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The Governing Body

 

 

School Governors

 

Welcome to the School Governors website page for The Grange Academy

 

 

 

The Governing body team at The Grange Academy 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:

support staff and trust governor

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

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OUR CURRENT BOARD OF GOVERNORS 2018 / 19

 

Name

Post

Start date

Term end date

Attendance at Board meetings:

Clive Mitchell

Chair of Governors

11/04/2011

03/08/2021

28/11/2018 Attended

16/10/2018 Attended

10/07/2018 Attended

13/03/2018 Attended

06/02/2017 Attended

28/11/2017 Attended

17/10/2017 Attended

11/07/2017 Attended

15/05/2017 Attended

15/03/2017 Attended

07/02/2017 Attended

Ann Blake

Vice Chair of Governors

Trust Governor

Chair of Resources Committee

*Computers and ICT

23/03/2012

03/08/2021

28/11/2018 Attended

16/10/2018 Attended

10/07/2018 Attended

13/03/2018 Attended

06/02/2018 Attended

27/11/2017 Attended

17/10/2017 Attended

11/07/2017 Attended

15/05/2017 Attended

15/03/2017 Attended

07/02/2017 Attended

Amanda Hopwood

Headteacher

12/07/2016

11/07/2020

28/11/2018 Attended

16/10/2018 Attended

10/07/2018 Attended

13/03/2018 Attended

06/02/2018 Attended

27/11/2017 Attended

17/10/2017 Attended

11/07/2017 Attended

15/05/2017 Attended

15/03/2017 Attended

07/02/2017 Attended

Jonathan Legg

Trust Governor

Chair of School Improvement Committee

*Special educational needs and children looked after

24/10/2011

23/10/2019

28/11/2018 Attended

16/10/2018 Attended

10/07/2018 Attended

13/03/2018 Attended

06/02/2018 Attended

27/11/2017 Attended

17/10/2017 Attended

11/07/2017 Attended

15/05/2017 Apologies

15/03/2017 Attended

07/02/2017 Attended

Joanne Balaam

Parent Governor

*Governor Training

16/03/2015

15/03/2019

28/11/2018 Attended

16/10/2018 Attended

10/07/2018 Attended

13/03/2018 Attended

06/02/2108 Attended

27/11/2017 Attended

17/10/2017 Apologies

11/07/2017 Attended

15/05/2017 Apologies

15/03/2017 Apologies

07/02/2017 Attended

29/11/2016 Attended

 

Claire Anderson-Byrne

Parent Governor

*Safeguarding

15/05/2017 14/05/2021

28/11/2018 Attended

16/10/2018 Attended

10/07/2018 Attended

13/03/2018 Attended

27/11/2017 Attended

11/07/2017 Attended

15/05/2017 Attended

17/10/2017 Attended

Nicola Murphy Staff Governor    

28/11/2018 Attended

16/10/2018 Attended

10/07/2018 Attended

13/03/2018 Attended

06/02/2018 Attended

27/11/2017 Attended

 

 

 

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE

Amanda Hopwood

13/11/2018 Attended

25/10/2018 Attended

27/04/2018 Attended

02/03/2018 Attended

12/01/2018 Attended

05/10/2017 Attended

03/05/2017 Attended

01/03/2017 Attended

24/01/2017 Attended

Jon Legg

13/11/2018 Attended

25/10/2018 Attended

27/04/2018 Attended

02/03/2018 Attended

12/01/2018 Attended

05/10/2017 Attended

03/05/2017 Attended

01/03/2017 Attended

24/01/2017 Attended

Clive Mitchell

13/11/2018 Attended

25/10/2018 Apologies

27/04/2018 Attended

02/03/2018 Attended

12/01/2018 Attended

05/10/2017 Attended

03/05/2017 Attended

01/03/2017 Attended

24/01/2017 Attended

Claire Byrne-Anderson

13/11/2018 Attended

25/10/2018 Apologises

27/04/2018 Attended

02/03/2018 Apologies

12/01/2018 Attended

Nicola Murphy 13/11/2018 Attended

 

 

RESOURCE COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE

Ann Blake

16/11/2018 Attended

28/10/2018 Attended

29/06/2018 Attended

27/04/2018 Attended

01/03/2018 Attended

23/01/2018 Attended

29/09/2017 Attended

29/06/2017 Attended

04/05/2017 Attended

01/03/2017 Attended

23/01/2017 Attended

Clive Mitchell

16/11/2018 Attended

28/10/2018 Attended

29/06/2018 Attended

27/04/2018 Attended

01/03/2018 Attended

23/01/2018 Attended

29/09/2017 Attended

29/06/2017 Attended

04/05/2017 Attended

01/03/2017 Apologies

23/01/2017 Attended

Amanda Hopwood

16/11/2018 Attended

28/10/2018 Attended

29/06/2018 Attended

27/04/2018 Attended

01/03/2018 Attended

23/01/2018 Attended

29/09/2017 Attended

29/06/2017 Attended

04/05/2017 Attended

01/03/2017 Attended

23/01/2017 Attended

 

 

 

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

 

 

Previous Governors (past 24 months)

 

Name

Date stepped Down

Pecuniary Interest form on file

Sine Bates 27/11/2018 14/10/18
Aditi  Zutshi 01/09/18 10/10/2016
Melissa Andrews 01/12/2017 20/12/2016
Zoe Mathie 14/06/2017 10/10/2016

Annette Keech

15/03/2016 (Board) Attended

31/03/2016

06/10/2015

 

 

Full governing board meeting minutes academic year 2016 / 2017

Governor Interests 2018/19
 

Name

Role

Date appointed

Term of office end date

Nature of interest

Organisation/business in which interest held

From

(date)

Date of change or cessation

Date information supplied

Clive Mitchell

Chair

11.4.08

01.09.17 to 03.08.21

Relative of employee

Hfl

 

 

16/10/2018

Relative of employee

Dragon Of The North

 

 

16/10/2018

Anne Blake

Vice Chair

20.3.12

01.9.17 – 31.08.17

None

 

 

 

16/10/2018

Amanda Hopwood

Head teacher

4.7.17

4.7.17 ongoing

None

 

 

 

16/10/2018

Jonathan Legg

Trust governor

24.10.11

01.9.17 – 31.08.17

None

 

 

 

28/11/2018

Joanne Balaam

Parent governor

16.3.15

 

16.3.2015 – 15.05.19

None

 

 

 

16/10/2018

Claire-Anderson-Byrne

Parent Governor

15.5.17

15.05.18 – 14.05.21

None

 

 

 

16/10/2018

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