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Governors

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.

 

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Wigton Moor Primary School

2018-2019

 

Our Role

 

Our role is to ensure there is clarity of vision, that the ethos of the school is well developed and that long term strategic direction is clear and owned by everyone. We ensure this is done successfully by holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and making sure the school budget is well spent by our overseeing financial performance.

 

We work very closely with the head teacher and the senior leadership team, who are also members of the governing body, and who are responsible for the day to day management of the school.

 

We are very proud of the school whose ethos is captured in the statement “at Wigton Moor school everyone learns, everyone achieves, everyone matters”.
 

 

 

Governance

 

The governing body, when at full strength, consists of 7 co-opted, 2 parent, 1 staff and 1 local authority governor as well as the head teacher. Additionally, the deputy head teacher, the assistant head teacher and the school business manager are associate governors, bringing their own particular expertise to meetings.

 

Unfortunately, during the year, two members resigned from the governing body and one member started and then couldn’t maintain attendance and left. Having started off the 2018 academic year with 2 co-opted vacancies and one local authority vacancy, we ended it with 3 co-opted vacancies and one local authority vacancy.

 

However, we have some key strengths amongst the governors including:

  • Design, construction and management of buildings
  • Financial management
  • Health and social care
  • Business planning
  • Strategic planning 
  • Safeguarding
  • Human resources management
  • Psychology
  • Education via the senior leadership team but it would be helpful to have a co-opted governor who has an education background too.

What we lack is time, and a full complement of members who are able to spend extra time outside their paid work to contribute to the governance of the school.
 

 

 

Our Governors

 

Type of Governor 

Name 

Start date 

End date 

Parent 

Mark Bourne 

03/02/16 

03/02/20 

 

Lucy Clement 

21/11/17 

20/11/21 

Head teacher 

Elaine Bown 

01/09/12 

Staff 

Kat Jury 

01/09/19 

01/09/23 

Co-opted 

Sylvia Craven

24/05/17

 23/05/21

 

Charlotte Heslop 

14/03/18 

13/03/22 

 

Sarah Dal Pozzo 

21/10/15 

20/10/19 

 

Nova Jackson 

23/05/18 

22/05/22 

 

Richard Cowles  22/05/19 Resigned 18/19
Vacancy

 

Becky Hughes 

01/02/17 

Resigned 18/19
Vacancy

 

Indi Singh 

04/10/17 

Resigned 18/19
Vacancy

Local authority 

Vacancy 

 

 

Associate (staff) 

Mel Bowen  

12/01/17 

11/01/21 

 

Gillian Dudley 

01/09/18 

30/11/22 

 

Pete Hadfield 

01/09/18

30/11/22

 

 

 

 

Clerk  

Helen Dunleavy Ryan 

01/04/16 

Resigned

 

Members of the governing body work through two main sub committees. Attendance at these meetings and at the full Governing Body meetings can be seen in the appendix to this statement.

 

Teaching, Learning & Pupil Support Committee

At the Teaching,  Learning & Pupil Support Committee we reviewed and adopted policies as necessary and monitored the implementation of the curriculum. 

 

Through governors’ attendance at Teaching, Learning and Pupil Support meetings we have been able to ensure that all our pupils, amongst other qualities, could:

  • Develop an enthusiasm for and enjoyment of learning
  • Develop a sense of self respect, self confidence,  self discipline  and self reliance and an awareness of, and a sensitivity to, the needs of others
  • Achieve their maximum potential

 

We ensured that all statutory policies were adopted and followed in school. This year, in the light of new children with particular disabilities starting in September, an intimate care policy with associated procedures was agreed by the whole governing body.

 

To ensure the curriculum was delivered successfully, each school governor had  a special interest in a particular area of school life which involved learning about new areas and coming into school. This involved focussing on subject areas such as maths or English or developing an understanding about areas such as the management of children with special educational needs and child protection.

 

Resources Committee 
The Resources committee has focussed on ensuring that Human Resources and health and safety issues were managed appropriately. There has been a strong focus on school finances. The school financial year is April to March but we work in academic years, September to August, so it is never a completely straightforward picture looking at the needs of particular groups of pupils in relation to the funding we know is available.   We know that school  finances are very well managed through the monitoring we have undertaken but we are anxious about the overall funding that is available to Wigton Moor. Through the careful husbanding of resources school had a positive carried forward sum last year but this has now reduced significantly where expenditure exceeded income.

 

Members of Resources have, as part of their role, monitored the use of the statutory ring fenced grants of both the sports and pupil premiums.

 

Governors have actively involved themselves in many other aspects of school life, such as sports days, performances and educational visits and have  provided volunteers for special events and activities.
 

 

 

Impact of the governing body 2018-2019

 

Governors have carried out their monitoring and support role through meetings with the senior leadership team, visits to school and assessment and discussion of reports as well as through the understanding and adoption of statutory policies. Our conclusion was that despite reduced funding and increased costs, school is very well managed by a highly committed and enthusiastic team of staff.

 

Over the past year we have had undertaken meetings and have made numerous visits and had one to one discussions with staff including focussing on:

  • Safeguarding
  • Health & Safety
  • SATs
  • Child protection
  • Early Years Foundation Stage x 3
  • Special educational needs and disability x 3
  • Attendance
  • Pupil premium
  • School curriculum 
  • Progress in Year 6

 

We have had constructive discussion on the changes in the LEA admission policy, on the changes proposed by Ofsted in relation to school inspection processes and a number of discussions on the performance of all pupils.

 

Every new governor undertakes the LEA induction training but we are careful about attending courses for which school  has to pay because of the financial position. Excellent in school training sessions have been organised and well attended on both safeguarding, performance development and on performance data. All members of the Resources committee have taken part in a self assessed financial skills audit.

 

 

 

Progress on delivering the governors’ action plan 2018/19

 

In addition to carrying out our roles, we agreed three  actions last year for change and improvement in 2018/19. These were:

 

Action one: To improve the school financial position
The school has an excellent grasp of its finances. We know the school is financially well run, but the bottom line is that the funding situation is getting worse. The plan was that governors would take this forward in the 18/19 academic year by bringing more innovative funding ideas for exploration to the full governing body.

 

During 18/19 governors on the Resources committee spent time becoming more familiar with the detail of the school budget and the way income is managed.

 

 A number of income generating ideas have been  discussed. School leaders are anxious that with their current heavy workload, any additional fund raising will prove too much of a burden when we are trying to ensure the workload of teachers and leaders is kept manageable. Some governors were interested in working up ideas themselves: however, the current shortage of governors has meant the focus of the remaining members had to be on carrying out their core responsibilities.

 

Action two: To review  the governor visit schedule and prepare for Ofsted
2017/18 was a year of change in terms of membership. A number of new members had recently started and had been finding their feet and two very longstanding experienced members had left. The plan in 18/19 was therefore to simplify meetings to allow more discussion and less tick boxing. We planned to reorganise the way  meetings were run, with more integration between the agendas of the full Governing Body, the Resources Committee and the Teaching & Learning & Pupil Support Committee. Policy review would be restructured to allow more time for discussion of important issues.

 

There was better integration between the agendas of the full governing body and the two sub committees. This was achieved in part through a termly planning meeting between the Chairs of Resources and Teaching & Learning and the Chair of the full governing body. The LEA guidance on policies was reviewed and we took advantage of the guidance which gave freedom for a number of statutory policies to be adopted every 3 years rather than every year as previously.


Action three: To develop succession planning and improve the induction of new governors
This has been an ongoing requirement amongst the governing body for some time. The plan in 18/19 was to spread our net wider by encouraging applications from the wider Leeds community via work and social media contacts so that hopefully we could increase our numbers. A ‘buddying’ system was to be established so that new members would have support to help them learn the ropes more quickly.

 

We have been unable to undertake succession planning as we do not have a full complement of governors. We have advertised twice for new members on  ‘Inspiring Governance’ and through a number of work related contacts, obtaining one new governor who unfortunately had to leave after only a few months due to work commitments.

 

In 19/20 we do have cause to hope that additional governors can be appointed.
 

 

 

Relevant business and pecuniary interests

None to declare.

 

Material interests

None to declare.

 

Who we are:

 

 

Sylvia Craven - Chair of Governors 

Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee

I started my working life as a teacher and then worked in Further Education when my three sons were small. I became Chair of a school governing body at that time but things have changed a great deal and I am now very much enjoying new learning at Wigton Moor where I hope my experience and skills will be helpful to the school.  Most of my career has been spent working as an NHS manager at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, both running clinical services, supporting services to become more patient focussed and managing both major budgets and major building schemes.  In my spare time I love gardening and spending time with my friends and family.

 

 

                                                   Mark Bourne - Vice Chair                     

I was elected to the Governing Body in 2016 as a parent Governor. This is my first appointment as a governor and I am looking forward to a long involvement with the school and the chance to develop the skills to enable me to become an effective governor.

I have two children at the school and Wigton Moor will be a large part of our lives for the foreseeable future. As such I value the opportunity to contribute towards its continued improvement and development.

I work for an architectural practice and have extensive experience in the design, construction and management of buildings. I am kept busy with work and family life, with a lot of my weekends involving either Lego-playing or DIY-doing; however, when I get the chance I like finding big hills to walk up!

 

Kat Jury

I am the staff governor. I have been teaching at Wigton Moor Primary School for a number of years. My role as part of the governing body is to represent the voice of the staff. I am excited about this new challenge and I am looking forward to working with an outstanding team and improving the school even further.

 

 

 

Lucy Clement

Chair of Teaching and Learning and Pupil Support Committee

I have very recently become a parent governor at Wigton Moor and I am very excited by this opportunity.  Both of my children are here at Wigton Moor after my daughter was allocated a place in the "bulge class" of 2015.  We feel extremely lucky to be here and I want to contribute what I can to help support Wigton Moor to continue to be the excellent school that it is. 

I live in Roundhay with my husband, two children, cat and a recently acquired crazy puppy.  I am a GP and also have 4 years of paediatric experience in hospitals and the community, which provides a good background for taking on the role of Safeguarding Lead and Children who are Looked After. I was also part of the team who attempted to bring a local Free School to Roundhay to address the local shortage of primary school places.  This was a huge piece of work and I learned a great deal about education and innovative learning techniques which I hope I can now put to good use as a governor here! 

I enjoy spending time with my family and walking the dog.  We especially like our camping and walking adventures in the Yorkshire Dales.

 

 

Julie Taylor

Chair of the Resources Committee

I have worked in the market research industry for 17 years and am currently employed as a Research Director with an agency in Roundhay, who specialise in the financial and consumer sectors. This role involves me travelling the length and breadth of the UK to speak to a wide variety of audiences, which has given me a wealth of insight into people from all walks of life.  My day-to-day involves analysis and interpretation of data, project management, line management of junior personnel and presenting findings to board level clients.  Through working in research I have developed skills in leadership, problem solving and strategic planning which I look forward to bringing to my role as School Governor at Wigton Moor Primary School. I passionately believe that all children can achieve great things with the right conditions and with teachers that are able to focus on helping them grow. I am excited about the opportunity to assist the team in securing the best possible outcomes for pupils.

 I live locally with my husband and two young children. Outside of work I enjoy family time, seeing live music and running.

 

Nadine Bleasby

I have spent the majority of my career working in the NHS working in various areas including managing student clinical placements for medical students in Leeds and York, working in the National Institute for Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre in Leeds, before moving to become Chief Operating Officer for a regional clinical research network across the North East and North Cumbria, and most recently as Chief Operating Officer for a business support unit in primary care. I have previously held the role of school governor for a primary school in Harrogate where I live, and am looking forward to bringing some of that experience with me as well as learning more about Wigton Moor through working with the governing body and teaching staff. I'm a keen swimmer, walker and avid reader as well as enjoying travel, good food and wine in good company.

 

 

 

Governor Meetings Attendance Records 2018-2019

The minutes of Governing Body meetings can be read by contacting the office.

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