Governors

Welcome to our website, from Doreen Ellis, Chair of Governors of the Brewood and Wheaton Aston Federation of schools.

Dear Parents

Many of you may be wondering what the role of the governing body of a school is and who exactly are its members.

I would like to outline to you the role of the governing body of our schools and introduce you to present members.

Firstly then let me introduce you to the role of the governing body and its purpose.

The government has very high expectations of every governing body and, over the years, the role of the school governors has increased and become more crucial to the life of the school.

The role of the governing body at St Mary’s is to work alongside the Executive Headteacher to help the school to provide the best possible education for its pupils by making important collective decisions. As such, individual members are unable to act as a representative for anyone in an individual case.

It does this by setting the school’s vision and strategic aims and agreeing plans and policies, making the best use of available resources.

We are “strategic partners” of the school who support the Headteacher and his vision and, alongside him, direct the school strategically. We monitor and review progress by rigorous challenge and hold the school to account financially and educationally for the pupils, parents and the local communities we serve.

We do not manage the school on a day to day basis; that is left in the hands of the Headteacher and his Senior Leadership Team.

Our governors are actively involved in the strategic planning for both schools in the Brewood and Wheaton Aston Federation – examples of our work include:

  • establishing a Federation between Brewood CE Middle School and St Mary’s CE First School (in 2011),
  • establishing a Governor led Nursery at St Mary’s in September 2013,
  • joining the Wolgarston Collaboration alongside all Brewood and Penkridge First Schools, Penkridge Middle and Wolgarston High School,
  • discussing the future of local schools and the education provision for 3 – 18 year olds,
  • involvement in the recruitment process for both schools - this includes: shortlisting, interviewing, writing questions, visiting and observing candidates and supporting or challenging the Headteacher on recruitment decisions. Examples of governors’ strategic leadership decisions include:
    • deciding to create an on-site Leadership post at St Mary’s, ie. a new Deputy Headteacher, Mr J Thorne, took up his post on 1 January 2015,
    • sharing and developing leadership across two sites to provide high quality provision for 3 to 13 year olds,
  • preparing a 3 year budget modeller for both schools and ensuring balanced budgets and best value principles.

Fundamentally, we are the strategic leaders of the school and have a vital role.

We have a strong focus on:

-       Ensuring clarity of vision,

-       Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and the performance management of staff,

-       Overseeing the financial well-being of the school and ensuring that its money is well spent.

No one person can do the work alone so it is shared between committees; each has its own remit and is led by its own Chairperson.

Our major committees are:

  1. Finance and Premises. This committee deals with school budgets and ensures that any funds are wisely spent and best value is obtained.
  2. The Standards committee is responsible for the curriculum on offer in the schools determining that all children, including those with special educational needs, have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. It is responsible for the academic progress of its pupils; this includes judging Brewood’s progress data against local and national standards.
  3. The Personnel committee appoints the Headteacher, Deputies and other senior leaders of the school. It may also appoint or advise on other members of staff as appropriate.

Committees meet at least once a term, followed by a full governing body meeting once a term. Extra meetings may be called as necessary.

Each governor is also linked to a specific subject area. Link Governors liaise with middle and subject leaders of the school, reporting on the focus for their department, questioning and challenging them about progress and planning. This information is then reported back to the full governing body.

The role of the school governor is one of commitment, and the willingness to give time and personal skills to ensure the on-going success of the school. We come from all walks of life and care very much about our schools.

I look forward to meeting you soon at a future school event.

Best wishes

Mr Peter Haywood

Chair of Governors

An overview of the governing body’s key activities:

Understand our school

-         Pupil attainment and progress

-         Pupil behaviour, attendance and safety

-         Teaching quality and staff development

                                           

Performance   data

Ofsted   reports

Self-evaluation

School   visits

     

Set our school’s   strategic vision

-         Champion our vision, values and ethos

-         Set priorities for school improvement

-         Consider governance structure & academy   status

 

Local   aspirations

National   priorities

Parent   and pupil voice

     

Commission action

-         Agree improvement   targets and strategies

-         Agree allocation of resources

-         Agree how to monitor and review progress

 

Improvement   plans

Budget   data

     

Performance manage our   school leaders

-         Appoint headteacher and support their   leadership

-         Hold school leaders to account for progress

-         Ensure financial probity and efficiency

 

Performance   data

Financial   data

School   visits

     

Check we are fit for   purpose

-         Clarify our role and purpose

-         Review constitution and ways of working

-         Make sure members have necessary skills

 

Policy   context

Ofsted   criteria

Self-evaluation

 

Category /Appointed by Name Committee member Interest / Link Business interests Governor elsewhere Relationships Staff / Govs Attendance at full governing body mtgs 2015 / 16
Foundaton - Lichfield Diocese

Mr Peter Haywood

Chair of Governors

Finance & Premises

Curriculum & Standards – BMS

Curriculum & Standards – St Mary’s

Ethos

Pupil voice

Headteacher Performance Review

None N/A None

Foundation - Lichfield Diocese Mrs Sue Bradley-Richards

Finance & Premises

Ethos

Safeguarding / E-Safety / Prevent

SEND

Website review - BMS

Staff N/A None

2 / 4

Apologies accepted

Foundation - Lichfield Diocese Revd  Rachel Dale Ethos (Chair)

Worship

Headteacher Performance Review

None N/A None 4 / 4
Foundation – Lichfield Diocese Mr Neil Dangerfield     None N/A None 1/1
Foundation - Lichfield Diocese Mrs Janet Hallett

 Ethos

Standards & Curriculum – St Mary’s

Curriculum & Standards – BMS

Headteacher Performance Review None N/A None 4 / 4
Parent (StM) - Parent Mrs Di Rowlands

Finance & Premises (Vice Chair)

Standards & Curriculum – St Mary’s

Website review – St Mary’s None N/A None 4 / 4
Co-opted - Governing Body Mr Malcolm Diplock Standards & Curriculum – BMS (Chair) Pupil Premium None N/A None

2 / 4

Apologies accepted

Co-opted - Governing Body Mrs Linda Davies

Finance & Premises

Standards & Curriculum - BMS

Headteacher Performance Review None N/A None

3 / 4

Apologies accepted

Local Authority Mr Richard Taylor Finance & Premises   None N/A None

1 / 4

Apologies accepted for 1 meeting

Executive Headteacher Mr David Swift All Committees   Staff N/A None 4 / 4
Teaching Staff (BMS) - Teacher Election Mr J Smith

Standards & Curriculum – St Mary’s (Chair)

Ethos 

LAC Staff N/A None 0 / 0

 

* Other committees eg. Appointments, Personnel, Pupil Welfare/Exclusions/Discipline will be called as required. Governors’ training events are arranged via the clerk

Governors who are no longer on the governing body

 

Foundation Governor Mrs B Cox Standards & Curriculum – St Mary’s (Chair)   None N/A None 2/3
Co-opted – Governing Body Miss J Fergusson

Standards & Curriculum – BMS

Standards & Curriculum – St Mary’s

  None N/A None 2/3
Co-opted - Governing Body

Mrs Carol Lunn

Vice Chair

Finance & Premises (Chair)

Curriculum & Standards – BMS

Curriculum & Standards – St Mary’s

Headteacher Performance Review None N/A None

2 / 4

Apologies accepted

Teaching Staff (BMS) - Teacher Election Mrs A Barrett Standards & Curriculum - St Mary's (Chair) LAC Staff N/A None 4/4

 

 

Attendance at Committee Meetings 2015 – 2016

Finance and Premises

Name 25 September 2015 20 November 2015

10 December 2015

(one item agenda – specific governors invited)

21 January 2016 17 March 2016 23 June 2016
Mrs S Bradley-Richards A A N/A Y Y Y
Mrs L Davies Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mrs D Ellis A Y Y Y Y Y
Mr P Haywood Y   N/A   Y A
Mrs C Lunn (Chair) Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mrs D Rowlands (Vice Chair) Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mr D Swift Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mr R Taylor DNA A N/A DNA DNA DNA

 

Curriculum and Standards – Brewood CE Middle School

Name 15 October 2015 6 December 2015

15 December 2015

 

7 January 2016

Special meeting

21 January 2016 3 March 2016 10 March 2016 22 March 2016 26 May 2016 4 July 2016
Mrs A Barrett (Vice Chair) Y Y Y Y Y Y A Y Y Y
Mrs B Cox N/A N/A N/A N/A A N/A N/A N/A N/A RESIGNED FROM GOVERNING BODY
Mrs L Davies N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Y – NEW TO COMMITTEE Y
Mr M Diplock (Chair) Y Y A A Y A A A Y Y
Mrs D Ellis Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Miss J Fergusson Y DNA Y A Y A RESIGNED FROM GOVERNING BODY
Mrs J Hallett A A DNA A Y A A DNA A DNA
Mr P Haywood       Y A A A A Y DNA
Mrs C Lunn Y Y Y Y Y Y Y A Y Y
Mr D Swift Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

Curriculum & Standards – St Mary’s

Name 22 October 2015 3 December 2015 8 February 2016 21 March 2016 17 May 2016 11 July 2016
Mrs A Barrett (Vice Chair) Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mrs B Cox (Chair) Y   Y DNA A RESIGNED FROM GOVERNING BODY
Mr M Diplock (Chair) Y DNA A N/A N/A N/A
Mrs D Ellis Y Y Y Y Y Y
Miss J Fergusson DNA Y A RESIGNED FROM GOVERNING BODY
Mrs J Hallett Y Y Y Y Y A
Mrs C Lunn Y Y Y Y A A
Mrs D Rowlands N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Y
Mr D Swift Y Y Y Y Y Y

 

Ethos

Name 28 September 2015 25 January 2016 23 June 2016
Mrs A Barrett A Y A
Mrs S Bradley-Richards Y Y Y
Rev R Dale (Chair) Y Y Y
Mrs D Ellis A Y Y
Mrs J Hallett Y A Y
Mr D Swift Y Y Y

 

Key

Y – attended

N/A – not on committee at that time or not invited to meeting

A – apologies received an accepted by the committee

DNA – Did not attend,or absent without the consent of the governing body

 

 

 

 

St Marys CE (C) First School, Marston Road, Wheaton Aston, Stafford, ST19 9PQ

Tel. Number: 01785 840314 | Fax Number: 01785 841463 | E-Mail: office@st-marys-wheatonaston.staffs.sch.uk

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