Governors

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
Co-opted Representatives
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
Vacancy
Vacancy
Foundation Representatives
Mrs Ann Weir 29/09/14-29/09/18 None
Rev. David Young 29/08/14-29/08/18 None
Head Teacher
Mrs Helen Stott ex-officio None
LA representative
Mrs Margaret Hodge 20/10/10- 20/10/18 None
Parent Representatives
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.

Resources
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.

Children’s Welfare
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
Helen Stott
Rob Dyal
Graham Brownlee
Phil Chambers
Margaret Hodge
In attendance- Denise Glazer (School Business Manager), Kevin Walker (School Superintendant)

Teaching and Learning
Chair– Graham Brownlee
Helen Stott
Jo Linsley
Dave Young
Ann Weir
Margaret Hodge

Children’s Welfare
Chair– Phil Chambers
Margaret Hodge
John Sherbourne
Ann Weir

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
Graham Brownlee
Phil Chambers

Pay Committee
Alex Holt
Rob Dyal
John Sherbourne

Pay Appeals Committee
This committee is responsible for making sure that a fair process following the correct procedure has been followed.

Link Governors

RE Ann Weir, Dave Young
SEN John Sherbourne
Training Margaret Hodge
Pupil Premium Ann Weir
Complaints John Sherbourne
School Council John Sherbourne
Safeguarding Phil Chambers
Health and Safety Rob Dyal
Child Protection Margaret Hodge
SIA  visits Margaret Hodge

 

Full Governing Body Meetings Attendance

28/09/15 7/12/15 18/04/16 20/06/16 10/10/16
H. Stott Y Y Y Y Y
M. Hodge A A Y Y Y
G. Brownlee Y Y Y Y Y
J. Sherbourne Y Y Y Y Y
J. Linsley Y A Y Y Y
D. Young Y Y Y Y Y
R. Dyal N/A N/A Y Y Y
A. Weir Y A Y Y A
A.  Holt Y Y Y Y Y
P.  Chambers Y Y Y Y Y

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