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Norman Gate Governors Information

Picture 1 Mrs Christine Gayler - Headteacher
Picture 2 Mrs Clare Hannah - Chair of Governors
Picture 3 Mrs Gemma Stafford - Teacher Representive
Picture 4 Mr David Drew - Co-Opted Governor
Picture 5 Mr John Nulty - Co-Opted Governor
Picture 6 Vacancy Autumn 2017

Norman Gate School Governing Body Statement

 

Structure of the Governing Body

 

Governor category

Name

Term of office

Local Authority (LA)

Clare Hannah (Chair)

24.6.15 – 8.1.18

Parent

Vacancy

 

Parent

Vacancy

 

Co-opted

David Drew

24.6.15 – 23.6.19

Co-opted

John Nulty

24.6.15 – 23.6.19

Staff

Gemma Stafford

25.9.12 – 24.9.20

HT

Chris Gayler

 

Clerk Stephanie Jones  

 

The role of the Governing Body

The full Governing Body meet 5 times a year. The role of the Governing Body is to set the strategic direction for the school and most importantly to support and challenge the Head Teacher as well as to be ambassadors for the school.  Prior to each meeting the Head Teacher submits her report to the governors for discussion/questions at the meeting. 

 

Governors demonstrate commitment to the Seven Principles of Public Life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, leadership.

 

The Governing Body keeps informed about the performance of staff, quality of teaching and progress of learning and, through analysis of data, understands how well their pupils perform.  It monitors the SSE and SSP.  It works to ensure all procedures and statutory policies (including Child Protection and Safeguarding) are in place and reviewed regularly and that local and national policy is shaped to serve the school’s context.  The Governing Body discuss the budget and question and approve spending.  They also visit school regularly, carry out annual monitoring checks and are allocated responsibilities that they keep over a period of time.  These responsibilities are called Portfolios. 

 

The constitution of the Governing Body was revised in 2015 following advice from the local authority.  The new constitution is now in effect and will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the Governing Body.

 

Portfolios

 

Personnel

Key duties:   meeting with the Head Teacher, meeting with governors to discuss pay changes and staff structure, assist with staff arrangements.

 

HT Performance/Pay

Key duties:  meet with Head Teacher, discuss performance, setting of targets and pay.

 

Buildings

Key duties:  meet with Head Teacher to discuss issues, work with Head Teacher to develop long term building strategy, support Head Teacher in discussions with county re buildings/proposed developments/maintenance.

 

Finance

Key duties:  meet with Head Teacher and Finance Officer to check budget/expenditure, meet with Personnel Governor to discuss staff changes that may impact budget, support school’s compliance with SFVS discuss long term financial plans with Head Teacher.

 

Training Liaison

Key duties:  liaise with Governing Body and County re whole Governing Body training, make Governors aware of training opportunities, book courses, keep records and feedback to Governing Body.

 

Health & Safety inc. Fire

Key duties:  meet with Health and Safety rep, discuss risk assessments, training, discuss issues with Head Teacher, carry out health and safety walks, ensure school is compliant with statutory requirements, discuss fire safety with fire safety co-ordinator.

 

Curriculum

Key duties:  meet with Head Teacher termly to discuss curriculum, curriculum opportunities and CPD for staff, seek views of teachers, feedback to Governing Body and keep up to date.

 

Child Protection & Safeguarding

Key duties:  meet with Head Teacher to discuss numbers of CP plans/CIN (NOT personal cases) and feedback to Governing Body, support Head Teacher with issues with Children’s services, liaise with Head Teacher re safeguarding training for staff and governors.

 

Deputy for Allegations

Key duties:  to act on any concerns about the Head Teacher re child protection if CP Governor unavailable for more than a day.

 

Restrictive Physical InterventionI

Key duties:  to meet with behaviour co-ordinator, discuss number of RPIs, look at data, discuss training needs, feedback to Governing Body.

 

Freedom of Information

Key duties:  to be the main Governor included in any request and liaise with Head Teacher and feedback to Governing Body.

 

Pupil Premium

Key duties:  To agree allocation of pupil premium with the head teacher and monitor impact.

 

Educational/outdoor visits

Key duties:  To monitor appropriate paperwork is maintained, to check all children have a range of offsite activities, which are organised, planned, safe and support the school curriculum.

 

Website

Key duties: To monitor the website  and check that it contains all statutory information.

 

Single Central Register

Key duties: To monitor that the single central register has details of all staff and volunteers, includes DTA and is kept up to date.

 

Key Issues 2014-2015

 

  • Increase in pupil numbers without increase in accommodation
  • Lack of OT input for sensory needs
  • New Education Health Care Plans and the increase in workload, especially on HT and teachers in                Year 2 and 6.

 

Impact of Governing Body 2014-2015

                                     

  • Provided challenge and support to Head Teacher (see minutes)
  • Written to LA and Health Commission re lack of OT for sensory needs
  • Approved spending for the erection of the Solardome
  • Approved spending for further development of the outdoor area

 

Key Issues 2015-2016

 

  • Increasing complexity of need
  • Completion of building works and use of whole building
  • Life without levels
  • GB Code of Conduct

 

Impact of Governing Body 2015-2016

 

  • Supported Headteacher in liaising with AFC for use of whole building. 

  • Adopted Code of Conduct.

  • Supported development of outdoor space by agreeing funding, challenged Headteacher about use of it.

  • Agreed barrier at end of drive to ensure safety.

 

Key Issues 2016-2017

 

  • Increasing complexity of need.
  • Liaising with LA re additional class places and use of space.
  • Assessment.

 

 

Monitoring 2016 - 2017

 

Anti Discrimination (inc disability, race equality and race relations)

Gemma Stafford

Child Protection/Safeguarding

John Nulty

Code of Practice

Clare Hannah

Collective Act of Worship

John Nulty

Complaints

Olly Shergold

Curriculum

Alan Stubberfield

Finance

Gemma Stafford

Health & Safety (inc training and procedures)

Clare Hannah

Performance Management & Staff Appraisal

Alan Stubberfield

RE

David Drew

Sex Education

Clare Hannah

Statutory Assessment

John Nulty

Statutory Curriculum

Olly Shergold

Website

Alan Stubberfield

Teacher Information File

Olly Shergold

Purchasing Cards

Gemma Stafford

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