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Governance Arrangements 2018/2019

 

 

Please find below details of how our Governing Body works, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor; the Register of Governor Pecuniary and Business Interests; the Statement of Eligibility to be a Governor, and the Governors’ Code of Conduct.

 

If you are interested in becoming a governor, or feel that you may be able to help us from time to time with particular skills such as finance, accounting, HR/Personnel or health & safety, we would love to hear from you!

Please contact the school office . by phone (01787 247350); by visit during school hours, or by emailing admin@lavenham.suffolk.sch.uk.

Members of the Governing Body 2018/2019

 

 

Name

Category of Governor

Date of Appointment by Governing Body

End of Term of Office

Mrs Emma Deacon

Parent

15 October 2015

14 October 2019

Mrs Jane Kerr

Parent

29 October 2018

28 October 2022

Mr Simon Tilling

Parent

1 May 2015

30 April 2019

Vacancy

Parent

 

 

Mrs Christine Evans

Local Authority

29 October 2018

28 October 2022

Mrs Fran Bradshaw

Co-opted

15 October 2015

14 October 2019

Mrs Susan Knight

Co-opted

1 May 2015

30 April 2019

Mrs Pat Rockall

Co-opted

1 May 2015

30 April 2019

Mr Rory Michael

Head Teacher

N/A ex-officio

N/A ex-officio

Mrs Debbie Hurrell

Staff

17 May 2018

16 May 2022

 

Former Members of Governing Body 2017/2018

 

Name

Category of Governor

Date of Appointment by Governing Body

End of Term of Office

Mrs Julie Isahak

Parent

16 November 2013

15 November 2017

Mr Craig Rulton

Parent

19 October 2017

15 May 2018

Mrs Margaret Newlands

Local Authority

1 September 2014

31 August 2018

 

ETHICAL FRAMEWORK FOR GOVERNORS

The governing body of Lavenham School is committed to maintaining the highest standards of behaviour in carrying out its responsibilities, and to act in the best interests of the school and all the school’s stakeholders at all times.

This includes being clear and transparent about

  • any pecuniary or business interests that governors have that might actually, or be perceived to, represent a conflict of interest with their role as governor. See 1. below

  • any circumstances where a governor would be ineligible to stand or continue as a governor. See 2. below

  • the Code of Conduct which applies to all governors. See 3. Below

 

  1. Register of Pecuniary and Business Interests 2018/2019

     

 

Name of Governor

Relevant business interests

Links to other educational establishments

Personal Relationships with the school staff or other governors

Date Interest Disclosed (including nil returns)

Mrs Emma Deacon

Nil

Nil

Nil

29 October 2018

Mrs Jane Kerr

Nil

Nil

Nil

29 October 2018

Mr Simon Tilling

Nil

Nil

Nil

29 October 2018

Parent governor vacancy

 

 

 

 

Mrs Christine Evans

Director: Lavenham Literary Festival Ltd

Nil

Nil

29 October 2018

Mrs Fran Bradshaw

Director: Lavenham Literary Festival Ltd

Nil

Nil

29 October 2018

 

 

 

Committee Member:

Lavenham Pre-School

29 October 2018

Mrs Susan Knight

Nil

Nil

Nil

29 October 2018

Mrs Pat Rockall

Spouse of:

Chair of Friends of Lavenham Library, and

Member of Suffolk Libraries Board

Nil

Nil

29 October 2018

Mr Rory Michael

Nil

Nil

Nil

29 October 2018

Mrs Debbie Hurrell

Director: Admiral East

Nil

Nil

29 October 2018

 

 

 

2. Declaration of Eligibility to be a Governor

The governance arrangements of the school set out the circumstances where a person would be ineligible to stand or continue as a governor.

All governors of this school are required to sign on an annual basis a Declaration of Eligibility to confirm that there are no impediments to their appointment or continuation as governors. The declaration that has to be signed is available for viewing through the link below.

A printed copy of the declaration, signed by all governors, is available for viewing on request at the School Office during school hours.

 

3. Code of Conduct for Governors

All governors of this school are required to sign on an annual basis their commitment to compliance with a Governors’ Code of Conduct that is based on a best practice model issued by the National Governance Association (NGA). The statement that has to be signed is available for viewing through the link below.

A printed copy of the Code, signed by all Governors, is available for viewing on request at the School Office during school hours.

 

If you have difficulty in accessing either of these documents from the links provided above, please contact the school office by phone (01787 247350); by visit during school hours, or by emailing admin@lavenham.suffolk.sch.uk to make arrangements to see a printed version.

 

HOW THE GOVERNING BODY WORKS

Governing Body membership

All current governors are members of the Whole Governing Body (WGB)

 

Chair and Vice Chair of WGB for 2018/19

Chair: Mrs Pat Rockall

Vice Chair: Mrs Fran Bradshaw

 

Responsibilities of WGB

It is the responsibility of the WGB to

  • Ensure that the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction

  • Hold school leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff

  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure that its money is well spent

Subject to legal and other requirements and guidance, the WGB can decide to delegate some of its functions to committees, panels, working groups or individuals and can determine how and when to receive reports on delegated actions taken.

 

Committees and Panels of the WGB

The following committees set up by the WGB are currently in place:

 

Name of Committee

Committee Remit

Chair

Steering

To maintain an overview and co-ordinate the activities of the governing body and its committees to secure effective governance and strategic leadership in the delivery of the school’s aims and priorities

The Chair of the Governing Body

(Mrs Pat Rockall)

Achievement & Well-Being

Pupils

To carry out the responsibilities of the governing body with regard to

  • Safeguarding, child protection & well-being
  • Curriculum
  • Standards
  • Pupil achievement and progress
  • Quality of teaching and learning
  • Special Needs and Disabilities (SEND) children
  • Attendance, punctuality, exclusions, behaviour and discipline
  • Policy reviews related to all aspects of pupil achievement and well-being
  • fulfilment of legal requirements, including duties to publish information about school performance

 

Staff

  • To approve, monitor and review compliance with all HR related policies, including staff work/life balance, working conditions and well-being
  • To keep the staffing structure under review
  • To oversee the appointments procedure for all staff, ensuring compliance with safer recruitment policies and procedures
  • To determine pay progression awards for staff as recommended by the Head Teacher and for the Head Teacher as recommended by the Head’s Review Panel

 

To establish and keep under review the school’s Accessibility Policy & Plan

Mrs Sue Knight

Resources

Finance

  • To establish, maintain and keep under review the school’s Three-Year Strategic Financial Plan
  • To approve the first formal budget plan of the financial year
  • To ensure that budget and financial plans support the delivery of priorities in the School Development Plan
  • To monitor and review expenditure on a regular basis, drawing any matters of significance or concern to the governing body
  • Except for the Record of Financial Responsibility and outcome of the audit of the Statement of Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS), which require whole governing body approval, to approve, monitor and review compliance with all finance related policies and procedures
  • To keep the governing body fully informed of the financial position of the school on a regular basis

 

Premises & Assets

  • To review and monitor compliance with all premises and health & safety related policies and statutory obligations
  • To receive reports at agreed frequencies from the Head Teacher and report and advise accordingly regarding
  • Health & Safety
  • Asset Management
  • Risk Register
  • Critical Incident and Business Continuity Planning
  • Premises related expenditure priorities
  • To ensure that the school’s website is fully compliant and up to date
  • To ensure that the school’s data protection (GDPR) obligations are fully met

Mrs Emma Deacon

 

 

The following panels are provided for in the Governance Arrangements for the school:

 

Name of Panel

Panel Remit

Membership & Chair

Pupil Discipline

To hear and consider any representations from parents/ carers and make decisions about any matters relating to pupil discipline, behaviour and exclusions of pupils.

Panel of 3 convened as needed. Elect own chair.

Complaints Appeal

To hear and consider any representations from parents/carers and make decisions about any matters relating to general and curriculum related complaints, in accordance with the school’s Complaints Procedure.

Panel of 3 convened as needed. Elect own chair.

Hearings (staff)

To hear and consider any representations and make initial decisions about any staff matters relating

to staff e.g. disciplinary, grievance, capability, pay or performance reward, dismissal or redundancy.

Panel of 3 convened as needed. Elect own chair.

Appeals

(staff)

To deal with any appeals arising from a Hearings panel

Panel of 3 convened as needed. Elect own chair.

Head’s Review Panel

Supported by an External Adviser, to set targets and keep the Head Teacher’s achievements against these targets under review. To make recommendations as appropriate to the Achievement & Well-Being Committee.

Panel of 3.

Chair: Mrs Sue Knight

Head’s Review Appeal Panel

To deal with any appeals arising from the Head’s review process.

Panel of 3 convened as needed. Elect own chair.

 

If you would like to read more detail about the school’s Governance Arrangements, including the full Terms of Reference for committees and panels, please see the links below.

Instrument of Government
Regulations on Governing Body Membership

The Governing Body
This includes

  • Governance Arrangements and proceedings for Whole Governing Body meetings, including the quorum for and minutes of those meetings

  • The role of the Chair of the Governing Body

  • The role of the Clerk to the Governing Body

  • The role of the Head Teacher as a member of the Governing Body

Committees

This includes

  • Governance Arrangements and proceedings for Committee meetings, including the quorum for and minutes of those meetings

  • The role of the Chair of the Committee

  • The role of the Clerk to the Committee
Steering Committee Terms of Reference
Achievement and Well-Being Committee Terms of Reference
Resources Committee Terms of Reference

Panel Terms of Reference for:

Pupil Discipline Hearings; Complaints Hearings; Staff Hearings and Appeals; Head’s Review, and Head’s Review Appeal

Individual Governor Roles and Responsibilities
Governing Body decision planner: scheme of delegation

If you have difficulty in accessing any of these documents from the links provided above, please contact the school office by phone (01787 247350); by visit during school hours, or by emailing admin@lavenham.suffolk.sch.uk to make arrangements to see a printed version.

 

Review of governance arrangements

The governance arrangements for the school are subject to annual review.

 

  1. The current arrangements were approved by the whole governing body at its meeting on 29 October 2018.

     

  2. These arrangements may be modified or replaced in whole or in part by the governing body as they may from time to time consider appropriate.

     

  3. These arrangements will therefore next be reviewed in the Autumn term 2019, unless an earlier review is necessary.

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