Governing Body

Governing Body 2018  (as current in April 2 2018)

LEA Appointed Representative (5) Term of Office Ends
CB Cllr Tom Williams September 2nd 2020
CB Cllr Andrew Farina-Childs November 29th  2021
Mr David Witchell February 3rd 2019
Mr Chris Hawker February 3rd  2019
Mrs Clare Barley January 21st 2021
Teacher Governors (2)
Ms Emma Plumley March 1st  2022
Mrs N Griffiths August 31st  2021
Associate Staff Governor (1)
Mr N Bracegirdle October 4th 2024
Associate Pupil Governors (2)
Madison Cox  (Head Girl)
Alex Edwards  (Head Boy)
Parent Governors (6) There is one vacancy
Mrs D Gronow December 12th 2018
Mrs Emma Chalk June  28th 2021
Mr Tim Bennett May 3rd 2021
Mr G James February 4th 2018
Mr J Richards – Vice Chair September 23rd 2020
Co-opted Governors (6) There are two vacancy
Mrs L Price – Reserve Member October 7th 2020
Mr N Jones October 6th 2020
Mr G Lacey March 24th 2021
Mrs Catherine Allaway March 21st 2021
Ms J Wilkie
Chair of Governors
Mr Andrew Farina Childs See above
Clerk to Governors Ms Pat Wood (Governor Support Unit South East Wales – Education Achievement Service)


All the above may be contacted via Blackwood Comprehensive School. Elections for Parent Governor appointments take place whenever vacancies arise.

  1. Governors Functions

The Governing Body meets regularly to consider issues underpinning the effective running of the school. Half-termly meetings are supplemented by regular meetings of sub committees covering issues such as:


  1. Finance and buildings
  2. Standards
  • Curriculum
  1. Staffing
  2. Appointments
  3. Pay Review
  • Performance Management


The Headteacher distributes a written report prior to each meeting for discussion and minutes of all meetings are available from the school.


Governors frequently participate in training and other seminars and courses and in the many functions organised by the school.  We are fortunate to have such a dedicated and committed group of Governors who take an active interest in all aspects of the life and work of the school.  Attendance at meetings is excellent.  Governors have not received travel or subsistence from the school’s budget share.


The most recent Estyn report states that the governing body provides effective oversight of the school’s work. Governors have a sound understanding of the school’s strengths and areas requiring improvement. They have secure knowledge of performance data and they use this appropriately to challenge the school to help bring about improvements. The governing body plays a suitable role in setting the strategic direction of the school and, through its useful range of sub-committees, monitors progress towards strategic priorities effectively.