Gotherington Primary School

The Lawns, Gotherington, Cheltenham, GL52 9QT

Governance  »  Governance at Gotherington

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. J. McWattie.
The Co-Vice Chairmen of the Governing Body are Mrs S Parker & Mr P Price-Thomas.
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)
 
 
Jo McWattie, Chair of Governors
 
Peter Price-Thomas (Parent Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding)


Chantel Yeates (Parent Governor with responsibility for SEND)


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)



Mark Longland (Parent Governor)


Mrs Claire Wingate is the 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.
 

Gotherington Primary School Governor responsibilities 2017-18

Title

Chairman

Vice-Chairman

Pupil premium governor

Responsible officer

Safeguarding lead governor

Safeguarding governor

SEN governor

Training governor


Initials

JMc

PPT SP

CY

ML

PTT

JMc

CY

KL

 

Committees:

Finance

Health and safety

Standards

Personnel (meets as required)

 

SH (Chairman), ML, BJ, JMcW.

SN (Chairman), BJ, KB ML

SP (Chairman), JMc, BJ, CY.

SP, BJ, JMcW.

 

Panels:

Pay Panel

Head Teacher Performance Management

 

Other Panels:

Complaints

Pay appeals

SEN

Pupil Behaviour

 

SP (Chairman), JMc, BJ, CY.

SP (Chairman), PPT, JMcW.

 

 

SH, CY

SH

SH, SP.

SH, SP.

 

Class Responsibilities:

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

 

 

Curriculum areas:

Art

English

EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)

Child protection, PSHE, SRE.

DT (Design and Technology)

Geography

Most Able

History

Computing

Maths

MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)

Music

RE (Religious Education)

Science

SEN

SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural)

Sport/PE

 


KB

SP

TBA

CY

ML

JMcW

PP-T

 

 

 

KB

PB

SP KB

PPT

KB

PPT

JMcW

ML

PPT

CY

TBA

ML

PB

ML

CY

SP

JMcW

 

Suggested dates for regular committees

Finance H&S

Wed Oct 19th 9am (Inset)? Fri Nov 4th 9am

Wed Jan 4th 9am Fri Jan 6th 9am

Wed Mar 1st 9am Fri Mar 3rd 9am

Wed May 3rd 9am Fri May 5th 9am

Wed Jun 21st 9am Fri Jun 23rd 9am

 

Standards

Mon Oct 17th 4.30pm

Mon Jan 9th 4.30pm

Mon Feb 27th 4.30pm

Mon May 8th 4.30pm

Mon Jun 19th 4.30pm

 

 



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

22.05.17

FGM

03.07.17

FGM

Mrs P Bower.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

100

Mr B Jordan.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

100

Mr S Harries.

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

87.5

Mrs S Parker.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

100

Mrs C Yeates.

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

62.5

Ms S Napper.

No

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Associate member from 14.11.16

37

Mr P Price Thomas.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

87.5

Mrs J McWattie.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

87.5

Mrs K Baynes.

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

50

Mr M Longland.

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

60

Mrs K Letzer.

Not applicable

Not applicable

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

100

 

Standards Committee Meetings - Attendance Details (2016-2017)

 

Name of Committee Member

Date of Meeting

Overall
%

28.11.16

30.01.17

03.04.17

08.5.17

19.6.17

 

 

Mrs S Parker. (Chair)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

100

Mr B Jordan.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

100

Mrs C Yeates.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

100

Mrs P Bower.

Yes

Yes

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

03.5.17

21.06.17

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

Yes

Yes

Yes

100

Mrs J McWattie.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

100

Mrs T Poole.

Yes

Yes

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

05.517

23.6.17

Ms S Napper. (Chair)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

100

Mr B Jordan.

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

60

Mrs K Baynes.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

100

Mr M Longland.

Not applicable

Not applicable

Yes

No

Yes

67