The role of the Governing Body

All schools in England have a Governing Body.  School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools.  Governors appoint the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the Headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.  A key role is to act as a 'critical friend': to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.

The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • Set the aims and objectives for the school
  • Set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • Be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher (a critical friend)
  • Supporting the school in its attendance targets
  • Supporting the school in its exclusion and behaviour policies
  • Monitoring the expenditure of the Pupil Premium and Sports Funding received to ensure it has the most effective impact
  • Reviewing and agreeing to the new staffing structure

To view what Bean's Governing Body have been involved in over the last year and the impact they have had please click on the link below:







Our Governing Body

Bean Primary School Governing Body meets at least six times a year and uses governor monitoring to evaluate and challenge the work of the school. The Finance Committee meets four times per year to ensure pecuniary efficiency. 

Finance governors:  This committee's main purpose is to ensure that the school sets a budget and monitors its spending to ensure that all spending remains within budget and that all funds are spent wisely with the best value to best meet the needs of the pupils.

Curriculum and Standards governors: review and approve school policies, discuss and monitor all aspects of the school's work around pupil attainment and progress.  They also ensure that the school's curriculum is broad and balanced and meets the statutory requirements.

Personnel governors:  oversee the appointment of all staff in the school, their professional development and their well-being.


Following statutory guidance, the Governing Body successfully reconstituted in May 2015.

The Governing Body now consists of:

  • The Headteacher
  • One elected staff governor
  • One appointed local authority governor
  • Four elected parent governors
  • Three co-opted governors

The standard term of office for a governor if four years.  The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

The Chair of Governors is Mrs C Atkins, who can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors at

All Governors complete an annual skills audit to ensure our Governing Body have the necessary skills to be effective.  This also enables the Governing Body to be prepared for succession planning.  All Governors are encouraged to attend regular training courses to keep up to date with current legislation.  Please click on the link below to view what courses our Governors have attended:






Monitoring Visits

Our Governing Body believe that monitoring visits are crucial.  They enable Governors to have a presence within the school and facilitate the Governors in questioning and challenging the Headteacher effectively at Full Governing Body meetings and Committee meetings. Please see below the the visits that have taken place:


2016 - 2017


Our Members

The Governing Body of Bean currently consists of the following members:



Mr Keith Prescott                                                          

  • Local Authority Governor
  • Term of Office:  25 September 2016 - 24 September 2020
  • Committees Finance and Personnel
  • Governor Attendance 2014-2015:  FGB 6/6    Finance 5/5
  • Governor Attendance 2015-2016: FGB 5/6     Finance 4/4  Personnel 3/3
  • Governor Attendance 2016-2017: FGB 5/5    Finance 5/5       Personnel 3/3
  • Governor Attendance 2017-2018: FGB 8/8     Finance 5/5      Personnel 3/3
  •  Governor Attendance 2018-20189: FGB 6/6     Finance 4/4      Personnel 2/2

I joined the governing body of Bean Primary School some 20 years ago as a parent governor when my two daughters (now in their 20's) both attended the school.  I am now retained as a Local Education Authority governor.  I am married to a Primary School Teacher that previously taught at Bean Primary School. Professionally, for the last 30+ years I have been the Chief Buyer of Britain's Oldest Construction Company overseeing the procurement process necessary to carry out the construction of its multi million pound contracts, many of which are in education.  This role involves a wide range of financial skills, statistical analysis and contract negotiation and agreements with various suppliers and subcontractors and the ability to interact with people.  My professional experience has enabled me to assist the school in many aspects of its decision making.  I am proud to be part of the governing body at Bean Primary School and look forward to further contribute to the school's already outstanding leadership and pupil performance.

Mrs Catherine Atkins - Chair of Governing Body                     

  • Chair of Governors 
  • Term of Office:  18th May 2015 - 17th May 2019
  • Committees:  Curriculum and Standards and Personnel
  • Governor Attendance 2014-2015:  FGB 4/6    Curriculum and Standards 3/3
  • Governor Attendance 2015-2016: FGB 4/6     Curriculum and Standards 2/2    Personnel 3/3
  • Governor Attendance 2016-2017:  FGB 4/5    Curriculum and Standards 3/3    Personnel 3/3
  • Governor Attendance 2017-2018: FGB 6/8     Curriculum and Standards 2/3    Personnel 3/3 
  • Governor Attendance 2018-2019: FGB 6/6     Curriculum and Standards 3/3    Personnel 2/2  

I have been a Governor at Bean since November 1998, when my eldest two boys were in Year 1 and Reception.  My youngest son started at Bean in 2002 and I continued as a parent governor until he left, and became a        co-opted Governor.  For most of my years as a Governor I have chaired the Curriculum and Standards committee, and recently have been involved in the Personnel and Pay Review.  I am now a foster carer, and prior to fostering worked primarily in personnel in the Civil Service.  My 3 boys thrived at Bean, and I have been pleased to play a small part in ensuring that Bean continues to give the best education and opportunities to the children of Bean and the surrounding area.

Mr Graham Reilly - Headteacher                                       

  • Since September 2014, a member of the governing body by virtue of position in the school
  • Committees:  Finance and Premises, Curriculum and Standards and Personnel
  • Governor Attendance 2014-2015:  FGB 6/6    Finance 5/5    Curriculum and Standards 3/3
  • Governor Attendance 2015-2016:  FGB 5/6    Finance 4/4   Curriculum & Standards 2/2     Personnel 3/3
  • Governor Attendance 2016-2017:  FGB 5/5    Finance 5/5   Curriculum and Standards 3/3  Personnel 3/3
  • Governor Attendance 2017-2018:  FGB 8/8    Finance 5/5   Curriculum & Standards 3/3     Personnel 3/3 
  • Governor Attendance 2018-2019:  FGB 6/6    Finance 4/4   Curriculum & Standards 3/3     Personnel 2/2

Having worked in  the private sector for over a decade, I decided to turn my attention to education.  In terms of seeking a challenging and worthwhile profession, both as a Headteacher and previously as a classroom teacher, I haven't been disappointed.  My interest has always been not only to start initiatives that raise standards, but also ensure these initiatives are sustainable and meaningful to the school community.

In September 2014 I was appointed as Headteacher of Bean Primary School.  There have been many changes since my arrival and as a school we are very fortunate to have such a professional and committed staff and governing body; they really do make a huge difference.  We also benefit from a supportive and engaged parent community.

 Mrs Katherine Marino

  • Parent  Governor
  • Term of Office:  1 September 2019 - 1 September 2023

I joined the Governing Body as Parent Governor in September 2019.
Recently my child joined the school and attends Year 1 at Bean Primary.


I am a social entrepreneur, mental health professional and I trained as a wellbeing coach, working within the private sector and non-profit organizations. My works has helped many disadvantage children and their families, especially those living in poverty and inequality. I enable them to thrive and improve their wellbeing. I feel that I can provide an independent eye over the workings of the school and bring a fresh perspective to the work of the existing governors in order to achieve authentic learning that is demanded in the 21st century.


I believe that our children’s education is crucial to their later academic achievements and the development of social and other life skills.  I feel passionately about our young generation’s education and work with energy and enthusiasm to help Bean Primary School maintain its high standards, and to meet future challenges.





  • Parent Governor



Mrs Anna Munday                                                      

  • Co-opted Governor 
  • Term of Office:  20th May 2019 - 20th May 2023 
  • Committees:  Curriculum and Standards
  • Governor Attendance 2014-2015:  FGB 5/6    Curriculum and Standards 3/3
  • Governor Attendance 2015-2016:  FGB 5/6    Curriculum and Standards 2/2
  • Governor Attendance 2016-2017:  FGB 4/5    Curriculum and Standards 2/3
  • Governor Attendance 2017-2018:  FGB 6/8    Curriculum and Standards 2/3 
  • Governor Attendance 2018-2019:  FGB 3/6    Curriculum and Standards 3/3

I have lived in Bean for fourteen years and became a parent governor in 2007 whilst on a career break from the Metropolitan Police.  My eldest son left Bean Primary School in 2011 and my youngest in 2017.  I am on the Curriculum and Standards Committee and have also spent time on the Finance Committee.  I am lucky enough to have been involved in a number of outdoor learning programmes which have been incredibly rewarding (and massive fun!).  I go into Italy Class weekly to listen to the children read or help with activities and thoroughly enjoy spending time with them.  I also sit on the steering group for the Community Forum at Bluewater and am currently Vice Chair of Bean Parish Council.



Mrs Emily Waugh - - Vice Chair of Governing Body



  • Vice-Chair of  Governors
  • Term of Office: 18 October 2016 - 17 October 2020
  • Committees: Finance
  • Governor Attendance 2016-2017 (not applicable new governor)
  • Governor Attendance 2017-2018: FGB 6/8  Finance 5/5 
  • Governor Attendance 2018-2019: FGB 4/6  Finance 4/4


I have lived in Bean for 6 years and have recently been elected as Parent Governor. My youngest 2 children attend the school, in Williams (Year 1) and Thompson (Year 4) class. I am the Treasurer of Friends of Bean and really enjoy getting involved in the activities we put on. I believe our children should enjoy school whilst being given exciting opportunities to learn. I cannot wait to get stuck into the Governor role, working with the staff and other Governors to continue making Bean Primary School a place where our children thrive. 






Mrs Victoria Turner


  • Parent Governor
  • Term of Office: 16 November 2018 - 17th November 2022
  • Committees: Finance
  • Governor Attendance 2018-2019: FGB 4/4  Finance 2/2



Mr Simon Ryan

  • Co-opted Governor
  • Term of Office 11th March 2019 - 20th March 2023
  • Committees: Finance
  • Governor Attendance 2018-2019: FGB 3/3  Finance 1/2  


Retired Governors

Mr A Edwards (Parent Governor), Term of Office 16 June 2011 - 15 June 2015.

Mrs E Ashley (Parent Governor), Term of Office 3 November 2014 - 1 June 2016

Mrs F Carney (Staff Governor), Term of Office 3 November 2014 - 2 November 2018

Mrs N Wiltshire (Parent Governor), Term of Office 17 July 2015 - 5 March 2019

Mr S Bonner (Co-opted Governor), Term of Office 18 May 2015 - 14 March 2019

Mr K Golding-Williams (Co-opted), Term of Office September 2014 - July 2019 

Mrs S. Jones (Staff Governor) Term of Office 1st September 2018 - 28 October 2019



Register of Interests

Statutory legislation requires every Governing Body to have a register of interests.  The register documents interests which may potentially unethically or unlawfully influence members' official duties.  It is signed annually at the first Full Governing Body meeting of the academic year.  Governors are also required to declare any interests at every Full Governing Body meeting and committee meetings.

Name                                                    Business and Pecuniary Interests   Governance Roles in Other Educational Institutes Material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff

Mrs C Atkins


None None None

Ms Marino


None None None

Miss S Jones


None None None
Mrs A Munday

Vice Chair of Bean Parish Council

None None

Mr K Prescott


None None None

Mr G Reilly


None None None

Mr S Ryan


None None


Mrs V Turner

None None



Mrs E Waugh

None None



Mrs A White

None None



Governor Attendance

To see the attendance records of governor meetings please click on the links below:

 - Academic Year 2014/15

Attendance - Academic Year 2015/16

Attendance - Academic Year 2016/17

Attendance - Academic Year 2017/18

Attendance - Academic Year 2018/19