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Meet The Governors

The Governing Body, consisting of a team of volunteers, works hard to act as a 'critical friend' for the senior management of the school. It is our role to hold the school to account in its efforts to continue to improve and strategically develop the school. We ensure that the education of our pupils remains its core focus.

 

To this end, the Governing Body meets in full once a term to discuss key strategic issues and ensure it  meets its statutory obligations. This is supported by a committee structure consisting of two committees, each meeting once a term:

 

  • the Resources Committee (which focuses on all financial, premises and personnel related matters) and
  • the Children and Learning Committee (which concerns itself with all curriculum and safeguarding issues).
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All minutes of Governing Body and Committee meetings are available for parents to view and we also welcome any parents who wish to attend and observe a full Governing Body Meeting (dates are available from the school office).

Governors generally serve for four years and are provided with lots of opportunities for  training, mainly through Surrey County Council, in areas such as safeguarding, school finance, health and safety and the curriculum.

 

We attend school events and also carry out monitoring visits during the school day to the school to observe areas of the curriculum being taught, use of school resources and the general operation and running of the school.

 

The Governing Body Constitution requires that the Governing Body of the school be made up as follows:

 

  • x 3 Parent Governors (elected from the school parental population)
  • x 2 Staff Governors (includes the Headteacher)
  • x 6 Co-opted Governors
  • x 1 Local Authority (Surrey County Council appointed) Governor
  • Plus Associate Members which the governing body can appoint if they have a specific skill required and can support the governing body in this way.

 
The new core functions are:
 
1. Ensuring that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined.
 
2. Ensuring that the head teacher performs their responsibilities for the educational performance of the school.
 
3. Ensuring the sound, proper and effective use of the school’s financial resources.
 
In line with this, Ofsted have expanded the criteria used by inspectors, which now includes:
 
How well Governors;
 
· Contribute to the school’s self-evaluation and understand its strengths and weaknesses, as well as ensuring they reflect on their own impact on school improvement.
 
·Support and strengthen school leadership, including their own development, by attending relevant training and development opportunities.
 
· Provide challenge and hold the school to account for improving the quality of teaching, pupils’ achievement and pupils’ behaviour and safety.
 
In practical terms this means we, as Governors, must ensure we are fully involved with the committees we are on, understand the vision of the school and ask questions and comment at meetings so that our role in leadership can be evidenced within governing body minutes.  We also attend training courses and use the skills learnt in practical ways to benefit the school.

Governor details and meeting attendance from September 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Committee Membership

Meeting attendance

2016-17

Meeting attendance

2017-2018

to date

                                          

Name

 

Category

Start date

Term of office end

Appointed by

Resources

 

Children & Learning

FGB

5

R

4

C&L

3

FGB

4

R

4

C&L

3

Liz James:  Vice-Chair

Parent

March 2015

10/03/19

Parents

Chair

 

4/5

4/4

-

2/4

2/4

-

Zoe Cogan

Parent

June 2016

09/06/20

Parents

 

Yes

3/5 - 2/3

3/3

-

2/3

Lucy Whitehead Parent March 2017 15/03/21 Parents   Yes 2/2 - 1/1 4/4 - 3/3

Angela Winsor:  Chair

Co-opted

Feb 2013

13/12/18

Governors

Yes

Yes

5/5

4/4

1/1

4/4

3/4

2/3

Tony Day

Co-opted

May 2016

09/05/20

Governors

Yes

  4/4 4/4 -

3/4

1/4

-

Alex Millican

Co-opted

July 2016

30/07/20

Governors

 

Chair

4/4

-

3/3

3/4

-

2/3

Matt Smith

Co-opted

March 2017

22/03/21

Governors

Yes

 

1/1

2/2

-

4/4

2/4

-

Zoe Howard Co-opted January 2018 03/01/22 Governors Yes   - - - 2/2 1/4 1/1
Darren Stead Co-opted June 2018 12/06/22 Governors           1/1 1/1 -

Julia Lowe

Staff

April 2013

14/04/21

 

 

Yes

5/5

-

3/3

4/4

-

3/3

Sarah Stokes

Head

Jan 2014

 

 

Yes

Yes

5/5

4/4

3/3

3/4

3/4

3/3

Mel Carter LA May 2017 02/10/21 GNP Yes   1/1 - - 3/4 2/4 -
Catriona Sanderson FGB Clerk September 2007         5/5 - - 4/4 1/1 -
Helen Rodgers Committee Clerk October 2015         - 4/4 3/3 - 1/1

3/3

Past Governors                        
Trevor Smeaton Parent March 2015 Resigned February 2017 Parents Yes Yes 2/5 1/4 1/3      
Rose Thorn LA September 2016 Resigned June 2017 GNP Yes         2/4 0/2 -
Kate Bull (voting rights on C&L committee) Associate December 2010 Resigned Sept 2017 Governors   Yes 5/5 1 1/3 -    
Judith Smith:  Vice-Chair Co-opted July 2014 Resigned Sept 2017 Governors   Chair 5/5 - 3/3 - - 1/1

                                     

Dormansland Primary School Governing Body

Register of Interests as declared from Autumn 2017

Governor

Name of Organisation

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Date Declared

Melanie Carter None None None 12/07/17
Zoe Cogan Go L&D Ltd Learning, Leadership Development & Executive Coaching Director 13/09/17
Antony Day Dormansland Primary School School Spouse of Employee 14/09/16

Liz James

Sir Henry Fermor C of E Primary School, Crowborough

School

School Business Manager

13/09/17

Julia Lowe

Dormansland Primary School

School

Employee

13/09/17

Alex Millican

Sackville School

School

Teacher

13/09/17

Matt Smith Dormansland Primary School School Spouse of Employee 13/09/17
Lucy Whitehead None None None 12/09/17

Angela Winsor

 

Oxted School

School

Trust appointed governor

11/09/16

Dormansland Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood Group

Member

Zoe Howard None None None 10/12/17
Darren Stead None None None 15/05/18

 


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