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As the Chair of Governors, I am delighted to welcome you to the Governors’ section of the Harbury School website.

We have an extremely active Governing Body at Harbury who work very closely with the Headteacher, and all the staff at the school.

We work in partnership with Headteacher and the school staff, taking an active interest in the direction of travel and the improvement plans for the school, as well as financial monitoring. We do not get involved in the day-to-day operation of the school, as this is the responsibility of the teaching and management staff.

We are always keen to hear from anyone who is interested in becoming a governor and of course, if you have and questions or feedback please contact us.

Best regards,

Chris Gibb

Governor job description

What Ofsted said in October 2013

“The governing body is effective because governors are well trained and have a good grasp of the strengths and weaknesses of the school, including how it compares with other schools and how well different groups of pupils achieve. Governors are supportive while ensuring the school does all it can to improve pupils’ achievement further. They carefully monitor the school’s finances, including the extra funding for eligible pupils and how it is helping them to achieve better. Governors ensure that leaders take action in the event that any teaching is weak, and make sure pay and promotion are linked to the achievement of pupils. They make sure that national safeguarding requirements are met.”

Chris Gibb                                   Jenny Gibbons                  Rev Craig Groocock
Chair of Governors

Claire O’Keeffe                           Aseia Rafique                   Karen Rea

Mary Thompson Vice Chair
Mary Thompson
Vice Chair

Governing Body 2018/19

Governors are appointed for a term of four years with the exception of ex officio governors who join/remain by virtue of their post.

Chair of Governors – Chris Gibb, Co-opted Governor (Appointed 01/09/15) (Appointed Chair 12/09/18
Vice-Chair  & Foundation Governor – Mary Thompson (Re-Appointed 01/01/15)
Parent Governors- Clare O’Keeffe (Appointed 24/05/2017) Aseia Rafique (Appointed 03/09/18)
Foundation Governor-Revd. Craig Groocock (ex-officio appointed 01/04/2008)
Staff Governor – Karen Rea (Appointed 30/09/15)
Headteacher – Kate Guymer (ex-officio appointed 07/07/15)
Co-opted Governors ;Jenny Gibbons (Appointed 21/03/18)

Governors who have served in the last 12 months (2017/18) and Attendance Record

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Chris Gibbiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii6/6
Jenny Gibbons                  2/3 (appointed 21st March 2018)
Rev. Craig Groocockiiiiiiiiiii3/6
Kate Guymeriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii6/6
Donna Hetheringtoniiiii ii iii5/6 (end of term 2018)
Wayne Mcelfatrickiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii4/6 (resigned 20 July 2018)
Claire O’Keeffeiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiii 5/6
Claire Panek *iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii2/4 (resigned 17 May 2017)
Karen Reaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii5/6
Mary Thompsoniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii6/6

Governor Roles:

Finance and Buildings – Donna Hetherington
Personal, Standards and Curriculum (PSC) – Mary Thompson
Performance Management – Chris Gibb & Mary Thompson
Discipline and Exclusions – Donna Hetherington & Chris Gibb
Appeals – Mary Thompson & Mike Coulter
Safeguarding – Mary Thompson

Subject Responsibilities

Special Educational Needs – Mary Thompson
Curriculum – Wayne Mcelfatrick

Governors Declaration of Interests

Claire O’KeeffeiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiBusiness: SEND & School Improvement
iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiaiiConsultancy – contract work
iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiGovernor of Other School: Shaw Hill
iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iPrimary School, Alum Rock, Birmingham
iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiaiii Employer: Achievement for All School iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiImprovement charity

Mary ThompsoniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiFamily Member: Mary’s son is MD of
iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiScholastic UK (A retailer of children’s
iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiibooks, teaching resources and iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiieducational products to Schools & iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiaiiiiTeachers

The governing body works in two committees:

Finance and Buildings Committee

The Finance & Buildings (F&B) is responsible for agreeing and monitoring the three year school budget in line with the funding available. The committee is responsible for ensuring that the budget meets all of the legislative requirements and guidance as well as meeting the schools individual needs and responsibilities as identified via the schools ‘Single Integrated Development Plan’.
The committee also has a responsibility to assist the school in ensuring that the school is compliant with all Financial reporting to the County Council under the newly introduced ‘Financial Management Standards in Schools’.

In addition, the committee takes responsibility for overseeing and monitoring all areas concerned with the health, safety and welfare of everyone using the school premises. The committee ensures that:
• the school has procedures in place to meet all relevant health and safety legislation
• relevant policies are up to date and are being adhered to
• all accidents on school premises are being monitored
• the site is being maintained effectively
• decisions are made about the best use of capital expenditure
In addition, we discuss any relevant issues and matters which have arisen with respect to the school environment and welfare of its community – for example travel arrangements for trips.

Performance, Standards, Curriculum and Personnel Committee

This committee has the responsibility of monitoring how well pupils at Harbury Primary School achieve, as well as discussing with the school all the policies which set out what children will be taught at school – this includes sex education, and special educational needs, as well as extra-curricular activities. We also keep an eye on policies which affect everyone’s life at school, like race equality and equal opportunities, and the home-school agreement. The committee works with the school to keep the prospectus accurate, attractive and up-to-date. We monitor attendance, and keep under review the progress the school is making in enabling children to stay safe, be healthy, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution, and eventually to achieve economic well being. We also review the school’s child protection policy and procedures annually.
The committee also has responsibility for agreeing and approving the level of staff employed within the school and again ensuring that all of our legislative employment responsibilities are managed.

What do we do?

Role of a school governor: To contribute to the work of the governing body in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school by:

  • Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Recent activities

  • Head Teacher performance management
  • Election of committee positions for the coming year
  • Attend diagnostic days at school
  • Training of new Governors
  • Health and Safety inspection
  • Finance review with local authority
  • In depth analysis of Academy Status, reviewing the school’s options
  • Attendance at area Governors meetings
  • Review parent questionnaires