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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 seven times a year to discuss key strategic issues and ensure it  meets its statutory obligations.

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All minutes of Governing Body  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 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 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting attendance

2017-18

Meeting attendance

2018-2019

to date

                                          

 Name

 

Category

Start date

Term of office end

Appointed by

FGB

4

R

4

C&L

3

FGB

5

R

3

C&L

2

 Lucy Whitehead Parent March 2017 15/03/21 Parents 4/4 - 3/3 3/3 - 2/2
 Anna Franklin Parent Nov 2018 20/11/22 Parents - - - 2/2 1/1 1/1
 James Michie Parent Nov 2018 20/11/22 Parents - - - 2/2 1/1 -

 Angela Winsor:  Chair

Co-opted

Feb 2013

13/12/19

Governors

4/4

3/4

2/3

3/3

2/2

2/2

 Tony Day

Co-opted

May 2016

09/05/20

Governors

3/4 1/4 -

2/3

2/2

1/1

 Matt Smith

Co-opted

March 2017

22/03/21

Governors

4/4

2/4

-

2/3

1/2

-

 Darren Stead Co-opted June 2018 12/06/22 Governors 1/1 1/1 - 3/3 - 1/2
 Vacancy Co-opted                  
 Vacancy Co-opted                  

 Julia Lowe

Staff

April 2013

14/04/21

 

4/4

-

3/3

3/3

-

2/2

 Sarah Stokes

Head

Jan 2014

 

 

3/4

3/4

3/3

3/3

2/2

2/2

 Mel Carter LA May 2017 02/10/21 GNP 3/4 2/4 - 2/3 0/2 -
Catriona Sanderson Clerk September 2007     4/4 1/1 - 3/3 1/1 1/1
 Past Governors                    
 Liz James: Vice-Chair Parent March 2015 Resigned Sept 18 Parents 2/4 2/4 - 0/1 - -
 Zoe Howard Co-opted January 2018 Resigned Sept 18 Governors 2/2 1/4 1/1 1/1 - -

 Zoe Cogan

 

Parent June 2016 Resigned October 18 Governors 3/3 - 2/3 1/1 - 0/1
 Alex Millican Co-opted July 2016 Resigned May 2019 Governors 3/4 - 2/3 3/3 - 1/2

                                     

Dormansland Primary School Governing Body

Register of Interests as declared from Academic Year 2018-2019

 Governor

 Name of Organisation

 Nature of Business

 Nature of Interest

Date Declared

 Melanie Carter  None  None  None  31/10/18
 Antony Day  None  School  None  19/09/18
 Anna Franklin  None  None  None  05/11/18

 Julia Lowe

 Dormansland Primary School

 School

 Employee

 12/09/18

 James Michie  None  None  None  05/11/18
 Matt Smith  None  School  None  11/09/18
 Darren Stead  None  None  None  12/09/18
 Sarah Stokes  Dormansland Primary School  School  Headteacher  12/09/18
 Lucy Whitehead  None  None  None  12/09/18

 Angela Winsor

 Dormansland Neighbourhood Plan

 Neighbourhood Group

 Member

 12/09/18

 


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