Downsview Community Primary School

Learning and Achieving Together

Governing Board

The Governing Board, Headteacher and senior staff form the school Leadership and Management team and share responsibility for the school.  The Governing Board must hold the school to account for the standards it achieves.  It must ensure that all resources (including the school budget and staff) are properly used to meet the needs of all children and provide value for money.  Governors help to develop the School Improvement Plan and are responsible for monitoring all aspects of its effectiveness in terms of outcomes for pupils.

Who are the Governors?

The Governing Board is made up of 4 groups who represent the stakeholders of the school: staff, parents, the community and the Local Authority.  This range of people is intended to provide a broad and balanced selection of viewpoints and to represent each sector of the school’s community. Governors are volunteers. An effective Governing Board will have members who have a wide range of experience and a variety of skills to offer their school. They typically have a term of office of for four years and during this time will have a variety of responsibilities.

Key roles of governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent 

 The constitution of the Downsview Governing Board is:

  • The Headteacher
  • 6 Co-opted Governors
  • 1 Local Authority (LA) Governor
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • 2 Parent Governors

The Governing Board has three main committees – the Resources Committee, the Partnerships Committee and the Achievement and Standards Committee.  Governors have monitoring and other individual responsibilities and report back to meetings on their activities.  During the Covid-19 outbreak governors are continuing to meet together and with the school community using a virtual meetings platform.

 These are the people in post, with their terms of office and governor responsibilities:

 

Term of office

Responsibilities

Headteacher

 

 

Richard Moore

01/09/19 -

Ex Officio Governor, member of all committees

Co-opted Governors

(1 vacancy)

 

Jo Penn

06/5/20 – 05/5/24

Vice Chair of Governors

Inclusion

Achievement and Standards Committee

Christine Allsop

20/5/20 – 19/5/24

Governor Development

Resources Committee

Headteacher’s Performance Management

James Elwood

13/03/19 – 12/03/23

Chair of Governors

Resources Committee

Headteacher’s Performance Management

Luke Donnellan

23/1/19 – 22/1/23

Safeguarding

Chair of Achievement and Standards Committee

Lead governor for SEND (working with Achievement and Standards Committee)

Emily Haswell

 

16/12/20 – 15/12/24

Health and Safety

Partnerships Committee

Resources Committee

Pay Committee

LA Governor

 

 

Margaret Moyle

22/5/19 – 21/5/23

Governor Monitoring

Achievement and Standards Committee

Pay Committee

Parent Governors

 

 

Andrew Lowden

18/3/19 – 17/3/23

Governor Recruitment

Chair of Resources Committee

Lead governor for Finance (working with the Resources Committee)

Headteacher’s Performance Management

Alicia Logan

4/10/21 – 3/10/24

Achievement and Standards Committee

Liaison with Friends of Downsview

Staff Governor

 

 

Karen Morgan

12/11/20 – 11/11/24

Website compliance

Partnerships Committee

Resignations this year

  • George Kalu 20/05/20 – 06/01/21
  • Alicia Logan (as Associate Member) 3/3/20 – 3/10/21

The Clerk to the Governors is Karen Fitzpatrick.

If you wish to contact the Governing Board please address correspondence to the Chair of Governors or the Clerk to Governors C/O the school. 

If you are interested in becoming a school governor please enquire at the school office and we will contact you to talk about what the role involves and the opportunities that are available.  At the present time we are very keen to recruit governors from the local community.

Business Interests

The governors declare their business interests annually and update them during the year if required.  There is a legal duty on all governors to declare any interest likely to lead to questions of bias when considering any item of business at a meeting and for the governor concerned to withdraw, if necessary, whilst the matter is considered.

This is the summary from September 2020 (including governors who have left within the last 12 months).

Governor

Business Interests

R Moore

None

C Taylor

None

J Elwood

None

C Allsop

None

M Moyle

Trust Governor at Horton Kirby School

On the local  governing body and Trust Challenge committee of Alethia Trust Academy Schools

Emily Haswell

None

Andrew Lowden

None

Luke Donnellan

None

Jo Penn

Trustee at Connect Schools Academy Trust

George Kalu

None

Karen Morgan

None

Alicia Logan

Member of Friends of Downsview

Employee Westview Playgroup

Governors’ Attendance at meetings 2020-21 Academic Year

(Updated annually)

 

Full Governing Board

Committees

Apologies accepted

James Elwood

7/7

5/5

0

Margaret Moyle

7/7

3/3

0

Christine Allsop

7/7

3/3

0

Emily Haswell

7/7

6/6

0

Luke Donnellan

6/7

2/2

1

Andrew Lowden

7/7

3/3

0

George Kalu

1/2

1/3

3

Jo Penn

7/7

2/2

0