GOVERNORS

What our School Governors do

The role of the Governing Body is to safeguard the public interest in the school and to ensure that those who are directly responsible for day to day management (the headteacher and Senior Leaders) are accountable for decisions and actions taken. The Governors play an important role in overseeing the maintenance and improvement of standards of achievement in the school. It is a strategic role and does not get involved in the day to day running of the school which is the role of the headteacher and staff team.

The 5 key roles of the Governors are:

1. Steering: setting budgets, agreeing development plans, agreeing policies and responding to inspection.
2. Monitoring: budgets, plans, standards of education, acheivement and safeguarding.
3. Executive: recruitment, discipline, admissions and appeals.
4. Accountability: publication of minutes, surveying parents views.
5. Supporting: supporting and advising the Headteacher, providing practical help and skills.

Time Commitment

Governance is very rewarding but prospective governors must be aware that there is a time commitment. There will be at least one committee and one full governors meeting a term; these will usually start at 7.30pm and last approximately 2 hours. As well as the meetings governors are expected to undertake monitoring activities during school time such as walking the site to carry out a health and safety audit or meeting with a key member of staff to discuss an aspect of the School Development Plan.

Do’s and Don’ts

Governors are involved in setting and maintaining the strategic direction of the school. They must take a whole school perspective acting in the best interests of the whole school not their own child or child’s class. If parents approach them with niggles or issues they must direct them to the class teacher or head teacher as it is not part of their remit to get involved with the day to day running of the school.

The School Governors

Anita Barker

Anita is extremely proud to be the Headteacher of Scott Primary School. Since the beginning of her Headship in September 2007 she has been impressed by the dedication and commitment shown by the Governing Board.
Anita works closely in partnership with the Governors to successfully drive forward the school priorities, with the shared aspiration that Scott Primary School will be the very best it can be.
She very much looks forward to leading the school, along with the dedicated Governors, through the exciting challenges ahead, to ensure that Scott provides the very best opportunities for all our children.

Claire Churchley

Claire has lived in Bedford her whole life and spent her first two years of school at Scott Lower. She now has two children at the school and has been involved as a parent for 4 years. Her background for much of her career was in social care, particularly around safeguarding children and adult victims of abuse, and she has a wealth of experience of working in a multi-agency setting and managing people. She is now self-employed and runs a business with her husband, which allows her to be flexible in supporting the school in her role as Co-opted Governor.
Claire is both pleased and proud to be a member of the Governing Board, which is full of dedicated and passionate people. She is happy to be actively involved in school life, and is a member of the Personnel Committee and Teaching and Learning Committee.

Lisa Connelly

Lisa was first introduced to Scott Lower School, as it was then, in 1994 when her daughter started to attend the school. She has been a part of the school in many different ways since then.
The children’s success and wellbeing has always been an important factor in the school and Lisa is keen to support the staff to enable this to continue. She has a genuine belief in the importance of education for all and understands that a good primary school has an essential part to play in fulfilling these beliefs.

Gabrielle Dobrady

Originally a refugee from the Hungarian Uprising in 1956, Gabrielle started school and grew up in Bedford, finishing at Pilgrim School, here in Brickhill. Then, eager for adventure after A levels, she became a Cadet VSO in Malawi teaching English, before studying Social Studies at Hull University. Subsequently she qualified in social work and spent time in the field of adoption with Dr Barnardo’s. Itchy feet led her to take another couple of gap years as a volunteer on a kibbutz in Israel, followed by a year at Leicester University studying Teaching English As A Second Language. She then spent 20 years seeing even more of the world, and teaching English in various parts of Africa, including the Seychelles and Botswana.
She returned to Bedford in 2002 to work for the next 10 years with the Borough council as a Social, Emotional, Behavioural Support Worker for vulnerable children. It was in this role that she first became involved with a pupil at Scott Lower School, and was immediately impressed by the Head Teacher, staff and inclusive ethos of the school. She was therefore very pleased to be asked to join the Governing Body when she retired in 2012. She acts as link governor for Squirrels, the Nurture Group, and is a member of the Personnel and Teaching and Learning Committees. She continues to believe that Scott Primary is one of the best and happiest schools in Bedford.

Michaela Gaduj

Michaela joined Scott in September 2017 as Assistant Head when it expanded to become a Primary School. She has lived in Bedfordshire her whole life and taught at a variety of schools across the county, including Lower, Middle and Primary settings. Michaela is proud to be part of such a hard-working and dedicated leadership team at Scott and is looking forward to helping develop the school alongside the Head Teacher and Governing Board as it continues on its 2-tier journey.

Geoff Hayward

Geoff was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Human Resource Management and CPP Course Director at the University of Strathclyde until he retired in 2006.
Geoff read Modern History at Corpus Christi, Oxford following which he was Head of International and Political Affairs with the Graphical, Paper & Media Union working with the members of the UK Parliament, European Parliament and European Commission. He was a Governor of Ruskin College, Oxford and a long serving member of the Board of EGIN – a European wide professional educational and research body.
In addition to lecturing at establishments of Higher Education in the UK, he was an international guest lecturer in Germany, Finland, Norway, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Mozambique, South Africa and North America. For many years, Geoff was a national associate examiner with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
He and his wife have lived in the area for over 30 years and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren who also live locally. Two of his grandchildren are pupils at the school. Geoff became a governor in 2012 and takes a special interest in the school’s Human Resource Management activities.
He recently took on the role of Cultural Link Governor.

Agnieszka Lucas

Agnieszka joined the Governing Board in 2017.
Agnieszka is currently working in finance in a housing association and has over 16 years’ experience within various finance functions. Over the years she has been helping London and local churches with accounting on a voluntary basis. She was also involved in the local church council.
Over 12 years ago Agnieszka’s bi-lingual family moved from London to Bedford and has been living in Brickhill ever since. The older children go to local secondary schools and younger ones settled nicely in Scott Primary.
Agnieszka has been educated mostly in Poland, her husband in France and they both have a keen interest in education. She enjoys working with other governors to ensure that the funds and resources are allocated in effective ways so the school thrives and the children are helped to reach their potential. Agnieszka is happy to have joined the Governing Board at the time of transition from Lower to Primary School and with all the challenges and financial impact it brought, and is ready to offer her experience and knowledge to make sure the school succeeds in years to come.
Agnieszka is a member of the Finance and the Building and Sites Committees.

Sam Mellonie

Sam has lived in Bedford for 40 years (bar a brief spell in London and France). When looking for a school for her eldest child (now at secondary school) she and her husband were very impressed with Scott and although they lives on the other side of Bedford at the time, they knew sending their son to Scott was the right decision. Over time Sam has become more involved with the school through her work with the PTA and a brief spell volunteering at the school whilst on maternity leave. With a second child at Scott and the changes of going to two-tier she wanted to become more involved, and took a vacancy as a parent governor in October 2015.
Currently Sam works for Central Bedfordshire Council, and has a strong understanding of local authority finance, which helps with her current role as Chair of Finance. She also sits on the Buildings and Sites Committee, and takes the governing lead for Safeguarding. Throughout her time involved with the school, both as a parent, a PTA officer and a governor, she has watched the school grow and thrive under the leadership of the Head Teacher and the great team of staff, and is pleased to have been able to help the school transition from a successful lower school to a vibrant and thriving primary school. The acquisition of the facilities at the former Beauchamp site offer amazing opportunities for Scott pupils to develop and grow, and she is proud to be able to be a part of this.

Marika Reay

Marika is originally from Sweden and has lived in the UK for more than 20 years. She is a mother of two, a scientist by training and is working as Innovation Manager for a medical devices company. Marika has recently joined the governing board and brings with her the experience of different education systems having lived in Sweden, US and the UK.
Both in professional life as well as outside of work, Marika enjoys interacting and working with people from different disciplines and backgrounds. Marika was active in scouts growing up and was later a scout leader. Other voluntary work has included being a chairperson of a gospel choir and, in more recent years, involvement with school PTA.
Becoming a school governor is something Marika sees as a great way of supporting the school and the local community.

Malcolm Redford

Malcolm is a proud “Bedfordian”, having been born in North Wing, more years ago than he cares to remember! At home he is surrounded by teachers as his wife, son, daughter and daughter-in-law are all teachers.
Until his recent retirement he practiced with one of the major law firms in the town specialising in Health and Safety Law and workplace claims – hence it came as no surprise when he was asked to be the Health and Safety Governor when he joined the governing board in 2008.
Since then Malcolm has served on most of the committees and was elected Chair of Governors in September 2013. He currently serves on the Personnel, Pay, Building and Sites, Finance and Head Teacher Review committees. There is never a dull moment for Malcolm, and it is clear for everyone to see how much he enjoys every part of being involved.
Malcolm believes that our governors are a group of highly dedicated, focused and enthusiastic people who are determined to ensure that the school succeeds, and that every pupil is given the best possible start to their education. The driving force behind the school’s success is, according to Malcolm, our outstanding Head Teacher who, with the help and support of the governing board, continues to drive the school forward.
As Chair of the Governors Malcolm has been on the “front-line” during the exciting times since September 2017 when Scott became a Primary School, with the additional challenge of operating on a much larger site, without losing the ethos of the school.
There is no doubt in his mind, that Scott Primary School is now well on course to becoming one of the best schools in the area.

Kate Retout

Kate is a parent governor with two adult children, two grandchildren at other local schools, and one young child who is a pupil at Scott Primary. Having had experience of many schools over the years as a pupil, parent and grandparent, Kate was immediately impressed with the warmth and professionalism of staff at Scott Primary when her child joined the nursery. Kate works in software development, and shares the role of ICT Link Governor. Kate is keen to support the school through the challenge of growing from “Lower” to “Primary”, and to be a part of Scott’s exciting future.

Anne Sammé

Anne became Clerk to the Governing Board in March 2011, having spent the majority of her working life in local government. It is her responsibility to ensure that the Board operates in an efficient and effective manner. She takes great pride in being associated with the friendly team at Scott Primary School.

Jo Sawford

Jo has lived in Bedford for over 20 years, having come to the town to study for a Bachelor of Education degree at De Montfort University. Jo worked in a primary school in Luton for 17 years as a class teacher, Head of Year, and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and joined the Scott family in January 2015. As the Assistant Head and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator she is proud to be part of such a hardworking and dedicated team that make Scott a thriving and inclusive school.
Jo enjoys being an Associate Member of the Governing Board and sits on the Teaching and Learning Committee and the SEF and Policy Working Parties.

Mark Scott

Mark has served on the Governing Board since 2012 as a Co-opted Governor, his key interest being as a parent. He brings his financial services skills to the Buildings and Sites and Finance Committees.

Alison Southern

Originally from London, Alison moved to Bedford 21 years ago. Married with two children, she is employed as Parish Clerk for Biddenham, Bletsoe and Ravensden Parish Councils, and the Assistant Clerk here in the Parish of Brickhill.
Alison joined the Governing Board when her children were at Scott Lower School, as she wanted to give something back to the school, which gives so much to the pupils and the local community it serves. Despite her children moving on to secondary schools, she has remained a Governor as it is such a rewarding role with a great team of committed Governors.
How things have changed – Alison first became a Governor when Scott was a one form entry school. Now it is a Primary, taking children from Nursery age through to Year 6, with a three form entry, and has gone from strength to strength. There are very exciting and challenging times ahead, and she hopes to support Scott Primary in offering a fantastic learning experience with amazing facilities for all our children.

Gareth Whittal

Originally from South Africa, Gareth has been in the UK since 2004 and has been living in Bedford since 2009.
After obtaining a post graduate degree, Gareth qualified as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa. He has a number of years audit experience in both the private and public sectors; and is currently working in the financial services industry.
Gareth joined the governing body in 2014 due to having a vested interest in the school’s performance as a result of having children enrolled at the school; to assist with the further development of the school (especially as it goes through its growth phase); as well as allowing the school to leverage from his knowledge and experience.
Gareth is currently the ICT Link Governor, and is a member of both the Buildings and Sites and the Finance Committees.