Meet the Governors
Chair of Govenors: Mr Martin Williams
Welcome from the Chairman, on behalf of the Governing Body
Hello. My name is Martin Williams. As Chair of Governors, I would like to welcome you to the Barnsbury Primary School Governing Body.
I was delighted to be nominated to act as Chair of the governing body for the school. I have been a Governor at Barnsbury for nearly 2 years. I have lived in the Woking area for over 20 years and my wife has been a school teacher at middle and junior schools in the area.
In choosing to become a part of our Governing Body, you are making a commitment, alongside the rest of the Governors, to ensure that each of our pupils receive the best possible education. Thus enabling them to realise and achieve their potential at each stage of their journey through our school.
As a governing body we need to ensure that we work together as a team, respecting and appreciating one another’s skills and opinions, whilst maintaining confidentiality at all times.
Support and training is given to new Governors joining us, and as we develop into our individual role as a Governor, and take up specific responsibilities, this support and training continues.
We need to inspire and be inspired by what we seek to achieve for our school and its community. We need to ensure the successes of the school are celebrated and built upon for the future.
As a Governing Body we are here to work alongside the Head Teacher and the staff sharing their vision and values for Barnsbury Primary School, ensuring that we support and challenge appropriately, whilst always maintaining good working relationships. It is most important that we always keep the individual child as the centre and focus of all that we do as Governors.
It might be useful to you if I explained our status as an Academy that receives its budget, authority and direction from the Department of Education rather than a school that is administered by the local authority (Surrey County Council).
We made this change which took effect on 1 January 2014 because we believe that Academy status gives us more freedom to improve and enhance the education that we are able to offer to our children and allows us to have greater direct control of our own destiny and development.
Alongside this change we are also a member, together with four other local schools of the SWAN Trust. The four schools are Beaufort Primary School, The Hermitage Junior School, The Horsell Village Infant School and The Oaktree Infant School; these schools are also Academies.
This grouping of schools gives us added strength and support and the Headteachers and other staff of all five schools are able to work closely together to the benefit of all members of the Trust.
Finally, may I take this opportunity to say Thank You on behalf of the Governing Body and Barnsbury Primary School for committing to joining us, and sharing your time and skills to continue to develop and raise the standards and make Barnsbury children’s education the very best!