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Governors

Who we are and what we do:

Many people don't know what a school governor is. That's probably because we work quietly behind the scenes, meeting regularly with the Head Teacher and other school staff to ensure that St Nick's continues being a school we can all be proud of. But what exactly do we do?

As governors of a local authority school, we are all responsible to the county council for the effective management of our school’s finances and resources, as well as for its educational standards. While the headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, our job is to take a more strategic view. Our duties include:

  • working with staff to set high academic standards and targets to ensure our school constantly strives to achieve
  • helping to recruit staff
  • monitoring the way in which the school spends its money
  • acting as a 'critical friend' to our school, which means challenging issues where appropriate but also offering support and advice
  • helping our school to respond effectively and in a timely manner to parents' concerns
  • ensuring that our school is accountable to the public for what it does
  • planning for the future, developing policies and keeping our school under review
  • ensuring that our school is fair to individual pupils or staff in certain kinds of disputes.

Governors Report 

Please find the Governors Annual Report and Newletters detailing activities during the last year  from the side bar on the right-hand-side.

Who we are 

The table below shows who we all are, what type of governor we are, and when we were appointed.

Governor/Category

Term of Office

Committee/s

Individual Responsibility

Working Group/s

Shilpa Bhatt (Chair),

Co-opted Governor

01.09.2013
01.08.2019

Resources & Premises,
Community & Vision

Safeguarding,
HT Appraisal
Staff Dismissal
Complaints

Progress
(3)

Mark Longford (Vice-Chair),

Co-opted Governor

01.09.2015
31.08.2019

Resources & Premises,
Learning Committee

Health & Safety,
Pupil Discipline
Staff Dismissal

Broad & Balanced Curriculum
(4)

Karen Williams

Parent Governor

02.05.2016
01.05.2020
Resources & Premises HT Appraisal,
Governor Website
Staff Dismissal
Behaviour
(5)

Lynn Banerji,

Co-opted Governor

01.09.2015
31.08.2019

Learning,
Community & Vision

SEN, Pupil Premium
Pupil Discipline
Complaints
Pupil Progress
(3)

Carol Kelsey,

Co-opted Governor

01.09.2015
31.08.2019

Learning,
Community & Vision

Safeguarding
Pupil Discipline
Complaints
Better Writers
(1)

David Meredith

Co-opted Governor 

14.09.2017
13.09.2021

Resources & Premises HT Appraisal
Staff Dismissal
Raising Standards
(2)

Paula Phillips (Headteacher)

14.09.2006

Resources & Premises,
Community & Vision,
Learning

Looked After Children
designated member of staff
Whistleblowing
Pupil Discipline
Staff Dismissal
Complaints

Raising Standards
(2)

Skye Denno

Local Authority

14.09.2017
13.09.2021

Learning,
Community & Vision

SEN, Pupil Premium
Pupil Discipline
Complaints
Developing CIRB
(6)

Shabana Anwar (Barney),

Parent Governor

06.11.2013 
05.11.2017

Community & Vision
Learning

School Council
Pupil Discipline
Complaints

Better Writers
(1)

Robert Fletcher

Parent Governor

25.10.2016
24.10.2020
Resources & Premises
Learning
Pupil Discipline
Staff Dismissal
Raising Standards
(2)

Jennifer La Vertue

Staff

14.09.2017
13.09.2021
Learning,
Community & Vision
Pupil Discipline
Complaints
Better Writers
(1)

Bruce Ross-Smith

Associate Member

01.09.2017
31.08.2018
  ASC Broad & Balanced Curriculum 
(4)

Sue Townsend

Associate Member

01.09.2017
​31.08.2018
  SEN Developing CIRB
(6)

Any governor may be contacted via the school. 

The St Nicholas’ Primary School Governing Body is linked to the Oxfordshire Governors’ Association that helps co-ordinate the activities of similar bodies on public issues relating to education throughout the county.

Committees

As well as belonging to the governing body more generally, we also all serve on at least one sub-committee. These all are split according to different aspects of running the school and are:

  • Resources & Premisis (eg staffing and financial matters, maintaining the buildings, commissioning any building work, etc))

  • Community & Vision (eg the school's own community matters and its presence outside)

  • Learning (eg educational attainment, targets, challenges and successes)

Curriculum Development Groups

Groups of governors and staff regularly reflect on and plan for different areas of learning in the school. The groups are divided into six areas:

  1. Helping Pupils to become better writers.
     
  2. Continuing to raise standards and ensure consistency in the quality of Teaching and Learning throughout the School.
     
  3. Ensuring EVERYONE makes as much progress as they can.
     
  4. Ensuring that we have a broad and balance curriculum that meets everyone's needs and prepares pupils for the next stage in education and for life.
     
  5. Helping pupils to take responsibility and behave well at all points wihtin the school day and with all adults.
     
  6. Developing the CIRB provision.

Parent Governors

Parent governors are elected by the parents of pupils at our school. To be nominated, they must be parents of children currently at St Nick's at the time of the election. Parents are elected for a four-year term of office and do not have to stand down if their child leaves school during that period, though they may do so if they wish. Every parent of a child at this school has the right to stand as a candidate and to vote in the election, which is held by secret ballot. Parent governors may stand for re-election at the end of their term of office, if they still qualify.

If you would like to know more about the role of the parent governors or the duties and responsibilities of the Governing Body, please contact the Chair of Governors through the school.

Other terms of office

All other governors are also appointed on a four-year basis.

Governor Attendance

St. Nicholas' Primary School Governor Meetings Attendance Record 2015-16
Governor Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term Notes
  FGB1 Lg RP CV FGB2 FGB3 Lg RP CV FGB(SP) FGB 4 (B)/RP Lg RP CV FGB5  
Shilpa Bhatt Y - Y Y Y - - Y - - - - AP Y -  
Rachel Crouch Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y - Y Y Y Y Y Y  
Bruce Ross-Smith AP - Y Y Y Y -  AP - Y Y - Y Y Y  
Barney Anwar AP AP Y - Y Y Y Y - AP AP AP Y   Y  
Lynn Banerji Y Y - Y Y Y Y - - Y Y Y - Y Y  
Carol Kelsey Y Y - Y Y AP Y - - Y Y Y - Y Y  
Mark Longford Y - Y Y Y Y - Y - Y Y - Y - Y  
Sean Collins Y Y Y - Y Y Y Y - Y Y Y Y - AP  
Karen Williams                   Y - - Y - Y Joined 1.5.16
Bryony Church                   AP - - - - Y Joined 1.5.16
Kate Stratford Y - - ? Y Y - - - - AP - - AP AP Resigned
1.9.16
Tracey Fletcher Y AP - - AP Y Y - -  - AP - - - AP Resigned
21.7.16
Jo Hacker Y Y - AP Y Y Y - - - Y - - - Y Resigned 28.5.16
Sue Townsend Y - - Y Y AP - - - Y AP - - Y Y Resigned 1.9.16
Ayesha Siddika AP - AP Y AP AP Y - - AP - - - - Y Resigned 1.5.16
Lyndsey Middleton Y Y Y - Y Y Y AP - AP Y Y AP - Y Resigned 1.9.16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key:  

FGB                  Full Governors' Meeting
FGB (SP)          Full Governors' Strategic Planning
FGB (B) / RP    Full Governors' Budget Meeting following Resources & Premises Meeting
RP                    Resources & Premises Committee
CV                    Community & Vision Committee
Lg                     Learning

Pecuniary Interests

Name

Position

Name of organisation

Nature of interest

Date interest was registered

Date interest ceased

Governance roles in other Educational Institutions/ Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives).

Shilpa Bhatt

Co-opted (Chair)

OCC

Not applicable

22/09/2016

 

 

Mark Longford

Co-opted (VC)

N/A

Not applicable

22/09/2016

 

 

Carol Kelsey

Co-opted (Staff)

OCC

Not applicable

22/09/2016

 

 

Bruce Ross-Smith

Co-opted

Retired

Not applicable

22/09/2016

 

 

Lynn Banerji

Co-opted (Staff)

OCC

Not applicable

22/09/2016

 

 

Shabana (Barney) Anwar

Parent

N/A

Not applicable

22/09/2016

 

 

Karen Williams

Parent

OUP

Learning Materials

22/09/2016

 

 

Robert Fletcher

Parent

 

 

To follow

 

 

Sue Townsend

Associate Member

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Stratford

Associate Member

N/A

Not applicable

22/09/2016

 

 

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