The Governors at Galley Hill are a small group of people, both elected by parents and chosen from the wider community. They are all volunteers and as such are not paid a salary for this role. They work closely with the school staff to support the school and to help it to meet its statutory obligations. This covers three main areas:
Strategic: involving setting policies, planning for the future and managing change.
Monitoring and accountability: ensuring the school meets educational and financial targets and has plans in place to meet performance objectives.
Supporting: supporting the school by celebrating and praising achievement, but also act as a critical friend, seeking improvement and asking questions where appropriate.
The full Governing body meets on a regular basis, usually once every half term. In addition to this the Governors attend sub-committee meetings at least twice a term. At Galley Hill we have two sub-committees: Teaching and Learning and Resources. The approved minutes of the meetings held by the Governing Body detail attendance at the meetings and are available from the school office.
The Governors also try to visit the school during the day and at events such as the school fair, open evenings etc. They also represent the school at a variety of functions and meetings.
As a Governing body we respect (and need) feedback from parents and we are always happy to meet with you.
Contact can be made via the school office.
Mrs K. Edwards - Chair of Governors
Mrs E. Birch - Head Teacher
Mrs K. Cleveland Marwick - Vice Chair / Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee
Miss S. Elsey
Mrs G. Ringrose - Chair of Resources Committee
Mrs L. Pearce
Mrs M. Sparrow
Mrs R. Mason
Mr A. Changela
Mr B. Mackenzie
Mrs R. Mason
Mrs T. Hunter
Miss H. Duggan
Mr C. Allgrove
Clerk to Governors
Mr J. Conlon
Galley Hill School adheres to the safeguarding protocols in place for all governors. Governors may be contacted via the school office, and can only deal with complaints where the schools complaints policy has been followed. This is to ensure that all complaints are handled fairly. The schools procedure for handling complaints is available on the website or from the office.
Please find tables below showing how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, interests, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor. There is also an attendance register.
|Name||Category||Start date||End date||Appointed by||Relevant Committees||Responsibilities||Register of business interests/Any relationship to staff.|
|Karen Cleveland-Marwick||Co-opted||01/09/2008||01/07/2023||Governing Body||Teaching & learning committee, Heads performance appraisal||English|
|Kerry Edwards||Co-opted||01/08/2008||01/07/2023||Governing Body||Resources committee, Heads performance appraisal||Chair, SEND, Safeguarding, CLA, EYFS, Pupil Premium, Science, Music|
|Emily Birch||Headteacher||01/04/2016||Governing Body||All committees||Headteacher|
|Hannah Duggan||Staff||24/09/2020||23/09/2024||Staff Body||Teaching & learning committee||Staff|
|Gail Ringrose||Staff||01/09/2011||01/07/2023||Staff Body||Resources Committee||Maths, MFL||Staff|
|Marian Sparrow||Co-opted||27/11/2017||26/11/2025||Governing Body||Resources Committee, Heads performance appraisal||PE, Mental Health||Guide Leader|
|Sarah Elsey||Associate||16/05/2016||15/05/2024||Staff Body||Resources Committee||Deputy Head|
|Anit Changela||Parent||16/05/2016||15/05/2024||Parent Body||Resources Committee||PSHE/Wellbehing, RE, Computing||Works for BT|
|Leah Pearce||Co-opted||27/11/2017||26/11/2025||Governing Body||Resources Committee||Art, D&T||Herts catering|
|Bob Mackenzie||Parent||11/11/2019||10/11/2023||Parent Body||Teaching & Learning committee|
|Ruth Mason||LEA||25/11/2019||24/11/2023||Governing Body||Teaching & Learning Committee||History/Geography|
|Tracey Hunter||Co-opted||24/09/2020||23/09/2024||Governing Body||Teaching & Learning committee|
|Zoey House||Parent||24/09/2020||01/03/2021||Parent Body||Teaching & Learning committee|
|Governors who have stepped down|
|Start date||End date||Appointed by|
|Darren Sheard||01/09/2015||16/05/2016||Parent body|
|Revina Whale||24/11/2014||22/04/2016||Parent body|
|Sarah Mann||01/09/2015||31/03/2016||Parent body|
|Jo Leonard||31/08/2017||Governing Body|
|Clayton Sanders||31/08/2017||Governing Body|
|Vicky Hall||20/06/2016||06/03/2018||Parent body|
|Adele Dennis||14/05/2019||13/05/2019||Parent body|
|Howard Lyons||29/06/2020||Parent Body|
|Zoey Howse||01/03/2021||Parent Body|