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Durdan's Park Primary School

Governing body

The role of the governing body

Critical friends

All maintained schools in England have a governing board which is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, and to ask questions.

The governing board works in close partnership with the Executive Headteacher and the Local Authority to ensure the school functions well and offers a strong provision for the education of the children it serves.

Membership of the governing board includes parents, teaching staff and representatives from the local community and the Local Authority.

The governing board has a range of powers and duties laid down by various Education Acts.  In the main, these responsibilities relate to:

  • Setting targets and promoting high standards of educational achievement for all pupils
  • Setting the strategic framework within which the school operates
  • Management of the school’s budget
  • Ensuring that the curriculum for the school is broad and balanced and accessible to all pupils

Governors adopt, review and monitor a range of statutory policies that govern the operation of the school. These policies can be found on this website.

Governors discharge the above responsibilities through two formal governing board meetings each term. In addition, they make termly visits during the school day to monitor the impact of school improvement priorities.

Minutes of meetings are agreed and approved by the board at its next meeting. Minutes are available on request once they have been approved. Please contact the school administration team.

A number of governors also have responsibilities for specific areas within the school.  The Terms of Reference outline the specific responsibilities of the governing body.

Skills required of school governors

The National Governance Association (NGA) has published a list of skills required for school governance.  An individual governor  is not expected to have all the skills listed in the audit, but they should be covered across the governing body:

National Governance Association

Register of Interests

Governors have a legal duty to act in the best interest of the school.  Where there are personal or financial interests, which may conflict with this duty, they must identify, prevent and record the conflict.  Governors must not be involved in discussions or vote on matters to which their conflict relates.

At Durdan’s Park, governors review a register of interests at the start of every meeting.  Governors also declare personal or other interests which might be a potential source of conflict. Please click on the link below for the most up to date register of business interests.

Governors register of interests

The Lady Margaret and Durdan’s Park Schools’ Federation Governors

There are four categories of governor:

  • Parent governors (voted in by the parents and carers)
  • Co-opted governors (co-opted for their expertise)
  • Staff governors (voted in by members of the school staff)
  • LA governors (appointed by London Borough of Ealing)

Should a parent wish to contact the Chair of Governors, they should do so in writing, via the school office.

Membership of the Governing Body Category Link Governor role Term of office Date appointed End of term of office
Ms Helen Rai Executive Headteacher 31/08/2023
Mr Simon Prebble Co-opted governor – Chair Curriculum and assessment (key subject intent, implementation and impact) 4 years 31/08/2023 30/08/2027
Mr Dean Horridge Co-opted governor – vice chair Health and Safety 4 years 31/08/2023 30/08/2027
Mrs Vinothikaa Thavabalasandran  Co-opted governor Safeguarding 4 years 31/08/2023 30/08/2027
Ms Roop Bhinder Co-opted governor Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and provision for those pupils entitled new to English 4 years 31/08/2023 30/08/2027
Mr Neil Dhayatker Co-opted governor Business management 4 years 31/08/2023 30/08/2027
Mrs Karmjit Mangat Co-opted governor Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and provision for those pupils entitled new to English 4 years 31/08/2023 30/08/2027
Mrs Yasodara Selvarajah Co-opted governor Personal development and behaviour (includes attendance, behaviour systems, exclusions and the wider curriculum opportunities) 4 years 31/08/2023 30/08/2027
Mr Thomas Kelly  Staff governor Personal development and behaviour (includes attendance, behaviour systems, exclusions and the wider curriculum opportunities) 4 years 31/08/2023 30/08/2027
Ms Scarlett Szeto Local authority governor Curriculum and assessment (key subject intent, implementation and impact) 4 years 31/08/2023 30/08/2027
Mr Haris Sheikh Parent governor 4 years 23/10/23 22/10/27
Mrs Harwinder Kaur Parent governor 4 years 20/11/23 19/11/27
Ms Tobi Gbadamosi
Co-opted governor 4 years 28/11/23 27/11/27

Governor attendance 2022/23

Please see below for governor attendance for the previous academic year for the Durdan’s Park Primary School Governing Body.

Governor 14/09/2022 30/11/2022 08/02/2023 22/03/2023 20/04/2023 03/05/2023 12/07/2023
Vino Thavabalasandram – Chair Apologies Attended Apologies Attended Attended Attended Apologies
Sheetal Handa – Vice Chair Attended Apologies Apologies Apologies Resigned
Helen Rai – Executive Headteacher Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended
Poonam  Dave  – Parent Governor Apologies Apologies Attended Attended Attended Apologies Apologies
Kirna Masih  – Parent Governor Attended Attended Apologies Resigned
Monika Siek  – Parent Governor Apologies Attended Attended Attended Attended Apologies Attended
Katie Brown – Co-opted Governor Attended Resigned
Daryl Griffiths – Co-opted Governor Attended Apologies Apologies Apologies Absent Absent Disqualified
Yaso Selvarajah – Staff Governor Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended
Neil Dhayatker – Co-opted New Attended Attended Attended Apologies Attended Attended
Scarlett Szeto – LA governor New Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended