Information about the Governing Body

The Governors at Bishop's Waltham Junior have NO business or financial interests with the school or undertake governance roles at other schools.


Annual Governance Statement & Impact Report (Academic Year 2016-2017)

Governing Body 2017-2018


Mr Darren Campbell (Headteacher)


Staff Governor

Miss Lucy Pearmain (Acting Deputy Headteacher)

Mrs Katherine Daniels (Deputy Headteacher - currently on maternity leave)


Parent Governors

Mrs Helen Nicholls

Mrs Rebecca Love

Mrs Helen Chesterfield

     Mrs Clare Hedgecock


Co-opted Governors

Mr Martin Geraghty (Y5 Teacher)

Mrs Samantha Sessions

Mrs Jenny Meadows

Mrs Jade Lakeland


Local Authority Governor

Mrs Helen Hills


Clerk to the Governing Body:

Mrs Felicity Wilkins (LEA Clerk)


From September 2017 the Governing Body wil lchange the way it operates in terms of the structure and frequency of its meetings.


The Full Governing Body will continue to meet every half term across the academic year. The large majority of these meetings will focus on the progress made in terms of school improvement- specifically linked to the areas for development identifed in the recent OFSTED report (Feb 2017).


The Full Governing Body will also meet each half term as a Resource Committee.  The purpose of this committee is to discuss and monitor school finance, personnel issues including recruitment and pay, and all matters relating to health & safety, school buildings and site security.


Click here for the Standing Orders for BWJS Full Governors. 

Other Information


Chair of Governors - Mrs Samantha Sessions

Vice Chair - Mrs Helen Chesterfield

SEN/Pupil Premium Link Governor – Mrs Samantha Sessions

Safeguarding and Children Looked After Governors – Mrs Helen Hills & Helen Chesterfield



Please click here to view Governor Meeting Dates for 2017-2018

Please click here to view details of Governor Training


Governing Body Committees - Minutes of meetings



Vice Chair
Other Members
Terms of Reference
Minutes of meetings

Full Governing Body

(From Sept 17 - will incoporate school improvement agenda)

Mrs Samantha Sessions Mrs Helen Chesterfield LA Clerk    

26th Sept 2017

18th July 2017

23rd May 2017

28th Feb 2017

17th Jan 2017

29th Nov 2016

20th Sept 2016

12th July 2016

17th May 2016

22nd March 2016

2nd Feb 2016


Mrs Jenny Meadows

Mrs Jade Lakeland

LA Clerk

Full Governing Body

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4th July 2017

9th May 2017

7th Feb 2017

15th Nov 2016

4th Oct 2016

14th June 2016

3rd May 2016

15th March 2016

19th Jan 2016

School Improvement


Mrs Samantha Sessions

Mr Tom Arnold

LA Clerk

Full Governing Body

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9th May 2017

7th Feb 2017

27th Sept 2016

14th June 2016

15th March 2016


Annual Governance Statement & Impact Report (Academic Year 2015-2016)

Information for Prospective Governors


This section below gives an overview of a governor's responsibilities. Please contact the school office if you are interested in becoming a school governor or would like to find out a little bit more information about the role.


What we hope you will get out of being a governor



What we hope you will be able to offer



Despite the age of the following quotation, these qualities for governorship still apply:

"A general zeal for education ...... breadth of view, business habits ..... administrative ability and the power of working harmoniously with others ..... tact, interest in schoolwork, a sympathy for the teachers and the scholars ..... residence in reasonable proximity to the school."

Qualities needed for "School Manager" Royal Commission 1888  




Governors are appointed to provide:



School governors are expected to:



In addition, individual governors will usually be involved in some of the following activities often through groups or committees which report back to the main body



Governing bodies are the strategic planners of schools


In order to do this a governing body:



Decisions of the governing body are made in formal meetings, either with the full governing body, or in committees if their terms of reference allow.


All governing bodies have committees which:



The number of committees depends on the governing body and its needs.


All governors, once appointed, share the responsibilities and work as a team



Principles of Working as a Governor and as a Governing Body


Governors, once appointed, are holders of public office, and should be prepared to work to the same principles as any paid public official. This is true both as an individual and as a whole governing body.




Holders of public office should take decisions solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family or their friends.




Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligations to outside individuals or organisations that might influence them in the performance of their official duties.




In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.




Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.




Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take, They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands this.




Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interest relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.



Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.


(The Seven Principles of Public Life from the Second Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life - The Nolan Committee CM3270 - 1 May 1996 )


Hampshire County Council and Its Schools


Hampshire is one of the largest local education authorities in the country, dividing its administration between three local offices in Fleet, Havant and Bartley and its headquarters in Winchester.



Governing bodies vary in size from 10 - 21, but they all have the same requirement - to work together with the headteacher in agreeing the aims and conduct of the school, ensuring that the pupils have a full entitlement to the agreed curriculum and managing the school within its allocated budget.


There are regulations within which the governing body must work. These are laid down by central government (Education Acts and Regulations) and the local authority (Instruments of Government and Schemes of Financial Management).


Supporting Our Governors


All schools receive support from the Local Authority and have a School Improvement Partner who takes a particular interest in the conduct and achievement of the school. They are regular visitors to the school and may also attend governing body meetings when specific information is required. The Attached Inspector provides written reports to the school which, together with the headteacher's termly report and the annual tests, assessments and examinations, assist the governing body in knowing how the school is performing against specific targets and helps the governing body to set further targets for improvement.


Advice and support for schools and governing bodies is also available to cover financial, personnel , pupils' welfare and specific needs. Hampshire Governor Services has recently been awarded its fourth Charter Mark for the quality of its extensive training and support of governors in the county. Training is centred on the strategic role of governors and is free to governors themselves (schools have a budget to purchase the necessary governor training).


Courses offered include:

  • Induction for new governors
  • Effective meetings
  • Strategic planning
  • Understanding school finance
  • Selecting and appointing Staff
  • Understanding personnel practice
  • Judging value for money
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Using performance data to set targets
  • Health and safety
  • Policy making
  • Understanding the school curriculum
  • Meeting childrens' special educational needs
  • Committees and delegation


There is a Governor Services department in each local area as well as at the county headquarters. The Local Governor Services Coordinator and his/her team are happy to answer queries from individual governors and governing bodies, and provide support for governors and governing bodies at all times.


Making an application for governorship


Vacancies for elected governors are dealt with by the school when a vacancy occurs. (Elected governors are parent governors and staff governors).

For community and authority governorships the county council welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Following receipt of an application form prospective governors are invited to discuss their applications. This may be with the Local Governor Services Co-ordinators, existing governors and headteachers and/or elected members of the county council. The names of suitable people are held in a 'pool' by Hampshire Governor Services until suitable vacancies occur.

Governing bodies themselves, and County Councillors may apply to the pool to fill vacancies. Foundation schools usually have a 'pool' of their own for partnership and sponsor governors. The relevant Diocese oversee the arrangements for the appointment of foundation governors in church schools.


When suitable vacancies (community and local education authority governorships) arise in schools across the county people from the pool are contacted and asked if they wish to be considered. This does not stop individuals contacting their local schools if they are eligible to stand for election in any other category.


And Finally..........


No one governor is expected to know it all.

The strength of a governing body lies in its ability to attract and rely upon members from a wide variety of backgrounds, share out the duties amongst its members, and be able to take decisions as a group.

No one governor is responsible for the governing body, not even the chairman.

All governors share the responsibility of making the governing body effective and efficient by setting the remit of the body and its committees, being well-informed and attending the meetings.


"The role of the school governor is:



But you should do these things as a governing body, not as an individual governor, and in all such matters you should act with knowledge and understanding of the school."


(From A Working Partnership by Joan Sallis, governor and regular contributor to the Times Educational Supplement )