Governors

The Local Governing Body of Lawford Mead Primary School is very proud of the school. Under its current Headteacher, Mrs Dawn Baker, the school continues to go from strength to strength. Mrs Baker is ably supported by her Senior Leadership Team and together with all the staff and non-teaching staff they work very hard to ensure that Lawford Mead is a safe, friendly and caring place for children to achieve their best. The school is fully inclusive and welcomes any child regardless of ability, race, faith and background and Lawford Mead enjoys creating events throughout the year that celebrate our diversity. We all learn from each other and grow in our understanding of the things that make us all individuals irrespective of society’s labels, and in this way we learn to respect and honour children and adults whatever our differences.

Lawford Mead has joined with Kings Road Primary School to form the HERA Primary Academy Trust. This has meant a change in the way the Schools are governed and managed. Details can be located on the HEAR Trust Website.

HERA has a Board of Directors made up of individuals who serve on each individual school’s Local Governing Body.

Lawford Mead’s Local Governing Body is made up of staff members, parents and individuals who have a long history with Lawford Mead and have served as parent governors for many years. All the governors are volunteers who give their time to support Mrs Baker and her staff ensuring the school is run well and is a safe place.

The Local Governing Body’s role is to ensure that Lawford Mead Primary School provides your child with an excellent education in an environment that nurtures and encourages them so that they are ready for secondary school and life beyond education. The children are encouraged to aim high and be caring and responsible individuals that will make a positive contribution to society both now and in the future.

The Local Governing Body is responsible for the ratification of all school policies to ensure they are up to date and sound. All school policies are reviewed regularly with the Headteacher and governors who are responsible for policy review.

The Local Governing Body supports but also challenges the Headteacher, ensuring that the aims and goals of the School Improvement Plan are met throughout the academic year. The Governing Body does this by reviewing the school website and visiting the school in order to monitor the quality of teaching, behaviour management, pupil progress and engagement, provision for pupils with special education needs and disabilities.  They are also responsible for ensuring Pupil Premium money is spent effectively to so that the gap in achievement, between children who do and do not receive free school meals, continues to close. The governors also monitor the provision and use of IT in the school making sure that the children have the appropriate tools to support the curriculum and encourage their investigative skills.

Governors visit the school to talk with the School Council to hear what the children have to say about Lawford Mead and attend events to engage with pupils and parents.

Monitoring the school’s budget and how money is spent is a very important function of the  Local Governing Body. The governors are sent monthly reports on spending and ask questions regularly about how money is used in the school. Once a year the governors must go through the proposed school budget for the next academic year, reviewing planned expenditure to ensure that all monies are accounted for and that money is spent wisely. It is then approved by the HERA Board of Trustees.

Each year Lawford Mead’s Governing Body presents an award to a boy and girl in year 6 who the staff agree have been a real asset to the school. This award is not given for academic achievement but to pupils who have modelled the School Values and shown care, kindness, support and encouragement to fellow pupils throughout their time at the school. The award is presented at the end of the year 6 leavers performance which is usually during the last week of the summer term.

Local Governing Body Members

Fran Poelman – Chair of Governors Trustee Governor
Neil Wanags – Vice Chair  of Governors MAT Governor
Tracy Parker MAT Governor
Malcolm Cummings Trustee Governor
Andrew Montague Trustee Governor
Mark Golledge Parent Governor
Andrew Williams Parent Governor
Paul Hale Parent Governor
Hannah Elgie Parent Governor
Alison Saveall Staff Governor
Chiquita Moston Staff Governor
Dawn Baker Headteacher

If you have any questions or matters you wish to raise with the Governing Body please contact us via the school.

Declarations of Interest

Name

Membership of Committees

Position of Responsibility

Relevant Business interest that could result in a conflict of interest

Personal Relationship to any staff member

Neil Taggart

HERA

Kids Inspire

Brentwood Collaborative Partnership

Member

No

No

Nick Taylor

HERA

Member

No

No

Tom Page

HERA

Member

No

No

Jackie Arnot

HERA

Chelmsford Education

Chelmsford & District National Trust Supports Group

Member

Trustee

Member

No

Mother of staff member and LMPS Governor (C Moston & F Poelman)

Dawn Baker

HERA & Lawford Mead Primary

CEO, Accounting Officer & Headteacher

No

No

Isabelle Bailey

HERA & Kings Road Primary

Director & Trustee Governor

No

No

Malcolm Cummings

HERA & Lawford Mead Primary

Director (Vice Chair) & Trustee Governor

No

No

Nicola Nunn

HERA & Kings Road Primary

Director & Trustee Governor

No

No

Jill Smith-Hughes

HERA & Kings Road

NWCC Trust

Assoc. of Teachers & Lecturers

Director & Trustee Governor (Chair)

Trustee

Member

No

No

Francesca Poelman

HERA & Lawford Mead

Director & Trustee Governor (Chair)

No

Sister of staff member (C Moston) & daughter of member (J Arnot)

Andrew Montague

HERA & Lawford Mead

Director & Trustee Governor

No

Parent of pupil at Lawford Mead

Tracy Parker

Lawford Mead

MAT Governor

No

No

 

Neil Wanags

Lawford Mead

MAT Governor

No

Husband of staff member (M Wanags)

Andrew Williams

Lawford Mead

British Soc & European Academy of Allergy & Clinical Immunology

Royal College of Nursing

Parent Governor

 

Vice Chair

No

No

Chiquita Moston

Lawford Mead

Staff Governor

No

 Sister of Chair of Governors (F Poelman) & daughter of member (J Arnot)

Alison Saveall

Lawford Mead

Staff Governor

No

No

 

Mark Golledge

Lawford Mead

Parent Governor

No

Husband of staff member (J Golledge)

Sally Partridge

HERA & Lawford Mead

CFO & Business Manager

No

No

Debbie Gayler

Kings Road

Headteacher

No

No

 

Benjamin Whiteway-Wilkinson

Kings Road

Parent Governor

No

No

Hannah Elgie

Lawford Mead

Tanglewood Nursery

Parent Governor

Co-opted Governor

No

No

Paul Hale

Lawford Mead

Institute of Chartered Accountants

Parent Governor

Associate Member

No

No