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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

September 2019 – July 2020

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.

During 2019-20 we had vacancies for 2 co-opted and 1 LA representative.   We hope to recruit for these positions during 2020-21.

The key strengths amongst the governors include:

  • 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

Lucy Clement 

21/11/17 

20/11/21 

 

Julie Taylor

26/09/19

25/09/23

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 

18/09/20 

 

Sarah Dal Pozzo 

21/10/15 

17/09/20 

 

Nova Jackson 

23/05/18 

05/12/19 

 

Mark Bourne 

03/02/16 

03/02/23

 

Richard Cowles

22/05/19

28/11/19

 

Nadine Bleasby

28/11/19

27/11/23

 

Vacancy

29/11/19

 

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  

Sharon Burn 

01/09/19

24/03/20

Clerk

Jane Howarth

25/03/20

24/03/24

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 included amendments to the Keeping Children Safe in Education and Behaviour Policy to address changes to the school routine to adhere to COVID-19 guidance set by the DfE.

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.

In December 2019 the school had a Deep Dive visit from Ofsted to inspect the History curriculum.  The outcome of this visit enabled the Senior Leadership Team to implement the findings of this visit to continue to develop the school curriculum.  This was considered and discussed at governor level and adjustments to the School Improvement plan were agreed to support these changes.  The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on the timetable for this implementation but the governors are aware that the work continues within the school.   

 

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 continue to be cautious about the overall funding that is available to Wigton Moor. We understand with the introduction of the National Funding Formula during 20-21 and onwards the dedicated school grant funding to Wigton Moor will increase however additional budget expenditure to address increase in salaries, on-costs, COVID-19 requirements will impact.  The careful budgeting and monitoring continues to provide a positive carry forward for the school which supports the budget.

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 previously have actively involved themselves in many other aspects of school life, such as recruitment, sports days, performances and educational visits and have provided volunteers for special events and activities.  The COVID-19 regulations have restricted this activity and all meetings moved onto a remote platform.  All meetings still took place but the ability to visit the school was removed from March 2020.  Support via email, telephone calls and online meetings was provided.

 

Relevant business and pecuniary interests

None to declare.

 

Material interests

None to declare.

Impact of the governing body September 2019 – July 2020

 

Governors have carried out their monitoring and support role through meetings with the senior leadership team, visits to school (pre-March 2020), assessment and discussion of reports as well as through the understanding and adoption of statutory policies. Our conclusion was that despite reduced funding, increased costs and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the school is very well managed by a highly committed and enthusiastic team of staff.  2020 will of course be remembered in history for the unprecedented nature of the pandemic on schools and their workforce and special thanks go out to the whole school team for their dedication and hard work which ensured all key worker children were looked after during lockdown and the school successfully re-opened in September 2020.

Over the past year we have 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 of the changes introduced by Ofsted in relation to school inspection processes supported by the findings of the Deep Dive Ofsted visit in December 2019 and a number of discussions on the performance of all pupils.

Every new governor undertakes the LEA induction training and are provided with details of all Governor courses via the Leeds for Learning website.  Since March 2020 this moved onto remote courses.  In previous years in school training sessions have been organised and well attended on safeguarding, performance development and on performance data.  These are to be re-arranged to 2020-21.  All members of the Resources committee have taken part in a self-assessment financial skills audit.

 

Progress on delivering the governors’ action plan 2019/20

In addition to carrying out our roles, we agreed five actions last year for change and improvement in 2019/20. These were:

 

Action one: Further recruitment of appropriate members & induction of new governors – attempt to reflect & represent school population

The Chair of Governors and Headteacher worked with Governor Service to advertise for new Governors.  Two new Governors started in September 2019 (one co-opted / 1 parent).  Time was spent liaising with a possible new Governor who unfortunately was unable to proceed at that time.  During lockdown the Chair and Headteacher continued to work with Governor Services and a LEA governor with an educational background is due to start in September 2020.

The recruitment of a parent governor had to be put on hold during the lockdown, to be undertaken during the Autumn term 2020. 

 

Action two:  Improve understanding of roles and engagement in strategic processes and to carry out their statutory duties.

All Governors attend Induction Training provided by Leeds Council Governor Service.  They also accessed various training throughout the year (remotely from March 2020) including:

  • Child Protection
  • School Finance
  • Safeguarding
  • Safer Recruitment
  • Pupil Premium & Diminishing the Difference
  • HT performance management

Governors are provided with documents for each committee meeting a minimum of 7 days prior to the meeting via the Leeds for Learning website.  They consider these documents in full before the meeting and act as a critical friend where appropriate to ensure they are able to carry out their role effectively.

From September 2019 to March 2020 Governors visited to review:

  • Year 6 differentiation (SC)
  • Pupil Premium (SDP)
  • SEND (SDP)
  • PE and Sport Premium (NB)
  • EYFS (SDP)
  • Safeguarding (LC)
  • School Financial Value Standard (MB)
  • Health & Safety (MB)
  • English/Literacy (JT)

Remote meetings continued as planned during the lockdown and individual online meetings were held.  One Governor became the Chair of the Resources Committee from April 2020 and she met separately with the Business Manager to discuss the budget setting process and monthly budget monitoring. 

 

Action three: To ensure governors have a good understanding of the achievement and provision within the school

This process is a continuous one achieved by discussion in meetings on important issues, visits and in house and external training. Unfortunately, this was limited from March 2020 as we went into lockdown  . Pupils have not been able to achieve what governors and staff wanted for them because they have not been able to derive full benefit from being in school full time for a good part of the year due to the pandemic. However, governors have played a full part in discussion  of the options for on line learning.

 

Action four: To ensure governors have a good understanding of the key priorities of the school 2019-20+

The School Improvement plan was discussed with Governors in November 2019. 

The school had the Ofsted Deep Dive inspection in December 2019 the outcome of which provided the school with the opportunity to review the curriculum in-depth in relation to new Ofsted guidance over the rest of the academic year.  During this process Governors planned to meet with subject leaders to enhance their understanding. Due to the lockdown this did not proceed as planned and teachers adapted to the priorities of  COVID-19 ..  The curriculum review is continuing and Governors will re-visit this from September 2020.

 

Action 5: To ensure governors are prepared for the new requirements of Ofsted

 Again, lockdown has prevented this work going ahead as we intended

 

Action Plan 2020 - 2021

  1. To support all the staff to maintain the highest standards of teaching and learning throughout what will inevitably be a very difficult year
  2. To  contribute and back the senior leadership team in particular in their management of the health and wellbeing of all our pupils
  3. To work to recruit a full complement of governors
  4. Despite any restrictions which may be in force to continue to build a strong team between the governing body and the staff
  5. To constructively evaluate proposals for change and development within school by reading, discussion, training and visits if they become possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who we are:

 

 

Kathryn Wilkinson - Chair of Governors 

I have over 25 years’ experience as a governor in a number of different schools and settings and am a member of the Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP) Education Reference Group. I have experience of teaching both at primary and secondary level and am currently manager of the Governor Support Service (GSS) at Leeds City Council where I have worked for 20 years. GSS is responsible for ensuring effective governance across all maintained schools in the authority through providing training and development opportunities, a clerking service and advice and support from governance professionals.

I am delighted to have been appointed as the LA governor at Wigton Moor Primary School in July 2021 and look forward to working with the rest of the governing body, the headteacher and the senior leadership team to ensure the best outcomes for all children.

 

 

Sylvia Craven 

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.

 

 

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.

 

Andy Atkins

 

I have worked in education all my working life and I am dedicated to supporting teachers, children and schools to improve and develop their learning. I trained as a teacher and taught in Suffolk, and then I was a consultant and Lead Advisor for Essex County Council schools where I provided extensive support for schools and professional development and training for teachers. Since 2012, I have worked at a number of universities on their Initial Teacher Training programmes as a Senior Lecturer. I was previously a governor at a primary school in Northampton. I have recently moved to Leeds and am keen to work with the team at Wigton Moor Primary School to support the staff and children, and in my spare time explore the lovely countryside in Yorkshire.

 

Sharon Kelly

My whole career has been in Finance, initially with Arcadia Group for 3 years and subsequently Hermes Parcelnet Ltd for the last 15 years during which time I have held a wide range of roles which has included managing various sized teams and dealing with wide ranging topic areas including supporting non-financial stakeholders and ensuring their decision making is based on accurate financial data which needs to be translated to them in a way that is easily understood.

I have a son currently in Year 4 at Wigton Moor and a daughter who is now in Year 7 but also attended Wigton Moor through her whole primary school education.  This link to the school has given me a desire to give what I can back to a school that has provided so well for my two children and I am hoping to share some of my skills and expertise as I take up the Parent Governor role.

As a family we are always out walking, cycling or exploring the local community.

 

Mike Allen

I am an experienced finance professional, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant nearly 25 years ago. I have enjoyed roles in private practice and industry, at home and abroad, and have held senior leadership roles in corporate and commercial banking for the last 19 years. I am also a member of the Leeds City Region LEP's Business Investment Panel, advising the West Yorkshire Combined Authority on grant and loan applications. 

I have two children at Wigton Moor and my wife is a former pupil, so as a family we are very invested in the school, hence my desire to use my experience to assist the governing body. My pastimes outside of work and family revolve around sport, playing football and road cycling on a weekly basis.

 

 

 

Governor Meetings Attendance Records 2018-2019

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

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