“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 9 positions available on Clavering School’s Governing Body plus a clerk 2 parent governors (elected by parents), Rachel Betts, Mr Toby Pellew. 2 staff representatives (elected by school staff) Miss Rosalind Allsop, Annabelle Hall, 1 local authority representative (appointed by local authority) Councillor Ray Gooding (Chairman), 3 co-opted governors (members of the local authority appointed by the Governing Body) Mr Matt Elliston (vice chairman), Julia Mackintosh, Graham Smith and Kim Henson (starting Autumn 2021). Clerk Amanda Lindsell
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 improvement 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: Safeguarding, Premises, Finance, Curriculum, Training and Development.
The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets once every half term, each meeting lasting two hours. Other committees are arranged as required. In a typical school term we expect to spend eight to ten hours on our duties. Currently the meeting are held via Microsoft Teams to meet COVID restrictions.
Please see below a link to the webpage which is dedicated to our school on the schools financial benchmarking service –
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 improvement plan.
Although we received an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report in 2007, and 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.
Each term there will be a governor newsletter issued, outlining some of the work that we are undertaking –
Governors’ written statement of behaviour principles
Under the Education and Inspections Act, 2006, the Governing Board is charged with the duty to set the framework of the school’s policy by providing a written statement of general principles relating to behaviour and discipline, taking into account the needs of all pupils.
The purpose of the Statement is to provide guidance for the headteacher in drawing up the school’s Behaviour Policy so that it reflects the shared aspirations and beliefs of governors, staff and parents as well as taking full account of law and guidance on behaviour matters. It is intended to help all school staff to be aware of and understand the extent of their powers in respect of discipline and sanctions and how to use them. Staff should be confident that they have the Governors’ support when following this guidance.
This is a statement of principles, not practice: it is the responsibility of the headteacher to draw up the school’s behaviour policy, though she must take account of these principles when formulating this.The policy aims to underpin the governors’ duty of care to pupils and employees; promoting teaching and learning and high standards of attainment and preserve the reputation of the school.
This statement will be reviewed on a three yearly basis, unless changes at national or local level necessitate an exceptional review. This statement is informed by our Mission and Core Value statements:
Declaration of pecuniary and personal interests 2020 -2021
|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||FGB 10/10|
|Mr M Elliston||01.11.18||4 years||Governing body||Vice Chair||FGB 9/10|
|Mr R Gooding||18.12.19||4 years||LA||Chair of Governing Body||FGB 10/10|
|Mr J Hall||06.02.17||4 years||16.12.20||Governing body|
|Mr A P Smith||12.09.17||4 years||7.9.20||Governing body||Member Personnel, Curriculum and Communications|
Member Finance & Asset Management Committee to Dec 18
|Mr R McNaughton||28.11.19||4 years||15.12.20||Elected by Parents|
|Mr T Pellew||1.11.17||4 years||Elected by Parents||FGB 8/10|
|Mrs A Hall||21.7.19||4 years||Elected by Staff||FGB 8/10|
|Mrs R Betts||28.11.19||4 years||Elected by Parents||FGB 9/10|
|Mrs J Mackintosh||25.11.20||4 years||Governing Body||FGB 8/8|
|Mr G Smith||25.11.20||4 years||Governing Body||FGB 7/8|
|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||Details of other schools/academies of which I am a governor or a 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||Member: Hatfield Heath Learning Partnership Trust||None||None||None||None||None||Learning Partnership Trust. Member Hatfield Heath Learning Partnership Trust since Dec 2014||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||None|
|Mr R J Gooding||Essex County Council –Elected Cabinet Member for Education||None||Chairman of Essex Housing, a Limited Liability Partnership wholly owned by ECC||Active Essex Foundation, |
|Fellow of Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers||None||None||Cabinet Member of Education at ECC||None||None||None||None|
|Mr T Pellew||Headland Consultancy Group||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||None|
|Mrs J Mackintosh||Senior Lecturer University of Hertfordshire||None||None||None||Fellow of Higher Education Academy||None||None||None||None||None||None||None|
|Mr G Smith||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||Wife is employee at Clavering||None||None||None|
|Mrs R Betts||Self employed||The Nook Holiday Rental||None||Clavering Players Clavering Village Hall||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||None|
|Mrs A Hall||Deputy Headteacher||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||None|