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Welcome to the Governors Information page!

 

The documents below give information about our Governing Body.
If you are interested in finding out what the role of parent representative governor entails, you may find the document below; entitled 'Being a Governor', quite useful.

Being a Governor.

 

What is the role of a Governing Body?

 

·         Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

·         Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils,               and the performance management of staff; and

·         Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

What is the role of a Governor?

 

To ask the right questions, such as:

1. Which groups of pupils are the highest and lowest performing, and why?

2. Do you have credible plans for addressing under-performance or less than expected progress? How will we know that things are improving?

3. Which year groups or subjects get the best and worst results and why? \how doses this relate to the quality of teaching in the school? What is your strategy for improving the areas of weakest performance?

4. How are you going to raise standards for all children, including the most and least able, those with special educational needs, those receiving free school meals, boys and girls, those of a particular ethnicity, and any who are currently underachieving? How will we know if your approach is working?

5. Do we have the right staff and the right development and reward arrangements?

6. What is the school’s approach to implementation of pay reform and performance related pay? If appropriate, is it compliant with the most up to date version of the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document?

7. Is this a happy school with a positive learning culture? What is our track record on attendance, behaviour and bullying? Are safeguarding procedures securely in place? What are you doing to address any current issues, and how we will know if it is working?

8. How good is our wider offer to pupils? Is the school offering a good range of sports, arts and voluntary activities? Is the school food healthy and popular?

9. Do we listen to what pupils and parents are telling us?

 

What does being a Governor involve?

 

·         Two full Governing Body (FGB) meetings a term, including reading papers beforehand

·         Involvement in one or more sub-committees

·         Linking to a particular curriculum are or other area of activity

·         Visiting the school to observe lessons and talk to staff and children

·         Undertaking relevant training

·         Supporting school activities

 

What does being a Governor not involve?

 

·         Being an education specialist – just an interest in teaching and learning in its widest sense.

·         Raising personal ‘hobby-horses’ or your own child-related issues – ‘Hobby-horses’ have no place and your child-related issues should be discussed with their teacher.

·         Being a spokesperson or lobbyist for parents – you’re not required to represent the views of every other parent, just to share your perspective as a parent in the discussions and decisions.

·         Sharing the ‘insider’ story – there are some items on the agenda within the confidential section which might affect a pupil or staff member and must remain confidential. The general minutes are publicly available

We need parent governors!

 

 

If you care about education become a parent governor!

 

All schools need committed parent governors – people who are willing to take an active interest in the life of the school.  Governors are elected/appointed for four years.

 

It is important that governors reflect the local community.  People of all backgrounds, cultures and races have a valuable contribution to make and should think about becoming a governor.

 

Who are the governors?

 

¨       parents, elected by parents of children at the school

¨       teachers, elected by teaching staff at the school

¨       the headteacher

¨       staff, elected by the support staff at the school

¨       people appointed by the Borough of Lewisham, some of whom are nominated by the local political parties

¨       community, people chosen by the governing body to represent the local community or because they have a particular interest or experience

 

What do governors do?

 

¨       advise and support the headteacher

¨       meet together regularly to discuss that running of the school

¨       help ensure all children and young people have an equal chance to succeed at school

¨       visit the school to see how it works

¨       select the headteacher and staff

¨       keep under review the aims and curriculum of the school

¨       decide how money allocated to the school is spent

¨       sit on panels to consider pupil exclusion, parental complaints, staff grievance and discipline issues

¨       ensure that the right provision is made for pupils with special educational needs

¨       work in partnership with the school, parents, the local community and Lewisham  

 

How much time will it take?

 

¨       There is at least one full governors’ meeting each term

¨       In addition you may be asked to join a committee which meets more frequently and reports back to the full governors’ meeting

¨       You will need to visit the school so you can get to know the staff, pupils and parents.  The better you know the school, the more confident you will feel in making decisions.  It is suggested that you visit during the school day for at least one morning or afternoon each term – please make an appointment with the headteacher

 

With so much for governors to learn, all schools have the opportunity to buy into Lewisham governor training programme.

 

 

 

Parent governor elections

 

Why become a parent governor?

 

Parents are a major source of support for the school.  Schools are more effective if there is regular and positive dialogue with parents and if parents are involved in the work of the school.  Parent governors are one of the ways parents can take part in the life of the school.  You might find it helpful to talk to the outgoing parent governor(s) about what is involved.

 

Black and ethnic minority parents are currently under-represented on governing bodies. Parents from these groups are particularly encouraged to consider standing for election.

 

How to become a parent governor?

 

You will be given details of the parent governor elections.  You do not have to wait to be nominated, you can put your own name forward.  You will probably be asked to give some information about yourself.

 

How long do I have to be a governor for?

 

You serve for four years from the date you are elected.   Even if your child leaves, you can still remain a parent governor for the full four years. Any governor may of course choose to resign before his/her term of office ends: this should be done in writing to the Clerk to Governors.

 

 

 

Are parent governors different from other governors?

 

Parent governors have the same status, duties and responsibilities as other members of the governing body.  They have no power to take action as governor unless they have been asked to do so by the governing body.

 

Parent governors are not elected to represent the parents but to bring the voice of the parents to the governing body.  Although parent governors may be regarded as the official channel for parents’ views they do not have to consult with the body of parents before they can speak or act as governors.

 

Am I allowed to talk about governing body meetings?

 

Most governing bodies aim to keep confidential items to a minimum, however, all governors need to bear in mind that indiscreet talk about what has been said or decided at a governors’ meeting can cause problems.  Governors need to feel secure enough to speak openly and make decisions without fear that their every word will be reported.

 

In general all governors should make sure that they never discuss individual children or adults outside the governing body, if they have gained information about them as a result of being a governor.

 

If you want more information about becoming a governor please contact :

 

Governors’ Services

3rd Floor Laurence House

1 Catford Road SE6 4RU

Tel: 020 8314 8313

Fax: 020 8314 3050

Email: governors.services@lewisham.gov.uk

 

ST STEPHEN’S CE PRIMARY SCHOOL

GOVERNING BODY

(Reconstituted 4 March 2015)

 

GOVERNING BODY MEMBERSHIP:                                  12 governors

CATEGORIES OF GOVERNOR:                                           Headteacher

                                                                                                Staff (1)

                                                                                                LA Nominated (1)

                                                                                                Parent Elected (2)

                                                                                                Foundation (7)

CHAIR OF GOVERNORS:                                                     Philip Ratcliff

CLERK TO GOVERNORS:                                                    Catherine Munday

STANDING COMMITTEES:                                                 Finance and Personnel

                                                                                                Curriculum and Achievement

                                                                                                Children, Family and Community

                                                                                                Admissions

STATUTORY COMMITTEES:                                             Statutory Committees include the Pupil Discipline, Staff                 Discipline, Pay Appeals and Parent Complaints. These committees meet as and when required, with a minimum of three eligible governors to be drawn from a pool of all members of the Governing Body subject to availability and with regard to any declared conflicts of interests.

 

Governors’ details 2016-17

FULL NAME

CATEGORY

APPOINTED BY

DATE OF APPOINTMENT

TERM OF OFFICE (NO. OF YEARS AND END DATE)

DATE RESIGNED

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

RESPONSIBILITIES

VOTING RIGHTS (If applicable)

Christopher Chambers

Foundation

Southwark Diocesan Board of Education

12/03/2014

4

11/03/2018

 

Curriculum & Achievement

Children, Family & Community & Admissions

 

Health & Safety link

RE Link

 

Fr Philip Corbett

Foundation

Ex officio

22/11/2013

N/A

N/A

 

Curriculum & Achievement

Children, Family & Community (Chair)

 

Vice Chair

EYFS Link

 

Errol Harris

Foundation

Parish Church Council

22/01/2014

4

21/01/2018

 

Curriculum & Achievement

 

 

 

Frances Holland

Headteacher

Ex officio

01/09/2008

N/A

N/A

 

All committees

 

 

 

Ken Kitson

Foundation

Southwark Diocesan Board of Education

01/04/2014

4

31/03/2018

 

Curriculum & Achievement

Finance and Personnel (Chair)

 

Vice Chair

Numeracy Link

Data Link

Appraiser

 

Ayesha Lahai-Taylor

Parent

Parent Body

30/11/2015

4

29/11/2019

 

Curriculum & Achievement

Finance and Personnel

 

 

 

Irene Olaleye

Foundation

Parish Church Council

11/03/2015

4

10/03/2019

 

Curriculum & Achievement

Children, Family & Community

SEN Link

Website Link

Literacy Link

 

Gillian Parker

Parent

Parent Body

18/09/2014

4

17/09/2018

 

Curriculum & Achievement

Finance and Personnel

 

 

June Reid

Foundation

Parish Church Council

04/11/2013

4

03/11/2017

 

Curriculum & Achievement

Finance and Personnel Children, Family & Community & Admissions

Complaints

Child Protection Link

Looked After Children

Young Carers

Treasurer

Appraiser

 

Philip Ratcliff

LA

Governing Body

01/09/2014

4

31/08/2018

 

Curriculum & Achievement

(Chair)

Chair of Governors

ICT Link

Training Link

 

Karen Vorster

Staff

Members of staff

22/09/2016

4

21/09/2020

 

Curriculum & Achievement

 

N/A

 

Monica Whitney

 

Parish Church Council

16/10/2013

4

15/10/2017

 

Curriculum & Achievement

Admissions

 

 

 

Governors Register of Interests

 

As a school we are required to publish the register of interests for governors of our school on our website.

 

The following interests have been declared: Name of Governor

Relevant business interests

Nature of interest

Date Interest began

Any other educational establishments governed

Relationships with the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives

Philip Ratcliff

None

N/A

N/A

None

Wife: employee at school

Ken Kitson

None

N/A

N/A

None

Wife: employee at school

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All other Governors have signed to state that they have no interest to declare.

GOVERNORS’ ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS 2015/16

 

NAME

GOVERNING BODY

CURRICULUM AND ACHIEVEMENT

 

 

23/9/15

18/11/15

10/3/16

13/7/16

1/12/15

 

Mr C Chambers

Y

Y

apologies

     Y

Y

 

Fr P Corbett

apologies

apologies

Y

Y

     Y

 

Mr E Harris

Y

Y

     Y

Y

     Y

 

Miss F Holland

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Mr K Kitson

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Ms A Lahai-Taylor

 

 

Y

Y

Y

 

Mrs I Olaleye

Y

Y

apologies

Y

Y

 

Mrs G Parker

apologies

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Ms J Reid

apologies

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Mr P Ratcliff

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Mrs k Vorster

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Ms M Whitney

Y

 apologies

Y

Y

    apologies

 

 

FINANCE AND PERSONNEL

CHILDREN,FAMILY AND COMMUNITIES

 

23/10/15

28/4/16

 

7/10/15

3/2/16

22/6/16

Mr K Kitson

 Y

    Y

Fr P Corbett

Y

Y

Y

Miss F Holland

Y

Y

Mr C Chambers

Y

apologises

Y

Ms J Reid

   apologises

Y

Mrs I Olaleye

Y

Y

Y

Mrs  G Parker

Y

Y

Ms J Reid

Y

Y

Y

Ms A Lahai-Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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