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Governance

The Governing Body (comprising 12 Governors) is responsible for ensuring:

  • that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined;
  • that the Headteacher performs their responsibilities for the educational performance of the school; and
  • the sound, proper and effective use of the school’s financial resources.

 

As a school we recognise that a diversity of thought, voices and perspectives is essential to good governance and the effective running of any organisation. We regularly collect diversity information from our governors and, depending on current data, can use this to:

  • target recruitment to address gaps in experience and diversity
  • develop and adapt board practices to ensure full participation
  • prioritise training and awareness-raising in identified areas
  • address potential ‘blind spots’ through seeking wider advice and perspectives on current and upcoming opportunities, challenges and risks

 

However, we are unable to publish this information as it would mean that individual members of our governing body are identifiable. 

The Governing Body meets four times each year.

The Governing Body has established two main committees to give focus to areas of responsibility as follows:

Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Committee(Chaired by Pam Johnson)

This Committee meets three times each year and has responsibility for reporting to the Governing Body in relation to its statutory obligations, including, but not limited to: the National Curriculum; the school’s curriculum statement; subject policy statements; Special Educational Needs Policy; sex education; religious education; daily collective worship; and ensuring that all up to date statements and policies are available to parents for inspection.

Finance, Resources and Personnel Committee(Chaired by Andy Hobster)

This Committee meets four times each year and principally has responsibility for: reviewing and monitoring finance and resource related policies and procedures; approving the annual Budget Plan, and premises related matters, reviewing and monitoring personnel related policies and procedures (including performance management); supporting and guiding the Governing Body in prioritising staffing developments for inclusion in the budget; recommending a Personnel Development Plan each year and, in consultation with the Headteacher, make recommendations to the Governing Body on staffing needs to meet the requirements of the curriculum and pupils.

Members of the Governing Body carry out monitoring visits to the school at regular intervals to provide support and challenge to the Headteacher and other leaders.  The focus for each visit is closely aligned to the individual governor's linked responsibility and priority improvement areas for the school. For example; Special Educational Needs, curriculum provision, safeguarding and financial management.

Other Committees are established for specific purposes and meet as and when required as follows:

Headteacher Performance Review Committee; Pay Committee; Pay Appeal Committee; Staff Dismissal Committee; Staff Dismissal Appeal; Pupil Discipline Committee; Complaints Review Panel.     

    

Chair:             Mrs Karen Ogan   (Co-opted Governor)

 

Vice Chair:     Mrs Pam Johnson  (Co-opted Governor)

 

Clerk:             Ms Johanna Gilbertson

 

Name

Date of Appointment

Term of Office ends

 

Appointed by:

Relevant business and pecuniary interests

Amanda Card 29th June 2023 28th June 2027   Co-Opted by Governing Body  

Natalie Davis

6 December 2022

5 December 2026

 

Parent Governor

 

Ann Dickens

8 December 2020

7 December 2024

 

Staff

Administration Manager at the School

Tracy Fuller 14 January 2020 14 January 2024   Co-opted by Governing Body Employee: Essex County Council

Andy Hobster

15September 2020

14 September 2024

 

Co-opted by Governing Body

Retired

Pam Johnson

5 February 2020

04 February 2024

 

Co-opted by Governing Body

Retired

Karen Ogan

01 February 2020

01 February 2024

 

Co-opted by Governing Body

Employee: MAG

Justin Wrench

01 September 2019

N/A

 

Staff: Headteacher

Headteacher at the School

You can contact any of our Governors via the School Office.

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