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Governing Body

The Gorseland governors are a diverse group made up of parents, staff, members of the local community and appointees of the Local Authority.
Introduction

Our role is to define the “ethos” of the school and to put in place the policies and targets for achievement that will shape how our children learn and develop. This is largely achieved through a variety of meetings, ranging from termly Whole Governing Body meetings through to various more focused subcommittees looking at the People, Curriculum, Premises and Finance.

Enhanced by our different backgrounds and experience we all share the goal of recognising and celebrating the many strengths of our school, whilst at the same time refusing to settle for the school being simply ‘good enough’. We are very fortunate to have a dedicated Head teacher and Deputy Heads, keen and caring staff, an excellent learning environment following recent building work, very supportive parents with a thriving Parents and Friends Association and, of course, almost five hundred young people who are, after all, what it’s all about.The governors are all very happy for parents/carers and indeed anyone in our local community to share their opinions with us – or even just to have a more detailed chat about what the governors do (and don’t!) Please feel free to contact any of us via the school office.

Governing Body Composition

Gorseland Primary School is a community school and the governing body consists of:

  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 1 Local Authority Governor
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • The Headteacher
  • 8 Co-opted Governors



Commitees

Members

Mr. Darron Johnson (Chair)
Mr. Andrew Diver
Mr. Darron Jackson
Mrs. Cheryl Moon
Mr. Kevin Ward

Primary Purpose

  • To oversee, monitor and evaluate the strategic leadership of the school to maximize achievement and outcomes for children.
  • To set and review the organisational planning of the governing body and other committees to ensure the governing body is effective in driving school improvement.

Specific Responsibilities

  • To agree, early in the autumn term, the programme of work and calendar of meetings for the governing body and its committees for the school year based on known cycles of school improvement and financial management.
  • To agree the work of the governing body and its committees for each term
  • To monitor and evaluate the progress and effectiveness of work undertaken by committees, individual governors and the whole governing body
  • To establish and keep under review Critical Incident policy and procedures.
  • To establish and keep under review Governing Body protocol
  • To establish and keep under review arrangements for governor visits to school
  • To oversee governor involvement and effectiveness in formulating, monitoring and evaluating the School Improvement Plan
  • To be available and respond to matters of particular difficulty, sensitivity or emergency and offer advice and support to the Head Teacher.
  • To undertake tasks delegated by the whole governing body.
  • To make clear recommendations to other committees and the whole governing body were appropriate
  • To assist in the operation of the governing body in general
  • Meet regularly, at least once a term, with additional meetings where necessary.

Members

Mr. Andrew Diver (Chair)
Mr. Darron Jackson
Mr. Darren Johnson
Mrs. Cheryl Moon
Mrs. Elaine Turner
Mr. Kevin Ward

Primary Purpose

  • Setting, monitoring and evaluating the budget allocated to the school to achieve value for money and best outcomes for pupils
  • Setting priorities for improvement and monitoring and evaluating the impact of the School Improvement Plan which relates to the committee's area of operation
  • To ensure that the school operates within the financial regulations of the County Council
  • To ensure the principles of best value are adhered to
  • To set priorities, including Health and Safety, for the maintenance and development of the school premise

Specific Responsibilities

  • In consultation with the Head Teacher, and in line with the School Development Plan, to review and recommend the Budget Plan
  • To establish and maintain an up to date one year Financial Plan and two year Strategic Budget Plan with reference to SFVS
  • To consider a budget position statement including virement decisions at least termly and to report significant anomalies from the expected position to the Governing Body
  • To monitor the impact of spending decisions on pupil outcomes within the school
  • Monitor ring-fenced budget expenditure including pupil premium and sports premium
  • To monitor expenditure of voluntary funds kept on behalf of the Governing Body
  • To monitor expenditure of the Devolved Formula Capital Fund
  • To monitor, evaluate and amend were appropriate procedures to limit financial risk
  • To make decisions in respect of service agreements and oversee premises related funding bids
  • To monitor premise related expenditure and oversee arrangements for repairs and maintenance within budget allocation
  • To establish and keep under review a Building Development Plan and an Accessibility Plan
  • To oversee arrangements, including Health and Safety, for use of school premises by outside users, subject to governing body policy
  • Setting and reviewing mandatory and related policies which relate to the committee's area of operation
  • To make decisions on expenditure following recommendations from other committees
  • To make clear recommendations to other committees and the Whole Governing Body were appropriate
  • To assist in the operation of the Governing Body in general
  • Meet regularly, at least once a term, with additional meetings where necessary

Members

Mr. Kevin Ward (Chair)
Mrs. Liza Asti
Mr. Darron Jackson
Mrs. Cheryl Moon
Mr. Jim Tasker
Mrs. Elaine Turner

Primary Purpose

  • To have delegated authority to act on behalf of the Governing Body in all matters relating to pay and personnel as required. This includes matters relating to staffing structure, management, staffing reductions and dismissal, pay and conditions, grievance, discipline and competence.
  • To set priorities for monitoring and evaluating the impact of School Improvement Plan which relates to the committees area of operation.

Specific Responsibilities

  • To draft and keep under review the staffing structure in consultation with the Head Teacher and Financial Resources Committee
  • To establish a Salary Policy for all categories of staff and oversee its administration and review
  • To establish and review a Performance Management policy for all staff
  • To oversee the process relating to staff reductions should they be required
  • To oversee the appointment procedure for all staff and ensure that all procedures relating to the recruitment, selection and appointment of all staff in school meet statutory and safeguarding requirements.
  • Monitor the school's procedures for staff development and the associated impact on quality of teaching
  • To keep under review staff work / life balance, working conditions and well -being including the monitoring of any absence
  • To make recommendations on personnel related expenditure to the Financial Resources Committee
  • To consider any appeals against decisions on pay grading or pay awards.
  • In the Summer Term the Personnel Resources Committee should form the Pay Committee (not to include teaching staff) to moderate pay decisions, following consideration of the recommendations and the advice of the Head Teacher.
  • Nominated members of this Committee to form the Head Teacher Performance Review Group, whose specific responsibility is to make recommendations regarding the pay of the Head Teacher following the Head Teachers performance review
  • To make clear recommendations to other committees and the Whole Governing Body, where appropriate.
  • To assist the operation of the Governing Body in general.
  • Meeting regularly: at least once a term, with additional meetings where agreed necessary

Members

Mrs. Cheryl Moon (Chair)
Mrs. Liza Asti
Mr. Andrew Diver
Mr. Darron Jackson
Mr. Jim Tasker
Miss Jenni Stanley

Primary Purpose

  • To ensure the school fulfills its legal and moral duties to promote the welfare of all pupils including: school safety and security, behaviour, attendance, discipline and exclusion and safeguarding of pupils.
  • To ensure that the school fulfills its legal and moral duties in relation to disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEN and /or medical needs.
  • To ensure the school establishes and promotes effective engagement with both pupils and parents through a variety of means.
  • To gather and evaluate evidence that pupil premium and sports premium is managed effectively to promote the wellbeing and achievement of pupils

Specific Responsibilities

  • To meet statutory and key obligations of the Governing Body, including setting and reviewing mandatory policies, in respect of:
    • SEN
    • Attendance
    • Behaviour
    • Exclusions
    • Anti Bullying
    • Safeguarding
    • Pupil Premium
    • Health & Safety
  • To contribute to establishing, monitoring and evaluating sections of the School Improvement Plan relating to pupil welfare and providing a quality learning environment.
  • To establish, monitor the impact of, and keep under review all the school’s plans policies and procedures relating to the environment, health and safety and welfare of pupils.
  • To make clear recommendations to other committees and the Whole Governing Body, where appropriate.
  • To assist the operation of the Governing Body in general.
  • Meeting regularly: at least once a term, with additional meetings where agreed necessary

Members

Mr. Steven Farrow (Chair)
Mrs. Liza Asti
Mr. Darron Jackson
Mr. Darren Johnson
Mr. Kevin Ward
Miss Jenni Stanley

Primary Purpose

  • To hold senior leaders to account for all aspects of schools performance
  • To monitor and evaluate rates of progress and standards of achievement by pupils, including those who have SEN, disadvantaged pupils and the most able, as laid out in School Development Plan.
  • To ensure that the curriculum is balanced, broadly based, meets the needs of all pupils
  • To set priorities for monitoring and evaluating the impact of areas of the School Improvement Plan which relate to the committee’s area of operation

Specific Responsibilities

  • To monitor and evaluate the following:
    • the effectiveness of leadership and management on all aspects school performance
    • the impact of quality of teaching on rates of pupil progress and standards of achievement
    • the impact of continuing professional development on improving staff performance
    • the effectiveness of provision for children with special educational needs
    • the quality of the curriculum in securing high standards of achievement
    • the impact of any actions or interventions taken to address differential standards of achievement or rates of progress within groups of pupils (eg SEN, pupil premium)
  • To keep relevant sections of the Self Evaluation Form under review and update as necessary.
  • To set and review mandatory policies which relate to the committee’s area of operation.
  • To make clear recommendations to other committees and the Whole Governing Body, where appropriate.
  • To assist the operation of the Governing Body in general.
  • Meeting regularly: at least once a term, with additional meetings where agreed necessary.

Members

Mr. Andrew Diver (Chair)
Mrs. Elaine Turner
External Advisor


Governor Attendance

Below is the record of Attendance for Governor meetings.




Gorseland Primary School

Deben Avenue, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, IP5 3QR            Phone: 01473 623790            Email: office@gorseland.net