Governors

The Governing Body is required by the Government to have three core functions:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure the money is well spent.

The Governing Body of Holy Trinity (V.C) C of E Primary School was re-constituted in September 2014. It is currently made up of:

2 Teaching Staff (including the headteacher)

4 Elected Parent governors

2 Foundation governors, one appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) and the other by St Andrews PCC. The Rector of St Andrews Church is an ex-officio governor. These governors have a specific role in preserving and developing the ethos of the school, including its religious character.

1 Local Education Authority representative

2 Co-opted governors appointed by the governors, who have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

The full Governing body meets four times each year, a Business meeting in September to plan the year, appoint the officers, staff the committees and arrange the dates and times of the other three termly meetings. At these meetings we benefit from the support and advice of an independent and professional clerk. Our current clerk is Mr David Roberts, who took up office in February 2016.

In order to run the school efficiently the governors are divided into two main committees which meet at least termly to cover different aspects of the school in detail. Each committee has its own delegated powers and functions and are clerked by school admin staff. Governors are allocated to these committees in order to make best use of their expertise:

1. Curriculum, Pupil and Community.(CPC) Items such as Behaviour, Attendance, SEN, School Meals, Pupil Premium and Pupil Progress, are standard items on the agenda. We look at the provision and practice within the school to provide a creative an inspiring curriculum which fosters good learning habits and last a lifetime. Sometimes staff members talk to the governors about their action plans and any new curriculum initiatives they ae leading. Governors try to attend special focus days and curriculum events, reporting back to the committee. They also support community events organised by the school and the PTFA.

2. Finance, Premises and Personnel. (FPP) is involved in budget setting, in order to make best use of the financial resources available to secure school improvement and high standards of education for all. The use of Capital funding is monitored to ensure that the premises are repaired and maintained to a high standard. Energy Conservation and Health and Safety checks are regularly carried out. We aim to provide a safe and stimulating environment in which pupils can learn effectively. This committee also has the responsibility for the strategic deployment of staff.

We have other committees that meet if required to consider pupil discipline and staffing matters. All governors are expected to undertake training and to visit the school in session in order to gain first hand experience of the day to day activities. Governors carry out their legal duties as a group and are not allowed to act as individuals.


What was achieved last year?

In September 2016 Miss H.Todd became acting deputy headteacher to cover the secondment of Mrs Sibley to Fordham Primary School for the Autumn Term. During the term Mrs Sibley was appointed permanently as headteacher at Fordham. The post for a new deputy at Trinity was advertised and we interviewed a number of experienced applicants in March and from these Miss Todd was selected as our permanent deputy. During the Easter holidays Mr Smith was diagnosed with a serious health problem which resulted in him having to work on a reduced timetable, during treatment. At the beginning of July he was advised to take sick leave as his health had deteriorated. In his absence Miss H. Todd was appointed as acting headteacher and Miss L Mc Cullough acting deputy. During these unavoidable changes, everything possible was done to ensure that it was ‘business as usual’ and the children’s education did not suffer. The staff team pulled together and did a wonderful job to ensure that everything planned for the end of term went ahead.

Over the year some governors reached the end of their term of office. Mr J Haylock and Mr Steve Alen were re-elected as parent Governors, as was Mrs Claire Cannon, who represents the Chelmsford Diocese. Miss L Mc Cullough replaced Mrs S Abbott as staff governor when she went on maternity leave.

The recommendations made in the (Denominational) SIAMS Inspection report were acted upon. Rev Katie worked alongside Mrs H Rayner to re-organise Collective Worship and add additional assembly sessions to which parents are invited. Quiet and reflective areas have been created for pupils within the school. A very successful week of activities were arranged to focus on developing pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, which were enjoyed by all.

Miss S Passfield was appointed as our SENCO, following the retirement of Mrs J Barlow. She has worked hard to get to know the school and has introduced a number of changes which have streamlined our systems and improved the efficiency of our interventions.

Mr K Handy provided support for parents and pupils with e-safety issues through workshops and ’drop- in sessions’. He also helped Governors to understand the issues the pupils face on social media when talking to the Curriculum Committee. Other aspects of Safeguarding were updated and training was given to all staff and Governors.

The outcomes for pupils at the end of the summer term were as follows:-

A Good Level of Development was recorded for 81% of pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage, which was above the National Average of 69.3%

The Phonics Screening Check for YR 1 showed that 83.3% of pupils were working at the required standard and above Essex and National standards.

In the National Tests in Yr 2, 76.7% of pupils met or exceeded the expected standard in reading and writing and achieved 80% in mathematics.

In the KS2 tests taken by 44 Yr 6 pupils, with 50% of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics, which were just below the floor standard for attainment but above for progress. This dip in KS2 data was expected and is cohort specific.


Plans for the 2017-2018

In September Miss H Todd and Miss L Mc Cullough continued to lead the school during Mr Smith’s sick leave. Mrs Rosalind Welch joined the staff as Advisory Headteacher to support the school during the head’s absence. The vacancies on the Governing body were filled early in the term. Mr M Wiskin, a co-opted governor whose term of office ended in July, was replaced by Mr S. Burnup who knows the school well and we look forward to using his considerable educational skills. Mrs J Vincent filled the vacancy left by Mr R Bembridge who moved out of the area during the summer holidays.

An Ofsted inspection took place on the 3-4 October and although the senior leaders were very new to post, they were praised for having ’high aspirations and expectations which permeated all that the school does’. The acting headteacher, Miss Todd, was congratulated for having accurately highlighting and prioritising areas for improvement. Governors were highly praised for continuing to ensure the school continues in its drive to further improve in challenging times. Teachers were found to have high expectations of themselves and their pupils Teaching, learning and assessment are good The personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils was judged to be outstanding. Relationships are strong and pupil’s attitudes to learning are well developed and are proud of their achievements. The behaviour of pupil’s ‘is exemplary and reflects the school’s positive ethos’. Parent’s are overwhelmingly supportive of the school and say that their children are happy and safe and thrive at Holy Trinity.The overall effectiveness of the school was judged to be good.

Some of our priorities this year are in response to the Ofsted findings, as well as the School Improvement Plan.

85% pupils meeting the end of KS2 expectations the combined writing ,reading, and mathematics scores (WRM)

Follow the combined data much more closely, to ensure that Year 6 pupils are back on track by the end of the summer term.

To improve the proportion of pupils achieving the higher standards.

To enable the subject leaders to develop their leadership roles by making use of assessment information and tracking pupil’s outcomes.

To build on all the areas graded good in the inspection and work towards moving forward to an overall outstanding judgement.

To continue to maintain and develop the strong links within the school community.

To continue planning for succession on the governing body

(Updated November 2017)


The minutes of the Full Governing Body and Committee minutes are available on request in the school office.


Who are your Governors 2017-2018? (Updated November 2017)

NAME

TYPE of Governor/term ends

Membership of main Committees

FPP- ( Finance, Premises Personnel)

CPC-(Curriculum, Pupils, Community).

Other responsibilities – including subject development across the school

Relevant Business Interests- Governor of other schools

Personal relationships with members of school staff

Mr Stephen Alen

 

Parent

03.07.21

FPP

Physical Education, Gifted and Talented, Discipline Appeals, Link Gov-Training.

None

None

Mr Steve Burnup

Co-opted

5.12.21

CPC

Music, Discipline Appeals

None

None

Mr Bill Bettley

 

Foundation (DBE)28.02.18

FPP

Mathematics, Pay ,Staff Discipline

None

None

Mrs Claire Cannon

 

Foundation

(PCC)12.09.21

CPC

SEN, English, MFL, Pay Appeals, Staff Discipline.

None

None

Mr Steve Chaplin

 

Parent

01.12.19

FPP

Humanities, Health and Safety, Pay Appeals

None

None

 Mr Paul Cotton

 

L. Authority

11.05.18

FPP

ICT, Pay Appeals.

None

Spouse in school admin

Rev Katie de Bourcier

 

Ex-officio

Foundation

CPC

Collective Worship, Religious Education, SMSC, Pay, Heads PM

Gov. St Andrews Halstead

None

Mr James Haylock Vice-chair FGB

Parent

31.08.19

FPP(Chair)

 

EYFS, Health and Safety, Safeguarding,

 Heads PM, Pay Appeals

None

None

Mrs Esme Pickford Chair of FGB

Co-opted

27.04.18

CPC(Chair)

FPP

Science, Assessment, Child Protection, Pay, Heads PM, Discipline Appeals

None

None

Miss Hayley Todd in

(Mr Jon Smith’s absence)

 

Staff/HT

On going

FPP

CPC

 Acting Headteacher

None

None

Miss L Mc Cullough

 

Staff/T

25.09.21

CPC

Pupil Premium Link governor, Freedom of Information

None

None

Mrs Jen Vincent

 

Parent

05.12.21

CPC

Art and Design.

None

None

Mrs Rosalind Welch

Associate Governor

Advisory headteacher

In Mr Smith’s absence.

 

 

 

As you can see the Governing Body at Holy Trinity Primary School represents a wide range of the local community, from Teaching Assistants, members of the local Church, parents, teachers and members of the local community.

If you are interested in the role of the school Governor, or would like to contribute to the school as a member of the Governing Body, please keep an eye out for vacancies as they will be advertised via this website.

The Clerk to Governors c/o Holy Trinity Primary School, Beridge Road, Halstead, Essex, CO9  1JH, Tel: 01787 472096

Should you wish to raise an issue with the Governing Body relating to Holy Trinity School letters can also be sent to the Chair of Governors at the address above.

Matters relating to individual children should always be discussed with class teachers, and if necessary Mr. Smith, before contact is made directly with the Governing Body if you are still concerned.


Schools are legally required to publish attendance data for Governors:

Governors attendance record for 2016/2017 academic year for Full Governing Body and Committee Meetings.

Governor

No. meetings attended…

… of a possible

Percentage attendance

Stephen Alen

5

8

63%

Richard Bambridge*

6

7

86%

Steve Chaplin

5

8

63%

James Haylock

8

8

100%

Bill Bettley

6

8

75%

Rev. Katie de Bourcier

6

7

86%

Claire Cannon

6

7

86%

Paul Cotton

8

8

100%

Jon Smith

8

11

73%

Sarah Abbott*

3

4

75%

Hayley Todd

7

7

100%

Esme Pickford

11

11

100%

Mark Wiskin*

4

7

57%

Jonathon Holyhead~

1

2

50%

Governors also make regular monitoring visits to fulfil their additional responsibilities.

*Former Governor

~Former Associate Governor


Code of Conduct

All Holy Trinity Governors sign up to a code of conduct provided by Essex County Council. This document is available to view on request.

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