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Structure of Our Governing Body

The Full Governing Body usually meets five to six times a year. In addition, we have a number of groups looking at specific aspects of governance.

Strategy Group

Chair: Peta Rainford
Reporting to the Full Governing Body, the Aims of the Strategy Committee are to develop the strategic direction of the school to ensure its ongoing viability and that all children receive the best possible education, with high levels of progress and attainment. Full Terms of Reference are here.

Resources Group

Chair: Gary Booth
The Aims of the Resources Committee are to ensure the on-going financial viability of the school and the safety of children, staff and visitors through the effective utilisation, management, procurement and development of resources. Full Terms of Reference are here.

Who are our govenors?

Name: Jacqui Lamb
Governor category: Co-opted
Appointed by: Governing body
Term of office (and end date): 4 years ending May 2021
Committees served on: Strategy
Position of responsibility: Chair
Register of interests: Optometry practice in St Helens, Principal Optometrist St Marys Eye Department, Lieutenant in Army Medical Services TA currently in RARO – Regular Army Reserve of Officers, member of IOW LOC, Member of AOP, Association of Optical Practitioners, PT Sunday school teacher.

Name: Gary Booth
Governor category: Co-opted
Appointed by: Governing body
Term of office (and end date): 3 years ending July 2022
Committees served on: Strategy, Resources (Chair), Pay
Position of responsibility: Vice Chair (joint), Curriculum & Assessment Governor, Pupil premium Governor, LAC Governor
Register of interests: Member of Barton Primary School GB

Name: Peta Rainford
Governor category: Parent
Appointed by: Parents
Term of office (and end date): 4 years ending May 2021
Committees served on: Strategy (Chair), Pay
Position of responsibility: Vice Chair (joint), SEN Governor
Register of interests: Children’s author

Name: Michael Murwill
Governor category: Local Authority governor
Appointed by: Local Authority
Term of office (and end date): 4 years ending July 2021
Committees served on: Resources, Pay
Position of responsibility: Safeguarding Governor
Register of interests: County Councillor – Brading, St Helens and Bembridge Ward; Cabinet Member for Procurement, Waste Management, Special Projects & Forward Planning – Isle of Wight Council; Trustee – Bembridge Youth and Community Centre; Member of Isle of Wight Conservative Association; Company Director – Focus Fraud Solutions Ltd, Patron – Shanklin Theatre

Name: Carl Wake
Governor category: Headteacher
Appointed by: n/a
Term of office (and end date): n/a
Committees served on: n/a
Position of responsibility: Headteacher
Register of interests: None declared

Name: Sharon Marlton
Governor category: Co-opted
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of office (and end date): 4 years ending November 2021
Committees server on: Teaching and learning
Position of responsibility: Early Years, Safeguarding
Register of interests: Acting SENCO, St Helens Primary School

Name: Jamie Howard
Governor category: Co-opted
Appointed by: Governing body
Term of office (and end date): 4 years ending November 2021
Committees served on: Resources
Position of responsibility: Website
Register of interests: Design Team Manager and Web Developer

Name: Jonathon Bacon
Governor category: Co-opted
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of office (and end date): 4 years ending February 2022
Committees served on: n/a
Position of responsibility:
Register of interests: to be confirmed

Name: Sarah Maloney
Governor category: Staff
Appointed by: Staff
Term of office (and end date): 4 years ending May 2022
Committees served on:
Position of responsibility:
Register of interests: None declared

Name: Matthew Searle
Governor category: (details to follow)
Appointed by: (details to follow)
Term of office (and end date): (details to follow)
Committees served on: (details to follow)
Position of responsibility: (details to follow)
Register of interests: (details to follow)

Former Governors

Name: William Egan
Resigned: May 2018
Governor category: Parent
Appointed by: Parents
Term of office (and end date): 4 years ending May 2018
Committees served on: Strategy, Resources
Position of responsibility: Health & Safety Governor
Register of interests: Architectural Designer, University lecturer, Google University Lecturer, Board member of Green Valley Hotels, Specialist Consultant to Academi PMC.

Name: Anthea Platt
Resigned: July 2017
Governor category: Co-opted
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of office (and end date): 4 years ending September 2018
Committees served on: Strategy, Resources, TLC (Chair)
Position of responsibility: Literacy governor, Health & Safety governor (joint)
Register of interests: None declared

Name: Rose Leslie
Resigned: June 2017
Governor category: Staff
Appointed by: Staff
Term of office (and end date): 4 years ending April 2019
Committees served on:
Position of responsibility: Senior teacher
Register of interests: None declared

Name: David Angelinetta
Resigned: September 2017
Governor category: Co-opted
Appointed by: Governing body
Term of office (and end date): 4 years ending September 2019
Committees served on:
Position of responsibility: Safegarding governor, Behaviour & Emotional wellbeing governor (joint)
Register of interests: PT Sunday school teacher

Name: Prudence Lee
Resigned: August 2017
Governor category: Co-opted
Appointed by: Governing body
Term of office (and end date):
Committees served on: Strategy, Resources, TLC
Position of responsibility:
Register of interests:

Associate Members

Name: Sam Mackay
Governor category: Associate governor
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of office (and end date): 4 years ending September 2021
Committees served on: n/a
Position of responsibility:
Register of interests: Premises licence holder, the King Lud , Esplanade, Ryde, PO33 2DY; Operational Governor, HM prison and Probation Service, Winchester and Isle of Wight.

NB: Register of interests includes: relevant business interests of governors and details of any other educational establishments they govern. The register should also set out any relationships between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives. Clerk to Governors, Cathy Hayes, confirmed that all Full Governing Body meetings during 2016/17 were quorate.
All 2017/18 meetings have also been quorate (being updated).

Ofsted

Our most recent Ofsted inspection was completed in March 2018 and we were delighted to be judged ‘good’ in all aspects of the school’s operation.

The report recognised the hard work and perseverance of our whole school community; taking into account improvements made by staff guided by our Hampshire colleagues, the contribution of our hardworking governing body in holding the school to account, and not least our wonderful pupils who impressed the inspector with their admirable attitude to work, and caring attitude to each other.

Although the school is very pleased with this Ofsted report, we will not be resting on our laurels; we know we can continue to improve and give our children an even better learning experience.

We are glad to be ‘good’, but aiming for ‘outstanding’!

Ofsted report

Our Policies

Below are the school policies which we are required to share with you, as well as some others that we think parents and carers may find useful. The school has other policies that are not included on this page, but which are available, on request, from the school office. Some of the policies refer to appendices that are not attached, these are also available from the school office.

Admissions Policy: as a Community School the Governing Body has adopted the Local Authority Policy on admissions.

Accessibility Action Plan

Administration of Medicines Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Attendance Policy

Behaviour Policy

Charging Policy

Child Protection Policy

Complaints Policy

Confidentiality Policy

Drugs Policy

e-safety Policy

Equality Policy

Freedom of Information Policy

First Aid

Governor Training Policy

Lettings Policy

Lost Child Policy

Marking Policy

Non-Collection of Children Policy

Photographic Images Policy

Physical Restraint Policy

Prevent Policy

Privacy Policy

Safeguarding Policy

SEN Policy

SEND Offer

Sexual Relationship Education Policy

Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions Policy

Our Governors

Message from Jacqui Lamb,
Chair of St Helens Primary School Governors

Welcome to the Governors’ page of our school website.

As Governors of St Helens Primary School, we are ambitious for every one of the children at our school, and are committed to pursuing a programme of continuous school improvement to achieve the best possible outcomes. We have signed up to the National Governors’ Association  Code of Conduct  and have defined our core aim, namely:
to be an effective Governing Body, that works to maximise the potential of every child in a safe and caring environment.

Our main job is to set the strategic direction of the school. These are our three strategic priorities: 

  1. Ensuring the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined
  2. Ensuring the Headteacher is held accountable for the performance of the school 
  3. Ensuring the financial resources of the school are used in a sound, proper and effective way.

Through a programme of school visits and Full Governing Body (FGB) and working group meetings, we monitor progress against the school development plan (SDP) and Action Plan. The  key SDP priorities for 2018/19 are:

  • To ensure consistently good or better teaching across the school.
  • Progress and attainment in Maths will be in line with the national average at Key Stages 1 and 2.
  • To improve the teaching of spelling to drive up outcomes in Writing.

We ensure we know the strengths and weaknesses of the school and are able to provide a balance of challenge and support to the Headteacher and senior staff in areas including:

  • Teaching, learning and assessment
  • The transition from pre-school and the progress of children in EYFS
  • Financial management and spending, in particular the effectiveness of Pupil Premium Funding [add link]in ‘closing the gap’ in progress and attainment of vulnerable groups
  • Effectiveness and consistency of behaviour management
  • Equality of opportunity and inclusion
  • Effective safeguarding, including the implementation of the school’s Prevent policy
  • Effective promotion of the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (including the promotion of British Values), as well as their physical well being
  • Effective attendance management.

Full Governing Body (FGB) meetings take place at 5pm on Wednesdays, the dates for the current academic year are:

  • Wednesday 26th September 2018
  • Wednesday 5th December 2018
  • Wednesday 20th March 2019
  • Wednesday April 1st 2019
  • Wednesday 10th July 2019

Additional dates may be arranged. Our Clerk to Governors manages minutes of the meetings, the governors’ calendar and policy ledger.

In addition to the FGBs, we meet regularly within smaller working groups. (See the structure of our Governing Body.)

Training is important for all Governors, and we conduct an annual skills audit to identify need. The school buys into Hampshire Governor Training System, which provides training across the South of England as well as the Isle of Wight. During the past few years Governors have participated in a wide range of training including:

  • Induction training (required for all new governors)
  • Monitoring, Evaluating and improving SEN
  • Life after levels (Assessment)
  • School finance for maintained schools
  • Safeguarding and Child protection
  • Ofsted update
  • HT and Chair of Governor’s seminar
  • Prevent training
  • Information management (Data Protection and Freedom of Information)

We evaluate the impact of the Governing Body to ensure we are making a positive contribution to school improvement. We do this in a number of ways, including through our regular Strategy Group meetings and our annual development day, which all Governors attend.

If you would like to know more about the Governing Body, please contact the Clerk via the school office.

Jacqui Lamb

Our Governors: who’s who?

The Structure of Our Governing Body

Our Governing Body: the Instrument of Government

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