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Quilters Governing Body

 

  • Our School currently has 15 governors, including associate members, drawn from different sections of our community. 
  • We work collectively to support and provide challenge to the Head teacher and staff and act as ‘critical friends’, working voluntarily to help the school fulfil its considerable potential. 
  • The role of the governing body is strategic, not operational, with the Head teacher and staff managing the day to day running of the school.
  • Our governing body has 3 committees: Curriculum (chaired by Mrs Alison Ford) and Finance Personnel and Premises (chaired by Mrs Kerry Gough). These committees meet regularly to discuss all aspects of these areas and to help the leadership team make important decisions.  

 

If you would like to know more about becoming a governor in the future, please contact the Chair of Governors (Steven Kew) or Vice Chair of Governors (Alison Ford) via the school office.

 

 

 

Meet the Governing Board

Quilters Federation Governing Body – Governance Statement

 

Function of the Governing Body

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the Governing Body are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

Governance Arrangements

The Governing Body has 2 staff governors (including the head teacher), 2 elected parent governors, 1 local authority governor, 2 trust Governors and 8 co-opted governors.

 

Our co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Body as they have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. 

 

The Full Governing Body meets once each term (twice in the Autumn).  We have two further committees: Curriculum and Finance, Premises & Personnel. 

 

Attendance Record

Our meetings are well attended and always quorate.

 

The work that we have done on our committees and in the Governing Board

The last year has been challenging as the Schools grappled with Covid-19 and transitioning the way the schools work as a result.  We have been hugely impressed by the reaction of pupils, parents and staff to this difficult environment – in particular our staff who have embraced new ways of working, central to our ability to support our pupils in learning from home during the height of lock down.

 

More generally the Governing Board has continued its overview of school matters, with a good number of monitoring visits conducted and regular meetings with other staff on matters relating to school finances.

 

The Governing Board did formally consult on changes to its admissions policies, but following feedback from parents, teacher and the community decided against any changes at this time. 

 

We continue to face budgetary pressure like so many other schools of a similar size & demographic, but we have a fantastic level of skills and expertise around our Governing Body to assist in any challenges which may present themselves in the upcoming academic year.

 

Committee Structure & Work

 

Curriculum Committee

We are responsible for monitoring and evaluating how the school is delivering the national curriculum, the attainment and progress of our pupils and the standards achieved. Our role is to understand these areas thoroughly and to focus on the school’s areas for improvement and strengths.  We work alongside our head teacher to consider evidence for the school’s self-evaluation form (SEF) and visit the school to gather first-hand evidence on target areas.

 

Finance, Premises and Personnel (“FPP”) Committee

This year, the FPP Committee has overseen the school budget, as well as Budgets for the Swimming Pool and Catering.

 

In the coming year, the FPP Committee will continue to examine and review the financial performance of the school, linked to the school Development Plan and evaluate the effectiveness of spending decisions.  

 

The FPP Committee supports the school and its pupils by ensuring that they have the necessary resources to achieve the best possible outcomes. School funds are managed effectively and spent wisely and the premises are well managed, maintained and provide a safe, effective learning environment. 

 

The FPP committee are responsible for decisions relating to staff, including; recruitment, pay and the head teachers annual performance review. 

 

Selected members of the committee receive training and attend the Head Teacher’s Performance Review with the schools’ external adviser, where they evaluate the performance of the pupils, staff, school and head teacher as a whole.  Each year, the committee agree and set challenging targets for the head teacher and the school.

   

The committee ensures that all procedures relating to the recruitment, selection and appointment of all staff in school meet statutory and safeguarding requirements.  The committee monitors and evaluates all safeguarding procedures to ensure they are both rigorous and robust.  

 

The committee reviews the salary range of the school annually and the school’s staffing structure.  The group appraises staff performance determining where pay increases deserve to be awarded.  

 

The committee also monitors the school's procedures for staff development, ensuring this is linked to the school’s own development needs.

 

How to contact us.

 

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors, via the school office.

Governing Body Profiles

Governors’ Statement of General Principles with Regard to Behaviour of Pupils

 

This statement has been drawn up in accordance with the Education and Inspection Act 2006, the Department for Education (DfE) Guidance for Governors on Behaviour and Discipline in Schools, July 2013 and the DfE publication Behaviour and Discipline in Schools: a guide for Headteachers and staff, January 2016.

 

The purpose of this statement is to provide clear advice and guidance which reflects the school’s values and which is guided by relevant legislation, upon which the Headteacher should base the school’s Behaviour Policy. This is a statement of principles, it is the responsibility of the Headteacher to draw up the specific practices that form the Behaviour Policy. Staff should be confident that they have the Governors’ support when following this guidance.

 

The aims of the principles are to ensure the governors’ duty of care to pupils and employees is upheld; to promote teaching and learning and high standards of attainment and to preserve the reputation of the school.

 

 

Governor Behaviour Statement

 

Principles:

 

The Governors place a high value on the strong, caring relationships that exist throughout the Quilters community which give it a warm, supportive atmosphere and which leads to the mutual respect that encourages good behaviour. To maintain this ethos, the governors expect:

 

  • positive behaviour and social interaction to be modelled by all staff.
  • inclusivity and equality to be promoted through everyday life at Quilters. All members of the school community should be free from discrimination of any sort, as per the Equality Act 2010. The school must therefore have a clear and comprehensive Anti-Bullying Policy that is known and understood by all, consistently applied and where appropriate, incidents recorded, even if occurring outside of school hours, to protect children from bullying and discrimination as a result of gender, race, ability, sexual orientation or background.
  • There should be a focus upon encouraging and rewarding positive behaviours, social interaction and learning attitudes.
  • Governors would like to see a wide range of rewards, consistently and fairly applied in such a way as to encourage and reward good behaviour in the classroom and elsewhere. These should be made clear in the Behaviour Policy and regularly monitored for their effectiveness.
  • Staff, pupils and parents should work together to promote and maintain positive attitudes towards learning including the expectation that assigned work will be completed.  
  • All staff should be able to teach and promote good learning without undue interruption or harassment.
  • The School Rules should set out expected standards of behaviour and be shared with and explained to all children. The rules should be consistently applied by all staff and regularly monitored for their effectiveness. They should be clearly stated in the Behaviour Policy.
  • On occasions when the standards of behaviour described in the School Rules are not met, sanctions should be applied.
  • Sanctions for unacceptable behaviour should be known and understood by all staff and children and be consistently applied.
  • The full range of sanctions should be clearly described in the Behaviour Policy so that children, staff and parents can understand how and when they are applied.
  • We feel strongly that exclusions, especially permanent, should only be used as a last resort.
  • Where there is ongoing or an unusual degree of disruptive behaviour, consideration should be given to the necessity of involving local agencies for assessment. Where a child’s behaviour gives cause to suspect the child is suffering harm or is likely to, the safeguarding policy should be implemented.
  • With respect to the school’s legal duties under the Equality Act 2010, when applying the behaviour policy staff should take into consideration:
    • A child’s individual needs and stages of development
    • The specific circumstances of each situation

 

  • Governors expect the Headteacher to draw on the advice in Dealing with Allegations of Abuse against Teachers and other staff guidance documents, when setting out the pastoral support that school staff should expect to receive if they are accused of misusing their powers. Staff so accused should not be automatically suspended pending an investigation.

 

As per the Behaviour and discipline in school guidance for governors, we expect the Headteacher to include the following in the Behaviour Policy:

 

  • The power to use reasonable force or make other physical contact, including the situations in which reasonable force may be used.  This is essential where one pupils’ behaviour places themselves or others at risk, as safety must be prioritised.
  • A definition of reasonable force and restraint, depending on the needs of the pupil concerned and plans to train all staff in this area. There are some circumstances when reasonable force might be a possibility or it might be part of a strategy to deal with an incident of very challenging behaviour but the governors expect the school to create, wherever possible, individual plans in order to minimise the likelihood of this very challenging behaviour.
  • The school’s duty to screen and search pupils.
  • The power to discipline beyond the school gates, covering the schools’ response to all non-criminal bad behaviour and bullying that occurs anywhere off the school premises.

 

The Headteacher should ensure the Behaviour Policy is made available to staff, parents/carers and pupils.

 

This statement has been produced in consultation with the Headteacher, school staff, parents and pupils. It will be reviewed annually and is available via the school website. If any member of the school community has feedback or comments, please address these to the school governors via the school office.  Last reviewed: September 2020. 

Governor Attendance

Governor Details and Register of Interests

Quilters Junior School's Financial Benchmarking

 
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