Our Governing Body
The Governing Body has a very important role in the way that our school is run. We are very lucky to have a team of Governors who come from various walks of life and who bring with them a range of skills which,along with both staff and parents enables us to work together to give the children the very best broad and balanced curriculum that we can.
We are responsible for working with the Headteacher, Staff and Local Authority to ensure that each child receives the best possible education which allows them to achieve their full potential. The headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school while the Governors have a strategic role- often called a ‘Critical Friend.’ This doesn’t mean that we criticise the Headteacher ,rather that our role is to ask questions, challenge and support her and to set the school’s aims and policies as well as to oversee the Financial Budget to make sure that money is well- spent. The Governing Body also ensures that the school complies fully with statutory Safeguarding procedures.
In accordance with the Government’s requirements the Governing Board has three core functions for our school, as set out in the 2014 Department for Education’s Handbook:
- Setting targets and promoting high standards of educational achievement.
- Setting the strategic framework within which the school operates.
- Management of the school’s delegated budget.
In keeping with statutory guidance from the Department for Education we decided to re-constitute the Governing Body in 2013. This has enabled us to change the number and types of governors and to appoint new governors based on the skills they have which could enhance our Governing Body.
Meet Our Governors
The Governing Body consists of:
- 1 Headteacher
- 1 LA Representative
- 2 Foundation Representatives
- 2 Parent Representatives ( elected by parents)
- 5 Co-opted Representatives
- 1 Staff Representative (elected by staff)
There are 12 Governors in total. The quorum is 6 Governors.
The standard term of office for a governor is 4 years. The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the year.
The Chair of Governors – Mrs Margaret Hodge can be contacted through the school office or directly via email at margaret,hodge@allertonceprimary
Our Governing Body
|Name||Date of Appointment||Register of Interests|
|Mr Graham Brownlee||31/03/14- 31/03/18||None|
|Mr Rob Dyal||31/03/16-31/03/20||None|
|Mr John Sherbourne||31/03/14-31/03/18||None|
|Mrs Ann Weir||29/09/14-29/09/18||None|
|Rev. David Young||29/08/14-29/08/18||None|
|Mrs Helen Stott||ex-officio||None|
|Mrs Margaret Hodge||20/10/10- 20/10/18||None|
|Dr. Phillip Chambers||17/11/07-17/11/19||None|
|Mr Alex Holt||01/09/15-01/09/19||None|
|Staff Governor Representative|
|Ms Jo Linsley||29/09/13-29/09/17||None|
Governance of the school is divided into – Full Governing Body meetings which take place 4 times a year and subcommittee meetings where much of our work takes place meet three times a year and have specific remits.
Teaching and Learning
This committee monitors all work around attainment and progress. It ensures that the curriculum is broad and balanced. Subject leaders come to talk to Governors about their subject throughout the year.
This committee ensures that school spending is within budget and all money is spent wisely. There are additional meetings throughout the year with the Finance Officer. Staffing and Buildings as well as Health and Safety come within this committee’s remit.
This committee monitors and looks at all aspects of Pastoral work – behaviour, attendance, health and safety, safeguarding and spiritual, moral, social and cultural provision. Policies such as Child Protection, Inclusion and Health policies are also dealt with in this committee.
Resources ( Staffing, Finance, Buildings)
Chair -Alex Holt
In attendance- Denise Glazer (School Business Manager), Kevin Walker (School Superintendant)
Teaching and Learning
Chair– Graham Brownlee
Chair– Phil Chambers
In addition there is a Head Teacher’s Performance Management Committee which meet several times per year. This committee is responsible for setting objectives for the Headteacher (with assistance form a School Improvement Advisor). They review her performance annually and agree an annual pay rise.
Chair -Margaret Hodge
Pay Appeals Committee
This committee is responsible for making sure that a fair process following the correct procedure has been followed.
|RE||Ann Weir, Dave Young|
|Pupil Premium||Ann Weir|
|School Council||John Sherbourne|
|Health and Safety||Rob Dyal|
|Child Protection||Margaret Hodge|
|SIA visits||Margaret Hodge|
Full Governing Body Meetings Attendance
Where a Governor has sent apologies for a FGB meeting- a valid reason has been received and accepted by the G.B.
Pen Portraits of our Governors
Mrs Margaret Hodge
I wanted to be a governor because I think that it is important to create an environment where children feel both safe and valued and are given the opportunity to develop confidence so that they achieve their full potential.
I have served as a governor in several schools and spent many happy years teaching Primary age children.
I have lived in Alwoodley for about thirty years and my children attended local schools. In my spare time I enjoy the theatre, films, gardening and holidays – when I am not looking after my four grandchildren!
Dr. Phillip Chambers
Mr Graham Brownlee
Mr Rob Dyal
Mr Alex Holt
Ms Jo Linsley
Mr. John Sherbourne
Mrs Helen Stott
Mrs Ann Weir
Rev. Dave Young