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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.

 

General information about the work of a school governing body, a guide to the laws affecting schools and governors and advice on how to become a school governor may be found by using the link below.

 http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/leadership/governance  www.governornet.co.uk

 Information for the Derbyshire  Local Offer can be found on the link below.

 http://www.derbyshiresendlocaloffer.org

Parent Elections 2019

 

 

Dear Parents/Carers

The Governing Body of Ambergate Primary School currently has a vacancy for three-parent governors. Being a governor is a very important yet rewarding role in our school.  Governors make a huge contribution to the effective leadership of our school.  Governors are involved in the school’s processes for self-evaluation and improvement planning. They drive the strategic direction of the school with the Headteacher but do not make the day to day decisions on how the school is run. Should you want further details of the role, please come and see me for an informal chat.

Please find attached the model county council letter and further documents, which may assist you in making a decision about whether to apply.

Many thanks

 

Paul Schumann

See attached sheet for more information

 

 

Ambergate Governing Body.

 

Name

Type of Governor/

appointed by

Term of office - start

 

Term of office - end

 

Business Interests / Material Interests Roles in other educational settings

Mrs. Jan Horner

 

 

Local Authority

 

October 2019

October 2023

None None

Mr. Paul Schumann

Headteacher

Appt’d by: Automatic

 

1st September 2014

 

None None

Mrs. Eve Poxton

 

Co-opted Governor

 

 

October 2019

October 2023

None None

Mrs Liane Marsh

 

 

Co-opted

 

 

 

September 2019

September 2023

None None

Mr Phil Mulchinock

 

Co-opted

 

 

September 2019

September 2023

None None

Mrs Pat Swift

Co-opted Governor

 

Appt’d by:

Board of Governors of Ambergate Primary School

15th March 2018

14th March 2022

None None

Mr. Steve Dashfield

Parent Governor

 

Appt’d by: Election by parents

October 2019

October 2023

None None

Mrs. Sarah Myers

Staff Governor

 

Appt’d by:

Election by staff

14th March, 2017

13th March, 2022

None None

Mrs. Delicia Tunnicliffe

Parent Governor

Appt’d by: Election by parents

 

October 2019

October 2023

None None
Mr. Alasdair Ford

Co-opted

 

Appt’d by:

Board of Governors of Ambergate Primary School

 September 2019 September 2023 None None
Mrs. Clare Labram

Parent Governor

Appt’d by: Election by parents

October 2019 October 2023 None None

Curriculum Committee 

  • Liane March (Chair)
  • Phil Mulchinock 
  • Paul Schumann 
  • Jan Horner
  • Sarah Myers
  • Pat Swift 
  • Alasdair Ford
  • Clare Labram
  • Deli Tunnicliffe

 

Resource Committee

  • Phil Mulchinock (Chair)
  • Liane Marsh
  • Steve Dashfield
  • Eve Poxton
  • Deli Tunnicliffe
  • 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:

 

Quality of Education.

Ensure that ALL children receive a high-quality education in all areas of the curriculum

Levels of attainment and progress for all groups of learners match that of the whole school average, (especially PP and Boys in English).

The curriculum meets statutory requirements.

Pupils are receiving a maths curriculum that enables mastery, greater depth through bold and engaging planning and delivery.

Levels of attainment and progress in all subjects are maintained across the school so that they at least match national expectations and previous three-year in school average.

 

Leadership and Management

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

All governors have received training appropriate to their role.

A curriculum is developed that prepares pupils for the 21st century.

The curriculum is broad and balanced and provides opportunities for pupils to extend their skills, knowledge, and outcomes.

The Curriculum meets statutory requirements.

  • The school’s statutory Equality obligations are met.
  • The school takes into account the main pressures on staff and enables staff to to develop effective professional relationships with colleagues.

 

 

Personal Development.

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.

RE and wider curriculum ensures that children are knowledgeable about other cultures and religions and are able to empathize with people from other backgrounds.

Children are exposed to and develop strategies to keep themselves mentally healthy

Pupils’ are able to talk confidently about their work and how they are able to problem-solve.

Children remain safe at school.

 

 

Behaviour and Attitudes.

Ensure that all pupil groups have high aspirations and that the school’s core values are further embedded.

Pupil Premium attendance is maintained

The school’s core values are embedded throughout the school.

 

The effectiveness of Early Years.

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

 

GLD is above National and Local GLD.

 

Parents are fully informed of pupil’s development and contribute to learning.

Maintenance:

Children’s development continues to be enhanced as a result of a highly stimulating and imaginative curriculum.

Board of Governors Procedures 2019-2020

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 2018/2019.

 

 

 

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