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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 Mrs Crouch 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 left-hand-side.

Who we areĀ 

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

01.09.2015 – 31.08.2019

Resources & Premises,

Community & Vision

Safeguarding,

HT Appraisal

Logic SDG

Mark Longford (Vice-Chair),

Co-opted Governor

01.09.2015 – 31.08.2019

Resources & Premises,

Learning Committee

Health & Safety,

N/A

Sue Townsend,

Co-opted Governor

01.09.2015 – 01.09.2016 N/A   N/A

Lynn Banerji,

Co-opted Governor

01.09.2015 – 31.08.2019

Learning,

Community & Vision

SEN, Pupil Premium Pastoral SDG

Carol Kelsey,

Co-opted Governor

01.09.2015 – 31.08.2019

Learning,

Community & Vision

Safeguarding Pastoral SDG
Co-opted Governor (VACANCY)        

Rachel Crouch (Headteacher)

14.09.2006

Resources & Premises,

Community & Vision,

Learning

Looked After Children designated member of staff

N/A

Karen Williams

Parent Governor

02.05.2016 - 01.05.2020

Learning,

Community & Vision

  Literacy SDG

Shabana Anwar (Barney),

Parent Governor

06.11.2013 – 05.11.2017

Resources & Premises,

Community & Vision

Learning

 

Creative SDG

Bruce Ross-Smith

Parent Governor

01.09.2015 – 31.08.2019

Resources & Premises,

Community & Vision

 

Humanities SDG

Robert Fletcher

Parent Governor

25.10.16 -
24.10.2020
     

Sean Collins, LA Governor

01.02.2013 – 31.01.2017

Resources & Premises,

Learning

HT Appraisal

Creative SDG

Bryony Church

Staff Governor

26.06.2016 - 25.06.2020 Learning    

Kate Stratford,

Associate Member

01.09.2015 – 01.09.2016

Learning,

Community & Vision

 

 

Tracey Fletcher (Assistant HT), Observer N/A N/A Resigned 21.07.2016  

Ayesha Siddika,

Parent Governor

06.11.2013 – 01.05.2016 N/A Resigned 01.05.2016 N/A

Lyndsey Middleton

Parent Governor

02.05.2016 - 01.09.2016 N/A Resigned 01.09.2016 N/A

Jo Hacker

Staff Governor

19.09.2012 – 28.05.2016 N/A Resigned 28.05.2016 N/A

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 three areas:

  • Creative

  • Humanities

  • Logic

  • Pastoral

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

 

 

Rachel Crouch

 

Headteacher

OCC

See notes

22/09/2016

 

Chair of Management Committee of St. Hugh of Lincoln Nursery

Bryony Church

Staff (Teacher)

OCC

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

 

 

Sean Collins

LA

OCC

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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