“Governors”, what are we…….?
We are a body of volunteers set up to help the school provide the best possible education for its pupils and thereby raise standards. We have a legal responsibility to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.
Who is on the Governing Body?
There are 13 positions available on Clavering School’s Governing Body plus a clerk 5 parent governors (elected by parents) Mr Jonathan Hill (vice chairman) Mr Matt Elliston, Mrs Jayne Liddle (elected September 2018), Mr Toby Pellew, Mr Edward Bailey (elected September 2018). 2 staff representatives (elected by school staff) Miss Rosalind Allsop, Lynn Lipscomb, 1 local authority representative (appointed by local authority) Councillor Ray Gooding, 2 co-opted governors vacancy and Mr Simon Elphick, 3 community governors (members of the local authority appointed by the Governing Body) Mr Julian Hall (Chairman), Mr Michael Cannell, Mr Peter Smith, Associate governor Mr Ross McNaughton, Clerk Mrs Cheryl Hall
What do Governors at Clavering Primary School do?
- Together with the Head teacher we set the future direction for the school and decide how the school’s budget should be spent
- As a Governing Body we make decisions collectively on matters such as performance targets, school policies and the school’s development plan
- We monitor the impact of policies and oversee the use of the school’s budget
- We report to parents on the school’s achievements and respond to inspection recommendations
- We hear appeals from pupils and staff, and consider any complaints that may arise
- As Governors we provide the Head teacher with support and advice, drawing on our own knowledge and experience
- We ask searching questions and respect the Head teacher’s position as the professional leader of the school
This role is often called ‘being a critical friend’.
As Governors we have individual responsibilities within areas of the school, for example: certain subjects in the curriculum; being the link to a year group; and being part of one or more of the sub-committees mentioned below.
- Personnel, Curriculum and Communication
- Finance and Asset Management
The sub-committees usually meet once every half term and do the majority of the work. The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets once every half term, each meeting lasting two hours. The FGB makes its’ decisions based on the advice of the sub-committees. In a typical school term we expect to spend eight to ten hours on our duties.
|Finance and Asset Management||Personnel, Curriculum and Communication|
|Ray Gooding (LEA) – Chair||Matt Elliston (P) -Chair|
|Toby Pellew||Ros Allsop|
|Julian Hall||Lynn Lipscomb|
|Michael Cannell||Peter Smith|
|Peter Smith|| Jonathan Hill
Training and support
All our Governors are volunteers and are not paid to perform the role. Even though we have experience in the outside world, we do need training. The Governor responsible for training will encourage new and existing Governors to attend courses which will benefit them within the areas they are responsible for. Courses are usually held in the evenings or on Saturdays in local primary or secondary schools and usually last a couple of hours.
As Governors we visit the school occasionally as part of a monitoring process. These meetings are mutually arranged between the individual teacher and link Governor at the beginning of the academic year and tie in with the school development plan.
Although we received an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report in 2007, and we have just received a very positive Ofsted interim assessment in March 2011, you may think we have an easy ride! This is not true: Ofsted will continue to undertake annual assessments of the school’s performance; our job will be even harder in maintaining our position; in keeping abreast of the changes that the Government introduce as well as ensuring that all members of our school community continue “being healthy; staying safe; enjoying and achieving; making a positive contribution and achieving economic wellbeing”. The minutes of the Governors’ meetings are available in the school office for viewing.
Membership of Governors 2015 to date
|Name||Date of appointment||Term of office||Date stepped down (if applicable)||Who appointed them (in accordance with the governing body’s instrument of government)||Governor role||Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over last year|
|Ms R. Allsop||N/A||N/A||Headteacher||Member Finance & Asset Management Committee|
Member Personnel, Curriculum and Communications
F & AM Comm 5/5
|Mr M J Cannell||31.01.17||4 years||Governing body||Member Finance & Asset Management Committee||FGB 6/6
F & AM Comm 5/5
|Mr M Elliston||01.11.14||4 years||Elected by Parents||Chair, Personnel, Curriculum and Communications||FGB 3/6
|Mrs G Ford||01.04.13||4 years||July 2016||Elected by Staff||Member Personnel, Curriculum and Communications|
|Mrs S Gill||13.12.14||4 years||July 2017||Governing body||Member Finance & Asset Management Committee|
|Mr R Gooding||18.12.15||4 years||LA||Chair, Finance & Asset Management Committee||FGB 5/6
F & AM Comm 3/5
|Mr J Hall||06.02.17||4 years||Governing body||Chair of Governing Body|
Member Finance & Asset Management Committee
F & AM Comm 5/5
|Ms M Loram||15.06.14||4 years||13.7.17||Elected by Parents||Member Personnel, Curriculum and Communications|
|Mr J Hill||01.11.14||4 years||Elected by Parents||Member Personnel, Curriculum and Communications|
Vice Chair of Governing Body
|Mrs E Moloney||15.06.14||4 years||15.6.18||Elected by Parents||Member Finance & Asset Management Committee changed to Personnel, Curriculum and Communications Committee||FGB 3/5
PCC Com 1/1
|Mr A P Smith||12.09.17||4 years||Governing body||Member Personnel, Curriculum and Communications|
Member Finance & Asset Management Committee
F & AM Comm 4/5
|Mrs J Lougheed||30.04.15||4 years||25.08.15||Governing body|
|Mr R Smith||30.07.12||4 years||09.07.15||Elected by Parents|
|Mr R McNaughton||15.11.15||4 years||Associate governor from 22.3.18||Elected by Parents||Member Finance & Asset Management Committee||FGB 2/4
Finance Com 2/3
|Mr T Pellew||1.11.17||4 years||Elected by Parents||Member Finance & Asset Management Committee from March 2018||FGB 4/5
|Mr S J Elphick||24.11.15||4 years||Governing Body||Member Personnel, Curriculum and Communications Com||FGB 6/6
PCC Com 2/2
|Mrs A Hall||14.9.17||4 years||20.7.17||Elected by Staff||Member Personnel, Curriculum and Communications Com||FGB 6/6
|Mrs L Lipscomb||12.7.18||4 years||Elected by Staff||Member Personnel, Curriculum and Communications||FGB
Declaration of pecuniary and personal interests 2018 – 2019
|Name||Current employment||Businesses (of which I am a partner or sole proprietor)||Company directorships – details of all companies of which I am a director||Charity trusteeships – details of all companies of which I am a trustee||Membership of professional bodies, membership organisations, public bodies or special interest groups of which I am a member and have a position of general control or management||Gifts or hospitality offered to you by external bodies while acting in your position as a governor/trustee and whether this was declined or accepted in the last 12 months||Contracts offered by you for the supply of goods and/or services to the trust/school||Any |
|Immediate family/close connections to governor|
|Company directorships or trusteeships of family/close connections to governor/trustee||Company directorships or trusteeships of family/close connections to governor/trustee:
Name of school/academy
Date appointed/elected to post
Date of termination to post:
|Ms R Allsop||Headteacher||None||None||None||MAT Member: Hatfield Heath, Takeley and Rose Acres Primary Schools||None||None||None||None||None||None|
|Mr M C Cannell||Retired||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||None|
|Mr M Elliston||Regional Account Manager Snap-on UK Holdings||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||Wife employee at the school||None||None|
|Mr R J Gooding||Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Education - elected Member||None||Quotient Project Services LLP & Quotient Design Services Ltd - both ceased trading||Active Essex Charity Trust|
Bancrofts School, LG1U
|Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers||None||None||Cabinet Member of Education at ECC||None||None||None|
|Mr J Hall||Director Investment Management Tilney Bestinvest Group of companies||None||Tilney Best Invest Group of Companies||None||Chartered |
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Securities & investment
|Mr J Hill||Self Employed||None||Director Catalyst PLD Ltd||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||None|
|Mr A P Smith||Retired||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||Wife volunteer gardener at the school||None||None|
|Mr R McNaughton||Penningtons Manches||Penningtons Manches||None||Pennington Manches Charitable Foundation||None||None||None||None||None||None||None|
|Mr S E Elphick||Partner DWF LLP||DWF LLP||None||None||Law Society||None||None||None||None||None||None|
|Mr T Pellew||Headland Consultancy Group||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||None|
|Mrs L Lipscomb||Assistant Headteacher||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||None|