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Structure and responsibilities

The Full Governing Body meet up to 6 times a year.  Three of these meetings are strategy meetings which address single issues in greater depth. 

 

Much of the work of the Governors is done in the two main committees:     
Resources Committee, and Standards and Curriculum.
 

 

 

 

Full Governing body 2018/19

Peter Kayes

Chair

Jacky Steele

Headteacher

Corrine Hackett

Co-opted Governor

Mary Lewis

Staff Governor

Marcus Tindall 

Parent Governor 

Ghilaine Chan

Co-opted Governor

Suzie Ismail

Co-opted Governor

Ruth McEwan

Local Authority Governor

Resources committee membership 2018/19

Suzie Ismail

Chair

Jacky Steele

Headteacher

Marcus Tindall

Co-opted Governor

Peter Kaye

Co-opted Governor

Resources Committee Terms of Reference

Membership

To include the Headteacher (or nominee), the co-opted Business Manager and four other governors.

 

Quorum

The quorum shall be any three governors.   If the headteacher is unable to attend a nominee would attend the meeting to represent the headteacher. 

 

Meetings

Meetings will be held according to the schedule agreed by the Governing Body each autumn. A chair will be elected annually at the first committee meeting following the first Governing Board meeting of the year.

 

 

 

 

Terms of reference

The governing body will delegate its financial powers to the Resources committee each year after the annual budget plan has been approved, with the proviso that the committee bears in mind the general aims and priorities of the school and in particular curricular or other targets for the year in question.  The committee must monitor progress on the relevant key issues for action post-OFSTED and/or relevant priorities in the School Strategic Plan.  The committee also has a key responsibility for monitoring the Health and Safety arrangements in the school, building maintenance and staffing matters.

Finance

The following items will be delegated:

 

  • Approving detail of the school budget plan.
  • Agreeing to virement of funds between different areas in the delegated budget.
  • Approving expenditure beyond the powers delegated to the headteacher.
  • Monitoring the budget, receiving regular reports from the school business manager and approving action when the actual budget shows variance from the agreed plan.
  • Ensuring that the Financial Procedures manual is adhered to.
  • Monitoring staffing arrangements, staffing, and personnel policies and staff welfare
  • Monitoring Health and Safety arrangements site maintenance and undertaking periodic site inspections

 

Confirmation of Expenditure 
At each meeting of the governing body, a brief report should be presented by the committee, detailing any expenditure variance between budgets on any one category of expenditure that is causing concern.  The report should also include a list of all committed expenditure. Unless any submissions are put forward that the committee had acted unreasonably, the delegated powers would continue.

 

Personnel

The committee will also be responsible for the following:

 

  • To take and provide advice and support to the Headteacher on personnel issues including the appointment of staff.
  • To ensure appropriate policies are in place related to personnel matters and be responsible for the regular review and approval of such policies
  • To attend or commission appropriate governor training.
  • To monitor staff morale and welfare

 

Premises, Health & Safety

The committee has a monitoring responsibility on all Health and Safety Issues and on the site upon which the school is situated including fences and boundary markers.

 

The headteacher has the authority and has been delegated the responsibility of ensuring that any works being carried out in or around the site and buildings are being carried out efficiently.   The headteacher and staff are in a position to be able to notice any immediate problem areas and should implement any action necessary to remedy the situation.  

 

As a yearly plan, such items as decorations and general improvement works will be discussed when necessary and funds made available where possible for such works.  Capital funding and financial aspects of Asset management plans will be delegated to the Resources committee.  Issues to be monitored include:

 

  • Site security, the safety of children
  • Fire regulations
  • Emergency planning
  • Internal repair and maintenance of the buildings erected upon the site
  • The environment within which the sites and buildings are located
  • Risk assessment – COSHH, asbestos and general Health and Safety
  • Accident reporting – monitor the effectiveness
  • First aid
  • Food Hygiene
  • Infection and Disease control
  • School visits
  • Review qualification and training
  • Changes in Health and Safety regulation (advisory)
  • Any other issues affecting Health and Safety and wellbeing of Staff, pupils and visitors to the school 
  • Developing a safety culture 

 

By

 

  • Reviewing all relevant policies and ensuring sufficient policies are in place
  • Regular safety tours – a minimum of two per year – to identify potential hazards and monitor effectiveness of policies and procedures.
  • Brokering expertise from specialists’ sources when required
  • Reviewing and brokering CPD (continuing professional development) for all staff and governors as appropriate.
  • Ensuring that all contractors have appropriate training/accreditation/ indemnity/liability insurance and DBS checks/vetting & barring.
  • That emergency plans are able to be implemented annually
  • By reviewing the ‘Rainbow Plan’ to ensure all staff understand ascribed roles and that document is updated.
  • Review accident reporting generally, and major accidents specifically.  Collate, look for trends and address any issues arising. 

Reporting

At each full meeting of the governing body a brief report should be presented by the committee

Revision

Terms of reference will be reviewed annually by the governing body at the start of each school year. 

Curriculum and Standards committee membership 2018/19

Ghilaine Chan

Chair

Jacky Steele

Headteacher

Corrine Hackett

Co-opted Governor

Mary Lewis

Staff Governor

Marcus Tindall 

Co-opted Governor

Curriculum and Standards Committee  Terms of Reference

Membership

To include the Headteacher (or nominee), and at least three governors.

 

Quorum

The quorum shall be any three governors.   If the headteacher is unable to attend a nominee would attend the meeting to represent the headteacher.

 

Meetings

The Governing Body will agree Meeting dates for the year each autumn.  At least two meetings will be held each year.  The Chair will be elected annually at the first committee meeting held after the first Governing Board meeting of the school year.

Terms of reference

The committee has an advisory and monitoring function and is responsible for

  • Safeguarding
  • School standards/data
  • Curriculum
  • Teaching standards


It will

  • monitor progress on the relevant key issues for action post-OFSTED and/or relevant priorities in the School Strategic Plan.
  • consider all aspects of the school's curriculum, with the agreement or at the request of the governing body
  • advise the governing body on aspects of the curriculum
  • assist in the development and implementation of the agreed curriculum policies, with the agreement or at the direction of the governing body.
  • ensure that the requirements for disadvantaged children including those eligible for Pupil Premium (PPG), those with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and those with English as an Additional Language (EAL) are met and that information on SEN  EAL and PPG children are included in the SEF and School Profile. 
  • co-opt Inclusion Manager to the committee as required 
  • ensure that the school meets the requirements of the Equalities Act 2010, and to report on measures taken by the school to ensure that pupils with disabilities are treated no less favourably than other pupils.
  • approve the relevant annual Key Stage targets for pupil achievement, and report these to the full governing body.
  • attend or commission appropriate governor training
  • Monitor the implementation of any Local Authority support plan (if appropriate) and evaluate the outcomes for children and staff
  • Co-ordinate the governing body in monitoring the School Strategic Plan and evaluate the outcomes for children and staff
  • Monitor and evaluate children’s progress
  • Support and challenge the Headteacher and Senior Leaders 
  • Ensure that the governing body fulfill their required actions in any Local Authority Support Plan (as appropriate) and the School Strategic Plan
  • Ensure that the governing body is kept informed about progress of any plans and the impact on pupil progress.
  • Ensuring children in school are safe 

By

  • Developing then reviewing the protocol for visits ensuring that staff and governors have a common understanding of the reasons and focus of visits.
  • Provide reports to the governing body on pupil progress that can be used as part of the strategic evaluation of school improvement
  • Being actively involved in target setting within the school 
  • Ensuring that other school improvement targets are SMART and are monitored by receiving regular evaluative reports in the impact of targets on pupil outcomes.
  • Regularly reporting on allocated governor actions within the School Strategic Plan
  • Monitoring safeguarding arrangements by reviewing reports on regular safeguarding audit from the Headteacher and appointed safeguarding governor.

 

It may undertake other tasks at the direction of the governing body.

Reporting

At each full meeting of the governing body a brief report should be presented by the committee

Revision

Terms of reference will be reviewed annually by the governing body at the start of each school year. 

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