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Welcome to our Governors’ section.

Our School Governing Body
 
Our school governing body is a group of elected volunteers from within our school and the local community, who freely give up their own time to monitor the school's effectiveness.  All the members, with the exception of the Head Teacher, are elected to serve a fixed term in office. When a member's term expires, the school will advertise the vacancy and invite candidates to stand for election. Our school staff and parents are then asked to vote for their preferred staff / parent candidate; local community governors are appointed by the local authority.
 
The role of the governing body is to provide oversight and scrutinise the running of the school. It is an invaluable forum for representatives of all our stakeholders, to decide how to continually improve the quality of our school. 
 
They are responsible for managing and approving courses of action in the following areas: teaching and learning, the curriculum, staff recruitment, staff training and professional development, policies and practices within school, finance and procurement, school buildings and grounds, health and safety, pupil attendance and welfare and safeguarding / child protection.
 

Our governors receive specialist advice and support from the Department for Education and the London Borough of Havering Education Authority, to help them in their roles. 

 

If you wish to contact our Chair of Governors, Mr G Brome, his email is : gbrome.311@lgflmail.org

 

GOVERNING BODY AT HAROLD WOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

NAME OF GOVERNOR

TYPE OF GOVERNOR

COMMITTEE

TERM OF OFFICE ENDS

Mrs K Armand

Authority Governor

Teaching, Learning and Assessment (Chair)

10.12.2020

Rev David Banting

Co-Opted Governor

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

13.01.2018

Mr G Brome

Co-Opted Governor (Chair)

Resources and Pastoral Issues

Teaching, Learning and Pastoral Issues

13.01.2018

Mr A Cullen

Co-Opted Governor

Resources and Pastoral Issues

13.01.2018

Mr R West

Co-Opted Governor (Vice Chair)

Resources and Pastoral Issues (Chair)

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Pupil Premium Sub-Committee

13.01.2018

Mr D Waters

Co-Opted Governor

Resources and Pastoral Issues

06.03.2020

Michelle Gubbings

Parent Governor

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

06.11.2020

Mr P Westcott

Parent Governor

Resources and Pastoral Issues

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

15.07.2019

 

GOVERNING BODY PECUNIARY INTERESTS

 

Mr G Brome (Chair)

Spouse employed by London Borough of Havering

Mr A Cullen

Architect

Mrs S Cullen

Spouse of Mr A Cullen

 

 

INVOLVEMENT WITH THE GOVERNING BODY OF ANOTHER SCHOOL OTHER THAN HWPS

 

Mr G Brome (Chair)

Chair of Governors at Dame Tipping C of E Primary School

Mr R West (Vice Chair)

Community Governor at Redden Court School (Secondary)

 

ATTENDANCE AT GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS 2015/16

 

Full Governing Body Meetings

73% Attendance

Full Governing Body Meetings to discuss the Headteacher’s Report

80% Attendance

Resources and Pastoral Committee Meetings

100% Attendance

Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee Meetings

84% Attendance

Pupil Premium Sub-Committee Meetings

100% Attendance

 

GOVERNING BODY ISSUES FACED AND ADDRESSED BY GOVERNING BODY 2015/16

 

  • Revised Action Plan to be implemented following OFSTED Inspection July 2016,  covering the main OFSTED recommendations
  • IMPACT: Objectives and monitoring targets to be tailored towards resolution of shortcomings outlined in OFSTED Report, particularly in the fields of consistency of approach, respect, and the learning environment.

 

  • Staff Restructure implemented from September 2016 to address, primarily, budgetary concerns; Governing Body fully involved in all stages of the process
  • IMPACT: Some amendments made to original proposals, e.g. clarification of reporting lines in new structure.

 

  • Some issues were being discussed in both Full Governing Body & Committee Meetings, leading to some duplication and confusion as to where particular responsibilities should lie and which committees should review which policies. As a result the titles of Committees have been amended to clarify responsibilities, Terms of Reference have been amended to list relevant policies and with the assistance of HGS, the Governors Yearly Planner has been adopted to ensure no policy reviews are missed.
  • IMPACT: Responsibilities shared between the Full Governing Body and its’ Committees are now much clearer.

 

  • Following the July 2016 inspection, the feasibility of the School linking with other schools in the locality to benefit from exchange of ideas etc., either through an “informal” arrangement or possibly through a formal Federation or Multi-Academy Trust has been raised. Discussions are already in progress with other schools and the Governing Body has been fully involved. As a result we have formed a Collaboration Focus Group (reporting to the Full Governing Body) to take forward any firm proposals in this area.
  • IMPACT: The Focus Group will research any progress in this area, reporting to the Full Governing Body as necessary, so that the Governing Body & Committees can concentrate on day-to-day issues.

 

  • Issues raised from the July 2016 inspection have demonstrated the advisability of individual governors having responsibility for specific areas; as a result individual governors have specific responsibility for Behaviour & Welfare, British Values & SMSC, Curriculum, Outcomes, Safeguarding, Leadership, Maths & Literacy.
  • IMPACT: Individual Governors will develop expertise to discuss specific areas outlined in OFSTED inspections with more confidence.

 

  • Progress Review Meetings are continuing to be conducted by the Local Authority to assess the outcome of the measures introduced by the School following the 2016 Inspection.The Chair and 1 other governor have attended all of these meetings and have made a full contribution to the process
  • IMPACT: The Senior Inspector from the LA who chairs these meetings fully approves the measures taken so far which will hopefully lead to the School moving towards an assessment of “Good” at the next Inspection.

 

  • Budget Deficit. Measures taken over the last 12 months have considerably reduced the perceived deficit for the financial year ending April 2017 as a result of strong control by the School and robust challenges by the Resources & Pastoral Committee & Governing Body to minimise expenditure and increase income. Indeed it is hoped that the deficit will be cleared by April 2017.The maximum recommended 85% staff cost to income ratio is rigidly enforced and opportunities to increase income regularly investigated e.g. moving the After School Club to the main hall has enabled an increase in participants.
  • IMPACT: The Governing Body through the medium of its’ Resources & Pastoral Committee has been instrumental in assisting the School in control of the Budget.
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