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Governors make a highly significant contribution to the work and direction of the school.

They have high levels of insight, are extremely well organised and thorough in their approach.  They are vigorous in ensuring that all pupils and staff are safe.  In discharging their statutory responsibilities, they have highly robust systems for evaluating the effectiveness of their implementation, keeping the work of the school under review and acting upon their findings.

Governors are innovative, flexible and adapt to new ideas quickly, supporting the work of the staff in improving outcomes for all pupils. They are confident in providing high levels of professional challenge to hold the school to account. Our Governors engage very effectively with parents, pupils and the staff as a whole and are well informed about user’s views of the school.  They use these views to inform strategic priorities for development.

Latest News

Chair of Governors Letter January 2019

Chair of Governors Letter November 2018

Governors Annual Statement 2017-2018


Baydon St Nicholas School: Governing Body Portfolios

All governors attend the Full Governing Body meetings but also hold a portfolio of responsibilities. We do most of our work through the committees but are also responsible for working with the Headteacher on the School Vision and the School Development plan.  Part of the support and challenge we offer to staff is monitoring the schools progress against that plan.

NamePosition (including Start Date)Type (and who elected by)Term of Office Start and End DateCommittee MembershipPortfolio Includes:
Jackie HollanderChair of Governors
Chair of Finance
(2012 onward)
Foundation20/11/11 to
20 /07 2019

Whistle-blowing Gov
Safer Recruitment
Pay Panel
Data Controller
Barbara FurberChair of Teaching and Learning
Foundation 10/02/15 to 09/02/19Teaching & LearningAdmissions
Pay Panel
Paul StannardChair of Buildings and MaintenanceParent 30/11/17 to 19/11/21Buildings

Clare RowlesJoint Vice ChairFoundation 30/08/2018 to 29/02/2022Communications
Peter JoddrellJoint Vice ChairLocal Authority18/07/18 to 17/7/22Teaching and Learning
Safer Recruitment (in process)
Pay Panel
Nicola DaviesChair of Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare CommitteeFoundation28/11/16 to 27/11/20Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare Safeguarding
Pupil Premium
Amanda HodeyParent 08/10/15 to 07/10/19Personal Development, Behaviour and WelfarePolicies
Emma GilbertStaff 20/11/15 to 16/10/19Teaching and Learning
Caroline KnightonHeadteacher (Ex officio)01/09/16 to no end dateAll committees
Tony ToppAssociate Governor02/01/19 to 01/01/23BuildingsHealth and Safety
Susan HarrisAssociate Governor01/02/15 – 31/01/19Wagtails
Laura HallsworthAssociate Governor24/09/15 – 23/09/19Finance (with voting rights)


  • Teaching and Learning: Barbara Furber (chair), Caroline Knighton, Emma Gilbert, Peter Jodrell
  • Finance: Jackie Hollander (chair) Caroline Knighton, Laura Hallsworth, vacancy
  • Buildings: Paul Stannard (chair) Caroline Knighton, Emma Gilbert, Tony Topp,
  • Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare: Nikki Davies (chair) Amanda Hodey, Caroline Knighton

Groups working on specific short-term projects

  • Strategy: Caroline Knighton, Emma Gilbert, Jackie Hollander, Clare Rowles. This group reviews our School Development Plan against our vision and values.
  • Academies: From March 2014-June 2014. Reinstated Jan 2016: Caroline Knighton (lead), Emma Gilbert, Jackie Hollander, vacancy. Aim: To gain a full understanding of Academies and the choices open to St Nicholas in order to propose action to FGB.

As required through the year:

Pay Committee:  Barbara Furber (chair), Jackie Hollander, Peter Jodrell

Pay Appeals Committee: as required from list, including associate governors.

Admissions: Amanda Hodey, Barbara Furber

Head Teachers Performance Management Panel:   Jackie Hollander, Claire Rowles

Governors are required to publish information online relating to business interests and attendance as well as the information included above.. To view the information please see below.

NameBusiness or Other InterestsAttendance at FGB 2017-2018Attendance at Committees 2017-2018
Paula BartlettNone6/6W - 1/1; SPDBW - 3/3
Donita BlackwellNone4/4Wagtails: 1/1
Peter JoddrellNoneOnly appointed July 2018
Nikki DaviesNoneN/AN/A
Barbara FurberNone4/6T and L: 5/5
Emma GilbertNone6/6T and L: 3/5
Laura HallsworthNoneN/AFinance and Buildings: 6/6
Sue HarriesNoneN/AWagtails: 1/1
Amanda HodeyNone 7/7T and L: 3/3
Jackie HollanderNone4/6Finance: 5/5
Buildings: 1/2
Caroline KnightonNone6/6T&L - 5/5; W - 1/1; F - 6/6; B - 2/2
Denise MatthewsonMatthewson Waters Architects1/1Wagtails: 1/1
Paul Stannard3/5B - 1/2
Fiona SmartNone6/6T and L: 4/5
Tony ToppEmployed as caretaker/cleaner until March 20185/6Buildings: 2/2
Lesley WhelanNone5/6Finance: 5/6; B - 2/2