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Governors

Governors

The Governing Body

Setting Strategic Direction – Creating Robust Accountability – Ensuring Financial Probity

The Governing Body

The School Governors play a strategic role in making decisions and taking action to improve the standards of teaching and learning for all pupils at the school in a safe and stimulating environment.

Who are school Governors?

The governors are made up of 10 people and are drawn from different parts of the school community which ensures that a sufficient diversity of views and experience is represented:

  • Parent governors are selected by election and are drawn from parents and carers of pupils at the school.
  • Staff governors – selected by election from teaching and support staff paid to work at the school
  • Local Authority governors – appointed by the LA and may be Local Councillors
  • Co-Opted governors – appointed by the governing body with particular skills or experience

 

Our School Governors are:

Name of Governor

 

Responsibility Term of office Attendance

% current academic year

Jan Gane

 

(Chair of Governors) 31/10/2015-30/10/2019  
Ken Wood

 

(Vice-chair of Governors) 29/01/2014-28/01/2018

 

 
Liane Barton (Head Teacher)

 

 

N/A  
Kerry Hastings SEN & Inclusion 19/10/2013 -18/10/2017  
Steve Morris Safeguarding 12/11/2011-1/11/2017  
Janice Paine   16/12/13 – 15/12/2017  
Claire Craddock   25/03/2014-24/03-2018

 

 
Staff Vacancy      
Parent Vacancy      
Co-opted Vacancy      

 

All Governors have a term of office of 4 years.

 

The Governing Body has the following committees:

Finance Committee:

Ken Wood

Stephen Morris

Jan Gane

Kerry Hastings

Liane Barton

 

Pay Panel:

Jan Gane

Stephen Morris

Claire Craddock

 

Other committees:

Staff Discipline Committee/ Pupil discipline Committee:

Jan Gan

StephenMorris

Claire Craddock

 

Appeals Committee:

Ken Wood

Janice Paine

Kerry Hastings

 

 

 

Clerk to Governing Body:  Cheryl Goode

 

Register of Business Interests:

There have been no declared pecuniary interests

What do the school Governors do?

Governors have a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. This includes setting targets for pupils achievement, managing the school’s finances, making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, the learning environment is safe, appointing staff and reviewing staff performance and pay and many more.

 

Governors’ Responsibilities for Teaching and Learning include:

Achievement:

  • Monitoring & reviewing information on School Performance to include Raise Online & Data Dashboard.
  • Monitoring & reviewing school targets
  • Monitoring and reviewing in year progress for all year groups and all groups of pupils
  • Comparing school performance against national data
  • Reporting to parents according to statutory requirements
  • Monitoring achievement for all groups of pupils (inc. pupil premium)
  • Monitoring pupils work and carry out pupil conversations
  • Monitoring school target setting systems and how this is reported to parents.

Teaching & Learning:

  • Reviewing Raise Online / Data Dashboard, ensuring the school is meeting standards
  • Ensuring targeted support and action plans are in place for all teachers who are not at least good
  • Monitoring and reviewing quality of teaching across the school.
  • Monitoring teaching for groups of pupils (inc. pupil premium)
  • Monitoring intervention groups for all groups of pupils
  • Monitoring homework arrangements

Curriculum:

  • Ensuring the school is meeting National Curriculum requirements and to review the Curriculum Policy Statement ensuring it meets pupils needs
  • Monitoring and reviewing the curriculum with a focus on basic skills
  • Monitoring skills coverage of curriculum in all subjects
  • Parental engagement
  • Reviewing & updating SEF (Self Evaluation Form)
  • Monitoring & reviewing School Improvement Plan
  • Monitoring how school are developing pupils spiritual, cultural, social and moral awareness

 

Governors’ Responsibilities for Staffing & Finance include:

Finance:

  • Producing & approving the annual budget and present it to the full Governing Body for ratification.
  • Reviewing the actual expenditure and monitoring statements at least once a term.
  • Receiving & Reviewing financial projections.
  • Approving expenditure and virements of sums over £10,000; sums below that amount are delegated to the Head Teacher
  • Conforming to the Schools Financial Value Standards in Schools.
  • Assessing the financial progress towards achieving the objectives in the School Improvement Plan.
  • Reviewing of leases & contracts – including traded services.
  • Ensuring Best Value principles apply.
  • Reviewing the financial implications on the budget of the Pay & Conditions document.
  • Receiving LA Budget and Out turn Statement (Section 122)
  • Receive the annual accounts and certificate of audit of the School Fund Account and other voluntary funds held within school
  • Assessing the schools insurance cover to ensure that it provides adequate protection against risks.
  • Reviewing and approving the petty cash to be held by the school.
  • Ensuring LA financial procedures are complied with.
  • Obtaining quotations with a view to placing contracts/orders

Staffing:

  • Considering applications from staff for variation to contract (secondments, early retirements, leave of absence, reduced working hours etc.)
  • Ensuring all personnel records are held securely.
  • Reviewing annually the staffing structure of the school ensuring that it meets the requirements of the curriculum and is in line with the School Improvement Plan.
  • Reviewing staff work / life balance, working conditions and well-being, including the monitoring of absence.
  • Implementing the Appraisal Policy and monitor teacher appraisal process.
  • Ensuring implementation of performance management for support staff and moderation of ratings
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Reviewing impact of staff training and CPD
  • Staff Grievance and Discipline (in line with school policies)
  • Staff dismissal, redundancy and redeployment

 

Governors’ Responsibilities for Site and Premises include:

Premises Health & Safety:

  • Review the schools Health & Safety Policy on an annual basis.
  • Receive a regular report on accident statistics, near misses and incidents of violence or aggression.
  • Comply with current fire safety legislation & regulations: review fire risk assessment and ensure compliance with recommendations.
  • Ensure Risk Assessments are carried out and reviewed on a regular basis.
  • Inspect the school site and buildings to enable maintenance and improvement, including security. (Site visit)
  • Review and Authorise upcoming offsite activities, ensuring that health and safety planning and risk assessments that have been undertaken for them.
  • Receive reports  and audits from Health & Safety representatives (to include Caretaking & Cleaning)
  • Ensure staff & Governors undertake appropriate Health & Safety Training.
  • Ensure that Health & Safety documents and records are up to date:

–       Fire log book

–       Asbestos on site

–       Premises log book (PAT Testing, Glazing Inspections, An annual check of PE Equipment/          Playground Equipment

  • Establish & review an Accessibility Plan
  • Review e-safety policy & procedures

Governors’ Responsibilities for Safeguarding includes:

  • Monitor all safeguarding procedures.
  • Review the Safeguarding Audit and ensure action plan is implemented

Behaviour & Attendance:

  • Review Behaviour Policy and monitor school behaviour.
  • Review and Monitor attendance data against school and national targets.

Our Governing Body meets every month (except August) to provide strategic leadership, accountability and ensure effective and financial management of our school.

The Chair of the Governing Body can be contacted through the Clerk (as above) in school.  Please either ring the main school telephone number 675 3203 or email c.goode@meadowsprimary.org , marking your correspondence for the attention of the Clerk to the Governing Body.

If you would like more information about the roles and responsibilities of the Governing Body, or about being a governor, please call into school to speak to the Head Teacher or Clerk to the Governing Body.  Further information can be obtained from the National Governors’ Association website:

http://www.nga.org.uk/Can-we-help/Be-a-Governor.aspx