The Governing Body - An Overview

Board of Governors

The role of the Board of Governors is a strategic one, achieved through having strong focus on three core functions:

Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its
pupils, and
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Each Governor is a member of either the Finance and Resources Committee, or a Link Governor through the Monitoring Impact, Planning Change process.

MIPC (Monitoring Impact, Planning Change) Process

Our MIPC brings together aspects of school development planning, self-evaluation and responding to performance information.

Section A- School Development Plan- contains the Development Plan for the year, and monitors impact towards achieving the objectives set out, as well as giving a snap shot of progress towards actions.

Section B- Responding to Performance Information- Notes any key performance indicators that are of concern, plus follows through any previous concerns to track progress. A note of what intervention is needed is also made here.

Section C- Monitoring and Evaluation - Considers the work of teach team (each teacher for a Faculty or each Faculty for SLT), RAG rates each team member or Faculty, then sets out what further development is needed, and how and when that will be monitored. This shapes future priorities for monitoring such as lesson observation, work scrutiny and student feedback.

The MIPC is updated fully three times per year, after a Data Capture and is circulated as part of the Headteacher’s Report to Governors for each Full Board Governors Meeting.

Three times a year, we have Governor Link Meetings where the Link Governor attached to each member of the Senior Leadership Team meets with a group of Faculty Leaders and member of the Leadership Team to review the MIPC’s for their teams. This meeting is then followed by all of the Link Governors coming together to share what they have learnt about the impact of Teaching and Learning and to be informed of the work of the school.

Finance and Resources Committee

Purpose: to focus on ensuring that the school is efficient, effective and economic in the way it deploys its physical, IT, personnel and financial resources to achieve the vision of the school.


Governor Membership Category Date of Appointment Term of Office Responsibilities and Committees
Mr Nigel Sellars Headteacher Governor by virtue of holding office since 11/04/2016  - Finance and Resources, MIPC and MAT
Ms Rosslyn Avery Parent 15/11/2016 14/11/2020 Finance and Resources
Mr Adrian Mark Corness Parent 14/12/2015 13/12/2019 MIPC Link
Miss Hayley Curtis Staff 28/02/2017 27/02/2021 Staff Governor
Mr Andrew Gauld (Chair) Parent 14/10/2013 13/10/2017 Finance and Resources*, MAT
Dr David Hopkin (Vice Chair) Parent 17/11/2016 16/11/2019 MIPC Link
Dr Rachel Long Parent 23/11/2016 22/11/2020 MIPC Link
Mrs Elaine Millard Parent 28/11/2016 27/11/2020 MIPC Link
Mr Chris Robins Governor 15/09/2013  14/09/2017 MIPC Link
Mrs Geraldine Shepherd Governor 01/09/2016 31/08/2020 Finance and Resources, MIPC Link
Mr Adrian Thomas Parent 08/05/2017 07/05/2021 tbc
Mr David Thompson Governor 15/11/2016  14/11/2020 Community, Alumni and Friends of GHS Link
Mrs Kay Usher Staff 28/02/2017 27/02/2021 Staff Governor
Mr Clive Walsh Governor 23/11/2016  22/11/2020 Finance and Resources, Health and Safety Link

* Denotes Chair of Committee

Governors who have been in post during the last 12 months:

Name Date of Appointment Term of Office Date Stepped Down Appointed by
Mrs Devena Rae 01/09/2012 31/08/2016 31/08/2016 Governor, FGB
Miss Suman Lal Surbatta 18/01/2016 17/01/2020 20/09/2016 Parent Governor, FGB
Mr Nick Usiskin 06/07/2016 05/07/2020 22/08/2016 Governor, FGB
Mr Roger Smith 22/06/2013 21/06/2017 06/10/2016 Parent Governor, FGB
Mr Matt Payne 10/10/2016 09/10/2020 27/11/2016 Governor, FGB
Mr Martin Culkeen 02/11/2015 01/11/2019 31/12/2016 Staff Governor
Mrs Antonia Hedges 26/03/2014 25/03/2018 26/02/17 Staff Governor

If you wish to contact a governor, please email or send a letter to Gosford Hill School FAO the Clerk to the Governors who will forward your letter to the appropriate governor.

Download the Full Governing Board and Committee Meeting Schedule 2017/18 here.

Download the The Governing Board Meeting Attendance 2016/17 here.

Download The Governing Board Register of Pecuniary Interests here.