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Welcome to our Governors' section. 


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

 

THE GOVERNING BODY

 

Chair of Governors Mrs P Bedford

Vice Chair of Governors Mr S Atkinson

 

LOCAL AUTHORITY APPOINTEE

Mr M Passfield

 

GOVERNORS ELECTED BY PARENTS OF PUPILS AT THE SCHOOL

Mrs L Brereton

Mr T Stainsby

 

FOUNDATION GOVERNORS

Rev. M Rose

Mr D Mckee

Mrs P Bedford

 

GOVERNOR ELECTED BY TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF

Mrs Pool

 

CO-OPTED GOVERNORS

Mrs J Dring

Mrs S Short Chair of Finance and Staffing Sub Committee

Mr S Atkinson Vice Chair, Chair of Curriculum and Standards Sub Committee

Mrs K Locke

Mrs C Markham

 

HEADTEACHER

Mr R Allen

 

CLERK TO GOVERNORS

Mrs H Atkinson

 

Governors serve on a variety of sub committees: finance and staffing, curriculum and standards, Performance Management and Progress Milestones Steering Group. Governors are appointed for four years; the Chair and Vice-Chair are elected annually. Full Governing Body meetings are held a minimum of once a term (6 a year) as are the sub committee meetings (for finance and staffing and curriculum and standards).

 

The table below sets out the roles of our Governors, their terms of office and if they have any register of interests. Blank means that they have no register of interests.

Name

Type of Governor

Who appointed them

Committee positions

Term of Office

Register of Interest

Mrs Penelope Bedford

Foundation Governor

The Church

Chair of Governing Body, Member of Curriculum & Standards Sub Committee

Oct 2013 – Sep 2017

 

Cllr. Patricia Bradwell

Local Authority Governor

Nominated by the Local Authority but appointed by the Governing Body

Chair of Finance & Staffing sub committee, Progress Milestones Steering Group member, Foundation Stage Governor

Sep 2014 – Aug 2018Stepped down from the Governing body on 2.11.16

Governor at Carre Dyke Federation and I also have an interest as the Executive Councillor for Children’s Services – as the decision maker for education in Lincolnshire

Mr Steven Atkinson

Co-Opted Governor

The Governing Body

Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Curriculum & Standards sub committee, Progress Milestones Steering Group, PE Governor

June 2015 – May 2019

 

Mrs Sarah Short

Co-Opted Governor

The Governing Body

Member of Finance & Staffing sub committee, Progress Milestones Steering Group, Health & Safety Governor

June 2015 – May 2019

 

Mrs Karen Handley

Co-Opted Governor

The Governing Body

Vice Chair Curriculum & Standards sub committee

June 2015 – May 2019Stepped down from the Governing Body on 20.10.16

 

Mrs Jacqui Dring

Co-Opted Governor

The Governing Body

Member of Curriculum & Standards sub committee, SEND Governor

June 2015 – May 2019

 

Mr Mike Passfield

Co-Opted Governor and changed to be LA Governor Feb 17

The Governing Body

Member of Finance & Staffing sub committee

June 2015 – May 2019

 

Rev. Mike Rose

Ex Officio Foundation Governor

The Church – by virtue of role as vicar of St Michael’s Church

Member of Curriculum & Standards sub committee

From 2012

 

Mr David McKee

Foundation Governor

The Church

Member of Finance & Staffing sub committee

Sep 2014 – Aug 2018

 

Mr Tom Stainsby

Parent Governor

Elected by parents/carers

Member of Finance & Staffing sub committee

Feb 2014 – Jan 2018

 

Mrs Leanne Brereton

Parent Governor

Elected by parents/carers

Member of Curriculum & Standards sub committee

September 2016 – Aug 2020

 

Mrs Lindsay Mayhew

Parent Governor

Elected by parents/carers

Member of Curriculum & Standards sub committee

June 2013 – May 2017Stepped down from Gov Body 21.3.16

 

Mrs Kathryn Locke

Co-opted Governor

The Governing body

Member of Curriculum & Standards sub committee

February 2017 – Jan 2021

Parish Councillor

Mrs Claire Markham

Co-opted Governor

The Governing body

Member of Finance & Staffing sub committee

March 2017 – Feb 2021

 

Mrs Claire Pool

Staff Governor

Elected by school staff

 

May 2015 – Apr 2019

 

Mr Richard Allen

Head Teacher

Member of Gov Body by virtue of his office

 

 

 

 

Mr Steven Atkinson is married to the Clerk to the Governors, who is also employed by the school as a librarian and teaching assistant.

 

Membership of Governor Sub Committees 2016-17

Finance and Staffing

Tuesday at 19:00

Curriculum and Standards

Thursday at 09:00

Cllr P Bradwell (Chair)until stepped down from Governing Body 2.11.16

S Atkinson (Chair)

S Short (elected Chair after Cllr Bradwell stepped down from the Governing Body)

Rev M Rose

D McKee

P Bedford

T Stainsby

L Brereton

M Passfield (Vice chair)

J Dring

C Markham

K Locke

 

Head teacher Performance Management

Progress Milestones Steering Group (Morning Meetings)

Cllr P Bradwell until stepped down from Governing Body 2.11.16

S Atkinson

P Bedford

Cllr P Bradwell until stepped down from Governing Body 2.11.16. P Bedford

Rev M Rose

S Short

 

Chairs of each sub-committee to present a report to full governors outlining, what was discussed, what decisions were taken and any recommendations for governors approval. All governors will receive minutes of all meetings.

Please click on the link below to obtain a copy of our Instrument of Government

 

Instrument of Government

 

Categories of Governor Explained

 

Parent governors

Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school. Any parent, or carer, of a registered pupil at the school at the time of election is eligible to stand for election as a parent governor. Parent governors may continue to hold office until the end of their term of office even if their child leaves the school.

 

Staff governors

Teaching and support staff who, at the time of election, are employed by either the governing body or the local authority to work at the school under a contract of employment, are eligible to be staff governors.

Staff governors are elected by the school staff. They cease to hold office when they cease to work at the school.

 

The headteacher

The headteacher is a member of the governing body by virtue of their office.

 

Local authority governors

Local authority governors are nominated by the local authority but appointed by the governing body. The local authority can nominate any eligible person as a local authority governor, but it is for the governing body to decide whether their nominee has the skills to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school and meets any other eligibility criteria they have set.

 

Co-opted governors

Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body. They are people who in the opinion of the governing body have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

 

Foundation governors

Foundation governors are either appointed or take the role by virtue of an office that they hold.

Where appointed the appointment is made by the person identified in the instrument of government (in our case the church). A foundation governor is someone who, in the opinion of the person entitled to appoint them, has the skills to contribute to effective governance and success of the school, and who is appointed for the purpose of securing:

  • In all cases, that the school’s character (including religious character) is preserved and developed; and
  • That the school is conducted in accordance with the foundation’s governing documents.

 

Governing Body Requirements for all maintained schools as set out in ‘The constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools’ August 2015

The governing body must not be smaller than seven members, and must include:

  • at least two parent governors (we have two);
  • the headteacher unless the headteacher resigns as a governor;
  • one, and only one, staff governor (we have one);
  • one, and only one, local authority governor (we have one); and
  • The governing body may appoint as many additional co-opted governors as they consider necessary. However, the number of co-opted governors who are eligible to be elected or appointed as staff governors under Schedule 2 must not, when counted with the one staff governor and the headteacher, exceed one-third of the total membership of the governing body.

There is no upper limit but governing bodies should have regard to this statutory guidance in deciding their size.

 

Additional requirements for voluntary schools (We are a voluntary controlled school)

In addition to the requirements above, voluntary schools are required to have foundation governors as follows:

  • voluntary controlled schools must have at least two foundation governors (we have three).

 

The table below shows Governor Attendance at Meetings in 2014-15 and 2015-16

 

Governor Attendance for 2014-15

 

Governor Attendance for 2015-16

 

FGB

C&S

F&S

 

FGB

C&S

F&S

P Bedford

6/6

5/5

   

6/6

4/4

 

P Bradwell

3/6

 

3/3

 

3/6

 

1/1

S Atkinson

4/6

4/5

   

5/6

2/4

 

J Dring

5/6

3/5

   

6/6

4/4

 

K Handley

3/6

3/5

   

4/6

2/4

 

M Rose

4/6

0/5

   

4/6

0/4

 

L Mayhew

1/6

0/5

   

1/5

0/3

 

S Short

2/6

 

1/3

 

4/6

 

1/1

T Stainsby

5/6

 

2/3

 

5/6

 

0/1

D McKee

2/6

 

1/3

 

3/6

 

0/1

M Passfield

3/6

 

1/3

 

3/6

 

1/1

C Manders

3/4

     

4/6

   

R Allen

6/6

5/5

3/3

 

6/6

4/4

1/1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FGB

Full Governing Body

 

 

 

 

C&S

Curriculum and Standards sub committee

 

 

F&S

Finance and Staffing sub committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Role of the School Governor

 

School Governing Bodies

All state maintained primary, secondary and special schools, are accountable to their
governing bodies, which in turn are accountable to parents and the community. Parent and
staff representatives are elected to the governing body; the local authority appoints
governors to the governing body and the relevant faith bodies appoint foundation governors
in faith schools. In addition the governing body can appoint its own community governors,
and it is traditionally these posts which the governing body uses to cover skills gaps, hence
these posts often being offered to governors from the business community. Increasingly
local authority appointment panels also look to the skills set of their appointees.

 

The Value of School Governance

Governing bodies make decisions which are in the best interests of the children and young
people. Keeping the decision making as close as possible to those that are affected by the
decisions makes for sound and efficient leadership and governance. The current
government’s commitment to the ‘Big Society’ supports this, and the school governance
model fits into this concept neatly. Fulfilling the role of a school governor is, therefore, both
a serious undertaking and enormously rewarding. Not only do governors bring their own
knowledge and skills to the role, but, in learning how schools are run, they often develop
their understanding of leadership. The majority of employers appreciate this and are
supportive of their staff taking on the responsibility. In addition, contributing to the growth
and development of a school and seeing tangible improvements in the attainment and well
being of the children is a satisfying and important contribution to the local community.

 

The Role of the Governing Body
The governing body is responsible for the conduct of its school, and must promote high
standards of educational achievement at the school. It is the school’s accountable body and
as such:
• provides a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the
purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework. It appoints
and performance manages the headteacher, agreeing the school improvement
strategy which includes setting statutory targets with supporting budgets and
staffing structures;
• monitors and evaluates the work of the school by reviewing the performance of
the headteacher, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards
targets, and the effectiveness of the school improvement strategy;
• signs off the self evaluation process and responds to school improvement service
and Ofsted reports as necessary. In addition it holds the headteacher to account
for the performance of the school and ensures that parents are involved,
consulted and informed as appropriate, with information to the community being
made available as required.
In order to do this, governors need to gain knowledge of how their school operates through
training, by attending meetings, and by getting to know their school community, for example
through a small number of visits to the school during the school day.
Governors need to work together as a team, under the leadership of the Chair of the
governing body. Most governing bodies require their governors to sign a code of practice,

 

Meetings
Governing bodies are required to meet formally a minimum of three times a year. Meeting
dates are usually set well in advance and meetings generally last between two and three
hours. Governors are expected to be well prepared for these meetings and attendance is
expected, with apologies only for good reasons. Some governing bodies will also have an
annual ‘away day’ type event to review the previous year’s strategy, and to set the following
year’s priorities.

 

Other Commitments
Many governing bodies meet more frequently than this, and most also delegate work to
committees and/or working parties and task groups which meet between the governing body
meetings. Governors will be expected to play a full role in agreeing how their governing
body works, and then in supporting this. In addition some governors volunteer to fulfil
specific roles, such as being the Special Educational Needs governor, or the Health and
Safety governor, or the link governor for a particular year or subject.
Most governors arrange a couple of shorter visits to school and classrooms focusing on key
priorities so that they can see how the school is addressing issues identified for
development. In addition, informal visits to special events such as drama productions and
sports day are generally encouraged.

 

Skills and Training
Governors do not need specific skills, but many of the tasks they are required to undertake
can benefit from general business knowledge such as understanding management systems,
budget planning and HR functions.
Local authorities are required to ensure that training for governors is available and most
governing bodies buy into their local authority training packages (which may include online
learning) to ensure that governors are properly inducted to their role and trained for specific
tasks such as appointing the headteacher and then carrying out the headteacher’s
performance review. In addition a number of other training opportunities are available
through a range of providers including Teachers TV which broadcasts programmes
specifically aimed at governors.
Many governing bodies also belong to a local independent governor association, and join the
national representative body, the National Governors’ Association. It is often through these
channels that governors develop their knowledge of wider issues affecting schools.

 

Support for Governors
Each governing body must have a clerk who both advises and services the governing body.
All governing bodies should have a comprehensive expenses’ policy which covers out of
pocket costs including those incurred caring for dependents. Loss of earnings is not
covered, but employers are required to release employees in order for them to conduct their
governor role. Release may, however, be unpaid.

 

For further information on becoming a school governor

http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/leadership/governance/becomingagovernor

 

 

 

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