GOVERNING BODY

The Governing Body of Earls Barton Primary School was established on 1st January 2017 in accordance with the Instrument of Government agreed by the Local Authority, as EBPS is a Community School maintained by the Local Authority.

Earls Barton Primary School

SPECIFIC/INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITIES

ACADEMIC YEAR 2017 - 18

 RESPONSIBILITY/FOCUS

 GOVERNOR(S)

 LIAISON WITH

Chair of Governors

Marian Moore

 

Vice Chair of Governors

Lesley Emerson

 

Community Cohesion

Nick Chapman

Head, Governors
External

Data analysis for progress and achievement

Link Governors + Vulnerable groups Governor (Marion Moore, Samantha Mawer, Lesley Emerson, Jackie Wright)

Head, Key Stage Leaders

Inclusion Manager

EYFS Link

Jackie Wright

EYFS Leader

Finance

Craig Malloy

Head/School Business Manager

Health and Safety

Nick Chapman

School Business Manager, Head, Site Supervisor

H.R.

Emma Dutton

Head, Chair

Head’s Appraisal

Lesley Emerson

Nick Chapman

Craig Malloy

External

Inclusion/vulnerable groups

Marion Moore

Steve Buckley

Inclusion Manager

KS1 Link

Lesley Emerson

KS1 Leader

KS2 Link

Samantha Mawer

Jackie Wright

KS2 Leader/Head

Looked after children

Marion Moore

Steve Buckley

Head, Inclusion Manager

Marketing and communications

Phil Sheldon

As appropriate

Parents’ participation and feedback

Emma Dutton

Samantha Mawer

Phil Sheldon

Head

Staff

Parents

Policy review cycles

Craig Malloy

Named Governors

Head,Senior Leadership Team,

External sources

Premises inc. Highways

Nick Chapman

Head/School Business Manager

Site Supervisor

Pupil Premium

Marion Moore

Head,Inclusion Manager

Safeguarding

Marion Moore

Steve Buckley

Designated Safeguarding Lead (PS)

Safer Recruitment

Marion Moore

Lesley Emerson

 

Head

Special Educational Needs

Marion Moore

Steve Buckley

Head, Inclusion Manager

Sports funding

Phil Sheldon

Head/Sports Funding lead teachers

All Governors have signed the Code of Conduct for Governors, and work to the Terms of Reference, both of which are included in this section.

All Governors will sign a Declaration of Interest forms, which identify relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests) including:

  • Governance roles in other educational institutions;
  • Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives)

The Clerk to the Governors is: Helen Debrowski

So what does a Governor do?

We are responsible for working with the Headteacher to raise standards of achievement for all pupils at the school, for setting the budget and for overseeing the curriculum. We also have powers with respect to the appointment and dismissal of staff and the exclusion and re-instatement of pupils.

Why do schools need Governors?

Every school has a governing body to represent the public in the running of schools. School governors bring perspectives from ordinary life and work with the staff and the local authority to help secure the best possible education for the children in the school. They have important responsibilities such as managing the school budget, overseeing the curriculum and appointing staff.

How do Governing bodies work?

Governing bodies must act as a corporate body. They must act with integrity, objectivity and honesty and in the best interests of the school. They must be open about, and prepared to explain, their decisions and actions. The size of the governing body can range from 9 to 20 (this can vary for voluntary aided schools). Each governing body can adopt the most suitable model within certain guiding principles. The governing body should carry out their functions with the aim of taking a largely strategic role in the running of the school.

The governing body will:

  • promote high standards of educational attainment
  • set targets for pupil achievement
  • take general responsibility for the conduct of the school
  • manage the school's budget, including how many staff will work there and their pay
  • make sure that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
  • participate in the appointment of senior staff (including appointing the headteacher)

The Earls Barton Primary School Governors meet formally at least once a term. There are several Standing Agenda Items which must be included, and the remainder of the meeting is organized so that every aspect of the school’s development is covered throughout the year. This includes the updating and revision of those policies which must have Governor approval. These must then be published on the school website. Last year, following a review and evaluation of the Governors’ effectiveness, we changed how we work, and at our review and evaluation at the end of the year we agreed to continue with this, as it had proved to be more efficient in terms of time and communications.   Details of specific Governor focus areas have been agreed for this academic year and cover all aspects previously dealt with by committees, and include new initiatives for which Governors are now responsible. The meetings of the Full Governing Body are now inclusive for all Governors and are enabling active and productive discussions.

We are fortunate at Earls Barton Primary to have very supportive and involved parents, and are committed to ensuring that as Governors we keep parents involved and informed about what is happening. There is a programme of activities which encourage parents to visit the school and see how their children are learning, as well as new ways of ensuring that both staff and Governors have an understanding of the parent voice. Governors are also trying to have a presence at these activities, and welcome feedback from parents/carers, and can also be contacted through either the email address for the website or through the website contact form.

Governor Files

 


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