The governing body at Radwinter is made up of two parent governors, one staff governor and the head teacher, one local authority governor, two church parish governors (one for Radwinter, one for Hempstead) and four diocese governors and the rector (because we are a church school). We aim to recruit governors with a range of skills, including legal, IT and financial knowledge as well as educational experience.
The head teacher is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school and the educational performance of its pupils, while the role of the governing body is to:
- ensure a clear vision, ethos and strategy for the school
- support and hold to account the head teacher
- ensure the school is financially stable and its money is well spent
Through positive challenge, governors support the school in delivering high-quality teaching and promoting its core values to ensure that all pupils have access to a wide variety of learning opportunities and achieve their potential.
The work of governing is covered by three main committees, meeting at least termly: Learning & Development (whose work includes monitoring the effectiveness of the educational offer), Strategic (which reviews how the school is working today and how we can plan for the needs of the pupils in the future) and Financial, Premises & Safety (which scrutinises the school budget and spending). Governors also hold a full governing body meeting termly, to hear a report from the head teacher, to discuss progress against delivery of the School Development Plan and to ask questions.
Individual governors also have a variety of special monitoring responsibilities, including Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Wellbeing and reviewing the progress of particular groups of children, e.g. those with SEND. A governor is attached to each year group and pays particular attention to their progress and attainment data each term, and there is a governor attached to each class, who takes a particular interest in what the children are doing and checks in with the teacher regularly. There are also governors who liaise with the three school councils.
The main focus of the governors is currently to support the head teacher in ensuring the safety of pupils and staff and in mitigating the effects of the pandemic, embedding an exciting and engaging curriculum and promoting wellbeing, and thinking about the sustainability of the school in a changing world. We’re really looking forward to being able once more to visit the school regularly and talking to staff and pupils in person.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Emma Horton, current chair of governors
I started as a Radwinter governor in 2013 while my two children attended the school and carried on after they left for high school feeling that I’d just about got the hang of it by then. I’m the governor who links with the local authority, the Owl class governor and sit on the Learning & Development and Sustainability committees. I also join Eco Council meetings when I can. The best thing about being a governor here is the enthusiasm the children and staff have for learning and for being part of the school community.
I’m a freelance editor and have run a circular delivery refills business. When I’m not fiddling with commas or filling bottles with washing-up liquid I enjoy noir thrillers, cake and feeding the sheep at our local nature reserve.
John Reynolds - Foundation DBE
I have been a Foundation Governor at Radwinter since 2018 and have had an association with the school for the past 7 years - I have one son who still goes to Radwinter and my second son who has recently left and gone on to a local secondary school.
I have spent over 30 years working in General Management roles in the Agricultural supply industry and have lived and worked in both Switzerland and Australia and been back in the Uk for the last 10 years. Radwinter school has always had a caring, family ethos secured on strong Christian values. I see my role as a governor at Radwinter is to ensure that the school remains a place where all children can enjoy learning in a safe and caring environment.
Adrian Watson – Foundation DBE
I was born in Saffron Walden and attended local primary and secondary schools. I have lived in the Radwinter for the past 16 years.
A chartered accountant by profession, I have spent much of my 30-year career working in senior positions within space and technology companies, including spin outs from Cambridge University.
I became a Governor at Radwinter in 2018 when both my children were attending the school. I am current Chairman of the Finance, Premises and Safety Committee, where I hope my finance experience will be beneficial to the school.
Mrs Emily Bartram – Headteacher
Caitlin Hayward – Parent Governor
I am delighted to be a Parent Governor here at Radwinter and really enjoy being more involved in the local community.
I am a qualified teacher and am a Subject Leader of Drama in a secondary school in Bishop's Stortford. I also examine the Drama GCSE, which is an interesting and challenging role. I am keen on promoting the Arts and encouraging creativity in all children to help build confidence and teamwork skills.
Outside of work, and being a mother of three energetic boys, I enjoy running (I did the London Marathon in 2019; not quite sure how!) and gardening.
Charlotte Davies – Foundation PCC
I live in the centre of Radwinter and have been a governor at Radwinter Primary since 2017. My son also attends the school. I am one of our two Safeguarding governors and as such I seek to understand and promote the role of safeguarding for everyone in the school. I am also the school's Link governor which means that I act as a "link" between the school and the local authority/third party training providers to advise the governing body on available training opportunities and on developments within governance. I am the class governor for Swallow class. After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in English Literature & Language, I qualified as a solicitor. I am now a highly experienced employment lawyer and have worked at large City law firms, as well as in-house, advising on all areas of employment law, including litigation in the Employment Tribunal and the High Court. I currently work at a law firm based in Cambridge where, as well as advising on employment law, my work allows me to specialise in knowledge management and I frequently design and deliver technical training to lawyers and clients. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring the countryside and the Norfolk coast with my family and our dog, visiting friends, and renovating our period home.
Gaetanne Detulleo-Fuller - Staff
Helen O’Brien- Foundation DBE
I have thirty years’ experience of teaching in primary schools in Surrey and Essex, culminating in sixteen years as head of Rickling CofE Primary School. Before retiring in 2012, I led the federation of Rickling and Farnham schools, including amalgamating the two governing bodies. This is the second time I have been a school governor, and with my educational background and interest in primary schools I believe I have much to bring to the role. I am a member of the Learning & Development Committee, which oversees the implementation of the curriculum, the Headteacher Performance Management and the Pay committees. I am temporarily the governor linked to the Pupil Worship Council, which means I attend meetings with the children where they voice their views on collective worship and suggest changes.
Since retiring, I have volunteered in the community and abroad, including serving as a trustee for the Home Start charity, teaching English to refugees in the Calais ‘Jungle Camp’ and working with orphans and disabled children in Romania. I’ve been involved with Radwinter School for several years as a representative of the local church, at times leading collective worship, and delivering Open the Book, a project introducing children to Bible stories using drama. I very much enjoy walking my dogs around our beautiful area and I am a keen gardener.
Jane Richardson -Foundation PCC
We moved to Radwinter 25 years ago and my younger son, Matthew (who is now 22), attended Radwinter School. He loved the school and was wonderfully supported throughout his time here whilst always being encouraged to make his own unique contribution to school life.
After reading music at University I trained as an accountant in London. I was a tax partner in a Cambridge firm for 10 years before changing careers completely to teach curriculum music at an independent prep school in Cambridge. As well as class teaching I was involved in all the school concerts and productions which I loved.
I am delighted to be appointed PCC governor and to be given the opportunity to support our excellent village school. As the daughter of two teachers I have had an interest in education all my life and I very much hope the experience and skills I have picked up in my varied career will be helpful to the school. I am passionate about arts education in schools in particular and as a Foundation governor I am very supportive of the school’s Christian ethos.