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Local Governing Committee

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

 

Wymondham CE Primary School Governors

 

The aim of the Governor team at our school is to work with the staff in helping the children achieve their full potential in a happy, caring environment.

 

We do this in four main ways:

 

  • Monitoring the performance and progress of our children

  • Working with the staff to help them teach and care for our children

  • Deciding on how the resources of the school are best used

  • Planning ahead so that the performance of our children and our school continues to improve

 

To deliver this effectively, the Governor team members are representative of all the key groups involved in our school – the Parents, the Staff, the Community, the MAT and the Church. Some are appointed and some are elected. All serve for a term of three years.

 

We meet together at least once a term as a whole team, and in sub-groups focused on Safeguarding, Finance, Health and Safety, and Standards. In addition, we each have a specialist subject that we take particular interest in (e.g. Maths, English, Art, ICT).

 

You may contact me by letter via the school office, marking your envelope ‘Private and Confidential’ or directly to to the office email: office@wymondham.risemat.co.uk

 

We look forward to a continued successful partnership with you

 

Helen Sykes

Chair of Governors

The Role of our Governors

 

Our school is an Academy within Rise Multi-Academy Trust, whose Board of Trustees are ultimately responsible for the school. All local governance committees are de facto committees of the Board of Directors. The members of each local governing committee are referred to as ‘Governors’. Their key responsibilities are to:

 

  • Promote high standards of educational achievement, strategic planning and financial control;
  • Ensure that the school has identified what the Christian ethos means for the school in its context and community;
  • Ensure the school meets statutory requirements.

 

Governors are not expected to be involved in the detail of the day-to-day management of the school – this is the responsibility of the Executive Headteacher and senior leadership team. The Governors work in partnership with them, acting as 'critical friends', to support and challenge the work of the school. In practice this means there is a continual cycle of  monitoring and evaluation of the work of the school against agreed targets, actions and policies.

 

Who Are We?

 

Our governors are representative of all the groups involved in our school: staff, parents, local community and Church. They are all volunteers who give their time, energy and skills free of charge to benefit the children of our school. The number and type of Governor is determined in our Memorandum of Understanding from the Trust. The term of office is four years. We currently have eight governors comprised of:

 

  • Three Director-appointed governors, appointed by Rise;
  • One staff governor, elected by the staff at our school;
  • Two parent governors, elected by parents of the school;
  • Two ex-officio members (there by nature of their job) – the Executive Headteacher and the Vicar.

 

We have a Clerk to Governors who is paid to carry out administrative tasks for governor business.

 

See below for details of our work so far this year and to read our governor profiles.

 

What Do We Do?

 

The Local Governing Committee meets once per term, but we manage a lot of work through our regular visits to the school. Our main work centres around:

 

  • Safeguarding - every time we visit, we consult with children and staff to check that everyone feels safe and secure.  During the course of the year, we review the security measures of the school, Single Central Record, policies and procedures, including Risk Assessments and school safety logs.
  • Finance, Pay and Personnel - where we review staffing, including staff well-being and recruitment when necessary; approve the annual budget; and monitor expenditure to ensure value for money. We remain vigilant of possible funding opportunities (e.g. grants) too.
  • Estates, Health and Safety - where we check health and safety around the school site, and look at the learning environment for the children, maintenance and development of our buildings. We support the Executive Headteacher in securing S106 funding from local housing developments and Condition Improvement Funds.
  • Standards and Values - we review pupil progress and attainment with staff each term; we monitor school improvement, including curriculum development; and consider the church school distinctiveness of our school.
  • Vale Cluster Governing Committee - we have formed a governor partnership with Redmile, Croxton Kerrial and Waltham-on-the-Wolds CE Primary Schools to oversee the strategic work of our Executive Headship model within the Rise Multi-Academy Trust. It is made up of two governors from each school, including a representative of the church and we meet termly.

 

From time to time, we also form working groups to work on specific strategic projects as they arise, eg. Headteacher recruitment.

 

How do we achieve this?

 

School Visits and Learning Walks

 

Governor visits allow us to see the school at work, gain relevant knowledge and understanding to be able to perform our governing role effectively and fulfil our monitoring functions. We set out a programme of governor visits for every year, each focused on a particular subject and undertaken by the relevant subject link governor. This might include: discussions with subject coordinators, visits to each class to see how learning takes place and meetings about specific aspects of work, e.g. safeguarding. In practice, many of our governors also frequently attend other activities going on in the school to ensure that they know the school well. We also accompany the staff and children on school visits and trips.

 

Governor Training

 

We have a governor responsible for training and attend regular training and development events to support us in our role as governors, organised by the Governor Development Service, Rise and within school.

 

Partnership Links

 

We work in close partnership with the CEO and central team of Rise who visit our school and offer guidance and support when required. We also work with other governing bodies around our local area which helps to inform our strategic work as well allowing us to broaden our knowledge by exchanging experiences with governors in settings similar to ours.

CHAIR OF GOVERNORS

Dr. Helen Sykes

Term of Office Start: May 2019
Link Subjects: SEND / More Able / Anti-bullying / Prevent

 

 

VICE CHAIR OF GOVERNORS

Dr. Jackie Johnston

Term of Office Start: September 2018
Link Subjects: EYFS / Data, Safeguarding / Attendance

 

FOUNDATION GOVERNOR AND INCUMBENT

Rev. David Cowie

Term of Office Start: September 2016
Link Subjects: R.E. / Values

 

PARENT GOVERNORS

Mrs Katie Field

Term of Office Start: March 2019
Link Subjects: Literacy / Science

 

Mr Alastair McGann

Term of Office Start: March 2019
Link Subjects: Maths / IT

 

LOCAL GOVERNORS

Mr Derek Cullen

Term of Office Start: September 2019
Link Subjects: Health and Safety / Estates

 

Mrs Ruth Farrar

Term of Office Start: April 2021

 

EXECUTIVE HEADTEACHER

Mrs Julie Hopkins

Term of Office Start: June 2019

 

STAFF GOVERNORS

Mr Ian Beadle

Term of Office Start: September 2018

Miss Kirsty Kingston-Brown

For information about Governance of the RISE Multi-Academy Trust please click here.

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