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Governing Body

A message from the Chair of Governors

As governors we are extremely proud of Belmont Infant School and the diverse, supportive and nurturing community that makes this school a wonderful place to start your child’s formal education.

 We play an important role in setting the strategic direction of the school along with the Head Teacher and senior leadership team. Governors do not manage schools, this is the role of the head teacher and senior leadership team, but we do oversee the development of the school, to provide a high standard of education for all pupils. Governors set the aims and objectives for the school and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher. As the accountable body for the school, the governing body has three key functions: 

*  Oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
*  Hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
*  Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

The Governors have a variety of skills and backgrounds that provide the school with a wide range of expertise and support. We are a mixture of parents, school staff, co-opted governors and local authority representatives. The full Governing Body meets at least once every term. We also have committees, working groups or nominated lead governors to look at particular areas. Our current committees are Finance & Personnel (F&P), Curriculum (CWP) and Health & Safety (H&S) and we have lead governors for Special Educational Needs (SEN), Safeguarding and Black and Minority Ethnic Achievement (BAME).

As a governing body we are committed to providing the best education and school experience for every child at Belmont Infant School.

We welcome all parents and carers to attend our Governing Body meetings, dates are in the newsletter.  You can also contact us via the school office if you have any concerns or queries.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Cassie Birtwistle
Chair of Governors


We have recently (October 2020) carried out a consultation with parents about moving to serving Halal meat in school. See here for the results of the survey (conducted across both the Infant and Junior schools as we have a shared kitchen)

Membership of the Governing Body 2020-21:
Governor details 20-21                                Governors Register of Interests 20-21

Co-opted Governors 
Sarah Tuck (Chair of Health & Safety, H&S) (25.09.19 - 29.09.23)
Dave Worley (Chair of Finance & Personnel, F&P) (09.07.19 - 09.07.23)
Raj Edward Yendluri (H&S) (8.7.20-8.7.24)
Paula Rison-Gray (CWP, SEN & Safeguarding lead(21.09.21 - 21.09.25)
Joyce Odunsi  (F&P) (22.09.20-22.09.24)

Parent Governors 
Sam Bird (CWP) (26.11.18 - 26.11.22)
Paul Conlon (WP) (23.03.21 - 23.0325)

Local Authority Governors
Cassie Birtwistle (Chair of Governors, CWP, BAME lead) (23.11.17 - 23.11.21)

Headteacher Governor
Fiona Crean  (01.09.18 - )

Staff Governor
Jean Schembri (F&P, H&S) (07.07.18 - 11.07.22)

Associate Governor (no voting rights)
Stephanie Lee (CWP) (01.09.17- )

Schools Financial Benchmarking Information
You can Belmont Infants' financial data and see how it compares with others here:

All governing body meeting minutes for the current and previous academic year are able to view in the office by arrangement with Jean Schembri, School Business Manager.