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The Governors

The Governing Board

Like all schools Alder Coppice has a Governing Board made up of governors from different backgrounds and interests. Governors do not run the School on a day-to- day basis - that is the Headteacher’s job. They play four very important roles in the life of Alder Coppice:

1. Strategic Direction

Working on behalf of the local community, they set the broad direction of the School. This includes the ethos of the School, that is to say its values and aims which underlie everything which the School does. Governors approve the School’s budget and the curriculum each year, and of vital importance to a successful School they appoint the Senior Leadership Team.

2. Critical Friend

The governors get to know the School well in various ways, and are able to give it their support as a ‘friend’. But they are also in a good position to have an honest ‘critical’ view of the School and be able to give constructive comments where it is needed.

3. Accountability

All Governors are accountable to the people who appoint them - and ultimately to parents and to the public. The Headteacher in turn is accountable to the governors for how he runs and manages the School.

4. Raising Attainment

The main role of any school is to enable the pupils to enjoy learning and to achieve their potential, whether that is intellectual, social, sporting or whatever. So governors must ensure that there are policies in place to raise the attainment of pupils each year and monitor those policies to see that they are being followed effectively.

 

Alder Coppice Primary School Governing Board

At Alder Coppice we are fortunate to have governors with a very wide range of experience and backgrounds. There are 5 types of governor:

  • Partnership: nominated by the Governing Board;
  • Parents:  elected by the parents from amongst themselves.;
  • Local Authority:  appointed by the Local Authority;
  • Staff: elected by the teachers and support staff also including the Headteacher as an ex-officio governor;
  • Co-opted:  nominated by the Governing Board.

All governors are appointed for four years at a time. Parent governors can complete their four-year appointment after their children have left school, but staff governors cannot continue if they leave the School.

 

Governor Duties

The Governing Board meets at least once each Term to conduct its business, when one of the major items is usually the Headteacher’s written Report. But in order to be effective in their work, the governors also serve on committees. 

 

Current committees include:

 

  • Premises, Health and Safety;
  • Personnel and Finance;
  • Pay.

 

Staff and Pupil Discipline, Exclusion and Appeals committees meet when required.

 

As well as attending formal meetings, governors visit school to observe its life at first hand, so that they gain a greater knowledge of how it operates and the challenges it faces. This helps to inform them as they carry out their roles.

 

Contact

If you would like to contact the Governing Board or know more about what it does, please write to the Chair of Governors c/o the School.

 

 

Governing Board Composition 2017 – 2018

Governors hold an important public office and their identity should be known to their school and wider communities.

Mr Peter Mandelstam

Category of Governor: Staff/Headteacher

Term of Office: Ex-Officio

Committees: Full Governing Board; Finance & Personnel; Pay Review (Advisory); School Improvement; Premises & Health & Safety.

Responsibility: Headteacher - Alder Coppice Primary School

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Mr Andrew Chaney

Category of Governor: Co-opted Governor

Appointing Body: Governing Board

Term of Office: 07/10/2017 – 06/10/2021

Committees: Full Governing Board; Finance & Personnel; Appeals; School Improvement; Premises, Health & Safety.

Chair of Premises, Health & Safety Committee.

Child Protection/Safeguarding Governor Representative.

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Mrs Nikki Hayden

Category of Governor: Staff Governor

Appointing Body: Elected by School Staff

Term of Office: 13/03/2014 – 12/03/2018

Committees: Full Governing Board and School Improvement.

Responsibility: Training & Development Governor Representative.

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Mrs Meg Thompson

Category of Governor: Co-opted Governor

Appointing Body: Governing Board

Term of Office: 05/06/2014 – 04/06/2018

Committees: Full Governing Board; Pay Review; Performance Management; School Improvement.

Responsibility: Chair of Governors

LAC & Pupil Premium Governor Representative.

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Mrs Emma Gobourn

Category of Governor: Parent Governor

Appointing Body: Elected by Parents

Term of Office: 01/03/2016 – 29/02/2020

Committees: Full Governing Board; Finance & Personnel; School Improvement; Pay Review; Performance Management.

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Mrs Emma Norton

Category of Governor: Parent Governor

Appointing Body: Elected by Parents

Term of Office: 01/03/2016 – 29/02/2020

Committees: Full Governing Board; Finance & Personnel; School Improvement; Pay Review;

Performance Management; Premises, Health & Safety.

Responsibility: Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Finance and Personnel

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2017 - 2018

The following members of staff attend meetings in an advisory capacity.

 

Mrs Sara Millward

Designation: Headteacher’s PA

Committees: Finance & Personnel; Premises, Health & Safety; Full Governing Board.

Voting Rights: None

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Mrs Melanie Boden

Designation: Strategic Finance Manager

Committees: Finance & Personnel.

Voting Rights: None

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Mrs Helen Robinson

Designation: Deputy Headteacher

Senior Leadership Team

Committees: Full Governing Board and School Improvement.

Voting Rights: None

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Mrs Jo Randall

Designation: Assistant Headteacher

Senior Leadership Team

Committees: Full Governing Board and School Improvement.

Voting Rights: None

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Mrs Jackie Podmore

Designation: Senior Teacher

Committees: Full Governing Board and School Improvement.

Voting Rights: None

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Mrs Jo Bigford

Designation: Senior Teacher

Committees: Full Governing Board and School Improvement.

Voting Rights: None

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Special Responsibility Governors

 

Safeguarding, Behaviour and Safety*

 

Mr A Chaney

 

SEND/LAC/Pupil Premium Governor

 

Mrs M Thompson

 

Safer Recruitment Governor

 

Mr P Mandelstam

 

Attendance Governor

 

Mrs E Norton

 

English Governor

 

VACANT

 

Maths Governor

 

Mrs E Gobourn

 

Training and Development Governor

 

Mrs N Hayden

 

EYFS Governor

 

Mrs M Thompson

 

KS1 Governor

 

Mrs E Gobourn

 

LKS2 Governor

 

Mr A Chaney

 

UKS2 Governor

 

Mrs E Norton

*The DfE’s statutory guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education requires governing boards to:

 

ensure a member of the governing body, usually the chair, is nominated to liaise with the LA and/or partner agencies on issues of child protection and in the event of allegations of abuse made against the headteacher, the principal of a college or proprietor or member of governing body of an independent school.’

 

Terms of Reference 2017 - 2018

Instrument of Government

Governing Board Meeting Attendance for 2016 - 2017

 

 

Name

Category of Governor

Possible Number Meetings

To Attend

Meetings

Actually

Attended

% Meetings Attended

Mr Peter Mandelstam

Headteacher/

Ex-Officio

11

11

100%

Mr Andrew Chaney

Co-opted

9

7

77%

Mrs Emma Gobourn

Parent

9

9

100%

Mrs Emma Norton

Parent

11

9

81%

Mrs Julie Penrose

Co-opted

7

3

42%

Mrs Nikki Hayden

Staff

5

4

80%

Mrs Meg Thompson

Co-opted

8

8

100%

 

Governing Board Register of Interests 2017 - 2018

 

Governing bodies are under a duty to publish on their website their register of interests. The register sets out the relevant business interests of governors and details of any other educational establishments they govern. The register also sets out any relationships between governors and members of the School staff including spouses, partners and relatives.

 

Key:

~ Nothing to declare

Name

Category of Governor

Business Interests

Governance in other educational institutions

Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives)

Mr Peter Mandelstam

Staff/

Headteacher

~

~

~

Mr Andrew Chaney

Co-opted

~

~

~

Mrs Julie Penrose

Co-opted

~

~

~

Mrs Nikki Hayden

Staff

~

~

~

Mrs Meg Thompson

Co-opted

~

~

~

Mrs Emma Norton

Parent

~

~

~

Mrs Emma Gobourn

Parent

~

~

~

 

Governing Board Register of Business Interests 2016 - 2017

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