Welcome to the Shepherds Down School website.

I hope that you find it interesting and informative and that it gives you an interesting overview of the activities and ethos of the school.

The Governing Body consists of 13 Governors, who between them represent the parents, the staff, the local community and the local authority. With the exception of the Headteacher and Staff Governors, the Governors give their time on an unpaid voluntary basis and they have no day to day managerial responsibilities within the school. However, they are responsible for ensuring that the school meets its various fiscal and statutory obligations.

Shepherds Down School has a very active Governing Body, which meets at least once every term to review all aspects of the school’s activities and performance. The role of the Governing Body is to provide support and challenge to the school leaderhip team. Two committees scrutinise specific areas of activity in more depth; these are the Standards & Improvements Committee and the Finance Committee. Each term, these committees meet and then report back to the Full Governing Body, so that all governors are aware of the progress, challenges and key objectives for the school. Beyond this, a number of Governors take individual responsibility for particular activities scuh as Governor training and safeguarding children.

Shepherds Down is a thriving community and the Governors support the school in its activities when they can. By linking Governors with specific classes, the Governors learn more about the children that the school educates and their ever-changing needs. Collectively, they play an important role within the school and everything they do is designed to provide the best possible environment in which the children can develop and thrive.

We are delighted to be able to support Shepherds Down School as it gives children with complex needs the best start to their education.

Bob Senior
Chair of Governors

 

Name Of Governor

Type Of Governor

Term of Office

Electing Body

Position Held

Committee Membership

Pecuniary Interest Held

Other Offices Held

Mrs Debby Gooderham

Headteacher

 

-

-

 

No

Employed by Shepherds Down School

Mr Bob Senior

Local Authority

4 Years

Local County Councillor

Chair of Governors

Chair of Finance Committee

Finance

No

 

Miss Rosie Fearn

Staff

4 Years

Staff of Shepherds Down School

 

 

No

Employed by Shepherds Down School

Mrs Alison Marlow

Parent

4 Years

Parents of children on roll

Vice Chair

Governor Training Liaison Officer

Finance

Headteacher’s Performance Panel

 

No

 

Miss Bev Jewkes

Parent

4 Years

Parents of children on roll

 

Headteacher’s Performance Panel

No

 

Mr Marcel Grant

Parent

4 Years

Parents of children on roll

 

Finance

Headteacher’s Performance Panel

No

 

Mr Matthew Rogers

Parent

4 Years

Parents of children on roll

Child Protection Liaison Officer

 

No

 

Vacant

Parent

4 Years

Parents of children on roll

 

 

No

 

Mr Peter Fellows

Co-Opted

4 Years

Shepherds Down Governing Body

 

Headteacher’s Performance Panel

No

 

Mr Alex McWhirter

Co-Opted

4 Years

Shepherds Down Governing Body

 

Finance

Headteacher’s Performance Panel

No

Parent Governor – Osborne School

Mrs Sarah Sansome

Co-Opted

4 Years

Shepherds Down Governing Body

 

 

No

Employed by Shepherds Down School

Vacant

Co-Opted

4 Years

Shepherds Down Governing Body

Chair of Standards & Improvements Committee

 

No

 

Vacant

Co-Opted

4 Years

Shepherds Down Governing Body

 

 

 

 

Mrs Trudy Hill

 

 

Shepherds Down Governing Body

Clerk to Governors

 

No

Employed by Shepherds Down School

 

Attendance to Governing Body Meetings