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Governing Body

Meet the Governing Body

 

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’ to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.

 

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the headteacher, staff and the local authority. Whilst the headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings, and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

 

A full review, in the form of an impact statement, will be produced by the Governing Body at the end of the academic year to review the school’s progress towards the identified school improvement priorities.

Ambergate Governing Body.

 

Name

Type of Governor/

appointed by

Term of office - start

Term of office - end

 

Mrs Angela Ward

 

Co-opted Governor

 

Appt’d by:

Local Authority

 

4 May 2014

RESIGNED

16 January 2018 (Spring)

Mr Paul Schumann

Headteacher

Appt’d by: Automatic

 

1st September 2014

 

Dr Robert Rantzen

Co-opted Governor

 

Appt’d by:

Board of Governors of Ambergate Primary School

 

17th March, 2015

16th March, 2019

Mrs Liane Marsh

Parent Governor

 

Appt’d by:

Elected by parents

 

19th November 2015

18th November 2019

Mr Phil Mulchinock

Parent Governor

 

Appt’d by:

Election by parents

 

 

19th November, 2015

18th November, 2019

Mrs Pat Swift

Co-opted Governor

 

Appt’d by:

Board of Governors of Ambergate Primary School

 

15th March 2018

14th March 2022

Mr Barry Parker

Parent Governor

 

Appt’d by: Election by parents

 

13th March 2017

12th March, 2021

Mrs Sarah Myers

Staff Governor

 

Appt’d by:

Election by staff

 

14th March, 2017

13th March, 2022

Mrs Wendy McCristal

Co-opted Governor

 

Appt’d by:

Board of Governors of Ambergate Primary School

15th March, 2018

14th March 2022

Curriculum Committee 

  • Liane March (Chair)
  • Phil Mulchinock 
  • Paul Schumann 
  • Barry Parker
  • Sarah Myers
  • Pat Swift 

 

Resource Committee

  • Phil Mulchinock (Chair)
  • Liane Marsh
  • Robert Ranzten 
  • Angela Ward
  • Wendy McCristal 
  • Paul Schumann

 

Performance Management and Pay Committee

  • Phil Mulchinock (Chair)
  • Liane Marsh 

School Improvement Priorities 2018-2019

 

The governing body and headteacher have highlighted the following key priorities for the school to work towards this year:

 

Overall effectiveness (Quality of standards)

Continue to maintain and further develop standards in reading, writing, maths, and the foundation subjects through the development of the school curriculum.

  • Identify areas for curriculum development.
  • Headteacher and senior teacher attend relevant CPD and ensure that CPD is cascaded across the school
  • Our curriculum is developed.
  • Redevelop the curriculum in the EYFS setting.
  • Develop a monitoring system so that teachers new to their classes are able to ensure that the cornerstones of our recent success are embedded.
  • Reading: Target cards, guided sessions, home-school partnership, reciprocal reading, assessment procedures.
  • Writing: Half-termly assessments, learning journeys, target cards, vocabulary for writing, spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Boy readers and writers in year 1 are targeted.
  • Maths: Develop children's targets, calculation policy, parental engagement.
  • Pupil premium children across the school.
  • Boy writers in year 6 are targeted.

 

Leadership and Management

Leaders and governors have created a culture that enables all pupils and staff to excel. 

 

  • Join the National Governor Association.
  • Governors broaden knowledge and experience of how partner school operates.
  • Governors are able to chair committee meetings to better understand the role of the chair.
  • Governors attend DCC induction training
  • Forest schools is introduced to the school
  • STEM links are made
  • Staff audit current curriculum and further developed
  • Links made with local community businesses
  • External visits and guests are brought into the school to further enrich the curriculum Develop a parent’s forum group.
  • Use the website as a tool to engage and inform parents.
  • Hold curriculum parent meetings.
  • Train governors in parental engagement.

 

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

Further, develop the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural and inclusivity ethos of the school to ensure all pupils’ are equipped to be thoughtful, caring and active citizens in school and in wider society.

  • Links are made outside of Ambergate with different cultures, faiths, and contexts.
  • Learning opportunities outside the classroom are utilised across all classes.
  • Peer 2 Peer is further developed.
  • Be a mate resources are utilised.
  • A PSHE programme of study is audited and developed.
  • Further, develop the use of growth mindset and the school’s core values within the school.
  • All pupils are able to represent the school through sporting activities, regardless of ability.
  • Pupils represent the school at the Halle Orchestra event.
  • Pupils visit local churches/businesses as part of their learning.

Pupils engage in trips outside of their community.

Safeguarding audit to be carried out to identify priorities for safeguarding action plan

 

 

 

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment

To enable the quality of teaching not to be judged as less than good and the proportion of outstanding teaching continues to improve.

  • Relevant staff receive appropriate CPD.
  • Staff meeting time is used for the development of the assessment system.
  • External and internal moderation takes place.
  • Reading: Target cards, guided sessions, home-school partnership, reciprocal reading, assessment procedures.
  • Writing: Half-termly assessments, learning journeys, target cards, vocabulary for writing, spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Maths: Child targets, calculation policy, parental engagement.
  • Teachers receive training on how to use their support staff.
  • Teaching assistants receive performance management.
  • Teaching staff receive appropriate training.

The effectiveness of Early Years

To ensure children in Early Years make consistently high rates of progress in relation to their starting points.

  • Identify vulnerable children that are at risk of not making GLD and ensure accelerated progress is made (BOYS are target group).
  • Maintain strong links with pre-school to aid transition and the recording of pupils’ progress.
  • Consolidate Tapestry as an EYFS tool for tracking and communicating development with parents and carers.
  • Audit equipment and learning space and purchase items required to progress learning.
  • Embed using the local woods and forest schools activities fortnightly into the curriculum.
  • A new rich and creative curriculum is provided for EYFS.

 

Board of Governors Procedures 2017-2018

Election of Chair and Vice-Chair

When a vacancy occurs through resignation (or will occur, following the end of a term of office) the Clerk will write to all governors seeking nominations. Nominations will close at least seven days before the next meeting of the Board of Governors. Candidates will be named on the agenda for the meeting, along with the name of the governor proposing them. Only if no nominations have been received by the deadline will nominations be sought at the meeting. In the event of a contested election, voting will be by a show of hands for which candidates will leave the meeting.

The term of Office of the Chair and Vice-Chair

The Chair and Vice Chair will be elected until the beginning of the first meeting that takes place after the expiry of one year from their election. However, if a governor is elected Chair or Vice-Chair and their term of office as a governor is shorter than this, their term of office as Chair or Vice Chair will expire at the end of their term of office as a governor.

Appointment of the Clerk to the Board of Governors

Recruitment and selection of a Clerk will be undertaken in the same manner as other staff of the school, however, as with Headteacher appointments, the Board of Governors will meet to approve the proposed appointment, in advance of an offer of employment being made.

Associate Members

The Board of Governors can appoint associate members. The term of office for an associate member of the Board of Governors will be one year from the date of their appointment.

Associate members may not vote at meetings of the Board of Governors; or at any committee on any decision concerning admissions, pupil discipline, election or appointment of governors, or the budget and financial commitments of the Board of Governors.

Right to attend Meetings of the Board of Governors

Governors, associate members of the Board of Governors (and the Headteacher, should they choose not to take the place reserved for them on the Board of Governors) have a right to attend meetings of the Board of Governors. Invitations to others to attend meetings of the Board of Governors will be agreed by the Board of Governors itself or by the Chair if a need arises between meetings.

Board of Governors Meetings

The Board of Governors will usually meet on Mondays or Tuesdays at 18.15. During the Summer Term of each school year, the Board of Governors will agree on the main meeting schedule for the coming year. This will consist of one meeting each term. Finance, Premises & Personnel and Pupils and Curriculum Committees will meet the week before, or two weeks before, Board of Governors meetings.

 

 

Other meeting dates will be agreed by the Board of Governors or by the Chair if a need arises between meetings.

Quorum

The quorum for meetings of the Board of Governors is 50% (rounded up) of the current membership.

Declaration of Interests

Each governor must declare, at the start of any meeting, if they have a pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest in any item shown on the agenda. They must also declare if any such interest exists in any item raised within the meeting.

Minutes and Papers

As a matter of routine, all discussions that identify individual pupils, staff, job applicants or parents will be recorded confidentially and not be available for inspection. The Board of Governors may determine that any other item of business will be confidential if this is in the best interests of the school.

Committees of the Board of Governors

The Board of Governors has established the following committees:

Finance, Premises & Personnel

Pupils and Curriculum (covering all matters relating to curriculum including ICT, school policies & SEN)

The Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee acts as the formal Safety Committee of the school.

The Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee will appoint three members, when required, to act as the First Committee in respect of all staffing, admissions and discipline matters.

The Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee also appoints three of its members to act as the performance management governors for the Headteacher.

Membership of each committee will be determined by the Board of Governors (but only members and associate members of the Board of Governors will serve on Committees). The quorum for meetings of Board of Governors Committees shall be three governors.

Each committee will elect a Chair and must appoint a Clerk. Committees may determine who may attend their meetings, but not change committee membership. The Headteacher has a right to attend all committee meetings.

Delegated Powers of Committees

The Board of Governors has delegated powers to the following committees.

Where the Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee deals with matters relating to pay etc. of individuals those members who are members of the school staff will withdraw from the meeting.

 

Finance, Premises & Personnel

To act as the Safety Committee of the School.

To recommend the annual budget to the Board of Governors.

To monitor the annual budget on a regular basis with feedback to the Board of Governors.

To be responsible for the receipt of tenders and to make a recommendation to the Board of Governors.

To spend (within agreed budget and delegated authority) capital and revenue monies on the school site.

To move funds between budget headings (subject to delegated authority)

To spend within agreed budget and delegated authority.

To delegate staff appointments to an Appointments Panel (consisting of the Headteacher or Assistant Headteacher, and the Chair or Vice-Chair and one other governor where possible).

To undertake consultation with trade unions on behalf of the Board of Governors.

To determine salaries and other matters delegated to it through the school’s Pay Policy.

To act as the First Committee for matters outlined in the section above.

To appoint governors to undertake the Headteachers performance review.

Pupils and Curriculum

To approve all curriculum polices.

To spend (within agreed budget and delegated authority) capital and revenue monies in relation to ICT.

 

Governor Attendance.

 

 

Governor's Name

                 

 

Pupil & Curriculum Committee

Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee

Full Board of Governors

Pupil & Curriculum Committee

Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee

Full Board of Governors

Pupil & Curriculum Committee

Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee

Full Board of Governors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18.7.2017

6.6.2017

25.4.2017

21.3.2017

7.2.2017

17.1.2017

13.12.2016

8.11.2016

20.9.2016

Dr R Rantzen

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Mrs L Oram

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Mrs S Myers

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Mrs L Marsh

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Mr P Mulchinock

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Mr D Brabiner

 

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Mrs A Ward

 

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Mr P Schumann

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Mrs P Swift

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Mrs W McCristal

 

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Mr B Parker

 

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Mr T Brooks

 

 

 

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