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Meet the Governors

A very warm welcome to Miers Court Primary School from our Governing Body.

 

The Governing Body consists of staff members, people who work in the community, parents and local education authority Governors.

The role of the Governing Body is to oversee the strategic management of the school and to act as a critical friend. The Governors meet three times a year but often pop into school to ensure that they get a good sense of how the school is doing.

 

We are always looking for new members and anybody interested in joining the Governing Body, please either contact the Clerk to Governors, Nicola Nash, or make enquiries at the school office.

 

Our Governors are:

 

Name

Governor Type

Term From

Term To

Roles

Voting Rights

Other Governing Bodies

School Relationships

Tristan Booth

Co-Opted

24.09.15

23.09.19

Chair of Finance Premises

Personnel

Yes

None

Parent

Sue Chapman

Associate Member

 

 

Associate

Deputy Headteacher

No

None

None

Richard Divers

Local Authority

09.01.14

07.01.18

Vice Chair GB

Chair of Curriculum Pastoral Standards

Yes

Holywell Primary School

None

Sue Edwards

Staff

24.09.15

23.09.19

 

Yes

None

Daughter employed at MC

Rinara Grimes

Co-opted

28.04.15

29.04.19

 

Yes

None

None

Lisa Lewis

Headteacher

28.04.15

29.04.19

 

Yes

None

None

Alan Londesbrough

Parent

28.04.15

29.04.18

 

Yes

None

None

Gill Marshall

Co-opted

28.04.15

29.04.19

Chair

Yes

The Howard School

None

Stuart McLeod

Co-opted

28.04.15

29.04.19

 

Yes

None

Carer

Zoe Sindrey Parent 01.09.16 01.09.20   Yes None Parent

Nicola Nash

Clerk

 

 

 

No

None

None

Liz Windon

Co-opted

28.04.15

29.04.19

 

Yes

 

None

 

Register of Governors' Interests

 

Miers Court Governing Body

Terms of Reference for the Governing Body

The main responsibilities to be managed by the Governing Body are outlined below:

* these matters cannot be delegated

General

  • To appoint (or remove) the Chair and Vice Chair
  • To appoint (or dismiss) the Clerk to the governing body
  • To hold at least 3 governing body meetings each year
  • To appoint and remove community, sponsor governors and any associate members
  • To recruit new governors as vacancies arise
  • To set up a register of Governors’ Business Interests
  • To approve and set up a Governors’ Allowances Scheme
  • To decide which functions of the Governing Body will be delegated to a team, or an individual
  • To suspend a governor
  • To receive reports from any team, or individual to whom delegation has been made and to consider whether any further action by the Governing Body is necessary
  • To review the delegation arrangements annually
  • To arrange a suitable induction process and mentoring for newly appointed or elected governors
  • To ensure that the Headteacher provides such reports as requested by the governing body to undertake its role
  • To receive reports on racial incidents.

Staffing

  • To make Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher appointments
  • To dismiss Headteachers
  • To suspend Headteacher
  • To end the suspension of the head
  • To establish a governor panel to hear staff appeals against dismissal and redundancy

Performance Management

  • To determine the timing of the performance management review cycle of the Headteacher and appoint two of three governors to act as reviewers

School Organisation

  • To publish proposals to change category of school
  • To propose to alter or discontinue voluntary, foundation or special school status.

Information for Parents

  • To approve the School Prospectus.
 

 

Membership of the Governing Body

 

G Marshall – Chair

R Divers – Vice Chair

L Lewis – Headteacher

A Londesbrough

S Edwards

R Grimes

S McLeod

L Windon

T Booth

Co-opted Governor Vacancy

Parent Governor Vacancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agreed by the governing body on

 

 

2016

Review Date

 

 

2016

Quorum: one half of the number of governors in post (rounded up)

6

 

Appointment Date

 

Chair of Governors G Marshall

 

 

 

 

Vice Chair R Divers

 

 

 

 

Clerk A Sandys

 

 

 

 

SEN, Child Protection G Marshall

 

 

 

 

                 

 

 

 

 

 

Miers Court Governing Body

Terms of Reference for Curriculum, Pastoral and Standards Committee

The Curriculum, Pastoral and Standards Committee is expected to work within the following terms of reference with a focus on monitoring the School Plan

General

  • To elect a chair
  • To appoint a clerk
  • To undertake monitoring visits to the school
  • To make regular reports to the full governing body
  • Meet at least 3 times each year in terms 2, 4 and 6
  • To approve all school trips involving an overnight stay away from home.

Curriculum

  • To consider and advise the Governing Body on standards and other matters relating to the school’s curriculum, including statutory requirements.
  • To consider curricular issues which have implications for Finance and Personnel decisions and to make recommendations to the relevant committees or the Governing Body.
  • To respond to any complaints over the curriculum and ensure they are considered fairly.
  • To contribute to the School Improvement Plan.
  • To annually review the school’s Curriculum Policy.
  • To monitor and evaluate Section 2 of the SEF (Achievement) and Section 3 of the SEF (Teaching) and make recommendations to the governing body to address any emerging issues.
  • To monitor the views of pupils on the curriculum offered by the school and on pupil progress and achievement and to evaluate the ways in which the school actively responds to pupil views.
  • To monitor the views of parents and carers on the curriculum offered by the schools and on pupil progress and achievement, to provide feedback and to evaluate the ways in which the school actively responds to the views of parents and carers.
  • To ensure that a teaching and learning policy is in place and resourced and to regularly review the operation of the policy.
  • With the assistance of staff, to provide information on how the curriculum is taught, evaluated and resourced.
  • To advise the Governing Body on the content of its discipline policy and to keep this policy under review.
  • To consider and where appropriate approve, on behalf of the Governing Body, all requests for residential educational visits and activities of a hazardous nature. Further, to keep the operation of its visits policy under review.
  • To monitor and evaluate views of learners, parents/carers and other stakeholders and personal development and well- being, and make recommendations to the governing body to address any emerging issues.

Target Setting/Data Analysis

  • To monitor pupil achievement against published targets.
  • To monitor school based, local and national performance data relating to the school and evaluate achievement and progress throughout the school
  • To monitor progress against the curriculum and personnel targets of the School Improvement Plan
  • To understand the performance data for the school
  • To undertake any necessary training (in or out of school) that is necessary to enable effective monitoring of targets
  • To evaluate the extent of success at the end of the set timescale
  • To agree targets

Pastoral Care

  • To monitor and review Child protection policy.
  • To monitor the views of parents and carers on the care offered by the school and on pupil behavior and, to provide feedback and to evaluate the ways in which the school actively responds to the views of parents and carers.
  • To review curriculum-related policies, including SEN, Collective Worship, Sex Education, Religious Education and Drugs Education Policies. And To advise the Governing Body on the discharge of the school’s statutory responsibilities in relation to these policies.
  • To monitor the views of pupils on the care offered by the school and on pupil behavior and to evaluate the ways in which the school actively responds to pupil views.
  • To keep under review the race equality plan, in particular in relation to the curriculum, teaching and learning, assessment, achievement and progress and to report any emerging issues to the governing body.
  • To monitor EAL provision and to ensure that the needs of children are met.
  • To ensure that the school meets the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, and to report on measures taken by the school to ensure that pupils with disabilities are treated no less favorably than other pupils.
  • To monitor and evaluate the equal opportunities policy.
  • To consider ways in which home - school links can be further developed and improved and to make appropriate recommendations including the home-school agreement.
  • To draw up and keep under review a policy on attendance and to monitor the implementation and outcomes of the policy.

 

Extended Services

  • To monitor the impact of any extended services provided against pupil achievement.

 

Membership of the Curriculum, Pastoral and Standards Committee

Quorum

4

Chair

Richard Divers

Vice Chair

Liz Windon

Governor 1

Lisa Lewis

Governor 2

Sue Edwards

Governor 3

Gill Marshall

Governor 4

Stuart McLeod

Governor 5

Alan Londesborough

Governor 6

 

Clerk

Angie Sandys

Agreed by the governing body on

 

 

2016

Review Date

 

 

2016

             

 

 

 

Miers Court Governing Body

Terms of Reference for Finance, Premises and Personnel

The Management Committee is expected to work within the following terms of reference with a focus on monitoring

 

General

  • To elect a Chair
  • To appoint a Clerk
  • To monitor progress against the priorities of the School Improvement Plan particularly those related to finance & premises targets
  • To undertake monitoring visits to the school
  • To make regular reports to the full governing body and FGB to ratify
  • To meet at least 3 times each year in terms 1, 3/4 and 5 (there may be a need to meet in term 4 rather than 3 where the ‘salary calculator’ is not updated in time)
  • Make recommendations to the full Governing Body, or another committee, concerning policy or
  • other matters effecting the financial situation of the school

Budget

  • To maintain an up-to-date ‘balanced’ three year budget plan
  • To report monitoring and rollover to the full governing body, highlighting any significant variances
  • To evaluate any virement recommendations and report to the governing body
  • Analyse and report on Tenders for Contract Services
  • To keep in-school financial procedures under review and to sign the annual Statement of Internal control (SIC)
  • To benchmark school financial performance against similar schools and report to the governing body
  • To analyse and recommend the annual Statement of Internal Control and present to the full governing body
  • To evaluate proposed expenditure following recommendations from Headteachers and present to the governing body
  • To ensure that all spending provides ‘Value for money’ in terms of raising standards in education and to sign the annual Best Value Statement.
  • Recommend the amount which can be vired between budget headings by Headteacher, and monitor the operation of the scheme of delegated authority.
  • Formulate, review and evaluate financial policy and procedure including consideration of long-term planning and resourcing and make reference to the policy when considering all aspects of financial control.
  • Prepare a Charging Policy for the school for approval by/reporting to, the full governing body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premises and Insurance

  • To seek advice from the LA, where appropriate to ensure adequate levels of buildings insurance and personal liability
  • To monitor the implementation of the school buildings strategy
  • To monitor the maintenance plan
  • Consider recommendations for spending on any building, refurbishment, improvement or replacement with priority being given to any health and safety concerns.
  • Inspect the premises, grounds and equipment at least annually and prepare a statement of priorities for maintenance and development to be approved by the full governing body.
  • Review the Asset Management Plan and develop a rolling program of repairs and maintenance. Approve the costs and arrangements for maintenance, repairs and redecoration within the budget allocation.
  • Draw up, and keep under review, an Accessibility Plan, which will meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
  • Recommend to the full governing body proposals for the delegation of authority to Headteachers to take action on minor items of repair and maintenance work subject to a specified financial limit.
  • Agree procedures to be followed for carrying out emergency work and to make recommendations about delegation to Headteachers for taking appropriate action on behalf of the governing body in the event of an emergency.
  • Prepare a lettings policy to be approved by the full governing body and to advise the Governing Body on matters relating to community use.
  • Liaise with the LEA about any matters concerning the school premises and grounds.

Health & Safety

  • To monitor the Health & Safety Policy
  • Prepare and monitor a health and safety policy that complies with legislation and ensure that appropriate checks and assessments are carried out and prioritised for necessary action and provide support and guidance for Headteachers in all matters relating to the school premises and grounds, security and health and safety.

Staffing

  • To review staffing structure
  • To be aware of staff movements and vacancies
  • To agree increments through pay thresholds
  • Monitor personnel levels in the school and satisfy itself that these are sufficient to meet the demands of any legislation covering schools.
  • Reviewing annually all staff pay and oversee the exercise of any pay discretions and reporting to finance committee. (NB. The full governing body should not approve salaries as this does not leave a group of governors able to act in any appeal situation)
  • Monitor or place advertisements for the replacement of staff as delegated by the full Governing Body.
  • Monitor Job Descriptions and ensure they meet the needs of the school and are reviewed on a regular basis or when conditions change.
  • Establish and regular review disciplinary/capability policies and procedures for personnel other than pupils, ensuring that these comply with current regulations.
  • Oversee the consideration of any redundancy need and the establishment and implementation of any redundancy program.
  • Ensure that the governing body appoints three governors to conduct the Performance Review of the Headteachers, and, in addition, a Review Officer/s to investigate any complaint from the Headteacher.
  • Oversee the consideration of requests for leave of absence that extends beyond the discretionary powers available to the Headteachers in the school’s Leave Policy.
  • Establishing, reviewing and ensuring implementation of all policies relating to staff employment including a Leave Policy, Pay Policy and Performance Management and Appraisal Policy.

Membership of the Finance Premises and Personnel Committee

 

Quorum

4

Chair

T Booth

Vice Chair

R Divers

Governor 1

R Grimes

Governor 2

L Lewis

Governor 3

G Marshall

Governor 4

Alan Londesborough

Governor 5

S McLeod

Governor 6

 

Clerk

A Sandys

Agreed by the governing body on

 

 

2016

Review Date

 

 

2016

             

 

 

 

APPENDIX 1

 

 

  1. The Headteacher is authorised to spend the approved budget in accordance with the following:

 

  • Up to £ 5,000.00 in any transaction without any further approval

  • More than £5,000.00 and up to £50,000.00 approval from the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee

  • More than £50,000.00 approval will be from Full Governing Body Committee

 

 

  1. The Headteacher may authorise any payment of salary and other related expenses for staff engaged in accordance with the Personnel Committee's Terms of Reference and the Pay Policy.

 

 

  1. In an emergency situation, the Headteacher is authorised to spend such sums that are necessary to protect the health and safety of pupils, staff, visitors to the school and the fabric of the school buildings and grounds. Where such expenditure is over £15,000.00 it must be discussed and noted at the next meeting of the Finance and Premises Committee.

 

 

  1. Amounts up to £10,000.00 may be vired between budget headings by the Headteacher without first reference to the Finance and Premises Committee.

 

Virements over £10,000.00 and those carried more than once between the same two budgets will not be made without first approval of the Management Committee.

 

 

Date:

 

 

Finance/ Premises / Personnel Management Committee

 

 

 

 

Miers Court Governing Body

 

Terms of Reference for Panel Hearings

 

  • To make any decisions under the Governing Body’s personnel procedures e.g. disciplinary, grievance, capability where the Headteacher is the subject of the action
  • To make any decisions under the Governing Body’s personnel procedures e.g. disciplinary, grievance, capability, unless delegated to the Headteacher
  • To make any determination or decision under the Governing Body’s Complaints Procedure for Parents
  • To consider any appeals against a decision to dismiss a member of staff or to a decision short of dismissal e.g. disciplinary, grievance or capability
  • To make any determinations on behalf of the Governing Body in relation to staff redundancy and redundancy appeals
  • To consider any representations by parents in the case of an exclusion
  • To consider the appropriateness of any permanent exclusion or fixed term exclusion which totals 15 days or more in one term or where a pupil is denied the chance to take a public examination
  • All panels to be convened by the Clerk to the Governing Body.

 

NB Any governor who has participated on a panel for a staffing decision, cannot sit on the appeal panel

 

 

 

 

Quorum

2

Governor 1

Gill Marshall

Governor 2

 

Governor 3

 

 

Lisa Lewis (Headteacher) Initial Contact only

Clerk

A Sandys

Agreed by the governing body on

 

 

2016

Review Date

 

 

2016

             

Membership [not less than 3; 3 or 5 for pupil discipline]

 

Any three governors from a pool of governors [comprised from the whole governing body], who are:

  1. Suitably qualified to undertake the role, and

  2. Available on the date specified

The Headteacher is disqualified from serving in this role

Any governor having a connection with either a pupil, a member of staff or the incident in question which could affect their ability to act impartially, should not serve on the panel.

 

 

 

Miers Court Governing Body

Terms of Reference for the Headteacher's Appraisal Management Group

  • To meet annually with the School External Advisor (SEA) to discuss and determine Headteacher's objectives and performance criteria for the coming year (the planning meeting)
  • To review, with the support of the SEA the performance of the Headteacher against the agreed criteria and determine the recommendation on pay progression (the review meeting)
  • To prepare and agree the Headteacher’s performance review statement, and report to the governing body
  • To monitor through the year the performance of the Headteacher against the agreed criteria and to ensure that appropriate support and development opportunities are provided
  • To make recommendations to the Finance pair/team/etc in respect of pay progression

 

Membership [2 or 3 governors]

 

 

Gill Marshall

Richard Divers

Liz Windon

Alan Londesbrough (back up governor)

Agreed by the governing body on

 

 

2016

Review Date

 

 

2016

 

 

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