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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.”
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Governing Body 2016/17
Chair of Governors – Alan Bennett
Vice-Chair Governors – Mary Thompson
Parent Governors- Donna Higgins
Foundation Governor-Revd. Craig Groocock
Staff Governor – Karen Rea
Co-opted Governors- Wayne Mcelfatrick, Claire Panek & Chris Gibb
Finance and Buildings- Donna Higgins
Personal, Standards and Curriculum (PSC) – Mary Thompson
Performance Management- Chris Gibb, Claire Panek & Mary Thompson
Discipline and Exclusions – Donna Higgins & Chris Gibb
Appeals – Mary Thompson, Mike Coulter & Claire Panek
Safeguarding- Claire Panek
Special Educational Needs – Mary Thompson
Curriculum – Wayne Mcelfatrick
No Governor has a governance role in any other school, and have not advised any financial interest that could be deemed to cause conflict of interest. Please note that Mary Thompson’s son is MD of Scholastic UK (A retailer of children’s books, teaching resources and educational products to Schools & Teachers).
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.
- 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