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.

Governing bodies are responsible for the strategic management of their school, working to ensure it delivers a good quality education.  

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.

 

GOVERNORS 2020-2021 AND MEMBERSHIP DETAILS

Name

Governor type

Dates of office from/to

Mr Nick Chapman

Co-opted

10.12.2020

09.12.2024

Mrs Lesley Emerson

Associate

08.12.2015

07.12.2023

Mrs Sarah Levell

Staff

20.11.2020

19.11.2024

Mr Craig Malloy

Co-opted

10.12.2020

09.12.2024

Mr David Ribbins

Headteacher

01.09.2019

 

Mr Phil Sheldon

Co-opted

19.09.2019

18.09.2023

Mrs Victoria Christy

Parent

12.01.2018

11.01.2022

Mrs Ruth Palmer

Co-opted 18.01.2018 17.01.2022

Vacancy

Co-opted  

 

Mr Robert Smith

Parent 24.10.2019 23.10.2023

Vacancy

Parent    

Mr David Rust

Co-opted 23.01.2020 22.01.2024

Mrs Elaine Ford

 Associate 23.01.2020 22.01.2024

Mrs Ruth Alexander

 Associate 01.01.2017  

Mrs Nicky Clarke

Associate 01.01.2017  

 

SPECIFIC/INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITIES

ACADEMIC YEAR 2020 - 21

RESPONSIBILITY/FOCUS

GOVERNOR(S)

LIAISON WITH

Chair of Governors Nick Chapman  
Vice Chair of Governors Lesley Emerson  

Community Cohesion

Nick Chapman

Head, Governors

External

Monitoring and Data analysis for progress and achievement

EYFS: Ruth Palmer 

KS1: Lesley Emerson and Ruth palmer

KS2 Victoria Christy and Robert Smith

Head, KS Leaders

Inclusion Manager

EYFS Link

Ruth Palmer

EYFS Leader

Finance and Budget

Craig Malloy

David Rust

Head/SBM

H & S

Nick Chapman

SBM, Head, Site Supervisor

H.R.

Ruth Palmer

Head, Chair

Head’s Appraisal

David Rust

Ruth Palmer

External

Inclusion/vulnerable groups

Victoria Christy

Inclusion Manager

KS1 Link

Lesley Emerson, Ruth Palmer

KS1 Leader

KS2 Link

Victoria Christy and Elaine Ford

KS2 Leader/Head

Looked after children

Victoria Christy and Elaine Ford

Head, Inclusion Manager

Marketing and communications, including website

Phil Sheldon

Deputy + As appropriate

Parents’ participation and feedback

Phil Sheldon

 

Head

Staff

Parents

Policy review cycles

Craig Malloy

SBM/Head

Premises inc. Highways

Nick Chapman

Head/SBM

Site Supervisor

Pupil Premium

Victoria Christy and Phil Sheldon

Head,Inclusion Mgr

Safeguarding

Elaine Ford and Nick Chapman

Designated Safeguarding Lead (PS)

Safer Recruitment

Lesley Emerson, Ruth Palmer, Nick Chapman and Phil Sheldon

Head

Special Educational Needs

Victoria Christy and Elaine Ford

Head, Inclusion Manager

Sports funding

Craig Malloy and David Rust

Head/Sports Funding lead teachers

All Governors have signed the Code of Conduct for Governors and work to the Terms of Reference.

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 Dabrowski

 

REGISTER OF INTERESTS 2020-21

Name

Business Interest

Other governing bodies

Personal relationship with staff or other board members

Victoria Christy

Tutor and childminder

None

No

Ruth Palmer

None

None

No

Craig Malloy

None

Yes

No

Phil Sheldon

None

None

No

Nick Chapman

None

None

No

David Ribbins

None

None

No

Lesley Emerson

None

None

No

John Fulton

None None No

Robert Smith

None None No

Elaine Ford

None None No

David Rust

None None No

Sarah Levell

     

 

GOVERNOR ATTENDANCE 2019-20

 

Nick Chapman 8/8
David Ribbins 8/8
Phil Sheldon 7/8
Victoria Christy 8/8
Lesley Emerson 6/8
Chloe Fallady 5/5
Craig Malloy 6/8
David Rust 4/4
Ruth Palmer 7/8
John Fulton 5/8
Robert Smith 5/6
Scott Fitzsimmons 4/6
Nicky Clarke 8/8
Karen Loomes 8/8
Elaine Ford 4/4

 

 

Governor Files

 

Coming Soon...

23 Mar
Bluebell parents' evening
Date Tue, 23 Mar 2021 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
24 Mar
Parents' evening
Wed, 24 Mar 2021 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
25 Mar
Parents' evening
Thu, 25 Mar 2021 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
26 Mar
End of term
Fri, 26 Mar 2021
13 Apr
Start of term
Tue, 13 Apr 2021
28 May
End of term
Fri, 28 May 2021
7 Jun
Start of term
Mon, 07 Jun 2021
20 Jul
End of term
Tue, 20 Jul 2021
3 Sep
Start of term
Fri, 03 Sep 2021
21 Oct
End of term
Thu, 21 Oct 2021

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