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Newhampton C.E. Schools Federation

Welcome to you from the Governors - Welshampton Primary and Newtown Primary Schools Federated on 1st May 2016

 

This new combination is hereby to be designated Newhampton.

 

Chair of Governors - Mrs Camilla Bruce
Vice Chair - Mrs Jayne Camber

 

Full Governing Body Meetings for 2016-17:

5th October 2016, Strategic Meeting on 16th November 2016, 8th February 2017 and 7th June 2017

The Full Governing Body consists of 16 Governors plus up to 4 Associate Governors:

2 parent governors -  elected by parents of children at the schools

1 LA governor – nominated by the Local Authority

1 staff governor – elected by school staff

1 headteacher – ex-officio as Executive Headteacher of Welshampton and Newtown Primary Schools

4 foundation governors – 2 ex-officio as Officiating Ministers of Newtown and Welshampton Parishes and 2 appointed by Lichfield Diocesan Board of Education

7 co-opted governors – members of the local community appointed by the rest of the governing body

Associate members - as required but not more than 4

 

Two main Sub-Committees meet termly:

Resource Management - incl. Finance, Premises, Health & Safety and Personnel

 

Curriculum and Safeguarding

 Members of the Governing Body are as follows:

 

Name & date appointed

Governor type

Term of office end date

Committees & other

areas of responsibility

Relevant business

& pecuniary interest

Camilla Bruce

25.05.2016

Local Authority

24.05.2020

Chair of Governors

Resource Management Committee

 

Kingfisher & Caterpillars Montessori Nursery & EYFS – Owner

Shrewsbury Ark – Trustee Administrator

nil

 

Jayne Camber

01.05.2016

Foundation

30.04.2020

Vice Chair of Governors

Curriculum & Safeguarding Committee

Resource Management Committee

 

Hawkins Motors - Sales & Marketing Executive 

nil

Rev Adam Clayton

01.05.2016

Foundation

30.04.2020

Curriculum & Safeguarding Committee

 

Priest in Charge at Newtown

nil

 

Alison Cowley

25.05.2016

Co-opted

24.05.2020

Resource Management Committee

 

Kitchen Assistant at Newtown

nil

 

Pauline Dee

25.05.2016

Co-opted

24.05.2020

Curriculum & Safeguarding Committee

 

Wem Town Cllr

Shropshire Cllr

nil

 

Rev Stephen Harrop

01.05.2016

Foundation

30.04.2020

Curriculum & Safeguarding Committee

 

Priest in Charge at Welshampton

nil

Rebecca Higgins

07.06.2016

Associate

08.06.2020

Curriculum & Safeguarding Committee

 

Member of staff (Deputy)

nil

Andrew Hodson

01.05.2016

Headteacher

Ex officio

 

 

Curriculum & Safeguarding Committee

Resource Management Committee

 

Member of staff (Executive Headteacher)

nil

Alex Grindley

25.05.2016

Parent

24.05.2020

 

Curriculum & Safeguarding Committee

Resource Management Committee

Sainsbury’s Customer Service Advisor 

nil

Cayley Lay

25.05.2016

Parent

24.05.2020

Chair of Curriculum & Safeguarding Committee

 

FE North Shropshire College employee

nil

Clare Liley

25.05.2016

Co-opted

24.05.2020

Curriculum & Safeguarding Committee

 

Member of staff

nil

 

Clare Mainwaring

25.05.2016

Co-opted

24.05.2020

Resource Management Committee

Pre School Building – Trustee.

HOB Management – Director

Farm & Estate Partner

nil

Clair Millington

08.06.2016

Associate

07.06.2020

Resource Management Committee

Gene Sys Biotech Ltd – Employee

Glendale Consulting – Director

nil

Anders Rowlands

25.05.2016

Staff

24.05.2020

Curriculum & Safeguarding Committee

 

Member of staff

nil

 

Peter Slack

25.05.2016

Co-opted

24.05.2020

Chair of Resource Management Committee

 

Handicare Accessibility – Director

nil

Ruth Smith

08.06.2016

Associate

07.06.2020

Resource Management Committee

 

A & S Landscapes - Marketing Executive

nil

Carole Warner

25.05.2016

Co-opted

Vice Chair

Resigned Sept 2016

Resource Management Committee

 

 

Glynn Woollam

25.05.2016

Co-opted

24.05.2020

Resource Management Committee

 

Retired

nil

 

Glo Wright

01.05.2016

Foundation

30.04.2020

 

 

Retired

nil

 

Newhampton Governors Newsletter No.1 Summer 2016

Newhampton Governors Newsletter No.2 Autumn 2016

The Governing Body

The Government has high expectations of governing bodies. They are the strategic leaders of schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. For schools like Welshampton this is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.

In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

Setting strategic direction

Governing bodies are the key strategic decision making body in every school. It is their job to set the school’s strategic framework and ensure that it meets all of its statutory duties. This includes ensuring the school has a long-term strategic vision – including for the type of school that will offer them most opportunities. In the light of this vision, the governing body should agree the strategic priorities, aims and objectives for the school and sign off the policies, plans and targets for how to achieve them. They should check on progress and review regularly their strategic framework for the school in the light of that progress.

Foundation governors, such as those appointed by a church or diocese, have a specific role in preserving and developing the ethos of the school, including any religious character. They must also ensure the school is conducted in accordance with the foundations’ governing documents, including any trust deed relating to the school.

At the Governing Body’s Meeting held in the Summer Term 2015 the Vision and Strategy 2015 – 2018 document was approved. Monitoring of the of the strategy will take place Termly.

Click below to read more about our "Vision and Strategy".

Educational performance of the school and its pupils

Effective governing bodies hold their Headteacher and other senior school leaders to account for improving school performance by asking the right questions. This might include asking:

  • Which groups of pupils are the highest and lowest performing, and why? Do you have credible plans for addressing underperformance or less than expected progress? How will we know that things are improving?
  • Which year groups or subjects get the best and worst results and why? How does this relate to the quality of teaching across the school? What is your strategy for improving the areas of weakest performance?
  • How are you going to raise standards for all children, including the most and least able, those with special educational needs, those receiving free school meals, boys and girls, those of a particular ethnicity, and any who are currently underachieving? How will we know if your approach is working?
  • Have we got the right staff and the right development and reward arrangements?
  • What is the school’s approach to implementation of pay reform and performance related pay? If appropriate, is it compliant with the most up to date version of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document?
  • Is this a happy school with a positive learning culture? What is our track record on attendance, behaviour and bullying? Are safeguarding procedures securely in place? What are you doing to address any current issues, and how we will know if it is working?
  • How good is our wider offer to pupils? Is the school offering a good range of sports, arts and voluntary activities? Is school food healthy and popular?
  • Do we listen to what pupils and parents are telling us?

Asking ‘the right questions’ should not be seen as a negative role for the governing body.‘Holding to account’ involves asking questions and engaging in discussion to fully understand why decisions are made.Through knowledge governing bodies can ask further questions of data, decisions etc to ensure both governing bodies and leaders are in agreement about the path being followed and why the direction is the correct one for the school and pupils.

 

Overseeing financial performance

Governing bodies are responsible for making sure their school’s money is well spent. They should do this by making sure they have at least one governor with specific skills and experience of financial matters, and by asking questions such as:

  • Are we allocating our resources in line with our strategic priorities?
  • Are we making full use of all our assets and efficient use of all our financial resources?
  • Are other schools buying things cheaper or getting better results with less spending per pupil?
  • How can we get better value for money from our budget?

 

 

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