Governors

Barnham Broom C of E VA Primary School Governing Body

Ofsted May 2018 reported that:

"Governors have a clear understanding of the priorities for improvement and offer good support and challenge to leaders. They visit the school often and know it well."


Governance

 What does the Governing Body do?

The role of the Governing Body is not to manage the school on a day-to-day basis – that responsibility belongs with the Head Teacher.

The Governing Body takes a more strategic view. This includes setting up a strategic framework for the school, setting its aims and objectives, setting policies and targets for achieving the objectives, reviewing progress and reviewing the strategic framework in the light of progress. They work closely with the Head Teacher, and act as a “critical friend”, providing advice and support, but also constructive challenge to the school as necessary.

The various types of Governor are described here, and we also have a list of current Governors and their terms of office.

If you wish to contact the Governing Body, this can be done via the school office - please call (01603 759656) or email the school office (office@barnhambroom.norfolk.sch.uk) and ask for the contact details of the Chair of Governors.  Letters for the Governing Body can be brought in to the school office and will be passed on to the Chair of Governors.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor, please come and speak to either Mrs Benson (headteacher) or speak to one of Governors.  Mrs Folkard is a parents Governor and the new Chair of Governors, she is usually on the playground at the start and end of the school day.  We would welcome the opportunity to discuss being a school governor with you.


Governing Body meetings

Full meetings of the Governing Body are held approximately half-termly.

More detailed discussions are held in sub-committees that generally meet prior to the full meetings.

There are two sub-committees;  we have a Resources Committee and a School Improvement & Development Committee (SIDC).  The work of the Pay and Policies Committee is distributed across the other committees.


Types of Governor

The Governing Body consists of both elected and appointed Governors. These positions are described below. A list of the current Governors is below.

Irrespective of how they became Governors, all members of the Governing Body work in the best interests of the school.

 

Foundation Governor

Foundation governors are appointed to ensure that the school’s character (including religious character) is preserved and developed.

The Bishop of Norwich appoints one foundation governor. The Norwich Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) appoints three foundation governors and three foundation governors are appointed by the Parochial Parish Council (PCC) of Barnham Broom SS Peter and Paul with Bickerston St Andrew.

In Voluntary Aided (VA) schools, there will always be a majority of foundation governors.


Parent Governors

Our constitution requires two Parent Governors and these are nominated and elected when vacancies arise.

Parent Governors are parents or carers of children enrolled at the school at the time of their appointment. Should their child(ren) leave Barnham Broom School during their term of office, they may continue on the Governing Body until the end of their four-year term. Vacancies for Parent Governors must be notified to all parents and nominations requested. A ballot of all parents is held if there are more nominations than posts available. The retiring Parent Governor(s) can stand for re-election if they still have a child at the school, but not otherwise.


Staff Governors

Our constitution limits the number of elected Staff Governors to one member. The Headteacher takes a further Governor position.


Local Authority Governor

There is one governor position for a Local Authority nomination in order to maintain liaison with the authority and maintained schools in the area.


Governor’s Details

Name

Governor Type

Term From

Term To

Roles

Mrs Heather Benson

Headteacher

 

 

 

Mrs Penny Folkard

Foundation governor

( PCC )

 

21 May 2018

20 May 2022

Chair
Safeguarding
Performance Management
Pupil Premium
Looked After Children
Safer Recruitment
Attendance

Mr David Goddard

Foundation governor

( PCC )

11 Jul 2019

10 Jul 2023

Performance Management
Maths

Mrs Sarah Hales

Other

 

 

 

Mrs Ange Harris

Parent governor

13 Jul 2018

12 Jul 2022

Literacy

Fiona Johnston

Clerk

 

 

 

Revd Dr Louisa Pittman

Foundation DBE or PCC Appointed

11 Mar 2019

10 Mar 2023

Christian Distinctiveness

Mrs Joy Smiley

Local Authority Governor

05 Jul 2018

4 Jul 2022

Collective Worship / R.E.

Mrs Tamsin Tebbutt

Parent governor

08 Feb 2018

7 Feb 2022

EYFS

Rev Dr Tim Weatherstone

Foundation governor

( Bishop )

15 Feb 2017

13 Feb 2021

ViceChair
SEND
Safer Recruitment

Christian Distinctiveness



2019 - 20 Governors roles and responsibilities:

Full Governing Body Resources Committee
School Improvement and Development Committee
(SIDC) 
Christian Distinctiveness
Chair: Mrs P Folkard
Vice Chair: Rev T Weatherstone
Chair: Mr D Goddard

Chair: Mrs P Folkard
Rev T Weatherstone 
Mrs Heather Benson
Mr David Goddard
Mrs Tamsin Tebbutt
Mrs Angela Harris
Mrs Joy Smiley
Rev Dr Louisa Pittman
Mrs Yasmeen Wakeman
Mrs Heather Benson
Rev Tim Weatherstone 
Mrs Tamsin Tebbutt

Mrs Heather Benson
Mrs Joy Smiley
Mrs Angela Harris
Mrs Heather Benson
Mrs P Folkard
Rev Dr Louisa Pittman


2018 - 19 Governors roles and responsibilities:

 Full Governing Body Resources Committee
School Improvement and Development Committee
(SIDC) 
Chair: Mrs P Folkard
Vice Chair: Rev T Weatherstone
Chair: Mr D Goddard

Chair: Mrs P Folkard
Mrs Heather Benson
Mrs Stephanie Fairman
Mr David Goddard
Mrs Jane Burns
Mrs Tamsin Tebbutt
Mrs Angela Harris
Mrs Joy Smiley
Mrs Yasmeen Wakeman


Mrs Heather Benson
Rev Tim Weatherstone
Mrs Tamsin Tebbutt
Mrs Jane Burns



Mrs Heather Benson
Mrs S Fairman

Mrs Joy Smiley
Mrs Angela Harris

Minutes of the Full Governing Body are available on request, please ask at the school office.


Governor’s Achievement Award 

The Governor Achievement Award is presented at the end of the Summer Term in recognition of the pupil's fantastic achievements. The Governors are always amazed by the wonderful things that the children do and this award is a chance to celebrate those who have ‘Reached for the Stars’.

Each class teacher nominates the child whom they believe deserves to win this award. This is done anonymously so as to not affect the Governor’s decision. The Governors have set the teachers criteria for them to base their nomination on.

The criteria includes the following:

·         Consistent good effort in schoolwork. 

·         Enthusiastic about their work and school life. 

·         Respectful. 

·         Friendly and thoughtful towards others. 

·         Responsible. 

·         Helpful. 

·         Polite and considerate.

This list is not exhaustive and staff are welcome to add other reasons.

The Governors select one pupil from Key Stage 1 & one from Key Stage 2 based on the teacher’s submissions. The selected pupils are the children the governors feel have gone above and beyond in their daily school life and have Reached for the Stars in all possible ways.

Well done to all of our winners!


The Governance Statement 2018 - 2019

 

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Barnham Broom C of E VA Primary School

September 2019

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of Barnham Broom C of E VA Primary School Governing Body are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governance arrangements

The Governing Body of Barnham Broom C of E VA Primary School was re-constituted in February 2015 and is now made up of 2 staff Governors (including the Headteacher), 2 elected Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor and 7 Foundation Governors. Foundation Governors are appointed to ensure that the school’s character (including religious character) is preserved and developed. The Bishop of Norwich appoints one Foundation Governor. The Norwich Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) appoints three Foundation Governors and three Foundation Governors are appointed by the Parochial Parish Council (PCC) of Barnham Broom SS Peter and Paul with Bickerston St Andrew.  In Voluntary Aided (VA) schools, there will always be a majority of Foundation Governors.

The full Governing Body meets once each half term, and we also have a number of committees to consider different aspects of the school in detail. At Barnham Broom C of E VA Primary School we have a Resources Committee, which focuses on finance, premises and some personnel matters; a School Improvement & Development Committee, and a Christian Distinctiveness Group.

See school website for a full list of Governors and their roles and responsibilities.

Attendance record of governors

Governors have good attendance at meetings - see school website for details of individual governors’ attendance at meetings.

The work that we have done on our committees and in the governing body

The Governing Body has had a particularly busy year, focusing on

  • School improvement
  • Recruitment of staff
  • Ensuring value for money
  • Strengthening links with teaching staff
  • Refurbishment within school including new library doors, class 4 carpet and a new interactive whiteboard. Refurbishment of outdoor areas to include new playground markings and benches.
  • A consultation regarding the proposed take-over of Happy Days Pre-School

The School Improvement & Development Committee (SIDC) has spent time considering the impact of the School Improvement and Development Plan (SIDP), the more focused half term ‘Rapid Improvement Plans’ to evaluate the main priorities and progress made as well as the cost implications.  The committee discussed key data including the results of pupil achievement and progress across the school each term, to monitor and evaluate progress.  The committee was kept informed and up to date with key groups and the progress that these groups were making.  Using both internal data and externally provided data for the results from the end of Key Stage assessments, (EYFS, KS1 and KS2) the SIDC evaluated the outcomes for children and have ensured that the priorities have fed into the SIDP. This helps us ensure that the school is on track to fulfil its ambitious targets for all pupils. We also focus on our “vulnerable groups” of children in particular, how the Pupil Premium and Sports Premium grants are being spent by the school, and what impact this has on the children’s outcomes.

The SIDC reviews policies pertaining to the curriculum,  safeguarding, SEN, pupil wellbeing, admissions, complaints, health and safety and equality

The Resources Committee looks at the maintenance and development of the school premises, and makes decisions about how the school should use the budget.  Towards the end of the Spring term, the Resources Committee approved the 2019/20  3-year budget plan for the school and we can report that the school is in a tight but stable position financially despite all the recent government cuts and changes within school budgets regarding pay, pensions and SEN.

The Resources Committee has reviewed the policies pertaining to Pay, HR, GDPR,

In total we have over 50 documents to analyse. Governors have an active interest in ensuring our pupils remain safe and, in light of all the recent legislation, have adopted a new school Safeguarding policy following the issue of the 2019 Keeping Children Safe in Education and other related safeguarding documents. Our Health and Safety Governor carries out an annual check and risk assessment of the premises with the Head Teacher.

Minutes of Governing Body and Committee meetings are public documents – you can ask at the school office if you would like to see any of the minutes of our meetings.

Future plans for the Governors

The Governing Body, along with the staff team, will be focussing on the following over the next academic year -

  • Improving Writing throughout the school
  • Continuing the work to comply with legislation changes in Data Protection and preparing for the changes to Relationships and Sex Education
  • Evaluating and improving pupil progress.
  • SIAMs (Church School Inspection)

How you can contact the governing body

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors, via the school office. You can see the full list of governors; their attendance at meetings; minutes of governing body meetings and more information about what we do, on the Governor’s page of the school website.

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Heather Benson,
21 Mar 2019, 10:17