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Welcome to the Governors' section.

Below you can find out information about being a governor at Riddings Infant and Nursery School.

What is the role of a governor?


The role of a school governor is to contribute to the work of the Governing Body in raising standards of achievement for all pupils.

This involves:

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


The individual governor has a responsibility, working alongside other members of the Governing Body, to the staff and pupils of the school and the school's wider community.
Governors must have an interest in our children's future, be willing to contribute and make a difference, respect the need for confidentiality and be able to work as part of a team. Governors must act with integrity, objectivity and honesty and in the best interests of the school.


What do governors do?
Governors are volunteers who attend meetings and work to further the school's development. Together with the headteacher, responsibilities of governing bodies include:


Developing the school's strategic plan
Determining aims, policies and priorities
Setting targets
Monitoring and evaluating
Deciding the number of staff
Overseeing the use of the school's budget
Securing high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour


Governors provide the headteacher with support and advice, drawing on their knowledge and experience. They ask searching questions and respect the headteacher's position as the professional leader of the school.


How many school governors are there at Riddings Infant and Nursery School and how are they appointed?


The governing body consists of 8 governors:


Headteacher
Parent governors
Local Authority governors
Staff governors
Co-opted governors


Parent governors are a parent with a child at school elected by the parents.

The Local Authority governor is nominated by the Local Authority and is appointed by the Governing Body.

The staff governor is a member of staff at the school and is elected by the staff.

A co-opted governor is a person who is appointed as a governor by the Governing Body and who, in the opinion of the Governing Body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the School.
At the moment we have a vacancy for a co-opted governor.


What committees do we have?
There are three committees:

  1. Resources - Finance, Health and Safety, Premises
  2. Curriculum - Curriculum, SEN&D, Home/School and Community Links, Admissions and Appeals
  3. Personnel – Staff and pupil discipline, pay policy, discipline


When do we meet?


There are seven full Governing Body meetings throughout the year plus committee meetings at relevant times.


What do I do if I would like more information about the role of a governor or how to become a governor?


Please contact the school in the first instance: 01773 602767

Who are the School Governors? 

 

Name Governor Category Responsibilities Start Date of Office End Date of Office Committee Membership Declaration of Interests Attendance
Mrs Rachel Farnsworth Headteacher
  • Headteacher
Sept 19 -

Resources

Personnel
None declared To be confirmed
Rev. Julian Penfold Co-opted 
  • Chair of full Governing Body
  • HeadteacherPerformance management
  • Named governor for Prevent
02.10.18 02.10.22

Resources

Personnel
None declared To be confirmed
Mrs Shelley Kerton

Parent Governor

  • Vice chair of Full Governing Body
  • Named governor for safeguarding,anti-bullying, SEN&D, LAC, pupil premium, phonics, assessment
  • Headteacher Performance Management
  • Chair curriculum committee
09.10.17 08.10.20

Curriculum

Personnel

None declared To be confirmed
Mr James Eade

 

 

TBC

 

 

  • Named governor for GDPR
TBC TBC TBC None declared To be  confirmed

Mrs Michelle Woodin

 

 

 

Staff 

 

 

 

  • Link for PE and Sports
  • Named governor for Science
16.6.15 -

Curriculum

Resources

None declared To be confirmed

 

Mrs Cheryl Staley

 

 

Parent 

 

 

TBC TBC TBC TBC None declared To be confirmed
Mrs Laura Marshall

 

 

Staff

 

 

 

TBC TBC TBC

TBC

None declared To be confirmed
Mrs Toyah Ridgeway

 

 

Co-opted 

 

 

TBC

TBC TBC

TBC

None declared To be confirmed
               
         

 

   
         

 

   
               

‘WORKING TOGETHER’ - A CODE OF PRACTICE FOR THE GOVERNING BODY OF

RIDDINGS INFANT AND NURSERY SCHOOL

 

Introduction

 

The following is not a definitive statement of responsibilities but is concerned with the common understanding of broad principles by which the Governing Body and individual governors will operate.

 

The Governing Body accepts the following principles and procedures:

 

General

 

1. We have responsibility for determining, monitoring and keeping under review the broad policies, plans and procedures within which the school operates.

 

2. We recognise that our Headteacher is responsible for the implementation of policy and day-to-day management of the school and the implementation and operation of the curriculum.

 

3. We accept that all governors have equal status, and although appointed by different groups (i.e., parents, staff, LA) our overriding concern will be the welfare of the school as a whole.

 

4. We have no legal authority to act individually, except when the Governing Body has given us delegated authority to do so.

 

5. We have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as we have responsibility for staff, we will fulfil all the legal expectations as, or on behalf of, the employer.

 

6. We will encourage open government and should be seen to be doing so.

 

7. We will consider carefully, how our decisions may affect other schools.

 

Commitment

 

8. We acknowledge that accepting office as a governor involves the commitment of significant amounts of time and energy.

 

9. We will each involve ourselves actively in the work of the Governing Body, attend regularly, and accept our fair share of responsibilities, including service on committees or working groups.

 

10. We will get to know the school well and respond to opportunities to involve ourselves in school activities.

 

11. We will consider seriously our individual and collective needs for training and development.

 

Relationships

 

12. We will strive to work as a team.

 

13. We will seek to develop effective working relationships with our Head, staff, parents, the LA, and other relevant agencies and the community.

 

Confidentiality

 

14. We will observe confidentiality regarding proceedings of the Governing Body in meetings and from our visits to school as governors.

 

15. We will observe complete confidentiality when required or asked to do so by the Governing Body, especially regarding matters concerning individual staff or students.

 

16. We will exercise the greatest prudence if a discussion of a potentially contentious issue affecting the school arises outside the Governing Body;

 

Conduct

 

17. We will encourage the open expression of views at meetings, but accept collective responsibility for all decisions made by the Governing Body or its delegated agents.

 

18. We will only speak or act on behalf of the Governing Body when we have been specifically authorised to do so.

 

19. In making or responding to criticism or complaints affecting the school we will follow the procedures established by the Governing Body.

 

20. Our visits to school will be undertaken within the framework established by the Governing Body, in agreement with the Head and staff.

 

21. In discharging our duties we will always be mindful of our responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of our school.

 

Suspension

 

22. If the need arise to use the sanction of suspending a governor, we will do so by following the Procedures Regulations so as to ensure a fair and objective process.

 

Removal

 

23. We recognise that removing a governor from office is a last resort, and that it is the appointing bodies which have the power to remove those they appoint.

 

If the need arises to use the sanction of removing a governor, we will do so by following the Constitution Regulations so as to ensure a fair and objective process.

Governors' Action Plan 2018-2019

Governors Attendance

 

Date of Meeting

 

Governor

Attendance

Apologies received & accepted

02 October 2018

Mr Alan Wilson

Co-opted Governor

Chair

Yes

n/a

 

Mrs Ann Politowski

Ex officio

Yes

n/a

 

Mrs Shellie Kerton

Parent Governor

Yes

n/a

 

Mr Mark Akehurst

Co-opted

Governor

Yes

n/a

 

Miss Katie Marshall

Staff

Governor

Yes

n/a

 

Mrs Michelle Woodin

Co-opted Governor

Yes

n/a

 

Mrs Jill Woodthorpe

Local Authority Governor

Vice Chair

Yes

n/a

 

Rev Julian Penfold

Co-opted Governor

Yes

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

13 November 2018

Mr Alan Wilson

Co-opted Governor

Chair

Yes

n/a

 

Mrs Ann Politowski

Ex officio

Yes

n/a

 

Mrs Shellie Kerton

Parent Governor

Yes

n/a

 

Mr Mark Akehurst

Co-opted

Governor

No

Yes

 

Miss Katie Marshall

Staff

Governor

Yes

n/a

 

Mrs Michelle Woodin

Co-opted Governor

Yes

n/a

 

Mrs Jill Woodthorpe

Local Authority Governor

Vice Chair

Yes

n/a

 

Rev Julian Penfold

Co-opted Governor

No

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

22 January 2019

Mr Alan Wilson

Co-opted Governor

Chair

Yes

n/a

 

Mrs Ann Politowski

Ex officio

Yes

n/a

 

Mrs Shellie Kerton

Parent Governor

Yes

n/a

 

Mr Mark Akehurst

Co-opted

Governor

Yes

n/a

 

Miss Katie Marshall

Staff

Governor

Yes

n/a

 

Mrs Michelle Woodin

Co-opted Governor

No

Yes

 

Mrs Jill Woodthorpe

Local Authority Governor

Vice Chair

Yes

n/a

 

Rev Julian Penfold

Co-opted Governor

Yes

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

26 March 2019

Mr Alan Wilson

Co-opted Governor

Chair

Yes

n/a

 

Mrs Ann Politowski

Ex officio

Yes

n/a

 

Mrs Shellie Kerton

Parent Governor

Yes

n/a

 

Mr Mark Akehurst

Co-opted

Governor

Yes

n/a

 

Miss Katie Marshall

Staff

Governor

Yes

n/a

 

Mrs Michelle Woodin

Co-opted Governor

No

Yes

 

 

Mrs Jill Woodthorpe

Local Authority Governor

Vice Chair

Yes

n/a

 

Rev Julian Penfold

Co-opted Governor

Yes

n/a

 

 

 

 

 

28 March 2019

HT Ratification

Mr Alan Wilson

Co-opted Governor

Chair

Yes

n/a

 

Mrs Ann Politowski

Ex officio

Yes

n/a

 

Mrs Shellie Kerton

Parent Governor

Yes

n/a

 

Mr Mark Akehurst

Co-opted

Governor

No

Yes

 

Miss Katie Marshall

Staff

Governor

Yes

n/a

 

Mrs Michelle Woodin

Co-opted Governor

Yes

n/a

 

Mrs Jill Woodthorpe

Local Authority Governor

Vice Chair

Yes

n/a

 

Rev Julian Penfold

Co-opted Governor

Yes

n/a


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