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Governors

Welcome from our Chair of Governors

Welcome to our school website, which aims to explain who we are and what we believe in.

We aim to provide children with a good quality education, through a rich, stimulating curriculum where they can reach their potential and develop into well-rounded young people.

We firmly believe that education is a partnership between home and school and we look to you, as parents and carers, to become fully involved in your child’s education. We are a school that welcomes you in to share your skills and expertise with the children.

As Chair of Governors a Monkshouse Primary School I look forward to extolling the virtues of the achievements of the children and teachers. There is a great deal the school can be rightly proud of.

The strength of a school depends on its staff. We are lucky to have a vibrant, hard working team who, between them, bring a wide range of expertise both in curriculum subjects and extra-curricular interests. With our Headteacher, Sue Goodsell at the helm, giving us excellent leadership, and along with her team, are always seeking ways to improve and stretch performance and make the most of their talents.

Working in partnership with Mrs.Goodsell, the Governing Body provides the school with a strong leadership structure, able to support and challenge as necessary, which is taking our school forward to create a happy and well-run school.

We hope your family will join us and become part of that vision.

We believe education is a partnership between home and school. We welcome you in to share your skills and expertise with the children.

Alistair Main

Governing Body

The Governors of the Monkshouse School are committed to achieving Best Value in all decisions made. We use the principles of Best Value as they apply to securing continuous improvement in this school and will:

  • Regularly review the functions of the school, challenging how and why services are provided and setting targets and performance indicators for improvement;

  • Monitor outcomes and compare performance with similar schools and within the school;

  • Consult appropriate stakeholders before major decisions are made; and

  • Promote fair competition through quotations and tenders to ensure that goods and services are secured in the most economic, efficient and effective way.

  • We will strive to ensure that the school is using its resources effectively to meet the needs of pupils.

We strive to submit our Best Value statement with the annual budget plan. The progress of the annual budget plan and the Best Value statement will be monitored with the School Development Plan in order to determine the extent of continuous improvement. The school has in place a strategy and a set of guidelines, updated annually, which will ensure that Best Value will be reviewed and demonstrated.

PARENT GOVERNORS
Mr Alistair Main (Chair)
Mrs Lisa Leyland
Dr Richard Hayes
Miss Tracey Hammond

LA GOVERNORS
Mrs E Mackay

Co Opted GOVERNORS

Mr Simon Lilley
Mr Ian Haynes (Vice Chair)
Mrs Betty Jordan
Mr Martyn Green
Mrs Eileen Robson

STAFF GOVERNOR
Hannah Turner

EX-OFFICIO
Mrs Sue Goodsell (Headteacher)

CLERK TO THE GOVERNING BODY
Mrs Becky Nicolaou

The school is a Community school and it reconstituted in line with the Statutory Guidance, on 1st October 2014.  There are 14 Governors appointed:

1.    4 Elected Parents

2.    1 Nominated by the Local Authority (Lincolnshire County Council)

3.    1 Elected member of staff

4.    The Headteacher

5.    7 Co-opted

The Governing Body has established a number of committees to which it delegates day to day responsibility for the oversight of various aspects of the running of the school:

 

CURRICULUM AND STANDARDS COMMITTEE

General Terms

  • To act on matters delegated by the full Governing Body.
  • To liaise and consult with other Committees where necessary.
  • To monitor and contribute to the School Improvement Plan.
  • To consider Safeguarding and Equalities implications when undertaking all Committee functions.

 Membership

 The Committee will consist of:

  • A minimum of 3 Governors.
  • Headteacher or nominated representative.
  • The Chair of this Committee will be identified by the FGB and serve a 1 year term.
  • The Chair will, where necessary, have a casting vote.

Quorum

  •  2 Governors and the Headteacher (or nominated representative) will represent a quorum.
  • The Committee may invite other Governors and/or Associates to attend as it deems necessary.
  • The Committee will not meet without the Headteacher (or a nominated representative) being present unless a failure to meet would be detrimental to the school.

Meetings

  •   The Committee will meet at least 4 times a year or otherwise as required.
  • The Agenda will be agreed by the Chair, Clerk and Headteacher, with reference to the TOR, and sent to Committee members at least 7 days before the meeting with relevant papers.
  • The meetings will be minuted by the Clerk. The minutes will highlight questions asked by the Governors to support and challenge the school. The minutes will be available within 15 working days of the meeting being held.
  • In the absence of the Chair, the Committee shall choose an acting Chair for that meeting from among their number.
  • The Committee shall keep a record of all meetings. The minutes will be circulated to all Governors and used to provide detailed feedback. A verbal Summary Report, highlighting key issues from the minutes, will be an agenda item on the following full Governing Body Agenda.
  • Any decisions taken must be determined by a majority of votes of Committee members present and voting – but no vote can be taken unless a majority of those present are Governors.

Curriculum Planning and Delivery

  • To review, monitor and evaluate the Curriculum offer.
  • To meet to discuss whole school Curriculum developments, any subject specific investments and school Curriculum Policies prior to recommendation to the full Governing Body. 

To consider recommendations for:

  • School Improvement Plan
  • Targets for School Improvement
  • To develop and review Policies identified within the School’s Policy Review programme and in accordance with its delegated powers (e.g. Sex Education and Pupil Behaviour/Discipline). To consider curriculum Policy adjustments in conjunction with the designated Policy Committee.
  • To ensure that the requirements of children with Special Needs are met, as laid out in the Code of Practice and appropriate progress is made by these children.  

Assessment and Improvement

  • To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of Leadership and Management.
  • To monitor and evaluate the impact of quality of teaching on rates of pupil progress and standards of achievement. This will include the comparison of school performance to national Benchmarks and identifying trends over time. 
  • To monitor and evaluate rates of progress and standards of achievement by pupils, including any underachieving groups.
  • To monitor and evaluate the impact of Continuing Professional Development on improving Staff Performance.
  • To set priorities for improvement, and monitor and evaluate the impact of Improvement Plans which relate to the Committee’s area of operation.
  • To monitor and evaluate provision for all groups of vulnerable children (Pupil Premium, SEND, EAL, LAC etc) and ensure all their needs have been identified and addressed, and to evaluate their progress and achievement.
  • To regularly review and develop the Assessment Policy in conjunction with the Policy Committee and to ensure that the Policy is operating effectively.
  • To consider recommendations from external reviews of the school (e.g. Ofsted, Local Authority, Peer Reviews), agree actions as a result of reviews and evaluate regularly the implementation of and plans developed.
  • Monitor and review the breadth and balance of the School’s Curriculum and ensure the School Curriculum addresses the expectations of relevant National Curriculum requirements.
  • Monitor and review the contribution and impact of partnership and collaborative working on the School’s development.
  • Monitor the provision and quality of extra-curricular provision.
  • To ensure that all children have equal opportunities.
  • To advise the Resource Management Committee on the relative funding priorities necessary to deliver the Curriculum.

 

Safeguarding 

  • Monitor and review delivery of Safeguarding within the Curriculum.
  • To evaluate the School's contribution to pupil well-being, including the extent to which pupils feel safe, adopt healthy lifestyles and contribute to the School and wider community.

 Engagement

  • To monitor the School’s publicity, public presentation and relationships with the wider community.
  • To identify and celebrate pupil achievements.
  • To oversee arrangements for educational visits, including the appointment of a named co-ordinator. Residential visits are signed by the Chair of Governors who is not on the C&S Committee.
  • To ensure all statutory requirements for reporting and publishing information are met and the school website content is fully compliant and presented in an accessible way.
  • To evaluate the engagement of parents with the school, parental views and how these are taken into account and consider ways in which home-school links can be further developed, making appropriate recommendations.
  • To monitor the effectiveness of partnerships with other schools, external agencies and the community, to improve the school, extend the Curriculum and increase the range and quality of learning experiences for pupils.

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

General Terms  

  • To act on matters delegated by the full Governing Body.
  • To liaise and consult with other Committees where necessary.
  • To monitor and contribute to the School Improvement Plan.
  • To consider Safeguarding and Equalities implications when undertaking all Committee functions.

Membership

 The Committee will consist of:

  • A minimum of 3 Governors.
  • Headteacher or a nominated representative. 
  • The Finance Manager/Bursar will be an Associate Member.
  • The Chair of this Committee will be identified by the FGB and serve a 1 year term.
  • The Chair will, where necessary, have a casting vote.

 Quorum 

  • 2 Governors and the Headteacher (or nominated representative) will represent a quorum.
  • The Committee may invite other Governors and/or Associates to attend as it deems necessary.
  • The Committee will not meet without the Headteacher (or a nominated representative) being present unless a failure to meet would be detrimental to the school.

 Meetings

  • The Committee will meet quarterly. A timetable of meetings will be produced at the start of the year.
  • The Agenda will be agreed by the Chair with the Clerk and Headteacher, with reference to the TOR, and sent to Committee members at least 7 days before the meeting with relevant papers
  • The meetings will be minuted by the Clerk. The minutes will highlight questions asked by the Governors to support and challenge the school. The minutes will be available within 15 working days of the meeting being held.
  • The Committee meetings will not be open to the public but minutes shall be made available. Information relating to a named person or any other matter that the Committee considers confidential does not have to be made available for inspection.
  • In the absence of the Chair, the Committee shall choose an acting Chair for that meeting from among their number.
  • The Committee shall keep a record of all meetings. The minutes will be circulated to all Governors and used to provide detailed feedback. A verbal Summary Report, highlighting key issues, from the minutes will be an agenda item on the following full Governing Body Agenda.
  • Any decisions taken must be determined by a majority of votes of Committee members present and voting, however, no vote can be taken unless a majority of those present are Governors.

 Financial Policy and Planning

  • To review, adopt, enact and monitor a Finance Policy which includes the local scheme of delegation for spending and budgetary adjustments (virements) for the Committee, Headteacher and other nominated staff.
  • To review, adopt and monitor all additional financial Policies, including a Charging & Remissions Policy and Lettings Policy and ensure that adequate insurances (Buildings, Public Liability and Sickness Absence etc) are in place.
  • To establish and maintain a 5 year financial plan, taking into account priorities of the School Improvement Plan, roll projection and signals from central government and the LA regarding future years’ budgets, within the constraints of available information.
  • To draft and propose to the Governing Body for adoption, an annual school budget taking into account the priorities of the School Improvement Plan and ensuring Value for Money.
  • To make decisions in respect of service level agreements.
  • To ensure that sufficient funds are set aside for pay increments as set out in the Pay Policy and as recommended by the Headteacher and ratified by the Pay Committee.

 Financial Monitoring

  • To monitor the income and expenditure throughout the year of all delegated and devolved funds against the annual budget plan.
  • To receive at least quarterly budget monitoring reports from the Headteacher.
  • To ensure that the school complies with the LA’s Scheme for Financial Management, as approved by the Secretary of State and ensure that the school complies with LCC financial regulations.
  • To be familiar with the way in which schools in Lincolnshire are funded and ensure that additional fund/grant allocations are fully utilised. 
  • To ensure that audit recommendations are implemented within a reasonable timescale.
  • To report back to each meeting of the full Governing Body and to alert them of potential problems or significant anomalies at an early date.
  • To meet with other Committees and provide them with the information they need to perform their duties.
  • To approve any budgetary adjustments that will from time to time be necessary in response to the evolving requirements of the school in accordance with the Finance Policy.
  • To review, complete and submit the School Financial Value Standard (SFVS) and undertake any remedial action identified as part of the SFVS and receive and act upon any issues identified by an LA audit.
  • To oversee school planning for school visits including risk assessment and post trip evaluation. To provide sign off and to liaise with the school to ensure that educational visits meet their objectives: Delegated to Headteacher/Chair. 
  • To ensure that a Best Value Statement is produced and adhered to and carry out Best Value Reviews in accordance with the Best Value Statement.
  • To use management information, particularly that which is supplied by LCC, to challenge the way in which the school uses its financial resources and to review comparative financial statistics presented by the LA and obtained from the DfE benchmarking website.

 Premises

  • To provide support and guidance for the Governing Body and the Headteacher on all matters relating to the maintenance and development of the premises and grounds, including Health and Safety and ensure all regulations are adhered to.  
  • To monitor the condition of the school premises and determine priorities for maintenance and improvement of the premises in line with the school’s priorities.
  • To establish and keep under review an Accessibility Plan.
  • To review, adopt and monitor a Health and Safety Policy.
  • To ensure the school conducts effective risk assessments.
  • To ensure that reasonable efforts are made to achieve maximum energy conservation and ensure that a Display Energy Certificate (DEC)1 is commissioned as required.
  • To consider and oversee building work.

Staffing

  • To ensure that the school is staffed sufficiently for the fulfilment of the School Improvement Plan and the effective operation of the school.
  • To establish and oversee the operation of the school's Appraisal Policy, including the arrangements and operation of the school's appraisal procedures for the Headteacher.
  • To oversee the Pay Policy for all categories of staff.
  • To be responsible for the administration and review of the Pay Policy.
  • To ensure that staffing procedures (including recruitment procedures) follow equalities legislation.
  • To annually review procedures for dealing with staff discipline and grievances and make recommendations to the Governing Body for approval: As required by separate Committee. 
  • Make decisions on ending the suspension of staff other than the Headteacher: As required.
  • To monitor approved procedures for staff discipline and grievance and ensure that staff are kept informed of these: As required.  
  • To recommend to the Governing Body staff selection procedures, ensuring that they conform with Safer Recruitment practice.
  • In consultation with staff, to oversee any process leading to staff reductions.
  • To establish the annual and longer-term salary budgets and other costs relating to personnel e.g. training.

Clerk to Committee: See Grid above

Date of Committee Established: 3rd October 2005

A number of further committees are established as and when required, including Pupil Discipline, Staff Discipline, Appeals, Pay, HT Performance, Complaints Policy and Ofsted.

Role of a Governor 

April 2016 Newsletter


December 2016 Newsletter

July 2017 Newsletter

 PAST & PRESENT GOVERNORS 

Name

Type of Governor

Governor Position

Committees

Initial
Start
Date

Date
From (Current Term)

End Date

Elected by

Governance Roles in other Educational Institutions/ Declared Interests

Attendance
Full Governors Meetings (2016/17)

Attendance
Committee Meetings
(2016/17)

Mrs Sue Goodsell

Ex-Officio

Head-
teacher

All

01/09/11

 

 

 

None

6/6

RM 5/5
Stand & Curr 4/4

Mrs
Elizabeth Mackay

Local Authority

 

Standards & Curriculum

26/09/16

26/09/16

25/09/2020

LA

None

6/6

Stand & Curr 1/4

Mrs 
Hannah Turner

Staff

 

Standards & Curriculum

05/09/17

05/09/17

04/09/2021

Staff

None

 -

-

Mrs
Eileen Robson

Co-opted

 

Resource Management

18/10/88

22/09/14

21/09/2018

Governors

None

5/6

RM 4/5

Mr
Ian
Haynes

Co-opted

Vice-Chair

All & Chair of Resource Management

26/01/09

22/09/14

21/09/2018

Governors

None/Relative Employed in School

4/6

RM 5/5

Stand & Curr 3/4

Mrs
Betty
Jordan

Co-opted

 

Chair of Standards & Curriculum

01/02/10

06/09/14

05/09/2018

Governors

None

3/6

RM 1/1

Stand & Curr 3/4

Mr
Simon
Lilley

Co-opted

 

Resource Management

09/09/07

22/09/14

21/09/2018

Governors

Yes/Relative Employed in School

3/6

RM 1/5

Mr
Martyn
Green

Co-opted

 

Resource Management

29/03/10

22/09/14

21/09/2018

Governors

None/Relative Employed in School

5/6

RM 3/5

VACANCY

Co-opted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VACANCY

Co-opted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr
Alistair
Main

Parent

Chair

Resource Management

23/01/12

14/10/15

13/10/2019

Parents

None

6/6

RM 5/5

Mrs Lisa Leyland

Parent

 

Resource Management

 03/11/16

 03/11/16

 02/11/20

 Parents

 None

 5/5

 RM 3/3

Dr Richard Hayes

Parent

 

Standards & Curriculum

 12/01/17

 12/01/17

11/01/21 

 Parents

None 

 4/4

Stand & Curr 2/2

Miss Tracey Hammond

Parent

 

 -

 23/01/17

23/01/17 

22/01/21 

 Parents

 None

 3/4

 -

RESIGNATIONS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Adam McVeigh (resigned)

Parent

 

 -

14/10/15

14/10/15

16/10/2016

Parents

None

1/1

-

Mr Kevin Pallister
(resigned)

Co-opted

 

 -

14/05/2012

22/09/2014

19/07/2017

Governors

Yes/None

4/6

-

Mrs Theresa Wright
(resigned)

 Staff

 

Standards & Curriculum

 19/01/2016

 19/01/2016

 19/07/2017

 Staff

 None

 4/6

Stand & Curr 4/4 

Mrs Rita Garringon
(resigned)

 Staff

 

Standards & Curriculum

 26/11/2007

22/09/2014 

30/08/2017 

Governors 

None 

5/6 

Stand & Curr 4/4 

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