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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.

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The Governing Body Annual Statement Sep 2021


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.

NameResponsibilitiesType (and who elected by)Term of Office Start and End DateCommittee Membership
Dave MaddenChair of Governors
Pupil Premium Governor
Quality of Education Chair
Local Authority (FGB)01/09/2021 to 31/08/2025Quality of Education
Emma GilbertHeadteacher (Ex officio)01/09/21 to no end dateAttends all
Revd Beth HuttonFoundation
(Ex officio)
01/02/2021 to no end dateQuality of Education
Dr Katie MillsSafeguarding Governor
SEN Governor
Joint Vice Chair of Governors
18/09/2019 to 17/09/2023
Hannah ChudasamaStaff GovernorStaff
06/06/2022 to 05/06/2026
Charlotte DixonAssociate GovernorFGB06/06/2022 to 05/06/2026
Rowan CockcroftChair of FinanceFoundation
24/01/2020 to 23/01/2024Finance
Jess JefferysJoint Vice Chair of GovernorsParents
05/05/21 to 04/05/2025Finance
Barbara FurberFoundation
25/02/2019 to 24/02/2023Quality of Education
Susan HarriesAssociate Governor (FGB)01/02/19 to 31/01/23Not appointed to any committees - therefore no voting rights.
Fraza Robins
08/10/2019 to 11/10/2022Quality of Education
Alistair HamiltonFoundation (Church)09/12/2022 to 08/12/2026
Matt CockcroftFoundation (Church)04/01/2023 to 03/01/2027
Francesca CockcroftFoundation (Church)24/01/2023 to 23/01/2027

Vacancies – 2 Foundation, 1 Parent


  • Quality of Education:  Dave Madden(chair), Emma Gilbert, Reverend B Hutton
  • Finance & Premises: Rowan Cockcroft (chair) Jess Jefferys, Emma Gilbert

Specific Roles Held on Governing Body 2022-2023

  • Whistleblowing Governor: Dave Madden
  • Safeguarding and SEN Governor: Dr Katie Mills
  • Pupil Premium Governor: Dave Madden
  • GDPR Governor: Rev. Beth Hutton

Pay Committee:  Dave Madden (chair), Rowan Cockcroft

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

Admissions: Emma Gilbert

Head Teachers Performance Management Panel:   Dave Madden, Rowan Cockcroft

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

NameBusiness or Other InterestsAttendance at FGB 2022-2023Attendance at Committees 2022-2023
Fraza RobinsNone1/1Quality of Education 1/1
Rowan CockcroftNone5/6Finance 6/6
Barbara FurberNone3/3Quality of Education 1/2
Emma GilbertNone6/6Quality of Education 1/2
Finance 4/6
Rev. Beth HuttonGovernor at Chilton Foliat School4/6Quality of Education 1/2
Dave MaddenNone5/6Quality of Education 1/2
Jess JefferysNone6/6Finance 6/6
Dr Katie MillsNone5/6
Hannah ChudasamaNone1/6
Charlotte DixonNone3/6
Alistair HamiltonNone2/4
Matt CockcroftNone3/4Finance 1/1
Francesca CockcroftNone3/4
Sue HarriesNoneAssociate governors do not attend meetings