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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 and Pupil-Premium Sub-Committee (Chair)

15.07.2019

Kerrie Weston Co-opted Governor Resources and Pastoral Issues 21.01.21
Anne Ling Co-opted Governor Teaching. Learning and Assessment and Pupil Premium Sub-Committee 04.07.21

 

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 2016/17

 

Full Governing Body Meetings

79% Attendance

Full Governing Body Meetings to discuss the Headteacher’s Report

73% Attendance

Resources and Pastoral Committee Meetings

88% Attendance

Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee Meetings

90% Attendance

Pupil Premium Sub-Committee Meetings

100% Attendance

 

 

GOVERNING BODY ISSUES FACED AND ADDRESSED BY GOVERNING BODY 2016/17

 

  • Revised Action Plan implemented following OFSTED Inspection July 2016,  covering the main OFSTED recommendations. As a result a vast visible transformation of the School’s culture, including the new vision statement & values, has been achieved.

IMPACT: HMI Review May 2017 confirmed that Senior Leaders & Governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas, viz. consistency of approach, respect, and the learning environment, to become a Good School. Also, 2 visits by a Havering Education Services independent adviser in May 2017 and June 2017 confirmed that “a series of planned actions have been taken to address issues raised regarding SMSC and British Values provision. Monitoring undertaken by the SLT, Middle Leaders, Governors and the HT of an outstanding Primary school, indicate that the actions taken have had a positive impact on Personal Development and Welfare outcomes for pupils”.

 

  • 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 was raised. In-depth discussions are continuing with other schools and the Governing Body has been fully involved. The Collaboration Focus Group (reporting to the Full Governing Body) is primed 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 now have a better understanding of the School and are developing expertise to discuss specific areas outlined in OFSTED inspections with more confidence. Since last year 2 new governors with relevant skills have been appointed to replace 2 who have resigned and these new governors will be integrated into this arrangement during the Autumn Term 2017.

 

  • Budget Deficit. Measures taken over the last 12 months removed 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. A balanced (although tight!!) budget has been approved for the present financial year.

 IMPACT: The Governing Body through the medium of its’ Resources & Pastoral Committee has been instrumental in assisting the School in control of the Budget.

 

Pupils’ Attendance. Issues relating to attendance data and punctuality have formed the basis of regular discussions at Full Governing Body meetings this year. In addition to the data provided at these meetings, Governors have asked for updated data to be provided at Resources and Pastoral Issues Committee Meetings (6 per annum).

IMPACT:  Closer and more detailed review of data, and in-depth discussions on plans to improve performance in this area.

 

Governing Body Effectiveness.  Review of the “20 key questions for Governing Bodies” document completed March 2017 together with a 360° review of the Chair of Governors.

IMPACT:  Regular self-review of Governing Body performance to ensure its’ continuing effectiveness.

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