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Governors of The Federation of Middleham VA  and Spennithorne VC CE Primary Schools

 

 

 

THE ROLE OF THE GOVERNING BOARD

 

The role of the Governing Board is a key part of the leadership of our schools, albeit one that is often not fully understood by stakeholders in the community.

 

The government has high expectations of governing boards. They are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. For schools such as ours this is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of governing boards is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.

 

In all types of schools, governing boards should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

 

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

The governors bring a wide variety of experience and expertise to the school, and this helps ensure that the school is moving forward and standards are constantly raised in a way that is in line with the overarching ethos and vision of the school, along with the statutory directives from the Department of Education.

 

CONSTITUTION

 

In September 2018, the structure of the Governing Body was reconstituted in line with our new federation. The Governing Body now consists of;

 

  • two staff governors (the head and one other elected by staff)

  • three co-opted governors

  • two parent governors

  • one Local Authority governor

  • four foundation governors

 

COMMITTEE STRUCTURE

 

We have amalgamated the following committees into our  Full Governing Body meetings:

 

  • Personnel, Premises and Finance Committee

  • Curriculum and Standards 

There are still separate committees for

  • Pay Review Committee

  • Head Teacher’s Performance Review Committee

  • Committees to review pupil exclusion and complaints -hearings and appeals are convened on an ad hoc basis as the need arises

 

THE WORK OF THE GOVERNING BODY

 

1. School Development Plan

 

We play an important role in the production of the School Development Plan and the monitoring of its progress throughout the academic year.

 

2. Achievement of Pupils

 

Through our Governor Visits, half-termly meetings, termly Head Teacher reports and on-going review of the quantitative data (e.g. the School Performance data, Ofsted Dashboard) we know how the children are performing and where there are issues that need our input to address.

 

We look at the school’s academic performance against annual targets and longer-term trends, and benchmark our performance against national data and local schools as well as that of similar schools. We use this information to constructively challenge the Head Teacher and other school leaders in order to ensure that any potential problems are addressed in a timely way and successes celebrated. 

 

This ensures that throughout the year we know how we are performing against our priorities and targets.

 

3. Raising Standards of Teaching

 

At  Full Governing Board meetings we review anonymised data showing evidence pertaining to the quality of teaching within the school; this includes feedback from classroom observations carried out by the Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher, reports on the progress of specific groups of children and scrutiny of the children’s books. Overall, this allows us to track progress against our target that 100% of teaching is good or outstanding.

 

The Pay Review Committee reviews the Head Teacher’s evidence of staff performance against targets and uses this to determine the level of pay awards, if any, for individual members of staff.

 

4. Head Teacher’s Appraisal

 

The Governing Board carries out the annual appraisal of the Head Teacher; all members of the Head Teacher’s Appraisal Committee have received specific training to enable a thorough appraisal to be carried out.

 

The appraisal process allows us to look closely at the performance of the Head Teacher, have discussions about areas of strength and weakness and set new targets against which the Head Teacher’s performance will be reviewed.

 

This process has been a key enabler in improving pupil achievement, teaching standards and the overall leadership within the school.

 

5Staff recruitment

 

The Governing Board may be involved in key areas of staff recruitment.

 

Over and above the on-going review of staff performance, we pay particular attention to the performance and integration of newly recruited members of staff.

 

6. Financial Performance

 

Every year we agree a budget based on the funding we receive from NYCC and allocate spend in line with the priorities in the School Development Plan

 

At the termly Personnel, Premises and Finance Committee meetings we review spend against budget in order to ensure that the priorities are being focused on and that the financial sustainability of our school is maintained. 

 

We also plan and monitor capital investment in the infrastructure of the school. 

 

We constantly review our policies, processes and systems in line with the recommendations set out in the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS).

 

7. Statutory Duties

 

We are very mindful of our statutory duties as a Governing Board and over the course of the year we pay particular attention to Health and Safety requirements, staff and pupil welfare and Safeguarding.

 

 8. Governor visits

 

All governors visit the school regularly as part of the monitoring of the School Development  Plan and of specific subjects. Feedback on all visits is given to the Full Governing Board meetings and this allows all governors to be kept informed about progress, and also to be aware of any concerns that need to be addressed.

 

     

9. Governor training

 

All members of the Governing Board receive training and attend events run by external bodies; this allows us to keep up-to-date with our responsibilities with regards to the latest requirements and expectations., as well as local and national Best Practice.

 

 

 

 OUR INSTRUMENT OF GOVERNANCE IS AS FOLLOWS

  • 4 Foundation governors

  • 1 LA governor

  • 1 Staff governor

  • 2 Parent governors

  • 1 Head teacher

  • co-opted governors  ( One vacancy)

 

GOVERNOR INFORMATION

 

Governor & Associate Member Category

Date Declared

Term of Office

Body Appointed or Elected by

Position

Business Interest

Other Governor Role

Personal/ Family Interest

Committee Membership

(see below)

Attendance Academic Year

19/20

PLEASE NOTE, ON MEETING WAS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID LOCKDOWN 

Mrs L Sweeting

10/9/18

9/9/22

Diocese of Leeds

Chair

Nothing to declare

English

None declared

HT PM

4/5

Mr M Cade

10/9/18

9/9/22

Local Authority

 

Nothing to declare

Health and Safety

None declared

 

3/5

Rev J Payne

10/9/18

9/9/22

Diocese of Leeds

Vice Chair

Nothing to declare

Diocesan Matters

Maths

None declared

 

5/5

Rev L Moody

10/9/18

9/9/22

Diocese of Leeds

 

Nothing to declare

Diocesan Matters

RE/CW

None declared

 

5/5

Mrs A Clarke

10/9/18

9/9/22

Diocese of Leeds

 

Nothing to declare

Diocesan Matters

None declared

 

3/5

Dr T Boggis

10/9/18

9/9/22

Co-opted

 

Nothing to declare

Safeguarding

SEN

None declared

 

3/5

Mr S Wilmington

 27/1/20

9/9/24 

Co-opted

 

Nothing to declare

 

Children at school

 

3/3 

Mrs R Ibbotson

10/9/18

9/9/22

 Teaching Staff

Teacher

Nothing to declare

 

None declared

 

5/5

Mrs L Evans

NA

NA

Governing Body

Head Teacher

Nothing to declare

 

None declared

 

5/5

Mrs L Hall

10/9/18

9/9/22

Parents/Carers

 

Nothing to declare

Pupil Premium

 Children at school

HT PM

5/5

Mrs K Wheeler

10/9/18

9/9/22

Parents/Carers

 

Nothing to declare

EYFS

Children at school

 

5/5

Mrs R Crausay

11/4/19

10/4/23

Co-opted

 

Nothing to declare

Curriculum

Children at school

 

5/5

Mrs D Adams

 

 

 

Clerk to Governors

 

 

 

 

 5/5

 

 

Due to the small nature of the school, committees will be organised when the need arises and the availability of governors at the time of asking.

 

Governor Information Pack

 

 Click here for governor attendance in 16/17

Click here for governor attendance in 17/18

Click here for governor attendance in 18/19

Click here for governor attendance in 19/20

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