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Belmont Primary School Governing Body

 

 

Headteacher

Mrs S Walker

 

 

Staff Governor

Vacancy

 

 

LEA Governor

Mr R MacKenzie

(Vice Chair)

 

 

Partnership Governors

Mrs L Petcher

 

 

 

Mr J Staley

 

 

 

Vacancy

 

 

Co-Opted Governors

 

Mr J Ault (Chair)

 

 

 

 

Mr A MacKenzie

 

 

 

Mrs D Benton

 

 

Parent Governors

Mr. P Musson

 

 

 

Mr. I. Winfieldale

 

 

 

Mrs E Jacobs

 

Mrs E. Davies

 

 

 

Vacancy

 

 

Clerk

Mrs J Banton

No Associate Members  

 

 

 

Governance Annual Statements 2017/2018

Attendance

For children to make progress at school they need to regularly attend; the government expect the average attendance of a primary age child to be 96% or above.

As a result of our last Ofsted inspection (March 2017) the school has made punctuality and attendance a key priority over the coming year. The success criteria will be that the attendance and punctuality rate for disadvantaged children will be in line with national figures. Pupils will arrive in school on time, ready to learn. Governors at Belmont fully support the robust monitoring systems in place to ensure this is the case.

Belmont Primary School are at a great advantage having dedicated learning mentors who, alongside the Head teacher and external agencies such as MAT (Multi Agency Team) and the EWO (educational welfare officer), support and advise families and address persistent absences. If, after a monitored period to improve fails, this could potentially lead to prosecution.

Fines can also be issued for unauthorised holidays as well as persistent late arrivals.

We, as a Governing Body, are committed to ensuring our pupils achieve their full potential. Prior to our regular meetings, Governors are updated regularly and informed of attendance percentages, any concerns or measures taken. Carefully collated information is recorded by the learning mentor who tracks attendance closely- anything below 90% persistent absence is a cause for concern and is acted upon accordingly. We truly believe that this happens with the best interests of the child at heart.

As a result of improved attendance and punctuality, there is a praise and reward system in place- pupils receive certificates and acknowledgement in our weekly Celebration assembly or even gain extra Golden Time as a whole class incentive. Those who have managed 100% attendance are also recognised half-termly for their efforts to come to school, no matter what, every day. Whereas we do recognise that sometimes absence is unavoidable due to illness, it is the persistent absences which can become an issue and have an impact on learning.

Governors strongly agree that it is the responsibility of parents and carers to ensure their children attend school regularly and on time, in accordance with Belmont Primary School rules.

 

Safeguarding

 

The Governing Body has a duty to ensure that the school meets its statutory responsibilities and ensure that the children and young people attending the school are safe. This applies equally to all school settings, including maintained schools, academies and free schools. Section 175 of the Education Act 2002, and regulations under section 157 relating to safeguarding pupils in Independent Schools (including academies), place a duty on the governing bodies of maintained schools, and academy trusts, to have arrangements in place to ensure that they carry out their functions with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children; and have regard to the statutory guidance issued by the Secretary of State in considering what arrangements they need to make .

 

The Safeguarding governor within the school ensures that they liaise with the Headteacher on a regular basis and provide a link between staff and the governing body. It is important the governing body are aware of the role of the Safeguarding governor. Part of the role is ensuring that all staff members (including designated teacher) and governors have received training at the appropriate level and in addition within the role the safeguarding governor is able to support the governing body to have a greater understanding of child protection/safeguarding procedures and liaise with the headteacher to secure bespoke training can be offered if appropriate.

 

Alongside the full governing body, the safeguarding governor ensures that the school has up to date and robust child protection policies and procedures consistent with the Local Authority Safeguarding Board and that these are reviewed annually by the governing body. The Governing Body regularly receives a report outlining how the school is fulfilling the statutory requirements for safeguarding; these reports and any identified actions are clearly referenced in the minutes of meetings.

 

Great importance is placed on Safeguarding of children and the promotion of fundamental British values. The school recognise the importance of educating the children and young people and equipping them with age appropriate knowledge and understanding in relation to safeguarding matters.

 

We have developed an open and safe environment in which pupils express their views, seek help and help others.

The exceptionally well-planned promotion of equal opportunity and diversity of pupils and staff, help prevent any form of direct or indirect discriminatory behaviour. Our children learn to not tolerate any prejudiced behaviour.

Our behaviour policy promotes making good choices and the consequence of making choices.

The action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm is everyone's responsibility. We want our children to feel protected and safe.

 

School Improvement Plan

 

We set targets for Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in Reading, Writing and Maths. We also set targets to narrow the gaps between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged children.

These targets translate in to percentages for children to achieve in all aspects of education. They are our Key Performance Indicators (KPI). We can then set the expectations for school improvement and this is monitored throughout the year to enable us to hold the school to account.

With the many aspects of primary education we have to consider all factors that will have an influence on the ability to achieve targets that we set, for example finance, government priorities and legislation, logistics for the provision of intervention. There are many.

When we undergo an Ofsted inspection, the whole school is analysed and outcomes for all pupils in all subjects is checked to ensure that we are getting the best from our staff and children.

A professional, critical analysis of our school is a valuable asset to us as governors. We are able to share the vision and ethos of Belmont and to maintain an accurate Self Evaluation to ensure that we are going in the right direction.

Following our successful Ofsted inspection in March, our key priorities for improvement are:

  •  To improve the punctuality and attendance rates of a small number of disadvantaged pupils to be in line with national figures.

 

and

 

  • To ensure that pupils are moved on to challenging work quickly so that an increased number of pupils achieve at a greater depth in reading, writing and maths.

We have an array of KPIs for the School Improvement Plan and the Head Teacher and the Senior Leadership Team create actions with performance milestones to progress the priorities that we have set.

 

Pupil progress is a standing agenda item at governors meetings, we all have links to subject leaders so that we can maintain dialogue and provide effective governance.

 

Governor Skills Review

 

It is important for any school governing board to assess their skills and ensure they have an effective and committed team. The Belmont School Governing Board has recently assessed themselves across a standard set of 45 skills.

 

Firstly it’s important to note that no individual on the Board is going to have all the skills listed in the audit. The governing board is a team, and the purpose of the review is to ensure that a skill is covered by at least one of the governors.

 

Following our annual review, Belmont Schools Governing Board has a diverse and knowledgeable team who cover all the required skills, with at least one person having extensive experience on each skill. With this in mind, this allows the governing board to work effectively to ensure the school operates to the best of its ability and works collaboratively with the head teacher and staff.

Governor Quotes

John Ault

“Fourteen years ago I joined Belmont School as a Parent Governor and did not have a clue as to what was required from me, how to support a school or how to provide effective challenge. Being a governor is a journey, during which you learn how a school is run on a day-to-day and long term basis and how you can bring your personal skills to meetings to help, challenge and support all children, the staff and the school ethos.

I work closely with the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team to help ensure the continued success of Belmont School. There are many aspects to the culture, value and ethos of a school and this is constantly being developed and improved. Playing a part in the decision making process and being aware of the commitment of staff to the children and the learning environment is very rewarding and I am proud to be involved in Belmont School.

A quote from John Nash (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools):

“Governing boards… are the vision setters and strategic decision makers for their schools. They play a vital role in ensuring the best possible education that takes every child as far as their talents allow.”

A school governor’s role is beneficial to both the school and the governor. I believe we all have the qualities to be a school governor and to play our part in achieving the best outcomes for our children.”

Donna Benton

“I first became a governor of Belmont Primary School during the time that my children attended the school. Now, even after they have both moved on, I have remained on the governing body because I have enjoyed learning, supporting and being part of the decision making. One thing I have learned is that even if you have no experience in education, this shouldn't put you off becoming involved as everyone has something to offer in their own way as well as a common interest; our children's education and helping them be the best they can be.”

Emma Jacobs

“I became a parent governor 9 years ago when my eldest son was in year 1 I felt that being a governor would allow me to be actively involved within the school and support them with providing the children with a good education. During my time as a governor I have developed a better understanding of the education system, curriculum and day to day running of the school.”

Judith McAlister

“I really enjoy being a parent governor because it enables me to find out about all the work going on behind the scenes to support and educate our children. I never cease to be amazed by the efforts and skills of the whole Belmont School staff.”

 

Governor Information

Belmont Primary School Governor Information

March 2017

Name of Governor

Sue Walker

Category of Governor

Staff Governor

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Head teacher

Appointing Body

Ex-Officio

Term of Office

None

Committee Membership and Position of Responsibility

None

Detail of membership any other educational establishment Governing Body

None

Relationship to member of school staff/ governor

None

Business / Financial Interests

None

 

Name of Governor

Toni Drake

Category of Governor

Staff Governor

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Member

Appointing Body

Teaching Staff

Term of Office

4 years – expires 25.4.20

Committee Membership and Position of Responsibility

Curriculum and assessment/Member

Detail of membership any other educational establishment Governing Body

None

Relationship to member of school staff/governor

None

Business / Financial Interests

None

 

Name of Governor

Roger MacKenzie

Category of Governor

L.A

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Vice Chair

Appointing Body

L.A

Term of Office

4 years – expires 4.2.17

Committee Membership and Position of Responsibility

Admissions/Chair

Pupil Discipline/Chair

Staff Discipline/Chair

Performance management/Member

Pay, Appointments and Finance/Chair

Building, Maintenance and Land/Member Curriculum and Assessment/Chair

Detail of membership any other educational establishment Governing Body

None

Relationship to member of school staff/governor

Father of A.MacKenzie (Governor)

Business / Financial Interests

None

 

 

Name of Governor

Louise Petcher

Category of Governor

Partnership Governor

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Member

Appointing Body

Governor Body

Term of Office

4 years – expires 27.1.18

Committee Membership and Position of Responsibility

Appeals/Member

Pay, Appointments and Finance/Member

Detail of membership any other educational establishment Governing Body

None

Relationship to member of school staff/governor

None

Business / Financial Interests

None

 

Name of Governor

John Staley

Category of Governor

Partnership Governor

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Member

Appointing Body

Governing body

Term of Office

4 years – expires 27.1.18

Committee Membership and Position of Responsibility

Building, Maintenance and Land/Chair

Detail of membership any other educational establishment Governing Body

None

Relationship to member of school staff/governor

None

Business / Financial Interests

None

 

Name of Governor

Sean O’Toole

Category of Governor

Partnership Governor

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Member

Appointing Body

Governing Body

Term of Office

4 years – expires 27.1.20

Committee Membership and Position of Responsibility

Staff Discipline/Member

Building Maintenance and Land/Clerk

Curriculum and Assessment/Member

Detail of membership any other educational establishment Governing Body

St .George’s C.E Primary, Church Gresley

Relationship to member of school staff/governor

None

Business / Financial Interests

None

 

Name of Governor

Alex MacKenzie

Category of Governor

Co-opted Governor

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Member

Appointing Body

Governing Body

Term of Office

4 years – expires 22.4.19

Committee Membership and Position of Responsibility

Appeals/Clerk

Pupil Discipline

Detail of membership any other educational establishment Governing Body

None

Relationship to member of school staff/governor

Son of R.MacKenzie (Governor)

Business / Financial Interests

None

Name of Governor

John Ault

Category of Governor

Co-Opted Governor

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Chair

Appointing Body

Governing body

Term of Office

4 years – expires 22.4.19

Committee Membership and Position of Responsibility

Admissions/Clerk

Staff Discipline/Clerk

Appeals/Chair

Performance Management/Chair

Pay, Appointments and Finance/Clerk

Building, Maintenance and Land/Member

Curriculum and Assessment/Member

Detail of membership any other educational establishment Governing Body

Granville Sports College, Woodville

Relationship to member of school staff/governor

Spouse Lynn Ault (Assistant Learning Mentor)

Business / Financial Interests

IT Supplies

 

Name of Governor

Donna Benton

Category of Governor

Co-opted Governor

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Member

Appointing Body

Governing Body

Term of Office

4 years – expires 22.4.19

Committee Membership and Position of Responsibility

Curriculum and Assessment/Member

Detail of membership any other educational establishment Governing Body

None

Relationship to member of school staff/governor

None

Business / Financial Interests

None

Name of Governor

Judith McAlister

Category of Governor

Parent Governor

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Member

Appointing Body

Parents

Term of Office

4 years – expires 17.5.20

Committee Membership and Position of Responsibility

Performance Management/Clerk

Curriculum and Assessment/Clerk

Detail of membership any other educational establishment Governing Body

None

Relationship to member of school staff/governor

None

Business / Financial Interests

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name of Governor

Emma Jacobs

Category of Governor

Parent Governor

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Member

Appointing Body

Parents

Term of Office

4 years – expires 2.3.20

Committee Membership and Position of Responsibility

Pupil Discipline/Clerk

Appeals/Member

Staff Discipline/Member

Building, Maintenance and Land/Member

Detail of membership any other educational establishment Governing Body

None

Relationship to member of school staff/governor

None

Business / Financial Interests

None

Name of Governor

Pete Musson

Category of Governor

Parent Governor

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Member

Appointing Body

Parents

Term of Office

4 years – expires 2.3.20

Committee Membership and Position of Responsibility

Performance Management/Member

Pay, Appointments and Finance/Member

Curriculum and Assessment/Member

Detail of membership any other educational establishment Governing Body

None

Relationship to member of school staff/governor

Spouse Lisa Musson (Caterer)

Business / Financial Interests

None

 

Name of Governor

Ian Winfieldale

Category of Governor

Parent Governor

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Member

Appointing Body

Parents

Term of Office

4 years – 15.12.16 – 14.12.20

Committee Membership and Position of Responsibility

Pay, Appointments and Finance / Member

Detail of membership any other educational establishment Governing Body

None

Relationship to member of school staff/governor

John Ault (Chair of Governors) – Family/Close Connection

Lynn Ault (Assistant Learning mentor) – Family/Close Connection

Business / Financial Interests

None

 

 

 

Name of Governor

Hannah Thulborn

Category of Governor

Parent Governor

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Member

Appointing Body

Parents

Term of Office

Governor resigned 22.9.16

Committee Membership and Position of Responsibility

 

Detail of membership any other educational establishment Governing Body

 

Relationship to member of school staff/governor

 

Business / Financial Interests

 

 

Name of Governor

Marie Worthington

Category of Governor

Parent Governor

Position of Responsibility on Governing Body

Member

Appointing Body

Parents

Term of Office

Term expired 23.10.16

Committee Membership and Position of Responsibility

 

Detail of membership any other educational establishment Governing Body

 

Relationship to member of school staff/governor

 

Business / Financial Interests

 

Governor Commitees

Admissions (consideration of complaints)

Mr Roger MacKenzie (Chair)

Mrs Sue Walker

Mr John Ault (Clerk)

 

Pupil Discipline

Mr Roger MacKenzie (Chair)

Mrs Emma Jacobs (Clerk)

Mr Alex MacKenzie

 

Staff Discipline

Mr Roger MacKenzie (Chair)

Mr John Ault (Clerk)

Mrs Emma Jacobs

Mr Ian Winfieldale

 

Appeals

Mr John Ault (Chair)

Mr Alex MacKenzie (Clerk)

Mr John Staley

Mrs Emma Jacobs

Mrs Louise Petcher

 

Performance Management

Mr John Ault (Chair)

Mr Pete Musson (Clerk)

Mr Roger MacKenzie

Mrs Emma Jacobs

 

Pay, Appointments and Finance

Mr Roger MacKenzie (Chair)

Mr John Ault (Clerk)

Mrs Louise Petcher

Mr Pete Musson

Mr Ian Winfieldale

Mrs Elizabeth Davis

 

Building, Maintenance and Land

Mr John Staley (Chair)

Mr John Ault (Clerk)

Mrs Emma Jacobs

Mr Roger MacKenzie

 

Curriculum and Assessment

Mr Roger MacKenzie (Chair)

Mr Ian Winfieldale (Clerk)

Mrs Donna Benton

Mr John Ault

Mr Pete Musson

Mrs Elizabeth Davis

 

Policy Review

Mrs Louise Petcher (Chair)

Mrs Donna Benton (Clerk)

Mr Roger MacKenzie

Mr John Ault

Mr Alex MacKenzie

Governor Committee Meetings

Committee Meetings

September to December 2016

 

Curriculum and Assessment (Reading Focus) 3.11.16

Mr John Ault

Mr Roger MacKenzie

Mrs Sue Walker

Mr John Staley

Mr Sean O’Toole

Miss Judith McAlister

Mrs Toni Drake

Mr Pete Musson

 

 

Performance Management Committee Meeting 1.12.16

 

Mr John Ault

Mr Roger MacKenzie

Mr Pete Musson

 

 

Finance Committee Meeting 15.12.16

 

Mr John Ault

Mr Roger MacKenzie

Mrs Louise Petcher

Mr John Staley (Co-opted member)

 

From January 2017

 

Finance Meeting 6.2.17

 

Sue Walker

John Ault

Roger MacKenzie

Ian Winfieldale

Belinda Holmes ( Bursar)

 

 

 

Finance Committee Meeting

27.3.17

John Ault

Roger McKenzie (Chair)

Louise Petcher

Ian Winfieldale

Sue Walker

Belinda Holmes (bursar)

 

Governor Attendance

Governor Attendance - 2016 -17

Governor

 

J.Ault

7 out of 8 meetings

R.MacKenzie

8 out of 8 meetings

S.Walker

8 out of 8 meetings

J.Staley

6 out of 8 meetings

A.MacKenzie

3 out of 8 meetings

L.Petcher

3 out of 8 meetings

S.O’Toole

5 out of 8 meetings

E.Jacobs

3 out of 8 meetings

D.Benton

5 out of 8 meetings

J.McAlister

3 out of 6 meetings

T.Drake

5 out of 8 meetings

M.Worthington

0 out of 1 meeting

H.Thulborn

0 out of 1 meeting

P.Musson

7 out of 8 meetings

I.Winfieldale

4 out of 5 meetings

Roles and Responsibilities of the Governing Body

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