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The Baring Governors

School governors are all volunteers who work with the senior leadership team to support the children, their learning experience and achievement.

They provide the strategic vision for the school and they provide support and challenge to the Senior Leadership Team.  

There are four types of governors – staff governors, who are elected by the staff; parent governors, who are elected by the parents; local authority governors who are provided via the local authority, and community governors who represent the local community. Each governor brings a unique set of skills and life and work experience to the governing body. They are able to use those skills be it in health & safety, finance or being able to work on specific projects, whether it be checking through all school policies, or an IT project, such as the new web-site. 

All governors are linked to a class and follow those children on their journey through the school. They also join a committee, or small group to look at key aspects of their work; for example Teaching Learning & Achievement, Finance & Resources or Health and Safety.  They make visits to their link classes, attend events and make reports on a regular basis to show that they are seeing the school in action.

When OFSTED visits the school they are part of the inspection process and are questioned by the inspectors appointed. At Baring they meet once a term as a full body and then meet in their committees/groups, too, feeding their work and findings into the full meetings. Governors also have training to keep up to date and expand or consolidate their skills, be it individually or in group sessions, sometimes run with the teaching staff.

The structure of the Governing Body of Baring Primary School

Reconstituted 18th October 2018
Total Member Places 14
Headteacher 1
Staff 1
Appointed by the London
Borough of Lewisham
Elected by parents of pupils
attending the school
Co-options 4
Chair of the Governing body

Gordon Smith

Committee Structure

Chair of Governors: Gordon Smith

Gordon Smith  can be contacted c/o Baring Primary School, Linchmere Road, SE120NB

Finance and Personnel (including Pay and Premises) (F & P)
Committee Chair: Matthew Shimwell

Teaching, Learning & Achievement (TL & A)
Committee Chair: Zoe Howard-Bond

Pupil Discipline / Staff Grievance / Staff Discipline / Staff Discipline Appeal / Pay Appeal / Complaints Panels

These meet as and when required, with a minimum of three eligible governors, who are selected from a poll of all members of the Management Committee in alphabetical rotation, subject to availability and lack of conflict of interest and having regard to the need for a committee to be balanced in terms of gender and race as far as possible.

Clerk to the Management Committee
Helen Rutherford, c/o Governors' Services  3rd Floor Laurence House 1 Catford Road , London SE6 4RU

More information about the Baring Governors and their names here.