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Governing Body

The Governing Body plays a key role in helping oversee the strategic direction of the school and works in partnership with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team.  The main aim of a Governing body is to ensure the delivery of a high standard of education for all pupils in its care.

 

The governing body has three main roles:

 

 Strategic

The Governing Body sets the general direction of the school, looking at how it should best develop and improve.  This is done by reviewing and agreeing policies, setting targets and priorities and monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives.  Strategic thinking is not always linked with the curriculum and it does not mean just responding to weakness.

Critical Friend

The Governing Body works with the Headteacher and creates a clear understanding of the challenges faced in managing the school. The Governing Body is able to question and challenge. A good working relationship is essential as a real critical friendship is only achieved where there is trust and mutual respect.

Accountability

The school is a business and its stakeholders are the learners. The Governing Body has a professional attitude and uses its collective skills to benefit the learners. It gathers views, ask questions and decides what is best for the school and the children. The governing body is answerable to the parents and the wider community.

 

Governor Name

Type of Governor

Committee

Chair

Standards Committee Member

Pupil Support Committee Member

Finance and Resource Committee Member

Connections to Staff

Yes or No

If Yes, who and how.

Term of Office End Date

Business Interests Declared

Mrs Patricia Jones 

Co-opted Governor

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

18.5.2018

Yes, None Stated

Mrs Christine Freeman

Co-opted Governor

 

Yes

 

No

18.5.2018

Yes, None Stated

Mrs Emma Gater

Principal 

 

 

 

 Yes

No

N/a

Yes, None Stated

Mrs Ruth Argyle

Staff Governor

Yes

 

 Yes

No

02.02.2019

Yes, None Stated

Mrs Diane Swift

Co-opted Governor

Yes

 

 

No

18.5.2018

Declared Business Interests: Works for Keele & North Staffs Primary SCITT which comes under the governance of The Meadows Primary Academy.

Other School Governor Posts: Director, Societas Trust, Governor at Seabridge Primary School

Mrs Lindsay Armstrong

Associate Member

 

 

 Yes

 

No

14.03.2019

Yes, None Stated

Mr Lee Thomas

Local Authority Governor

 Finance Committee Chair

 

 

Yes

No

6.10.2018

Yes, None Stated

Mrs Emma Chapman

Parent Governor

 Pupil Support Chair

 

Yes

 

No

27.09.2018

Yes, None Stated

Mrs Hayley Lockett

Parent Governor

Standards Chair 

Yes

 

No

31.08.2019 

Yes, None Stated 

Mr Tony Mathews

Co-opted Governor

Yes No 04.12.2019 Yes, None Stated

Mrs Fiona Stagg (Chair)

 Co-opted Governor

Yes No 07.02.2020 NLG, Chair of Governors at St John's Primary,ST9 0EJ, Governance Consultant, Associate consultant Hempstalls TSA and BTSA

Miss Amy James

Associate Member

  Yes No 04.04.2020 Yes, None Stated

 

Di Swift an Independent Adviser with the Societas MAT. 

 

Link Governors

Safeguarding/Child Protection/CiC Governor

Pat Jones & Emma Chapman

Health & Safety Governor & E-Safety

Chris Freeman

SEN/ Inclusion Governor

Pat Jones & Lindsay Armstrong

Pupil Premium Governor

Di Swift & Fiona Stagg

Performance Management– Head Teacher

Pat Jones, Chris Freeman

& Lee Thomas

English

Fiona Stagg & Chris Freeman

Maths

Pat Jones & Tony Matthews

Sports Funding

Ruth Argyle

Induction, Training and Development

Ruth Argyle

Finance

Lee Thomas & Tony Matthews

EYFS

Hayley Lockett

 

 

Structure and Responsibilities of the Governing Body

Pupil Support Committee

Chris Freeman

Pat Jones

Lindsay Armstrong (Associate)

Emma Chapman

Links with Learning Mentor, Family Liaison, School Nurse, Caretaker/Janitor

Remit:

  • Health, safety and well being of staff and pupils
  • Community cohesion and inclusive practice – gender, race, disability etc. including equal opportunity and tackling discrimination
  • Punctuality and  attendance
  • Behaviour
  • Personal development and well being
  • Care, guidance and support for learners
  • Pupil contribution to the school and wider community
  • Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • Safeguarding policies and procedures, including child protection and safe recruitment

 

Finance and Resources Committee

Pat Jones

Lee Thomas

Link with Business Manager

Remit:

  • Annual budget
  • Level of financial delegation to HT
  • Best value
  • Maintenance, repairs and redecoration
  • Staffing structure and pay and conditiions
  • Performance Management procedures
  • Effectiveness of partnerships
  • Procedures for staff conduct and discipline
  • Improvement plans

 

Standards Committee

Ruth Argyle

Pat Jones

Di Swift

Links with Key Stage Leaders, Curriculum Leaders

Remit:

  • Rates of progress and standards of achievement
  • Broad and balanced curriculum fulfilling statutory requirements
  • Priorities for improvement , monitoring and evaluating impact
  • Developing and reviewing appropriate policies
  • Effectiveness of leadership and management
  • Impact of CPD (Continuing Professional Development)
  • SEN
  • Quality of the curriculum
  • Impact of actions/interventions to improve differential standards e.g. SEN, gender, FSM, CiC,  Pupil Premium, EAL
  • Identifying and celebrating achievement

 

The following cannot be delegated:

  • Approval of annual budget
  • Appointment of Headteacher and Deputy headteacher
  • Setting end of Key Stage targets
  • Approval of school policies on sex and relationships education and religious education  

 

 

How to contact the Chair of Governors:

Mrs Fiona Stagg (Care of the School)  

The Meadows Primary Academy,  

Poplar Drive,

Blurton 

ST3 3AZ

Email Address – office@themeadowsprimaryacademy.org.uk