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Governors

The Academy Governing Board (AGB)

In general terms the Governors ensure our school has clear aims and values, and act as “critical friends” of the Headteacher and staff through looking at how the school is progressing. The AGB is responsible for: ensuring the school’s money is well spent; making sure procedures are in place to ensure effective teaching and learning; examining the educational outcomes the school achieves; resolving grievances; overseeing the implementation of annual school development plans; and ensuring we regularly review how we are doing and how we could do better.

Membership

The Academy Governing Board consists of:
• 5 parent governors (elected by the Orchard parents)
• 1 staff governor (elected by the Orchard staff)
• 1 governor appointed by Herts for Learning Multi Academy Trust
• 3 governors appointed by the AGB
• The Headteacher - Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher
Extra people may be invited to join as associate (non-voting) governors.

Governor Details

Mr Alec Thomas
Category: Appointed by the Trustees
Role: Chair of the AGB, Geography
Term of Office: 4 years
Date appointed: 27/1/16
Meetings Attended 2017-18: 6/6
Business Interests: None declared

Mr John Robb
Category: Appointed by the AGB
Role: Finance and GDPR
Term of Office: 4 years
Date appointed: 09/09/18
Meetings Attended 2017-18: 6/6
Business Interests: Casual Caretaker at Orchard

Mr Gwion Williams
Category: Parent
Role: SEND
Term of Office: 4 years
Date appointed: 01/12/14
Meetings Attended 2017-18: 6/6
Business Interests: None declared

Mr Paul Sutton
Category: Headteacher
Role:  Executive Headteacher
Term of Office: open
Date appointed: 08/09/08
Meetings Attended 2017-18: 6/6
Business Interests: None declared

Mr Simon McFall
Category: Parent
Role: Vice Chair ofAGB, Pupil Premium and Sports Premium
Term of Office: 4 years
Date appointed: 30/11/15
Meetings Attended 2017-18: 5/6
Business Interests: Married to a member of staff

Mr Neil Chakrabarti
Category: Appointed by the AGB
Role: Finance
Term of Office: 4 years
Date appointed: 14/12/17
Meetings Attended 2017-18: 4/6
Business Interests: None declared

Mrs Natasha Penn
Category: Parent
Role: School Improvement Priorities
Term of Office: 4 years
Date appointed: 01/12/14
Meetings Attended 2017-18: 5/6
Business Interests: None declared

Mr Bradley Williams
Category: Staff
Role: School Improvement Priorities
Term of Office: 4 years
Date appointed: 01/09/14
Meetings Attended 2017-18: 6/6
Business Interests: Married to a member of staff

Mr Warren Brown
Category: Parent
Role: Premises, Health & Safety, PE & School Sport
Term of Office: 4 years
Date appointed: 01/12/14
Meetings Attended 2017-18: 6/6
Business Interests: Chair of Watford Youth Football Club

Mr Philip Miller
Category: Parent
Role: School Improvement Priorities
Term of Office: 4 years
Date appointed: 10/12/17
Meetings Attended 2017-18:
Business Interests: None declared

Mrs Melanie Barnes
Category: Appointed by the AGB
Role: Safeguarding
Term of Office: 4 years
Date appointed: 1/10/16
Meetings Attended 2017-18: 6/6
Business Interests: Casual MSA at Orchard