Governors


Mr Phil Wilkinson, Chair of Governors

I joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 2018 and I was elected to the role of Chair in September 2020.

I became a governor to be engaged with our children’s education and help our school strive for excellence. It is a privilege to do this role and serve the school and local community.

Bidford on Avon Primary school is at the heart of our local community. We have an excellent team of teachers and staff who create a happy and caring environment in which our children learn and thrive. As governors we see the professionalism and commitment of the staff striving to provide the best education for each and every child.

We have a very experienced Governing Body who come from a wide sector of the community and have the expertise the provide a strong base for strategic oversight. We continually work with the Head to raise standards, ensure sound financial accountability and ensure our children have a safe, happy environment in which to learn.

Why do we need our school’s governing body, and what do we do?

School governing bodies exist to help schools deliver the best possible standard of education to all pupils. We are one of the largest volunteer workforces with around 300,000 people serving as governors within 23,000 maintained schools throughout England.

School governing bodies have a vital role in supporting school leaders and managing school performance while providing accountability to the local community.

Our governing body has three main roles:

  1. To provide a strategic view - we help to set, and then keep under review, the broad framework within which our Head runs the school. We focus on raising standards of achievement, establishing high expectations and promoting effective teaching and learning.
  2. To act as a critical friend to the school - we provide our Head, and the staff, with support, advice and information drawing on our knowledge and experience. We’re critical in the sense of our responsibility for monitoring and evaluating the school’s effectiveness - asking challenging questions and pressing for improvement. We’re obviously a friend because we promote the interest of the school and our pupils.
  3. To ensure accountability - we have a responsibility to ensure good quality education in our school. Our Head reports to the Governing Body on the school’s performance, which we discuss, question and evaluate - whilst always respecting the professional roles of the Head and staff, and their responsibility for managing the school.

Effective governance plays a crucial role in the success of our school - although central to the high standard of education that our school provides is the professionalism and dedication of our Head and all the staff.

Please feel free to contact me, or any member of the governing body through the School Office.

Phil Wilkinson
Chair of Governors

Governing Body

Name Type of Governor
Mr P Wilkinson Chair of Governors, Parent Governor
Mrs V Owen Vice-Chair of Governors, Parent Governor
Mrs J Claronino Foundation Governor
Mrs V Gillman Foundation Governor
Mr P Fountain LA Representative
Mrs J Colwell Co-opted Governor
Mr F Hiscocks Co-opted Governor
Mrs P Moore Co-opted Governor
Ms R Wilber Co-opted Governor
Mr R Williams Co-opted Governor
Mr A Simms Headteacher Governor
Mrs A Gravelsons Staff Governor

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