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What is the role of the Governing Body?

Governors have a key role in the management of the school. They are not responsible for the day to day running of the school, that is the Headteacher’s responsibility. However, they are responsible for policy setting, monitoring, supporting the Headteacher and holding them to account. Our governors have a wide range of business, employment and voluntary experience and there are sometimes opportunities for new  Governors to get involved. Training and induction is offered to all Governors. Please contact the school if you would be interested in becoming a Governor should a vacancy arise.
The main ways in which the Governing Body carries out its role is by - 

  • setting the aims and objectives for the school.
  • setting the policies for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • setting the targets for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • monitoring and evaluating the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives.
  • being a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher.

 
We carry out an annual skills audit to ensure we have the skills needed to carry out our role effectively and to identify training needs. This also helps us to be clear about the skills we need when we have a vacancy.

 

Our governors meet under 3 different committees:

  • Personnel, Premises, Finance, Health & Safety (PPFHS) Committee;

  • Curriculum, Standards & Improvement (CSI) Committee;

  • Full Governing Body (FGB) Committee.

     The PPFHS Committee maintains an overview of the school finances. They meet with the school bursar to review the start budget, usually in March or April, and review the monitoring reports monthly. Additionally, the committee reviews benchmarking information (a comparison of our schools against like schools) to ensure the best use of school finances. They also prepare and return the school's financial audit yearly. 

     

    This committee also maintains and overview of health and safety including an overview of premises. The health and safety governor conducts a tour of the school termly and these reports are audited by the NYCC School HandS service.

     

    Additionally, this committee maintains an overview of recruitment,  staff appraisal and staff welfare. They consider pay progressions in October. 

     

    The CSI Committee maintains an overview of standards and progress in the school. They meet termly to review the assessment data and look at the school's published data (SATs results, ASP and FFT) annually.

     

    This committee also looks at the pupil premium and sports premium spend; looking at the effectiveness and the impact of this spending. 

     

    SEND is considered within this committee, with the SEND governor meeting termly with the SENCo to review the provision for children with SEND. 

     

    Finally, this committee reviews the school's self evaluation and the school improvement plan.

     

    These committees then share this information at the full governing body meetings. 

     

Name

Genre

Term of Office

Declaration of Interests

Start Date

Additional Governor Roles

End Date

Rose Gosling

(Co-Chair) (PPFHS)

Co-opted

2 Years

Trustee of Ripley Educational Trust

30-04-19

 

 04-21

Rachel O'Brien

(Co-Chair)

(CSI)

C0-opted

2 Years

Joint owns marketing company

30-04-19

 

04-21

Paul Bowlas (CSI)

 

Foundation

4 Years

Head of Holy Trinity Infants and Juniors

30-04-19

Sits on Holy Trinity's Governors as head

04-23

Georgina Coe (CSI)

Co-opted

2 Years

Parent at Ripley

30-04-19

 

04-2021

Chloe Drummond

(PPFHS)

Foundation

4 Years

Diocesan Employee, parent at Ripley

30-04-19

 

04-23

Sarah Fisher (CSI)

(SEND Governor)

Parent

4 Years

Locum Vet

30-04-19

 

04-23

Lisa Jackson-Ward

(Head Teacher)

Ex Officio

 

None

30-04-19

 

 

Natasha Scott (CSI)

Staff

4 Years

Member of staff

30-04-19

 

04-23

Helen Smith (PPFHS)

Co-opted

2 Years

 

30-04-19

 

04-21

Peter Wood

(PPFHS)

LA

4 Years

None

30-04-19

 

04-23

Vacancy

 

Co-opted

2 Years

 

 

 

 

 

Current Governors

 

 

 Governors who have left in the last 12 months

 

 Attendance at meetings is very important for Governors. Our attendance records for main committee meetings in 2017-18 are below

 

 

 

If you would like to find out more about the role of the Full Governing Body or you have any questions, please contact the Chair of Governors, Rose Gosling, via the school office.

 

If you would like to request to see a copy of any non confidential Governor Minutes please contact the school office.

 

 

 

 

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