School Governors and the Academy Trust
Minutes of Local Governing Body Meetings - 2016-17
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Governor attendance at LGB meetings 2016-17
Welcome from the Chair of Governors
My name is Zoe Doye and I am the Chair of All Saints Governing Body. I was elected as a Parent Governor two years ago, and am now a Community Governor. I was elected as Chair in September 2016. As well as being a member of the Governing Body, I of course have links with the academy via my daughter, Maia, who is in Year 5. I also come into school one afternoon a week to listen to children read. So I have several different links with the academy.
I have certain skills behind me which I hope I can draw upon in my role as a governor. I work for the Open University as a Senior Faculty Manager in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. In that role, I spend a lot of my time supporting the Faculty's teaching staff, including ensuring their personal development, leading staff development sessions, monitoring their grading, checking the quality of feedback to students, visiting tutorial sessions, and so on. In other words, I oversee a system of checks and balances, in the context of personal and educational development, which seems to me to be not so different to what happens within a school. I also teach for the University.
It has been very interesting, personally, to be involved in All Saints given my involvement further along the road of education. But what has struck me overall about All Saints and the staff that I have met, is their commitment to the children and their focus on making learning exciting and positive and empowering. I am pleased and proud to be part of a Governing Body that is here to support – and challenge! – All Saints' development as an academy.
With best wishes,
The Local Governing Body
The Academy is governed by the Trust Board and by a Local Governing Body, which is legally a Committee of the Trust Board, and only responsible for decisions delegated to it by the Board under their Scheme of Delegation. Appointments to the new Local Governing Body have been confirmed by the Trust Board as follows:
Dr. Zoe Doye Community Governor (Chair)
Ms Katharine Hurd Headteacher, All Saints CE Junior Academy
Mrs. Joanne Martin Elected Staff Governor
Mr. Andrew Crighton Foundation Governor (appointed by Academy Trust)
Mrs. Alison Early Foundation Governor (appointed by Academy Trust) (from June 2017)
Mr. Michael Watson Parent Governor (from June 2017)
In addition to the above members, Mrs. Alison Brignall, the Business Manager, Mrs. Anne Hanney, Group Executive Principal (DCAT) attend all meetings, and Mr. Darren Carpenter, the Academy Trust's Finance & Operations Manager, may attend meetings.
Click here to see Declaration of Business Interests information for members of the Local Governing Body at the Academy for the 2016-17 academic year.
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The Roles and Responsibilities of the Governing Body
The three main functions of the governing body include:
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the academy;
2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the academy and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent.
With all of the three items above, the role of the Governing Body is to constructively challenge the senior leadership of the academy (that is, to be a "critical friend"). The Governing Body is not meant to get involved in the day-to-day running of the academy.
What does the Governing Body actually do?
The Governing Body meets once every term for a full meeting. Standard items that are discussed at these meetings include: data on how the children as a whole are progressing, academy finance, academy policy updates, safeguarding and SIAMS (the Statutory Inspection of Anglican schools). A termly headteacher's report is also circulated, which updates governors on various matters to do with the academy.
Once a year, the Governing Body scrutinises the academy's Self-Evaluation Form (which is the academy's evaluation of how it is doing against previous judgements made by OFSTED), and also the School Development Plan, which is the yearly action plan that follows on from the Self-Evaluation Form.
As well as these termly meetings, governors regularly visit the academy to focus on a particular element of academy life. For instance, a recent visit focused on lesson planning, and looked at the role of both subject leads and class teachers in the detailed and comprehensive planning that takes place for every lesson. A write-up of these visits are then circulated to other governors, so that the Governing Body can build up a collective picture of the academy.
The lead governor for safeguarding meets termly with senior leaders and SENCO to ensure that the academy is up keeping its safeguarding responsibilities. Likewise, the lead governor for Health and Safety meets with the business manager and site caretaker to conduct a termly health and safety walk.
How to contact the Governing Body
A member of the Governing Body tries to be available at events such as parents' evening, so that parents can stop by and have a chat.
If you want to contact the Governing Body directly, you can leave a message or letter at the school office and the Chair of Governors, Zoe Doye, will get back to you.
The Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust (DCAT)
The Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust is what is called a Multi Academy Trust. This means that it has under its stewardship more than one academy. In the case of DCAT, in East Sussex it also has St Leonards CEPAcademy, St Paul's CE Academy, Christchurch CE Primary & Nursery Academy, and St Catherine's College (Eastbourne). Under a Scheme of delegation, the differing roles and responsibilities of governance are delegated between the MAT and the Local Governing Boards.
You can find out more information about the Multi-Academy Trust by visiting these links:
Academy Trust financial information can be found on the Statutory Publications page of the Trust's website - http://dcat.academy/statutory-publications/
Information about Governance relating to trustees and members - http://dcat.academy/governance/
If you wish to write or telephone the Trust, their contact information is:
The Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust,
Diocesan Church House,
211 New Church Road,
Hove, East Sussex
Telephone: 01273 425001 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can read the Academy Trust's FOI Publication Scheme by clicking here, and any of their other Policies by visiting http://dcat.academy/policies