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Dawn Laverick-Brown: Chair of Governors

Welcome to the Governors’ section of the Batchwood School website which I hope you will find interesting and informative.  This section gives a broad outline of the role of the Governors, how we go about fulfilling our responsibilities and who we are.

Role of the Governing Body

The Department for Education states that Governing Bodies -

“….are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. For maintained schools this is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.

In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

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

These functions are reflected in regulations for maintained schools that came into force in September 2013.”

We have a strategic role in the development of the school but are not involved in the day-to-day management - that is the role of the Headteacher.  We are accountable to the wider community for the conduct of the school and in turn hold the school leadership group to account for raising standards and ensuring every child fulfills their potential.  We are a diverse group of people with a wide variety of skills and experience which, coupled with our knowledge of the school, we use to challenge and support the leadership group in their work.

The Governing Body

The Local Governing Body consists of 12 Governors:

  • 1 Staff Governor elected from the Batchwood staff
  • 2 Parent Governors elected from the community of parents, or individuals exercising parental responsibility, at Batchwood School
  • 7 Co-opted Local Governors appointed from within the local community,
  • 1 Local Authority Governor who is a representative of the Local Authority. They are not a delegate of the Local Authority and, as such, cannot be mandated to take any particular course of action or vote in a specific way at meetings.
  • The Headteacher is also an ex officio Governor

The Full Governing Body meets 6 times a year. At each meeting we receive a report from the Headteacher and minutes from the various committees. Other items are discussed or approved at specific times of the year for example exam results, plan for school improvement and budget.

The Local Governing Body is supported by three main committees which also meet once each term:

  • The Resources Committee is concerned with budget and finance, premises and health and safety as well as staffing, appraisal and training.
  • The Curriculum, Achievement and Well-being committee (CAW) deals with standards, curriculum, pastoral care and student well-being, SEND and Pupil Premium.

All Governors are members of at least one of the committee. We also attend public events such as secondary transfer evening, music concerts, the annual Awards Evening, prize-giving assemblies and PTCs. Please come and talk with Governors while you are at these events.

In addition, each Governor is linked to a curriculum or specific area of school such as Child Protection, Safeguarding, Core provision, Reading areas. In this role Governors regularly come into school to meet with staff and students.

Name Governor Type Term From Term To Roles
Ms Dawn Laverick-Brown Co-opted 18 Nov 2019 17 Nov 2023 Chair
Mr Richard Hattrell Co-opted 01 Jun 2019 31 May 2023 Vice Chair
Mr Dougal Hutchison Co-opted 01 Feb 2017 31 Jan 2025 Resources & FGB
Mrs Carole Jones Co-opted 01 Mar 2018 28 Feb 2022 CAW & FGB
Mrs Louise Restell Co-opted 31 Jan 2020 30 Jan 2024 CAW & FGB
Mr Ross Whitaker Co-opted 01 Jan 2018 31 Dec 2022 CAW & FGB
Mr Jonathan Kemp Headteacher 22 Mar 2017 present Resources & FGB
Miss Lauren Laverick-Brown Local Authority 11 Feb 2020 10 Feb 2024 CAW & FGB
Mrs Karen Smith Parent governor 15 Nov 2019 14 Nov 2023 CAW & FGB
Mark Hurley Staff governor 13 Apr 2021 12 Apr 2025 CAW & FGB
Caroline Bradley Parent governor 1 Sept 2021 31 Aug 2025 CAW & FGB
Pastor Richard Gathard Co-opted 1 Aug 2021 31 July 2025 CAW & FGB


Clerk to the Governors: Mr R Blythe

Batchwood Governing Body Attendance
pdf Governor Attendance (2022-23)

Link Governors Curriculum Areas
pdfLink Governors curriculum areas (2022-2023)