The Governors are a well informed and committed group who work as a team to serve the school and foster its aims. They are entrusted to maintain and develop the school's distinctive Christian character. The Governing Body act as a critical friend to the school, by providing support and constructive challenge.
We are a group of volunteers who work closely with Mr Edwards Grundy (Headteacher) in a wide range of roles within the School, both on a day to day basis and also looking at the longer term plans for the School.
We meet, in School, about six times a year as a Full Governing Body. Each time we meet we meet in a different classroom or area so we can see the work that is being displayed and get a feel for what is going on in the School. We also meet regularly as smaller committees, looking in greater depth at matters of finance, curriculum, property and personnel. These committees feedback to the Full Governing Body but may also have tasks delegated to them by the Governing Body.
There is huge variety to the work of a Governing Body. The Curriculum Committee looks at School policies and members of staff are invited to attend meetings to explain current practice and answer questions about the policies and how they relate to what takes place in the classroom. The Curriculum Committee also look at the School Improvement Plan and consider how the School is meeting the challenges it has set itself.
The Property Committee deal with anything and everything to do with the School premises, they also deal with matters of health and safety. The Property Committee consider everything from the replacement of worn carpets, to the improvement of our School kitchen to the provision of a disabled parking space. They undertake regular walkabouts of the School site and work closely with our site manager.
As a Church School the Governors are responsible for employing all staff. The Personnel Committee interview all prospective staff and look at any staffing/personnel matters, including policies relating to employment, which with a staff of 64 currently being employed in the School is a considerable task
We receive training and support from the Local Authority and the Diocese to help us fulfil our role effectively. The support of the Headteacher and staff is also critical.
Governors are always happy to be contacted and to hear the views of parents and children. Many Governors can be found each day in the School playground collecting their children. Governors can also be contacted via the School Office, either by leaving a message or you can email us direct with non confidential matters only please via the clerk at:
Mr. David Eaton: David is the longest serving member of the Governing Body, he is a Foundation Governor (elected by The Blake Trust). David currently holds the post of chair of the Personnel Committee and is a member of the Management and Finance Committees. David has particular responsibility for developing Extended Schools provision.
Mr Tim Edwards-Grundy is our Headteacher at The Blake School.
Mrs. Sally-Ann Enright: Sally-Ann teaches at Wood Green School. She has a child at The Blake and another at Wood Green. Sally-Ann is on the Curriculum Committee and a member of the Management and Finance Committee.
Mrs. Jos Faulkner: Jos is undertaking teaching training to work with secondary school aged children, she has a son at Blake and a daughter at Wood Green. Jos is a Foundation Governor and a member of the Property Committee.
Mr Ian Hayes: Ian is a parent governor, he is a member of the Property Committee. Ian has a daughter at The Blake..
Mr. Jamie Jackson: Jamie is a parent Governor and has a daughter in KS1, he is a member of the Property Committee.
Mr Russell Jinks: Russell is a Parent Governor, he is a member of the Property Committee and a governor representative on The Blake Educational Trust. Russell has two children in the school.
Ms Elizabeth Knowles: Elizabeth is our Vice Chair, and a Foundation Governor (elected by St Mary's Cogges PCC). Elizabeth is also the Chair of Curriculum Committee..
Mr. Nathaniel Miles: Nathaniel used to be a pupil at the School but is now a Foundation Governor (elected by St. Mary's, Cogges). He is a member of the Property Committee.
Mrs. Nicky Mellings: Nicky is an Associate Governor, she has two children in the School. Nicky is a member of the Staffing Committee.
Mrs Gill Pagliuca: Gill is a Foundation Governor (elected by St Mary's Cogges, PCC). Gill is the Chair of the Property Committee and a member of the Management and Finance Committee. Gill has two boys at The Blake School and a daughter at Wood Green.
Mrs Ali Laithwaite: Ali is a Foundation Governor.. She is a teacher at the Blake with particular responsibility for RE, she is a member of the Curriculum Committee.
Mr. David Sarbutts: David is a Foundation Governor, elected by the Diocese. David is currently Chair of the Governing Body, he is a member of the Staffing Committee and the Management and Finance Committee. David meets regularly with Mr. Edwards Grundy to ensure that he is up to date with matters as they arise. David is the Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding issues
Mrs. Ruth Lockwood: Ruth is clerk to the Governing Body, she distributes paperwork, is up to date with legal matters relating to Governance and offers advice on matters of procedure. .