Inspiring a Love for Lifelong Learning
'Governors ensure that leaders use extra funding to meet the needs of disadvantaged pupils effectively.'
'Governors are knowledgeable about the impact of this extra funding because they visit school frequently to check the effectiveness of leaders’ actions.' Ofsted 2018
"Governors work closely with other leaders. They provide good levels of support and challenge for the school." -
Ofsted December 2014
Central Government, quite rightly, has high expectations of all governing bodies and expects them to work to a competency framework. Governors are the strategic leaders of schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education and funds are wisely spent. This is underpinned by law, which states that the purpose of governing bodies is to: Conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school.
There are three core functions:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and performance management of staff; and overseeing the financial performance of the school, making sure its money is well spent.
To ensure Governors carry out these functions successfully, there is a framework of 16 competencies under six headings: strategic leadership, accountability, people, structures, compliance and evaluation.
From time to time all members of the Governing Body (GB) are expected to take part in a skills audit and there may external reviews of governance commissioned. This allows us to constitute the GB in line with the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012 and in line with the needs of this school. Governors have access to professional training to ensure their skills are kept up to date and are expected to take advantage of training courses open to them.
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The full Governing Body comprises 12 Governors: two elected Parent Governors, an elected Staff Governor, a Local Authority Governor, the Headteacher and the remainder Co-Opted Governors appointed by consensus of the Governing Body. Where vacancies arise from time to time, new Governors are identified and appointed (in the case of Co-opted and Local Authority Governors) or elected (in the case of Parent and Staff Governors). An election for a Staff Governor is to be held following the departure of Teresa Bailey from the role.
All our Governors are members of the Children and Learning Committee as all take a close interest in pupils’ well-being, education, progress and attainment. Governors have always regularly come into school in the day to spend time in classrooms and to meet with and hear from staff and children. This is no longer possible with covid-19 and instead they arrange virtual meetings. Meetings are followed through with written or verbal reports to a Governor meeting. Each term there has been an Achievement Day, where Governors spent the day in school on various tasks and projects, liaised with staff and fed back to the other Governors. This will continue virtually for now. To help advise the committee and to scrutinise detail in the data we have a small Data Sub-Group that reports up to Children and Learning Committee.
There is one other main committee, Resources, which among other things, deals with finance, spending, budget and property and health and safety matters. It meets three times a year with the School Business Manager. This too is for now held remotely.
Governors with the appropriate training sit on Appeals and Discipline Panels as and when necessary, and there is a Pay Committee and a Headteacher Appraisal Panel, with trained Governors.
Governors also visit in school more informally to attend events and get to know parents, staff and pupils. These activities currently are impacted by covid-19 and strict limitations on visiting in school.
In addition to attending Committees and Full Governing Body meetings, Governors have additional roles, meeting with subject leaders and taking a lead on aspects of teaching, learning and statutory responsibilities. The majority of this is now virtual.
Details for our Governors are as follows (in alphabetical order), with attendance figures for the previous academic year September 2019 - July 2020 and any declared conflicts of interest. There are normally six FGB meetings in an academic year, but during the year September 2019 to July 2020 there were eight - two additional special meetings to address covid-19 issues. Where Governors are not able to attend, they send apologies, which are minuted, and give reasons for their absence.
Dan Beedell, Elected Parent Governor, Term of office November 2019 to November 2023. Deputy Governor leading on Science, Technology and Engineering and on Humanities curriculum; Governor leading on Maths curriculum. No declared conflict of interests. Attended seven FGB meetings.
Margaret Bird, Co-opted Governor, term of office November 2017 - November 2021. Governor leading on Inclusion and Maths. No declared conflict of interests. Attended all FGB meetings.
Liz Down, Co-opted Governor and Chair of the Governing Body; term of office July 2018 to July 2022; declared an interest as Chair of Sing Spelthorne Community Choir; Governor responsible for liaison with the LA in the event of a child protection allegation against the Headteacher; Deputy Governor leading on Maths curriculum. Attended all FGB meetings.
Claire Dyson, Local Authority Governor; term of office April 2017 to April 2021; Child Protection and Safeguarding Governor; Deputy Governor leading on English; no declared conflict of interest; attended five FGB meetings.
Paul Goulden, Co-opted Governor, Vice-Chair of the Governing Body; term of office July 2018 to July 2022; Chair of Resources Committee; Governor responsible for Looked After Children; Governor leading on Science, Technology and Engineering curriculum; Deputy Governor leading on Inclusion; declared an interest as a Governor at the Marjory Kinnon School, Bedfont, Middx; attended all FGB meetings.
Johnny Kyriacou, Co-opted Governor, term of office July 2017 - July 2021; Chair of the Children and Learning Committee; Governor responsible for Disadvantaged Children; Governor leading on Humanities and deputy lead on Creative and Social curriculum; declared an interest relating to his professional role in school effectiveness for Slough Borough Council which may involve support for Governing Bodies; attended six FGB meetings.
Lynsey Makepeace, Assistant Headteacher and Special Education Needs Co-ordinator, Co-opted Governor, term of office July 2018 to July 2022; no declared conflict of interests; attended seven FGB meetings.
Graham Ledger, Elected Parent Governor, member of the Resources Committee, Deputy Governor with responsibility for Child Protection and Safeguarding; Governor leading on Creative and Social curriculum with a special interest in Computing and Science, Freedom of Information and Data Protection; term of office April 2017 - April 2021; no declared conflict of interests; attended seven FGB meetings.
Sayed Qadri, Co-opted Governor, member of the Resources Committee, Governor leading on English curriculum; Governor leading on the annual School Financial Value Standard; term of office October 2019 to October 2023; declared an interest with a relative working in school as a Teaching Assistant. Attended four FGB meetings.
Sarah Tarrant. Headteacher, term of office from September 2009; declared an interest with relative training in school; attended seven FGB meetings.
Attending at Full Governing Body and Children and Learning Committee meetings: Lucy Allen, Deputy Headteacher; Mel Wootton Assistant Headteacher.
In attendance at Resources Committee: Mrs Amanda Woods, School Business Manager, to present the budget and keep Governors informed about all financial matters throughout the school year.
In attendance at all formal meetings: Clerk to the Governing Body, Ms Jill Sanders, who draws up agendas and takes minutes.
Professional negligence statement:
Advice given by governors at this school is incidental to their professional expertise and is not being given in their professional capacity.
Governors respect the confidential nature of discussions and do not disclose governor business or decisions. When minutes of governing body meetings, Part 1, are approved they are made available to any member of the public who requests sight of them.
Governing Body Code of Conduct - please see attachment.
Open Meeting Protocol - Governors agreed on the principle of open meetings for the Full Governing Body, but for now there are no in-person meetings. When dates are known for meetings in school, they will be notified here.
Email for the Governing Body: email@example.com