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Dundonald Primary

Our Governors

The governors at Dundonald Primary School work in partnership with the Local Authority (LA) and the school community to provide the best possible education for the children. 

Instrument of Government 

What is the Governing Body?

 The Dundonald School Governing Body is a body authorised by statute whose core functions include:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and

  • Ensuring the sound, proper and effective use of the school's financial resources.

In exercising its functions the governing body is required to:

  • Act with integrity, objectivity and honesty and in the best interests of the school;

  • Be open about the decisions they make and the actions they take and in particular shall be prepared to explain their decisions and actions to interested parties.

Governors are recruited according to the skills required by the governing body to discharge its functions effectively. The governing body also has Dundonald staff on board.

The Role of the Governor

Governors help the school set priorities, develop detailed plans and monitor progress. The governing body has committees that focus on teaching & learning, personnel, safeguarding, resources, inclusion and pay; these groups help the school develop its policies and procedures.                                                                                                                                            The governors work with the Senior Leadership team to understand how the school evaluates its performance, to shape the School Development Plan and to monitor the implementation of that plan and its impact on the outcomes for all pupils.                             

Code of Conduct for the Governing Body

If you would like to get a bit more involved in these or other aspects of school life, the governors would love to hear from you. Let the school office know and one of the governors will contact you.

Meanwhile the governors will keep you informed through the school's newsletter. 

Detailed Governor Information / Governing Body Membership

Please find below detailed information about each individual governor and associate member who has served at any point over the past 12 months. This includes responsibilities, attendance, term of office and relevant business and pecuniary interests. This information was last updated in December 2018. 

The governing body membership is in line with the school's Instrument of GovernmentClerk to the Governor is Mrs Sue Doohan.

The governing body and school staff have a responsibility to avoid any conflict between their business and personal interests and affairs and those of the school.

Roderick Cameron - Local Authority Governor

 

Governor Category 

 Local Authority Governor                                                 

Appointed by

 Local Authority (LA)

Date of Appointment

Term of Office expires

 04/07/2021

Committees

 Resources, Pay, Headteacher Appraisal

Positions of Responsibility

 Chair of Governors, Chair of Resources, Chair of Pay

Governor Links

 n/a

Committee Attendance 

 Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Governors Meeting Attendance

Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Business/Pecuniary Interests

n/a

Other Material Interests

n/a

Governance Role in other Educational

Establishment

n/a

Fiona Duffy - Headteacher

Governor Category 

n/a                                                                                             

Appointed by

The Headteacher is a member of the governing body by virtue of their office.

Date of Appointment

n/a

Term of Office expires

n/a

Committees

Resources, Pay, Personnel, Inclusion

Positions of Responsibility

 n/a

Governor Links

 n/a

Committee Attendance

Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Governors Meeting Attendance

Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Business/Pecuniary Interests

n/a

Other Material Interests

n/a

Governance Role in other Educational

Establishment

n/a

 

Emma Lemon - Parent Governor

Governor Category 

Parent Governor                                                                

Appointed by

Parent Election

Date of Appointment

Term of Office expires

11/10/2021

Committees

Personnel, Safeguarding, Pay

Positions of Responsibility

Chair of Personnel Committee

Governor Links

 EYFS

Committee Attendance

Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Governors Meeting Attendance

Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Business/Pecuniary Interests

n/a

Other Material Interests

n/a

Governance Role in other Educational

Establishment

n/a

Thomas Barlow - Co-opted Governor

Governor Category 

Co-opted Governor                                                                

Appointed by

Governing Body

Date of Appointment

Term of Office expires

31/01/2020

Committees

Resources

Positions of Responsibility

 Vice Chair of Governors

Governor Links

Safeguarding

Committee Attendance

 Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Governors Meeting Attendance

Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Business/Pecuniary Interests

n/a

Other Material Interests

n/a

Governance Role in other Educational

Establishment

n/a

Chad Horne - Parent Governor

Governor Category 

 Parent Governor                                                                  

Appointed by

 Governing Body

Date of Appointment

Term of Office expires

 31/01/2020

Committees

 Personnel, Pay

Positions of Responsibility

 n/a

Governor Links

 Inclusion

Committee Attendance

 Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Governors Meeting Attendance

Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Business/Pecuniary Interests

n/a

Other Material Interests

n/a

Governance Role in other Educational

Establishment

n/a

Dave Redmond - Parent Governor

Governor Category 

Parent Governor                                                                    

Appointed by

Governing Body

Date of Appointment

Term of Office expires

31/01/2020

Committees

Resources, Pay                                                                 

Positions of Responsibility

Vice Chair of Resources Committee

Governor Links

n/a

Committee Attendance

Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Governors Meeting Attendance

Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Business/Pecuniary Interests

n/a

Other Material Interests

n/a

Governance Role in other Educational

Establishment

n/a

Caitriona Hurley - Co-opted Governor 

Governor Category 

Co-opted Governor                                                                    

Appointed by

Governing Body

Date of Appointment

October 2015

Term of Office expires

11/10/2021

Committees

Teaching and Learning, Inclusion

Positions of Responsibility

Governor Links

Lower School, Inclusion and Equalities

Committee Attendance

 Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Governors Meeting Attendance

Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Business/Pecuniary Interests

n/a

Other Material Interests

n/a

Governance Role in other Educational

Establishment

n/a

Ben McFarlane - Co-opted Governor

Governor Category 

Co-opted Governor                                                                               

Appointed by

Governing Body

Date of Appointment

Term of Office expires

11/10/2021

Committees

Teaching and Learning

Positions of Responsibility

Chair of Teaching and Learning, Appeals

Governor Links

Upper School

Committee Attendance

 Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Governors Meeting Attendance

Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Business/Pecuniary Interests

n/a

Other Material Interests

n/a

Governance Role in other Educational

Establishment

n/a

Sophie Russell - Staff Governor

Governor Category 

Staff Governor - Co opted 

Appointed by

Staff Election                                                                                

Date of Appointment

01/09/2016

Term of Office expires

01/09/2019

Committees

Teaching and Learning, Inclusion (RRS)

Positions of Responsibility

n/a

Governor Links

n/a

Committee Attendance

Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Governors Meeting Attendance

Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Business/Pecuniary Interests

n/a

Other Material Interests

n/a

Governance Role in other Educational

Establishment

n/a

Rajesh Suseelan - Co-opted Governor

Governor Category 

Co-opted Governor                                                                      

Appointed by

Governing Body

Date of Appointment

Term of Office expires

31/01/2020

Committees

Resources

Positions of Responsibility

n/a

Governor Links

Lower School

Committee Attendance

Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Governors Meeting Attendance

Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Business/Pecuniary Interests

n/a

Other Material Interests

n/a

Governance Role in other Educational

Establishment

n/a

Ferdinand Doepel - Co-opted Governor

Governor Category 

Co-opted Governor                                                                                                     

Appointed by

Governing Body

Date of Appointment

Term of Office expires

04/07/2020

Committees

Teaching and Learning

Positions of Responsibility

n/a

Governor Links

n/a

Committee Attendance

 Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Governors Meeting Attendance

Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Business/Pecuniary Interests

n/a

Other Material Interests

n/a

Governance Role in other Educational

Establishment

n/a

Claire Fox - Co-opted Governor

Governor Category 

Co-opted Governor                                                                                        

Appointed by

Governing Body

Date of Appointment

Term of Office expires

31/01/2020

Committees

Safeguarding, Personnel

Positions of Responsibility

Chair of Safeguarding Committee

Governor Links

Safeguarding

Committee Attendance

 Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Governors Meeting Attendance

Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Business/Pecuniary Interests

n/a

Other Material Interests

n/a

Governance Role in other Educational

Establishment

n/a

Delea Shand - Co-opted Governor

Governor Category 

Co-opted Governor                                                                      

Appointed by

Governing Body

Date of Appointment

Term of Office expires

31/01/2020

Committees

Teaching and Learning

Positions of Responsibility

Vice Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee

Governor Links

EYFS, Community Cohesion, Parent Engagement

Committee Attendance

 Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Governors Meeting Attendance

Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Business/Pecuniary Interests

n/a

Other Material Interests

n/a

Governance Role in other Educational

Establishment

n/a

Vidya Sujalini (expired membership)

Governor Category 

Co-opted Governor (until July 2017)                                                                

Appointed by

Governing Body

Date of Appointment

Term of Office expired

July 2017

Committees

Resources

Positions of Responsibility

n/a

Governor Links

EYFS

Committee Attendance

 

Governors Meeting Attendance

Business/Pecuniary Interests

n/a

Other Material Interests

n/a

Governance Role in other Educational

Establishment

n/a

 

Simon Horner - Co-opted Governor (expired membership)

Governor Category 

Co-opted Governor                                                               

Appointed by

Parent Election

Date of Appointment

Term of Office expired

13/02/2018

Committees

Resources

 Positions of Responsibility

Vice Chair of Governors

Governor Links

Health and Safety

Committee Attendance

Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Governors Meeting Attendance

Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Business/Pecuniary Interests

n/a

Other Material Interests

n/a

Governance Role in other Educational

Establishment

n/a

Katie Weig - Co-opted Governor (expired membership)

Governor Category 

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by

Governing Body

Date of Appointment

Term of Office expired

06/10/2018

Committees

Personnel, Safeguarding, Pay, Headteacher Appraisal

Positions of Responsibility

Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Personnel Committee

Governor Links

n/a

Committee Attendance

 Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Governors Meeting Attendance

Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Business/Pecuniary Interests

n/a

Other Material Interests

n/a

Governance Role in other Educational

Establishment

n/a

 Ben Leonard - Parent Governor

Governor Category 

 Parent Governor                                                                

Appointed by

 Governing Body

Date of Appointment

Term of Office expires

 31/01/2020

Committees

 Teaching and Learning

Positions of Responsibility

 n/a

Governor Links

 Upper School

Committee Attendance

 Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Governors Meeting Attendance

Please find details for attendance in 2017/18 here.

Business/Pecuniary Interests

n/a

Other Material Interests

n/a

Governance Role in other Educational

Establishment

n/a

 

  

Associate Members of the Governing Body

Associate members are appointed by the governing body to serve on one or more governing body committee. They may also attend full governing body meetings. They are not governors and therefore do not have a vote in governing body decisions, but may be given a vote on decisions made by committees to which they are appointed.

Associate members are appointed because of the specific expertise and experience they can contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.