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Andover Church of England Primary School

Striving for Excellence in a happy,secure and Christian environment

Meet the Governors

Please find below details of the school Governing Body.

Background:

Andover Church of England Primary School is a voluntary controlled school operating within an Instrument of Government authorised by Hampshire County Council in conjunction with the foundation body of Winchester Diocesan Board of Education. The Governing Body of the school conforms to Standing Orders and each governor is required to comply with a Code of Conduct which includes declaring relevant business and pecuniary interests.

All governors (excepting the Head-teacher and the Vicar of the Parish) are appointed for a 4 year term of office which may be renewed. The two parent governors are elected by parents of children currently attending the school; the local authority governor is appointed by Hampshire County Council; the other foundation governor is appointed by the foundation body; the staff governor is elected by employed members of staff; and three co-opted governors that are appointed by the Governing Body to ensure a balance of skills, knowledge and experience is maintained.

All correspondence and contact with the governors should be made via Andover CE Primary school office, marked FAO the Chair of Governors.

 

Some of the things your governors have done over the last year:

  • Recruited a new headteacher, based on our vision for the school.
  • Ensured we had a smooth transition of school leadership to minimise the impact of change on the school community.
  • Joined staff for training sessions on flexible learning in class, on preparing for Ofsted and on safeguarding our children against radicalisation of any sort.
  • Sampled financial systems to ensure we run an efficient ship.
  • Took part in a Safeguarding audit of the school, in order to identify any areas where we could do more to protect our pupils. Safeguarding remains at the heart of all we do and is discussed at every full governing body meeting.
  • Monitored the school website to make sure it has everything it should have and flagging up any changes needed.
  • Worked with the headteacher to increase effectiveness of policies – eg. Behaviour, to overcome the challenges of twenty-first century learning in a nineteenth century building and in ensuring the standards we have attained are maintained.
  • Completed – as individuals or as a whole - training on finance, safeguarding, SMSC (Spiritual, moral, social and cultural) among other things, so that we can keep our skills up to date and develop our school.
  • Networked with other leaders from church schools to share good practice.
  • Discussed the effective use of Pupil Premium and sports funding to ensure they’re delivering the benefits they should.
  • Attended school trips and activities, taking every chance to sample the Andover Primary life through the eyes of our most important people – our pupils!

The impact of these is seen in the continued good outcomes for our pupils.

Who we are:

The Governing Body for this academic year (2016/17) is:

 

Name

Appointing Body

Current term of office

Offices held

Melanie  Beardsley

Headteacher

Ex officio from 3/1/2016

 

Carl Bentley

Parent

26/2/14 to 25/2/18

Vice chair of curriculum

Steve Bond

Governing Body

26/11/15 to 25/11/19

 

Giuliana Butt

Staff

1/9/14 to 31/8/18

 

Rev. John Harkin

Foundation Body

1/1/14 ex officio

 

Ann Laird

Foundation Body

1/1/14 to 1/1/18

Chair  of Governors

Chair of Finance

Jason Owen

Parent

26/5/14 to 25/2/18

Vice  Chair of Finance

Naomi Rist

Governing Body

28/3/14 to 27/6/18

Vice Chair of Governors

Chair of curriculum

Samantha Scott

Governing Body

19/5/16 to 18/5/20

 

Gilly Summers              Governing Body         03/04/17 to 31/04/2020                        

 

Mrs Susan Waters (previous headteacher) reached the end of her ex-officio term of office on 31/12/15.

Rev. John Harkin is also a governor at Pilgrim’s Cross School, Andover.

The Clerk to the Governing Body is Mrs Amanda Snook.  

 

No governors have declared current business and pecuniary interests at the start of the academic year (2016/17) 

Name

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Ann Laird

Training for local authority

Governor training (ends 31/12/15)

 

How we work:

The Governing Body meets every half term and the two standing Committees convene at least on three occasions during the academic year, apart from Pay which meets once a year. Some committees only meet when necessary.

The substantive Committees and membership for 2016/17 are: 

Resources Committee: Melanie Beardsley, Steve Bond, Sam Scott, Ann Laird, Jason Owen.

Curriculum and Standards Committee: Carl Bentley, Melanie Beardsley,John Harkin, Naomi Rist, Giuliana Butt.

In addition to the above committees the following committees and panels convene as and when business requires:

Pay Committee: John Harkin, Naomi Rist

Pay Appeals: Pool of non-staff governors

Headteacher’s Performance Review Panel: Steve Bond, Ann Laird

Staff Dismissals Appeals Committee: Pool of non-staff governors

Pupil Disciplinary Committee: Pool of non-staff/parent governors 

During the last academic year (2015/16) governor attendance at regular and special Governing Body committee meetings was:

 

Name

Meetings opportunity

Meetings attended

Carl Bentley

8

8

Melanie Beardsley

7

7

Steve Bond

7

6

Giuliana Butt

9

8

Rev John Harkin

8

5

Ann Laird

10

10

Jason Owen

9

5

Naomi Rist

9

6

Sam Scott

2

2

Sue Waters

5

5

 

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