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St Peter's Church Of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Aspire, Persevere, Achieve

Governors 

 

 

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Board of St Peter’s C. of E. (V.C.) Primary School, Sible Hedingham

July 2018

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all Governing Boards, the 3 core strategic functions of the St Peter’s C of E (V.C.)  Primary School Governing Board are:

1.      Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2.                  Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its Pupils;

3.                  Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

Governance arrangements

The Governing Board of St Peter’s C of E (V.C.) Primary School is made up of 2 Staff Governors (including the Headteacher), 4 elected Parent Governors, 1 Authority Governor, 3 Foundation Governors and 4 Co-opted Governors. Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Board and are people who, in the opinion of the Governing Board, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

Mrs Nicola Adams took on the role of Chairman of the Governing Board, with Mr Bob Darkins as Vice-Chairman.

Mr Dave Heather and Mr Andy Stopps were appointed to the Governing Board during the last academic year.

Mrs Clair Page resigned from the Governing Board in November 2017.

There is currently a Co-opted vacancy and a Foundation DBE vacancy.

The full Governing Board meets at least once each term, and we also have a number of Committees to consider different aspects of the school in detail.  At St Peter’s Primary School we have a Finance & Personnel Committee, a Premises Committee, a Curriculum & Pupil Related Committee, and a Pay and Performance Committee.  We also have Committees that meet if required to consider pupil discipline and staffing matters.

See p3 for a list of Governors.

Attendance record of Governors

Governors have good attendance at meetings and we have never cancelled a meeting because it was not “quorate” (the number of Governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made).

See Page 4 for details of individual Governors’ attendance at meetings.

The work that we have done on our Committees and in the Governing Board

The Governing Board has met once a term and considers every aspect of the running and governing of the school to ensure the school provides a balanced curriculum that meets all statutory duties.  It takes assurances from the Curriculum Committee and looks in detail at the delivery of the curriculum to hold the school to account for the achievements of the children.  The Finance and Personnel Committee scrutinises the use of funds at the school, examining the budgets to ensure that the school remains in financial balance; that the finances are spent wisely and reports are sent to the Governing Board on financial matters and changes in personnel and performance.

Maintenance and development of the school grounds is considered by the Premises Committee to ensure the school is fit for purpose and safe.

 

The Governing Board is assured through inspections by the Governors themselves into every aspect of school life, their attendance at schools events, as well as by independent inspectors such as our SIAMS inspector who agree that we are a good school with elements of outstanding.

Governors are confident that all children at the school are developed to their full potential and that the school is proactive in improving through the delivery and monitoring of the School Improvement Plan.

 

We maintain our ethos as a Church of England school and the values ‘TERRIFIC’ run through every aspect of school life supporting our aims and objectives to ‘aspire, persevere and achieve.’

Future plans for the Governors

The Governing Board continues to develop and undertake training to ensure we can fully support the school, staff and children.  Our programme for visits will continue to support rising standards and the achievement of the school overall, but at the same time our role as critical friend continues ensuring that all children are supported to thrive and succeed.

How you can contact the Governing Board

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chairman of the Governing Board, Mrs Nicola Adams, or the Clerk to the Governing Board, via the school office.

 

 

  

St Peter’s C of E (V.C.) Primary School Governing Board

 

Governor

 

Category

Term of office expiry date

Mr Fergus Ranson

Authority Governor

05.11.2021

Mr Robert Darkins – Vice-Chairman of the Governing Board

Mrs Jill Hodges

Co-opted Governor

Co-opted Governor

09.11.2020

30.11.2018

Mr David Heather

VACANCY

Revd Liz Paxton

Co-opted Governor

Co-opted

Foundation Ex.0fficio

11.07.2021

-

-

Mrs Selina Fitzgerald

Foundation PCC Governor

27.10.2020

VACANCY

Foundation DBE Governor

-

Mrs Jennifer Carlton

Parent Governor

23.01.2021

Mr Martin Lee

Parent Governor

12.03.2019

Mrs Nicola Adams – Chairman of the Governing Board

Parent Governor

05.02.2022

Mr Andrew Stopps

Parent Governor

05.02.2022

Mrs Sue Craig

Miss Julie Harper

Staff Governor

The Head

31.03.2020

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St Peter’s C of E (V.C.) Primary School Governors’ Attendance Record for 2017-2018

 

Governor

Governing Board

Number of Meetings

4

Finance & Personnel

Number of Meetings

4

Pay

Number of Meetings  1

Premises

Number of Meetings

3

Curriculum

Number of Meetings

3

Mr Fergus Ranson

2

-

-

3

-

Mrs Jill Hodges

4

4

1

-

3

Revd Liz Paxton

4

-

-

-

-

Mrs Clair Page

(RESIGNED OCTOBER 2017)

1

-

-

0

0

Mrs Nicola Adams

4

3

-

-

1

(Observer)

Mrs Jennifer Carlton

3

-

1

 

2

Mr Martin Lee

4

4

1

-

3

Miss Julie Harper

4

4

1

3

3

Mrs Sue Craig

3

-

-

3

3

Mr Bob Darkins

3

2

-

1

-

Mrs Selina Fitzgerald

4

-

-

-

2

Mr David Heather

3

-

-

3

-

Mr Andrew Stopps

2

(New Governor)

3

-

-

-

 

 

 

Governors Committee Membership details and Business Interests

updated July 2018

 

Name of Governor or Associate Member

Category of Governor & Term of Office

Appointing Body

e.g.

Governing Board,

Local Authority,

Foundation

Diocese

Membership of

committees

Positions of Responsibility

Relevant Business Interests that could present a conflict of interest

Including whether a Governor at another school

Personal relationship (if any) with members of school staff e.g. spouse, partner, relative

Mr Fergus Ranson

Authority

to

05.11.2021

Essex

County

Council

Chairman of Premises

Committee

Chairman of Staff Grievance/Disciplinary/

Dismissal

Chairman of Pupil Exclusions Committee

Technologies

Governor

Riverside Plumbing &

Heating - various plumbing & heating services

None

Mrs Jill Hodges

Co-opted

to

30.11.2022

Governing Board

Finance & Personnel

Curriculum

Pay

Staff Grievance Appeals

Pupil Exclusions

SEND/CLA Governor

Literacy Governor

Pupil Premium

Governor

Retired

None

Mr Robert Darkins

Co-opted

to

09.11.2020

Governing Board

Finance & Personnel

Pay Appeals

Staff Grievance/

Disciplinary/

Dismissal

 

Vice-Chairman of the Governing Board

Health & Safety Governor

Whistleblowing

Governor

Retired

Darkins Supply Stores –Supplier of hardware to school

None

Mrs Nicola Adams

Parent

to

05.02.2022

Governing Board

Finance & Personnel

Headteacher’s Performance

Management

Chairman of the

Governing Board

1st Contact Beyond the Headteacher

Freedom of Information Governor

Data Protection

Governor

Single Central Record

NHS Thurrock CCG

Aston Russell Ltd

None

Mr David Heather

Co-opted

To

11.07.2021

Governing Board

Premises

Health & Safety

Governor

Self Employed

What A Difference A Dave Makes

General Building &

Maintenance

1st Castle Hedingham Cub Scout Group

None

VACANCY

Co-opted

Governing

Board

-

-

-

-

VACANCY

Foundation

DBE

Diocese

-

-

-

-

Revd Liz Paxton

Foundation

Ex-Officio

 

Diocese

Pay

Headteacher’s Performance Management

Staff Grievance/

Disciplinary/

Dismissal

Pupil Exclusions

RE/Collective

Worship

Governor

Church of England Priest

Websters Almshouses Trust

Pensioner Director of Diageo Pension Fund

 

None

Mrs Selina Fitzgerald

Foundation

PCC

to 27.10.2020

 

Curriculum

Pay Appeals

Training Link

Governor

EYFS

Governor

Hedingham Hounds

None

Mrs Jennifer Carlton

Parent

to

23.01.2021

Parents

Chairman of Curriculum

Committee

Premises

Pay Appeals

Chairman of Staff Grievance Appeals

 

More Able

Governor

Pupil Attendance

Governor

Teacher

None

Mr Martin Lee

Parent

to 12.03.2019

Parents

Chairman of Finance & Personnel Committee

Curriculum

HT PM

Chairman of Pay

Committee

 

Safeguarding/

Child Protection

Governor

Mathematics Governor

Retired

 

Security Consultant

 

Governor Hedingham School Academy from 09/2016

None

Mrs Clair Page

 

Parent

to

31.12.2019

RESIGNED

17.10.2017

Parents

Premises

Finance & Personnel

Curriculum

Staff Grievance Appeals

Humanities

Governor

None

None

Mr Andrew Stopps

Parent

to

05.02.2022

Parents

Finance & Personnel

-

-

Family member is employed at the School

Mrs Susan Craig

Staff

to

31.03.2020

Staff

Curriculum

Premises

Teacher at St Peter’s, Sible

Hedingham

None

None

Miss Julie Harper

The Head

Ex-Officio

Curriculum

Premises

Finance & Personnel

Headteacher at St Peter’s. Sible Hedingham

None

None

Mrs Debbie Hilliard

Agency Clerk

EES for Schools Ongoing

Governing Board

n/a

Clerking all Governing Board & Committee Meetings

EES for Schools

None

None