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The Governing Body

School Governors

 

Welcome to the School Governors website page for Grange Junior School

 

 

 

The Governing body team at Grange Junior is expected to:

 

Establish the strategic direction, by:

  • Setting the vision, values, and objectives for the school
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets
  • Meeting statutory duties

 

Ensuring accountability, by:

  • Appointing the lead executive/headteacher
  • Monitoring progress towards targets
  • Performance managing the lead executive/headteacher
  • Engaging with stakeholders
  • Contributing to school self-evaluation

 

Ensuring financial probity, by:

  • Setting the budget
  • Monitoring spending against the budget
  • Ensuring value for money is obtained
  • Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed

 

As individuals on the board we agree to the following:

Governors Code of Conduct

Role & Responsibilities 

  • We understand the purpose of the board and the role of the lead executive/headteacher.
  • We accept that we have no legal authority to act individually, except when the board has given us delegated authority to do so, and therefore we will only speak on behalf of the governing board when we have been specifically authorised to do so.
  • We accept collective responsibility for all decisions made by the board or its delegated agents. This means that we will not speak against majority decisions outside the governing board meeting.
  • We have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as we have responsibility for staff, we will fulfil all that is expected of a good employer.
  • We will encourage open government and will act appropriately.
  • We will consider carefully how our decisions may affect the community and other schools.
  • We will always be mindful of our responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of our school/group of schools. Our actions within the school and the local community will reflect this.
  • In making or responding to criticism or complaints we will follow the procedures established by the governing board.
  • We will actively support and challenge the lead executive/headteacher.

 

Commitment

  • We acknowledge that accepting office as a governor/trustee/academy committee member involves the commitment of significant amounts of time and energy.
  • We will each involve ourselves actively in the work of the governing board, and accept our fair share of responsibilities, including service on committees or working groups.
  • We will make full efforts to attend all meetings and where we cannot attend explain in advance why we are unable to.
  • We will get to know the school/s well and respond to opportunities to involve ourselves in school activities.
  • We will visit the school/s, with all visits arranged in advance with the lead executive/headteacher and undertaken within the framework established by the governing board.
  • We will consider seriously our individual and collective needs for induction, training and development, and will undertake relevant training.
  • We accept that in the interests of open government, our full names, date of appointment, terms of office, roles on the governing board, attendance records, relevant business and pecuniary interests, category of governor and the body responsible for appointing us will be published on the school’s website.
  • In the interests of transparency we accept that information relating to governors/trustees/academy committee members will be collected and logged on the DfE’s national database of governors (Edubase).

 

Relationships

  • We will strive to work as a team in which constructive working relationships are actively promoted.
  • We will express views openly, courteously and respectfully in all our communications with other governors/trustees/academy committee members.
  • We will support the chair in their role of ensuring appropriate conduct both at meetings and at all times.
  • We are prepared to answer queries from other board members in relation to delegated functions and take into account any concerns expressed, and we will acknowledge the time, effort and skills that have been committed to the delegated function by those involved.
  • We will seek to develop effective working relationships with the lead executive/headteacher, staff and parents, the trust, the local authority and other relevant agencies and the community.

 

Confidentiality

  • We will observe complete confidentiality when matters are deemed confidential or where they concern specific members of staff or pupils, both inside or outside school.
  • We will exercise the greatest prudence at all times when discussions regarding school/trust business arise outside a governing board meeting.
  • We will not reveal the details of any governing board vote.

 

Conflicts of interest

  • We will record any pecuniary or other business interest (including those related to people we are connected with) that we have in connection with the governing board’s business in the Register of Business Interests, and if any such conflicted matter arises in a meeting we will offer to leave the meeting for the appropriate length of time. We accept that the Register of Business Interests will be published on the school/trust’s website.
  • We will also declare any conflict of loyalty at the start of any meeting should the situation arise.
  • We will act in the best interests of the school as a whole and not as a representative of any group, even if elected to the governing board.

 

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Currently we have the following vacancies on our Governance Board:

0 vacancies

If you are interested in becoming a governor then please contact the school office.

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OUR CURRENT BOARD OF GOVERNORS 2016

 

Name

Post

Start date

Term end date

Attendance at Board meetings:

Clive Mitchell

Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

19/12/2014

18/12/2018

11/07/2017 Attended

15/05/2017 Attended

15/03/2017 Attended

07/02/2017 Attended

29/11/2016 Attended

17/10/2016 Attended

12/07/2016 Attended

17/05/2016 Attended

15/03/2016 Attended

Ann Blake

Vice Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

Chair of Resources Committee

*Computers and ICT

19/12/2014

18/12/2018

11/07/2017 Attended

15/05/2017 Attended

15/03/2017 Attended

07/02/2017 Attended

29/11/2016 Attended

17/10/2016 Attended

12/07/2016 Attended

17/05/2016 Attended

15/03/2016 Attended

Amanda Hopwood

Staff Governor

Acting Headteacher

12/07/2016

11/07/2020

11/07/2017 Attended

15/05/2017 Attended

15/03/2017 Attended

07/02/2017 Attended

29/11/2016 Attended

17/10/2016 Apologies

12/07/2016 Attended

Jonathan Legg

LEA Governor

Chair of School Improvement Committee

*Special educational needs and children looked after

24/10/2015

23/10/2019

11/07/2017 Attended

15/05/2017 Apologies

15/03/2017 Attended

07/02/2017 Attended

29/11/2016 Attended

17/10/2016 Apologies

12/07/2016 Attended

17/05/2016 Attended

15/03/2016 Attended

Sine Bates

Co-opted Governor

*Safeguarding

*Governor Training

19/12/2014

18/12/2018

11/07/2017 Attended

15/05/2017 Attended

15/03/2017 Attended

07/02/2017 Attended

29/11/2016 Attended

17/10/2016 Attended

12/07/2016 Attended

17/05/2016 Attended

15/03/2016 Attended

Joanne Balaam

Parent Governor

*Governor Training

16/03/2015

15/03/2019

11/07/2017 Attended

15/05/2017 Apologies

15/03/2017 Apologies

07/02/2017 Attended

29/11/2016 Attended

17/10/2016 Apologies

12/07/2016 Apologies

17/05/2016 Attended

15/03/2016 Attended 

Aditi Zutshi

Co-opted Governor

*Health and Safety

25/04/2016

24/04/2020

11/07/2017 Attended

15/05/2017 Attended

15/03/2017 Apologies

07/02/2017 Attended

29/11/2016 Apologies

17/10/2016 Apologies

12/07/2016 Attended

17/05/2016 Attended

Melissa Andrews Co-opted Governor 07/02/2017 07/02/2021

11/07/2017 Attended

15/05/2017 Apologies

15/03/2017 Attended

07/02/2017 Attended

 

Claire Anderson-Byrne

Parent Governor 15/05/2017 14/05/2021

11/07/2017 Attended

15/05/2017 Attended

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE

Amanda Hopwood

03/05/2017 Attended

01/03/2017 Attended

24/01/2017 Attended

17/11/2016 Attended

14/09/2016 Attended

Jon Legg

03/05/2017 Attended

01/03/2017 Attended

24/01/2017 Attended

17/11/2016 Attended

14/09/2016 Attended

05/05/2016 Attended

07/03/2016 Attended

28/01/2016 Attended

Clive Mitchell

03/05/2017 Attended

01/03/2017 Attended

24/01/2017 Attended

17/11/2016 Attended

14/09/2016 Attended

05/05/2016 Attended

07/03/2016 Attended

28/01/2016 Attended

Claire Byrne-Anderson  

 

 

 

 

RESOURCE COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE

Ann Blake

29/06/2017 Attended

04/05/2017 Attended

01/03/2017 Attended

23/01/2017 Attended

14/11/2016 Attended

16/09/2016 Attended

25/04/2016 Attended

03/03/2016 Attended

Clive Mitchell

29/06/2017 Attended

04/05/2017 Attended

01/03/2017 Apologies

23/01/2017 Attended

14/11/2016 Attended

16/09/2016 Attended

25/04/2016 Attended

03/03/2016 Attended

Sine Bates

29/06/2017 Attended

04/05/2017 Attended

01/03/2017 Attended

23/01/2017 Attended

14/11/2016 Attended

16/09/2016 Apologies

25/04/2016 Attended

03/03/2016 Attended

Aditi Zutshi

29/06/2017 Apologies

04/05/2017 Apologies

01/03/2017 Apologies

23/01/2017 Attended

14/11/2016 Apologies

16/09/2016 Apologies

Melissa Andrews

29/06/2017 Attended

04/05/2017 Apologies

01/03/2017 Attended

 

 

Governor link area  
Discipline/Complaints Panel Ann Blake / Jon Legg / Sine Bates / Joanne Balaam
Headteacher’s Performance Management Review Panel Sine Bates / Clive Mitchell / Ann Blake
Safer Recruitment Trained Governors Clive Mitchell/Sine Bates/Jon Legg / Ann Blake
Safeguarding / CLA / PREVENT radicalisation linked governor Sine Bates
SEND linked governor Jon Legg
Health & Safety linked governor Aditi Zutshi
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural and British Values Claire Byrne-Anderson
Computing linked governor Ann Blake
School Council Melissa Andrews
Governor Development Co-ordinator Joanne Balaam

 

 

Previous Governors (past 24 months)

 

Name

Date stepped Down

Pecuniary Interest form on file

Zoe Mathie 14/06/2017 10/10/2016

Darren Woodhall

18/12/2015

06/10/2015

Emma Paddon

15/03/2016 (Board) Attended 

24/03/2016

03/11/2015

Karen Taft

12/07/2016 (Board) Apologies

05/05/2016 (SIC) Attended

17/05/2016 (Board) Attended

15/03/2016 (Board) Attended

31/08/2015

24/08/2015

Annette Keech

15/03/2016 (Board) Attended

31/03/2016

06/10/2015

Nevsky Everett

12/07/2016 (Board) Apologies 

05/05/2016 Attended (SIC) Attended

17/05/2016 (Board) Apologies

15/03/2016 (Board) Apologies

31/08/2015

06/10/2015

 

Please find The current Board of Governors Pecuniary (Business) Interest forms attached below:

Full governing board meeting minutes academic year 2016 / 2017

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