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Meet the Governors

The Role and Impact of the Governing Body

Scroll down to find out who we are and what our role is at school and the impact we have.  Read our blogs to keep up to date with our work in school.

 

The governors act as a "critical friend" to the school, monitoring and overseeing the smooth running of the school and supporting and listening to staff and parents. The governing body is responsible for the strategic management of the school and for determining its aims, objectives and policies in accordance with all the relevant legislation. 

 

The head manages the school from day to day and is the governing body’s principal professional adviser who assists it with the formulation and implementation of its aims, objectives, policies and plans.

 

School governors help schools provide the best possible education for their pupils:

 

  • thinking and working strategically to help raise standards;

  • monitoring and evaluating progress towards the school's priorities and targets;

  • supporting the head and staff as well as challenging their expectations;

  • accounting to all stakeholders for the school's overall performance and for the decisions they have made

 

The Governing Body is part of the leadership team of Binley Woods Primary School and is made up of interested and committed volunteers who challenge and support the school in its work.  The governors produce an annual newsletter for parents and attend a range of events at which you can meet them such as parents consultation evenings (Termly Learning Conferences) and parent partnership evenings (Information Evenings). Governors also take part in a range of activities related to school improvement and blog about their work on this page of the website. 


Governors meet once a month to evaluate the work of the school.  Governors meetings monitor the curriculum and the quality of teaching and learning and standards.  They also monitor the school's budget and financial processes as well as the premises and health and safety systems, and also review policy. Governors with identified expertise work in workshop groups, attend finance meetings, attend meetings with subject leaders and safeguarding and special educational needs meetings, so that they can both support and challenge the Headteacher and other school leaders in their work.  Governors audit their skills annually and work together to share the broad range of expertise they have to build capacity across the team.  Governors also monitor the finances and long term viability of Woodlands Pre-school along with the quality of the early years provision.   

 

 

Governors’ Self Review Statement

February 2019

Core functions

What we have done

What impact we have had

Vision and strategic direction of the school

  • Governors worked with the school staff, parents and some pupils to identify and set our school values. 
  • Governors work with the staff at training events and attend Termly Learning Conferences to meet and talk to parents.
  • Governors work in school on governor monitoring visits and also to work with staff and the Headteacher.  This work includes helping out with subject leader monitoring activities, talking to pupils, observing lessons and attending a range of meetings. 
  • Governors review the schools Improvement Plan at full governors meetings, looking at progress made on school priorities and evaluating the strategic work on the plan.
  • Governors at Binley Woods have meetings with governors from other schools.
  • The school values are strong and inform the culture of the school and the curriculum. 
  • Governors’ good understanding of the issues the school faces, enables them to support the strategic direction of the school. 
  • Sharing the work of governors with parents via blogging on the website enables parents to see the breadth of governors’ role in school, the impact they have and their commitment to its future success.
  • Governors’ work with the staff team is valued by the school and enables governors to take a constructive role in discussions and make informed decisions at governors meetings.
  • Attendance at training and meetings with governors from local schools enables the Full Governing Body to keep up to date with the national and local educational agenda ensuring they can support the HT effectively make the best choices and decisions for our school.

Holding the HT to account for educational performance

  • Governors monitor the School Improvement Plan and are directly involved in the decision making of the strategic section of the SIP (Grow Strand).
  • Governors are invited to and attend some staff development meetings, senior management meetings and training days to enable them to be involved in the work of the school. Identified governors also attend finance meetings and student and family support meetings with the HT.
  • Governors review the school and national performance data at full governing body (FGB) meetings and receive a termly report from the HT.  They also monitor the performance data of cohorts in school currently.  Governors undertake a termly morning of monitoring with the leadership team.

 

 

  • Taking opportunities to work in school ensures governors are informed and able to hold the leadership team to account more effectively.
  • Working relationship with staff increases accountability and allows governors to question and challenge subject leaders constructively.
  • Respectful challenge is developed by getting a clearer understanding of the complexity of the working practice in school.
  • At FGB meetings governors discussion and questioning of the HT ensures the work of the leadership team is effective and focused on the correct improvement priorities.  Monitoring mornings enable governors to see the school in action and consider its effectiveness against defined outcomes.  Feedback feeds into school action planning.
  • Governors are aware of levels of SEND and characteristics of cohorts that might affect outcomes, and can and do question HT on what is being done to address this.

Expenditure of financial resources

  • A governor attends financial benchmarking meetings to compare the school’s expenditure with similar schools.
  • A governor attends finance meetings with HT and LA finance officer to monitor income and expenditure.
  • Governors monitor the expenditure and impact of the Pupil Premium for disadvantaged children and the Sports Grant.
  • Governors review the financial practice in the school through the Schools Financial Value Standards
  • Governors are responsible for approving the school budget at FGB
  • Governors are well informed about the school’s financial situation and issues it faces which supports decision making.
  • FGB includes governors from a financial and business background which provides the knowledge and expertise needed to focus concisely on specific financial issues which informs decision making.
  • Financial understanding of the governing body ensures governors  are able to contribute effectively to budget setting.
  • Governors understand how pupil premium grant is used to support outcomes and provision.  This then enables governors to evaluation its impact. 
  • Governors check how sports premium is spent and can measure the impact of this funding to achieve the 5 key indicators.

Glossary

FGB – Full Governing Body, HT – Head teacher, LA – Local Authority, SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disability,

SIP – School Improvement Plan  


 

Binley Woods Primary School

Governing Body and Related Information

2019-2020

Name

Date of appointment to Governing Body

Category of Governor

Position

Appointment to current role

              

Date role expires

Pecuniary Interest registered Yes/No

Nature of Interest

Governor at another school?

Yes/No

Relationship with other governors or school staff

Attendance 

2019-2020

Roger Manning

1.11.1997

Local Authority

Chair of Governors

1.11.16

1.11.20

No

Yes:

Chair of Quality and Standards Committee 

No

9/9

Lynn

Jones

1.10.2000

Co-opted

Vice Chair

 

14.6.19

14.6.23

No

No

No

8/9

Lucy

Beck

3.7.2014

Local Authority

Safeguarding, Attendance and SEN Governor

14.6.19

14.6.23

No

No

No

8/9

Karen Davidson

20.4.2009

Staff

Head Teacher

20.4.09

Ongoing

No

No

No

9/9

Jasmine Fowler 

15.1.20

Staff

Teacher

15.1.20 15.1.24 No No No 5/5

Michelle

Wells

9.11.2012

Co-opted

Training Link Governor

1.11.16

1.11.20

No

No

No

7/9

Zoe Turner Shepherd

28.3.17

Parent

Governor

28.3.17

28.3.21

No 

No

No

2/9

Kay Salisbury

 

1.11.16

Parent

Early Years Link Governor

1.11.16

1.11.20

No

No

No

7/9

James Brown 

1.5.18 Co-opted Governor 1.5.18 1.5.22 No No No

9/9

Vicky Partridge  6.2.19 Co-opted Governor 6.2.19 6.2.23 No No No 4/9
Emma Inch 16.5.19 Co-opted Governor 16.5.19 16.5.23

Yes

Employed by a teaching agency used by the school

No No  7/9

Mick Taylor 

1.9.14

 

Clerk

 

Clerk to Governors  1.9.14 1.9.14 No No No 9/9

 

 

Binley Woods Primary School

Governing Body Information  

2020-2021

Name

Date of Appt’ to FGB

Category of Governor

Position

Appt to Current Role

Date Role Expires

Pecuniary Interest Registered Yes/No

Nature of Interest

Governor at Another School

Yes/No

Relationship with Other Governors or School Staff

Attendance 2020-21

Sally Beardmore

 

Clerk to Governors

1.9.20

 

 

WCC Clerking Service

No

 

Roger Manning

1.11.97

LA Governor

Chair of Governors

1.11.16

1.11.20

No

Yes

 

No

 

Jasmine Fowler

15.1.20

Staff Governor

Teacher

Governor

15.1.20

15.1.24

No

No

No

 

Karen Davidson

20.4.09

Head Teacher

Head

Teacher

20.4.09

continuing

No

No

No

 

Vacancy

 

Parent Governor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vacancy

 

Parent Governor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucy Beck

3.7.14

Co- opted Governor

Vice Chair

Safeguarding

Governor

14.6.19

14.6.23

No

No

No

 

Jamie Brown

1.5.18

Co- opted Governor

Vice Chair

of Governors

1.5.18

1.5.22

No

No

No

 

Lynn Jones

1.10.00

Co- opted Governor

Finance

Governor

14.6.19

14.6.23

No

No

No

 

Michelle Wells

9.11.12

Co- opted Governor

H&S

Training

Governor

1.11.16

1.11.20

No

No

No

 

Vicky Partridge

6.2.19

Co- opted Governor

Curriculum

Governor

6.2.19

6.2.23

No

No

No

 

Kay Salisbury

1.11.16

Co- opted Governor

SEND

Governor

1.11.16

1.11.20

No

No

No

 

Emma Inch

16.5.19

Co- opted Governor

Governor

16.5.19

16.5.23

Yes

Employed by teaching agency used by BWP

No

No

 

 

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