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Welcome to the Pirbright Governing Body! We are not inspectors and we don’t make decisions about teaching and learning, that is a job for the professionals. But we do act as critical friends to the school, checking and challenging the decisions made, holding the leadership team to account, trying to ensure that all our children are getting the best possible education the school can give them.  Governors hold the school to account for the progress children make in their learning through national and school assessments, going through the results in great detail.  We also spend time in school, talking with children and staff, matching the plans and the reports with what we see actually happening.  Walking around the school, we see the quality of children’s work and the independence they develop as they work.  We also see the many ways in which children are taught to take responsibility for their behaviour, their belongings (always a work in progress!) and their interactions with others.  

 

When there are very big decisions to be made, the Local Governing Body (LGB) represents the interests of the school, and not only the current staff and pupils but also thinking also about the children and the community we will serve in years to come. This includes having representation on the Athena Trust Governing Committee alongside more local decisions in the school. 

 

If you would be interested in joining the Pirbright Governors, please email the Chair of Governors, Julia Douetil at jdouetil@pirbright.surrey.sch.uk or info@pirbright.surrey.sch.uk for further information.   

The Role of a School Governor

Details of Local Governing Body

 

(Updated October 2020)

 

Current

Julia Douetil, Chair of Governors

Term of office: 14/10/19 – 13/10/23 

Governor Category & Appointed By: co-opted, LGB 

Meetings attended 2019-2020: 7/7

 

Dylan Hughes, Vice chair of Governors

Term of office: 26/3/18 – 25/3/22

Governor Category & Appointed By: Parent, Parents

Meetings attended 2019-2020: 6/7

 

Gavin Dutton, Headteacher, Governor

Term of office: Ex-officio

Governor Category & Appointed By: Ex-officio

Meetings attended 2019-2020: 7/7

 

Lucinda Barry, Governor

Term of office: 10/11/16 – 09/11/20

Governor Category & Appointed By: co-opted, LGB

Meetings attended 2019-2020: 6/7

 

Luke Brinicombe, Associate Governor

Term of office: 26/07/17 – 15/07/21

Governor Category & Appointed By: Associate, LGB

Meetings attended 2019-2020: 4/7

 

Chiara Dow, Deputy Headteacher, Associate Governor

Term of office: 20/09/19 – 19/09/23

Governor Category & Appointed By: Associate, LGB

Meetings attended 2019-2020: 5/7

 

Craig Hogan, Governor

Term of office: 15/07/19 – 14/07/23

Governor Category & Appointed By: Co-opted, LGB

Meetings attended 2019-2020: 7/7

 

Marika Lowe, Governor

Term of office: 15/07/19 – 14/07/23

Governor Category & Appointed By: Co-opted, LGB

Meetings attended 2019-2020: 7/7

 

Helana Muller, School Business Manager, Associate Governor

Term of office: 08/10/18 – 07/10/22

Governor Category & Appointed By: Associate, LGB

Meetings attended 2019-2020: 4/4

 

Eugene Reid, Governor

Term of office: 15/07/19 – 14/07/23

Governor Category & Appointed By: Parent, Parents

Meetings attended 2019-2020: 7/7

 

Mary Stanley, Governor

Term of office: 08/10/18 – 07/10/22

Governor Category & Appointed By: Co-opted, LGB

Meetings attended 2019-2020: 7/7

 

Captain Joe Read, Governor

Term of office: 7/7/20 - 6/7/24 

Governor Category & Appointed By: Co-opted, LGB

Meetings attended 2019-2020: 1/1

 

Caroline Smither, Governor

Term of office: 1/10/20 30/9/24

Governor Category & Appointed By: Co-opted, LGB 

Meeting attended 2019-2020: N/A

 

April Woods, Staff Governor

Term of office: 12/10/20 11/10/24

Governor Category & Appointed By: Staff, Staff 

Meeting attended 2019-2020: N/A

 

Register of Pecuniary Interests, 2020-2021

 

Name

Name of Organisation

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Relationship  to governors, staff or pupils

Date of interest

Gavin Dutton

Pirbright Village Primary School

School

Headteacher

Married to Michelle Dutton, Head Teacher of school in Trust

2010 / 2012

Julia Douetil Pirbright Gospel Choir Community Choir Leadership - School Letting   2016
Luke Brinicombe Pirbright Village Primary School School Caretaker Parent to student at school 2012
Chiara Dow Pirbright Village Primary School School Deputy Headteacher None 2007
Craig Hogan None None Associate Governor, The Hermitage School, Woking Parent to student at school  
Dylan Hughes None None None Wife is an employee of Pirbright Village Primary School March 2021
Marika Lowe None None Husband is Head of MFL & Football at RGS Guildford Parent to students at school  
Helana Muller Pirbright Village Primary School School School Business Manager None April 2018
Joseph Read          
Eugene Reid None None Vervia Cleaners - Wife is an employee in the recruitment department Parent to student at school  
Caroline Smither None None Chartered member - Institute of Chemical Engineers Parent to student at school  
Mary Stanley None None None None n/a
April Woods Pirbright Village Primary School School Teacher None Sep 2018

 

Historical

Details of Governors who have left within the last 12 months

 

Name Appointed by From To  Attendance 2019-20 

Relevant business

and pecuniary interests

Lucinda Barry

- Governor

LGB 10.11.16 12.10.20 6/7 None

 

Meeting dates of the Local Governing Body, 2020 - 2021

 

The Local Governing Body meets twice a term.  These are open meetings to which parents and carers are most welcome.  

 

The meetings for the 2020-2021 academic year are as follows:

 

Autumn 1: Monday 12 Oct 2020 1900h – 2100h
Autumn 2: Thursday 10 Dec 2020 0800h – 1000h

 

Spring 1: Monday 1 Feb 2021 1900h – 2100h
Spring 2: Thursday 25 Mar 2021 0800h – 1000h

 

Summer 1: Monday 24 May 2021 1900h – 2100h
Summer 2: Thursday 8 July 2021 0800h – 1000h

 

All meetings are planned to be held at school. Governors may join by MS Teams if necessary.

 

If you would like to join any of these meetings, please email info@pirbright.surrey.sch.uk at least one week beforehand so that we may prepare you to be fully briefed prior to the session.

 

Please feel free to contact us at any time with any queries you have, or points you’d like to raise.  You can reach us via email: info@pirbright.surrey.sch.uk.  

 

We look forward to welcoming you, or hearing from you.

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