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Governors

What the Local Governing Body does:

The three core functions for governance in all academies are :

• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

• Holding the Executive Leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

• Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it's money is well spent.

Primary responsibility for these functions is held by the DNEAT Board of Trustees, but it delegates responsibilities to the Local Governing Body (LGB) of each academy via a document called a Scheme of Delegation.

Our Local Governing Body consists of up to 10 Trust Appointed Governors, 2 Parent Governors, 1 Staff Governor and the Headteacher.

The full LGB meets twice each term. There are also termly meetings for each of the sub-committees:

• Resources Committee (covering finance, premises, IT, health & safety)

Members - Mr Tuckwood, Miss Hemmings, Mr Stewart (Chair), Mrs Greenwood, Mrs Woodrow

• Standards & Curriculum (covering teaching, learning and safeguarding)

Members - Mr Tuckwood, Miss Hemmings (Chair), Mr Thompson, Miss Williamson, Mrs Morgan, Mrs Taylor

• Ethos & Community (covering RE, Christian distinctiveness, Collective Worship, engagement with staff, pupils, parents and community)

Members - Mr Tuckwood, Fr Ling (Chair), Miss Hemmings, Miss Foreman (RE Lead - invited)

School Governors

 Appointment Type

Business

Interests

Term

of office

Jill Hemmings

Chair of Governors

None

2018-22

Vacancy (KL Minster)

Incumbent Ex Officio

Vacancy

Trust Appointed Governor

 Mark Stewart

Parent Governor None 2016-20

Father Adrian Ling

Trust Appointed Governor -

All Saints Church

None

Mathew Tuckwood

Head Teacher

None

Abbie Williamson

Trust Appointed Governor

None

2019-23

Richard Thompson

Trust Appointed Governor

None

2019-23

 Kirstie Taylor

Staff Governor

None

2020-24

Rebekah Woodrow

Associate Governor

None

Melissa Morgan

Parent Governor

None

2019-23

Sunith de Fonseka

Trust Governor

None

2020-24

Mary Currie-Smith

Clerk to the Governors

None

 

Resume of Governors Work 2019-20

Resources Committee:

The year began where the previous one had left off.  Our focus for spending was centred around an improvement strategy for our SEN and vulnerable pupils enabling a plan to provide adequate learning provision and resources both in an upgrade to building facilities and pupil: teacher ratio. Work within the EYFS unit was a real priority and provision was made for extra speech and language learning and pupil social skills sessions. The fund allocated by outside sources to meet these needs is never near approaching the costs of putting these strategies into effect. Our strategic planning for building improvements which included SEN and Year 6 has been a long time in coming to fruition but we are, at the end of this summer term, a step closer to realising this for the coming year. Our Business Manager, returning from maternity leave, has worked very hard to enable this to happen. A sensory garden became a reality and during the summer holiday we are on track to improve the outdoor learning area for KS1 pupils. We always work within our allocated budget and this year extra sources were tapped to secure funding for the children mentioned above.

When the Corona Virus pandemic was announced we were keen to make sure that all necessary safety equipment and resources were available both in school and for teachers to enable home learning. Extra costs were inevitable but necessary.

Every year we are directed to make and approve a budget plan and with the enormous skill of the Business manager and Head Teacher we are able to be on schedule with spending for the three year focus strategy.

Standards and Curriculum Committee:

The committee have been referring to the impending new Ofsted framework. Strategic work was undertaken with the introduction of a new curriculum which serves to fulfil the new requirements. Some observations of writing were undertaken in January and a new depth and greater level of writing skills were beginning to show through. There are now more connective threads throughout the entire curriculum. Our work was curtailed here with the arrival of the pandemic but we have accepted that a recovery curriculum is in place for the new academic year. Monitoring of the SEN, pupil premium and EYFS was undertaken, the Sports Premium was reviewed at a meeting with the sports lead. Our meetings also included a monitoring review of science throughout the school and in a new way of monitoring for us, we undertook an early evening visit to a few classrooms to assess the display of progress with new curriculum initiatives.  SATs this year were not undertaken. There is regular joint monitoring of standards with Trustees from DNEAT in Academy Improvement Reviews, Head Teacher Management Reviews and Staff Teaching Reviews. The TA’s also have their own focus review.

 Ethos and Community Committee:

Final tweaks were made to the new School Vision statement and entry wall. These are now established and embedded in school life. The Values walls have also been updated. Collective worship continues to happen in a variety of ways with visits to local churches and regular visitors to assemblies. An R.E lesson focused around a wedding was enacted in All Saints Church which was a really fun way of learning about every aspect of this life event. Monitoring took place of the wedding, harvest and Christmas services, Christmas Nativity, Class assemblies and School Mass.  Unfortunately preparation for a Confirmation service was curtailed due to the pandemic. The school also reaches the wider community through charity fundraising days and makes good use of the facilities in the Town for a greater enrichment to the learning process.

Sadly, but necessarily, we said good bye to Father Chris from the Minster who has been a governor for 17 years. His presence around the school, wisdom, knowledge and skill will be greatly missed.

 Full Local Governing Body:

Much of what we have achieved has been reported above. We constantly fulfil our duties of challenging and supporting the Head Teacher and the work of the School. We make sure that every child and teacher has the resources they need to learn and deliver a full, rich and engaging curriculum in a safe and secure setting. We too, are constantly held to account by DNEAT for improvement plans and strategies. We constantly review and monitor policies from DNEAT and the school and make sure they are implemented justly and appropriately. We attend training for new educational initiatives and are held to account for the Safeguarding of all pupils at all times.

 As mentioned above, we said good bye to Fr. Chris and are now going through a lengthy process for the diocese to appoint an eventual successor. Our Staff governor stood down to take maternity leave and a replacement has been added to our board, Kirstie Taylor. At the beginning of the year we welcomed a new Parent Governor, Melissa Morgan and Richard Thompson reappeared as a Trust Appointed Governor having relinquished the role of Parent Governor. Kelly Bowen’s time of office is due to end but she has just been reappointed to continue her work with us in the future.

 Our later meetings this term have been held virtually, which was a new and successful experience for us. During the time of Covid the Chair was in regular (daily if not more) contact with the school monitoring the progress at every twist and turn. DNEAT, the DfE, NCC and NGA were sending guidance rapidly. We have survived.

J.Hemmings

July 2020

 

For further information on our Governors please click on the links below.

Scheme of Delegation

DNEAT Governance Arrangements

 

If you would like to know more about the Governing Body, please contact the school office on 01553 761001 or click here to find out more.

Details of our Trustees and their articles of Association can be found here.

DNEAT Accounts can be found here

 If you would like to send any correspondence to the governing body you can do so via the school office.