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Welcome to our Governors’ section.

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Governor core Functions

 

The law states that the purpose of a governing body in a maintained school is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement’.

In doing this the governing body has three core strategic functions:

 

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction .

2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of the staff.

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

 

The governing body is therefore like the board of directors within a company. They are responsible for the strategic direction of the school but they are not involved in the day to day running of the school as this duty is delegated to the headteacher. They have to monitor the performance of the headteacher to ensure s/he is carrying out their duties efficiently and to a high standard. This is done in many different ways which will be explained in more detail below.

 

It is essential to point out that when becoming a member of the governing body each person signs a code of conduct which sets out the expectations of the conduct of governors and includes a clause regarding confidentiality.

 

Governing Body Structure

 

Under our constitution we have 11 members of our governing body. 2 are parent governors who were elected by the parents at the school, 1 is a staff governor who was elected by members of staff at the school and 7 are co-opted governors who were elected by the governing body. The headteacher is also a governor due to their position within the school. The governing body is made up of a cross section of people from both within the school community and the wider community and the governing body has a duty to ensure these people have the appropriate skills to serve on the governing body. It is essential for the governing body to have members with expertise in many different areas such as strategic planning, data analysis, education in general, finance and health and safety. Governors must also be committed to the role as it comes with great responsibility and a significant time commitment. No governor is paid for their work and all give up their time voluntarily.

 

All governors serve on the full governing body and on one or more smaller committees. There are currently 3 committees; Curriculum Committee, Resources Committee and Performance Management Committee. These committees have responsibilities delegated to them by the full governing body. The full governing body meets once per half term and the committees meet once per term.

Governors also have individual responsibilities. Each governor has several subject areas they are responsible for monitoring as well as wider areas such as health and safety, pupil premium, safeguarding and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. As part of these individual duties governors are required to visit the school to meet with the subject leader and ask questions to monitor how children are progressing and how well resourced the subject is. They may also visit the classroom to speak to the children and obtain their views on the subject. From time to time governors also perform book scrutinies with the subject leader to ensure pupils work is being marked according to the Marking and Presentation Policy and that the work is varied and suitably challenging. Following each visit governors are required to write a report on their findings and present this to the full governing body at the next meeting.

Although different committees and governors have specific roles and responsibility governors have collective responsibility for the actions of the governing body.

 

Curriculum Committee

 

It is the responsibility of this committee to discuss all matters relating to the educational aspect of the school including the progress and attainment of pupils.

Standard agenda items are:

 

Analysis of performance data of the pupils. This may be internal data generated by the school or data from wider sources such as Local Authority or government reports. From this data governors are able to ascertain how well the pupils are performing. Governors need to reassure themselves through constant monitoring that everything possible is being done to ensure all pupils are making the best progress possible and that any measures put in place to help pupils are effective. It is essential to point out that all data is viewed anonymously and none is link to individual children.

 The spending of Pupil Premium money. This is money the school receives for those children who are entitled to free school dinners. The government have identified, through research, that generally these are the children who are most likely to struggle in school (although this is not always the case). This money is therefore intended to support these children. It is the role of the governors to ensure this money is being spent effectively and those children it is designed to help are making good progress.

 The spending of sports premium money. This is extra money the school receives with the remit that it must be spent in encouraging children to be more active and participate more in sporting activities. Again it is the role of the governors it ensure the money is being spent in accordance with its purpose and that an impact is being seen.

 

 

Educational visits. The governors receive information regarding any educational visits which have taken place since the last meeting, what the learning objectives were for the visit and if, and how, these were achieved.

The school’s wider offer. The school must provide a good range of sports, arts and voluntary activities. It is the governors’ role to ensure this happens and that the school has due regard for the expectations set out in the DfE document regarding the cultural education of children.

The approval of policies and procedures relating to the curriculum.

 

The Resources Committee

 

This committee discusses any issues relating to the financial aspects of the running of the school. The committee is responsible for ensuring the school budget is well spent, that the school is obtaining the best value for money and that sufficient resources are allocated to achieve all priorities identified in the School Development Plan.

 

Standard agenda items are:

 

 The school building and any repairs and alterations.

 Health and safety concerns or issues.

 Scrutinising the budget report prepared by the Local Authority.

 Staffing. The committee discusses issues relating to staffing and the most efficient deployment of resources.

The approval of any policies and procedures relating to financial affairs.

 

 

The Performance Management Committee

 

This committee is responsible for the performance management of the Headteacher. The committee’s role is to set performance objectives at the start of the academic year and monitor progress towards them throughout the year.

The Full Governing Body

 

Standard agenda items are:

 

Headteacher’s report. This contains information regarding the number of children on roll and their attendance; information on applications, admissions and exclusions; absence, retention, morale and performance of staff; pupil behaviour; any updates regarding ongoing issues such as building repairs etc. (all information is given anonymously and information is general so no child or member of staff is named individually).

 Health and safety.

Pupil premium update.

Sports premium update.

Anti-bullying update.

Safeguarding update.

School Development Plan. This lists the schools priorities for the current academic year and beyond. The governing body is responsible for composition of this in conjunction with the staff and headteacher. The governing body ensures targets are being met.

Approval of policies and procedures which must be reviewed by the full governing body by law and those which do not fall under the remit of the committees.

 

 

Our Governing Board consists of:

 

  • Parent Governors – elected from and by parents and carers of children in the school
  • Local Authority Governor – nominated by Derbyshire County Council
  • Staff Governor – representative of teaching and support staff, who is elected by their colleagues.
  • Co-opted Governors – are appointed by the Governing Board on the basis that they have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
  • Community Governor - are appointed by the Governing Board on the basis that they have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school and ensure good links with the community.

 

Parent Governor Elections

Click HERE to download the Parent Governor Election Materials as a Word document

 

Governors

 

Name

Governor Type

Position and responsibility

Committee

Term of Office

Ruth Baker

Co-opted

Joint Chair of Governing Board,

Chair of Curriculum,

Governor for Disadvantage Pupils

Curriculum

February 2019

-

February 2023

Pat Royale

Co-opted

Joint Chair of Governing Board,

Chair of Resources,

Safeguarding Governor

Resources

April 2016

-

April 2020

 

Vacancy

 

Parent

 

 

 

Gareth Doyle

Co-opted

Health & Safety Governor

Resources

Dec 2017

-

Dec 2021

Chris Cooper

Community

Special Needs Governor

Curriculum

July 2018

-

July 2022

Kirsten Whitehall

Staff

 

Curriculum

Sept 2017

-

Sept 2021

Cathy Kinsella

Headteacher

 

Curriculum and Resources

May 2019

-

ongoing

Vacancy

LA

 

 

 

 

Andrew Whiting 

Parent

 

 

Curriculum

Feb 2019- Feb 2023

Charles Burrell

Co-opted

 

Governor for PE and anti-bullying.

Resources

Oct 2018 - Oct 2022

 

 

Attendance at Governor Meetings 2016 – 2017 FGB

12th Oct 2016

7th December 2016

8th February 2017

5th April 2017

5th July 2017

Gill Taylor (Chair)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Paula Fox (Head)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Laura Tomlinson (Co-opted)

Yes

Yes

Apologies

Yes

Yes

Ruth Baker (Co-opted)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Di Lawday (Co-opted)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Bridgett Coote (Staff)

Yes

Yes

Apologies

Yes

Yes

Jo White (parent)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Apologies

Pat Royale (Co-opted)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Apologies

Sally Fitton (LA)

Yes

Apologies

Apologies

Apologies

Apologies

Jeni Mobbs

yes

Yes

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Attendance at Governor Meetings 2017 – 2018 FGB

18th Oct 2017

6th December 2017

14th February 2018

11th April 2018

4th July 2018

Gill Taylor (Chair)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Paula Fox (Head)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Ruth Baker (Co-opted)

Yes

Apologies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Pat Royale (Co-opted)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Jo White (parent)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Kirsten Whitehall (Staff)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Laura Tomlinson (Co-opted)

Apologies

No

No

No

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Sally Fitton (LA)

Apologies

Apologies

No

No

#

Gareth Doyle (Co-opted)

#

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Chris Cooper (Community)

#

#

#

#

Yes

Kate West (Parent)

#

Yes

Yes

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