The primary role of the Full Governing Body (FGB) is to work in partnership with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to maximise the learning opportunities for all the pupils and to implement the School Development plan which drives school improvement.
Governing Body Composition
The formal Instrument of Governance provides for 12 governors which consists of:-
3 Foundation Governors; appointed by the Diocese of Gloucester
1 Local Authority Governor; appointed by the Local Authority
4 Parent Governors; proposed and elected by parents and carers of children at the school
2 Staff Governors (including the Headteacher where s/he chooses to be a Governor and 1 of the schools staff, proposed and elected by staff at the school)
2 Co-opted Governors: appointed by the Governing Body
The term of office for each Governor is 4 years from date of appointment or election. Governors are selected based on their skills and experience.
Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocese of Gloucester to bring to the Governing body an informed regard of the Church in the foundation of the school, to ensure that its Christian ethos is preserved and developed, and the religious worship reflects the tradition of the Church of England.
Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Body and are people who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
Once in place each Governor plays a full and equal part in the running and management of the school. Nobody is there to represent their particular group. The majority of Governors do not have an educational background, however, they bring experience and expertise from their home and work lives which the school finds invaluable.
Our Governing Body is split into 3 sub-committees – Finance & Personnel; Standards, Teaching & Learning and Foundation. There is also a Premises Working Party who report into the Finance & Personnel Committee.
Our Governors are:
|Name||Date of Appointment||Date of Stepping Down||Type of Governor||Term of Office||Business and Pecuniary Interests|
|Richard Bashford||12/11/14||Parent Elected||11/14-11/18||Spouse member of school staff
|Simon Cooper||18/09/15||Parent Elected||9/15-9/19|
|Sue Hope||23/05/14||LA||5/14-5/18||Member of the parish council
|Hannah Hornig||31/08/15||Staff Governor||8/15-8/19||Spouse member of school staff
Spouses business carries out occasional maintenance & building work for school
|Ken Hull||19/05/16||Parent Elected||5/16-5/20|
|Ed Riddington||01/09/15||Staff Governor (Headteacher)||9/15-|
|Rev Richard Thomson||01/10/16||Foundation (Ex-Officio)||10/16-09/20|
|Tamsin Magrath||12/11/14||19/9/16||Parent Elected||11/14-11/18|
|Charene Winbow||23/02/16||Parent Elected||9/13-8/17|
|Julia Hewitt||03/06/15||Parent Elected||12/14-6/15|
|Louise Lewis||31/08/15||Staff Governor (Headteacher)||1/09-8/15|
- When compared to a business, the Governing Body is the Board of Directors with the Headteacher being the Managing Director. Many responsibilities are delegated to the Headteacher.Setting the school’s aims, vision and values;
- Planning the school’s long term future;
- Promoting high standards of education and achievement
- Appointing senior staff, including the Headteacher
- Setting, agreeing and overseeing budgets
- Setting school policies
The table below shows which Governor is a member of which sub-committee and their attendance at meetings for academic year 2015/16 and 2016/17 (as at December 2016):
Please note: Not all Governors are required at all meetings. Some Governors joined or stepped down during an academic year, therefore the maximum number of meetings will be reduced.
|Name||FGB||Finance and Personnel||Standards, Teaching & Learning||Foundation|
|Richard Bashford||Y (2 of 3)||Y (4 of 4)||N||N||Y (3 of 3)||Y (5 of 5)||N||N|
|Michael Bendry||Y (3 of 3)||Y (4 of 4)||Y (2 of 2)||Y (3 of 3)||N||Y (5 of 5)||Y (2 of 2)||Y (3 of 3)|
|Simon Cooper||Y (3 of 3)||Y (4 of 4)||N||N||Y (0 of 3)||Y (3 of 5)||N||N|
|Sue Hope||Y (3 of 3)||Y (2 of 4)||Y (2 of 2)||Y (3 of 3)||N||N||N||N|
|Hannah Hornig||Y (2 of 3)||Y (4 of 4)||N||N||Y (1 of 3)||Y (4 of 5)||N||N|
|Deborah Neame||Y (3 of 3)||Y (4 of 4)||N||N||Y (3 of 3)||Y (4 of 5)||N||N|
|Jim O'Brien||Y (3 of 3)||Y (3 of 4)||Y (2 of 2)||Y (3 of 3)||N||N||Y 2 of 2)||Y (3 of 3)|
|Ed Riddington||y (3 of 3)||Y (4 of 4)||Y (2 of 2)||Y (3 of 3)||Y (3 of 3)||Y (5 of 5)||Y (2 of 2)||Y (3 of 3)|
|Jane Whitworth||Y (2 of 3)||Y (4 of 4)||N||N||Y (1 of 3)||Y (4 of 5)||N||N|
|Ken Hull||Y (2 of 3)||Y (1 of 1)||N||N||Y (3 of 3)||N||N||N|
|Claire Mullens||Y (1 of 2)||N/A||Y (1 of 2)||N/A||N||N||N/A||N|
|Rev Richard Thomson||Y (2 of 2)||N/A||N||N||N||N||Y (2 of 2)||N/A|
|Charene Winbow (stepped down 23/2/16)||N/A||Y (2 of 2)||N/A||Y (0 of 1)||N||N||N||N|
(stepped down 09/09/16)
|N/A||Y (3 of 4)||N/A||Y (1 of 3)||N/A||N||N/A||Y (3 of 3)|
(stepped down 18/09/16)
|N/A||Y (3 of 4)||N/A||N||N/A||Y (4 of 5)||N/A||N|
Execution of Responsibilities
The Governing Body elect a Chair and Vice-Chair bi-annually with the term of office being 2 years. Our Governing Body is supported by 3 sub-committees – Finance & Personnel; Standards, Teaching & Learning and Foundation.
Finance & Personnel Committee: responsible for budgets and finances, staffing, pay, performance management, Health & Safety and receiving reports from the Premises Working Party. This committee also monitor the spending of the Pupil Premium and Sports Funding grants and complete an annual evaluation – the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) confirming that all processes and procedures are sound and that the school leadership team and the governing body appropriately ensure financial control and best value in all aspects of school affairs. This committee is Chaired by Jim O’Brien.
Standards, Teaching & Learning Committee: responsible for all matters relating to the delivery and monitoring of the curriculum, achievement and attainment and monitoring progress of the School Development plan. This committee also monitors behavior within the school. This committee is Chaired by Richard Bashford.
Foundation Committee: responsible for promoting a Christian ethos within the school, to monitor the content and impact of RE and Collective Worship; to ensure the pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is nurtured throughout the school; to promote the links between the school, the local Churches in the parish and the wider community and to oversee the presence of Christian signs and symbols in and around the school. This committee is Chaired by Jim O’Brien.
If you wish to contact a Governor, for any reason, please do so via the school office.
Governors Annual Report to Parents
This report covers the period from January 2016 to December 2016
The school continues to make good progress in all areas of the School Development Plan. This judgement has been made both by Governors in their monitoring but also independently by the School Improvement Adviser (SIA). The children continue to work hard and are continually challenged by our dedicated team of teachers and support staff.
The changes to the National Curriculum, both in terms of content and assessment, have been particularly challenging and demanding of both teachers and pupils. Last year’s Year 6 faced much more demanding SAT’s tests but responded really well and their collective results placed the school well above the National average, which is a great credit to them and their teacher, Miss Prichard. Progress at the end of Key Stage 1 and in pupils in EYFS was also very encouraging.
Monitoring of teaching and learning is the responsibility of the Standards, Teaching and Learning Committee. As well as receiving regular reports from the Headteacher and Subject Leaders, the committee has also undertaken monitoring by school visits and classroom observations. Specific professional observation of teaching is undertaken by the Head and Deputies, and the SIA, and these observations show that teaching is always at least good, and often outstanding. HUGL was introduced which enabled pupils to work on extended topics and in mixed age groups. Such cross-curricular teaching and learning is often side-lined by other demands these days but Governors were pleased to see this introduced, and appreciate the hard work of the staff and the support of parents in making it a great success. The Foundation and Ethos Committee has monitored RE teaching and Collective Worship, and has also encouraged links with St Mary’s; each class visiting the Church last year for an activity based experience. The Finance and Personnel Committee monitors the budget and staffing.
More specifically on the staffing front, Governors agreed that Mrs Lewis’s secondment could be extended for one further year until September 2017. Governors are grateful to Mr Riddington for providing excellent leadership and continuing to move the school forward. The arrangements which split Robin class were continued into this academic year. From September 2016 Hawk class has also been split into Y5 and Y6 groups during the morning. This was to give additional support to these groups as they approached the more demanding Curriculum and assessments. Mrs Halstead has been on Maternity Leave since Easter 2016, and we are very grateful to Mrs Wilson and Mrs Hornig stepping up to work full-time and to cover the Acting Deputy Head role. Swallow class also has a new teacher following Mrs Callicott’s resignation. Mr England has taken over and has quickly established a positive working relationship with the class.
Hawkesbury Primary School continues to provide a thriving, learning environment.
Michael Bendry, Chair of Governors
Governors Report to Parents