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Governors

(P)Governors are transparent in the way they conduct their business. Minutes of all meetings are available on the school’s website. These show that governors know the school, fulfil their statutory obligations and challenge school leaders.

Ofsted 2017

William Ellis School is a foundation school and a voluntary aided school within the local education authority of the London Borough of Camden.  This means that the charitable Birkbeck and William Ellis School Trust owns a long lease on the land and appoints a majority of the governors – the “Foundation governors”.

THE ROLE OF THE GOVERNING BODY

The purpose of Governing Body is to lead the strategic development of the school and to promote high standards of educational achievement at the school.

The governing body has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

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

The Governing Body monitors the implementation of standards and our policies through the committee structure set out below; conducts appeals; appoints senior staff; and makes serious disciplinary decisions.

CONSTITUTION OF THE GOVERNING BODY

The Governing Body was reconstituted in December 2017. The Governing Body consists of:

  • Nine Foundation governors, one nominated and appointed by the Master of Birkbeck College and eight nominated and appointed by the trustees of the Birkbeck and William Ellis School Trust
  • One staff governor, elected by staff
  • Three parent governors, elected by parents
  • One Local Authority governor nominated by the local authority
  • Two co-opted governors, appointed by Governing Body
  • The headteacher

The term of office for all governors is four years.

WHO ARE THE GOVERNORS?

Chair of Governors:

Ms Fiona Millar (P)

Vice Chair:

Professor Conor Gearty (P)

Foundation Governors:

Mr Richard Ault (P)

Dame Karen Dunnell

Professor Conor Gearty (P)

Mr Omar Harmon (P)

Dr Lee Elliot Major (P)

Ms Fiona Millar (P)

Ms Selina Skipwith (P)

Ms Ronke Coote (P)

Birkbeck Foundation Governor:

Professor Daniel Monk (OE)

Staff Governor:

Mr Richard Whitenstall

Parent Governors:

Ms Imogen Sharp (P)

Co-opted Governors:

Mr Jonny Woolf (P)

Ms Pandora Kay-Kriezman (S)

LA Governor:

Ms Georgia Gould

Associate Governor:

Mr Abdi Ahmed

Headteacher:

Mr Sam White 

(P) parent of former or current student(OE) old boy of the School(S) member of staff

COMMITTEES OF THE GOVERNING BODY

The Governing Body has two permanent committees:

  • Resources & Personnel -  Chair: Richard Ault, Vice Chair - Jonny Woolf
  • School Improvement - Chair: Lee Elliot Major, Vice Chair - Georgia Gould

Sub-committees deal with admissions, appointments, appeals, staff pay and curriculum complaints 

Individual governors hold specific responsibilities:

  1. SEND: Imogen Sharp
  2. Safeguarding: Ronke Coote
  3. The Mill: Omar Harmon
  4. LaSWAP: Fiona Millar (also currently Chair of the LaSWAP Governors Forum)
  5. LaSWAP: Daniel Monk

CONTACT THE GOVERNORS

To contact the school governors, please email:

 wesgovchair@gmail.com and please put "FAO Chair of Governors" in the subject line