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Meet the Atherstone (ANS) and Bedworth(BHN) Heath Nursery School Federation Governors

Jean Ferraro                                   LA Nominated Governor                   Appointed September 2014

Dean Wainwright (Chair)           Co-opted Governor                             Appointed September 2014

Joanne Vallis                                 Co-opted Governor                             Appointed January 2019

Wendy Dodd                                   Co-opted Governor                             Appointed September 2019

Sue Ingram                                     Parent Governor ANS & BHN           Appointed January 2023

Julie Toal  (Vice Chair)                Co-opted Governor                             Appointed September 2016

Nicci Burton                                   Head Teacher                                       Appointed January 2019

Berinder Matharu                         Staff Governor                                     Appointed September 2020

Elizabeth Castle                            Clerk to Governors 


Governing Body remit:


Please note that the Governors are concerned as a whole body with the strategic development of the Federation to continue to deliver school improvement and secure excellent outcomes for all pupils.

-  For school operational issues please talk to the school office.

-  For specific concerns about your child's education or their class please talk to the class teacher in the first instance and then the headteacher.


Contacting the Governors:

Contact with the Governing Body or requests for copies of meeting records may be made through the Clerk to Governors

- by hand c/o the school office
- by post c/o Atherstone Nursery School
- by email to 


Full Governing Body Meeting     

Governors meet 3 times a year as a full Governing Body, to discuss and make decisions upon a range of matters regarding the strategic planning of the school. The whole purpose of school governance is school improvement, and there are three key areas where governors can make a difference.

To provide a strategic view: working with the headteacher to help decide the school's strategy for improvement so that pupils learn most effectively.

To monitor and evaluate (challenge and support): The GB provides the headteacher and staff with support, advice and information, drawing on GB members' knowledge and experience. The Governing Body work to promote the interests of the school and its pupils and work with the staff with this common interest.

To ensure accountability: The headteacher and staff are accountable to the Governing Body, and report on the school's performance. The Governing Body is in turn accountable for its actions to the parents and the wider community, in respect of the school's overall performance.


At Atherstone and Bedworth Heath Nursery School federation the Governing Body delegates key tasks to two sub committees.


Performance & Standards Committee    

The committee meets 3 times a year with a focus on learning and school improvement. Key documents reviewed are the school Self Evaluation Form (SEF) which drives the School Integrated Development Plan (SIDP) which is the road map that sets out the changes a school needs to make to improve the level of pupil achievement. Key discussions take place on the curriculum, Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND), and feeding back of governor monitoring. Certain school policies are delegated to this committee for review and approval.


Resources Committee     


The committee meets 3  times a year and works with the head teacher to review the annual school budget, and monitor income and expenditure against the budget, identifying any significant financial risks & implications for the school. Key discussions take place around staffing levels and pay, Health and Safety & the school premises. Certain school policies are delegated to this committee for review and approval.

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