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Governors

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Position

Appointed by

Date appointed

Term of office

Date stepped down

Entries in Register of Interests

Geraldine Lowden

Staff (Head)

automatically appointed by virtue of office

-

n/a

 

none

Rob Moore

Clerk to govs

Governors

 

 

 

none

Phil Moncur

ex officio

appointed by virtue of office

-

n/a

 

none

Tony Glover

church foundation

DBE on recommendation of PCC

Sept 2013

4 years

 

none

James Anderson

parent

school parents election

Sept 2012

4 years

 

none

John LeGood

local authority

Derbyshire CountyCouncil

Sept 2012

4 years

 

none

Eileen Asker

staff

school staff election

Sept 2015

1 year

 

none

Jacky Taylor

church foundation

DBE on recommendation of PCC

Sept 2012

4 years

 

none

Jonathan Hill(co-opted)

church foundation

DBE on recommendation of PCC

Sept 2012

4 years

 

none

Helen Meynell

church foundation

DBE on recommendation of PCC

Sept 2012

4 years

 

none

Rob Morgan

associate

co-opted by Governing body

Sept 2012

4 years

 

none

Andy Small(co-opted)

parent

school parents election

Nov 2015

4 years

 

none

Laura Simpson

church foundation

DBE on recommendation of PCC

Jan 2016

4 years

 

none

Paul Grigg

associate

co-opted by Governing body

Mar 2016

4 years

 

none

DBE=Diocesan Board of Education PCC=Parochial Church Council

 

The Hon Richard Curzon is no longer a governor of The Curzon C of E (VA) Primary School effective immediately and appropriate steps are being put in place to appoint a replacement governor.

The role of the Board of Governors is to make key strategic decisions for the school and to ensure that all statutory duties are met.

Governing bodies are made up of several categories of school governors who are elected or appointed in different ways. These include staff governors, parent governors, co-opted governors and local authority governors.

The full Governing body meets once every half term, which is six times each academic year. Additional meetings may be called if required.

Certain responsibilities are devolved to committees within the governing body. These committees monitor and discuss aspects of the school and report their findings to the full governing body.

The committees are currently as follows:

Pupils and Curriculum

Geraldine Lowden, Eileen Asker(chair), John LeGood, Paul Grigg

Premises/Health and Safety

Geraldine Lowden, James Anderson(chair), Rob Morgan, Helen Meynell,

Personnel

Geraldine Lowden, Tony Glover, Jonda Hill, James Anderson, Laura Simpson (chair)

Finance

Geraldine Lowden, Tony Glover(chair), James Anderson, Rob Morgan, Andy Small, Paul Grigg

Admissions

Geraldine Lowden, Jonathan Hill, Richard Curzon, Jacky Taylor

Headteacher Performance Management

Andy Small, Laura Simpson, Phil Moncur

 

Disciplinary (staff)

Jacky Taylor, Phil Moncur

Disciplinary (pupils)

John LeGood, Phil Moncur

 

 

 

The Curzon CofE Primary School

Governor Annual Statement: 2015-2016

Leadership and Management

The leadership of the School remained in the very capable hands of Mrs Lowden throughout an eventful year, during which the School withstood considerable pressure from an inspection by Ofsted, and the Diocese of Derby, as well as seeing a major investment in the premises.

As required by Statute, a new Instrument of Government was effected. In accordance with regulations, inter alia there are now five foundation governors, one staff governor (in addition to the Head), two elected parent governors. We also benefit from two Associate Governors, recruited for particular skills, as is permitted, as well as a Local Authority appointed Governor.

I am delighted to report that the overall result of the Diocesan Inspection was “Outstanding”, with particular comment made on the ethos of the School, and the fact that its Christian foundation underpins all aspects of its life, including its teaching. The Ofsted inspection was the first the School had faced under new rules which, although taking less time, proved to be time consuming and searching, seeking as it did for evidence that the School should be moved from its previous assessment of “good”.

Thanks to the diligence of the Head and Staff, challenges in certain aspects of the School’s performance had been identified, and robust short and medium term plans had already been drawn up and effectively implemented. These plans were fully validated by the Inspector, who also supported the structure and skills of the Governors and the effective committee structure.

 

Behaviour and safety of all on School premises

This is paramount, and the premises are maintained to a high standard to provide a good environment for learning. Space has been tight for many years and he ability to improve the situation has been hampered by lack of funds for investment. This year we were successful in bidding for funding for the construction of a new classroom (to full, modern specification) which is now complete.

Sadly, there were two incidents where Staff were treated with less than a reasonable level of respect – certainly in a manner which would have been unacceptable from the children. This led the Governors to fully review all policies related to the subject of behaviour and respect, and formulate policies to deal with complaints from parents. These are now published on the School website.

 

Quality of Teaching

I have already mentioned one of the challenges above, which is being fully and successfully met. Overall, the quality of teaching is very high, as evidenced by data obtained to assist in management of the School. We have a School Improvement Partner who regularly reviews and discussed data with the Management Team, ensuring that it is used objectively to drive achievement and standards.

In addition, each Governor has a responsibility for a curriculum subject, and has regular discussion with the subject-specialist teacher, as well as undertaking visits to classrooms.

The School Improvement Record Review indicates that the vast majority of teaching in our School is at least “Good” and is often “Outstanding”.

 

Achievement of Pupils

Governors are regularly brought up to date with pupil development. Up till this year this was aided by assessment “Levels”, which enabled objective views of development and progress to be made. This was suspended this year, and Staff worked hard on a replacement system. Descriptors used with each subject are now “emerging, expected, developing, secure”. As mentioned elsewhere, the principal focus has been on mathematics. Elsewhere it is gratifying to note that performance of Curzon Pupils is significantly better than national averages, and generally better than achievements of “peer” schools of similar size. Governors are welcomed into School and encouraged to ask searching questions of the Staff.

 

Andy Small and Jonda Hill, Co-Chair of Governors

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