Governors

Chelford CE Primary School: Governing Board

The Governing Board (GB) is made up of representatives from St John the Evangelist Church, Chelford, the local community, the Local Authority (LA), parents, staff and the Headteacher. The GB meets as a whole at least once a term.

Governors must act within the framework set out by national legislation and the policies of the Local Authority. Governors play an important part in raising school standards through their key roles of:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Due to its wide and varied responsibilities the GB conducts its business through four committees that meet regularly each term:

  • Teaching and Learning (T&L)
  • Premises (PR)
  • Finance (F)
  • Personnel (PE)

Terms of reference, for each committee, are reviewed and approved by the GB annually in the Autumn term.

The Governing Board was reconstituted as of the 20th November 2014. The new Instrument of Government is available on request. The constitution allows for: four parent governors elected by parents, one Local Authority governor appointed by Cheshire East, the Head Teacher (unless the Head Teacher resigns the office of governor in accordance with Regulation 19.1), one staff governor nominated by staff, two foundation governors appointed by the Cheshire Diocese and four co-opted governors appointed by the GB. The total number of governors is 13 and the term of office (TO) of each governor is four years. 

Currently, there are vacancies for a Parent and Co-opted Governors.

In 2018 Mr Rob Massey term of office as a parent governor. The GB appointed Mr Massey as an Associate Governor to ensure the continuity of his experience in the Finance sub-committee with his term of office running for four years.

Following Revd, Gerri Tetzlav resignation a new Foundation Governor, Mrs Diana Riley, has been appointed by the Diocese. A new Associated Governor, David Wilson has also been appointed. Both governors' terms of office run from 21st March 2019 for four years.

Associate governors can be members of committees and vote in those committee and also be chair if selected by the committe. Associat governors also attend and contribute to FGB meetings but are not allowed to vote.

Mrs Kath Gildon, Mr Donald McLeod and Mrs June Leach and the Headteacher are members of each committee. The other members of the committees are shown below.

 

Governing Board Constitution

13 positions: 4 Co-opted Governors; 1 Ex-Officio Governor; 1 Foundation Governor; 1 Headteacher; 1 Local Authority Governor; 4 Parent Governors; 1 Staff Governor.

 

Name of Governor

 

Role

First appointed

Term start

Term end

Responsibilities

Committees

Finance

Teaching & Learning

Premises and Health & Safety

Personnel

Kath Gildon

Co-opted governor

20.11.14

20.11.18

19.11.22

Chair of governors; chair of personnel committee

*

*

*

*

June Leach

Co-opted governor

20.11.14

20.11.18

19.11.22

Chair of teaching and learning committee; SEND; LAC; PP

*

*

*

*

Jane Nichols

Co-opted governor

20.11.14

20.11.18

19.11.22

Vice chair of governors; subject link governor

*

*

*

*

David Wilson

Associate governor

21.3.19

21.3.19

20.3.23

 

*

 

 

 

Rob Massey

Associate governor

15.3.18

15.3.18

14.3.22

 

*

 

 

 

Paul Egan

Parent governor

16.2.18

16.2.18

15.2.22

 

*

 

 

 

Sue Swain

Parent governor

2.3.17

2.3.17

1.3.21

Premises chair

 

 

*

 

Sue Roycroft

Foundation governor

11.7.17

11.7.17

10.7.21

 

 

*

 

 

Diana Riley

Ex-officio governor

21.3.19

21.3.19

20.3.23

 

 

*

 

 

Marc Asquith

Parent governor

2.3.17

2.3.17

1.3.21

 

 

*

 

 

Andrew Brady 

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

*

*

*

*

Claire Badger

Staff governor

1.2.17

1.2.17

31.1.21

 

 

*

 

 

 

Governors' Attendance

Like all schools, Chelford CE Primary School is obliged to publish information of governors' attendance. Below is a record of attendance for the 2019 2020 academic year:

 

  Name of Governor

Full Governors Committee

Teaching & Learning sub-committee

Finance sub-committee

Premises, Health & Safety sub-committee

Personnel sub-committee

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  Kath Gildon (chair)

*

postponed

*

*

*

*

*

**

**

**

*

*

**

**

*

  Donald McLeod

ap

postponed

ap

*

*

ap

*

**

ap

*ap

*

ap

**

**

ap

  June Leach

*

postponed

ap

*

*

*

*

ap

ap

**

*

*

**

ap/ap

*

  Jane Nichols

*

postponed

*

*

*

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

**

**

*

  David Wilson

*

postponed

*

 

 

 

*

**

**

 

 

ap

 

 

 

  Rob Massey

*

postponed

*

 

 

 

*

*

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Paul Egan

*

postponed

*

 

 

 

*

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Sue Swain

*

postponed

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

**

*

*

 

 

 

  Sue Roycroft

*

postponed

*

abs

abs

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Diana Riley

*

postponed

*

*

*

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Marc Asquith

*

postponed

*

abs

abs

abs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Andrew Brady (Headteacher)

*

postponed

*

*

*

*

*

**

**

**

*

*

**

**

*

  Claire Badger

*

postponed

*

*

*

*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governors' Declaration of Pecuniary Interests

Governors' declaration statements for 2019 / 2020 were presented at the Governing Body meeting on 27th November 2019, except for Mr Donald McLeod, who presented his declaration at the Personnel subcommittee meeting on 21st January 2020.

Only the following Governors had any pecuniary/ personal interests to declare:

 

Name of Governor

 

Role

First appointed

Term start

Term end

Pecuniary interests / any other educational establishment governed

Relationship to School individuals

Rob Massey

Associate governor

15.3.18

15.3.18

14.3.22

 

Spouse of Mrs Abi Massey (School administrative assistant)

Andrew Brady 

Headteacher

 

 

 

Apple Professional Learning Specialist (APLS)

Committee member Chelford Village Pre-School

 

Marc Asquith

Parent governor

2.3.17

2.3.17

1.3.21

Governor of another educational establishment

 

David Wilson

Associate governor

21.3.19

21.3.19

20.3.23

Chair of Chelford Parish Council’ governor of another educational establishment

 

June Leach

Co-opted governor

20.11.14

20.11.18

19.11.22

Life member of National Association for Headteachers; President of Over Peover WI

 

Jane Nichols

Co-opted governor

20.11.14

20.11.18

19.11.22

Director Paul Nichols & Co

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Governors have been DBS checked and registered their documents at the school office in line with the Government’s directive. Governors' details have been entered on to GIAS.

All governors have reviewed and signed the GB Code of conduct.

 

Chelford CE Primary School – Annual Governance Statement 2019/20

Covid19 Review

Firstly, I know that Governors would want to acknowledge the outstanding work that our Headteacher, Mr Brady and the staff have done in this testing time of the Covid19 pandemic. The level of commitment to the pupils and their families has been extraordinary. On behalf of Chelford Governing Board, I would like to offer a sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone.

 

Throughout this process, the GB’s highest priority was and continues to be the safety, health and well-being of all Chelford School’s staff, pupils and their families. We have been acutely aware of the stress that this situation has imposed on staff and the difficulties encountered by many of our pupils and their families.

 

Governors’ response to fulfil their responsibilities during the Covid19 pandemic was prompt and effective. I believe the Governing Board has provided useful support to the Headteacher in maintaining essential governance activities and enabling actions to prepare for the re-opening of the school through the ever-changing DfE guidelines.

 

Governors Covid19 actions:

Due to Covid19 the FGB meeting in March was cancelled. Governors promptly adopted an email process working with the Clerk, through Governor Hub, which enabled the Board to complete essential decisions and actions whilst maintaining due diligence and governance procedures.

 

The FGB decisions included approval of the:

  • School Financial Value Standard (SFVS) and Manual of Internal Financial Procedures (MIFP). The SFVS was submitted to CEC by the deadline of 31 March;
  • Indicative budget for 2020/21, the 3-year School budget plan and delegation to the Finance committee to give final approval of this budget at their Summer meeting so that the budget plan could be submitted to CEC by the deadline of 30 June;
  • Seventeen statutory policies.

 

Governors have continued to support the Headteacher by reviewing and approving the excellent School Recovery Plan, Risk Assessment and policies addenda. This was done in a matter of days so documents could be submitted by the tight deadline imposed by the DfE to allow the reopening of the School.

 

The Chair of Governors visited the school to see the safety measures in place. It was also an opportunity to talk with members of staff about the impact of home schooling and their feelings on re-opening the School.

 

The Lead governor for SEND and the school SEND Co-ordinator met virtually to discuss the provision of SEND during the School closure and after the reopening from June onwards.

 

The GB has embraced the virtual technology, holding committee and FGB meetings via the Teams platform. These have worked well in the given situation.

 

General Actions:

 

Governors, through our committees, have reviewed and approved thirty-two updated or new policies in line with statutory guidance.

 

Focus on the Pupil Premium has continued to ensure that the grant is spent appropriately and effectively. The impact of interventions has been monitored carefully by Governors reviewing assessment tracking, looking particularly at achievement against ‘expected’ and ‘exceeded’ targets for all children in all year groups.

 

Information has been updated on the school website to include any pecuniary and personal interests of Governors, the Governors’ Code of Conduct and their attendance records. 

 

Governors have reviewed staff performance appraisals with the Headteacher and have set and reviewed targets in conjunction with the School’s Improvement Partner for the Headteacher’s annual performance.

 

The School Development Plan and School Evaluation Form have been reviewed and approved.

 

The Lead Governor for Safeguarding has viewed a demonstration of Child Protection Online Monitoring Safeguarding System (CPOMS) to assess the system on behalf of the GB.

 

The Co-ordinator for Governor Subject Leads has discussed with the Headteacher the process and planning of School visits to ensure consistency of content and reporting across all visits.

 

All governors have completed their Safeguarding training and three governors attended training on the new Ofsted Inspection Framework

 

The Governors’ skills audit undertaken in the Spring term, has been useful and raised questions for consideration.  Overall the GB has a high level and good balance of relevant skills and experience across all governors. There are implications for the GB’s succession and recruitment planning, training opportunities and committee membership.

 

Governors reviewed the proposals from CEC concerning School Budget funding for 2020/21 and provided an unanimously agreed response to the CE’s consultation.

 

Finally, I would like to thank governors for all their hard work and continuing committed support of Chelford CE Primary School stakeholders through this exceptionally busy and recently, very challenging year.

 

I would in particular like to thank Donald McLeod for his many years of devoted support to Chelford School and the Governing Board. He has served as Chair of Governors and latterly as Chair of the Finance Committee. Donald has recently stepped down from Chair of the Finance where his financial acumen, vast experience of Chelford School and the community and his ready wit are much appreciated. We wish him a very speedy recovery to full health.

 

Kath Gildon, Chair of Governors                                                   July 2020

 

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