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Governing Body

Our Local Academy Board is committed to ensuring that all pupils at Miers Court Primary School achieve their full potential.  The members of the Local Academy Board meet on a regular basis to challenge, support and monitor the school's performance.

'The purpose of governance is to provide confident and strong strategic leadership which leads to robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.   

 

All governance boards, no matter what type of school or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:

• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

• Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and

• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.' The Governance Handbook 2019
 

Governors:

 

Chair of Governors: Gill Marshall (contactable via the School Office)

 

Clerk to Governors: Alison Mitchell

 

Head of School Sue Chapman
Staff Governors

Sue Edwards

Vacancy

Co-opted Governors

Dawn Cork

Gill Marshall

Vacancy

Vacancy

Vacancy

Parent Governors

Simon Baggs

Zoe Sindrey

 

The Howard Academy Trust Governance Structure

Governing Body Composition:

 

The constitution for the Local Academy Board is:

 

Head of School, up to 2 parent governors, up to 2 staff governors and up to 5 co-opted governors.

 

The quorum shall be 3 governors or, where greater, any one-third (rounded up) of the total number of governors of the LAB.

 

Meets:

 

The Local Academy Board will meet at least 3 times a year and otherwise as required.

 

Members of the Local Academy Board will have at least seven clear days' notice of the meeting and its agenda, except in the case of an emergency meeting.

 

The agenda and minutes will be produced by the Clerk to Governors and made available to all members of the Local Academy Board via GovernorHub.

 

A copy of the minutes, apart from confidential items, will be available in the school office for inspection by parents/carers and staff.

Pen Picture of Local Academy Board

 

Gill Marshall - Chair of LAB

My name is Gill Marshall and I volunteer as a governor for Miers Court Primary School.  I am employed by Medway Foundation Trust as a children's community nurse and, as a member of the local community, I have made a long-term commitment to Miers Court Primary School by volunteering as a governor for 16 years, and being Chair for 8 years.  During this time, I have sat on other school governing bodies and worked with and appointed several Headteachers, taken part in Ofsted inspections and supported the transition of Miers Court to become an academy.  I continue to enjoy my role as a school governor and feel the experience I have gained enables me to advise and support the hardworking Miers Court staff team.

 

There are seven other governors, including staff who work at Miers Court, parents of children at the school and other individuals with a range of professional backgrounds.  Together we form Miers Court's Local Academy Board (LAB) and we are a strong and committed team.  Our role as a Local Academy Board is a strategic one; we do not get involved with running the school on a day-to-day basis, however we ensure that the school's leadership team has everything in place to enable all children at Miers Court to feel safe and to make progress in their learning.

 

The Local Academy Board help to set the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school ensuring parents are engaged and all statutory duties are met.  We hold the Head of School and the senior leadership team to account by challenging, supporting and monitoring teaching, achievement, behaviour and the safety of the children.  We contribute to the school's self-evaluation and improvement plan and monitor the staff's adherence to this plan.  Governors also monitor the school's finances by discussing the budget at meetings; this includes the expenditure of pupil premium.

 

The LAB meet at least 6 times a year to ensure we work closely with the school.  We visit the school regularly to talk to the staff and children and we also plan visits with a specific focus to enable us to scrutinise a specific area in greater depth.

 

As Chair of the Local Academy Board I also sit on the Regional Governing Board.  All Chairs of Local Academy Boards from The Howard School Trust sit on the Regional Board.  The Board provides another layer of governance which holds the senior leaders from the Trust to account and enables members to share good practice.

 

Sue Chapman - Head of School

As Headteacher, I automatically become a member of the Local Academy Board.  Holding meetings and working alongside the elected Governors is a privilege.  Our Governors give their time and use their skills wisely to support, challenge and improve the lives of all of the children and staff at Miers Court Primary School.

 

Zoe Sindrey - Parent Governor

My name is Zoë Sindrey and I have been a parent at Miers Court since 2010.  I have three children and two of my children still attend Miers Court.  I work part time in a local supermarket as the hours fit nicely around my children.   I have helped out on the PTFA since 2010 and during this time, have seen how some of the daily activities take place within the school.  A vacancy for a parent governor became available so I applied for it and I was successful so I became a parent governor in 2016.  I was interested and intrigued to find out what the position entailed.  I currently specialise in the EYFS area of the school.  I find my role very rewarding and before I became a parent governor did not realise what goes into the daily running of the school.

 

Simon Baggs - Parent Governor

Originally from Manchester, I moved to London in 1999 after attending Lancaster University.  I am a qualified management accountant and corporate restructuring specialist and work at a leading restructuring firm in Central London.  My key skills are financial and operational management issues, as well as corporate restructuring and turnaround.  I have three sons at Miers Court and am keen to ensure the best possible education for all children attending the school, with a particular interest in maths and science.  I have a broad range of interests, from science and technology to history, politics and rugby.  I am also a keen runner and cyclist.

 

Sue Edwards - Staff Governor

My name is Sue Edwards and I am now in my second term as a staff governor. I have been associated to the school for 30 plus years as both my children attended Miers Court.  I was a PTFA member along with being a parent helper when I first started.  I have worked at the school for over 25 years, taking many different roles. I find my roles as a fully trained LSA and a staff governor very rewarding. I have seen many changes throughout the years and am proud to still be a member of the school community.

Dawn Cork - Co-opted Governor

My name is Dawn Cork and I have been a parent at Miers Court since 2010.  I currently have one child at Miers Court who is in his last year.  I applied to be a Governor at Miers Court when my eldest child was in Year 6, when reflecting on her time at Miers Court I felt I wanted to give something back to the school community and help support the onward progress of the school for all future local children.  I am a registered nurse working with cardiac patients in the local community; my links within the local community led to my role on the Local Academy Board as a co-opted governor as opposed to a parent governor.  I have an interest within the Local Academy Board consulting with the school council.  This is a very enjoyable aspect of being a governor, meeting with the school council representatives and getting the children's direct viewpoint on how their school runs and the influence their pupil voice makes.  I am looking forward to continuing to work on the Miers Court Local Academy Board as the school adapts and changes to new challenges and the ongoing demands of a modern education system.

 

 

Name Appointed

Attendance

Declaration of Business Interest

Sue Chapman

Head of School

 

100%

Nil

Sue Edwards

Staff

September 2015

100%

Nil

Simon Baggs

Parent

August 2017

...%

Nil

Zoe Sindrey

Parent

November 2016

...%

Nil

Dawn Cork

Co-opted

August 2017

...%

Nil

Gill Marshall

Co-opted

March 2019

...%

Nil

Owen McColgan

CEO

Accounting Officer

January 2020

Inspiring Change MAT: Member

Medway Academy of Performing Arts: Partner

 

 

Governors left in the last 12 months - 1 - Mrs Lisa Lewis, Headteacher (Oct 2015 to Sept 2019)

Statutory Information

 

 

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