morris (Crawford)  
    Ms Carmel Longley (Glenbrook)  

Governing Body Attendance and Business Interests 2015/16

*P = Present; AP = Apologies accepted; A = Absent

Name Category Appointment From/To If mid-year change *Attendance at full GB *Attendance at Committees Business Interests
Sir Craig Tunstall Exec. Headteacher   P: 5; Ap: 0; A: 0 P: 3; Ap: 3; A: 0 Mayflower Federation
London Leadership Strategy
Ms Lorraine Palache Staff   P: 1; Ap: 0; A: 2 P: 0; Ap: 0; A: 0 None
Ms Sarah Wintle Local Authority   P: 5; Ap: 0; A: 0 P: 5; Ap: 0; A: 0 None
Ms Abi Gilbert Parent   P: 5; Ap: 0; A: 0 P: 4; Ap: 1; A: 0 Friends of Kingswood School
Ms Clare Sayer Parent   P: 5; Ap: 0; A: 0 P: 4; Ap: 1; A: 0 None
Mr Michael Corden Parent   P: 4; Ap: 1; A: 0 P: 4; Ap: 2; A: 0 Friends of Paxton School
Ms Kelly McKenzie Parent   P: 3; Ap: 2; A: 0 P: 0; Ap: 0; A: 0 Mayflower Federation
Mr Jerome Martello Parent   P: 3; Ap: 1; A: 1 P: 2; Ap: 3; A: 0 None
Mr Alexander Gomes Parent   P: 1; Ap: 1; A: 3 P: 0; Ap: 0; A: 0 None
Ms Laura Wright Co-opted   P: 4; Ap: 1; A: 0 P: 6; Ap: 0; A: 0 GHF Secondary School
Mr David Okoro Co-opted   P: 4; Ap: 1; A: 0 P: 3; Ap: 2; A: 0 None
Ms Lynley Oram Co-opted   P: 5; Ap: 0; A: 0 P: 6; Ap: 0; A: 0 None
Ms Cassandra Howe Co-opted From 13/07/16 P: 1; Ap: 0; A: 0 P: 0; Ap: 0; A: 0 New Schools Network

Committees and Panels

Resources Committee (Finance, Premises, Behaviour, Safety)

  • Ms Laura Wright (Chair),
  • Mr Michael Corden,
  • Ms Lynley Oram,
  • Mr Kevin Sparkes,
  • Ms Francis Whitmore
  • Child Protection/SEN/LAC
  • Mr David Okoro 

Curriculum, Inclusion, Standards Committee

  • Ms Clare Sayer
  • Mr David Okoro
  • Ms Abi Gilbert
  • Lorraine Palache
  • Ms Sarah Wintle
  • Senior Headteachers / Headteachers
  • Children's Centres Link

Head's appraisal Panel (2 Governors + SIA)

  • Mr Michael Corden
  • Ms Laura Wright

Meetings 2016

Curriculum, Inclusion, Standards Wednesdays 6.30pm Resources Thursdays 6.30pm Full GB Wednesdays 6.30pm
13th January 14th January  
9th March 10th March 16th March
27th April 28th April  
15th June 16th June 13th July

WORKING TOGETHER DAYS Saturday 11th June 2016 10 am – 3 pm

How to contact the Governors

To contact the Chair of Governors please leave a letter at the school office; the letter will be forwarded immediately.  At the moment, parent governors can also be contacted through the school office.

LA governors are appointed by Lambeth Council, and community governors are co-opted to bring additional experience to the governing body.  If you would be interested in becoming a community governor, you can find further information on the Lambeth website.

The Governing Body acts as a critical friend of the school.  They work closely with the Headteacher and make decisions collectively as a team. They conduct their business through meetings, using relevant documents and advice from the Headteacher for guidance.

The Governing Body meets twice a term as a whole body, and at least once a term in committees.

The legal responsibilities of the Governing Body are to:

  • Help raise standards of education and achievement
  • Plan the school’s future direction
  • Take general responsibility for the conduct of the school
  • Manage the school budget, including staff numbers and pay
  • Make sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, and that National Curriculum is taught
  • Set targets of achievement
  • Report National Curriculum assessments and examination results to parents
  • Decide how the school encourages pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development
  • Making sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs
  • They are accountable to parents and the wider community for the school’s performance
  • Draw an action plan after an Ofsted inspection
  • Appoint the Headteacher and participate in the appointment of senior staff
  • Regulate staff conduct and discipline
  • Kingswood Primary School Lower Site
  • Kingswood Primary School Upper Site
  • Elm Wood Primary School
  • Paxton Primary School
  • Crawford Primary School
  • Fernstanton Primary School
  • Glenbrook Primary School
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