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Statement from the Chair of Governors - October 2017

 

Welcome to the Governor pages the Springfield website. Hopefully they will give you a good understanding of what we do and who we are.

 

Governors play a vital role in the Springfield Community. Formally, we have three key roles: strategic input to support Mrs Chard in her leadership role for Springfield; a focus on the attainment and progress of all children, ensuring that education and learning meet the needs of all; and finally oversight over the efficient and effective use of financial and other resources. Most importantly, we agree the annual budget for the School and thus have a direct input into over what the resources are spent on.

 

Springfield Governors have a wealth of experience, knowledge and skills that we use to support school. We have a formal constitution and the board is made up of representatives from parents (3), the head teacher (1), staff (1) and the local authority (1), who are working together with our co-opted governors (8), all acting in the interest of Springfield. None of the Governors can act on their own, nor does any Governor represent a particular point of view or group within Springfield. There is a total of 14 Governors on our Board.

 

We meet formally four times a year and have three committees to support our work. The committees mirror our roles, covering Finance and Asset Management; Effectiveness (pupil progress) and Staffing, Teaching and Learning. The committees meet more often and allow individual governors to develop areas of expertise and/or use their skills and experience. To support the delivery of the School Development Plan, we pair up to develop expertise on curriculum development; SEND and pupil premium; Early Years Foundation Stage; Safeguarding and Data. Throughout the year, we will tell you about what we do through the Governors’ Corner in the Monthly Mention.

 

So please check regularly for updated information. You can contact me and the Governors via Mrs Chard and/or the School Office.

 

Ms Pernille Kousgaard

Chair

 

October 2017

ANNUAL STATEMENT OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS 2017

SPRINGFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

  1. THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS

 

The composition of the Board of Governors at November 2017 is set out below.

 

Following the reconstitution of the Board in 2015, we have 14 Governors. This allows us to bring together a strong and focused Board, with the necessary skills, experience and passion for Springfield to support the school in its expansion to the 3-form entry across all year groups. We have one new Governor this year.

                                                                                                                                                                                 

SPRINGFIELD GOVERNORS 2017-18

GOVERNOR

OFFICE

TYPE

TERM OF OFFICE – ENDS

Pernille Kousgaard

Chair of Board

Co-opted

22.09.18

Alison Chard

 

Head teacher

N/A

Michael MacDonald

 

LEA

09.02.18

Mike Freeman

Chair SE

Co-opted

04.10.19

Susannah Sutton

Chair STL

Co-opted

04.10.19

Lesley Dowdall

 

Co-opted

22.11.19

Barbara Sharp

 

Co-opted

22.11.19

Tracey Sutton

 

Co-opted

25.09.20

Marzita Abdul Rahman

Chair FAM

Co-opted

25.09.20

Lee Egerton

 

Parent

04.01.20

Jennie Brown

 

Staff

                                                09.11.20

Andrew Rainford

 

Parent

06.12.20

Thomas DeBost

 

Parent

31.10.21

VACANT

 

Co-opted

 

 

Our Board meets four times a year, once as an Annual General Meeting in October and three times as normal business meetings. The AGM deals with procedural matters: review of the committee remits and their membership, agreement to financial delegations and review of our code of conduct. The business meetings focus on progressing strategic matters, including discussion of a termly report from the Head teacher. We also consider reports from Trafford such as admissions, SLAs and government guidance. Much of our day-to-day business is delegated to the individual Committees, which allows governors to discuss and analyse trends, policies, issues and developments in more detail. These are reported formally to the full Board via their minutes.

 

To support our work, we have an annual meeting of the Chair, Vice Chair, the Committee Chairs and Mrs Chard to discuss progress, areas for improvement and succession planning. This discussion feed into the annual Governor Action Plan, approved at the AGM. The Chair and head teacher also meet formally once a month to retain a high-level overview of developments across School and Governor Committees.

 

As Governors, we are actively involved in the school outside the Committees and the Board. We have a long-standing tradition of link governors, governor involvement in working parties and participation in many, if not all, school events. We also report back to the wider school community via the Monthly Mention, the School Newsletter.  

 

All Governors’ personal profiles are on the School website as part of the dedicated governor section.

 

  1. CHAIR’S STATEMENT

 

For 2016-17, we agreed our annual Action Plan at the AGM and have used this as our tool to measure progress on governance priorities through the year. As this year saw a refresh of our Board, we agreed to carry out a skills needs analysis and 360 interviews with all governors. This was led by the Vice Chair and means that we have clarity on governor development needs and clear priorities in relation to succession planning and governor recruitment.

 

We take development and training of governors seriously, and held two whole Board training sessions on safe guarding and on Raise On-Line. The safeguarding session was delivered jointly to all staff and governors, providing us with valuable insights in direct implications for Springfield.

 

We also set priorities for each committee at their first meetings, reporting back on these via committee minutes to the whole Board. This has focused the work of the committees and also led us to a discussion on how we better use the Link Governor role to embed and secure continuity of knowledge within the Board. From 2017/18 we will pair Link Governors to ensure knowledge is better embedded within the Board. This new approach also reflects our emphasis on good governance.

 

For 2017-18, we have now agreed the following specific priorities

Whole Board

  • Teacher work/life balance, including well being
  • Safeguarding

Staffing, Teaching and Learning

Finance and Asset Management

School Effectiveness

  • Teaching Standards and their implementation
  • Clear overview of policies and review timetable
  • Succession Planning, pay structures and uniformity of job descriptions and person specifications across whole staffing structure
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • 3-year Asset management plan
  • Budget control and management
  • Travel Plan

 

  • Data analysis to understand the ASP (progress and attainment) data sets
  • Continue to develop accessible information for governors
  • Safeguarding

 

 

  1. COMMITTEES

 

We have three formal sub committees of the Board. The list below sets out membership and who chairs the committees for 2017-18, decided at the AGM. These meet 6 times per year and reports formally, via their minutes, to the Board of Governors. Committees are where the more detailed scrutiny takes place, with Governors being able to look at the detail of policies, information provided by Mrs Chard and discuss new initiatives. The School provides clerking support to all our committees. Remits for the Committees are available on request from the School and are included in our Governors’ Manual.

 

FINANCE & ASSET MANAGEMENT (FAM)

SCHOOL EFFECTIVENESS (SE)

STAFFING, TEACHING AND LEARNING (STL)

Marzita Abdul Rahman (Chair)

Mike Freeman (Chair)

Susannah Sutton (Chair)

Michael MacDonald

Pernille Kousgaard

Tracey Sutton

Lesley Dowdall

Barbara Sharp

Jennie Brown

Andy Rainford

Lee Egerton

Thomas DeBost

Alison Chard      

Alison Chard

Alison Chard

 

We also have a Head Teacher Performance Governors’ Panel; a formal Pay Review Sub-committee, which considers the annual pay recommendations, if any, for staff and the Head teacher; a Disciplinary and Grievance Panel; an Appeals (Pay and Disciplinary) Panel; and a Pupil Discipline Panel.

 

  1. CALENDAR OF MEETINGS 2017-18

 

Term

Board Meeting

Finance & Asset Management (FAM)

School Effectiveness (SE)

Staffing, Teaching and Learning (STL)

Autumn

25 September

20 November

9 October

27 November

6 November

11 December

16 October

4 December

Spring

19 March

 

5 February

5 March

29 January

26 March

15 January

26 February

Summer

25 June

21 May

9 July

14 May

16 July

23 April

2 July

 

  1. ATTENDANCE 2016-17

 

The Attendance at the Board is good, with all our Board members able to commit the time to these important meetings, which happen 4 times a year. Three new Governors joined during the year (* in table).

 

Governor

Attendance

Governor

Attendance

P Kousgaard

4/4

J Brown*

3/3

M Abdul-Rahman

4/4

S Sutton

3/4

A Chard

4/4

M Freeman

4/4

M MacDonald

4/4

T Sutton

4/4

L Dowdall

4/4

L Egerton*

3/3

B Sharp

4/4

A Rainford*

2/2

 

 

  1. CODE OF CONDUCT & EXPECTATIONS

 

We have a formal Code of Conduct, which is reviewed and agreed annually by the Board of Governors.

 

This sets our expectations of what a Springfield Governor aspires to: supporting the school in its pursuit of the delivering the best education possible for all our children, supporting the head teacher and overseeing the budgets in a professional and sound manner.

 

  1. CONTACT AND CLERKING

 

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via Mrs Chard, the Head teacher on 0161 973 4149.

 

Clerking is provided by Trafford Governor Services, 2nd Floor Waterside House, Sale M33 7ZF.  Contact: Julie Lawson, Governor Services Manager 0161 912 3218

 

 

December 2017

SPRINGFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

REGISTER OF INTEREST OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS

 

Governor Name

Business Interest

Other establishments governed

Relationships with staff / governors

Date

Alison Chard

NONE

NONE

NONE

25.9.17

Pernille Kousgaard

NONE

NONE

NONE

25.9.17

Marzita Abdul Rahman

NONE

NONE

NONE

25.9.17

Jennie Brown

NONE

NONE

NONE

25.9.17

Lesley Dowdall

NONE

NONE

NONE

25.9.17

Lee Egerton

NONE

NONE

NONE

25.9.17

Mike Freeman

NONE

NONE

NONE

25.9.17

Michael MacDonald

NONE

NONE

NONE

25.9.17

Andrew Rainford

NONE

NONE

NONE

25.9.17

Barbara Sharp

NONE

NONE

NONE

25.9.17

Susannah Sutton

NONE

NONE

NONE

25.9.17

Tracey Sutton

NONE

NONE

NONE

25.9.17

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