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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

Becky Mathew

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 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: 2016-2017

Leadership and Management

The leadership of the School remained in the very capable hands of Mrs Lowden and her staff throughout the 2016-2017 academic year. During the year Mrs Lowden was appointed as a moderating Head Teacher by Derbyshire County Council and we are happy that she is able to have the opportunity to share good practice with other schools in our area. The Governing Board would like thank Mrs Lowden and her team for their dedication in providing a caring and supportive learning environment for our children and for continuing to support and develop the Christian ethos of the school.

Following both the Diocese of Derby and Ofsted inspections which classified the school as "Outstanding" and "Good" respectively during 2015-16, the focus has been on delivering the key objectives of our School Improvement Plan (SIP) which had been fully supported by our inspectors. The outputs from these plans have been monitored throughout the school year via Head Teacher reports and Governor visits and we are pleased to report that progress in accordance with the plans has been demonstrated in all areas.

The Governing Board has benefitted from the addition of two new foundation Governors during the year in the form of Laura Simpson and Elizabeth Lunn who bring valuable additional skills to the Governing Board. Thanks must also be given to Phil Moncur who has recently stepped down from the board having temporarily filled the role of ex officio Governor. Phil’s previous experience as the Diocesan Director of Education has provided the Governing Board with access to expert advice for which we are most grateful.

Our post of ex officio Governor has recent been filled by The Reverend Becky Mathew who has now taken up her post as Vicar at St Nicholas’ in Allestree and Priest in Charge at St Paul’s in Quarndon.

Special thanks must also be given to Tony Glover who stepped down from the role of Chair of Governors at the beginning of the year, a post that he held for over 15 years, volunteering many hours of his time to support the school. We are pleased that Tony has continued to support the Governing Board as Vice-Chair throughout the year.

Much of the work of the Governing Board is delegated to specific sub-committees and these have met on a regular basis through the year to meet their remits and have reported back to the full Governing Board with their findings.

In addition to monitoring school performance, Governors are required to maintain a good level of understanding about the wider issues facing education including: academisation, assessment without levels, safeguarding and the provision of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Throughout the year Governors have attended formal training sessions and briefings and have discussed topical issues during meetings and school visits to ensure that the Governing Board maintains an appropriate skill set and is able to make well-informed decisions about the future of our school.

Behaviour and safety of all on School premises

The safety and security of our pupils is paramount.

Our premises and H&S committee undertake regular reviews of the status of our property and the premises are maintained to a high standard to provide a good environment for learning.

We are fortunate at the Curzon School that in general the behaviour of our children is exemplary and this enhances the learning environment for all of our children, parents and staff. It is inevitable that minor issues may occur from time to time and we encourage all of

our parents with any concerns to raise these with their child’s form teacher by making an appointment at a mutually convenient time.

An area where it was felt that there may have been confusion in recent months is the ability to remove your child for holidays during term time. There is extensive evidence that this is disruptive, not only to the child’s education but also to that of their classmates, as teachers need to spend additional time with individual children on their return.

Except in exceptional circumstances, the Governing Board is not in a position to approve holidays during term time. We are required to report such non-approved absence to the Local Authority which may take action against parents of children who repeatedly remove their children for holidays during term.

Quality of Teaching

The quality of teaching is very high within the school, as evidenced by data obtained to assist in management of the School. We have a School Improvement Partner who regularly reviews and discusses 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 and completing visit reports that are discussed at the regular meetings of the full Governing Board.

The importance of IT in learning acknowledged and additional IT equipment has been acquired on an ongoing basis to provide pupils with the latest technology. This is one of the many areas where our active Parent Teacher and Friends Association (PTFA) has supported the school over the last year and the Governing Board would like to thank them for their ongoing commitment to fund raising.

Achievement of Pupils

As previously stated, Governors are regularly brought up to date with pupil development. Following the removal of the objective assessment with "levels" during the last academic year the staff have continued to develop the replacement system including the descriptors "emerging, expected, developing, secure" for each subject. Significant progress has been demonstrated against all key goals for performance.

We are also delighted to report that pupils taking national tests at the end of Key Stage 2 achieved excellent results. These comfortably exceeded the national average results in all areas both in relation to attaining expected standards and also attaining higher standards, well done to all involved. A more comprehensive summary of results can be found on the school website.

Jonathan Hill and Andrew Small, Co-Chairs of Governors

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