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Governors' Roles and Responsibilities

The Giles Nursery and Infants' Governing Body

All Governors are appointed for a term of four years unless otherwise stated.


Mrs Katie Beatty

Parent Governor, appointed 13/12/2016

Link Governor for PTA and SEND


Mrs Kerrhys Edwards

Co-opted Governor, appointed 13/10/2015

Government Development Co-ordinator, Link Governor for Religious Education, PE


Mrs Judith Garley

Staff Governor, appointed 13/10/2015

Link Governor for Art and DT, Music 


Mrs Rouane Mendel

Staff Governor (Head Teacher), appointed 01/09/2011


Mrs Theresa Smyth

Associate Member, appointed 13/12/2016

Member of Finance Committee and Mentor for new Governors


Mr John Stevens

Co-opted Governor, appointed 17/07/2015

Link Governor for Computing, School Council, Health and Safety and Premises, Travel Plan, Member of Complaints Panel, Head Teacher's Performance Management


Mrs Stephanie Stevens

LEA Governor and Vice Chair of Governors, appointed 18/12/2013

Chair of Curriculum Committee, Member of Appeals Committee and Complaints and Staff Grievance Panel, Head Teacher's Performance Management, Link Governor for Curriculum, Early Years, English, and Mentor for new Governors


Miss Maxine Swieca

Co-opted Governor, appointed 17/10/2017

Link Governor for Child Protection, Safeguarding, Equalities and Inclusion,  Disadvantaged Pupils; member of the Curriculum Committee


Mr Esron Tomlinson

Parent Governor, appointed 13/10/2015

Link Governor for Anti-bullying, Science


Rev. Kojo Wood

Co-opted Governor and Chair of Governors, appointed 23/12/2016

Chair of Finance Committee, Chair of Appeals Committee and Complaints and Staff Grievance Panel, Link Governor for Mathematics,  Humanities and international link school in Ghana


Clerk to the Governing Body - Mrs Kate Long, School Business Manager


Instrument of Government

The name of the school is The Giles Nursery and Infants’ School. It is a community school. The name of the governing body is The Governing Body of The Giles Nursery and Infants’ School.


The governing body consists of:


2 parent governors

1 Local Authority governor

1 staff governor

1 Headteacher

4 co-opted governors.


The total number of governors is 9.


The instrument of government, which came into effect on 23 December 2016, was made by order of Hertfordshire County Council on 23 December 2016. A copy of the instrument is supplied to every member of the governing body.



The Chair of the Governing Body is Reverend Kojo Wood; the Vice-Chair is Mrs Stephanie Stevens. The Governing Body has two committees:


  • Curriculum Committee – Chair: Mrs Stephanie Stevens

  • Finance Committee – Chair: Reverend Kojo Wood


There are also three panels: Appeals, Complaints and Staff Grievance and Head Teacher’s Performance Management.


Core Purpose

The Governing Body three core functions and is responsible for:


  • developing the strategic direction of the school – values, mission and vision

  • being a Critical Friend – supporting the Head Teacher to raise standards of achievement and monitoring and evaluating school improvement

  • ensuring Accountability- value for money, ensuring effective and appropriate systems of financial and management controls and achieving agreed aims and objectives


Overview of Governing Body’s skills

Our Governors recently undertook a skills audit, a summary of which is posted below.  This shows that our Governing Body collectively has an excellent range of skills that enable it to carry out its core functions effectively.

Skills Summary - Governing body