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Our Governing Body
All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community. The Governing Body works in close partnership with the head teacher, staff, Leicester Diocese and the local authority. Whilst the head teacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.
Who are we?
In September 2014 the governing body elected to reconstitute, in keeping with statutory guidance from the Department for Education. We took this decision as it allowed us to change the numbers and types of governors we have and to appoint more people on the basis of the skills they could bring. The Governing Body now consists of:
- The Head teacher
- One Staff Governor
- One Local Authority Governor
- Two Parent Governors
- Seven Foundation Governors
The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year. The chair of governors is Mrs Joanne Collison, who can be contacted via the school office or directly via email at email@example.com The Governing Body meets six times each year. Much of the work of the Governing Body is done by committees which meet at least every term (three times in the year).
At All Saints Church of England Primary, we have the following committees:
- Teaching and Learning: Its main purpose is to discuss and monitor all aspects of the school’s work around pupil attainment and progress, and ensuring that the school’s curriculum is broad and balanced and meets statutory requirements; it has various ‘link governors’ for English, Maths, Science, Early Years and RE (although these may vary depending on the priorities set out in the School Development Plan). The committee also monitors the teaching of SMSC and British Values. A sub-committee of the Teaching and Learning Committee closely monitors pupil progress each half term, providing the headteacher and senior leaders with on going challenge fro accountability. Meetings are also attended by SLT members to augment on going leadership between school staff and governance.
- Leadership and Management: The main purpose of the committee is to discuss and monitor all aspects of leading the management of the school, which includes areas such as admissions, attendance, behaviour and conduct, safeguarding, health and Safety. Link governors include: Safeguarding, Health and Safety and Attendance; an important role of the committee is to ensure all Child Protection policies are fully understood and correctly implemented by all staff, and to monitor how the government PE grant is being spent to improve provision.
- Finance and Staffing: This committee’s main purpose is to ensure that the school spending remains within budget and that all funds are spent wisely to best meet the needs of the pupils; this includes monitoring the Sports Premium Grant and Pupil Premium Spend. The Finance and Staffing Committee is also responsible for the Head teacher’s Performance Management
There is also a committee for Performance Management and Pay, although this meets less frequently: and there is a Working Group for the retention of Year 6 in 2016, School Church Unity and Academies.
Please click the link below to see the current structure of our Governing Body:
Mrs Joanne Collison, Chair of the Governing Body
“I have been a foundation governor at All Saints CofE Primary School since 2008 and this is my fifth year in the role of Chair. I first became interested in joining the governing body, as my children were pupils at All Saints and I felt that I had skills and experience which would benefit the school. I am a qualified Primary teacher, specialising in Literacy, and have taught in East London and Leicester. Most recently, I worked for the Leicestershire County Adult Learning Service as a Literacy tutor. I have also been involved in leading youth work and children’s ministry for many years; at present, I work for my local church, co-ordinating a team of Sunday School teachers”.
Mrs Jennifer Marshall, Head Teacher
“Having qualified as a teacher in 1992 with a BEd (Hons) Degree, I have worked in Nottingham City and Leicestershire in both rural and urban schools across the primary range from Nursery to Year 6. Following my Masters Degree in 2001 my career took me to Leicestershire Local Authority as a Literacy Consultant, and then later to Lead Quality Improvement for Early Years. I have also worked for the Department of Education as a Regional Education Advisor for the East Midlands and East of England.
All Saints CofE Primary School is my 5th school and I have been Head teacher here since 2011″.
OVERVIEW OF OUR GOVERNING BODY: Appointments, attendance, responsibilities and business interests.
|Name||Type of Governor||Appointment Date||Leaving Date||Committees||Attendance since Sept 2014||Business Interests||Specific Role|
| 3/3 2/24/4 2/25/5 2/26/6 2/3
Early Years Foundation Stage
||4/4 1/25/5 1/25/6 3/3||None||SafeguardingSpecial Educational Needs|
||3/3 3/34/4 4/45/5 5/56/6 6/6||None|
|Rev. Trevor Thurston-Smith||Ex OfficioFoundation||01.12.2014||CurrentGovernor||
||2/3 1/14/6 2/3||Upholstery|
||5/5 1/24/4 1/25/6 3/3||Special Educational Needs|
||3/3 1/16/6 3/3||Attendance|
||2/3 1/16/6 3/3|
||2/2 1/12/3 3/3||Health & Safety|
|Gemma James||Local Authority||22.08.2013||18.12.2015||
||Peripatetic Music||Pupil Premium|