The members of the Beaconsfield High School Academy Trust are:
Lorraine Couves, Chair of Governors
Rachel Smith, Headteacher
Clare Lewis, Chair of the Student Learning & Wellbeing Committee
Gaby Heppner-Logan, Second Vice-Chair of Governors
James Morton, Member of Finance & Resources Committee
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A note from the chair, Lorraine Couves
The governing board at present does have elected parent governors as part of the team but there are no current vacancies. When a vacancy arises, I will write to all parents to ask if anyone would like to stand for the role of parent governor and I will ask for a pen portrait to share with parents. This will give a little information about yourself and why you want to be a governor. If more than one parent stands then there is an election and all parents can vote.
The remaining governors are appointed on a skills basis (some are parents and some are independent) depending on need. Presently, there are no vacancies and unless circumstances change and governors step down, I am not expecting a vacancy this year. When a vacancy arises that could be filled by a parent, I would also write to the parent body to see if any parent was interested. Parents will be asked to share a pen portrait as above and a CV. The governors will then hold an interview process.
When the need arises for a non-parent governor, we would approach supporters known to the school and will also register the vacancy on 'Inspiring Governance' (a website which matches those wanting to become governors with schools that have vacancies). The governors apply and there is a selection interview.
Finally, if the governing board has a need for a specific skill set, it can co-opt a governor for an agreed amount of time, over and above its normal complement. At present the governing board may consider this for a governor with either an interest in facilities design, health and safety or an experienced educational professional.