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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 focussing on the conversion of Limes Farm School & Nursery to Academy Status. 

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 made decisions about how the school should use the budget.  

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

The Governing Body  will be continuing to  improve their profile in the school as well as ensuring the High Quality of Teaching continues.  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 also monitor the children in the Early Years (i.e. Reception and Nursery) are articulate and that all children in the school are appropriately challenged

How you can contact the governing body

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

Members of the Governing Body - 2017-18

Members of the Governing Body 2014-17