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Welcome to the Governor parent information page of our school Website. Here you will find listed all the Governors and their individual areas of responsibility as well as a copy of our annual Governance Statement.


We are all volunteers who have joined the Governing Board to try and give something back to the school community and support the school in our “critical friend” role to hold the head teacher and school leaders to account. Some of us are parent governors and some are co-opted governors; there is also one staff governor, two associate governors and one Local Authority governor. We come from a variety of different backgrounds to try and ensure we have the skills the school needs.

The role of governors involves;

  • Setting the strategic direction of the school
  • Holding the Headteacher and Senior Leadership of the school to account through Performance Management, reading prepared papers, monitoring visits and asking questions
  • Attending meetings to discuss personnel, finance, premises or curriculum and pupil related matters, as well as full governing board meetings.

There are also opportunities for us to take part in further training to support us in our roles and it can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience.


Governors also undertake school visits to monitor the implementation of the school development plan and to see first hand the policies and procedures being put into action. This gives us the opportunity to see staff and children at work and to take part ourselves in the full and varied opportunities on offer at Broomgrove Infant School. You may well see us at sports days, Christmas plays, Bonfire night, class open mornings, or at the Christmas and Summer Fairs but most of our work for the school happens during the school day or at our Full Governing Board meetings on Monday evenings.


From time to time we have vacancies on the governing body and anyone interested in being part of our committed team is more than welcome to discuss this with myself or Mrs Grigg.


All Governors are committed to working in close partnership with parents, carers, and the wider community. Should you want to contact us or discuss any issues with us, then please feel free to leave a message at the office and we will do our utmost to respond promptly. You can also contact the governors by e-mail on: governors@broomgrove-inf.essex.sch.uk


Governing Board Chair




Chair of Governors

Mr James Wadley

Governor of Finance

Mr Chris Rhodes


Mrs Alison Grigg (Head teacher)

Miss Kate Buckley (Staff Governor)

Mrs Gill Black

Ms Karen Bowlby

Mr Giles Job

Mrs Clare Ratcliffe

Mrs Laura Traill


Associate Governors

Mrs Ruth Job

Rev Erwin Lammens




We currently have a vacancy for a Co-opted Governor. If you are interested in the position, please contact the school office, or complete the application form below.




Governor statement for 2020


Annual Governance statement for the Governing Board of

Broomgrove Infants School

September 2020


In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all Governing Bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the Broomgrove Infant School Governing Board are:


  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it is well spent.


Governance arrangements

The Governing Board of Broomgrove Infants School is constituted of 15 governors; the Headteacher, 1 Local Authority Governor, 5 parent governors, 1 staff governor, 2 associate governors and 5 co-opted governors. All Governors sit on the Full Governing Body (FGB). All work of the Governors is conducted through the FGB. At the beginning of the academic year 2018-19 the Board voted to revise its constitution and do away with its 2 subcommittees to ensure effective oversite of all areas by all governors. In addition to these meetings a few extra meetings are required in order to fulfil the obligations of the FGB, these include the pay committee and the Head Teachers PMR. Only a small number of Governors are required to attend these meetings. Additionally, the Joint Interest Committee (JIC) with the Junior School meets to ensure effective partnership and strategic working across the two schools in the best interests of our pupils and their families continues.


Finance and Premises

A key purpose of the Governing Board is to look at the financial operation of the school, Human Resources, the staffing structure and the upkeep of the premises and grounds. Working with the schools’ Financial Consortium Manager we agree the budget and then monitor its implementation.

This year, with the continuing and increasing strains on school’s budgets, a lot of the focus of this work has been around maintaining a balanced budget and savings that can be made to achieve this. The issue of fundraising has also been discussed as a way of bringing additional funding into the school.


Curriculum & Pupil Related Matters

The Governors continually examine pupil progress across the school in all subject areas, but in particular in relation to the Key Stage One SATS tests, the Year 1 Phonics Screening and the Reception Baseline Assessments. This is done to ensure that the school is meeting the needs of the whole school community. The FGB is also responsible for examining the results of spending in relation Pupil Premium and Sports Premium funding. Another important role is to monitor the school’s progress in fulfilling the aims of the School Development Plan. In addition, Governors are responsible for reviewing and updating a range of school policies.


The Joint Interest Committee

This group meets to discuss matters that affect both the Infant and Junior Schools 3 times a year. Examples of this are catering facilities, the use of the Bungalow, premises and grounds. The Committee also looks at areas where the two schools can work in tandem for the benefit of the pupils, such as handwriting, English, Mathematics and SEND; processes which enhance consistency and continuity, enabling the children to enjoy a smooth transition between both schools. The Committee is made up of the Headteacher, Chair of Governors and Vice-Chair, together with their opposite numbers in the Junior School.

This year, as well as discussions listed above, subjects covered have included Health & Safety on the site, disability access, parking and the adoption of very similar behaviour policies in both schools.



The Full Governing Board

The FGB meets ordinarily meets 7 times a year. The first of these meetings occurs at the beginning of the academic year. It reviews the work of the Governing Board in the previous year, identifies training needs of the governors and any gaps in skills of our members, allocates responsibilities and plans the work of the governing body (including monitoring visits) for the rest of the year. In addition to the work already covered, the FGB has other responsibilities including agreeing the five-year budget plan and looking at the school’s self-evaluation form.


Governors have undertaken monitoring visits throughout the academic year. These include monitoring statutory responsibilities such as Safeguarding, Equalities and Health & Safety, as well as monitoring progress on the School Development Plan. Individual Governors have undertaken training relating to their areas of responsibility as well as supporting the school at events throughout the academic year and collecting feedback from stakeholders.


The Academic Year.

Being Chair of Governors during this academic year has been quite challenging. The first ½ of the year was as expected; my Board of Governors, worked hard to provide effective governance of the school. Being a Chair is a very responsible and time-consuming job, but it made a lot easier by having a fantastic Governing Board, together with our excellent Headteacher Mrs Grigg and all the staff. The aim of us all is to ensure that Broomgrove Infant School is the best it can possibly be.

The 2nd half of the year took an unexpected and significant turn. Covid-19 lockdown meant that the school was closed (except for a very small number of key worker children) and all learning transferred online. Government advice evolved over this period and the Governing Board monitored Mrs Griggs’ excellent risk assessment as that evolved accordingly. Governors were unable to conduct their regular monitoring visits but held meetings remotely during this time. Thanks, must be given to the entire staff for going above and beyond what is expected of them. After May ½ term, school reopened and a significant number of parents felt confident enough to send their children back. At this point the Governors’ focus moved on to the 2020-21 academic year and the hope that some sort of (new) normality would return. Attention was given to the planned measures to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing, of both children and staff.

My Governors bring a wide variety of relevant knowledge, skills and experience to the Board. As of the 1st September 2020, membership of the Governing Board is:


Clare Ratcliffe (Chair of Governors) – local authority

James Wadley – (Chair of Finance) - parent

Gill Black – co-opted

Karen Bowlby - parent 

Giles Job – co-opted

Chris Rhodes - parent

Laura Traill - co-opted

Ruth Job - associate

Erwin Lammens - associate

Kate Buckley – staff

Alison Grigg – Head Teacher


Regrettably, during the course of the last year, two Governors resigned. We advertised to fill 2 parent governor vacancies at the end of the summer term and the FGB will be looking at all applications submitted at its September planning meeting. We are confident of filling the vacancies, with highly skilled, hard working new Governors.


Going forward

In addition to our focus on the developing situation with Covid-19, we will continue to focus on the core role of a Governing Board; strategic direction of the school and strive to work even more closely with the Junior School. We will monitor the implementation of the School Development Plan to ensure continued improved outcomes for children. This will be done through Governor visits, directly linked to the aims of the School Development Plan, as well as those which are statutory. The School Development Plan is accessible on the school website and a paper copy is available to read in school. As a Governing Board we will endeavour to work closely with stakeholders and to keep you informed of our work via the school website and by contributing to the school newsletter. We are all committed to ensuring that all children who attend Broomgrove Infants School are happy and receive the best possible education.



Attendance record of Governors

We have had a good attendance at all meetings, which are held on Mondays 6-8pm Please see the spreadsheet on the website for attendance of individual governors at meetings



If you would like to get in touch, please either send my successor Mr James Wadley an email governors@broomgrove-inf.essex.sch.uk or drop a note off at the school office.


Clare Ratcliffe

Former Chair of Governors





2020-21 Academic Year Governors and their areas of responsibility

Mrs Alison Grigg (Headteacher)

Mr James Wadley - (Chair Of Governors.) - parent Governor - Health and Safety 

Mr Chris Rhodes - (Governor of Finance/Vice Chair) - parent Governor - SEND.

Miss Kate Buckley – staff governor – Link governor (governor training) 

Mrs Gill Black - co-opted governor - Joint Safeguarding.

Ms Karen Bowlby - parent governor - Pupil Premium/Attendance/Inclusion.

Mr Giles Job  - co-opted governor - Assessment/Staff Wellbeing

Mrs Ruth Job - associate governor - Finance

Rev Erwin Lammens – associate governor - Community Engagement.

Mrs Clare Ratcliffe (LA Governor) – co-opted governor – EYFS/Pupil Wellbeing.

Mrs Laura Traill - co-opted governor - KS1/Joint Safeguarding.