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What is the role of Governing Body?

School Governors play a key role in the leadership of the school and are committed to raising standards, providing strategic leadership, accountability, and managing the school’s finances.   Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important role to play in setting targets for school improvement.

Who sits on the Governing Body?

The Governing Body is comprised of parents, staff and representatives from the local community who have a range of backgrounds, skills and experiences. 

When do Governors meet?

Full Governing Body meetings take place on a termly basis and are attended by all Governors.  A subset of Governors also attends either the Resources or Curriculum meetings on a termly basis.  Governors also regularly come into school to monitor progress and attend events.


members of bhjs governing body

Richard McIntosh - Ex-Officio Governor (Headteacher)

Mr McIntosh has taught in a variety of schools in Essex and has been a senior leader for the past 14 years in the roles of Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Head of School and, since January 2021, Headteacher at Baddow Hall Juniors. He has previously served as a parent governor and through this and his work posts, has experience and understanding of the role of an effective governing body in the success of a school. Mr McIntosh is married with two children and enjoys spending time with family and travelling at home and abroad.

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Rebecca Mead - Co-opted Governor and Chair of Governing Body

I have lived in Great Baddow, since 2014, when I moved from Kent to Essex, to be closer to my husband’s family. Since then, we had two children, who are now 3 and 8. I work full time as a Project Lead in the Civil Service, splitting my time between the office in London and home, as is the way for most of us post Covid.

I’ve been a Governor at Baddow Hall for the last 5 years, becoming the Chair in September 2020.  It's been rewarding to witness the school's growth and progress, and I take pride in the contributions the Governors, have made to its success.

Caroline Moore - Parent Governor

I joined the board as a parent governor in February 2021, and am the lead governor for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Pupil Premium.  

I’m Mum to four amazing boys, two are here at BHJS (Years 4 and 6) and two are at Sandon.  As well as being a parent with a strong commitment to the school, I also bring skills and experience from my professional life.  After graduating with a first in languages & linguistics I changed career direction and have spent the past 20 years working in the justice system, where I currently specialise in performance monitoring and improvement.  


Andrew Weaver - Co-opted Governor

Originally from the North East of England, I have worked in a number of roles including the university sector and have taught and been a leader in schools in Suffolk and Essex. I have worked in schools in Chelmsford for 30 years and currently I am the Headteacher at the Sandon school to where over half of Baddow Hall students transition at the end of year 6.  I have served on the Governing body at BHJS for over six years supporting the ongoing development of the school and am the designated governor for safeguarding.

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Claire Beck - Parent Governor and Vice Chair of Governing Body

I have lived in the Chelmsford area since 2005 and I have 2 children who are now both at Baddow Hall Junior School.  I was extremely keen to give something back to the school hence I applied to be a parent governor late 2021.  I am a People Director for a Global Insurance Company and have been there for nearly 20 years.  I believe my skills are of benefit to the school whilst also giving myself an opportunity to learn new skills in a different environment to the Insurance world.

Using the skills I have developed in my professional capacity I aim to support the Head Teacher and the Governing body to achieve the objectives set for the school.

My children's future is of the upmost importance to me. Therefore, I was delighted to have been given the opportunity in making a difference in the education of not just my children but to the school as a whole.

Longina Potter - Staff Governor


Governor Responsibilities and Committee Memberships

Governing body statement of behaviour principles

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