Introduction to the Governing Body
The Governors at Harestock School are committed to school improvement. We work closely, and in partnership, with the Head teacher and senior leadership team to ensure that every child in the school has the best possible education and skills for life.
We meet once every half term as a Full Board and also meet in committees below is a link outlining the dates for these meetings. The main committees are currently: Finance and Resources, Staffing, and Learning & Standards. Once minutes have been approved by the Full Board or relevant Subcommittee at their next meeting, they are available for you to read by asking at the school office.
This “Governors” page is designed to:
- keep you up to date and provide an overview of our current work;
- let you know who we are , how we are structured and organise our work in order to carry out our role;
- summarise the role of the Governing Body;
- provide the required statutory information about the Governing Body; and
- provide you with information about applying to become a Governor.
If you have any questions, are interested in becoming a governor, or have skills which you would be willing to offer to the Governing Body, we would be delighted to hear from you. You can leave a note at the school office or email us: email@example.com
There is more about the role of the Governing Body, and Governors, further on in this web page.
Statutory Governor information is set out at the end of this webpage.
We aim to send out a Governors’ newsletter at least once a year to provide an update as to the activities of the governing body and its plans for the year.
We are also looking for additional ways to make sure that we keep you up to date with our work and seek your input – if you have ideas please contact us using firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent work of the Governing Body
The Governing Body has a full programme strategic development work, meetings (Full Governing Body and Subcommittees), formal visits to the school and training.
Thinking about becoming a Governor?
A copy of our current advertisement is below so if you are interested and either possess the skills and experience we need, or are willing and able to develop those skills (or perhaps you know someone who does), and would like to make a difference to the development of our children, then please click here for more information or contact us via email@example.com for more information.
Harestock Primary School currently has a vacancy for a Parent Governor.
We are particularly looking for governors with any of the following skills or experience (in priority order):
▪ Facilities management
▪ Financial planning / management
▪ Knowledge of primary curriculum
The following are also important to the role:
The role of the Governing Body
The Governing Body is responsible for directing the conduct of the school. Its obligations are set out in various Acts of Parliament, Regulations and Guidance and, in particular, the Education Act 2002 provides that:
“The governing body shall conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school.”
and that the core functions of the Governing Body are:
- Ensuring that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined
- Ensuring the HT performs his/her responsibilities for the educational performance of the school
- Ensuring the sound, proper and effective use of the school’s financial resources.
In carrying out its duties, the Governing Body must:
- act with integrity, objectivity and honesty
- act in the best interests of the school
- be open about, and prepared to explain, about the decisions we make and the actions we take
More information about being a governor, including the eligibility requirements, is available from http://www3.hants.gov.uk/education/governors/governors-govrecruit.htm.
How we are organised at Harestock Primary School
A Governing Body is required to be a size appropriate for, and have the skills and experience necessary to enable the Governing Body to carry out its functions. As a Governing Body, the Harestock Governing Body is organised like this:
Full Governing Body
Some of the work of the Full Governing Body is delegated to the following Subcommittees:
- Learning & Standards
- Finance & Resources
- Pay Review Committee
- HT Performance Review Panel
- Complaints Panels (constituted as and when required)
The terms of reference for each sub-committee can be viewed by clicking the links below:
We would very much like to hear from you about general improvements and policy matters. You can contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), by leaving a message with the school office, putting a note in your child’s book bag or catch a parent governor or Chair of Governors in the playground in the morning.
STATUTORY INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPOSITION AND ATTENDANCE PERCENTAGES OF THE GOVERNING BODY
Harestock Primary School
|Name||Category||Appointed||Term of Office
(no. of years & end date)
|Committee Membership (all attend FGB meetings)||Responsibilities|
|Linda Gregory||Co-opted||24.11.14||4||November 2022||Pay||Chair of Governors,
|Sue Bignell||Local Authority||01.05.17||4||30.4.2021||Pay||SEN Governor|
|Kelsie Learney||Co-opted||24.11.14||4||November 2022||Pay, HT Performance Management||Vice-Chair of FGB,
HT Performance Management (HTPM)
|Ross Mardle||Co-opted||24.11.14||4||November 2022||HT Performance Management||Resources Lead Governor|
|Alistair Scott||Co-opted||28.8.15||4||27.8.19||HT Performance Management||Learning & Standards Lead Governor, Chair of HTPM|
|Miranda Woolfenden||Co-opted||24.11.14||4||November 2022||Pay||Vice-Chair of FGB, Staff & Welfare Lead Governor, Development & Training Governor|
|Derek Rutherford||Co-opted||27.6.16||4||Left November 2018||N/A||N/A|
|Eleanor Purdue||Parent (elected)||21.5.18||4||20.5.22||HT Performance Management, EAL and Safeguarding Governor|
|Adam Corbin||Parent (elected)||Autumn 2018||4||Left March 2019||N/A||N/A|
Register of Governors’ Interests
|Name||Name of Business
· governor elsewhere (please include school name)
· related / married to member of staff (please include staff name)
· employed at school
|Nature of Business||Nature of Interest||Date of Appointment or Acquisition||Date of Cessation of Interest||Date of Entry|
|Linda Gregory||Nil Return||28.1.19|
|Sue Bignell||Nil Return||17.1.9|
|Kelsie Learney||Winchester City Council||Local Government||Councillor||2.5.16||5.3.19|
|Ross Mardle||Nil Return||25.1.19|
|Alistair Scott||Designs for Lighting Ltd||Lighting Design Consultancy||Framework contract with HCC as engineering consultant||2005||24.11.18|
|Miranda Woolfenden||Nil Return||28.11.18|
|Eleanor Purdue||Nil return||28.1.19|
|Jackie Sankey||Employed at school||HT||18.10.18|
|Elizabeth Burville||Employed at School as School Finance Officer||HCC||Husband employed in HCC Property Services Dept||Sept 2000||26.9.18|
Governor Attendance Record for the Academic Year 2018/2019 (as at 22.5.19)
(NB: Committees ceased to run after 5th March 2019)
|Full Governing Body||Learning & Standards Committee||Resources Committee|
|Remit||· Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
· Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
· Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
|· Pupil attainment
· Special Education Needs and Disability
· Pupil/Sports Premium
· Quality of teaching, learning and assessment.
· Health and safety
· Buildings/grounds maintenance
|Name||Number of meetings the governor should have attended for the year||Number of meetings attended as at 22.5.19||Attendance rate year to date (%)||Number of meetings the governor should have attended||Number of meetings attended||Attendance rate (%)||Number of meetings the governor should have attended||Number of meetings attended||Attendance rate (%)|