Gotherington Primary School

The Lawns, Gotherington, Cheltenham, GL52 9QT

Governance  »  Our Governors

ACADEMY GOVERNANCE
Since the conversion to Academy Status in August 2011, Gotherington Primary School is governed as an Academy Trust. The Governing Body has a strategic role. With the Head Teacher, governors set the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school and decide the improvement priorities. They provide a balance of support and challenge to school leaders and monitor and evaluate the work of the school, ensuring financial probity at all times.

The School has a Governing body comprised of a Chairman of the Governing Body, Head Teacher, 3 Parent Governors, 2 Co-opted Governors and a Staff Governor. They also act as Trustees and are Members of Gotherington Academy Trust.

GOVERNING BODY ORGANISATION
The Chairman of the Governing Body is Mrs. P. Bower.
The School also has 3 Committees and they are as follows:
Finance (Chair: Mr. S. Harries)
Health and Safety (Chair: Ms. S. Napper)
Standards (Chair: Mrs. S.Parker)






 
 
 

Pauline Bower, Chair of Governors (Community Governor)
 
Peter Price-Thomas (Parent Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding)


Chantel Yeates (Parent Governor with responsibility for SEND)


Jo McWattie (Parent Governor)


Sean Harries (Parent Governor - Chair of Finance)


Sara Napper (Staff Governor - Chair of Health and Safety)


Sandy Parker (Co-opted Governor - Chair of Standards)



Karen Baynes (Co-opted Governor)


The Governing Body is currently seeking to appoint a Clerk to Governors/Company Secretary

WHAT ARE GOVERNORS EXPECTED TO DO?
The Board of Governors have statutory duties, which are:
  • To ensure delivery of the National Curriculum. The Board of Governors are involved in the monitoring of the curriculum, overseen by the Curriculum Committee.
  • To oversee the annual budget. Through the Finance Committee the Board of Governors controls and monitors the expenditure of the school. Day to day decisions are delegated to the Head Teacher and his Senior Management Team.
  • To be kept informed on all aspects of the day-to-day running and organisation of the school.
  • To take decisions on the appropriate levels of staff and to make appointments, where necessary, via the Staffing Committee.
  • To inspect the condition and repair of the school premises.
  • To determine the use of the premises out of school hours.

WHAT DO I DO IF I WANT TO RAISE A COMPLAINT?
Raising Concerns and Resolving Complaints
Legal Context
The Education Act 2002 states thatschools must have a “general” procedure for dealing with complaints that are not covered by other statutory procedures including admissions, exclusion from school, SEN, religious education and collective worship. Section 29 of the 2002 Act requires governing bodies to:
·Establish and to publicise procedures for dealing with all complaints relating to the school or to provision of facilities or services.
·Have regard to any relevant guidance given from time to time by the Secretary of State.
 
The Schools White Paper 2010
In 2009 The Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act extended Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) power to consider parent and pupil complaints about state schools. The Importance of Teaching states: “Schools are best placed to address parents' concerns – and in almost every case, teachers and head teachers can resolve concerns and issues quickly and easily."
Sometimes parents and schools have issues that cannot be resolved locally, and so we will make sure that parents have a route to complain in the most cost effective way, repealing the 2009 legislation.
 
Complaints are extremely rare at Gotherington. We have an open culture. Staff are nearly always available – it’s easy to have a quick chat with teachers or the headteacher so most concerns or complaints are dealt with quickly. However, from time to time parents, and others connected with the school, will become aware of matters that cause them concern. To encourage resolution of such situations the Governing Body has adopted a “School Complaints Procedure”.  The procedure is devised with the intention that it will:
• usually be possible to resolve issues by informal means.
• be simple to use and understand.
• be non-adversarial.
• provide confidentiality.
• allow problems to be handled swiftly through the correct procedure.
• address all the points at issue.
• inform future practice so that the problem is unlikely to recur.
 
Full details of the procedure may be obtained from the 'Polices Section' of our website, the School Office or from the Clerk to the Governing Body.

GOVERNING BODY ATTENDANCE INFORMATION

Full Governing Body - Attendance Details (2016-2017)

Name of Governor

Date of Meeting

Overall
%

19.09.16

FGB

19.10.16

Data Review

14.11.16

FGB

16.01.17

FGB

24.01.17

AGM

13.03.17

FGB

 

 

Mrs P Bower.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

100

Mr B Jordan.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

100

Mr S Harries.

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

83

Mrs S Parker.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

100

Mrs C Yeates.

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

 

 

67

Ms S Napper.

No

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

 

 

Associate member from 14.11.16

Mr P Price Thomas.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

 

 

83

Mrs J McWattie.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

 

 

83

Mrs K Baynes.

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

 

 

50

Mr M Longland.

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Yes

No

Yes

 

 

67

Mrs K Letzer.

Not applicable

Not applicable

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

 

 

75

 

Standards Committee Meetings - Attendance Details (2016-2017)

 

Name of Committee Member

Date of Meeting

Overall
%

28.11.16

30.01.17

03.04.17

 

 

 

 

Mrs S Parker. (Chair)

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

100

Mr B Jordan.

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

100

Mrs C Yeates.

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

100

Mrs P Bower.

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

100

 

Finance Committee Meetings - Attendance Details (2016-2017)

 

Name of Committee
Member

Date of Meeting

Overall
%

18.10.16

11.11.16

auditors

11.01.17

08.03.17

 

Mr S Harries. (Chair)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

100

Mr B Jordan.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

100

Mrs P Bower.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

100

Mrs J McWattie.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

100

Mrs T Poole.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

100



Health and Safety Committee Meetings - Attendance Details (2016-2017)

 

Committee
Member

Date of Meeting

Overall
%

04.11.16

16.01.17

03.03.17

 

 

Ms S Napper. (Chair)

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

100

Mr B Jordan.

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

100

Mrs K Baynes.

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

100

Mr M Longland.

Not applicable

Not applicable

Yes

 

 

100

 

HISTORIC GOVERNING BODY ATTENDANCE ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-16

Full Governing Body - Attendance Details (2015-2016)
Name
of
Governor
21/9/15 20/10/15
HT Data Presentation
9/11/15 18/01/16 26/1/16
AGM
21/03/16  
16/05/16
 
11/07/16
Overall
%
 Mrs P Bower Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100%
Mr C Skinner Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Term of office ended 01.07.16 57%
Mr B Jordan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100%
Mr S Harries No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes 75%
Mr D Sherborne No No Yes Yes No Yes Term of office ended 09.05.16 - 50%
Mrs S Parker Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100%
Mrs C Yeates Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes 75%
Ms S Napper Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No 62.5%
Mr P Price Thomas - - - - - - - Yes 100%
Mrs J McWattie - - - Yes No Yes Yes Yes 80%
Mrs K Baynes - - - Yes No Yes Yes Yes 80%
 

Standards Committee Meetings - Attendance Details (2015-2016)
Committee Member 04/09/15 06/11/15 05/01/16 29/02/16  
09/05/16
20/06/16 04/07/16 Overall
%
Mrs S Parker. (Chair) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100%
Mr B Jordan. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100%
Mrs C Yeates. - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes 100%
Mrs P Bower. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100%
 

Finance Committee Meetings - Attendance Details (2015-2016)
Committee
Member
05/11/15 14/01/16 04/03/16 04/05/16 29/06/16 Overall
%
Mr S Harries. (Chair) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100%
Mr B Jordan. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100%
Mrs P Bower. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100%
Mrs J McWattie. - - Yes Yes Yes 100%
Mrs T Poole Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100%


Health and Safety Committee Meetings - Attendance Details (2015-2016)
Committee
Member
07/10/15 15/01/16 02/03/16 06/05/16 22/06/16 Overall
%
Ms S Napper. (Chair) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100%
Mr B Jordan. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100%
Mr C Skinner. Yes Yes Yes No No 60%
Mrs K Baynes. - - - Yes Yes 100%
 

GOVERNING BODY ATTENDANCE - ACADEMIC YEAR 2014-15

Full Governing Body - Attendance Details (2014-15)
Governor Sept.2014 Nov.2014 Jan.2015 March 2015 May 2015 July 2015 %
Mrs P Bower. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100
Mr C Skinner. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100
Mr B Jordan. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100
Mr S Harries. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100
Mr D Sherborne. No Yes Yes No Yes No 50
Mrs S Parker. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100
Mrs C Yeates. Not appointed at this date Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100
Ms S Napper. No Yes No Yes Yes No
 
50
Mr B Warren. Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 16.66

Standards Committee Meetings - Attendance Details (2014-2015)
Committee Member Oct.2014 Nov.2014 Jan.2015 March 2015 May 2015 July 2015 %
Mrs S Parker. (Chair) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100
Mr B Jordan. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100
Mr S Harries. Yes Yes No Yes Yes No 60
Mrs P Bower. Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes 80
 
Finance Committee Meetings - Attendance Details (2014-2015)
Committee
Member
Oct.2014 Nov.2014 Jan 15 Mar.2015 May 2015 July 2015 %
Mr S Harries. (Chair) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100
Mr B Jordan. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100
Mrs P Bower. Yes Yes Yes No Yes No 60

Health and Safety Committee Meetings - Attendance Details (2014-2015)
Committee
Member
Oct.2014 Nov.2014 Jan 15 Mar.2015 May 2015 July 2015 %
Ms S Napper. (Chair) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100
Mr B Jordan. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100
Mrs P Bower. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100
Mr C Skinner Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100
Governing Body Business Interests 2015-16