Kingsway Primary School

Kingsway Primary School

School Governors

THE GOVERNING BOARD AT KINGSWAY PRIMARY SCHOOL

The Role of the Governing Board

The Governing Board has three core functions:

In order to fulfil these functions, Governors at Kingsway are linked to committees and areas of the curriculum. These roles enable us to monitor, evaluate and review the progress that is being made towards school improvement and ensure this is achieved within the constraints of the school’s budget. As a Board we are committed to both the challenge and support of school leaders as we all work towards ensuring our children receive the best possible education.

The Governing Body therefore represents one part of the school's overall leadership and management structure. Whilst the Board determines the school's strategic framework the head teacher is the moving force in leading the school and staff, managing the day-to-day activities of teaching, support and planning together with the background that goes along with it. The governing body is NOT involved in the day-to-day running of the school; this is the head teacher's job. However, the governing body is there to promote high standards and support the school in various ways.

Most public organisations, handling public money or delivering a service to the community have some means of being held to account. At Kingsway, the Headteacher accounts for the performance of the school to the governing board. In their turn, governors are accountable in various ways to parents, the LA (Local Authority), OFSTED and the DfE (Department for Education). The board represents many areas of the community and is an important public safeguard. The governing board is the final accountable body for the school.

Current Governors

 

Name

Category

Date appointed

Term End

Delegated Roles

Pecuniary Interests

Lindsay Newton

Clerk

 

 

 

 

Mrs Kristina Frary

Non-Voting Headteacher

 

 

Non-Voting Head

 

Mr Nick Holmes

 

 

 Co-Opted

 March 2016

 March 2020

 Chair

SEND Governor

 

Ms Jane Cocliff

Staff Governor

Feb 2012

Feb 2020

 

SENDCo

Mr Daniel Shaw

Parent Gov

Sept 2016

Sept 2020

 SG Governor

Cousin to member of staff

Vacancy

Parent Gov

 

 

 

 

Councillor Malcolm Boatman

Authority

Sept 2003

July 2017

 

Member of GTC and ERYC, Governor at Boothferry Primary School

Mr Gavin Atkin

Co-Opted

Sept 2016

Sept 2020

 

 

Mrs Michelle Wigglesworth

Co-Opted

Feb 2013

Nov 2022

 PP Governor

Member of Staff

Mr Martin Ruane

Co-Opted

 December 2017

 March 2021

 

 

Mrs Julie Challenger

Co-Opted

 March 2018

 March 2021

 

Sister of member of staff

Vacancy

Co-Opted

Vacancy Co-Opted

 

 

 

 

Vacancy Co-Opted

 

 

 

 

 

Governors who have left in the past 12 months:

Name

Category

Date appointed

Term End

Delegated Roles

Pecuniary Interests

Dr Rachel White

Co-Opted

November 2012

Resigned Oct 2018

 

Member of Staff

Ms Jane Tredgett

Co-Opted

March 2017

Resigned April 2018

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Trustee of RSPCA, Married to Governor

 

Attendance Data for Full Governing Body Meetings 2017-18

Governor

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring

Summer 1

Summer 2

Headteacher

Present Present Present

Present

Present

Dr Rachel White

Present Present Present

Present

Present

Mr Nick Holmes

Present Present Present

Present

Present

Ms Jane Cocliff

Present Present Present

Present

Present

Councillor Malcolm Boatman

Present Present X

Present

Present

Mrs Michelle Wigglesworth

Present Present Present

Present

Present

Mr Martin Ruane

N/a Present Present

Present

X

Mrs Julie Challenger

N/a N/a Present Present Present

Mr Daniel Shaw

Present X X

Present

Present

Mr Gavin Atkin

Present Present Present

Present

Present

Ms Jane Tredgett

Present Present Present N/a N/a

 

Attendance Data for Leadership & Management Committee 2017-18

Governor

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2

Headteacher

Present Present Present Present Present Present

Dr Rachel White

Present Present Present Present X Present

Mr Nick Holmes

Present Present Present Present Present Present

Councillor Malcolm Boatman

Present Present Present Present Present Present

Mr Daniel Shaw

Present X X X X Present

Mr Martin Ruane

N/a N/a Present Present X X

 

Attendance Data for Teaching & Learning Committee 2017-18

Governor

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring Summer 1 Summer 2

Headteacher

Present Cancelled Present Present Present

Dr Rachel White

Present Cancelled Present Present Present

Mr Nick Holmes

Present Cancelled Present Present Present
Mrs Michelle Wigglesworth Present Cancelled X Present X
Mrs Julie Challenger N/a Cancelled N/a Present Present
Ms Jane Tredgett Present Cancelled Present X N/a

 

Attendance Data for Headteacher's Performance Management Committee  2017-18

Governor

Autumn Pre-Review Meeting Autumn Review with School Improvement Partner Spring Internal Review
Headteacher Present Present Present
Mr Nick Holmes Present Present Present
Mr Daniel Shaw X X Present
Dr Rachel White Present Present N/a

 


Committee Structure, Terms of Reference and Membership

The Board has adopted a simplified committee structure from September 2017

Full Governing Body

Chair: Mr Nick Holmes

Vice-Chair: Mrs Julie Challenger

Clerk: Lindsay Newton

 

Mrs Kristina Frary                                         Non-Voting Head

Councillor Malcolm Boatman                  LA Governor

Ms Jane Cocliff                                              Staff Governor

Mr Daniel Shaw                                             Parent Governor

Mr Gavin Atkin                                               Co-Opted Governor

Mrs Michelle Wigglesworth                     Co-Opted Governor

Vacancy                                                           Parent Governor

Mr Martin Ruane                                           Co-Opted Governor

Mrs Julie Challenger                                   Co-Opted Governor  

Vacancy                                                           Co-Opted Governor

Vacancy                                                           Co-Opted Governor

Vacancy                                                           Co-Opted Governor

 

Leadership and Management Committee

Chair: Mr Daniel Shaw

 

Councillor Malcolm Boatman

Mr Nick Holmes

Mr Gavin Atkin

Mrs Julie Challenger

Mr Martin Ruane

 

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Health & Safety: Daniel Shaw 

 

Teaching and Learning Committee

Chair: Mrs Julie Challenger

 

Mrs Michelle Wigglesworth

Mr Nick Holmes

Mrs Julie Challenger

Councillor Malcolm Boatman

Mr Daniel Shaw

Mr Gavin Atkin

Mr Martin Ruane

 

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SEND: Mr Nick Holmes

Arts: Mrs Julie Challenger

 

HT Performance Management Review Committee

Chair: Mr Nick Holmes

 

Mrs Julie Challenger (Chair T&L)

Mr Daniel Shaw (Chair L&M)

 

Councillor Malcolm Boatman (reviewer)

Mr Brian Stillings (School Improvement Partner)

 

Appeals Committee

Three governors not involved in the original decision

 

Complaints/Discipline Committee

Three governors with no prior knowledge of the issue

 

 

 

Leadership and Management Committee

Membership

·         Headteacher, Chair of Governors, 50% other governors (who ideally do not sit on other committees), SBM in attendance;

·         Not chaired by Chair of Governors;

·         When pay or performance review of members of staff are being discussed then, with the exception of the Headteacher, governors who are members of staff may not be in attendance;

·         Quorum: 3.

 

Terms of Reference:

Staffing and Performance Management:

·         Providing recommendations to the governing body regarding the structure, numbers and roles for teaching and support staff, or any variations required;

·         Ensuring dedicated Leadership time is in place to maintain and develop the capacity;

·         Reviewing and approving the pay of staff employed by the school;

·         Ensuring there is a Performance Management policy linked to pay and continuous professional development policies;

·         Ensuring the performance of the teachers is reviewed on a regular basis and teacher’s objectives are recorded by 31 October each year;

·         Determining, in accordance with the school’s pay policy, the level of salary for new appointments;

·         Considering applications from staff for early retirement, extended leave of absence, flexible working or funding of additional qualifications (ad hoc requests for absence are delegated to the Headteacher);

·         Ensuring there is no discrimination against employees in relation to pay, conditions, opportunities, training or dismissals;

·         Ensuring the HT carries out duties in respect of appraising other teachers (standards, arrangements for classroom observations, delegation of PMR, effective and fair implementation of appraisal policy, use of appraisal to propose pay decisions).

 Finance:

·         Following the LA’s system of financial controls;

·         Completing and reviewing the Financial Competency Matrix annually (govs, SLT and relevant Admin staff);

·         Reviewing the School Fund Account, their designated external auditor and making recommendations to FGB for their approval;

·         Consideration of the initial budget and three-year plan and make recommendations to the Full Governing Body;

·         Ensuring sound management of the school’s financial situation and undertaking a detailed budget monitoring role on behalf of the FGB by:

o   Monitoring and evaluating the school’s financial performance against budget;

o   Considering in detail prospective budgets and finance plans;

o   Ensuring systems are in place to ensure Best Value;

o   Considering the School’s Financial Value Statement;

o   Ensuring consistency and adequate explanation of variance;

o   Reporting to FGB on budgetary performance and making recommendations when necessary;

o   Making expenditure/virement decisions up to the agreed limit (see financial delegation document);

o   Reviewing expenditure decisions made by the headteacher with regard to virements;

·         Preparing the draft Scheme of Financial Delegation on an annual basis and recommending it for approval to FGB;

·         Receiving the report of the local authority’s auditors and act upon any recommendations.

Education:

·         Ensuring the School Development Plan is fully costed and provides a sound basis for long-term financial planning;

·         Evaluating the progress/impact of any relevant aims of the SDP as delegated by the FGB.

Pupil (and Staff) Well-Being:

·         Ensuring equal opportunities criteria are met, as required by legislation;

·         Ensuring Health and Safety Guidance is complied with in both school and on Educational Visits;

·         Responsibility for site management and safety;

·         Reviewing, monitoring and signing off, where necessary, risk assessments;

·         Ensuring First Aid provision/equipment is appropriate (including Paediatric First Aid);

·         Ensuring Site Security is sufficient;

·         Ensuring annual fire risk assessments are carried out and precautions are in place.

Community Use of Premises:

·         Making decisions on provision/entering of contracts to provide services/facilities of “charitable purpose” that will benefit pupils and the local community;

·         Ensuring any profits from “charitable purposes” are re-invested in the school.

School Premises:

·         Monitoring and evaluating the performance of the cleaning, grounds maintenance and catering services;

·         Determining the annual maintenance programme and regularly reviewing the need for structural repairs and maintenance.

 

Allocated Committee Roles:

·    Chair

·    Health & Safety (the committee may decide whether to appoint a link depending on skills and experience of members)

 

Delegated Policies/Documents:

Charging & Remissions

Data Protection

Health & Safety

Premises Management Documents

Critical Incidents

CPD for Staff

Policies related to Health & Safety

Accessibility Plan

Data Retention Policy – including protection/handling (in accordance with DPA)

Governors’ Allowances (schemes for paying)

Complaints Policy

Freedom of Information

Inventory (check)

Teacher Appraisal and Performance Management

Scheme of Financial Delegation (recommend to FGB for approval)

SFVS (recommend to FGB for approval)

CRSA

 

Teaching and Learning Committee

Membership:

·     Headteacher, Chair of Governors, 50% other governors (who ideally do not sit on other committees);

·     Not chaired by Chair of Governors;

·     Quorum: 3.

 

Terms of Reference:

Education:

·     Evaluating the progress/impact of any relevant aims of the SDP as delegated by the FGB;

·     Ensuring statutory duties relating to SEND are carried out;

·     Ensuring the SENDCo has sufficient time and resources to carry out their role effectively;

·     Ensuring the national curriculum, Early Years and Foundation Stage curriculum and their assessment procedures are carried out;

·    Monitoring and reviewing school performance and educational standards in all curriculum areas;

·    Monitoring the effectiveness of the school’s curriculum policies;

·    Considering and advising on any matter involving the curriculum referred to it by the governing body;

·    Reviewing school policies (as allocated by FGB) making recommendations to the governing body as necessary;

·    Monitoring the progress and attainment of all pupil groups, highlighting key issues to the full governing body, together with the impact and success of interventions used;

·    Evaluating the impact of SMSC Development and the teaching of British Values in school;

·    Advising the governing body on any local authority statement which names the school;

·    Evaluating personal development aspects of the school;

·    Ensuring the school has effective self-evaluation procedures and that these are used to advise governors on school performance and pupil progress;

·    Making recommendations for updating the School Development Plan and ensuring it is designed to deliver curriculum requirements in line with the school curriculum statement.

 

 

Allocated Committee Roles:

·    Chair

·    SEND Link (statutory)

 

Delegated Policies/Documents:

A Curriculum Statement

Sex & Relationship Education Policy

Assessment and Marking

Broader Curriculum

More Able/Gifted & Talented

EAL

British Values / SMSC

Homework

Maths

English

Science

RE

Educational Visits

SEND

Headteacher Performance Management Review Committee

Membership:

·     Chair of Governors, Chair of Leadership & Management Committee, Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee;

·     Reviewer: another named governor;

·     Governors who are members of staff may not sit on this committee;

·     The annual review and setting of targets meeting (Autumn) is supported by the School Improvement Partner (SIP);

·     Quorum: 2

 

Terms of Reference:

·     With external support undertaking the HT’s appraisal over the past year and setting targets for the current year:

o   Appoint an external advisor with necessary skills, experience and objectivity

o   Inform HT of standards against which performance will be assessed

o   Set objectives (SMART targets)

o   Appraise performance against relevant teaching standards

o   If relevant make a recommendation on HT’s pay to the Leadership & Management Committee (use appraisal evidence)

o   Provide the HT with a written report on their appraisal including assessments and recommendations

o   Determine the appraisal period that applies for both the HT and other staff

·         Undertaking a mid-term review of the Headteacher’s performance against current targets (including a written report of the discussion).

 

Appeals Committee

Membership:

·         Any three governors with no prior knowledge of the matter to be discussed;

·         Governors who are staff may not be members of the committee;

·         Quorum: 3

 

Terms of Reference:

·           To hear appeals against pay policy decisions;

·           To hear appeals against staff dismissal or redundancy decisions;

·           To hear appeals against disciplinary decisions;

·           To act as the grievance appeals panel;

·           To hear parental appeals against exemptions from the National Curriculum.

Complaints and Discipline Committee

Membership:

·         Any three governors with no prior knowledge of the matter to be discussed;

·         Governors who are staff may not be members of the committee;

·         Quorum: 3

Terms of Reference:

·           To consider formal parental complaints in accordance with the School’s Complaint Policy;

·           To undertake statutory responsibilities in relation to reviewing exclusion decisions, and in cases where a pupil has been excluded by the Headteacher:

o   Permanently

o   For a fixed period totalling more than 15 school days within one school term;

o   For a fixed period totalling more than 5 school days within one school term only where parents have requested such a meeting

·           To determine staff disciplinary matters (depending on degree of delegation to the Headteacher)