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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

 

Annual Governance Statement of the Governing
Body of Manor Infants/ Manor Longbridge School
July 2016

 

Our Mission Statement
We provide all our children with a challenging and safe environment which promotes a life-long love of learning.

Governance arrangements
In accordance with the Government's requirement for all Governing Bodies, the three core strategic functions of the Governing Body are:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
3. Overseeing financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


The Governing Body consists of 11 people:
  • One Staff Governor (elected by the staff)
  • The Headteacher (an automatic member)
  • Two Parent Governors (elected by parents)
  • One Local Authority Governor (appointed by the Local Authority)
  • Six Co-opted members (appointed by the governing body)
School governors are people who make a positive contribution to the school community by working with the Headteacher to promote continuous improvement in the school's performance. Their contribution is voluntary and they generally meet twice a term and visit the school regularly.

Please see the table below for details about members of the Board of Governors:

 
Role Name of Governor No. of GB meetings attended
between March 2015-March 2016
Local Authority Governors Mr C Drain
 
Attended 3 out of 4 meetings
Co-opted Governors Mr S Kayani Attended 2 out of 4 meetings
  Cllr Haroon Attended 3 out of 4 meetings
  Mr T Wijesuriya (Vice -Chairman and Designated safeguarding and looked after children governor)  Attended 4 out of 4 meetings
  Mr M Leonard (Chairman) Attended 1 out of 4 meetings
  Mr M O'Malley Newly Appointed
  Vacancy  
Parents Governors (elected) Mr M Khan Attended 4 out of 4 meetings
  Mrs M Saltana Attended 3 out of 4 meetings
Staff Governors (elected) Mrs K Baker Attended 3 out of 4 meetings
Headteacher Mrs T McGorrighan Attended 4 out of 4 meetings
Associate Members Cllr J Ogungbose Attended 2 out of 4 meetings
  Mrs K Kelly Attended 4 out of 4 meetings
  Mr D Singleton Attended 1 out of 4 meetings

 

* Once elected, parent governors have the same role and responsibility as other Governors. They are not a representative of the parents and carers of the school.

Governors appointed by the Governing Body are people who, in its opinion, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. In accordance with best practice, our Governors are selected on the basis of their skills, knowledge and experience.

The membership of the Governing Body is reviewed at each full Governing Body meeting and a skills audit is conducted regularly to ensure that the Governing Body is made up of highly skilled, committed and effective members. The Governing Body also conducts an annual 'self review' to ensure the quality of the governance is of a high quality.

The full Governing Body meets once each term. There are a number of Committees which also meet once a term to focus on specific aspects of school improvement and school management as follows:

Pay Committee (Monitors performance management systems and makes decisions on performance related pay).

Resources Committee (Monitors the way resources are allocated and deployed and makes decisions about staffing, premises, health and safety and the budget).

Curriculum and School Improvement Committee (Monitors the curriculum, the quality of teaching and pupil outcomes and makes strategic decisions about school improvement).

The work of the Committees is based on 10 key questions. Governors ask these questions to better understand and the challenge their school's performance.

1. What are the school's values? Are they reflected in our long-term development plans?

2. How are we going to raise standards for all children, including the most and least able, those with special educational needs, boys and girls, and any who are currently underachieving?

3. Have we got the right staff and the right development and reward arrangements?

4. Do we have a sound financial strategy, get good value for money and have a robust procurement and financial systems?

5. Do we keep our buildings and other assets in good condition and are they well used?

6. How well does the curriculum provide for and stretch all pupils?

7. How well do we keep parents informed and take account of their views?

8. Do we keep children safe and meet statutory health and safety and safeguarding requirements?

9. How is pupil behaviour and attendance? Do we tackle the root causes of poor behaviour?

10. Do we offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities which engage all pupils?

We believe the Board of Governors at Manor Infants/Manor Longbridge is effective. It has the following strengths:

  • governors with a good mix of skills, knowledge and experience, and with a strong commitment to the school and its pupils, who are able to work together in a way that reflects the vision and ethos of the school.
  • governors with a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities and in particular their accountability and the difference between the role in strategic rather then operational decision-making.
  • good communications and meetings that are well organised and where everyone can contribute and be heard.
  • a shared workload so that the governing body acts as a corporate body.
  • a good relationship between governors and the headteacher and school leadership team.
  • All our Governors are aware of and accept the Seven Nolan Principles of Public Life: http://www.public-standards.gov.uk/about-us/what-we-do/the-seven-principles/
Training and Monitoring

The Governing Body has had a particularly busy year, and in addition to attending formal meetings, Governors have completed the following training:

Induction for new governors.
Safeguarding.
Ofsted.
Effective Chairing.
Effective and Efficient Governance.
Finance and Resource Management.
Borough's Governor Conference (incl. sessions on assessment, Prevent and the Arts)
Assessment (target tracker)
School Improvement and Data Analysis.
Strategic Planning (incl. reviewing school aims)

Governors have also conducted a number of monitoring visits looking at standards in core subjects such as Maths and English as well as the robustness of monitoring systems. They have also completed a number of learning walks.

Our Governors have experience in working in educational and non-educational fields and bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to the Governing Body. Currently a number of Governors are attending the Governors Accreditation Programme (GAP Level 1, 2 and 3).

Governing Body Business 2015/16:

At the Governing Body Meeting each term, Governors consider key strategic and local authority/national issues and receive the termly Headteachers Report. This report contains statutory information relating to health and safety, behaviour, safeguarding, monitoring of standards, teacher development, special educational needs, school partnerships, community links and extra curricular provision.

Governors monitor the school's budget and strategically plan the allocation of resources to ensure the maximum impact on school improvement. Expenditure is carefully reviewed through termly budget reports and governors are committed to obtaining 'value for money' wherever possible. The Governing Body also monitors staffing issues, staff absence and staff training to ensure that our staff are providing the best possible education and support to our pupils. At Resources Committee meetings this year, governors reviewed a number of audits conducted by external advisers such as health and safety, school fund and finance.

The Governing Body has spent time considering the impact of the new curriculum and the assessment system.

Reviewing pupils attainment and progress in all year groups.
Governors analyse the pupil data every term and closely monitor whether children are on track to meet their targets. Governors look at the National and Local Authority attainment and progress data to ensure the school is in line with National Standards.

Monitoring and questioning any gaps between key groups of pupils- This monitoring is conducted termly so that 'no child is left behind'. Governors monitor the educational outcomes and welfare of all children, but particularly of 'vulnerable groups' of children and focus on how the Pupil Premium Grant is being spent by the school and what impact this has on their outcomes.

Each year the Governing Body sets challenging targets for attendance and pupil outcomes.

One of the roles for the governors is reviewing and agreeing school policies, and every year we consider a number of key policies.

The Governing Body is looking to further develop stakeholder engagement, for example, liaising more with the pupils on school council and trying to ensure more involvement of parents and an even greater presence of Governors in school. Governors receive and discuss pupil, parents and staff surveys each year.

Each term Governors receive reports about standards of provision from external advisers as part of the 'quality assurance' process. They also receive a report from the Director of Children's Services about a range of Borough and National issues. Every term, Governors monitor the impact of the School Development Plan.

Over the past 12 months, Governors have made some key strategic decisions as follows:
  • Agreed to join a partnership with a number of local schools to support school improvement (Aspire) and have explored other, longer term partnership options.
  • Investment in the Outstanding Teaching Programme.
  • Agreed the staffing restructure for 15/16.
  • Spent a significant amount of the school budget to improve the school environment.
  • Reconstituted the Governing Body in order to further strengthen the quality of governance and ensure standards are maintained and improved further.
  • Agreed a 3 year strategic plan and reviewed school aims/values.
  • Appointed a new clerk/governor development consultant.
  • Agreed to convert the caretaker's house into a learning space for pupils (shared with the Junior school).
  • Agreed changes to safeguarding procedures and introduced a 'lock down' policy (with new alarm system).
  • Agreed new Equality Objectives.
  • Agreed a more rigorous Attendance Policy to address concerns about attendance levels.
More information about our Governors can be found on our school website. Minutes of meetings are avaliable on request.

The Governing Body

 

The Governing Body has agreed with all staff the following:

 

  • All those involved at school should feel happy, secure, valued and comfortable.  School should be an enjoyable, exciting and rewarding place to be.
  • People are individuals and as such each should be allowed/able to achieve their full potential, improving on their own standards.
  • Relationships should reflect and encourage respect, trust and self esteem.  An air of success and dignity will encourage friendship.
  • Supportive teams will engender high morale throughout the school.
  • The importance of good role models will not be taken for granted within any group.
  • There will not be complacency about high standards, but a continuing review and willingness to move on to greater achievements in all aspects of school life.

 

Please note that these are not in any order of priority or preference.

 

Local Authority Member

Mr M Leonard (Chair)      

 

Local Authority Representative   

Mr C Drain                                                


Co-opted Governors 

Mr T Wijesuriya (Vice chair)

Mr K Haroon
Mr M O'Malley
Mr M Khan

Ms J Sayer
 

Elected Parent Governors
Mrs M Sultana
Mrs A Begum
 

Associate Governors
Mr J Ogungbose  
Mrs K Kelly 

Mr M Khan
                                                        

Elected Staff Governor

Mrs K Baker

Headteacher

Mrs T A McGorrighan

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