Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
In accordance with the Education Act of 2012 all governing bodies were obliged to re-constitute their existing model of governance. The governing body adopted a 14 Governor Model.
As Waddington & West Bradford Primary School is a voluntary aided (VA) Church of England school, the Foundation Governors must outnumber the rest of the governing body by at least two members. Foundation Governors are put forward by the parochial church council of St Helens church and confirmed by the Diocese of Blackburn, and their remit is to ensure that a religious ethos is promoted within the school.
All governors are volunteers who bring a wide variety of skills, expertise and experience to their roles as you will see from the governor profiles. They do not pretend to be experts in what is very much a 'minefield' of jargon and legislation but there is a strong commitment to serve the interests of the school in the best way possible.
Our Foundation Governors are:
Ruth Chew (Vice-chair)
Joel Hames (Chair)
Reverend Christopher Wood
The School is represented by:-
Sarah Healey (Headteacher)
June Jeffries (Staff Governor, elected by the staff)
Sandra Kirkman (Co-opted staff governor)
Rachel Sunderland (Parent Governor, elected by parents)
Vacancy for a parent governor
Emma Winstanley (LA Governor, elected by the local authority)
All governors serve for four years and can be re-elected.
The positions of Chair and Vice Chair are elected annually at the Autumn meeting of the governing body.
The Work of the Governing Body
Unlike community and voluntary controlled schools, where the Local Authority is the employer of staff, in a VA school the governing body takes on that responsibility. The overall responsibility for staffing matters includes decisions about the number of staff (both teaching and non teaching). In reality the decisions about staff appointments outside the leadership group are delegated to the Headteacher with some input from the Chair or staffing committee members. The appointment of the Headteacher is a full governing body responsibility. The full governing body meets three times per year in Autumn, Spring and Summer and the minutes of those meetings are available for inspection at the school. The agenda covers many issues of educational policy that governors have to familiarise themselves with and to incorporate within the school. We employ the services of a very able Clerk from Governor Services who is a valuable interpreter of 'jargon' and protocol that enables us to carry out our duties effectively.
In addition there are many sub-committees, with delegated responsibilities, who meet at least once per term and report their business to the full governing body. The most important of these are the Resources and the Standards and Effectiveness committees which deal with all the current issues within the school. We also have a Staffing committee which deals with appointments, an Admissions/Appeals, a Pay Appeals, an Attendance, a Grievance/Complaints, and a Disciplinary & Dismissal Appeals/Staffing Review which all meet when the need arises.
There is also a small committee of Appointed Governors who oversee the Performance Management of the Headteacher.
The current Governor Committees are:-
v Standards and Effectiveness
v Staff Discipline & Dismissal
v Pupil Discipline Appeals
v Pay Appeals
v Committee of Appointed Governors (HT Perf. Mgt)
v Complaints Appeals
v Grievance Appeals
As well as being members of the various sub-committees some governors have an area of special responsibility
Chair of Governors............... Joel Hames-Clarke
Vice Chair of Governors......... Ruth Chew
Numeracy Governor...............Rachel Sunderland
SEN/AGT Governor.......................Katie Hammond
Child Protection.....................Sarah Healey/Ruth Chew
Link Governor......................June Jeffries
Each cohort of children has an assigned governor who visits the class, is invited to class events, sometimes accompanies the children on trips and in some cases may talk to the children regarding a particular area of expertise or interest.
Contact with the Governing Body
Governors work as a corporate body irrespective of the group that has elected them; therefore there is a correct procedure that should be followed about issues that are put before the governing body. If it is a school issue, depending on the nature, it follows a clearly defined line of class teacher, Assistant Head, and Headteacher. Governor issues must always be in writing to the Chair of Governors and not through individual governors. The Chair then makes the decision about the next step in dealing with the issue, which may be such that the rest of the governing body cannot be involved at this stage and could be compromised at a later date.
It can be confusing, especially for parents who see the Parent Governor as their line of contact. In reality they have merely voted to have a representative member on the governing body in the same way that teachers, non teachers and parochial church councils do.
Agendas at full governing body meetings are decided at least two weeks beforehand and do not have 'Any other Business', therefore any item that needs to be added must be sent to the Chair in good time.