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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 Body 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 committee meetings on Thursday 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

Mrs Clare Ratcliffe

Governor of Finance

Mr James Wadley


Mrs Alison Grigg (Head teacher)

Mr Barry Atkinson.

Miss Kate Buckley (Staff Governor)

Dr Dorian Hayes

Mr Giles Job

Mrs Marise King



Associate Governors

Ruth Job

Rev Erwin Lammens



We currently have a vacancy for a Parent Governor. If you are interested in the position, please contact the school office.


Chair of Governors - Mrs Clare Ratcliffe

Chair of Governors - Mrs Clare Ratcliffe 1

Governor statement for 2018


Annual Governance statement for the Governing Body of

Broomgrove Infants School

September 2018


In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all Governing Bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the Broomgrove Infant School Governing Body 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 its is well spent.


Governance arrangements

The Governing Body 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 full governors sit on the Full Governing Body (FGB) and either the Curriculum and Pupil Related (CPR) Committee or the Personnel, Finance and Premises (PFP) Committee. We also have a Joint Interest Committee (JIC) together with the Junior School whose purpose is to ensure effective partnership and strategic working across the two schools in the best interests of our pupils and their families.


The Personnel Finance and Premises Committee looks 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 increasing strains on school’s budgets, a lot of the focus of this committee has been around maintaining a balanced budget and savings that can be made to achieve this. This is the reason for the FGB voting (after the resignation of Mrs Cleavely from the post) to suspend the position of Deputy Headteacher at the school. The issue of fundraising has also been discussed as a way of bringing additional funding into the school.


The Curriculum & Pupil Related Matters Committee examines 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. This committee is also responsible for examining the results of spending in relation Pupil Premium and Sports Premium funding. Another important role for this committee is to monitor the school’s progress in fulfilling the aims of the School Development Plan. In addition, this committee is responsible for reviewing and updating a range of school policies.

 This year, in addition to the things listed above, the CPR Committee discussed the availability of Halal food and scrutinised SEND provision, including provision for more able pupils. They discussed the quality in standards of teaching and learning, as well as leadership monitoring and outcomes.


The Joint Interest Committee 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 the chair of the PFP Committee, together with our 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 JIC



The Full Governing Body ordinarily meets 5 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 in our members, allocates responsibilities and plans the work of the governing body (including monitoring visits) for the rest of the year. The majority of work is undertaken by the committees as described above, so Full Governing Board meetings have been an opportunity to give feedback from this work, answer questions arising from members of the opposite committee and to set a strategic overview of the school. This includes agreeing the five-year budget plan, looking at the school’s self-evaluation form and reviewing policies that require full governing body agreement.


In September, we welcomed Mrs Alison Grigg as Interim Head Teacher and subsequently, after a rigorous selection process, were very pleased to be able to appoint her as permanent Head Teacher. As mentioned above, the FGB took the difficult decision not to appoint a new Deputy Head Teacher, in order to save the school money. Going forward, as governors we will monitor this situation, in order to ensure that the responsibilities that fall within this position continue to be carried out to a high standard.


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 and completing the Headteacher’s Performance Management Review. 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.


Membership of the Governing Board.

This has been a busy year, with more membership changes than expected. In September, we sadly accepted the resignation of Dr Emily Baker after 8 years as Chair of Governors, although she remained a Governor and member of the PFP Committee. Mr Jon Guy succeeded her, but, after accepting the role of Chair of the Junior School Governing Body, he too resigned from the role. I have now taken over as Chair and am settling into this interesting, but demanding role. This year we welcomed a number of new Governors onto the Board. In the autumn term, we welcomed Dr Dorian Hayes, Ms Unaisa Eldeen and Mrs Hayley Mitchell (who unfortunately has since resigned), and in the summer, Mr Giles Job, Mrs Marise King and (as an associate member) Mrs Ruth Job. We now have what I believe to be a very strong group of Governors, who bring a wide variety of relevant knowledge, skills and experience to the Board. We are all committed to ensuring that all children who attend Broomgrove Infants School are happy and receive the best possible education.



Going forward

We will continue to focus on the 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. 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.


Attendance record of Governors

We have had a good attendance at all meetings, and have therefore not had to make any changes to scheduled meetings. We have, however, taken the decision to change the day/time of meetings next year to Mondays 6-8pm to make it easier for all governors to attend. 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 me an email governors@broomgrove-inf.essex.sch.uk or drop a note off at the school office.


Clare Ratcliffe

Chair of Governors



2018-19 Academic Year Governors and their areas of responsibility

Mrs Alison Grigg (Headteacher)

Mrs Clare Ratcliffe (Chair of Governors) – parent governor – Joint Community Engagement.

Mr Lee Allen (Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of PFP) – LA – SEND/EAL/Pupil Premium, 

Mr Barry Atkinson (Chair of CPR) – parent governor - Joint Safeguarding/Health and Safety.

Miss Kate Buckley – staff governor – Link governor (governor training) - Joint Community Engagement.

Dr Dorian Hayes (Vice Chair of PFP) - parent governor - English.

Mr Giles Job (Vice Chair of CPR) - co-opted governor - Data

Mrs Ruth Job - associate governor - Finance

Mrs Marise King - co-opted governor - Joint Safeguarding/Health and Safety

Rev Erwin Lammens – associate governor – EYFS.

Mr James Wadley - Foundation Subjects (Broader Curriculum)

Co-opted Governor Vacancy

Co-opted Governor Vacancy