The remit for the Governing Body is to:

Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

Hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

Oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

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Publication of Governing Board Diversity Data

The Governors of Bedford High School believe it is important that the Governing Board reflects the diversity of our school community. Diverse Boards promote inclusive school environments and provide diverse role models for our children and young people.

Data is currently collected on the diversity of the Board, which is used to inform our recruitment and training needs to ensure that there is always a diverse range of perspectives around the table to support robust decision making. However, due to our relatively small Board we do not publish this data online as individual Governors could be identified and we have a legal obligation to protect their personal data.

Governing Body Composition:

Type of Governor No.
Headteacher 1
Local Authority 1
Parent 2
Staff 1
Co-opted 7
Vacancy 0
Associate Member* 0
Clerk 1
Names of Governors Type of Governor Term of Office Date of appointment Appointed by

Date of resignation

(if resigned in last 12 months)

Cllr Charles Rigby LA 12.07.21-
12.07.17 Wigan LA  
Mr David Whitehead CO-OPT 01.09.23-31.08.27 08.01.04 GB board  
Mrs Kathryn Freeman CO-OPT 13.07.20-12.07.24 30.03.12 GB board 04.11.23
Mrs Rebecca Ramsden CO-OPT 23.03.20-22.03.24 01.04.12 GB board  
Mr Paul McCaffery H/TEACHER 01.09.21-31.08.63 01.09.21 Ex-officio  
Mr David Liggett CO-OPT 01.10.22-30.09.26 12.11.02 GB board  
Mrs Lynn Hayes CO-OPT 01.10.22-30.09.26 15.11.10 GB board  
Mrs Victoria Jackson CO-OPT 01.09.23-31.08.27 01.09.15 GB board  
Mr Neil Roberts STAFF 17.05.21-16.05.25 02.07.09 Staff  
Mr Channon Woodward CO-OPT 27.09.21-26.09.25 27.09.21 GB Board  
Mrs Joanna Coop PARENT 17.05.21-16.05.25 17.05.21 Parents  
Mrs Amber Marshall PARENT 13.10.22-12.10.26 13.10.22 Parents  
Mrs Nicola Winstanley CO-OPT 18.03.24-17.03.28 18.03.24 GB board  
Ms Deborah Morgan Clerk        

*Associate Governor no voting rights.

Specific Responsibilities

Name of Governor Role/Responsibility
Mr David Whitehead – Chair HT Performance Management, Pay, MFL, Geography, Link
Cllr Charles Rigby HT Performance Management
Mrs Nicola Winstanley To be confirmed
Mrs Rebecca Ramsden n/a
Mr Paul McCaffery Headteacher, Global
Mr Neil Roberts n/a
Mr David Liggett Arts/Music, PSHE
Mrs Lynn Hayes – Vice Chair Pupil Premium, PE, Mental Health Wellbeing
Mrs Victoria Jackson English, Health & Safety
Mr Channon Woodward Numeracy, Data, HT Performance Management
Mrs Joanna Coop Attendance, CLA, Safeguarding and Child Protection, SEND
Mrs Amber Marshall to be confirmed
Ms Deborah Morgan Clerk

Committee Structure

Asset Committee Standards Committee Pay Committee
Remit: To deal with all matters delegated by the Governing Body regarding, Finance, Personnel and Health and Safety Remit: To deal with all matters delegated by the Governing Body regarding, Standards in school and the curriculum Remit: To make decisions about performance related pay for teachers and the Headteacher
Mrs Victoria Jackson (Chair) Mr David Whitehead Mr David Whitehead (Headteacher pay)
Cllr Charles Rigby Mrs Rebecca Ramsden Mrs Lynn Hayes
Mr David Whitehead Mr Paul McCaffery Mr Channon Woodward (Headteacher pay) (Chair)
Mr Neil Roberts   Mr Paul McCaffery
Mrs Lynn Hayes Mrs Lynn Hayes (Chair) Ms Deborah Morgan (Clerk)
Mr Paul McCaffery Mr Neil Roberts Mr Charles Rigby (Headteacher pay)
Mr Channon Woodward (Vice Chair) Mr Channon Woodward (Vice Chair)
Ms Deborah Morgan (Clerk) Mrs Joanna Coop  
Mrs Nicola Winstanley Ms Deborah Morgan (Clerk)  
Mrs Amber Marshall    

Ad-hoc Committees:

  • Staff Disciplinary
  • Pupil Discipline
  • Complaints
  • Appeals

Three governors with no prior knowledge will be called alphabetically to form the committee.

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Click here to download the Terms of Reference Standards Committee

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Name Details of Pecuniary Interest Details of personal interest
Cllr Charles Rigby Wigan Councillor Nil
Mr David Whitehead Company Director Nil
Mrs Nicola Winstanley Nil Nil
Mrs Rebecca Ramsden Nil Nil
Mr Paul McCaffery Nil Nil
Mr David Liggett Nil Nil
Mrs Lynn Hayes Centre Manager, Primary Governor Nil
Mrs Victoria Jackson ICAEW member, KPMG LLP, Primary Governor Nil
Mr Neil Roberts Businesses, Pelican Centre, Charitable Trustee Nil
Mr Channon Woodward Nil Parent of a child at Bedford.
Mrs Joanna Coop Associate Governor/teacher at Primary Parent of a child at Bedford.
Mrs Amber Marshall Nil Parent of child at Bedford.
Ms Deborah Morgan Wigan Council employee Nil

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