Role of the Governing Body
The role of the Governing Body is to act as a strategic leader of the school. The law states that the Governing Body should “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:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; this aspect of the role is often described as being a “critical friend”
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
All Governors are volunteers and include parents, staff and members of the local community. Governors are not involved in the day-to-day running of the school which is the responsibility of the Headteacher. At BPS we have two committees through which Governors conduct much of their work:
- Curriculum and Standards
Members of the Governing Body may be contacted via the School Office.
Meet our governors
Mr Andy PauldenChair of the Governing Body
Mr Andy Paulden
Giving children the best possible start in life underpins all that we do, so when I became a BPS parent 5 years ago, I wanted to get involved with the school. This was my motivation for entering the world of governance, and at the start of 2017 I was elected as a parent governor.
I presently have responsibilities for Health & Safety and Safeguarding, as well as carrying out the role of Chair of Governors.
During my 27 years as a police officer I've developed a positive, can-do attitude, and I want to use this to make a worthwhile contribution toward what we are trying to achieve here at BPS
Mr Jock FraserGovernor
Mr Jock Fraser
Iím an experienced primary school governor, having been Chair of Governors at a large Ofsted Outstanding primary school in Yorkshire, where we had been living for the past 10 years.† Following my wifeís appointment as Executive Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at the Open University in 2017, we moved to Buckingham; choosing the town as a great place to raise our two girls.
I work in education, running a recruitment company that specialises in recruitment of teachers, teaching assistants, special needs co-ordinators, heads and business managers for schools.†
I have 8 yearsí experience as a governor, and when relocating to Buckingham, wanted to continue using that experience to benefit a local school. My daughters both attended Buckingham Primary School for the last term of the 2016-17 academic year, with my eldest moving onto secondary in September, and my youngest currently in year 5.†
As a governor, I have experience of working with local authority partners, have worked with school leadership teams to improve performance and league table results, and as Chair have been involved in key decisions, including a school expansion program and recruitment of a new Head teacher
I am delighted to be able to use my experience as a governor and as a business owner to help Buckingham Primary School & Nursery
Mr Gerry LoftusCo-opted Governor
Mr Gerry Loftus
Gerry Loftus is a co-opted governor of the school, having been an LEA governor for many years after becoming a Buckingham town councillor. He is English and literacy governor, a position he has held for many years and is Vice-Chair of the governing bodyís Standards (Curriculum) Committee. He has now retired from his academic post as senior lecturer in English language studies at the University of Buckingham. His son was once a pupil at BPS but has since completed his masterís degree in Computer Science at York University.
Mr Andrew TaggHeadteacher
Mr Andrew Tagg
Mr David HancockCo-opted Governor
Mr David Hancock
David currently has one child at Buckingham Primary School and his older children have also attend our school before moving on to Secondary education.
Ms Jo WilesCo-opted Governor
Ms Jo Wiles
Joanna Wiles joined the BPS governing body, as a Community Governor, in 2014 and is enjoying the challenges and rewards it brings. Joanna† is Chair of the Curriculum and Standards committee.† She currently works for Pearson which is an educational company and is a Publisher, working on learning resources for teachers and pupils of primary age who are learning English as foreign language† She is passionate about education and ensuring every child has the opportunity to develop† their true potential.††
Mr Sam DavisonCo-opted Governor
Mr Sam DavisonI have two sons at BPS and I was delighted when the opportunity arose for me to join the governing board. My current responsibilities include IT and the resources committee, and I try to get involved wherever else I feel I can share my experience to benefit the school.Having previously chaired the committee of a local preschool and with many years experience as an operations/project manager at a global audio electronics brand, I feel I have a wealth of business experience to assist in the governance of the school.Besides that I have a passion for music and sport, and am currently coaching at a junior football team where my eldest son is playing.
Mr Oliver GreasbyParent Governor
Mr Oliver Greasby
I have two children at BPS and was elected parent governor in July 2019. I sit on the Resources Committee and I am the governor responsible for Sports.
I have lived in Buckingham since 2007 and I work as Senior Employment Counsel for DHL in Milton Keynes enabling me to add legal and commercial expertise to the governing board particularly in the areas of Human Resources, Compliance and Data Protection.
Outside of work, Iím a passionate follower of sport and in particular rugby, football, cricket and tennis and Iím a (fairly) regular runner of half marathons