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East Haddon Primary School

East Haddon Primary School

East Haddon Primary School

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                               School Governors

The school is run by the Headteacher and staff with the assistance of a Governing Body.

Some are appointed by the Local Authority, Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocese of Peterborough, others are elected by parents and staff and some are co-opted. The Headteacher is also a Governor. We are all local people with a strong interest in the well-being of the school.

 

As Governors, our aim is to improve the quality of the education provided by our school for the benefit of all pupils and the surrounding community. We write plans for our school which are designed to achieve the government's, as well as the school's goals but primarily with the children's standard of education as our focus.

 

We attend at least two full Governing Body meetings each term, and Governors are asked to sit on various sub-committees and to undertake training courses to develop their expertise in their role. We visit school regularly and take part in meetings, training sessions and school activities. An important aspect of our role is to act as the link between the school, parents and the community.

 

 

                 Our Board of Governors

Please feel free to come and speak to us regarding any questions you may have about any aspect of school life. Our specific roles and responsibilities are shown below.

 

Chair of Governors  - Sally Tilt

Vice Chair - Martin Gorrod

Headteacher - Claire Truslove

 

Claire Truslove - Headteacher

Designated Safeguarding Leader

Finance Committee

Curriculum Committee

 

Sally Tilt  - Chair of Governors

Co-opted Parent

Term of Office 24.6.15 - 25.6.19

Health & Safety Committee

Performance Management Committee

Health & Safety Committee

 

 

        

         

    

Jo Hayward - co-opted support staff

Term of Office 9.6.13 - 8.6.19

Curriculum Committee

SEN Committee

Safeguarding Committee

Jonathan Evans - co-opted parent

Term of Office 24.6.15 - 23.6.19

Curriculum Committee

Discipline & Inclusion Committee

Performance Management Committee

Health & Safety Committee

 Rachael Lambert - Foundation

Term of Office 25.1.16 - 24.1.20

Staff Grievance Committee

Parent Grievance Committee

          

 

Virginia Henley - Foundation

Term of Office 1.1.15 - 1.1.19

Staff Grievance Committee

Dr Martin Gorrod - co-opted

Term of Office 9.6.13 - 8.6.17

Finance Committee

Discipline & Inclusion Committee

Staff Grievance Committee

Rachel Robinson - Parent

Term of Office 16.1.14 - 15.1.18

Staff Grievance Committee

Safeguarding Committee

Anti-Bullying Committee

Finance Committee

     

Barbara Cooper - Local Authority

ICT / Inclusion Governor

Term of Office 13.10.13 - 12.10.17

Finance Committee

Performance Management

ICT Committee

Discipline & Inclusion Committee

Parent Grievance Committee

 Oliver Wilkinson - Staff

Term of Office 13.4.16 - 12.4.20

Health & Safety Committee

 Anita Stewart - Parent

Term of Office 1.6.17 - 1.6.21

Finance Committee

                                

                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

 

                 Register of Governors' Interests

It is a requirement of every Governing Body that they declare any business or personal interest in the school. Details below:

 

Name  Business Interest Other Governing Body Personal Relationship with staff or pupils

Full Governing Body Meeting Attendance

Academic Year

2017-18

 Claire Truslove  Employed by  school  No  No  100%  1/1
 Sally Tilt  No  No  Parent  100%  1/1
 Rachael Lambert  No  No  Parent  100%  1/1
 Jonathan Evans  No  No  Parent  100%  1/1
 Rachel Robinson  No  No  Parent  100%  1/1
 Martin Gorrod  No  No  Parent  100%  1/1
 Jo Hayward  Employed by school  No  No  100%  1/1
 Virginia Henley  No  No  Parent  100%  1/1
 Barbara Cooper  Employed by Capita our ICT management company  No  Grand-parent  100%  1/1
Oliver Wilkinson Employed by school No No

 100%  1/1

 

Anita Stewart Works for AMJ Construction No Parent

100%  1/1

 

 

Information for prospective School Governors

Being a school governor can be demanding but it is important, intersting and satisfying. Schools need enthusiastic and committed people to volunteer to become governors. Being a governor gives you the opportunity to express your views , to listen to the views of others representing the school and its community and to influence pupils' education for the better.

Governing bodies include representation from parents, staff, the local authority, members of the community and in voluntary aided and voluntary controlled schools you will find foundation governors who are appointed by the diocesan board of education.

As a school governor you would be part of a team - the governing body. The governing body has a range of important responsibilities. For example,governors work in partnership with school staff to shape the future of the school, to decide the key issues that will help staff raise standards and to determine how the school will best spend its money to achieve these aims.

Governors don't need specific qualifications but need some spare time - usually a couple of evenings per month and the chance to visit the school during the working day from time to time.

 

Why become a school governor

Everyone has their own reasons for becoming a governor; some are asked because of the skills and knowledge that they can bring, others seek to join because they have a commitment and interest in education. Most, having made the decision, find the work is interesting and rewarding. Governors have the opportunity to develop new skills as well as making good use of existing ones by chairing meetings, debating, asking questions, making suggestions and appointing staff.

Time: being an effective governor  does mean committing some time to the role. As well as attending meetings you will need to develop your knowledge and understanding of the work of the governing body and the school. This will mean visiting the school to get to know it, preferably during the working day, and speaking to staff and students wherever possible. You will also be expected to attend training sessions, either ones arranged at the school involving governors as well as staff, or governor specific courses for example ones organised by governor services.

Responsibility: governing bodies have important responsibilities but remember that the governing body is a corporate body so power is shared amongst all the governors. This does mean that, for governors at maintained schools, as long as they "act in good faith", take appropriate advice where necessary and no individual governor makes decisions without the support of the governing body, there is no personal liability.

Lack of Knowledge: For those with no previous experience it can be daunting to enter the education world. There will be a whole new language to learn, including a large number of acronyms. Do not allow this to put you off though as you will have the support of the head and the school staff to help you. Although they have a welth of knowledge in the education field they will benefit greatly from the life experiences and skills from working life that you can contibute.

 

The role of the governing body

 Education in schools has changed dramatically in recent years and these chages have had an impact on the role and work of governing bodies. Governors now have key responsibilities for setting the school's aims and policies plus making decisions on how money will be spent, amnaging the employment of staff and the maintenance and development of school premises. Governors are accountable to other stakeholders and must challenge as well as support the headteacher. The most important role of all though is to ensure that the students receive the best possible education.

Effective governing bodies work in close partnership with the headteacher, and will remember that the head is responsible for the day to day leadership and management of the school.

The government has high expectations of governing bodies. It is expected that governing bodies will have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

 

How Governing Bodies go about their work

The governing body's formal work and decision-making is delat with at meetings. The considerable workload is usually managed by delegating some tasks to committees or working parties. Committees specialise in areas such as curriculum, finance, staff and premises matters. Each governing body can decide upon its own committee structure so could choose to merge two or more of these together. Often there will be a group or committee focusing on school improvement  to raise academic standards.

All governors are expected to attend meetings of the full governing body, in fact they can be disqualified from continuing to serve if they do not do so and do not give a legitimate reason for non-attendance. In most schools the full governing body will meet every half term. In addition, it would be usual to serve on at least one committee and this will involve further meetings, again usually one per half term per committee.

 

The membership of the governing body

The make up or 'constitution' of the governing body is set out in law and will have already been decided upon. This may include the following:

  • Parent governors; elected by other parents with children at the school
  • Staff governors; elected by toher members of the staff
  • Headteacher
  • Community / co-opted governors; appointed by the governing body to represent the community
  • Authority governors; appointed / nominated by the local authority to introduce skills and knowledge often from outside the school community
  • Foundation governors; in the case of church schools the diocesan board of aducation will appoint these governors to represent the church

The type of governor and number will depend on the type of school and date the last change to the constitution was made. Governors are usually elected or appointed for four years and can apply to serve further terms of office.

 

Support for Governors

Employment law states that governors should be given the right to reasonable unpaid time off. However, this will be at the discretion of their line manager who will have to ensure that the service/business is not affected. Many employers appreciate that the skills required to be an effective governor are transferable to the workplace and will support the role, some giving paid leave for their employees to fulfil their duties.

Governing bodies can decide to cover governors' expenses, such as childcare, or cost of care for another dependent relative, fuel costs when travelling to training etc.

Northamptonshire Governor Services works in partnership with dioceses, schools and academies to support governing bodies. They provide:

  • A comprehensive range of courses, including induction courses for new governors and clerks
  • A termly governor magazine
  • Other publications and documents
  • A comprehensive website

Governors from church schools will also be able to access support provided by the diocese.

All new governors will be asked to make a self-disclosure declaration and in adition it is NCC policy for all governors to be cleared by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

 

What shall I do next?

 If after reading the above you are interested in applying to become a governor, please contact the school. The school will let you know of any current vacancies and tell you how to apply. If you are a parent of the school you will be kept informed, along with other parents, of any vacancies for parent governor.

If you don't have a specific school in mind or have further questions contact the governor services team:

Governor Services, Northamptonshire County Council, County Hall, Northampton. NN1 1ED. 0300 126 1000