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The School Governors work in partnership with the school making strategic decisions and monitoring all aspects of the work of the school. They meet formally termly as a whole Governing Body and are all volunteers who willingly give their time for the benefit of the children. Claire Cartwright is the chair and if you wish to contact her, her details are available from the school office.

 

There are also 2 sub committees which also met termly:

Finance and Premises Committee, Pay & Performance Committee,  chaired by Claire Cartwright

Curriculum and Children’s Committee chaired by Himali Hettihewa.

 

The Curriculum and Children’s Committee oversees all policies appertaining to the curriculum and school data. It also monitors new initiatives within the classroom as well as behaviour and other social aspects of school life.


The Governing Body can be contacted via the School Office. A folder containing the current minutes of the Governing Body Meeting is available for parents and carers to view in school.

 

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Limes Farm Infant School and Nursery

September 2017

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the Perfect Primary School Governing Body are:

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;

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

 

Governance arrangements

The Governing Body of Limes Farm Infant School and Nursery was re-constituted in March 2015 and now consists of 3 Parent Governors, 5 Co-opted Governors, 2 Staff Governors and 1 Head teacher. Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Body and are people who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. On our Governing Body, 2 of the Co-opted governors are parents, 1 is a staff member and 2 are members of the business community. We currently have 1 Parent Governor vacancy and 1 Community Governor vacancy.

The full Governing Body meets once each term, and we also have a number of committees to consider different aspects of the school in detail. At Limes Farm Infant School and Nursery we have a Finance and Premises Committee, which focuses on finance and the premises; a Children and Curriculum Committee, and a Pay and Performance Committee. We also have committees that meet if required to consider pupil discipline and staffing matters.

 

Attendance record of governors

Governors have good attendance at meetings and we have never cancelled a meeting because it was not “quorate” (the number of governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made).

 

The work that we have done on our committees and in the governing body

The Governing Body had a busy year in 2016-17 focussing on not only appointing a new Headteacher, but also by monitoring the new Epping Forest Partnership, which is a Consortium of Local Schools. We have been working together in 'peer reviews' to ensure the children of Epping Forest communities receive the best education they can. Governors have also been monitoring progress of the disadvantaged children and all the children in our school to ensure that they reach their full potential.  

The Children and Curriculum Committee has continued to review how the curriculum is delivered and the progress of the children entitled to Pupil Premium money.

The Finance and Premises Committee looks at the maintenance and development of the school premises, and makes decisions about how the school should use the budget. They oversaw the process of the new adventure playground which was started in the September 2017. They have also overseen to updating of our computer systems and process to streamline tasks. Early in the summer term, the Finance and Premises Committee approved the 2017/18 budget plan for the school: we are pleased to report that the school is in a very healthy position financially although our contingency money is steadily diminishing.

Minutes of Governing Body and Committee meetings are public documents – you can ask at the school office if you would like to see any of the minutes of our meetings.

Future plans for the governors

This is an exciting time for the Governing Body with some new members. We will be continuing to  improve  our profile in the school as well as ensuring the High Quality of Teaching continues.  The Curriculum Committee will track the progress of the children entitled to Pupil Premium grant with an extra focus on those children who did not achieve the Good Level of Development at the end of the Foundation Stage. They will also track those children who are currently receiving extra support for learning needs through interventions to ensure the school diminishes the difference and improves the children's life chances.

Parent Governors will be focusing on improving greater involvement of parents/carers and the local community, especially those 'hard to reach' parents and those that need extra support.

How you can contact the governing body

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors, Mrs Claire Cartwright, via the school office. You can find more information about the Governing Body on the school website- www.limesfarminf.co.uk

Members of the Governing Body

Name

Claire Cartwright

Date of Appointment

24/10/16

Elected by

Governing Body – Co-opted

Special Role and Committee Membership

Chair of Governing Body

Chair of Finance and Premises Committee

Member of Children and Curriculum Committee

Member of the Headteacher Review Committee

Member of the Pay Committee

Safeguarding Governor

Attendance at full Governing Body Meeting

 

Attendance at Committee Meetings

5 out of 5

 

8 out of 9

Register of Business and Personal Interests

Nil

 

 

Name

Clare Jenkins

Date of Appointment

25/9/17

Elected by

Governing Body – Staff

Special Role and Committee Membership

 

Attendance at full Governing Body Meeting

 

Attendance at Committee Meetings

0 out of 0

 

0 out of 0

Register of Business and Personal Interests

Nil

 

 

Name

Toyin Owadayo

Date of Appointment

11/02/14

Elected by

Governing Body = Co-opted

Special Role and Committee Membership

Finance and Premises Committee

Attendance at full Governing Body Meeting

Attendance at Committee Meetings

 1 out 5

 

1 out of 3

Register of Business and Personal Interests

Nil

 

Name

Himali Hettihewa

Date of Appointment

May 2015

Elected by

Governing Body – Co-opted

Special Role and Committee Membership

Chair of the Children and Curriculum Committee

 

Attendance at full Governing Body Meeting

Attendance at Committee Meetings

4 out of 5

 

3 out of 3

Register of Business and Personal Interests

Nil

 

Name

Michelle Worsley

Date of Appointment

22/2/17

Elected by

Parent Governor

Special Role and Committee Membership

Children & Curriculum Cttee

Attendance at full Governing Body Meeting

Attendance at Committee Meetings

3 out of 4

 

N/A

Register of Business and Personal Interests

Nil

 

Name

Kevin O'Connor

Date of Appointment

22/2/17

Elected by

Parent Governor

Special Role and Committee Membership

Finance & Premises Committee

Pay Committee

Attendance at full Governing Body Meeting

Attendance at Committee Meetings

4 out of 4

 

N/A

Register of Business and Personal Interests

 

 

Name

Monika McManus

Date of Appointment

11/11/15

Elected by

Parent Governor

Special Role and Committee Membership

Member of the Curriculum and Children committee

Member of the Headteacher Review Committee

Attendance at full Governing Body Meeting

Attendance at Committee Meetings

5 out of 5

 

8 out of 9

Register of Business and Personal Interests

T.O.D. Printing

 

Name

Janet Dalgarno

Date of Appointment

31/3/17

Elected by

Co-opted Governor

Special Role and Committee Membership

Finance & Premises Committee

Pay Committee

Attendance at full Governing Body Meeting

Attendance at Committee Meetings

2 out of 2

Register of Business and Personal Interests

Nil

 

 

 

Name

Marion Finch 

Date of Appointment

1st January 2017

Elected by

Staff Governor

Special Role and Committee Membership

 

Attendance at full Governing Body Meeting

Attendance at Committee Meetings

5 out of  5

 

N/A

Register of Business and Personal Interests

Nil

 

Name

Sami Taylor

Date of Appointment

01/09/16

Elected by

Co-opted Governor –  Deputy Headteacher

Special Role and Committee Membership

Member of the Children and Curriculum Committee

Attendance at full Governing Body Meeting

Attendance at Committee Meetings

5 out of 5

 

5 out of 6

Register of Business and Personal Interests

Nil

 

Name

Ann Grisley

Date of Appointment

1st January 2017

Elected by

Headteacher Governor

Special Role and Committee Membership

Member of Finance and Premises Committee

Member of Children and Curriculum Committee

Attendance at full Governing Body Meeting

Attendance at Committee Meetings

4 out of 4

 

9 out of 9

Register of Business and Personal Interests

Nil

 

Name

Yvonne Hunter

Date of Appointment

Resigned 6/10/17

Elected by

Staff 

Special Role and Committee Membership

Member of the Children and Curriculum Committee

Attendance at full Governing Body Meeting

Attendance at Committee Meetings

0 out of 2

 

0 out of 2

Register of Business and Personal Interests

Swift First Aid Training

 

 

Name

Patrick Arnold

Date of Appointment

resigned 31/08/17

Elected by

Community

Special Role and Committee Membership

Finance & Premises Cttee

Pay Cttee

Attendance at full Governing Body Meeting

Attendance at Committee Meetings

4 out of 5

 

4 out of 6

Register of Business and Personal Interests

Nil

 

 

Name

Edward Nkwelle

Date of Appointment

resigned 31/5/2017

Elected by

Parents

Special Role and Committee Membership

Children & Curriculum Cttee

Finance & Premises Cttee

Pay Cttee

Attendance at full Governing Body Meeting

Attendance at Committee Meetings

2 out of 5

 

2 out of 3

Register of Business and Personal Interests

 

Notes

  1. Data relates to the 12 months from 1st September 2016 to 31st August 2017
  2. All terms of office are 4 years
  3. Full Governing Body meetings took place on 20th October 2016, 23rd February 2017, 20th June 2017
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