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The Headteacher and her staff are responsible for the day-to-day management of the school and the implementation and operation of the curriculum and school policies.  The Governing Board acts as a 'critical friend' by determining, monitoring and keeping under review the broad policies, plans and procedures within which the school operates. The legal functions of governing bodies are prescribed by the Department for Education. Governors have no legal responsibility to act individually, unless they have been given delegated authority to do so, and must accept collective responsibility for all decisions made by the Governing Board.  They are also required to observe confidentiality regarding the proceedings of the Governing Board and will also exercise the greatest prudence if a discussion of a potentially contentious issue affecting the school arises outside governors' meetings.

The constitution of our Governing Board states that we should have a maximum of 15 governors as follows:

  • The Headteacher
  • One governor appointed by the Local Authority (may not be a member of staff)
  • Three parent governors elected by the parents (may not be a member of staff if employed on a contract of 500 hours/year or more)
  • One staff governor elected by the staff
  • Nine governors co-opted by the Governing Board

Up to one third of the total membership of the Governing Board can be members of staff.

The term of office for all governors (except for the Headteacher) is four years from the date of appointment.

The full Governing Board meets six times a year.  In addition there are two committees:

  • The Resources Committee meets four times a year and monitors all issues relating to the school budget, the school premises and health and safety.
  • The School Improvement Committee meets three times a year and monitors issues arising from the School Improvement Plan, the School Improvement Review Record and/or the most recent Ofsted Inspection Report.

In addition, other committees will be formed to deal with pupil discipline, staffing issues, appeals or complaints if situations arise that require consideration by a committee in accordance with agreed procedures.

 

 

Annual Governance Statement 2015/16

 

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of Whitwell Primary School Governing Board are:

1.    Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

2.    Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.

3.    Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

Strategic Vision

Whitwell Primary School Governing Board’s vision is that every child attending Whitwell Primary School has full and equal access to learning and holistic development as a young person in a safe, secure and positive environment where they feel valued. As a consequence they will leave the school as a well-rounded individual prepared for the next phase in their life.

Governance arrangements

The Governing Board of Whitwell Primary School is made up of 15 governors.

The Board has a programme of meetings throughout the school year, and two committees which focus on school improvement and resource management.

The skills required to contribute to effective governance and the success of the school are a knowledge/experience of, or a willingness to undertake training on, human resources, financial and premises management, health and safety, safeguarding, special needs and matters relating to teaching and learning and pupil attainment.

 

Attendance record of governors

A record is kept by the Clerk to the Governing Board of governors’ attendance at meetings, details of attendance can be found on the next page.

50% of the current membership must be present at meetings to ensure that decisions can be made.

 

The work we have done on our committees and in Governing Board meetings:

  • Monitored pupil progress, including disadvantaged pupils
  • Monitored progress of the school against the School Improvement Plan
  • Assisted the Senior Leadership Team in monitoring the school’s finances
  • Taken part in ‘learning walks’ to validate the school’s self-evaluation
  • Undertaken regular reviews of policies and procedures
  • Assisted the Senior Leadership Team in staff recruitment as required

 

Strategic Planning for the future

The Governing Board’s planned priorities mirror those outlined in the School Improvement Plan thereby ensuring that there are sufficient resources, both human and physical, to provide for the educational needs of the school and the community it serves.

 

 

 

Whitwell Primary School Governing Board – membership

 

Governor

Category

Term of office expiry date

Austin Karen

Co-opted

29.09.2018

 

Cutter Katie

Elected Parent

26.06.2020

Draycott Sarah

Co-opted

29.09.2018

Duncan Lisa

Headteacher

N/A

Munro Tom

Local Authority appointed

30.07.2020

Patterson Louise

Co-opted

29.09.2018

Raspin Frank

Co-opted

29.09.2018

Raspin Jeanne

Co-opted

29.09.2018

Ritchie John

Co-opted

18.05.2019

Sleight Karen

Elected Staff Member

15.12.2017

Stacey Ryan

Elected Parent

26.06.2020

Stansbury-Holden Luan

Elected Parent

03.11.2018

Tomlinson Sarah

Co-opted

29.09.2018

Webster Adele

Co-opted

17.01.2021

 

Governors’ attendance record for 2015/16

 

Governor

Board meetings attended

Committee meetings attended

Austin Karen

5 out of 6

6 out of 7

Beardsley Emma

4 out of 6

2 out of 4

Chetwyn Rachel

1 out of 4

-

Cutter Katie

1 out of 1

-

Draycott Sarah

5 out of 6

3 out of 4

Duncan Lisa

5 out of 6

7 out of 7

Gill Helen

4 out of 6

1 out of 3

Godley Alison

1 out of 4

0 out of 1

Munro Tom

6 out of 6

6 out of 7

Patterson Louise

6 out of 6

2 out of 3

Raspin Frank

5 out of 6

3 out of 4

Raspin Jeanne

4 out of 6

3 out of 3

Ritchie John

4 out of 6

3 out of 4

Sleight Karen

2 out of 6

-

Stacey Ryan

0 out of 1

-

Stansbury-Holden Luan

4 out of 6

4 out of 4

Tomlinson Sarah

5 out of 6

2 out of 3

         

 

Tom Munro

Chair of Governors

Chair of the Resources Committee

Member of the School Improvement Committee

My wife and I, along with our baby daughter, moved to the Whitwell in 1975 and I became a governor of Whitwell School in 1978.  Since then my involvement with the school has included being Chair of FWPS for several years and all four of our children attended the school between 1980 and 1995.  I have been Chair of Governors since September 2012, a role which I am finding very interesting and rewarding as it gives me the opportunity to continue to play a significant role in the school’s success.

 

Frank Raspin

Vice-Chair of Governors

Member of the Resources Committee

Governor responsible for Health & Safety

Having moved to Whitwell in 1986 our oldest daughter attended Whitwell Primary School before moving up to Heritage Community School. Subsequently, our other two children also attended the school.  I have been a member of the Governing Body for many years and have seen lots of changes to Education Policy. Throughout those changes all at Whitwell Primary School have strived to give each child the best start to their education.

 

Louise Patterson

Member of the School Improvement Committee

I first became a member of the Governing Board as a parent governor in 1996 when our two daughters were pupils at the school.  I am also a governor at Heritage Community School which enables me to contribute the secondary perspective to discussion at governors’ meetings.  My occasional work as a supply teacher at the school has given me the opportunity to become very much part of the school team.  I believe that my professional experience, both as a teacher and a denominational inspector for the Church of England, has given me the skills to fulfil the role of a school governor.

 

 

 

 

 

Jeanne Raspin

Chair of the School Improvement Committee

Our family have lived in Whitwell since 1986. I worked at Whitwell Primary School for over two years as a Welfare Assistant before leaving to bring up our three children who all attended the school. I have been a governor for most of the 29 years I have lived in Whitwell, and have always found it interesting and rewarding. I volunteered at the school for many years but now work full-time as a Community Involvement Worker in a Children’s Centre.

 

Karen Austin

Member of the Resources Committee and the School Improvement Committee

I moved to Whitwell with my, now, husband in 2004 after getting a job nearby.  I was invited to be a governor and co-opted in September 2014.  Through my role I am gaining a much greater understanding and appreciation of the work involved in running a school.  I aim to be a governor who is able to contribute to these efforts in a positive manner, supporting the Headteacher, staff, pupils and parents.

 

Katie Cutter

​Member of the School Improvement Committee

My family and I have lived in Whitwell for 9 years.  My oldest daughter is currently in Reception and my youngest is due to start Nursery in 2017.  Like every other parent at school, I want the best for my children and I want them to be happy, confident and the best they can be.  I have a great interest in primary education and have volunteered within school since September 2015, which is something I thoroughly enjoy.

 

John Ritchie

Member of the Resources Committee

Governor responsible for Child Protection & Safeguarding (joint)

I was recently co-opted onto the Governing Board and I will soon be attending relevant training.  Since retiring as a Local Government Officer I am keen to transfer the skills I gained in my professional life to supporting and contributing fully to the community of Whitwell.  I was elected District Councillor at the election in May.  I am looking forward to getting to know the team at Whitwell Primary School and becoming involved in the life of the school.

 

Luan Stansbury-Holden

Member of the Resources Committee

I have lived in Whitwell all my life and I attended Whitwell Primary School.   My husband also attended the school.  I now live with my husband and our two young boys who are both currently in Nursery.  I became a Parent Governor in November 2014 and I am really enjoying the experience.

 

Ryan Stacey

​Member of the School Improvement Committee

I have worked in education for 12 years and currently hold the post of Head of Music at The Bolsover School.  As a middle leader within the school I am responsible for teaching and learning development and continuing professional development and I am studying for a master's degree in this area.  I hold very close links with the village through my son being a pupil at the school and also through being the Musical Director of Whitwell Brass Band.  I am passionate about working as part of the Governing Board and helping the school achieve its goals.

 

Sarah Draycott

Member of the Resources Committee

Before I was employed as a teacher at the school, I was a parent governor from November 2004 as my two daughters were pupils at the school.  Being part of the school community, not only as a teacher and parent, but also as a governor, is very important to me and is a role that I am happy to fulfil.

 

Sarah Tomlinson

Member of the School Improvement Committee

As soon as I was appointed Deputy Headteacher in January 2015 I was also co-opted on to the Governing Board!  This means that I can play a full part in contributing to discussions and making decisions.  I believe that being a member of the Governor Board as well as a member of staff is vital to my management role in the school and it also gives me the opportunity to get to know and value the governors as individuals.

 

Karen Sleight

​Member of the School Improvement Committee

I started work at the school as a Nursery Nurse in 1988 when the Nursery first opened.  After 17 years I went on to train as Learning Mentor and later gained a degree in Early Years.  More recently I successfully qualified as a teacher and was appointed full-time teacher at the school in 2012.  I joined the Governing Body in October 2002 and have always tried to contribute to debate from a staff perspective.

 

Lisa Duncan

Headteacher

As Headteacher I am automatically a full member of the Governing Board.  Prior to taking up post in September 2014 I attended several meetings of the Governing Board to familiarise myself with how they work and I was instantly given a warm welcome.  I am particularly impressed with how well they work as a team to support the school to ensure best outcomes for the children.

 

 

Diana Munro

Clerk to the Governors

I have been Clerk to the Governors since September 1988. My role is not only to take the minutes, but also to ensure that governors have all the paperwork they need and to advise them on their duties.  Over the years I have also worked as Clerk to Governors for various other schools in the area and I regularly attend briefings and training to ensure that I am up to date as regards any changes to legislation and education policy.

 

 

Governors’ Register of Business Interests 2015/2016

 

Name

Description of interest

 Tom Munro

 

Self - Parish & District Councillor

Self - Trustee of Creswell Crags

Wife - Clerk to the Governors

 Frank Raspin

 

Self – Parish Councillor

Partner - Parish Councillor

 Louise Patterson

 

Self – Supply teacher

Self - Governor Heritage Community School

Sister – Teacher at the school

Katie Cutter

 

Self - none

Ryan Stacey

 

Self - none

Adele Webster

 

Self - Teacher at the school

 Jeanne Raspin

 

Self – Parish Councillor

Self - Chair Playscheme Committee

Partner - Parish Councillor

 

 Karen Austin

Self - none

Husband - KOA Web Services

 Luan Stansbury-Holden

 

Self - none

 John Ritchie

Self – District Councillor

 

 Karen Sleight

 

Self – Teacher at the school

 Sarah Draycott

 

Self – Teacher at the school

Self - Governor Heritage Community School

 Sarah Tomlinson

 

Self – Deputy Headteacher at the school

 Lisa Duncan

 

Self – Headteacher at the school

 

 

 

 

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