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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 half termly as a Local Governing Body and are all volunteers who willingly give their time for the benefit of the children. Monika McManus is the Chair of Governors and if you wish to contact her, her details are available from the school office.


The Local 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 Local Governing Board of Limes Farm Infant School and Nursery

September 2019

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the Limes Farm Infant School & Nursery 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 Local Governing Board of Limes Farm Infant School and Nursery was re-constituted in July 2018 following the conversion of the school into a Multi-Academy Trust, known as the Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust and it was agreed that our Constitution would be for nine Governors.  This consists of The Headteacher, 2 Parent Governors, 1 Staff Governor and 5 Trust Governors. Trust governors are appointed by the Local Governing Board and are people who, in the opinion of the governing board, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. 

The Local Governing Board meets once each half-term, and we discuss issues such as Safeguarding, Children, Finance and the Curriculum 

Attendance record of governors

Governors have good attendance at meetings and we have only had to cancel one meeting in April 2019 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 2018-19 focusing on the conversion of Limes Farm School & Nursery to Academy Status as well as focusing on school improvement, future Ofsted inspection and any Trust issues that may arise. 

The Governors discuss key data giving the results of pupil achievement and progress, so that we can be sure that the school is on track to fulfil its ambitious targets for all pupils. We are also concerned about our “vulnerable groups” of children and focus on how the Pupil Premium Grant is being spent by the school and what impact this has on their outcomes.

The Governors looks at the maintenance and development of the school premises, and makes decisions about how the school should use the budget. Mrs Owadayo is our Health and Safety Governor and she reviews the termly checks that Mr. Geraghty, the school’s site manager and the Senior Leadership Team carry out. Governors are also particularly concerned about safeguarding and we have a Nominated Governor for Safeguarding (Mrs McManus) who reports to the governors about any safeguarding matters. Late in the summer term, the Governors approved the 2019/20 budget plan for the school: we are pleased to report that the school is in a very healthy position financially and can afford to run 6 classes and 2 classes in the Nursery in the next academic year as well as employing a part-time SENCO (special educational needs co-ordinator).

One of the roles for the governors is reviewing and agreeing school policies, and this year we have considered a number of key policies, including Behaviour Management and Safeguarding. We also approved a new Attendance Policy, as a result of legislation changes that no longer allow schools to authorise term time holidays. The Governing Body recognises the problem that this may cause for some parents, but we are very pleased that attendance figures at the school have improved considerably.

Minutes of Governing Body and Committee meetings are public documents – you can either find them on the Governors’ page of our website or 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

The Governing Board  will be continuing to  improve their profile in the school as well as ensuring the High Quality of Teaching continues and that the whole child is being educated.  They 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 monitor attendance and ensure outcomes are at least good for the children. 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. They will monitor the children in the Early Years (i.e. Reception and Nursery) to ensure to ensure they become articulate and that all children in the school are appropriately challenged

How you can contact the Local Governing Board

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors, Mrs Monika McManus, via the school office. 

GOVERNORS DETAILS AND THE REGISTER OF INTERESTS 2019

 

Name of Member

Role and appointment date (Governor’s term of office is four years)

Appointed by

Positions of responsibility

Relevant business interests that could present a conflict of interest (including whether a governor at another school)

Personal relationship (if any) with members of school staff e.g. spouse, partner, relative

 

Mrs Monika McManus

Chair of Governors 30/6/19

Appointed: 11/11/15

Renewed  11/11/19

Governing Board

Chair of Governors

Safeguarding Governor

 

None

None

Ms Michelle Taylor

Appointed: 18/9/19

Parents

 

None

None

Ms Hayley Beasley

Appointed 4/6/19

Parents

 

None

None

Ms Michelle Worsley

Appointed 26/2/19

Governing Board

 

Chair of Parents Association

None

Ms Toyin Owadayo

Appointed 1/7/18

Governing Board

Finance Governor

Health and Safety Governor

None

None

Mr Kevin O’Connor

Appointed 1/7/18

Governing Board

Vice Chair of Governors

None

None

Miss Samantha Taylor

Appointed 1/7/18

Staff

 

None

None

Mrs Ann Grisley

Appointed 1/7/18

Headteacher

 

None

None

Members of the Governing Body - 2018-19

Members of the Governing Body - 2017-18

Members of the Governing Body 2014-17

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