Welcome to the Governors' section!
Why have a Governing Body and a Headteacher?
The Headteacher is responsible for management of the school, ensuring that strategic plans are implemented, the curriculum is delivered effectively and that the policies of the school are acted upon. He or she makes the ‘chalk-face’ decisions to ensure that children are cared for, socially, emotionally and academically on a day-to-day basis, in line with the school’s policies.
The Governing Body provides the strategic management and long-term direction for the school; it acts as a ‘critical friend’ to ensure that standards are high and maintained. Governors act, not as individuals, but as a group to support the work of the Headteacher, staff and pupils. School Governing Bodies are the largest voluntary group in the United Kingdom. They are unpaid and give up their time freely.
What is the composition of our Governing Body?
The Governing Body of Newhall Community Junior School is led by Mark Flynn (Chair), elected by the Governing Body from within its membership. Staff members, including the Headteacher, cannot be elected to this office.
Governing bodies are made up of key stakeholders:
Parents - Parent Governors are elected by other parents at the school.
Staff - including the Headteacher - Staff Governors are elected by the school staff.
Co-opted - the Governing Body appoints Co-opted Governors i.e. members of the local community.
The Local Authority (LA) - appoints a Local Authority Governor.
Our Governors are:
Parent Governors (elected by Parents) –
Lucy Yates (Member of Resource Management Committee) - appointed 17th May 2016 for a 4 year term.
Mark Long (Vice Chair of Governors, Member of Standards Committee & Member of Resource Management Committee) - elected 26th January 2017 for a 4 year term.
Allison Polat (Member of Resource Management Committee) - appointed 27th April 2017 for a 4 year term.
Staff Governor (elected by Staff) –
James Goodman - elected 14th September 2016 for a 4 year term.
Zoe Driver- Governor by virtue of post held in school.
Co-opted Governors (appointed by the governing body) –
Mark Flynn (Chair of Governors, Member of Standards Committee & Safeguarding Governor) - appointed 17th May 2016 for a 4 year term.
Liz Lawrence (Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee, Member of Standards Committee & Pupil Premium Governor) - appointed 17th May 2016 for a 4 year term.
Clare Lucas (Chair of Resource Management Committee, Chair of Standards Committee & Member of Performance Management Committee) - appointed 17th May 2016 for a 4 year term.
James Evans (Chair of Performance Management Committee, Member of Standards Committee & Member of Teaching & Learning Committee) - appointed 17th May 2016 for a 4 year term.
Kate Britt (Member of Teaching & Learning Committee, Member of Performance Management Committee & SEN, LAC & Anti-Bullying Governor) - appointed 13th December 2016 for a 4 year term.
LA Governor (appointed by the Local Authority) –
1 Vacant post
Governors who have resigned during the last 12 months:
Alan Watson (Local Authority) - appointed 17th June 2015 for a 4 year term. Resigned from Governor position July 2017.
Vikki Phillips (Parent) - appointed 17th May 2016 for a 4 year term. Resigned from Governor position January 2017.
Sue Wright (Parent) - appointed 17th May 2016 for a 4 year term. Resigned from Governor position February 2017.
Christine Gardner (Co-opted) - appointed 1st September 2015 for a 4 year term. Resigned 14th September 2016.
Register of Business Interests
All School Governors are required to declare any interests they may have, which may result in a conflict of interests when decisions are being made by the governing body. This includes: ownership of a company or organisation which may supply goods or services to the school, a close relationship with someone who may provide goods or services to the school, a close relationship with someone who is employed by the school, or being a Governor or staff member at another school.
The following interests have been declared by our Governors:
Mark Flynn - Director of SENAD Ltd
Clare Lucas - Trustee of The Life Education Centre West Midlands
Clare Lucas - Executive Headteacher & Associate Governor at St Bartholomew's C of E Academy
Clare Lucas - Executive Headteacher & Associate Governor at St Laurence's C of E Primary School
Zoe Driver - Spouse owns Core Sport Solutions
Zoe Driver - Sibling of Miss L Campbell (Assistant Headteacher)
Kate Britt - School Improvement Partner for SENAD Ltd
Kate Britt - Professional Colleague of Mark Flynn
Liz Lawrence - Previous Colleague of Zoe Driver
Expenses paid to Governors
The school has a Governors' Expenses Policy. This policy identifies circumstances where Governors may claim expenses from the school for costs incurred in the course of carrying out their official duties. The policy requires that all expenses paid to Governors are declared on the school website.
During the 2016/17 financial year, the following expenses were paid to Governors:
Lucy Yates £30 - childcare costs to allow attendance at an official meeting.
What do governors do and how did they attain this role?
Great emphasis is given to recruiting Governors who can bring professional skills to their work on the various committees, so that we are qualified to conduct the School in line with our statutory duties. These include promoting high standards of educational achievement, acting in a strategic manner to help the development of the School through effective management of resources and working closely with the School Senior Leadership Team to create and promote the School's values.
How do we do this?
We have considerable flexibility in how we achieve this but most of our time is taken up with:
Governors have responsibility for raising school standards through their three key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and monitoring & evaluating school performance.
The Governing Body uses a committee structure to undertake its monitoring and evaluation roles.
Membership and terms of reference of committees are determined annually.
Governing Body key responsibilities include:
- Setting strategic direction, objectives, targets and policies
- Reviewing progress against the budget, plans and targets
- Approving the school budget
- Acting as a “critical friend” to the Headteacher by providing support and challenge
- Appointing the Headteacher.
Our Chair of Governors, Mark Flynn, may be contacted through the School Office.