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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/YEAR GROUP/FOCUS

TERM OF OFFICE ENDS

Mrs Kathryn Armand

Local Authority Governor

 

 

Focus: Year 3

 09.12.2020

Mr Greg Brome

Co-Opted Governor (Chair)

Finance Sub-Committee

 

Focus: Safeguarding

11.01.2022

Mr A Cullen

Co-Opted Governor

 

11.01.2022

Mr Bob West

Co-Opted Governor (Vice Chair)

Finance Sub-Committee (Chair)

Pupil Premium Sub-Committee

 

Focus: Year 6

11.01.2022

Mr David Waters

Co-Opted Governor

Finance Sub-Committee

 

Focus: Year 4

05.03.2024

Mrs Michelle Gubbings

Parent Governor

 

 

Focus: Year 1

05.11.2020

Mr Paul Westcott

Parent Governor

Finance Sub- Committee        Pupil-Premium Sub-Committee (Chair)

 

Focus: Year 5 and GDPR

05.07.2023

Mr Jonathan Goodwin

Parent Governor (Appointed 24.02.2020)

 

23.02.2024

Mr Darren Cox

Co-opted Governor (Appointed 13.07.2020)

 

12.07.2024

Mrs Kerrie Weston

Co-opted Governor

 

 

Resigned Feb 2020

Mrs Anne Ling

Co-opted Governor

Finance Sub-Committee        Pupil Premium Sub-Committee

 

Focus: EYFS (Reception)

04.07.2021

 

GOVERNING BODY PECUNIARY INTERESTS

 

Mr Greg Brome (Chair)

Spouse employed by London Borough of Havering

Mr Andrew Cullen

Architect involved in School Expansion

Mrs Sally Cullen

Spouse of Mr Andrew Cullen

Mr Jonathan Goodwin

Spouse employed by another school in the London Borough of Havering

Mr Darren Cox

Employed as Project Manager for the London Borough of Havering

 

 

INVOLVEMENT WITH THE GOVERNING BODY OF ANOTHER SCHOOL OTHER THAN HWPS

 

Mr Greg Brome (Chair)

Chair of Governors at Dame Tipping C of E Primary School

Mr Bob West (Vice Chair)

Vice Chair of Governors at

Redden Court School

(Secondary Academy)

Mrs Anne Ling

Member at Hornchurch Academy Trust (MAT)

 

ATTENDANCE AT GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS 2019/20

 

Full Governing Body Meetings (including Head Teachers Report Meetings)

86% Attendance

Finance Sub-Committee Meetings

60% Attendance

   

 

 

GOVERNING BODY ISSUES FACED AND ADDRESSED BY GOVERNING BODY 2019/20

 

  • Governing Body Action Plan was further revised in January 2020 to more closely align with the School Improvement Plan and to ensure ongoing monitoring of the School’s vision statement & values (with particular emphasis on areas previously raised by OFSTED).

       IMPACT: More focused monitoring on important areas

 

 

  • Budgetary Issues.  Funding continues to be extremely tight and Covid-19 issues have complicated matters. The Finance responsibilities of the now disbanded Resources & Pastoral Committee have been restructured in the format of a Finance Sub-Committee which meets as and when necessary to consider specific financial issues, to complement the discussions on Finance at Full Governing Body Meetings.

       IMPACT: The Governing Body through the medium of its’ Finance Sub-Committee has been instrumental in assisting the School in control of the Budget.

 

 

  • Pupils’ Attendance. The School is continuing to maintain a strong emphasis on attempting to reach its’ targeted attendance figure of 96% on a regular basis, and OFSTED has previously praised the ongoing efforts to improve the statistics. Issues relating to attendance and punctuality have formed the basis of regular discussions at Full Governing Body Meetings this year.

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

 

 

  • Governing Body Effectiveness.  A Self-Review of Governance was conducted in January 2020. A revised Governors Skills Audit will be carried out in the Autumn Term 2020/21, now that the Governing Body has been restored to its’ full complement.

       IMPACT:  Regular self-review of Governing Body performance to ensure its’ continuing effectiveness, and confirmation of the performance levels indicated in the OFSTED report in February 2019.

 

 

  • Provision of Additional Space for SEND pupils. The School and Governors had both recognised that once the final “spare” classroom was occupied by a class (from September 2019), the space previously available to tutor or deal with SEN pupils would have been very restricted. As previously advised, we were pleased to learn that the Local Authority should have included an extra room as part of the buildings expansion a few years ago and as a result they agreed to fund an additional building for this purpose, which has now been completed and is in use.

       IMPACT:  The Governing Body had worked hard in conjunction with the School to achieve this  additional resource and we are all pleased with the outcome.

 

  • Staff Wellbeing.  As a result of a Governing Body project to improve staff wellbeing, we decided to completely restructure our committee format from September 2019 in order to reduce the burden of SLT attendance at Governor Committee Meetings, most of which had been arranged for early evenings. Both the Resources & Pastoral Issues Committee & Teaching and Learning Committee were disbanded with issues discussed at Full Governing Body Meetings and agenda items being refocused. The Governing Body has retained the Pupil Premium/Inclusion and Finance Sub-Committees but these are generally held during the School Day.

       IMPACT: Less evening meetings for SLT Staff.

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