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Governors

Hello and welcome, 

Many people may have read about, and be familiar with, the idea of school governors, but may not be familiar with what they do, how they work, and who they are.

This is a short introduction specifically about the governing body of Langley Mill Church of England Infant School and Nursery and how it works with the staff to ensure the best possible educational environment for our children.

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of

Langley Mill Church of England Infant School and Nursery (September 2018 to July 2019)

Core functions of the Governing Body
In accordance with the government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of Langley Mill Church of England Infant School and Nursery Governing Body are:

1. Establishing the strategic direction, by:
• Setting the vision, values, and objectives for the school
• Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets
• Meeting statutory duties

2. Ensuring accountability, by:
• Appointing the Headteacher
• Monitoring progress towards targets
• Performance managing the Headteacher
• Engaging with stakeholders
• Contributing to school self-evaluation

3. Ensuring financial probity, by:
• Setting the budget
• Monitoring spending against the budget
• Ensuring value for money is obtained
• Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed

Governance arrangements
The Governing Body of Langley Mill Church of England Infant School and Nursery was reconstituted in September 2018 and now consists of up to ten governors, each with a four-year term of office:

• 2 parent governors
• 1 Local Authority governor
• 1 staff governor
• 1 headteacher
• 2 foundation governors
• 3 co-opted governors

There is a two-committee structure in place that focuses on specific areas of governance:

Resource Management Committee (RMC)

• Focuses on: Effectiveness of Leadership and Management.
• Considers matters relating to: Finance; Personnel; Health and Safety and Premises.
• Serve on the groups below as required:
• Admissions
• Exclusions
• Extended Services
• Pay & Performance Management
• Publicity and Marketing

Teaching and Learning Committee (TLC)

Focuses on: Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment; Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare; Outcomes for Pupils and Effectiveness of Early Years.
Considers matters relating to: Curriculum; SEN, Disabilities and Medical Conditions; Home/School and Community Links; Exclusions and Attendance.
Serve on the groups below as required:
• Complaints
• Performance Management Review & Threshold
• Staff & Parent Appeals

Skills, Knowledge and Experience
In order to contribute to effective governance and the success of the school, governors hold a range of skills, knowledge and experience within the following areas:

• Leading the development of strategic plans
• Identifying viable options most likely to achieve the school’s goals and objectives
• Having a clear understanding of best financial management practices and school performance
• Understanding the school’s statutory financial management requirements
• Understanding budget setting and budget monitoring
• Understanding the importance of communicating the school’s performance to stakeholders
• A commitment to the school and the work of the governing body
• Presenting information and views clearly and influentially to others

Attendance record of governors
The Governing Body has a programme of meetings throughout the school year.  A record is kept by the clerk to the Governing Body, of governors’ attendance at meetings, details of which can be found on the information given for each individual governor below.

Meetings need to be ‘quorate’ to ensure that decisions can be made (Quorum = half of the whole governing body for full meetings and half of each committee for committee meetings).

Work carried out in committees and in the Governing Body meetings over the 2017-18 academic year

  • Continued to monitor, challenge and sustain attendance and punctuality levels across school.
  • Ensured safeguarding and child protection remained paramount and embedded in all school policies and procedures.
  • Undertook regular monitoring and evaluation visits to review the impact of actions on the School Improvement Plan.
  • Attended whole school events to view policies and procedures in action (e.g. assemblies, trips, fundraising events, concerts).
  • Ensured that the allocated budget supported priorities and targets in the School Improvement Plan and monitored spending against agreed plans.
  • Monitored and evaluated how Pupil Premium and School Sports Funding was spent to ensure best practice and make the most impact on standards.
  • Developed the governor recruitment process and successfully recruited new members with adequate skills to fulfil roles and functions effectively.
  • Ensured that British values are explicitly taught and continually embedded across all areas of school life.
  • Ensured performance management procedures are effective in raising standards.

Strategic planning for the future

  • Review and develop the school’s vision, mission statement and aims, in line with the new SIAMS framework.
  • Regularly review progress towards achieving targets in the School Improvement Plan related to ensuring quality interactions for conduct behaviours, learning behaviours, challenge and questioning.
  • Continue to monitor and evaluate Ofsted identified priorities of accelerating progress in key stage one, especially for boys, and improving handwriting and presentational skills across the school.
  • Systematically seek and act on the views of parents/carers and pupils on a range of issues, including behaviour and safety.

NB – work carried out in committees and full Governing Body meetings is captured in approved minutes which are available to view on written request to the Business Manager and Clerk to Governors, Mrs Rivington.

Regards,

Mr A. Whysall – Chair of Governor

Meet the Governors

Name: Karen Scrivens

Position: Headteacher

Date of appointment: 01.03.09

Term of office: 01.03.09 -to date

Appointed by: N/A

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Non

Governance roles in other educational institutions: Non

Attendance at meetings 2017-18: 9/9

Committee(s): Teaching and Learning and Resource Management

Position of responsibility: Appraisal/Pay

Curriculum area(s): English/PSHE/RE/CW/SMSC/Art and Design/Music

Name: Susan Rivington
Position: Clerk to the Governing Body

Name: Diane Goulding

Position: Co-opted Governor

Date of appointment: 01.09.15 – 31.08.19

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by: Governors

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Stepson is a contract worker to Steve Walters Maintenence (worker used by school) 

Governance roles in other educational institutions: Non

Attendance at meetings 2017-18: 4/7

Committee: Teaching and Learning

Position of responsibility: Parents and Community

Curriculum area: PSHE

Name: David Fidler

Position: Local Authority Governor

Date of appointment: 01.05.18 – 01.05.22

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by: Local Authority

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Grandparent to pupils attending school

Governance roles in other educational institutions: Non

Attendance at meetings 2017-18: New to post

Committee: Resource Management 

Position of responsibility: Health and Safety/Premises

Curriculum area(s):  Maths/PE and School Sport

Name: Claire Jones

Position: Associate Member (can attend full Governing Body Meetings and request any information but does not have a  right to vote at the meetings. At committee meetings can be given the right to vote on some, all or no matters)

Date of appointment: 01.09.17 – 01.09.21

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by: Governors

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Non

Governance roles in other educational institutions: Non

Attendance at Governing Body Meetings 2017-18: Non

Committee: Resource Management

Position of responsibility: Health and Safety/Premises

Governors who have stepped down from their role as part of the Governing Body:

Name: Claire Jones

Position: Staff governor

Date of Appointment: 01.09.15 – 31.08.19

Date Stepped Down: 31.08.16

Name: Michelle Selby

Position: Parent governor

Date of Appointment: 17.10.12

Date Stepped Down: 25.11.15

Name: Joanne Bramley

Position: Parent governor

Date of Appointment: 22.01.16

Date Stepped Down: 08.03.17

Name: Keeley Jenkins

Position: Parent governor

Date of Appointment: 20.06.14

Date Stepped Down: 19.06.18

Name: David Goulding

Position: Co-opted governor

Date of Appointment: 01.09.15

Date Stepped Down: 11.07.18

Name: Eve Buxton

Position: Co-opted governor

Date of Appointment: 01.09.15

Date Stepped Down: 17.19.18

Name: Andrew Whysall

Position: Chair of Governors/Co-opted Governor

Date of appointment: 01.09.15 – 31.08.19

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by: Governors

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Company Director of Langley Mechanical Sevices Ltd.

Governance roles in other educational institutions: Non

Attendance at meetings 2017-18 : 8/8

Committee: Resource Management

Position of responsibility: Finance

Curriculum area(s): Science/Design and Technology/History/Geography

Name: Reverend Karen Padley

Position: Vice Chair of Governors/Foundation Governor

Date of appointment: 07.07.15 – 06.07.19

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by: Diocese

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Non

Governance roles in other educational institutions: Non

Attendance at meetings 2017-18: 5/7

Committee: Teaching and Learning

Position of responsibility: Safeguarding and Child Protection/Children in Care/SEND/Disadvantaged

Curriculum areas: R.E/Collective Worship.

Name: Duncan McCondach

Position: Parent Governor

Date of appointment: 01.09.17 – 01.09.21

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by: Parents

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Trustee and Chairman of Nottingham Search and Rescue

Governance roles in other educational institutions: Non

Attendance at meetings 2017-18: 7/8

Committee: Resource Management

Position of responsibility: HR/CPD/GDPR

Curriculum area(s): English

Name: Jean Bailey

Position: Foundation Governor

Date of appointment: 01.05.17 – 30.04.21

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by: Diocese

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Non

Governance roles in other educational institutions: Non

Attendance at meetings 2017-18: 7/7

Committee: Teaching and Learning

Position of responsibility: Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

Curriculum area(s): Music/Art and Design

Name: Hannah Hewitt

Position: Staff Governor

Date of appointment: 12.12.11 – 06.07.19

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by: Staff

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: Non

Governance roles in other educational institutions: Non

Attendance at meetings 2017-18: 6/7

Committee: Teaching and Learning

Position of responsibility: Anti-Bullying

Curriculum area: Computing