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Governing Board

The Governing Board together with the Headteacher and senior staff, forms 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 form 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 serve 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 Governing Board is:

 The Headteacher

4 Co-opted Governors

1 Local Authority (LA) Governor

1 Staff Governor

2 Parent Governors

The Governing Board operates the Circle model of governance.  Governors have monitoring and other individual responsibilities.  Governors report back to the full board on their activities.

 There is one Associate Members on the board. 

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

 

Term of office

Responsibilities

Consultant Headteacher

 

 

Catherine Tayloe

Ex-officio

Member of all committees

Co-opted Governors

(2 vacancies)

 

Hopelin Appleton

13/07/16 – 12/07/20

Headteacher’s Performance Management

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Christine Allsop

13/07/16 – 12/07/20

Headteacher’s Performance Management

Safeguarding/Child Protection

2 vacancies

 

 

LA Governor

 

 

Margaret Moyle

01/07/15 – 30/06/19

Vice Chair of Governors

Responsible for Governor Monitoring

Headteacher’s Performance Management

Pay Committee

Parent Governors

 

 

James Elwood

12/01/16 – 11/01/20

Chair of Governors

 

Emily Haswell

 

24/6/17 – 23/6/21

Local community

Pay Committee

Staff Governor

 

 

Vacancy

 

 

Associate Members

 

 

Colin Cooper

1/5/18 – 31/4/22

Health and Safety

 

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.

 Business Interests

 The governors declare their business interests annually and update them during the year if required.  This is the summary from September 2018 (governors who left the board during the last 12 months are included).

Governor

Business Interests

H Appleton

None

A McGarrigle

None

J Elwood

Parent Governor at East Stour Primary School

C Allsop

None

M Moyle

Governor at Horton Kirby Primary School

R Selby

None

K Jenner

None

Emily Haswell

None

Colin Cooper

None

 

Governors’ Attendance at meetings 2017-18 Academic Year

 

Full Governing Board

Committees

Hopelin Appleton

4/6 + 2 apologies

N/A

James Elwood

6/6

N/A

Margaret Moyle

6/6

2/2

Christine Allsop

6/6

N/A

Kim Jenner

4/6 + 2 apologies 

N/A

Emily Haswell

6/6

2/2

Colin Cooper

4/4

N/A