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Welcome to our Governing Body

 

Here at Westcliffe and Priory Lane Federation, we are very proud to work with and to be a part of such creative and outward looking schools. As members of the Governing Body we see the effort and hard work that goes into making our schools so successful, and it is our role to support and challenge the schools to do even better.

 

We can be contacted by email via either school’s admin email address or writing to us at the school address.

 

What do we do?

 

The Governing Body, together with the Head Teachers, staff and Local Authority, is responsible for the schools.

 

We provide the strategic direction for the schools and provide support and challenge to the Interim  Headteachers. We hold the schools to account for the standards they achieve and ensure that all the resources (including the school budgets and staff) are properly used to meet the needs of all the children in our schools and provide value for money.

 

The Governing Body appoints the Headteachers and delegates to the Headteachers the responsibility of the day to day running of the schools. Individual governors have no power as such, and we cannot speak or act on behalf of the Governing Board – any decisions are made by the Board as a whole.

 

At the Priory Lane and Westcliffe Federation we have three formal meetings of the full governing body every year, one each term. Governors work together in smaller groups throughout the year, dealing with particular responsibilities through committees and sub-committees on behalf of the full governing body. The committees usually meet once or twice a term, depending on the areas they cover. A key part of our monitoring role is carried out on one full day each term when Governors spend the whole day in school meeting with pupils and staff prior to the termly governor meeting.

 

Who are we?

 

The Governing Body is made up of four groups who represent the 'stakeholders' of the schools – the staff, the parents, the community and the Local Authority. At  the Priory Lane and Westcliffe Federation we have a diverse and challenging board of governors. We come from a wide range of backgrounds, who bring a wide range of skills, experience and perspectives to the governing body. The next tabs include a short biography of current members of the Governing Body.

 

Statutory Information

 

We are required to summarise various details relating to the governors for the last academic year. See below for details of committees and the Governor's register of interest.

 

Our Governing Body

 

 In this section list all the Governors and their areas of responsibility

Also include membership of committees

 

Governor Type

Name 

School / Curriculum Area link

Observer

Cheryl Alderson

Federation Business Manager

Local Authority

Ian Berridge

Vice Chair

Sports Premium

Resources Committee

Headteachers' Performance Management Committee

Co-optedJo FishImprovements

Co-opted

George Freeman

Medical Needs

Headteachers' Performance Management Committee

Resources Committee

Co-opted

Daniel Harman

Resources Committee

Staff

Kerry Lyon

Resources Committee

Childhood Resilience

Headteacher

Amy Parrott

Priory Lane Headteacher

Resources Committee

Improvements Committee

Parent Governor

Ceri Power

SEND

Improvements Committee

Headteacher

Rob Prestwood

Westcliffe Headteacher

Resources Committee

Improvements Committee

Co-opted

Jackie Rae

 

Chair

Headteachers' Performance Management Committee

Resources Committee

Improvements Committee

Co-opted

Helen Rayner 

 

Improvements Committee
ObserverAlex Renney

Priory Lane Deputy Headteacher

Parent Governor

Jo Rosie

Safeguarding/LAC

Resources Committee

Improvements Committee

Co-opted

Sarah Tandy

SEND

Mental Health

Resources Committee

Observer

Mel Troop

Deputy Headteacher Westcliffe

 

Committee

Monitored through:

Members

Resources Committee

Calendared meetings.  Agenda.  Full Governors.

Chair: Ian Berridge

Improvements Committee

Calendared meetings.  Agenda.  Full Governors.

Chair:  Jackie Rae

 

The Different Types of Governors

 

Chair & Vice Chair of Governors
The Governing Body is led by the Chair, who is elected by the Governing Body. The Chair must not work at the school.  The Chair is supported in their role by the Vice Chair(s) who may be delegated certain tasks and responsibilities.

 

Elected Parent Governors
A Parent Governor believes that parents should have a say in matters affecting their children’s education. A Parent Governor holds a unique position of having a parental viewpoint. Through the children they will have first hand experience of the curriculum and how the school is perceived from the consumers’ point of view. They will be able to bring this perspective to the strategic management of the school. A Parent Governor is a representative and not a delegate of parents. A Parent Governor does not have to vote in a particular way because they have been pressed to do so by parents. Objectivity, however, is essential. They are not there to promote the interests of their own children but all children. Parent Governors are elected by other parents and it is important to establish a rapport with the parental body that elected them, whilst continuing to maintain a strategic approach to school governance.

 

Elected Staff Governors
A staff governor represents and is elected by the staff in the school; they have equal status in the responsibility they share with all members of the governing body (with some exceptions). They are representative of staff and, therefore, have a responsibility to communicate their views to the governing body as far as they are able and to keep staff informed as far as possible. They are not, however, a delegate obliged to seek voting instructions on every item on the agenda and to vote in accordance with the views of some or all of the staff team.

 

Local Authority Governors
Local Authority Governors are nominated by the local authority but appointed by the governing body.  A Local Authority Governor should be someone who is able and willing to work as members of the full governing body team to secure the best possible education for children at the school and in the community.

 

Co-opted Governors
Co-opted Governors are appointed by the governing body. They are people who in the opinion of the governing body have the skills required to contribute to the effectiveness governance and success of the school.

 

Associate Members
Associate members are appointed by the governing body to serve on one or more governing body committee.  They may also attend full governing body meetings.  They are not governors and do not therefore have a vote in governing body decisions, but may be given a vote on decisions made by committees to which they are appointed.

Associate members are appointed because of the specific expertise and experience they can contribute to the effective governance and success of the school which can help the governing body to respond to any particular challenges they may be facing.

 

 

 

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