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Welcome to the Governors' section.

Governors 

Governors work as a team. They are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education for all pupils within a safe environment. Raising educational standards and ensuring wellbeing in school is a key priority. This has the best chance of happening when there are high expectations of what pupils can achieve.
Governors promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies. They do this together with the head teacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.
Head teachers are recruited and selected by governors - and most head teachers choose to be governors themselves.

Governing boards are accountable to parents and Carers as well as the local community. A governor term of office is usually for four years.

 

The Governing Board's 3 core functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

 

Governors of the federated Broughton Infant and Junior Schools, together with operational leaders set the schools Vision, Ethos and Values. Governors agree the strategy created by the schools senior leaders and approve policies. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school  and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher and senior leaders.

In action this means:

 

  • Strategically monitoring and ensuring Child protection and safeguarding is the best it can be
  • Ensuring wellbeing of staff and pupils is a priority for all leaders
  • Appointing and performance reviewing the head teacher and senior leaders, including making decisions about staff pay
  • Approving policies
  • Attending training to ensure both knowledge and skills are kept up to date
  • Keeping up to date with national and  local educational matters
  • Reading the most up to date copy of ‘KCSIE’
  • Ensuring at least two governors are ‘Safer Recruitment’ trained
  • Being accountable for the performance of the school to the parents and wider community
  • Planning and monitoring with school leaders the schools future direction (vision)
  • Working as a corporate body
  • Getting to know the school and all it’s stakeholders
  • Approving the schools develop plan and monitor and evaluate its progress
  • Monitors and reviews the schools self-evaluation document as well as adding to it
  • Strategically responsible for premises health & safety
  • Strategically manages and monitors budgets and at times deciding how money is spent
  • Engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community
  • Sitting on panels and making decisions about things like pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary
  • Addressing a range of education issues within the school including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, wellbeing of pupils and staff, staff workload and teacher recruitment
  • Looking at data and evidence to ask questions and have challenging conversations about the school, pupil attainment and progress together with pupil wellbeing

 

Governors  must be prepared to adopt and work to the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership

 

Sets itself a strong code of conduct, as well as monitors and evaluates its own effectiveness

 

Governors are at the heart of how a school operates strategically. It is important they get things right. How they do their job affects the interests of pupils, staff and the reputation of the school in the community. Governor’s support and challenge head teachers by gathering views, asking questions and discussing what's best for the school. They are not there to rubber stamp decisions. They have to be prepared to give and take advice and must be loyal to decisions taken by the governing board as a whole. As long as they act within the law and take appropriate advice, governors are protected from any personal liability for the decisions they take

Broughton Infant and Junior Schools, formally federated on Friday 26th February 2021, both governing bodies were disbanded to form one board as seen below.

 

Our revised Instrument of Government consists of 4 parents (2 from each school) 2 staff (1 from each school) 1 Local Authority governor and 8 co-opted. The Head teacher can opt to join the board or not.

 

 

                                                      Broughton Community Schools

                                                        Governing Body Membership

 

           Name

 Pecuniary Interest

    Term of Office

                              Responsibility

Mrs S Allum (C)

Correspondent for children’s charity

  07.07.19 – 07.07.23

Chair of Governors -Safeguarding/HT Performance

Mr A Bethune (C

None

  07.07.19 – 07.07.23

Wellbeing (staff and Children)

Mrs J Brooks (C)

None

  28.11.20 – 27.11.24

SEND and Pupil Premium

Mrs F Davies ©

None

  05.11.21 – 04.11.25

 

Mr G Elliott (C)

None

  20.03.18 – 20.03.22

Finance

Mr J Ferris (C)

None

  05.03.20 – 04.03.24

Vice Chair - Health and Safety – EYFS Governor

Mr M Ashtiaq (P)

None

  18.10.18 – 17.10.22

Pay Review & Personnel and Equalities and Diversity

Mrs M Jackson (C)

None

  14.06.20 – 13.06.24

Pay Review & Personnel

Mr J Meads (S)

None

  16.05.17 – 16.05.21

Health & Safety and Finance

Mrs A Parker (P)

None

  02.03.21 – 02.03.25

 visits most committees

Mrs L Rackham (C)

None

  13.11.18 – 13.11.22

Teaching and Learning Committee

Mr C Reed (HT)

None

  01.09.17 - ongoing

All Committees

Mrs K Smethurst (LA)

None

  21.11.17 – 21.11.21

Teaching & Learning, Finance and Health & Safety

Mrs R Weymouth 

None

From 2019

Clerk to Governors

Vacancies

 

 

 

Parent BIS x1

 

 

 

Parent BJS x 1

 

 

 

Staff Gov BIS

 

 

 

 

Key:

C

Co-opted Governor

H

Headteacher

S

Staff Governor

P

Parent Governor

LA

Local Authority Governor

A

Associate Governor

 

 Governor resignations (during the last two years)

Name

Date

Reason for leaving

Mrs A Lake

07.09.21

Retirement

Miss L Maughan

04.11.21

Resigned prior to maternity leave

 

 

 

 

 

The full Governing Body meets at least 3-6 times each year and delegates much of its work to a small number of sub committees.  The sub committees are shown in the table below and meet once per term:

  • Curriculum - Oversees how the curriculum is delivered in the school including reviewing school performance data (children’s achievement and progress) and the utilisation of learning resources
  • Finance – approves and monitors the budget, ensuring best value, reviews actual expenditure against planned spends
  • Pay Review &Personnel – represents the Local authority as the employer. Recruits senior staff and performance manages the Headteacher
  • Health and Safety/Premises - Oversees changes to the school's physical environment and assists with Health and Safety audits

 

 

If you are interested in becoming a School Governor please contact either School Office:

 

  • Broughton Infant School 01296 415642 and speak to Mrs E Thomson
  • Broughton Junior School 01296 423276

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