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Current Governing Body Members

Current Governing Body Members 2018-03-15T11:05:30+00:00

The following is a list of the current School Governors of the Federation of Rudham and Weasenham Church of England Primary Academies. If you are interested in joining the board of governors, please contact us. Mrs Sandy Francis is the Chair of the Local Governing Body, she can be contacted through either of the Academy Offices.

Below is the most recent updated information relating to the LGB – March 2018. This will be updated each term with the correct information

RUDHAM-AND-WEASENHAM-SCHOOL-GOVERNORS-March-2018

Scheme of Delegation 2017-2018 – Rudham & Weasenham (3)

Mrs E.DugganTrust Appointed Governor
Chair of Ehos Committee
Mrs S. FrancisTrust Appointed Chair of Governors
Resources Committee
Curriculum and Standards Committee
Mrs S. HatherlyTrust Appointed Vice Chair of Governors
Curriculum and Standards Committee
Special Educational Needs and Disability Governor
Mrs P McEwenParent Governor
Resources Committee
Mrs B. FowlerStaff Governor
Curriculum and Standards Committee
Mrs B. AllenExecutive Headteacher
Trust Appointed Governor
Resources Committee
Curriculum and Standards Committee
Mr E. OdellParent Governor
Resources Committee
Mr C. HawgoodClerk to the Governors
Mrs A. Hicks-TaylorTrust Appointed Governor
Curriculum and Standards and Ethos Committees
Miss M. PattisonTrust Appointed Governor
Resources Committee
Looked After Children
Pupil Premium

Local Governing Body of the Federation of Rudham and Weasenham Church of England Primary Academies

SCHOOL GOVERNORS

Governing Body

The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

[Source – National Governors Association]

Committees

There are two Committees, as follows, and their terms of reference are currently being developed and once agreed will be added to this page:

  1. a) Curriculum and Standards Committee

Sandy Francis (Chair) Belinda Allen, Sue Hatherly, Andrea Hick-Taylor and Bethany Fowler;

  1. b) Resources Committee (to include finance and premises issues)

Maggie Pattison (Chair), Belinda Allen, Sandy Francis, Ed Odell and Paula McEwen .

1, c) Ethos Committee

Emma Duggan (Chair), Rachel Felton (associate), Andrea Hick-Taylor, Sandy Franics/Belinda Allen

Assigned individual responsibilities

  1. Safeguarding Bethany Fowler and Sandy Francis
  2. Special Educational Needs and Disability Sue Hatherly
  3. Looked After Children Maggie Pattison
  4. Pupil Premium Maggie Pattison
  5. Health & Safety Ed Odell
  6. Ethos Emma Duggan and Andrea Hick-Taylor
  7. Risk management and Staffing Belinda Allen
  8. Budget/ICT/VFM Sandy Francis, Maggie Pattison
  9. Premises and Insurance Ed Odell
  10. Website Compliance Paula McEwen
  11. Sport Premium Ed Odell


Governors


Attendance 2017-18

NAME 04/10/17 06/12/17 07/02/18 14.03.18 23/05/18 23/07/18
Belinda Allen P P  P  P
Sandy Francis (Chair) P P  P P
Susan Hatherly (Vice Chair) P P  P Apologies Accepted
Bethany Fowler P P P  P
Maggie Pattison P Apologies Accepted P P
Andrea Hick-Taylor P Apologies Accetped P P
Ed Odell Apologies Accepted Apologies Accepted P
Paula McEwen P Apologies Accepted P P
Emma Duggan not appointed P Apologies Accepted Apologies Accepted
Vacancy
n/a n/a  n/a

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Meetings:                   Once per term (more frequently if deemed necessary) or discussion via e-mail communication as a further option.

Chair:                         Sandy Francis.  Duties include notifying the Committee of any meeting to be held and providing all with an agenda.

Accountability:          The committee will report back to the Governing Body once a year and submit minutes onto the Governor Hub.

 Terms of Reference:

The Terms of Reference and membership of the committee will be reviewed annually

Terms of Reference

  • To monitor progress and evaluate the effectiveness of the priorities allocated to the committee within the School Development Plan
  • To review anonymised SATs/GCSE data, Raiseonline information and FFT data if appropriate. To consider pupil progress and how the school is targeting areas of under performance
  • To review the school’s own tracking data to identify progress including strengths and weaknesses and to receive details on the impact of targeted intervention
  • To discuss (using anonymised data), set and publish targets for pupil performance
  • Monitor the impact of Pupil Premium funding
  • Ensure that the requirements of pupils in vulnerable groups are met
  • To make arrangements for the Governing Body to be represented at School Improvement discussions and for reports to be received by the Governing Body
  • To regularly review and adopt the policies for Special Education Need and Sex Education
  • To regularly review and approve the Home-School agreement
  • To consider and advise the governing body on standards and other matters relating to the school’s curriculum, including statutory requirements and the School’s Curriculum Policy (not statutory requirement to have Curriculum Policy from Sept 2012 but good practice)
  • To consider curricular issues which have implications for Finance and Personnel decisions and to make recommendations to the relevant committees or the Governing Body
  • To oversee arrangements for individual governors to take a leading role in specific areas of provision e.g. SEN, English, Maths. To receive regular reports from them and advise the Governing body.
  • To oversee arrangements for educational visits, including the appointment of a named co-ordinator.
  • To approve risk assessments for educational visits and curriculum areas
  • To review and agree policies for the curriculum as delegated by the Governing body (please list)
  • Advise the Governing body on standards and other matters relating to the education in the school to include the curriculum, school self-evaluation, behaviour and discipline
  • Additional items which individual Governing Bodies may wish to include

Resources Committee

Meetings:                   Once per term normally (twice in the spring term) or discussion via e-mail communication as a further option.

Chair:                         Maggie Pattison  Duties will include notifying the Committee of any meeting to be held and providing all with an agenda.

Accountability:          The committee will report back to the Governing Body once a year and submit minutes onto the Governor Hub.

 Terms of Reference:

The Terms of Reference and membership of the committee will be reviewed annually

Core Function

To oversee the financial performance of the academy and make sure its money is well spent, in line with delegated responsibilities from the Trust Board.

 Purpose

To assist the decision making of the Local Governing Body (LGB) by enabling more detailed consideration to be given to the best means of fulfilling the LGB’s responsibility to ensure sound management of the Academy’s finances, resources and personnel, including proper planning, monitoring and probity as set out in the Scheme of Delegation.

To make appropriate comments and recommendations on such matters to the Local Governing Body on a regular basis.

Major issues will be referred to the full Local Governing Body for ratification.

Membership

The Committee shall comprise of at least 3 Governors at least one of whom has specific, relevant skills and experience of financial matters.

The Committee may have in addition such non-voting members as the Local Governing Body shall appoint with the approval of DNEAT.

The Local Governing Body or DNEAT may remove or replace a member of the Committee at any time.

 Quorum

The quorum shall be three Governors or 1/3 rounded up, whichever is the greater.

Chair                                     

The Committee shall appoint a Chair at its first meeting held in the Autumn Term of each year.

Meetings

The Committee shall meet in accordance with the DNEAT Governance Framework.

Clerk

The Local Governing Body appoints a clerk to the committee to ensure that accurate minutes of the meeting are taken.  Educator Solutions provide the clerking service and the usual clerk is John Bennett.

 Reporting

The Chair of the committee is responsible for ensuring that minutes of the Resources Committee meetings are submitted at the next full meeting of the LGB.

Terms of Reference

 Budget

  • To agree and recommend acceptance of an annual Budget reflecting the priorities of the current Academy Development Plan and present it for acceptance by the LGB in line with DNEAT’s budget timeline.
  • To monitor monthly expenditure in accordance with the Finance Policy.
  • Within the limits of the Finance Policy, review Headteacher management decisions regarding virement between budget headings and report to the LGB.
  • To approve any virement between budget headings and/or likely budget overspends except where this would produce a deficit.
  • To enter into contracts up to the limits of delegation and within an agreed budget.
  • To review miscellaneous financial expenditure outside of the agreed budget.
  • To review payments within agreed financial limits.
  • To contribute to the formulation of the Academy’s Development Plan, through the consideration of financial priorities and proposals, in consultation with the Headteacher, with the stated and agreed aims and objectives of the Trust.
  • To ensure the Academy is fully compliant with the Finance Policy.
  • To recommend to the LGB, charges and remissions for activities at the Academy.

Premises and Insurance

  • To recommend to the full LGB insurance for Vehicle, Equipment, Sickness and Maternity Cover and any other insurance not included in Risk Protection Arrangements (RPA)
  • To monitor the academy premises development plan and make recommendations for further building improvement to the full LGB and the Trust.
  • To develop and recommend to the full LGB a properly funded maintenance plan.
  • To review the Asset Register on an annual basis
  • To oversee arrangements for the use of the Academy premises other than by the Academy and to review periodically the policy of the Academy on lettings, taking due account of DNEAT’s policy on Lettings, and charging and remissions.

 Staff

  • To ensure pay discretions are in accordance with the agreed Pay Policy.
  • To review day to day decisions on staff pay and hours to ensure effective operation of the Academy within agreed budget.
  • To determine staff complement within agreed budget.

Health & Safety and Safeguarding

  • To ensure that Health and Safety regulations are followed.
  • To ensure that all policies relating to safeguarding and Health and Safety are implemented and followed.
  • To ensure the completion of the single central record.
  • To conduct site inspections to review any health and safety issues and the security of premises and equipment .

 Risk Management

  • To review the Risk Register on a termly basis.
  • To review the Business Continuity Plan on an annual basis.
  • To approve Risk Assessments for educational visits and curriculum areas.

 Value for Money

  • Benchmark spending on key cost headings with other similar academies on an annual basis.

 ICT

  • To ensure that the provision of ICT equipment is appropriate to the Academy’s needs and is being used fully and effectively.

Documents which should be reviewed at each committee meeting:

  • Management Accounts Report (PS Financials)
  • Virement Report (PS Financials)
  • Cash flow Report (PS Financials)
  • Debtors’ Report (PS Financials)
  • Creditors’ Report (PS Financials)
  • Pupil Premium Report (PS Financials)

Documents which should be reviewed once per term:

  • Budget Plan
  • Academy Risk Register
  • Academy Premises Development Plan

Documents which should be reviewed on an annual basis:

  • Academy Business Continuity Plan
  • Benchmarking Reports
  • Fixed Asset Register
  • Year End Accounts
  • Strategic Development Plan
  • Academy Development Plan
  • Health and Safety Policy and Guidelines

Document which should be reviewed as required:

  • Risk Assessments for educational visits and curriculum areas

Ethos and Community Committee

Meetings:                   Once per term normally or discussion via e-mail communication as a further option.

Chair:                         Emma Duggan  Duties will include notifying the Committee of any meeting to be held and providing all with an agenda.

Accountability:          The committee will report back to the Governing Body once a year and submit minutes onto the Governor Hub.

Core Function

To support the academy in maintaining and developing its Christian ethos, in accordance with DNEAT’s ethos and mission statement as laid out in the Scheme of Delegation (see Appendix A).

Items Delegated to the Resources Committee by the Trust Board

Responsibilities in red text may be delegated differently based on the DNEAT risk rating process or where the Trust has identified areas of concern.

NO RESPONSIBILITY AREA
44 To ensure provision of Religious Education in line with the Trust’s Religious Education policy Curriculum
63 To ensure that all pupils take part in a daily act of collective worship Collective Worship
100 To ensure that the equality and diversity policy is implemented, monitored and evaluated Equality and Diversity

 Purpose

The Ethos and Community committee will promote the key features of church school distinctiveness as outlined by Dearing (The Way Ahead 2001):

  • The Headteacher committed to the Christian character of the academy
  • Collective Worship with distinctive Christian elements every day
  • Excellence in Religious Education
  • Observance of Christian festivals and the seasons of the Church year
  • Active and affirming relationships with local churches
  • Proclamation of the academy as a church academy

In addition, the committee will be responsible for fostering good relationships with parents/carers and the local community.

Membership

 The Committee shall comprise of at least 3 Governors at least one of whom has specific, relevant skills and experience.

The Committee may have in addition such non-voting members as the Local Governing Body shall appoint with the approval of DNEAT.

The Local Governing Body or DNEAT may remove or replace a member of the Committee at any time.

It is recommended that the RE Subject Leader is a member of the committee.

Groups of children may be invited to attend part of each meeting or submit their views and to facilitate discussions.

Quorum

The quorum shall be three Governors or 1/3 rounded up, whichever is the greater.

Chair

The Committee shall appoint a Chair at its first meeting held in the Autumn Term of each year.  In the absence of the chair, the committee shall choose an acting chair for that meeting from among their number.

Meetings

The Committee shall meet in accordance with the DNEAT Governance Framework.

Any decisions taken must be determined by a majority of votes of committee members present and voting – but no vote can be taken unless a majority of those present are governors.

 Clerk

 The Local Governing Body should appoint a clerk to the committee to ensure that accurate minutes of the meeting are taken.  In the absence of the clerk the committee shall choose a clerk for that meeting from among their number (someone who is not the headteacher).

Reporting

 The draft minutes of each meeting will be circulated with the agenda for the next ordinary meeting of the full governing body and will be presented at that meeting by the chair (or in his/her absence another member of the committee).

Terms of Reference

 Ethos

  1. To ensure that all academy leaders contribute to sustaining, developing and nurturing the academy’s Christian ethos.
  2. To ensure the academy develops a corporate life which attempts to glorify God in developing the full human potential of each person – whether pupil, member of staff, parent or governor.
  3. To ensure that Christian principles are embedded in the day to day life of the academy.
  4. To regularly monitor and review the academy’s self-evaluation as a Church of England academy, ensuring that self-evaluation is ongoing, contributes to academy improvement and ensures good preparation for and outcomes from a SIAMS inspection.
  5. To ensure the academy, through its distinctive Church of England Christian character, meets the needs of all learners.
  6. To ensure that the importance of Religious Education is demonstrated in line with the Trust’s RE strategy and is recognised via the RE Quality Mark.
  7. To ensure learning and teaching in Religious Education is effective and progress of pupils’ learning is assessed.
  8. To ensure Collective Worship inspires and enhances the spiritual development of pupils and staff, of all faiths or of none.
  9. To ensure that all pupils take part in a daily act of collective worship.
  10. To ensure academy leaders and governors focus on and use Christian values to promote a distinctive Christian vision for the academy.
  11. To ensure effective partnership between the academy, the church and the wider community, including parents.
  12. To ensure the active promotion of the fundamental British values of democracy, rules of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of all with different faiths and beliefs.

Community (Pupils, Parents, Staff, Local Community)

  1. Review procedures for parent consultations, including support for teachers in talking to parents.
  2. Conduct physical audits of the school and its reception practice to ensure that it is a welcoming environment.
  3. Establish and participate in a Parent Forum or similar engagement activity on a regular basis.
  4. Review communication strategy to ensure its effectiveness. This will include:
    1. Conducting an annual survey of parents, pupils and staff with results and consequent actions fed back.
    2. Issuing a regular newsletter directly from the governors or a governors’ page as part of the regular academy newsletter.
    3. Contributing articles to the local parish magazine or community newsletter.
  5. Review communication between academy and home, community and church (including but not exclusively newsletters (academy and class) and academy website)
  6. Review Information for Parents (including but not exclusively Transition booklet, Academy Prospectus).
  7. Contribute to the understanding of the mental health and well-being of pupils and staff.
  8. Ensure that the school is a learning organisation and that staff and parents are given opportunities to develop confidence and skills.
  9. Arrange governor attendance at events, such as parents’ evenings, celebration assemblies where governors play a prominent part (such as presenting awards).
  10. Ensure good induction procedures are in place for staff and pupils and that these are monitored.
  11. Monitor and review the effective implementation of the Equality and Diversity Policy.
  12. To identify and celebrate pupil achievements.
Agenda Items Aut-2 Spr-2 Sum-2
Develop and/or contribute articles to local parish magazine/community newsletter P P P
Develop and issue termly newsletter or article from governors P P P
Plan schedule for Parent Forums (or similar activity) P
Review actions identified in most recent SIAMS inspection and progress made P P P
Review and assess procedures for parent consultations P
Review how well the academy, through its distinctive Church of England Christian character, meets the needs of all learners P P P
Review the impact of Collective Worship on the school community P P
Schedule annual rota for governor attendance at academy events P
Monitor/review the effective implementation of the Equality and Diversity Policy P
Review impact of additional activities offer P
Review how British values are actively promoted P
Review opportunities to provide learning and development sessions for parents P
Review progress towards achieving RE Quality Mark P
Review the effectiveness of the Religious Education P
Assess impact of Parent Forums (or similar activity) P
Assess the effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school, as a church academy P
Receive and evaluate feedback from annual survey of parents, pupils and staff P
Review communication between academy and home, community and church P
Review induction processes for staff and pupils P
Review Information for Parents P

Local Governing Body of the Federation of Rudham and Weasenham Church of England Primary Academies

Governors

NAME ROLE VOTING RIGHTS TERM OF OFFICE BUSINESS INTERESTS RELATIONSHIPS
Belinda Allen Associate Yes 05.07.16 – 04.07.20 Member of staff Husband is Executive Headteacher of Unity federation (DNEAT)
Bethany Fowler Staff Governor Yes 02.08.17 – 12/07/21 Member of Staff
Rachel Felton Asscociate Not for LGB only for Ethos Committee  01/06/17 – 12/07/21 Member of Staff
Emma Duggan Trust Appionted Yes  23/10/17 – 22/10/21
Sandy Francis (Chair) Trust appointed Yes 01.06.16 – 31.05.20 Self-employed with p/t contract with Norwich Diocese as education adviser n/a
Paula McEwen Trust appointed Yes  13/07/17 – 12/07/21 Mother of child at Rudham Primary
Susan Hatherly (Vice Chair) Trust appointed Yes 01.06.16 – 31.05.20 Trustee of Aid Africa (Charity No. 1116336 n/a
Andrea Hick-Taylor Trust appointed Yes None n/a
Ed Odell Trust appointed Yes 29.06.16 – 28.06.20 None Wife, Louise Odell, employed at the Federation
Margaret Pattison Trust appointed Yes 01.06.16 – 31.05.20 The Rudhams MUGA committee secretary n/a