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Governor Information - Growing Together Federation

The Growing Together Federation is a federation formed between Bowerdean, Mapledean & Henry Allen Nursery Schools. They are the only stand alone maintained Nursery Schools in Buckinghamshire. The federation started on 1.9.2017. Our Governing Body is made up of representatives from the local authority, community, parents and staff. They meet together termly at full governor meetings and within committees covering pupil progress, premises, finance, curriculum and personnel. Governors take an active role in monitoring the services and providing a clear path of progress and development.

  • The school is accountable to the Governing Body
  • The Chair of Governors is Mrs Karen Bates

If you would like to speak to Karen then please contact her: -

Phone: 01494 726257



School Governance

This is currently carried out by a Governing Body. Members of the Governing Body make important decisions about the school for example teaching & learning, safeguarding, policies, recruitment, building & premises, health & safety and financial & budgetary matters.  They ensure the nursery is governed in accordance with legal requirements and they support and challenge the Headteacher.


If you would like to know more or are interested in being a Parent Governor, please let the Headteacher know.


2019 / 2020 Governor Information


Growing Together Federation   
 Governor Attendance 2019-20  
  Name Committee membership 02-Oct 23-Oct 06-Nov 15-Jan 12-Feb 18-Mar 01-Apr 06-May 20-May 03-Jun 08-Jul end date
HT Sue Skinner Y Y AR  /   /   /  /             Aug-25
LA Karen Bates (Chair) Y    /  obs  /                Sep-21
ST Glynn Laffan      /       AR               Sep-21
PA Kym Dawkins            AR                
PA Catherine Wright   Y  /   /     /  x             Sep-21
CO Catherine Holdsworth (Vice Chair)   Chair  /   /     /  /             Sep-21
CO Charlie Macdonald   Y AR  /     /  /             Sep-21
CO Anita Boekee   Y  /   /     AR  /             Oct-22
CO Graham Dolan (Finance) Chair    /     /   /               Sep-21
CO Linda Rose Y    /     /   /               Sep-21
CO Lindsay Dixon   Vice chair  /   /     /  /             Sep-21
CO Lisa Latchford (resigned 14 Jan) Y    /    AR x               Sep-21
Ass Emma Lad (Policies)   clerk    /       /             Sep-21
      % attendance 82 100 80 72   100              
FGB Full Governing Body meeting     12 voting members                  
FPP Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee 6 voting member. As of 6 Nov: one vacancy            
Pupil Pupil Progress Committee     6 voting members                  
 /  Present                            
AR Apologies received and accepted                            
  Associate Members do not need to attend FGB and are not included in attendance %              

Governors are asked to declare any pecuniary interest.  

  • Mrs Skinner is Executive Headteacher at Henry Allen, Bowerdean and Mapledean  Nursery Schools in the Growing Together Federation.
  • Mrs Macdonald is a governor at Hyde Heath Infant School
  • Mrs Dixon and  Mrs Holdswoth and Mrs Wright all  have children currently attending Nurseries within the Federation



We are a maintained Nursery School.

Local Authority funding for the Nursery comes in the form of  funding for our 2-year olds (15 hours) , funding for our 3-4 year olds (15 hours or 30 hours) and of a lump sum received as a maintained Nursery. ​There are some paying sessions subject to availability.

​There are no employees earning a gross annual salary of £100,000 or more.

​Please click the link to the webpage which is dedicated to the schools financial benchmarking service.