On behalf of the governing body, I want to welcome you and your child/children to Upland Primary School. Here’s a little bit about the school governors:
Members Board – Unity Academy Trust
|Board of Trustees – Unity Academy Trust||Local Governing Board – Upland Primary School|
|Mrs L Dawes||Dr S Smith (Chair)||Mr J Browning (Chair)|
|Mr P Davis||Mr K Palmer||Mr M Mackenzie (Deputy Chair)|
|Mrs J Leadbetter||Mrs B Ojo||Mr D Bond|
|Dr S Smith||Mr S Doubleday||Mr P Fisher|
|Mrs C Watkins||Mrs E Johnson||Ms J Hyatt|
|Mrs H O’Shea||Mr J Lonergan|
|Mrs V Marsh (Executive Head)||Mr D Mackglew|
|Mrs J Grant (Trust Business Manager)||Mrs A Scott|
|Mrs S Sandhu|
|Mrs A Shepherd (staff)|
|Mrs B Mckenzie Headteacher|
|Mrs V Marsh Executive Head|
School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.
Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management – including by the governing body.
What do Governors Do?
School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy head teacher. It is governors who set and monitor the finance in the school and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.
Several Governors at Upland have been governors for many years. We do also have several newer members of the team to ensure we have a balance of experience and new blood. We come from varied professional backgrounds so have a good mixture of expertise and skills. The governing body is established in law as a corporate body. Each Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. All decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body as a whole.
Say ‘hello’ to the Upland School Governors:
What is our vision?
“Our vision is to develop children’s active and creative minds, through fun, inspiring opportunities to learn. We will develop confident lifelong learners with skills to tackle the present and the future”.
The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:
- set the aims and objectives for the school and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and goals
- monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
- setting the annual budget to monitor all finances, premises and staffing
- be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher (a critical friend)
The head teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.
Types of governors explained:
- Co-opted Governors: appointed by the governing body to represent the community. A co-opted governor does not need to have any previous experience or knowledge of education, nor do they need to have children.
- Parent Governors: selected onto the governing body for their skills and experience.
- Staff Governors: elected onto the governing body by staff at the school.
Everyone appointed to the Governing body is only appointed on the basis that they have in the opinion of the person making the appointment ‘the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
- Mrs V Marsh Executive Head teacher
- Mr John Browning Co-opted (Chair)
- Mr M Mackenzie Parent (Vice-Chair)
- Mr D Bond Co-opted
- Ms J Hyatt Co-opted
- Mr P Fisher Parent
- Mr D Mackglew Co-opted
- Mrs A Scott Parent
- Mrs S Sandhu Parent
- Mr J Lonergan Parent
- Miss A Shepherd Staff
- Mrs B McKenzie Head (non-Governor role)
We have two committees that meet termly: Curriculum and Standards and Finance and Resources. The Curriculum and Standards Committee is responsible for everything to do with your child’s learning from monitoring teaching and learning to reviewing performance data; from monitoring the use of Pupil Premium and SEN expenditure to pupil attendance and behaviour; from contributing to and developing of the School Development Plan to reviewing the impact of school policies. The Finance and Resources Committee is responsible for setting and reviewing the school budget, monitoring spending each term, maintaining and security of premises and the review and training of staff.
We introduced the role of Link Governor in September 2014. It is expected that every non-staff governor will fulfil a link governor role (some roles may be shared), with the aim of making effective links with key school leaders and their staff to ensure that governors can successfully challenge and support the school.
Responsibilities of a Link Governor
To effectively fulfil their role, link governors must:
- Communicate with their link school leader on at least a termly basis.
- Visit the school to meet with the link leader and/or carry out a learning walk at least twice a year.
- Ensure the focus of the visit is closely aligned to the school development plan and curriculum priorities.
- Maintain effective lines of communication between the school link leader and the governing body by completing a report, to be shared with all governors by email and at the relevant committee and/or full governing body meeting.
- Help to keep parents informed via the school website, newsletter and meetings
- Keep themselves informed and up to date by attending relevant training provided by the LA and, where possible, relevant staff training. In addition, reading relevant material and information, in particular publications and newsletters from the DfE, Ofsted and the National Governornance Association.
- Each link school leader will be asked to prepare a written report at least annually, based on the four Ofsted areas for their area of responsibility and focused on the school development plan and curriculum priorities.
Click here to see who is responsible for an area within the school.
Click here to read some of the reports produced from the Link Governor meetings.
Click here to see what our current priorities are as Governors of Upland primary.
Although we do not have any current Governor vacancies at Upland Primary please don’t be put off. Contact either Mrs Bethan McKenzie or Mr John Browning via the school office and they will happily tell you about life as a school governor. Should a vacancy become available at Upland Primary you will be informed and can put yourself forward. Please also visit http://www.inspiringgovernors.org/ to learn more about why schools need volunteers like you and the benefits and rewards of becoming a Governor.
Upland Primary School Local Governing Body Information 2016/17
|Name of Governor||Profession||Governor Category||Committee
|Declared Interests||Record of Attendance (out of 9)|
|Emma Johnson (Chair)||Legal Secretary||Co-Opted||All||None||8|
|Malcolm Mackenzie (vice)||Police Office||Co-Opted||Curriculum and Standards||None||6|
|Vicky Marsh||Head teacher||Staff||All||None||7|
|John Browning||Retired Social Worker||Co-Opted||Finance and Resources||None||7|
|Don Mackglew||Retired Union Rep||Co- Opted||Finance and Resources||None||9|
|Holly O’Shea||Health Visitor||Parent||Curriculum and Standards||None||9|
|Jen Hyatt||HR Digital Service||Co-Opted||Finance and resources||None||8|
|Ken Palmer||Safeguarding Officer||Parent||Curriculum and Standards||None||7|
|Abi Shepherd||School Teacher||Staff||Curriculum and Standards||None||6
Spring term appointment
|David Bond||Retired Head teacher||Co-Opted||Finance and Resources||None||6
Spring term appointment
During 2016/17 All Governors were asked to attend all meetings as a way of ensuring sound knowledge for succession purposes.
We also welcome your feedback about the school.
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