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Lakenham Primary and Nursery School

Governors

Lakenham Primary School has an experienced and committed Governing Body. They monitor the performance of the school, providing support to ensure that every child receives a quality education. They work in partnership with the Headteacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.

All Lakenham Primary School Governors are volunteers and include:

  • Parents elected by other parents at the school
  • Headteacher
  • A staff member elected by their colleagues
  • Members of the local community (co-op governors)
  • Representatives appointed by the co-operative trust.

Our School Governance Statement:

The Governing Body actively promotes effective spiritual, moral, social and cultural development alongside inspiring teaching to provide a learning environment where pupils love to learn.

The Governing Body of Lakenham Primary School has members who support the school in its strategic direction through acting as a ‘critical friend’.

School Governors are members of the school’s Governing Body, they have responsibility for raising school standards through their three key roles of setting the strategic direction, ensuring accountability for financial spending and monitoring and evaluating school performance. Governors are the largest volunteer force in the country.

Who can become a school governor?

All types of people can become school governors. There are no special qualifications required, but you must be 18 or over on the date  when elected or appointed. Enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education are the most important qualities. If you are a Parent Governor, you will not just be thinking about your own children but all the children and the longterm future of the school. However, to be a Governor, you do not need to have a child at the school or even know anyone in the school, just a desire to be involved with our school, to help it become the best it can be. All Governors are expected to have a clear DBS(Disclosure and Barring Service – this used to be known as a CRB, Criminal Records Bureau)before they become a school governor.

The full Governing Body meet monthly (9 times per year). 

As strategic leaders, they ask the people who are undertaking the operational roles in school by they visiting to ask questions to review, challenge and evaluate different areas of the schools provision. to  Visits including: 

 Our Safeguarding governor, Isobel McCloy, who has been making sure the school meets all statutory and legal requirements for keeping children safe.

Our Pupil Premium governor, Chris Moore, who has been making sure the schools additional funding is being well spent.

Our Inclusion governor, Jane Merrett, who has been helping to ensure the school is meeting the needs of pupils with SEN

Our Chair of Governors, Glen Scott, who has met with staff in order to monitor workload and wellbeing.

Our Data Analysis governor, Mark Burton, who has met with the Teaching and Learning leads in order to understand progress and attainment being made by the children throughout the school.

The partnership in practice – who does what?

Area Headteacher (HT) Governing Body (GB)
Overall responsibilities Runs the school on a daily basis Advises governors HT is the main influence on GB’s decisions

Determines the aims, ethos and priorities of the school

Critical friend

Delegates to the head the power to run the school

Funding and policy making HT or senior leadership team (SLT) does the nitty-gritty work of formulating the plan Drafts the detailed action plans

Involved in planning discussions and decisions through its committees

Agrees the final school improvement plan (SIP)Ratifies whole school policies

Curriculum  Supplies the information and advice and produces the curriculum plan  Determines curricular policy and agrees the curriculum plan. 
Staffing Draws up the initial staffing plan based on the school’s needs

Decides the complement of staff

Decides what proportion of the overall budget should be spent on staff

Appointments Manages the appointment process, e.g. draws up job descriptions, organises the day in school and timetable

Has responsibility for managing appointments

Should work within the agreed criteria 

Finance  

Produces the budget headings

Manages the school’s spending and budget

Responsible for approving and monitoring the budget

Monitors the school’s financial management

Salaries Interprets the regulations for the governorsManages the performance management of the staff and the progression up salary scales which at the point of appointment were agreed with the governors. Determines salary levels for all members of staff  (at time of appointment with  advice from HT)Determines salary level of HeadteacherRatifies the statutory pay policy
 Personnel Day to day management of staff. Deals with personnel issues if issues occur.

 The full Governing Body meets at least once every half term. Every Governor is also a member of one of our committees; Curriculum, Resources and Environment. These committees meet regularly to develop school policies, oversee budgets, evaluate progress and agree targets. Governors visit the school regularly and also attend training and school events.

Term Start Term End
Peter Jordan 17 Oct 2019 16 Oct 2023
Foundation Governor

Martin Payne

Carl Stephenson

October 2019 Oct 2023
Staff Governor Angela Henson 24 Feb 2016 23 Feb 2021
Headteacher Cassandra Williams
Parent Governors

Mark Burton

Isobel McCloy

Glen Scott (Chair of Governors)

12 Nov 2018

17 Oct 2018

16 Sept 2016

11 Nov 2022

17 Oct 2022

15 Sep 2020

Co-Opted Governor

Chris Moore

 

21 Oct 2010

17 Oct 2018

20 Oct 2022

17 Oct 2022

 

Local authority Governors Jane Merrett 26 Jan 2018 26 Jan 2022
Associate Governor Paul Smith
Observer Kerry Read (Deputy Head)
Resigned

Charlotte Medjahed

Lawrence Bradby

Chris Hemmings

Liz Parfitt

Paul Smith

Duane Elkins

 Meeting Register:

Name

01/11/2018

01/12/2018

12/02/2019

02/04/2019

21/05/2019

16/06/2019

 

Lawrence Bradby

Present

 Present

 Absent

 Resigned

 

 

 

Duane Elkins

Present

 Present

 Present

  Present

 

 

 

Chris Hemmings

Present

 Present

 Present

  Present

 

 

 

Angela Henson

Present

 Apologies

 Present

  Present

 

 

 

Isobel McCloy

Present

 Present

 Present

  Present

 

 

 

Charlotte Medjahed (CMe)

Apologies

 Present

 Present

 Resigned

 

 

 

Jane Merrett

Present

 Present

 Present

  Present

 

 

 

Chris Moore (CMo)

Present

 Present

 Absent

  Present

 

 

 

Liz Parfitt

Present

 Present

 Present

  Present

 

 

 

Glen Scott

Present

 Present

 Present

  Present

 

 

 

Sarah Shirras (SSh)

Present

 Present

 Present

  Present

 

 

 

Paul Smith

Present

 Present

 Present

  Present

 

 

 

Mark Burton

 

 Present

 Present

 Absent

 

 

 

Cassandra Williams

Present

 Present

 Present

  Present

 

 

 

 

Click here to see the Governors Code of Conduct

Click here to see the Register of Business Interests