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Welcome to the Governors’ page of the school website – we hope you find it useful in telling you who we are and what we do.

Who are we?

The Governing Body at South Green Juniors is made up of 9 Governors who are committed to the school’s aims.

We work in close partnership with the Head teacher, staff, pupils and parents to enable children to achieve success and to prepare them for the opportunities and experiences of adult life within a culturally diverse, ever changing, society.

The Governing Body is made of members from different groups – parents, staff, our local community and the Local Authority.  Individual governors bring their own experiences and expertise to the governing body and we aim to use their skills to the benefit of the school.  

What is our purpose?

The governing body is the school’s accountable body.

It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards of achievement. The governing body aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being. 

What do we do?

The governing body has a number of responsibilities which have to be exercised in partnership with the headteacher and staff.  Governors should not intervene in the day-to-day running of the school.  The governing body:

Sets the strategic direction of the school by:

  • setting the values, aims and objectives of the school;
  • agreeing the policy framework for achieving those aims and objectives;
  • setting targets;
  • agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes approving the budget and agreeing the staffing structure.

Challenges and supports the school by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating:

  • the implementation and effectiveness of the policy framework and school improvement strategy;
  • progress towards the school’s priorities and targets;
  • the budget and the staffing structure.

Ensures accountability by:

  • ensuring parents and pupils are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate;
  • holding the headteacher to account for the performance of the school;
  • making information available to the community
  • responding to the Local Authority and Ofsted when necessary.

Governors are most useful to the school by being supportive yet challenging, neither blindly accepting nor entirely critical of the way the school functions. If the governing body gets the balance right it can both support the school and promote its improvement effectively.

How we organise ourselves:

The governing body must appoint a chair and vice chair but, beyond that, is able to organise itself as it wishes in order to carry out its responsibilities.  Certain duties must be carried out by the full governing body but others can be delegated to nominated governors or committees.  

Governing Body Register of Business Interests

Our Governing Body is made up of the following people at present:

Name Category End of Term
Hazel Powling (Chair of Governors) Community Governor 14/11/2020
Martin Bower (Vice Chair) Community Governor 23/09/2018
Donna Paxton-Hafsi Parent Governor 31/12/2020
John Frost Parent Governor 01/11/2020
Vacancy Parent Governor
Julian Horspole LA Governor 04/07/2021
Vacancy Community Governor
Simon Lock Trust Governor 13/04/2019
Jon Simmons Staff Governor 12/04/2019
Liz Benjeddi Head teacher  Ex officio
Hannah Hatchman Clerk
Hazel Powling Martin Bower Simon Lock
Hazel Powling (Chair) Martin Bower Simon Lock

If you need to contact the Chair of Governors (Hazel Powling), her school email address is:

cog@southgreen-jun.essex.sch.uk