The Governing Body
The Role of Governor
Within England, there are over 300,000 School/Academy Governors, who form the largest volunteer force in the country.
The roles of individual Governors, and subsequently members of a Governing Body, work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out key functions such as:
Discuss and set the aims and objectives for the Academy.
Set the required policies for achieving those aims and objectives.
Set the required targets for achieving those aims and objectives.
Monitor and evaluate the progress that the Academy is making towards its set aims and objectives.
Finally the role of role of the Academy Governor is to be a source of challenge and support to the Principal, i.e. a 'critical friend.'
The Governing Body of Harris Academy Benson
The Academy is a member of the Harris Federation. Ultimate responsibility for the Academy rests with the Board of Trustees of the Federation, (Federation governance details and scheme of delegation can be found here), but much of the work of the Board is delegated to the Local Governing Body which is comprised of Governors of the Academy. Some Governors are appointed by the Federation whilst others are elected by parents/guardians of students at the Academy or by staff. The details of the Governors at Harris Primary Academy Benson are shown below:
The Chair of the Academy Governing Body is Dr Nigel Rata
The Governor responsible for Safeguarding is Mrs Sally Gosling
The Clerk to the Governing Body is Mrs Julia Callan
To contact the Chair of Governors/Safeguarding Governor or clerk to the governors, please write to Harris Primary Academy Benson, West Way, Shirley, Croydon, CR0 8RQ or telephone 0208 777 1572, or send an email via email@example.com
|Name||Date of Appointment||Term of Office||Appointed As||Business and Pecuniary Interests|
|Dr Nigel Rata||
Chair of Governors
|Employed at Royal Holloway|
|Mrs Victoria Forbes||30/10/2017||-||Ex-Officio|
|Sir Daniel Moynihan||
|4 years||Sponsor Governor||CEO Harris Federation|
|Mrs Sabeena Hasan||
|4 years||Sponsor Governor||Primary Director Harris Federation|
|Mrs Sally Gosling||
|4 years||Sponsor Governor||Family Lives - Independent Supporter|
|Ms Pia Ellis||11/11/2015||4 years||
Chair of Finance Committee
|Mrs Jennifer Mundy||01/04/2017||4 years||Sponsor Governor||Daughter employed at another academy|
|Mrs Jayne Carter||20/02/2014||4 years||Staff Governor||None|
|Mrs Stella Malekos||18/04/2016||4 years||Parent Governor||Gillespie Maintenance|
|Ms Kim Conroy||01/12/2017||4 years||Parent Governor||None|
Governors who have resigned in the last twelve months
Mr Ian Brownhill - Sponsor Governor
Ms Nivedita Rath - Sponsor Governor