The Governing BODY
The School Governors play a strategic role in making decisions and taking action to improve the standards of teaching and learning for all pupils at the school, in a safe and stimulating environment.
What are school Governors?
School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. They appoint headteachers and other staff.
Governors have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing body.
What do Governors do?
It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.
The role of the governing body is a strategic one. It has three core strategic functions:
- To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
- To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent
Governors do not get involved in the day-to-day management of the school. That is the headteacher’s responsibility.
At Little Hill Primary School the governing body comprises of up to 11 people made up of Local Authority nominations, parents, staff at the school and members of the local community.
- Parent governors are selected by election and are drawn from parents and carers of pupils at the school.
- Staff governors – selected by election from teaching and support staff paid to work at the school.
- Community governors – appointed by the governing body to represent community interests.
Meet Our Governors
|Name||Type of Appointment|
Chair Community Governor
|Fiona Weston||Vice Chair of Governors Chair of Health & Safety Committee
|Andy Wilkinson||Chair of Finance Committee
|James Blacklaws||Finance Committee Parent Governor|
|Selina Jones||Chair of Curriculum Committee
Parent Governor Curriculum Committee
|Natalie Austin||Parent Governor Finance Committee|
|Vina Pankhania||Staff (Headteacher)|
|Emma Jarvis||Staff Governor (Teacher) Curriculum Committee|
|Helen Cartledge-Splitt||Staff Governor (Deputy HeadTeacher) Finance Committee|
|Rachael Holt||Staff Governor (Teacher) Curriculum Committee|
There are three sub-committees of the governing body which facilitate its work and they are:
The Data, Pupil & Curriculum Committee
This committee ensures that a wide range of experience and viewpoints are taken into consideration when they meet to discuss the following aspects that impact on teaching and learning and the opportunities that are available to pupils.
The committee has responsibility for:
- Monitoring & reviewing information on School Performance to include Raise Online & Data Dashboard.
- Monitoring & reviewing school targets.
- Monitoring and reviewing in year progress for all year groups and all groups of pupils.
- Comparing school performance against national data.
- Reporting to parents according to statutory requirements.
- Monitoring achievement for all groups of pupils (inc. pupil premium).
- Monitoring pupils' work and carry out pupil conversations.
- Monitoring school target setting systems and how this is reported to parents.
Teaching & Learning:
- Reviewing Raise Online / Data Dashboard, ensuring the school is meeting standards.
- Ensuring targeted support and action plans are in place for all teachers who are not at least good.
- Monitoring and reviewing the quality of teaching across the school.
- Monitoring teaching for groups of pupils (inc. pupil premium).
- Monitoring intervention groups for all groups of pupils.
- Monitoring homework arrangements.
- Ensuring the school is meeting National Curriculum requirements and to review the Curriculum Policy Statement ensuring it meets pupils' needs.
- Monitoring and reviewing the curriculum with a focus on basic skills.
- Monitoring skills coverage of curriculum in all subjects.
- Parental engagement.
- Reviewing & updating SEF (Self Evaluation Form).
- Monitoring & reviewing School Improvement Plan.
- Monitoring how the school is developing pupils' spiritual, cultural, social and moral awareness.
Behaviour & Attendance:
- Review Behaviour Policy and monitor school behaviour.
- Review and Monitor attendance data against the school and national targets.
The Staffing and Finance Committee
This committee provides guidance to the governing body and Headteacher on all matters relating to finance, as outlined in the School’s Financial Regulations & Standing Orders. These will include:
- Producing & approving the annual budget and present it to the full Governing Body for ratification.
- Reviewing the actual expenditure and monitoring statements at least once a term.
- Receiving & Reviewing financial projections.
- Approving expenditure and virements of sums over £5000, sums below that amount are delegated to the Head Teacher.
- Conforming to the School's Financial Value Standards in Schools.
- Assessing the financial progress towards achieving the objectives of the School Improvement Plan.
- Reviewing leases & contracts – including traded services.
- Ensuring Best Value principles apply.
- Reviewing the financial implications on the budget of the Pay & Conditions document.
- Receiving LA Budget and Out turn Statement (Section 122).
- Receive the annual accounts and certificate of an audit of The School Fund Account and other voluntary funds held within the school – Assessing the school's insurance cover to ensure that it provides adequate protection against risks.
- Reviewing and approving the petty cash to be held by the school.
- Ensuring LA financial procedures are complied with.
- Obtaining quotations with a view to placing contracts/orders, once the relevant Committee has drawn up a specification.
- Considering applications from staff for variation to contract (secondments, early retirements, leave of absence, reduced working hours etc.).
- Ensuring all personnel records are held securely.
- Reviewing annually the staffing structure of the school, ensuring that it meets the requirements of the curriculum and is in line with the School Improvement Plan.
- Reviewing staff work/life balance, working conditions and well-being, including the monitoring of absence.
- Implementing the Appraisal Policy and monitor teacher appraisal process.
- Equal Opportunities.
- Establishing & maintaining a rolling programme for Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Checks.
- Staff training and CPD.
- Staff Grievance and Discipline (in line with school policies).
- Staff dismissal, redundancy, and redeployment.
The Safe Guarding Health and Safety Committee
Premises Health & Safety:
- Review the school's Health & Safety Policy on an annual basis.
- Receive a regular report on accident statistics, near misses and incidents of violence or aggression.
- Comply with current fire safety legislation & regulations: ‘level one’ fire risk assessment should be carried out by the school on an annual basis; ‘level 2’ or technical fire risk assessment is reviewed bi-annually.
- Ensure Risk Assessments are carried out and reviewed on a regular basis.
- Inspect the school site and buildings to enable maintenance and improvement, including security. (Site visit)
- Review and authorise upcoming off site activities, ensuring that health and safety planning and risk assessments that have been undertaken for them.
- Receive reports and audits from Health & Safety representatives (to include Care taking & Cleaning).
- Ensure staff & Governors undertake appropriate Health & Safety Training.
- Monitor all safeguarding procedures.
- Ensure that Health & Safety documents and records are up to date:
- Fire log book.
- Asbestos on site.
- Premise log book (PAT Testing, Glazing Inspections, an annual check of PE Equipment / Playground Equipment.
- Establish & review an Accessibility Plan.
- Review e-safety policy & procedures.
Chair of Governors may be contacted by leaving a message at the office or by letter, addressed Private and Confidential to the school's address.