The school is part of the Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Trust having become an academy on 1st August 2017 and whilst the Vine has a board of directors who are responsible for all the schools in the trust, our governors are responsible for the governance of our school, setting the annual budget, contributing to the school improvement plan and providing support for the teaching staff in a variety of ways. The governors play an important role behind the scenes in monitoring standards and contributing to the ambience of the school.
Just as teaching and learning are inspected by Ofsted, so too are the governors and the role they play in holding the school to account.
If asked why I enjoy being a school governor, my answer would focus on the satisfaction gained by contributing to the life of the school. As a retired police officer living in Belchamp St Paul, I have the time and commitment necessary to support the staff at school who in turn, teach and guide an increasing number of children through their primary school years.
I have been a governor at Belchamp school for 11 years, 7 of those as chair of governors.
Married with 2 grown up children, I thoroughly enjoy travel, in both the UK and abroad – my biggest adventure was taking 4 months to travel around the world on container-ships. I am actively involved as a Vice President of the River Stour Trust and as a Churchill Fellow, having been awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship in 1988 to study airport security. I also enjoy photography, drawing and DIY.
I firmly believe children benefit by having a broad education in which travel plays an important part. The education that children receive at Belchamp provides an excellent foundation of learning and gives them confidence to move on to the next stage of their lives.
When my eldest first joined the school I enquired about being a Governor. I was told there were 4 vacant positions that needed filling immediately and the rest is history!
I have worked with many many schools in my career in design and marketing. I thought I might be able to offer some of that experience to BSP. My other strength is working out a suitable range of strategies for a desired set of objectives and Schools have no choice but to operate in this way.
I had no idea how much work would be involved, but I also had no idea how rewarding and diverse the governor role could be. If I stay as long as I have children at the school, by the time No 3 leaves, I could be there as long as 15 years...
I became a governor at BSP in February 2016 because I believe that a good start in education can be the difference to ensuring that all children get the best opportunities in life regardless of their background and needs. I have a particular interest in children’s literacy and special educational needs. I also believe that our school has an important role to play in the heart of our rural community.
Following a period of admin work and travel, my employment background was primarily in adult education and management. I worked at a local charity for adults with learning disabilities, initially as Basic Skills Tutor before becoming part of the senior management team with responsibility for overseeing all training courses, in addition to strategic and operational responsibilities.
I have lived in BSP for over 20 years. I love the village and surrounding countryside where I regularly walk my dog. Away from school my time revolves around family life. I prefer to be outside to inside and have a passion for gardening, countryside and wildlife conservation. I also enjoy cycling, cooking and going to see live music.
I believe a good school is reflected in the happy faces that come to school in the morning. We all have good and bad memories of our school years! So I look forward to working with you to make BSP good memories for our children. You will find me at school every day as my son attends the school and I am also a Teaching Assistant in Class 1 every morning. Most afternoons I will be in the playground for pick up, so do come and chat if you have any questions. I am also an active member of FOBS.
I was made aware of a governor vacancy towards the end of last year and after an informal chat with Peter Hesketh, I realised that my experience in business could be put to good use, especially now the school has academy status. I am retired with a grandchild at the school, a second starting in September so therefore have great interest in ensuring the school continues to flourish and receive the full support of the Governors.
|Name of Governor or Associate Member||Category of Governor and Term of Office||Appointing Body||Positions of Responsibility||Declared Business Interests*||Personal relationship (if any) with members of school staff|
|Katherine Gowing||Term started 1st August 2017 upon academy conversion||Vine Trust||Health and Safety||None||None
|Kirsty Stuart||Term started 1st September 2018 as took over role as Head of School of both Belchamp St Paul and Ridgewell Primary||Vine Trust||BSP School Staff member||None
|Ruth Bescoby||Term started 1st August 2017 upon academy conversion||Vine Trust||Safe Guarding||None||None
|Peter Hesketh||Term started 1st August 2017 upon academy conversion||Vine Trust||Chair of Governing Body, Chair of Pay Appeals, Complaints||None||None
|Oli Brown||Term started 1st August 2017 upon academy conversion||Vine Trust||Computing||Yes (see details)||Proprietor of Brown and Brown who have built and host our website|
|Cheri Wordley||Term started 1st August 2017 upon academy conversion||Vine Trust||Literacy||BSP School Staff member||None
|Tony Clayton||First meeting attended 19th March 2018||Vine Trust||To be completed – emailed 3rd May 2018||None
|Linda Taylor||Executive Headteacher||Vine Trust||Link Governor||BSP and Ridgewell School Staff member||None
* Business interests that could present a conflict within the school