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Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of St Margaret’s C of E Primary Horsforth  - May - 2017
The governing body of St Margaret’s Primary School conducts its business to take account of the three roles of the governing bodies as outlined in the Governance Handbook:
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team.
The governing body also ensures that the school complies fully with statutory safeguarding procedures. All staff have signed a record to confirm they have read Part 1 of the DfE statutory guidance “Keeping Children Safe in Education”. The governing body has familiarised itself with the document and are working with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (Mrs Harridge) in school to complete the annual safeguarding audit.
 
The composition of the governing body
 
The governing body re-constituted in September 2014 and comprises 12 governors in total. Every governor appointed to the governing body is appointed on the basis of the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. The number of governors in each category is determined through the Instrument of Government and is currently:
1 Head teacher
1 elected staff governor
3 elected parent governors
1 local authority governor
3 Foundation governors
3 co-opted governors

Please see the following table for the names and areas of responsibility of the governors.

Name

Governor Role

Responsibilities

(including Year Group Link)

Business / Financial Interests / Governance Role in other Schools

Claire Horsfield

Chair of Governors

 

Appointed by: PCC

Start: 15/07/15

End: 16/07/19

 

Foundation Governor

 

Personnel and Finance

Standards and Curriculum

Pay and Performance Management

COMPLAINTS

SAFEGUARDING AND CP

EVOLVE

 

Assistant Head Teacher -  High School

Revd Nigel Sinclair

 

Appointed by: DBE

Start: 15/06/17

End: 17/06/21

 

Foundation Governor

 

Standards and Curriculum

SIAMS AND CHRISTIAN ETHOS

Y2 Link

None recorded

Amanda Cowie

 

Appointed by: DBE

Start: 27/02/18

End: 27/02/22

 

Foundation Governor

 

Standards and Curriculum

COLLECTIVE WORSHIP

Y4 Link

None recorded

Caroline Deathe

 

Appointed by: LA

Start: 27/02/18
End: 27/02/22

LA Governor

Personnel and Finance

PHSE

EYFS Link

 

None recorded

Tom Newcombe

 

Appointed by: Parental Body

Start:19/09/17

End: 19/09/21

 

Parent Governor

Personnel and Finance

Y3 Link

None recorded

Joel Cameron-Smith

 

Appointed by: Parental Body

Start: 01/01/16

End: 01/01/20

 

Parent Governor

 

Standards and Curriculum

Personnel and Finance

Y1 Link

 

None recorded

Mr Matthew Leech

 

Appointed by: Parental Body

Start: 05/10/16

End: 04/10/20

 

Parent Governor

 

Personnel and Finance

Standards and Curriculum

SEND

EYFS Link

Town Councillor, Brownberrie Ward, Horsforth Town Council

Matt Eastwood

Vice Chair of Governors

 

Appointed by: Co-Opted

Start: 08/12/15

End: 08/12/019

 

Co-opted Governor

 

Personnel and Finance

Standards and Curriculum

Pay and Performance Management

MATHS

Y5 Link

Wife employed in school as a Teaching Assistant

Gill Cook

 

Appointed by: Governing Body

Start: 02/03/16

End:02/03/20

 

Co-opted Governor

 

Standards and Curriculum

Pay and Performance Management

ENGLISH

Y6 Link

None recorded

Jonathon Taylor

 

Appointed by: Governing Body

Start: 22/05/2018

 End: 22/05/2022

 

Co-opted Governor

Personnel and Finance

EQUALITY

Y3 Link

 

Leeds City Councillor representing Horsforth Ward

Revd Sharon Brown

 

Appointed by: Governing Body

Start: 12/05/15

End: 12/05/19

 

Associate Governor

 

Y2 Link

None recorded

Charlotte Cairns

 

Appointed by: Staff

Start:19/09/17

End: 19/09/21

 

Staff Governor

 

Standards and Curriculum

-

None recorded

Sarah Harridge

 

Appointed by: Governing Body

Start: 01/09/14

End: -

 

Head Teacher

Personnel and Finance

Standards and Curriculum

-

None recorded



Meetings of the governing body
The full governing body meets five times a year. There are also two governing body committees which which have delegated authority. The committees are:
  • Personnel and Finance - this committee meets three times a year
  • Standards and Curriculum - this committee meets four times a year
There is also a pay committee which meets as required.

Attendance at meetings
Governors have good attendance at meetings overall. Apologies for non-attendance are considered on an individual basis; governors are aware through the code of conduct that non-attendance, which includes apologies not being accepted, will result in the removal of a governor six months from the date of first non-attendance.
 
You can find information about the role of Governors and how to become a Governor by clicking the following link:
http://www.gov.uk/become-school-college-governor