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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

s 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.

 

 

About our Governors

Claire Anderson-Byrne

"I have been a parent governor since May 2018 and am currently the safeguarding governor; this role involves promoting the welfare of the children at the Grange Academy and understanding the requirements of safeguarding guidance and legislation. Outside of governance, I am a local primary school teacher and curriculum leader. I thoroughly enjoy working in education as I love learning and am passionate about helping young people achieve their best potential through a wide curriculum and enrichment opportunities. I enjoy being able to impart knowledge to young people to help them to move forward in their lifelong journey. My son is currently in year 6 at the Grange Academy and has received many positive experiences whilst being at the school. Living on the Grange estate enables me to build relationships with the parents as well as the children. I thrive on the challenge that comes with every aspect of school life and governance and aim to help the school to continue in their journey to excellence. One of my favourite parts of being a governor is being able to come into school and to talk to the children about their learning and find out about the wonderful opportunities that they experience on a daily basis."

 

 Joanne Balaam

"I originally applied to become a parent Governor in March 2015 because I have 4 children who would all go through the school so I have a long-term interest in the success of the school, and I wanted to proactively support the leadership in the school. In March 2019 I was re-elected as a co-opted Governor. When I applied back in 2015, I had no knowledge of the education sector at all, apart from my children coming to school each day! But I am a Finance Director for an international non-profit organisation and have worked within the third sector for over 15 years, so had knowledge about the sector as a whole. Sitting on the resources working group, I can bring expertise in accounting, procurement, capital projects, budgets, staffing, data analysis and policies."

 

Ann Blake

"I have lived in Letchworth for over 50 years with the last 29 on the Grange. I have held numerous roles within the NHS supporting the local community. Being a part of the governing body for the past 8 years, has enabled me support the opportunities given to the children to help and assist them to achieve their own personal potential. I am passionate about helping young people achieve their potential through education and ensuring they have the best opportunities to succeed whilst growing into responsible and caring individuals. I enjoy working with the children, staff and families within the school community to achieve the best."

 

Amanda Hopwood

"I am the headteacher of the school and have been on the governing body in this capacity since September 2018. I currently sit on the school improvement and resources working groups. The Grange Academy is my first headship. Previously I was a deputy head teacher at the school for a year and prior to that at a school in Welwyn Garden City. As a teacher I particularly enjoyed teaching years 3 to 6. My favourite subject to teach is English and I enjoyed leading this subject as a deputy. Before becoming a teacher I had a career in banking. It is part of my duties to serve on the governing body but I have previously served as a deputy, class teacher and parent governor on three different governing bodies. It is a hugely rewarding role. I hope to work with the other governors to secure the best outcomes for all pupils at the school."

 

Jon Legg

Trust governor and a governor at the school for over eight years.

Chair of the school improvement working group.

SEND and CLA linked governor

"I was a secondary headteacher for over fourteen years and have since worked on the national professional qualification for headteachers (NPQH) for many years. This has given me considerable experience in primary education, and I enjoy supporting the headteacher and her staff in their aim to provide the very best education for all the children in their care."

 

Clive Mitchell

"I am a Trust governor, and have been chair of the governing body for the past eight years. I am also a member of both the resources and school Improvement working groups. Whilst I am now retired, I have had a career in primary education and have been a headteacher, an adviser, an Ofsted inspector and an independent consultant. I hope that my broad experience helps to support the headteacher, staff and governors in our aim to ensure that the Grange Academy provides a high quality education for all pupils, and is the school of choice in the area"

 

Nicky Murphy

"I am teacher/staff governor and have been on the governing body in this capacity since September 2019 and was a non-voting teacher representative during the previous academic year. I currently act on the school improvement working group. I am the deputy headteacher, year 6 teacher, assessment and English lead at the Grange. I have worked at the school for six years and have also led maths and the implementation of the new curriculum in 2014. I was also a member of the governing body in my last school. I became a staff governor to help with my own professional development as well as being a voice to represent the teaching team at the Grange. I hope to be able to offer an insight into teaching and learning as well as observations about the journey the school has been on during my time as a teacher."

 

Jamie Sinclair

Co-opted Governor.

Current Job: NHS Commissioning Manager (I plan, implement and monitor certain NHS services for parts of Hertfordshire)

Background: "I have previously worked in a financial strategy team for the NHS regulator. Before that I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Deloitte’s risk advisory team; specialising in the public sector." 

Skills: "My background as a chartered accountant and advising public sector clients on financial and non-financial risks has given me skills that are directly applicable to this role. My current job involves dealing with many stakeholders with conflicting interests, patient complaints, communication strategies, contracting issues and services that may require improvement or intervention. Although a completely different sector, experience in these areas is invaluable to my role as a school governor."

"I became a school governor because colleague of mine had reflected on it being a rewarding experience and I believe my skillset can be of use. It also gives closer ties to the area and some experience of governance that may be of use at some point in my career. One of the key contributions I can make to the school is bringing an ‘outside view’."

 

 

 

 

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

14/05/2019 Attended

12/03/2019 Attended

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

14/05/2019 Apologies

12/03/2019 Attended

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

14/05/2019 Attended

12/03/2019 Attended

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

14/05/2019 Attended

12/03/2019 Attended

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

Co-Opted Governor

*Governor Training

29/04/2019

28/04/2023

14/05/2019 Attended

12/03/2019 Attended

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

14/05/2019 Apologies

12/03/2019 Attended

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    

14/05/2019 Attended

12/03/2019 Attended

28/11/2018 Attended

16/10/2018 Attended

10/07/2018 Attended

13/03/2018 Attended

06/02/2018 Attended

27/11/2017 Attended

 

Jamie Sinclair

 

 

Co-Opted Governor

 

 

05/02/2019

 

 

4/02/2023

 

14/05/2019 Attended

12/03/2019 Attended

 

 

Laura Benn

 

Parent Governor  01/09/2019 31/08/2022  

 

The chair of governors can be contacted via the school office.

 

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE

Amanda Hopwood

05/03/2019 Attended 

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

05/03/2019 Attended 

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

05/03/2019 Apologies

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

05/03/2019 Attended 

13/11/2018 Attended

25/10/2018 Apologies

27/04/2018 Attended

02/03/2018 Apologies

12/01/2018 Attended

Nicola Murphy

05/03/2019 Attended 

13/11/2018 Attended

 

 

RESOURCE COMMITTEE ATTENDANCE

Ann Blake

01/03/2019 Attended

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

01/03/2019 Attended

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

01/03/2019 Attended

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 Body Minutes Academic Year 2016/17

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

Trust Governors

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