Governors

The structure and responsibility of the Local Governing Body is currently being reviewed and will be updated after the schools' academy conversion on the 1st August 2016.

The Local Governing Body will be recruiting two new staff members and electing one parent representative (St Edmund's Primary, Hoxne) during the autumn term 2016/2017

 

The Governing Body

Since the introduction of the new Ofsted Framework in September 2012, the role of Governing Bodies in the leadership of Schools has come under greater scrutiny.  In our Federation, we have always believed that at the heart of every successful school is an effective governing body.  However, in order to lead strategically, a governing body must have the knowledge and systems in place to ensure that they are meeting the requirements of effective governance and that they have access to, and knowledge of how to use a range of information and data.

Governors have three core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the school leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and it’s pupils
  3. Oversight of the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent.

Our Full Governing Body membership is:

Name

Type of Governor

Term of Office

Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne

Principal and CEO

Ex Officio

Dr Martin Aylett

Co-opted governor

01.05.17

Gail Jerman

HoS

01.05.17 Resigned April2017

Heather Lee

Co-opted Governor

01.05.17

Hannah Mayhew (Chair)

Co-opted Governor

 

Dr Margaret Sillis

Co-opted Governor

01.05.17

Susie Collins

Hos  

Tanya Thomas

Co-opted Governor

01.05.17 Resigned

Fairlie Winship

Parent Governor Mendham

 

Stepahnie Clements

   

Stephen Thompson

   

Avril Mattocks

   

Catherine Young

   

Damian Wraight

Co-opted Governor 01.05.17 Resigned 31st July 2016

Dawn Carman-Jones (Chair)

Co-opted Governor 01.05.17 Resigned 31st July 2016

Lucy Davis

Co-opted Governor

11.11.18 Resigned Sept 2016

Sarah Foote

Co-opted Governor

01.05.17 Resigned Sept 2015

Jon Lawrie

Co-opted Governor

01.05.17  Resigned July 2015

Duncan McGregor

Co-opted Governor

01.05.17  Resigned July 2015

 

Denis Pye (vice chair)

Local Authority Governor

01.05.17 Retired Sept 2015

Tracey Tompkins

Co-opted Governor

01.05.17 Resigned Sept 2015

Sam Dobell Parent Governor at St Edmund's

01.03.18  Resigned May 2016

7 co-opted vacancies

Skills required in the Governing body:

Finance, curriculum (maths), broad business experience

 

All Governors are appointed on a 4 year term of office.

Julie Rogers is clerk to the committees and Peter Lambert is the local authority appointed Clerk to the Full Governing Body.

The Staff Governors are elected by staff members.

The Parent Governor is appointed via nomination and election by secret ballot if more than one nomination is received.Only parents at the school where the vacancy exists can vote.

Co-opted Governors are appointed on a skills base by the FGB.

LA Governors are nominated by the school/FGB for approval by the LA.

Associate Governors can be appointed by the FGB for their skill base.  It is not usual that they hold voting rights unless explicitly delegated to them by the FGB.

(correct as at 25.05.16)

Committees

Our Federation has created a structure of committees in order to ensure effective leadership.  By operating in committees it allows:

  • Effective discussion in smaller groups which supports greater challenge.
  • Governors become familiar with specific areas and therefore the requirements to understand all aspects of the school are significantly reduced
  • Specific roles are allocated and schedules are created so that all responsibilities are timetabled
  • Terms of reference for each committee are agreed at the Full Governing Body and therefore governors and committees know what is expected of them and when, as well as how to carry out their duties.

The Waveney Valley Partnership has the following committees

  • Leadership and Management
  • Quality of Teaching/Staff
  • Behaviour and Safety of Pupils
  • Attainment
  • Finance

These committees mirror the Ofsted Framework for Inspection.   All committees have terms of reference to ensure that they are fulfilling the role of being critical friends of the school.  To view the full terms of reference for committees please click here. or request a copy at the school office.

In addition, the School Improvement and Development Plan follows these four areas for objectives and priorities

Members of these committees are listed below:

Leadership & Management Committee

Quality of Teaching/Staff Committee

Behaviour and Safety of Pupils Committee

Curriculum and Attainment Committee

Finance Committee

 

 

Margaret Sillis (Chair)

Hannah Mayhew

 

Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne

Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne

Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne

Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne

Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne

Margaret Sillis

Dawn Carman-Jones

Failie Winship

Martin Aylett

Martin Aylett

 

Heather Lee

Heather Lee

Susie Collins

 

 

Margaret Sillis

Heather Lee

 

(correct as at 25.05.16)

All Governors are welcome to attend any of the Committee meetings should there be items of interest on the agenda.  Most committees meet termly (Leadership and Management meeting more regularly) and Full Governing Body meetings are held half termly.(correct as at 15/04/15)

Governors are also allocated subject area responsibilities or other areas of responsibilities to enable the effective and efficient monitoring of the school and all activities.  These specific roles are:

SEN/Gifted & Talented

Heather Lee

Link Governor

Hannah Mayhew

Literacy/Primary Languages

 

Numeracy

 

Computing

 

Early Years

Heather Lee

Science

Martin Aylett

Arts

 

PSHE

Margaret Sillis

Humanities

Hannah Mayhew

Outdoor Learning/PE

Fairlie Winship

Safeguarding

Margaret Sillis

 (correct as at 25.02.16)

Pecuniary Interests:-

The following Governors declare pecuniary business interests and declare details of other educational establishments they govern.

None

The following Governors have links to the school through relationship of spouses, partners and/or relatives:

None

If you would like to know more about the Governing Body please contact one of the Governors via the school office.

It is expected that Governors will attend FGB and Committee meetings throughout the year, however it is acknowledged that on occassions this is not possible and apologies will be accepted.  It is the decision of the Governing Body that absence will not be consented to and will be recorded as such in minites and the LA informed accordingly.

 

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