Governors

Governing Body – Innsworth Schools’ Partnership

The majority of children from Innsworth Infant School transfer to Innsworth Junior School to complete their primary phase education. Each school had its own Governing Body. While the two schools had always worked together, in 2013 it was agreed that even closer cooperation could be achieved, resulting in a better educational ‘offering’ to pupils, by federating the two governing bodies into one. This occurred on September 1, 2014 and the Innsworth Schools’ Partnership came into being. The ties between the schools were further strengthened by the appointment of Mrs Lisa Jones as Executive Headteacher on September 1, 2015, with responsibility for both schools.

 

The overall role of Governors is to support the Headteacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’.  Governors help the Headteacher and Staff to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. The two key documents used for this are the School Development Plan (SDP) and the Self Evaluation Form (SEF). The SDP sets out a strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards and the SEF sets out how well the school is doing and where we aim to make improvements.

Statutory duties of the Governing Body include:-

  • setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
  • approving the school budget
  • reviewing progress against the school's budget and objectives
  • appointing, challenging and supporting the Headteacher

The Governing Body meets at least once every term (6 meetings per academic year). Committees look at particular areas of school life under the headings, Learning, Resourcing and Staffing.  All governors are informed about what happens at these meetings.

Learning Committee – looks at pupil progress and attainment, and the quality and consistency of teaching.

Resourcing Committee – looks at how the school budgets are being spent, within the classroom, and on buildings and facilities

Staffing Committee – looks at all aspects of school life affecting and affected by staff.

There are several categories of governor, representing different groups that have an interest in the schools. These are the Headteacher, Parent Governors (one from each school, elected by parents) and a Staff Governor (elected by staff from both schools). This group of Governors convened the first meeting of the FGB and then co-opted further governors to complete the FGB. One of those co-opted governors is nominated by the local authority, Gloucestershire County Council. Co-opted governors are appointed because of their specific expertise or the experience which they can bring to the FGB.

The children at both schools are at the heart of everything the Headteacher, Staff and Governors do. We are committed to providing an environment, where all aspects, physical, emotional, academic and playful, can be enjoyed by all of our children so that by the end of the primary stage of their education, they have all had the opportunity to ‘enjoy, achieve, aspire’. This is the inspiration behind the establishment of the Innsworth Schools’ Partnership.

 

Members of the Governing Body (as at 1 Sep 2017)

 Mr Graham Bocking                           Co-opted Governor 

                                                            Four year term, commencing 28 November 2016

                                                            Attended 2 of 4 FGB meetings in 2016-17

Mrs Lucy Bradley -                              Co-opted Governor

                                                            Four year term, commencing 14 March 2016

                                                            Parent Governor 1 September 2014 to 13 March 2016

                                                            Member and Chair of Staffing Committee

                                                            Attended 6 of 7 FGB meetings in 2016-17

                                                            Attended 5 of 6 Staffing Committee meetings in 2016-17

                                                            Attended 1 Resourcing Committee meeting in 2016-17

Mrs Elizabeth Burley -                         Co-opted Governor

                                                            Four year term, commencing 1 September 2014

                                                            Member, Learning Committee

                                                            Governor for Child Protection & SEND

                                                            Attended 5 of 7 FGB meetings in 2016-17

                                                            Attended 5 of 6 Learning Committee meetings in 2016-17

                                                            Attended 1 Resourcing Committee meeting in 2016-17

Mrs Sarah Coleby -                             Co-opted Governor

                                                            Four year term, commencing 1 September 2014

                                                            Member, Learning Committee

                                                            Governor for SEND

                                                            Attended 7 of 7 FGB meetings in 2016-17

                                                            Attended 5 of 6 Learning Committee meetings in 2016-17

                                                            Attended 1 Resourcing Committee meeting in 2016-17

Mrs Sarah Duffy                                  Parent Governor

                                                            Four year term, commencing 1 September 2014

                                                            Member, Staffing Committee

                                                            Governor for Child Protection

                                                            Attended 5 of 7 FGB meetings in 2016-17                             

                                                            Attended 6 of 6 Staffing Committee meetings in 2016-17

Mr Marcus Fountain -                          Parent Governor

                                                            Four year term, commencing 14 March 2016

                                                            Member, Staffing Committee

                                                            Attended 3 of 7 FGB meetings in 2016-17

                                                            Attended 4 of 6 Staffing Committee meetings in 2016-17

Mrs Lisa Jones -                                  Headteacher, statutory appointment, 1 September 2014

                                                            Member, Learning, Resourcing and Staffing Committees

                                                            Attended 7 of 7 FGB meetings in 2016-17

                                                            Attended 5 of 6 Learning Committee meetings in 2016-17

                                                            Attended 6 of 6 Resourcing Committee meetings in 2016-17

                                                            Attended 6 of 6 Staffing Committee meetings in 2016-17

Mrs Lucy Monk -                                 Co-opted Governor, commencing 15 February 2017

                                                            Member Learning Committee

                                                            Attended 3 of 3 FGB meetings in 2016-17

                                                            Attended 3 of 3 Learning Committee meetings in 2016-17

                                                            Mrs Monk is Deputy Head Teacher of Innsworth Infant School

Mrs Marylyn Nelson -                          Co-opted Governor

                                                            Four year term, commencing 1 September 2014

                                                            Member and Chair Learning Committee

                                                            Governor for Staff Welfare

                                                            Attended 6 of 7 FGB meetings in 2016-17

                                                            Attended 5 of 6 Learning Committee meetings in 2016-17

Mrs Audrey Ricks -                              Local Authority Governor for Partnership

                                                            Four year term, commencing 16 May 2016

                                                            Co-opted Governor 1 September 2014 to 15 May 2016    

                                                            Member, Staffing Committee

                                                            Attended 6 of 7 FGB meetings in 2016-17

                                                            Attended 3 of 6 Staffing Committee meetings in 2016-17

Mr Godfrey Sterry -                             Co-opted Governor

                                                            Four year term, commencing 1 September 2014

                                                            Chair of Governing Body

                                                            Member, and Chair, Resourcing Committee

                                                            Governor for Health & Safety and Governor Training

                                                            Attended 7 of 7 FGB meetings in 2016-17

                                                            Attended 6 of 6 Resourcing Committee meetings in 2016-17

                                                            Attended 2 Learning Committee meetings in 2016-17 in ex-                                                                         officio capacity   

                                                            Mr Sterry is married to a member of the schools’ staff.

Mrs Linda Willis -                                Staff Governor, elected unopposed 1 September 2015

                                                            Four year term, commencing 1 September 2015

                                                            Member, Resourcing Committee

                                                            Attended 4 of 7 FGB meetings in 2016-17

                                                            Attended 5 of 6 Resourcing Committee meetings in 2016-17

 In 2016-17, the following also served as a Governor :-

Mrs Louise Forbes -                            Co-opted Governor, commencing 1 September 2014

                                                            Resigned 31 July 2017

                                                            Member, Resourcing Committee

                                                            Attended 6 of 7 FGB meetings in 2016-17

                                                            Attended 4 of 6 Resourcing Committee meetings in 2016-17  

Mr Lloyd Hatch -                                 Co-opted Governor, commencing 14 March 2016

                                                            Resigned 30 April 2017

                                                            Attended 2 of 5 FGB meetings in 2016

                                                            Attended 3 of 4 Resourcing Committee meetings in 2016-17

Mr Michael O’Neill -                             Co-opted Governor, commencing 14 March 2016

                                                            Resigned 31 July 2017

                                                            Member Resourcing Committee to 11 September 2016

                                                            Member Learning Committee from 12 September 2016

                                                            Attended 4 of 7 FGB meetings in 2016-17

                                                            Attended 2 of 6 Learning Committee meetings in 2016-17

Miss Kirsten Schofield -                      Co-opted Governor, commencing 1 September 2014

                                                            Maternity leave from February 2017

                                                            Member, Learning Committee

                                                            Attended 3 of 4 FGB meetings in 2016-17

                                                            Attended 3 of 3 Learning Committee meetings in 2016-17

                                                            Miss Schofield is Deputy Head Teacher of Innsworth Junior School              

There are currently three vacancies on the Governing Body.                                      

No member (Governor) of the Governing Body listed above is/was a member of any other school Governing Body, nor does/did any member have any business or pecuniary interest which conflicts/conflicted with their membership of this Governing Body.

No member (Governor) of the Governing Body has been paid any remuneration or expenses in connection with their duties since the formation of Innsworth Schools’ Partnership on 1 September 2014.