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Church Gresley Infant & Nursery School Governing Body

 

Church Gresley Infant & Nursery School Governing Body

In governance terms Church Gresley Infant & Nursery School is a community school and out Instrument of Government came into effect on 16 June 2015.

The governing body consists of:

4 Parent Governors

1 LA governor

1 Staff Governor

1 Headteacher

4 Co-opted Governors

 

The term of office for all Governors is 4 years. Co-Headteachers

Mrs L M Mansell

Mrs J. Cripps

Staff Governor

Miss V Asquith

LA Governor

Mrs L Stuart

Parent Governors

Mrs J Braybrooke

Mrs S Harris-Fox (Vice Chair)

Mrs Sandra Hirons (Chair)

Mrs L Porter-Wild

Co-opted Governors

Mrs L Squires

Miss V Cooper

Mrs S Nadin

Mrs H Parr

Clerk

Mrs E. Cowie

 

Name

Vicki Asquith

Category of Governor

Staff

Link Governor – Intervention & Class 9

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Member

Appointing Body

Teaching Staff

Term of Office

4 years – expires 30.06.2018

Committee Membership

School Improvement

Business Interests

No interests to declare

Details of membership of any other educational establishment Governing Body

n/a

Relationship to member of school staff (spouse, partner, relative)

n/a

Attendance record (last academic year)

89%

 

 

Governor Information Name

Louise Mansell

Category of Governor

n/a

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Headteacher

Appointing Body

Ex-officio

Term of Office

-

Committee Membership

-

Business Interests

No interests to declare

Details of membership of any other educational establishment Governing Body

n/a

Relationship to member of school staff (spouse, partner, relative)

n/a

Attendance record (last academic year)

100%

 

Name

Lisa Stuart

Category of Governor

Authority

Link Governor – Special Needs, Cultural & Class 8

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Member

Appointing Body

Local Authority

Term of Office

4 years – expires 31.08.2018

Committee Membership

Resources

Health & Safety/Premises

Business Interests No interests to declare
Details of membership of any other educational establishment Governing Body n/a
Relationship to member of school staff (spouse, partner, relative) n/a
Attendance record (last academic year) 89%

Name

Sam Harris-Fox

Category of Governor

Parent

Link Governor – Early Years & Nursery

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Vice Chair

Appointing Body

Governing Body

Term of Office

4 years – expires 30.09.2018

Committee Membership

Resources Management

Business Interests

No interests to declare

Details of membership of any other educational establishment Governing Body

n/a

Relationship to member of school staff (spouse, partner, relative)

n/a

Attendance record (last academic year)

67%

Name

Sandra Hirons

Category of Governor

Parent

Link Governor – Numeracy & Class 4

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Chair

Appointing Body

Governing Body

Term of Office

4 years – expires 13.02.2018

Committee Membership

Resources Management (Chair)

Business Interests

No interests to declare

Details of membership of any other educational establishment Governing Body

n/a

Relationship to member of school staff (spouse, partner, relative)

n/a

Attendance record (last academic year)

100%

Name

Jo Braybrooke

Category of Governor

Parent

Link Governor – Pupil Premium, Sports Premium & Class 7

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Member

Appointing Body

Governing Body

Term of Office

4 years – expires 05.10.2018

Committee Membership

School Improvement

Business Interests

No interests to declare

Details of membership of any other educational establishment Governing Body

n/a

Relationship to member of school staff (spouse, partner, relative)

n/a

Attendance record (last academic year)

78%

Name

Lynn Porter-Wild

Category of Governor

Parent

Link Governor – Early Years & Class 1

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Member

Appointing Body

Governing Body

Term of Office

4 years - expires 05.10.2018

Committee Membership

School Improvement

Transition

Business Interests

No interests to declare

Details of membership of any other educational establishment Governing Body

n/a

Relationship to member of school staff (spouse, partner, relative)

n/a

Attendance record (last academic year)

89%

Name

Vicky Cooper

Category of Governor

Co-opted

Link Governor – Intervention & Class 2

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Member

Appointing Body

Governing Body

Term of Office

4 years – expires 15th June 2019

Committee Membership

Chair of Resources Management

Business Interests

-

Details of membership of any other educational establishment Governing Body

n/a

Relationship to member of school staff (spouse, partner, relative)

n/a

Attendance record (last academic year)

78%

Name

Heather Parr

Category of Governor

Co-opted

Link Governor – Literacy, Safeguarding & Class 6

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Member

Appointing Body

Governing Body

Term of Office

4 years – expires 15th June 2019

Committee Membership

Chair of School Improvement

Transition

Business Interests

No interests to declare

Details of membership of any other educational establishment Governing Body

n/a

Relationship to member of school staff (spouse, partner, relative)

n/a

Attendance record (last academic year)

78%

Name

Linda Cooper

Category of Governor

Co-opted

Link Governor – Pupil Premium, Sports Premium & Class 3

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Member

Appointing Body

Governing Body

Term of Office

4 years – expires 5th January 2020

Committee Membership

School Improvement

Business Interests

No interests to declare

Details of membership of any other educational establishment Governing Body

n/a

Relationship to member of school staff (spouse, partner, relative)

n/a

Attendance record (last academic year)

n/a – will be updated after 1st full year

Name

Sarah Nadin

Category of Governor

Co-opted

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Member

Link Governor – Numeracy & Class 5

Appointing Body

Governing Body

Term of Office

4 years – expires 5th January 2020

Committee Membership

Resources Management

Business Interests

No interests to declare

Details of membership of any other educational establishment Governing Body

n/a

Relationship to member of school staff (spouse, partner, relative)

n/a

Attendance record (last academic year)

n/a – will be updated after 1st full year

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Structure & Remit of the governing body and committees

 

UPDATED November 2015 PUBLIC

‘WORKING TOGETHER’ - A CODE OF PRACTICE FOR THE GOVERNING BODY OF

CHURCH GRESLEY INFANT & NURSERY SCHOOL

Introduction

The following is not a definitive statement of responsibilities but is concerned with the common understanding of broad principles by which the Governing Body and individual governors will operate.

The Governing Body has the following core strategic functions:

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

Ensuring accountability, by:

- Appointing the Headteacher

- Monitoring progress towards targets

- Performance managing the Headteacher

- Engaging with stakeholders

- Contributing to school self-evaluation

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

The following information about each governor / associate member will be published on the school’s website:

 Name

 Category of governor

 Which body appoints them

 Term of office

 The names of any committees the governor serves on

 Details of any positions of responsibility such as chair or vice-chair of the governing body or a committee.

From 1 September 2015, governing bodies will be under a duty to publish on their website their register of interests. The register should set out the relevant business interests of governors and details of any other educational establishments they govern. The register should also set out any relationships between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives. (Statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools and local authorities in England – March 2015)

The Governing Body accepts the following principles and procedures:

General

1. We have responsibility for determining, monitoring and keeping under review the broad policies, plans and procedures within which the school operates.

2. We recognise that our Headteacher is responsible for the implementation of policy and day-to-day management of the school and the implementation and operation of the curriculum.

3. We accept that all governors have equal status, and although appointed by different groups (e.g. parents, staff) our overriding concern will be the welfare of the school as a whole.

4. We accept collective responsibility for all decisions made by the governing body or its delegated committees. This means we will not speak against the majority decisions outside of the governing body meetings.

5. We have no legal authority to act individually, except when the Governing Body has given us delegated authority to do so, and therefore we will only speak on behalf of the governing body when we have been specifically authorised to do so.

6. We have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as we have responsibility for staff, we will fulfil all the legal expectations as, or on behalf of, the employer.

7. We will encourage open government and should be seen to be doing so.

8. We will consider carefully, how our decisions may affect other schools.

Commitment

9. We acknowledge that accepting office as a governor involves the commitment of significant amounts of time and energy.

10. We will each involve ourselves actively in the work of the Governing Body, attend regularly, and accept our fair share of responsibilities, including service on committees or working groups.

11. We will make full efforts to attend all meetings and where we cannot attend explain in advance why we are unable to.

12. We will get to know the school well and respond to opportunities to involve ourselves in school activities.

13. We will consider seriously our individual and collective needs for training and development, and will undertake training.

Relationships

14. We will strive to work as a team, in which constructive working relationships

are actively promoted.

15. We will support the chair in their role of ensuring appropriate conduct both

at meetings and at all times.

16. We will seek to develop effective working relationships with our Head, staff, parents, the LA, and other relevant agencies (including the Diocesan Authorities ((where appropriate)), and the community.

Confidentiality

17. We will observe confidentiality regarding proceedings of the Governing Body in meetings and from our visits to school as governors.

18. We will observe complete confidentiality when required or asked to do so by the Governing Body, especially regarding matters concerning individual staff or students.

19. We will exercise the greatest prudence if a discussion of a potentially contentious issue affecting the school arises outside the Governing Body;

Conduct

20. We will encourage the open expression of views at meetings, but accept collective responsibility for all decisions made by the Governing Body or its delegated agents.

21. We will only speak or act on behalf of the Governing Body when we have been specifically authorised to do so.

22. In making or responding to criticism or complaints affecting the school we will follow the procedures established by the Governing Body.

23. Our visits to school will be undertaken within the framework established by the Governing Body, in agreement with the Head and staff.

24. In discharging our duties we will always be mindful of our responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of our school.

Suspension

25. If the need arises to use the sanction of suspending a governor, we will do so by following the Procedures Regulations so as to ensure a fair and objective process.

Removal

26. We recognise that removing a governor from office is a last resort, and that it is the appointing bodies which have the power to remove those they appoint.

 

27. If the need arises to use the sanction of removing a governor, we will do so

by following the Constitution Regulations so as to ensure a fair and objective

process.

Conflicts of interest

28. We will declare any conflict of loyalty at the start of any meeting should any

situation arise.

29. We will act in the best interests of the school as a whole and not as a

representative of any group.

30. We will record any pecuniary or other business interest (including those

related to people we are connected with) that we have a connection with the

governing body’s business in the Register of Business Interests, and if such

conflicted matter arises in the meeting we will offer to leave the meeting for

the appropriate length of time.

The Seven Principles of Public Life

(Originally published by the Nolan Committee: The Committee on Standards in Public Life was established by the then Prime Minister in October 1994, under the Chairmanship of Lord Nolan, to consider standards of conduct in various areas of public life, and to make recommendations).

Selflessness - Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.

Integrity - Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.

Objectivity - In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.

Accountability - Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.

Openness - Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.

Honesty - Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.

Leadership - Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

Undertaking: As a member of the Governing Body I will always have the well-being of the children and the reputation of the school at heart; I will do all I can to be an ambassador for the school, publicly supporting its aims, values and ethos; I will never say or do anything publicly that would embarrass the school, the Governing Body, the Headteacher or staff.

I understand that I must declare business interests and this information will be published on the school’s website along with my name, details of my term of office and responsibilities as a governor. Failure to reveal this information may be judged as bringing the Governing Body into disrepute and could lead to my role as a governor being suspended.

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SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE

 

TEACHING AND LEARNING / COMMUNITY LINKS

CURRICULUM & SEND

(Reviewed September 2014)

Composition

A minimum of three members of the Governing Body.

The Governing Body must determine the membership and proceedings of any committee. The Governing Body must also review the establishment, terms of reference, constitution and membership of any committee annually. The membership of any committee may include associate members, provided that a majority of members of the committee are Governors. Each committee must have a Chair, who is either appointed by the Governing Body or elected by the committee. The Governing Body may remove the Chair of a committee from office at any time.

Quorum

The quorum for a meeting of the committee shall be no less than three members of the Governing Body.

Terms of Reference

1. The duty to prepare a policy for the school curriculum was removed in September 2012. If schools choose to adopt such a policy, it should be ‘broad-brush’ and this committee will review the school’s teaching and learning and curriculum-related policies in line with the agreed cycle and make recommendations to the Governing Body for change.

2. To plan, monitor and review the academic and pastoral arrangements of the school in order to ensure that the school maintains and delivers a broad and balanced curriculum in keeping with aims of the school.

3. To monitor the provision of the National Curriculum and its assessment procedures in line with the legal framework.

4. To ensure that the school leadership has appropriate systems for monitoring and evaluating the quality of teaching and learning in the school.

5. To agree priorities for curriculum development and teaching and learning through critical discussion of SE (Self Evaluation) in collaboration with Head and staff. To ensure governors have an 

awareness of the barriers to learning specific to the school, eg: attendance, behaviour etc.

6. To receive reports on and critically discuss the effectiveness of all the school’s teaching and learning and curriculum and assessment policies, taking account of statutory guidance where appropriate; this will include the impact of the Pupil Premium and Year 7 catch-up. To make representations to the full Governing Body for changes as necessary, including:

i) the provision for collective worship and RE in line with the locally agreed syllabus

ii) the school’s policy on sex education (non-statutory)

iii) the school’s policy on charging and remissions

iv) the school’s policy on special educational needs; and

v) the school’s policy for PSHE and Citizenship (non-statutory)

7. To ensure governors have a clear understanding of the school’s performance data and an accurate view of how well pupils and groups of pupils are achieving compared with those in other similar schools and nationally.

8. To ensure pupils are making appropriate progress towards targets. This may include discussion of performance data including the School Data Dashboard, RAISEonline, the LA Databook, Level 3 Value Added (and ALIS or ALPS as appropriate) and the school’s own tracking data.

9. To consult with and provide information to parents and the wider community on matters relating to teaching and learning and the curriculum.

10. To ensure all pupils, particularly those in vulnerable groups (pupils entitled to the pupil premium), (SEN&D - Special Education Needs and Disability) etc, make good progress in relation to individual needs and abilities through flexible and effective use of the resources available to the school. To ensure that expectations for learning for all groups of pupils are high and pupils participate fully in all aspects of school life.

11. To consider and give advice on any matter involving the curriculum referred to it by the Governing Body.

Delegated Functions Overview

The following functions can be delegated to a committee, but cannot be delegated to an individual:

i) Functions relating to the alteration, discontinuance or change of category of maintained schools;

ii) Functions relating to the approval of the first formal budget plan of the financial year;

iii) Functions relating to school discipline policies;

iv) Functions relating to the exclusions of pupils (except in an emergency when the Chair has the power to exercise these functions);

v) Functions relating to admissions.

The Governing Body cannot delegate any functions relating to: the constitution of the Governing Body (unless otherwise provided by the Constitution Regulations), the appointment or removal of the Chair and Vice-Chair, the appointment of the Clerk, the suspension of Governors, the delegation of functions and the establishment of committees.

Appointment of Chair and Clerk

The appointment of the Chair of the committee and the Clerk shall be determined by the committee and should be reviewed at the first meeting of the school year.

Minutes

A written record should be kept of the meeting of the committee including details of those present. These minutes should be submitted to the next full Governing Body meeting through the Clerk to the Governing Body.

Convening Meetings

A meeting shall be convened at the request of the Chair, the Head or any two of the members of the committee. Every member of the committee and the Head shall be given at least seven days clear notice of the committee meeting.

 

 

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

FINANCE

(Reviewed July 2014)

Composition

A minimum of three members of the Governing Body.

The Governing Body must determine the membership and proceedings of any committee. The Governing Body must also review the establishment, terms of reference, constitution and membership of any committee annually. The membership of any committee may include associate members, provided that a majority of members of the committee are governors. Each committee must have a Chair, who is either appointed by the Governing Body or elected by the committee. The Governing Body may remove the Chair of a committee from office at any time.

Quorum

The quorum for the meeting of the committee shall not be less than three members of the Governing Body.

Terms of Reference

1. To monitor each year’s School Improvement Plan, and it’s clear links to the annual budget plan.

2. The full governing body must approve the budget each year and is accountable for managing the finances of the school. Governing bodies generally scrutinise the budget through a finance committee. This allows governors to retain oversight of the decision-making process and to ensure the head teacher accounts regularly for the school’s spending. Governors must assure themselves that the school is securing value for money and acting with financial probity. We strongly recommend that schools recruit one or more governors with sufficient financial skills and experience to undertake effective financial scrutiny.

3. To monitor the budget and make recommendations to the Governing Body for any in-year changes to the spending plans.

4. To review the School Finance Regulations and Procedures annually and to make recommendations for any changes and additions to the Governing Body. The Local Authority Finance Section will alert schools to any changes via the Schools Extranet.

5. To approve virements between budget heads in excess of any delegation granted to the Headteacher under the Governors’ Scheme of Financial Delegation. 

6. To consider and make recommendation to the Governing Body concerning any proposal involving on-going rental expenditure not provided for in the Governors’ Scheme of Financial Delegation. (Any rental agreements and leases should be forwarded to Eddie Grant at DCC for consideration)

7. To be responsible for contractual arrangements in respect of items approved by the Governing Body in accordance with Council Standing Orders and Financial Regulations including the placing and opening of tenders, obtaining quotes and recommendations to the Governing Body concerning acceptance, in accordance with your quotation and tendering limits.

8. To consider proposals involving additional expenditure from other committees and make recommendations to the Governing Body.

9. To ensure that the SFVS is completed and submitted to the LA Audit Section by 31 March each year.

10. To determine with the Premises Committee (if established) the arrangements and the scale of charges for the letting of school premises and other remissions.

11. To consider and give advice on any matter involving finance or financial management referred to by the Governing Body.

12. To ensure that the principles of Best Value are followed when making decisions.

Functions Delegated to the Headteacher

As per the Governors’ Scheme of Financial Delegation.

Example

Headteacher to be responsible for the day-to-day management of the budget and subject reporting to the Resource Committee:

a) To make permitted virements within the budget to a maximum of the agreed limit.

b) To make a purchase up to the value of the agreed quotation limit without obtaining three written quotations, but ensuring that the school obtains best value for money.

c) To make purchases up to the value of the agreed limit of all invoices per year.

Delegated Functions Overview

The following functions can be delegated to a committee, but cannot be delegated to an individual:

i) Functions relating to the alteration, discontinuance or change of category of maintained schools; 

ii) Functions relating to the approval of the first formal budget plan of the financial year;

iii) Functions relating to school discipline policies;

iv) Functions relating to the exclusions of pupils (except in an emergency when the Chair has the power to exercise these functions);

v) Functions relating to admissions.

The Governing Body cannot delegate any functions relating to: the constitution of the Governing Body (unless otherwise provided by the Constitution Regulations), the appointment or removal of the Chair and Vice-Chair, the appointment of the Clerk, the suspension of governors, the delegation of functions and the establishment of committees.

Appointment of Chair and Clerk

The appointment of the Chair of the committee and the Clerk shall be determined by the committee and should be reviewed at the first meeting of the school year.

Minutes

A written record should be kept of the meeting of the committee including details of those present. These Minutes should be submitted to the next full Governing Body meeting through the Clerk to the Governing Body.

Convening Meetings

A meeting shall be convened at the request of the Chair, the Headteacher or any two of the members of the committee. Every member of the committee and the Headteacher shall be given at least seven days clear notice of the committee meetings.

 

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

PREMISES / HEALTH & SAFETY

(Reviewed July 2014)

Composition

A minimum of three members of the Governing Body.

The Governing Body must determine the membership and proceedings of any committee. The Governing Body must also review the establishment, terms of reference, constitution and membership of any committee annually. The membership of any committee may include associate members, provided that a majority of members of the committee are governors. Each committee must have a Chair, who is either appointed by the Governing Body or elected by the committee. The Governing Body may remove the Chair of a committee from office at any time.

Quorum

The quorum for a meeting of the committee shall not be less than three members of the Governing Body.

Terms of Reference

1. To monitor the implementation of the Children and Younger Adults Department Health and Safety Policy as far as it affects the school and ensure that a school health and safety policy and appropriate risk assessments are in place and used in order to safeguard the health and safety of employees, pupils and visitors to the school. To consider health and safety implications relating to Governing body decisions and make recommendations to the Governing Body. To receive an annual report relating to health and safety and report this back to the Governing Body. To carry out periodic health and safety inspections with the school management. To monitor health and safety performance on an on-going basis

2. To be responsible for monitoring the fabric of the school premises and within the budget provision, authorising maintenance work.

3. To be jointly responsible with the finance committee, for determining a policy and scale of charges for the letting of the premises. Under the Education Act 2002 the Governing Body must consult the LA, school staff and parents of registered pupils of the school, registered pupils where this is appropriate and such other persons the Governing Body consider appropriate before it provides any community facilities or services. 

4. To be responsible for monitoring the performance of the cleaning, ground maintenance and catering services.

5. To be responsible for overseeing the arrangements for caretaking.

6. To consider improvements/alterations to school premises and to make recommendations to the Governing Body, which shall forward proposals to the LA for consideration and approval.

7. To draft/agree specifications for any work to the building to be undertaken by outside contractors, this is funded from the delegated budget.

8. To be responsible for monitoring the arrangements for the security of the premises.

9. To consider requests to improve/replace furnishings within the school, within budget provision.

10. To annually inspect the premises and grounds and oversee the preparation of a statement of priorities for maintenance and development for the approval of the Governing Body (with reference to the Asset Management Plan).

11.

12. To regularly review the need for structural repairs and maintenance for which the Local Authority is responsible.

13. To makes recommendations for updating the School Improvement Plan as it relates to the management of school premises.

14. Accessibility planning

Functions Delegated to the Headteacher

i) To be responsible for day to day minor repairs and maintenance.

ii) To be responsible for the arrangements for letting the school premises.

iii) To be responsible for liaison with contractors where such work is funded from the school’s budget.

iv) To take such other urgent action on premises issues as is required in consultation with the Chair of the Committee and if appropriate the LA.

v) To be responsible for the day to day health and safety arrangements in the school.

Delegated Functions Overview

The Governing Body must:

i) Approve the annual maintenance programme.

ii) Consider recommendations from the committee for improvements/alterations to the school premises not contained within the budget provision.

iii) Approve tenders and expenditures for all building or civil engineering contracts in excess of £10,000, which is to be funded from the school’s delegated budget and inform the LA (as expenditure in excess of £10,000 has capital implications).

Appointment of Chair and Clerk

The appointment of the Chair of the Committee and the Clerk shall be determined by the committee and should be reviewed at the first meting of the school year.

Minutes

A written record should be kept of the meeting of the committee including details of those present. These minutes should be submitted to the next full Governing Body meeting through the Clerk to the Governing Body.

Convening Meetings

A meeting shall be convened at the request of the Chair, the Headteacher or any two members of the committee. Every member of the committee and the Headteacher shall be given at least seven days clear notice of the committee meeting.

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