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Governors

The three main functions of the Local Governing Board are:

  • Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governors are mindful too of the requirements of our children’s parents and carers and their need to be informed about the overall leadership and management of the school and how it affects safety, learning and the enjoyment of their children.

To achieve all these objectives Governors continually evaluate their own roles and monitor the school’s performance through data and liaison with the staff and pupils. Relevant information is shared with all families and interested parties through the website and newsletters.


School Development Plan (SDP) - 5 Key Plans.

Governors regularly monitor the SEF (Self-evaluation form) and SDP. Through focused meetings governors consult and contribute to both documents.

The SDP is a working document which outlines the areas for school development; what the school needs to do to improve further, the actions required to achieve planned improvement and an on-going evaluation of impact.


Areas of Development 2019/20

Key Area 1: To make a positive contribution to the children at Whitehouse and the local community.

Impact: We are grateful for the increased support that parents and carers give the school and we are glad to see so many involved in school fairs, charity events, reading in and out of school. Together we support the headteacher in ensuring that there are continued positive relations with parents because we believe that together we can enable each child to achieve their potential. 

Key Area 2: To provide a high level of challenge and support to the headteacher and the school.

Impact: We continue to support the schools’ drive to improve attendance, including the introduction of the Penalty Notice for unauthorised absences.   We regularly review the data provided by the school and ask probing questions when required. We are aware of the schools’ priorities and focus on those during governor visits.                   

Key Area 3: To support new appointments effectively

Impact: We continue to support the shortlisting and interview process to ensure Whitehouse employs the best staff for our children.

Key Area 4: To ensure that sub-committees are effective and are focussed on the needs of the school.


Structure of Whitehouse Primary Governing Body and Committees 2017-18

Chair of the Governing Body - Mr D Rogers       Vice Chair of the Governing Body - Mrs J Dorr

The Governing Body’s structure and membership for 2017-18 is outlined in the table below and within that structure it has the following committees:

Committee Abrv. Name of Chair
Finance, Personnel & Staffing FP&S Mr D Rogers
Curriculum C Mrs S Jones
Buildings/H&S BHS Mrs K Alexander

 

 GOVERNOR / ASSOCIATE MEMBER

CATEGORY

APPOINTED BY OR ELECTED

TERM OF OFFICE

DATE STEPPED DOWN

START DATE EXPIRY DATE
Ms R Woods Headteacher
Mr D Rogers Local Authority Governing Body 17-Oct-17 16-Oct-21
Mrs L Mann Staff Elected 13-Jan 17 12-Jan-21
Mrs S Jones Parent Elected 04-Dec-15 03-Dec-19
Mr M Harkey Parent Elected 20-Oct-17 19-Oct-21
 Mrs J Dorr Co-opted Governing Body 18-Mar-16 17-Mar-20
Miss K Ogden Co-opted Governing Body 12-Jul-18 11-Jul-22
 Mr D Irving Co-opted Governing Body 23-Jun-16 22-Jun-20
Mrs K Alexander Co-opted Governing Body 24-Nov-16 23-Nov-20
Mrs F Hale Foundation Foundation Body 20-Apr-15 19-Apr-19
Mrs A Porter Foundation Foundation Body 09-Feb-17 08-Feb-21
Mr N Gill-Quirke Co-opted Governing Body 19-Jun-14 18-Jun-18 Term of Office ended
Mr G McGrogan Parent Elected 10-Feb-17 09-Feb-21 18-Sept-17

 

 GOVERNOR / ASSOCIATE MEMBER

GOVERNANCE ROLE IN ANY OTHER EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENT

ANY PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH STAFF MEMBERS IN THE SCHOOL OR WITHIN THE GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE

BUSINESS & PECUNIARY INTERESTS

INDIRECT INTERESTS

FULL GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS
2017-18

ATTENDANCE AT COMMITTEE MEETINGS
2017-18

Ms R Woods

6/6

FP&S 6/6
C        6/6
BH&S 6/6
Mr D Rogers

6/6

FP&S  6/6
C         6/6
BH&S  6/6
Mrs L Mann

5/6

C          4/6
Mrs S Jones

6/6

C          6/6
Mr M Harkey

4/5

BH&S   0/5
 Mrs J Dorr Employed by NTC

5/6

FP&S    5/6
C           4/6
Miss K Ogden

1/1

 Mr D Irving Employed by the YMCA

5/6

BH&S   4/6
Mrs K Alexander Employed by NTC

3/6

FP&S    3/6 
BH&S    4/6
Mrs F Hale Employed by First Class Supply

4/6

FP&S     3/6
C            3/6
Mrs A Porter

3/6

FP&S     3/6
Mr N Gill-Quirke

3/5

FP&S      3/6
BH&S      2/6
Mr G McGrogan

-

BH&S       -

Guidance for schools when completing the above:

The yellow sections can be populated by Governor Services.  The green section is available for schools that buy into the Clerking SLA.

Governors are required to report direct and indirect interests on the school’s website a school should obtain the following information from governors:

  • Ownership or partnership of a company or organisation which may be used by the school to provide goods or services.
  • Goods or services they offer which may be used by the school.
  • Any close relationship they have to someone who satisfies either of the above.
  • Any close relationship they have to someone who is employed by the school or is within the governance structure.
  • Company directorships and/or charity trusteeships.
  • Details of any other establishments of which they are a governor, trustee or member.
  • Indirect interests where they might benefit by virtue of their relationship with a “connected person”.  Any circumstances in which a person stands to benefit, even indirectly, is also an interest that must be recorded.

 

Re. Associate Members

As above, and the website should advise which committees they are a member of and what their voting rights are on those committees.

Please note, in accordance with the Governing Body’s Code of Conduct governors may be suspended for failing to provide the information above.

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