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Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Who We Are

The Governing Body of the Grove Primary School and Nursery is currently made up of ten volunteers from different walks of life. We meet regularly to review and discuss all aspects of School Management.

The Governing Body is accountable to the Worcestershire County Council Local Education Authority (LEA) and it has an executive role working with the Head Teacher, who has day-to-day management responsibility of the school.

What We Do

We have an independent overall responsibility, firstly to the wider community for the work of the school and secondly to hold the Head Teacher and Senior Leadership Team of the school to account for the quality of its work.

  1. includes quality of teaching, progress and achievement of the pupils and the culture of the school. It is our remit to balance provision of support to the Co-Head Teachers and challenge their actions and in doing so we strive to ask the right questions. All Governors are equal in their power and the decisions we make are done so collectively.

The Grove Primary School and Nursery and the Full Governing Body are periodically inspected by Ofsted which is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. Ofsted inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages. Ofsted independently and impartially reports directly to Parliament.

Ofsted reports generated following an inspection are available for download on the Ofsted website at http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/.

Where and When We Meet

Full Governing Body meetings are held on a half-termly basis on school premises. Sub-committee meetings including premises and health & safety, curriculum, finance, staffing, Head Teacher performance, attendance and complaints, are regularly held throughout the academic year.

Governing Body meetings provide an opportunity for the Head Teacher and Senior Leadership Team to present proposed initiatives for improvement of an aspect of school management or performance, and for the Governing Body members to review these and monitor the effectiveness of initiatives currently in progress.

Governors additionally have the opportunity to meet with teaching staff and pupils in the classroom environment to review both curriculum planning, coursework content and the excellent work of the pupils themselves. Governors occasionally work in the school during term time and are Disclosure and Barring Service approved (DBS, formerly CRB), where this is required.

How to Become a Governor

There are a couple of ways in which it is possible to become a Governor and these are:

  • Completion of an on-line application form to register an interest in becoming a Governor. This form is accessible from the Education & Learning > Schools Curriculum section of the http://gov.uk/ website or the Governors for Schools website at http://www.sgoss.org.uk/.
  • You can apply direct to the Chair of Governors of the Governing Body for the Grove Primary School and Nursery, contact details may be obtained from the reception desk at the school.
  1. Governors are invited for interview by the Governing Body members, however are appointed by the Local Education Authority. Successful Governor applicants are mentored by other Governors locally within the Grove Primary School and Nursery and are supported by initiatives run by the Local Education Authority.

Governor training courses are provided and Governors, the Co-Head Teachers and teaching staff have the opportunity to work in collaboration on a wide range of topics.

Complaints

Whilst the Governing Body strives to be approachable at all times; please give the staff every opportunity to address any day-to-day complaints in the first instance. The complaints procedure is published in the Policies section of this website and is available on request from the reception desk at the school.

The Governing Body actively monitors all formal complaints and will take balanced and considered action, where appropriate.

Governing Body Members

Details of the members of the Governing Body are provided in the table below.

Governing Body Members

 

Name

Governor Type

Date of Appointment

Date of Leaving

Appointed By

Term of Office

Employer

Mr Steve Smith

Chairman

 

-

Governing Body

1 Yr

QinetiQ

Mr Jeremy Stobart

Deputy Chair

12/01/16

-

Governing Body

1 Yr

Retired

Ms Elizabeth Guest

Co-Head

01/09/18

-

Governing Body

-

 

Miss Zoe Newton-Smith

Co-Head

01/09/18

-

Governing Body

-

 

Mrs Sam Bilke

Staff Governor

 

-

Staff Election

1 Yr

 

Mrs Debbie Evans

Co-opted Governor

 

-

Governing Body

4 Yrs

 

Mrs Julie Fowler

Co-opted Governor

 

-

Governing Body

4 Yrs

 

Mrs Jill Freeth

Parent Governor

 

-

Governing Body

4 Yrs

 

Mrs Gill Lewis

Co-opted Governor

 

-

Governing Body

4 Yrs

 

Mrs Mary Whitehouse

Co-opted Governor

 

-

Governing Body

4 Yrs

 

Mrs Ann Lord

County Sponsored Governor

2000

31/08/18

Local Education Authority Election

4 Yrs

Retired

               

 

The clerk to the Governors is Mr John Ling, appointed by the Governing Body.

Link Governor Roles

Details of the Link Roles that Governing perform are provided in the table below.

Link Governor Roles

 

Role

Link Governor

Deputy Link Governor

School Point of Contact

Health & Safety

 

Mrs D Evans

Mr S Smith

Ms E Guest

Safeguarding

Mr J Stobart

Mrs G Lewis

Ms E Guest/Miss Z Newton-Smith

SEND

Mrs J Fowler

Mrs D Evans

Mrs L Bishop

HR

Mr J Stobart

Mr S Smith

Ms E Guest/Miss Z Newton-Smith

ICT & Website

Mr S Smith

Mrs J Freeth

Mrs L Ratcliffe

Pupil Premium

Mrs J Fowler

Mrs G Lewis

Ms E Guest

Pupil Voice

Mrs G Lewis

Mrs J Fowler

Ms E Guest

Parent Voice

Mrs J Freeth

Mrs M Whitehouse

Miss Z Newton-Smith

PE

Mrs M Whitehouse

Mrs D Evans

Miss Z Newton-Smith/Mr R Morgan

LAC

Mr J Stobart

Mrs M Whitehouse

Ms E Guest

 

 

 

 

Core Subjects

 

 

 

Maths

Mrs G Lewis

Mrs M Whitehouse

Mrs H Mcdonagh

English

Mrs J Fowler

Mr J Stobart

Mr D Palmer

Science

Mrs J Freeth

Mrs M Whitehouse

Mrs A Mathews

EYFS

Mrs M Whitehouse

Mrs D Evans

Miss J Perkins

Committee Structure

The table below outlines the structure of the Governing Body.

Committee Structure

 

 

Committee Name

Attendance

Number of Meetings per Annum

Full Governing Body

All Governors

Head Teachers

6

Resources Committee

(Finance, Buildings Health & Safety, Human Resources)

Mr Steve Smith (Chair)

Mrs Debbie Evans

Mrs Julie Fowler

Ms Lizzie Guest (Co-Head)

Mrs Nicci Haffield (Financial Controller)

Mr Jeremy Stobart

Miss Zoe Newton-Smith (Co-Head)

6

Curriculum Committee

Mrs Gill Lewis (Chair)

Mrs Jill Freeth

Mrs Mary Whitehouse

Miss Zoe Newton-Smith (Head)

3

Curriculum Data (pupil outcomes)

Mrs Jill Freeth (Chair)

Ms Lizzie Guest (Co-Head)

Mrs Gill Lewis

Mrs Mary Whitehouse

Miss Zoe Newton-Smith (Co-Head)

Other Governors (as required)

Senior Leadership Team (as required)

3

Head Teacher’s Performance Committee

Mr Steve Smith (Chair)

Mrs Jill Freeth

Mrs Gill Lewis

Mr Jeremy Stobart

3

Complaints Committee

Mobilised as required

-

Business and Financial Interests

The following table summarises business and financial interests

Business and Financial Interests

 

 

 

Governor Name

 

 

 

No conflicts of interest declared

 

 

 

 

Governance Roles in Other Educational Institutions

The following table lists those Governors having roles in other educational institutions.

Business and Financial Interests

 

 

 

Governor Name

 

 

 

No Governor other roles declared

 

 

 

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