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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.


 

The Governing Body

The Governing Body 1

Meeting Dates 2018/19

 

Full Governing Board

 

Wednesday 12th September 2018 at 6pm (set-up meeting)

Thursday 6th December 2018 at 6pm

Wednesday 1st May 2019 at 6pm (budget ratification)

Wednesday 10th July 2019 at 6pm

 

Behaviour & Safety Committee

Wednesday 17th October 2018 at 6pm

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 at 6pm

Wednesday 15th May 2019 at 6pm

Finance & Personnel Committee

Wednesday 21st November 2018 at 6.30pm

Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at 6pm

Wednesday 19th June 2019 at 6pm

Pay Committee

Wednesday 21st November 2018 at 6pm

 

Governors’ Statutory Responsibilities and Functions

 

In all types of schools, governing boards should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

 

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

 

  1. Holding the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, the performance management of staff; and

 

  1. Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent. (Extract from Governance Handbook January 2017)

 

Governance Handbook/Competency Framework for Governance

 

Please refer to the Governance Handbook and Competency Framework for Governance published by the Department for Education. The latest versions are available below:

 

Governance Handbook January 2017

Competency Framework for Governance January 2017

 

Review of committees and delegation

 

The governing board must review the committee structure, terms of reference for each committee and the membership of each committee on an annual basis.

 

Terms of Reference

 

The following committees established by the governing board comply with The School Governance (Role, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013.

 

The head teacher can attend all meetings of any committee established by the governing board but in some instances this may only be in an advisory capacity. When an issue is being discussed which directly affects the head teacher/principal they must, as with any other governor in a similar position, declare an interest and physically withdraw from the meeting.

 

In maintained schools the quorum for a meeting of the full governing board and for any vote on any matter at such meeting, is one half (rounded up to a whole number) of the membership of the governing board at the time of the meeting not including any vacant positions. For academies and free schools please refer to their articles of association for the quorum. In the event of equal votes the chair has the casting vote.

 

 

 

Committees

The legal minimum quorum for committee meetings is three voting governors. The quorum for committees will only include associate members where a voting right has been granted by the governing board.

 

In maintained schools the governing board can appoint associate members to serve on one or more committees of the board. Associate members can attend full governing board meetings but may be excluded from any part of a meeting where the business being considered concerns a member of school staff or an individual pupil. They can be appointed for a period of between one and four years and re-appointed at the end of their term. Associate members are not governors and they are not recorded in the instrument of government (Extracted from Governance Handbook January 2017 – Page 50, paragraph 42). Associate members do not have voting rights at full board meetings.

 

NB: Associate members are not governors and therefore do not have a vote in full governing board decisions, but may be given a vote on decisions made by committees to which they are appointed.

 

No vote on any matter can be taken at a committee meeting unless the majority of members present are members of the governing board.

 

The appointed clerk will undertake the clerking of the committees.

 

The committee minutes shall be included as an agenda item for consideration/information at the next meeting of the full governing board where appropriate.

 

All decisions made by committees with delegated powers should be reported to the next full meeting of the governing board. If the minutes are not finalised a brief statement of the conclusions reached should be given.

 

The chair of the committee will be appointed at the first full governing board/committee meeting of the academic year. Governors who are employed by the school are not eligible to be appointed as chair.

 

All governors are encouraged to attend training regularly & review training needs annually.

 

Committees will have delegated powers to approve policies as relevant to that committee.

 

The governing board cannot delegate any functions relating to:

 

  • The constitution of the governing board (unless otherwise provided by the constitution regulations),
  • The appointment or removal of the chair and vice chair/clerk,
  • The appointment or removal of governors,
  • The suspension of governors,
  • The delegation of functions and establishment of committees,
  • Change of school name or status,
  • Salary range for the head teacher/principal & deputy/vice principal.

Finance & Personnel Committee

 

The committee has responsibility delegated by the governing board to:

Finance:

  • Review/approve all policies relevant to finance and roles of the committee.
  • Approve the annual budget and present it to the full governing board for ratification.
  • Review the actual expenditure and monitoring statements at least once a term.
  • Receive and review financial projections.
  • Approve expenditure and virements of sums over £20,000, sums below that amount are delegated to the Head Teacher.
  • Complete the Schools Financial Value Standards in Schools to be presented to the full board to ratify.
  • Assess the financial progress towards achieving the objectives in the School Improvement Plan.
  • Review of leases & contracts – including traded services.
  • Ensure Best Value principles apply.
  • Review the financial implications on the budget of the Pay & Conditions document.
  • Receive the annual accounts and certificate of audit of the school fund account and other voluntary funds held within school.
  • Assess the schools insurance cover to ensure that it provides adequate protection against risks.
  • Review and approve the petty cash to be held by the school.
  • Ensure LA financial procedures are complied with – review the Fair Funding document annually.
  • Obtain quotations with a view to placing contracts/orders, once the relevant committee has drawn up a specification.

 

Staffing:

  • Review/approve all policies relevant to staffing and roles of the committee.
  • Consider applications from staff for variation to contract (secondments, early retirements, leave of absence, reduced working hours etc.)
  • Ensure all personnel records are held securely.
  • Review the staffing structure of the school annually ensuring that it meets the requirements of the curriculum and is in line with the School Improvement Plan.
  • Review staff work / life balance, working conditions and well-being, including the monitoring of absence.
  • Implement the appraisal policy and monitor teacher appraisal process.
  • Equal Opportunities.
  • Establish and maintain rolling programme for Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Checks.
  • Staff training and CPD.

 

Any item referred by the full governing board

Membership

  1. Deirdre Birch
  2. Farooq Hussain
  3. Tony James
  4. Pally Lashar
  5. Felicity Somervell
  6. Petra Stanaway

 

 

Minimum of three members required for quorum

 

Chair of Committee

 

Felicity Somervell

 

 

Clerk


Julie Hayes

 

Behaviour & Safety Committee

 

The committee has responsibility delegated by the governing board to:

Behaviour and attendance:

  • Review behaviour and attendance polices.
  • Review and monitor school behaviour.
  • Review and monitor attendance data against school and national targets.

 

Premises, Health and Safety:

  • Review the health and safety policy on an annual basis, amend, develop and review any other health and safety related polices or procedures.
  • Establish and review an accessibility plan.
  • Review e-safety policy and procedures.
  • Receive Health and safety audit, and monitor any action plans that come out of the audit.
  • Receive a regular report on accident statistics, near misses, incidents of violence or aggression and any RIDDOR incidents.
  • Consider any reports provided by inspectors of the enforcing authority under Health and Safety at work Act or any other relevant enforcement authority.
  • Comply with current fire safety legislation and regulations: ‘level one’ fire risk assessment should be carried out by the school on an annual basis; ‘level 2’ or technical fire risk assessment is reviewed bi-annually (Sandwell Specific).
  • Ensure risk assessments are carried out and reviewed on a regular basis.
  • Review and approve upcoming offsite activities, ensuring that health and safety planning and risk assessments have been undertaken for them.
  • Ensure Fire risk assessment is carried out and reviewed annually, any recommendations identified will be transferred to an actions plan which will be monitored by governors to ensure completion.
  • Ensure fire log book is maintained and updated.
  • Inspect the school site and buildings to enable maintenance and improvement, including security (site visit). The inspection to be documented and any actions monitored.
  • Ensure building related maintenance checks have been carried out at appropriate intervals and actions are monitored until completion. This will include but not limited to:
  • Electronic testing – PAT testing
  • Asbestos (where applicable)
  • Annual gas service
  • Glassing risk assessment
  • Ladder log
  • Playground equipment and gym inspection
  • Lifting equipment
  • Local exhaust ventilation (where applicable)
  • Legionella risk assessment and relevant checks
  • Ensure premise log book is being maintained and the premise manager and deputy have attended relevant health and safety training.
  • Governors need to be satisfied that contractors do not pose a health and safety risk whilst on the school premise and should therefore have a system in place to ensure contractors are managed whilst carrying out work on the school premise. The system should identify relevant health and safety information required prior to a contractor coming on site and the process to be followed whilst on site. There should be a procedure for commissioning contractors.
  • Consideration should be given to any health, safety and welfare implications posed by new equipment or circumstances.
  • Receive reports and audits from health and safety representatives (to include caretaking and cleaning), actions identified should be monitored to completion.
  • Health and safety self-monitoring return.
  • Monitor the health and safety training that staff and governors have undertaken and plan any future training required.
  • Monitor all safeguarding procedures.
  • Keep up to date on any changes in health and safety legislation that may have an impact for the school.
  • Review communications and publicity relating to health and safety in the school and where necessary recommend any improvements or changes, how information is communicated and made available within the school.
  • Receive minutes of school central safety committee.

 

Any item referred by the full governing board

Membership

  1. Deirdre Birch
  2. Jaime Goreham
  3. Tony James
  4. Juskaran Kooner
  5. Dawn Lovett

 

Minimum of three members required

 

Chair of Committee

 

 

Jaime Goreham

 

 

Clerk

 

Julie Hayes

 

Staffing Committee

The committee has responsibility delegated by the governing board for hearing:

  • Staff grievance and discipline (in line with school policies)
  • Staff dismissal, redundancy and redeployment
  • Staff capability/management of absence

 

Membership

  • To be made up of members who have no awareness of the original incident and are not known personally to the member of staff

 

Minimum of three members required

 

Chair of Committee

 

 

To be elected at each meeting

 

 

Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

Pupil Discipline Committee

The committee has responsibility delegated by the governing board to:

  • Review the use of exclusions within school, including exclusions of more than 15 school days and exclusions which would result in a pupil missing the opportunity to take a public exam.
  • Receive and consider any representations lodged by parents of pupils who have been excluded for a fixed term or permanently.
  • Comply with exclusion procedures in accordance with the LA & DfE guidance.

 

Any item referred by the full governing board

Membership

  • To be made up of members who have no awareness of the original incident and are not known personally to the appellant parents or pupils.

 

Minimum of three members required

 

Chair of Committee

 

 

 

 

Clerk

 

 

Complaints Committee

The committee has responsibility delegated by the governing board to:

  • At the relevant stage, hear any complaint made under the school complaints procedures.

 

Any item referred by the full governing board

Membership

  • To be made up of members who have no awareness of the original incident and are not known personally to the complainant.

 

Minimum of three members required

 

Chair of Committee

 

 

 

 

Clerk

 

 

 

 

Appeals Committee

The committee has responsibility delegated by the governing board for hearing appeals with regard to:

  • Pay
  • Redundancy
  • Staff grievance
  • Leave of absence – if appropriate
  • Staff dismissal
  • Any Item referred by the full governing board

 

When dealing with an appeal the committee should be equal to or greater than the original committee that made the decision.

Membership

 

  • To be made up of members who have no awareness of the original incident and are not known personally to the appellant.

 

Minimum of three members required

 

Chair of Committee

 

 

To be elected at each meeting

 

 

Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pay Committee

The committee has responsibility delegated by the governing board to:

  • Review staff pay progression in accordance with the pay policy and annual appraisal cycle.

 

Committee to meet once per year in the autumn term.

Membership

 

  1. Deirdre Birch
  2. Felicity Somervell
  3. Petra Stanaway

 

 

Chair of Committee

 

 

Petra Stanaway

 

Clerk

 

 

Julie Hayes

 

 

Head Teacher’s Appraisal

The committee has responsibility delegated by the governing board for:

  • Meet the external advisor to discuss the Head Teacher’s performance targets.
  • Decide whether targets have been met and set new targets annually.
  • Recommend pay progression to the relevant committee.
  • Undertake mid-year monitoring of the Head Teacher’s performance against targets.

 

Committee to meet once per year in the autumn term and also again during the annual cycle to review objectives.

Membership

 

  1. Deirdre Birch
  2. Felicity Somervell
  3. Petra Stanaway

 

 

 

Chair of Committee

 

 

TBC

 

Clerk

 

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selection Panel

The panel has responsibility delegated by the governing board for:

  • Selection of the Head Teacher and deputy Head Teacher

 

Guidance on this process will be provided by your School Improvement Partner.

The appointment must always be ratified by the full governing board.

Membership

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All members must be available at all stages of the process.

 

Chair of Committee

 

 

To be elected at each meeting

 

 

Clerk

 

 

 

 

Special Responsibility Governors

 

Safeguarding/ Child Protection Governor *

 

Chair of Governors

 

SEND Governor

 

Farooq Hussain

 

Health & Safety Governor

 

Jaime Goreham

 

Safer Recruitment Governor

 

 

Farooq Hussain

Felicity Somervell

Petra Stanaway

 

 

Maths Governor

 

Petra Stanaway

 

English Governor

 

Felicity Somervell

 

Computing Governor

 

Petra Stanaway

 

Pupil Premium

 

Juskaran Kooner / Farooq Hussain

Items Delegated to an Individual(s)

 

  • Delegation of expenditure and virements

That sums below £­­­20,000 be delegated to the Head Teacher.

 

  • Disposal of surplus stock

Delegated to Head Teacher with the approval of the chair of the governing board.

 

  • Delegation of Suspension

That suspension be delegated to the chair in instances where the Head Teacher is the person in question or involved in the case. That the chair be given delegated powers to lift the suspension after taking advice from LA Human Resources or any other organisation providing the service to the school.

 

  • Approval for Expenditure

The chair of governors or chair of finance committee be given approval for expenditure above the set limit prior to the finance committee meeting – only in cases of emergency

 

  • Appointment of Staff (ensure no appointment is carried out by one person alone)

 

Lunchtime Staff / Cleaning / Administration Support Staff

  • Head Teacher / Deputy Head Teacher
  • Post Line Manager

Educational Support Staff

  • Head Teacher / Deputy Head Teacher
  • 1 SLT

Business Manager

  • Head Teacher
  • 2 Governors

Teaching Staff

  • Head Teacher
  • 1 Governor

Senior Leadership Team

* Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher appointments must be ratified by the relevant body.

  • Head Teacher
  • 2 Governors

Governor Attendance Record

 

 

Governor Attendance 2018-19

Governor Attendance 2018-19 1
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