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 J. BrownTrust Appointed Governor
Chair of Curriculum and Standards 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
Mr A. HarrisonParent Governor
Resources Committee
Mrs B. FowlerTrust Appointed Co-opted Governor
Curriculum and Standards Committee
Mrs B. AllenExecutive Headteacher
Trust Appointed Governor
Resources Committee
Curriculum and Standards Committee
Mr E. OdellTrust Appointed Parent Governor
Resources Committee
Miss M. CooksonTrust Appointed Staff Governor
Safeguarding
Health and Safety
Resources Committee
Mr J. BennettClerk to the Governors
Mrs A. Hicks-TaylorTrust Appointed Governor
Curriculum and Standards Committee
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

Belinda Allen, Joanna Brown (if she agrees), Sandy Francis, Sue Hatherly, Andrea Hick-Taylor and Bethany Fowler (Associate);

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

Belinda Allen, Marina Cookson, Sandy Francis, Alexander Harrison, Ed Odell and Maggie Pattison.

Assigned individual responsibilities

  1. Safeguarding Marina Cookson, Alex Harrison
  2. Special Educational Needs and Disability          Sue Hatherly
  3. Looked After Children Maggie Pattison
  4. Pupil Premium Maggie Pattison
  5. Health & Safety                                                 Marina Cookson, Alex Harrison
  6. Ethos Andrea Hick-Taylor
  7. Risk management and Staffing Belinda Allen
  8. Budget/ICT/VFM Sandy Francis, Maggie Pattison
  9. Premises and Insurance Ed Odell


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)
Joanna Brown Trust appointed Yes 01.06.16 – 31.05.20

Wallace & Brown antique French beds and bedroom furniture

Questgrange – property freehold company 64 courtfield gardens London SW5

Chartered institute of Marketing

The Pony club (Hon Secretary)

Marina Cookson Staff Yes 22.06.16 – 21.06.20 Member of staff n/a
Bethany Fowler Associate No for LGB but yes for committees 05.07.16 – 04.07.20 Member of staff
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
Alexander Harrison Trust appointed Yes

Employed at College of West Anglia

Money raising for Little Owls Nursery

Father of children 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


Attendance

NAME 28.9.16 23.11.16 25.1.17 22.3.17 24.5.17 19.7.17
Belinda Allen P P
Joanna Brown Apologies accepted Apologies accepted
Marina Cookson P P
Bethany Fowler P P
Sandy Francis (Chair) P P
Alexander Harrison P Apologies accepted
Susan Hatherly (Vice Chair) Apologies accepted P
Andrea Hick-Taylor P P
Ed Odell P P
Margaret Pattison Apologies accepted P
Vacancy 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:                         Joanna Brown.  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 and twice in the spring term) or discussion via e-mail communication as a further option.

Chair:                         TBA.  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