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Croft Church of England Primary School

Governing Body Organisation

Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors, and the work that we do. You can also read the minutes of our meetings and the annual statement which we prepare for parents at the end of the school year.

 

Our main role is to support the Head Teacher and staff. The phrase often used to describe this is ‘a critical friend’. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. The two key documents used for this are the School Self Evaluation (SEF) where we analyse our effectiveness against national standards and the School Improvement Plan (SIP) which identifies those areas which require improvement and how we will improve them.

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions are:

 

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

The Governing Body was reconstituted in September 2014. It consists of eleven governors:  one Local Authority Representative Governor, two Foundation Governors, four Parent Governors, two Co-opted Governors, the Head Teacher and one Staff Governor. There are three Associate Governors. Associate Governors may not vote.

This year the way in which the Governing Body arranges its meetings has changed. There will now be six full Governing Body meetings each year, one each half term and the majority of business will be conducted at these meetings. Panels of Governors will deal with duties such as the performance management of the Head Teacher.

All meetings are minuted by the Clerk to Governors, Mrs Sue Dent.

In addition governors may take on monitoring roles in school, for example, Special Educational Needs, Safeguarding or an aspect of the School Development Plan.

Governors attend training sessions to keep up to date with changes in schools and education. They visit school regularly to meet with the Head Teacher, members of staff and pupils.

 

Experience in education, finance, personnel, management and health are valuable to the Governing Body, however, the key attributes that Governors need are time, enthusiasm and an interest in education.

 

If you are interested in becoming a school governor please contact the Head Teacher or Clerk to Governors.

 

 

 

Croft Church of England Primary School

Governors

September 2017

Name

Type of Governor

Date of Appointment

 

Term of Office

Responsibilities

Business or Pecuniary Interests/  Governance roles in other schools

Relationship to other Governors/ school staff

Mrs Alison Russell

Co-opted

Appointed by GB

September 2017

 

1 Year

Chair of Governors.  Link Governor for Staffing, Leadership and Management and Quality and Standards of Education.

None

None

Vacancy

 

 

Foundation

Appointed by Diocese

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Viv Waugh

Foundation

Appointed by Diocese

May

2013

 

4 Years

Link Governor for RE and Collective Worship and Leadership and Management

None

None

Mr Paul Knapp

Parent

Elected by parents

September 2014

 

4 Years

Link Governor for Safeguarding, SRE and Drugs Education and PSE

None

None

Mrs Julia Clarke

 

 

Parent

Elected by parents

October 2017

 4 Years

 

None

None

Mrs Michelle Pattison

Parent

Elected by parents

September 2016

4 Years

Vice Chair Resources and Pay Performance. Link Governor for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

None

Yes

Mrs Denise Wilson Bainbridge

Parent

Elected by parents

September 2016

4 Years

Vice Chair of Governors School Development, Link Governor for Special Educational Needs, Pupil Premium and Early Years

None

None

Vacancy

 

 

Local Authority

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Derek Blenkharn

Co-opted

Appointed by GB

 

September 2013

4 Years

Link Governor for Buildings, Health & Safety, PE and Sports and Safeguarding.

Architect

None

Ms Georgie Sale

Associate Governor

Appointed by GB

April 2016

4 Years

Co - Chair of Governors , Link Governor for Quality and Standards of Education and Pupil Data.

None

None

 

Mrs Kath Jones

Associate Governor

Appointed by GB

 

January 2017

1 Year

Link Governor for RE and Collective Worship

None

None

Mr Simon Robson

Headteacher

January

2015

 

Ongoing

Overarching responsibility for Resources, Pay Performance and School Development

None

None

Mrs Gemma McManus

Staff

Elected by staff

September 2013

Annual

Link Governor for Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

 

None

None

 

Rev Jenni Lane

Foundation Ex Officio

Appointed  by Diocese

September 2014

 

Resigned February 2016

Link Governor for RE and Collective Worship

None

None

 

Mr Philip Thompson

Parent

Elected by parents

September 2013

 

4 Years

Resigned August 2016

Vice Chair of Governors. Link Governor for Global Dimension.

None

None

Mr David Smith

Parent

Elected by parents

March

2013

 

4 Years

Resigned August 2016

Link Governor for Special Educational Needs.

None

None

 

Ms Susan Thornton

Parent

Elected by parents

September 2013

 

4 Years

Resigned April 2017

Link Governor for Quality and Standards of Education.

None

None

Mrs Jean Evans

Associate Governor

Appointed by GB

 

September 2015

Resigned September 2017

4 Years

Link Governor for Literacy and Early Years

None

None

Mrs Sue Dent

Clerk to Governors

 

 

 

None

None

 

 

 

Governing Body attendance at meetings 2016 - 2017

Governor

Full Governing Body (6)

Alison Russell

6

Michelle Patterson

5

Paul Knapp

5

Denise Wilson- Bainbridge

6

Susan Thornton

2 Resigned May

Derek Blenkharn

3

Jean Evans

0 Illness

Viv Waugh

4

Kath Jones

3 Joined March

Simon Robson

6

Gemma McManus

6

Georgie Sale

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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