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Governance Statement 2020-21

 

What are School Governors and what do they do?
The School Governors are like a Board of Directors who have legal duties, powers, and responsibilities.

 

All governors serve for a term of four years. We are a ‘critical friend’ to the school, supporting its aims and values and helping it to strive and achieve the highest standards possible in all aspects of school life.

 

The 3 main roles of the Governing Body are:

 

  • Ensuring that the school has a clarity of vision and strategic direction.
  • To hold the Head Teacher to account for the school’s educational performance.
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure that its money is well and appropriately spent.

 

So how do the Governors do this at Chapel Break?

 

Our aim is for meetings of the Full Governing Body to be held at least once every half term where all aspects of the school are reviewed and discussed. Where possible Governors also regularly spend time at the school on an individual basis to both help with and monitor all aspects of daily school life.

 

We also have three sub-committees who meet at least once a term:

 

  • The Finance & Personnel Committee’s main responsibility is to oversee the school budgets, staffing policies and matters relating to the buildings and grounds.

 

  • The Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee reviews the school’s curriculum to ensure that it meets the standards required, that the assessment processes in place are robust and effective and that all pupils, whatever their ability, make the required levels of progress and maximise their potential.

 

  • The Behaviour & Welfare Committee monitor and review such things as the Safeguarding of both Children and Staff, Health & Safety policy and the level and quality of extra-curricular activities at the school.

 

The Governing Body is made up of:

 

  • The Head Teacher
  • Parents (proposed and elected by other parents who have children at the school)
  • Elected Members of Staff at the school
  • A Local Authority Representative
  • Co-Opted Community Representatives

 

During the 2020–2021 academic year we: appointed two Co-Opted Governors and have also re-elected two Co-Opted Governors for a further term on the Governing Body.  We accepted the resignation of a Co-opted Governor who will leave the Governing Body at the end of the current academic year. All Governor attendances can be viewed on our website.

 

What have the Governors achieved in 2020-21?

 

There is no denying the challenging circumstances that we have all found ourselves in nationally, with Covid-19 dominating each of our actions. It has been a hugely emotional and exacting time for everyone involved with Chapel Break Infant School.

 

We would like to express our gratitude to Mrs. Sara Johnston, her Senior Leadership team, teachers and all staff for their dedicated work during this difficult time. Despite the lockdown Chapel Break Infant School has continued to provide an outstanding level of educational provision to its children, whether in a face-to-face or remote education setting. ALL staff have, and still are, working tirelessly to ensure that the school continues to provide the best possible education and care in the unprecedented times during both this and the previous academic year.

 

During the 2020 - 2021 academic year the Governors have been instrumental in working with the school on the following:

 

  • Providing support to the Head Teacher and Staff during the exceptional challenges they have encountered with Covid-19. This has included monitoring the health and well-being of everyone involved at the school to ensure the environment has been as safe as possible.

 

  • Appointed a new Head Teacher to replace Mrs Sara Johnston with effect from September 2021.

 

  • Continuing to monitor progress against the school’s improvement and development priorities, whether through visits to the school (where possible) or through remote contact to determine their intent, implementation and impact in delivering a rich and varied curriculum.

 

  • Supporting the school as it meets a heightened provision both in numbers and supporting education, for those with Special Educational Needs.  Includes, along with many other schools, lobbying both Local and National Government for better school support and funding.

                        

  • Ensuring the school premises and equipment are reviewed regularly to make sure they are fit for purpose and facilitate the delivery of the school’s improvement and development priorities.

 

We look forward to continuing to work with everyone involved with Chapel Break Infant School to provide the very best education for our young people, no matter the circumstances. 

 

 

What is the School’s Vision Statement and the underlying principles that support it?

 

Our vision is:

 

‘To pioneer a warm-hearted hive of creativity, inspiring our community to love learning and thrive. To cultivate supportive partnerships that sustain excellence in learning.’

 

The underlying principles that support this vision are:

 

  • ‘We are Partners’                 
  • ‘We encourage and foster a happy and healthy lifestyle’
  • ‘We are Participative’ 
  • ‘We contribute to and embrace a high performance culture’
  • ‘We are Curious’ 
  • ‘We are Inclusive’
  • ‘We are Pioneering’
  • ‘We are all Learners’
  • ‘We are Positive’

 

 

 

 

Who are the Governor’s at Chapel Break Infant School and how do I contact them? 

 

 

 

 

Current Term of Office

Committee Membership

 

Governor

Governor Category

Date First Appointed

From

To

Finance

Behaviour

Teaching

& Learning

Head’s

PM

Declarations of Interest

Alison Borthwick

Co-opted

01/09/2014

01/09/2018

31/08/2022

 

 

Y

Y

Self-employed Maths Training

Jonathan Bugg

Co-opted

24/07/2013

24/07/2017

23/07/2021

Y

Y

 

 

None declared 

24/11/2020

Glenn Floyd

Co-opted

18/11/2020

18/11/2020

17/11/2024

 

 

 

 

None declared

24/11/2020

Sara Johnston

Headteacher

Ongoing

Ongoing

Ongoing

Y

Y

Y

 

None declared 

24/11/2020

Helen Lamb

Co-opted

09/07/2013

03/07/2017

02/07/2021

Y

 

Y

Y

None declared 24/11/2020

 Angela Jordan

Co-Opted 

18/11/2020 18/11/2020 17/11/2024

Lee Stuart

Staff

19/09/2019

19/09/2019

18/09/2023

 

 

Y

 

None declared 24/11/2020

Ian Prior

Parent

(Vice-Chair)

18/01/2012

18/01/2020

17/01/2024

Y

Y

 

 

None declared 24/11/2020

Kevin Hunn

Parent

(Chair) 

03/10/2017

18/01/2020

17/01/2024

Y

Y

 

 

None declared 24/11/2020

Kevin Holland

Co-opted

20/03/2018

20/03/2018

19/03/2022

 

Y

Y

Y

Advisor for Educator Solutions.  Provides Education support via VNET and Optimum Coaching (own company)

Jill Duman

Local Authority

 23/07/2019

 23/07/2019

 22/07/2023

 

 

Works for Educator Solutions as an advisor to schools.

Kim Chambers

Co-opted

19/09/2019 

 19/09/2019

18/09/2023 

 

 y

 y

 

Member of Staff

Previous Governors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Jermy Co-opted 01/02/2014 03/10/2017 07/07/2020

 

 

 

 

 

Chair of Governors: Kevin Hunn

Clerk to Governors: TBC

 

 

Chapel Break Infant School

Governing Board Attendance Record September 2019 to August 2020  

 

Governor

Full Governing Board

Finance & Personnel Committee

Behaviour & Welfare Committee

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Committee

Alison Borthwick

100%

 

 

100%

Jonathon Bugg

60%

100%

100%

Kevin Jermy

100%

100%

 

100%

Sara Johnston

100%

100%

100%

100%

Helen Lamb

100%

50%

 

100%

Ian Prior

100%

100%

100%

Kevin Hunn

100%

100%

50%

Kevin Holland

60%

 

 100%

100%

Kim Chambers

100% 

 

100%

Lee Stuart

100% 

 

 

100%

Jill Duman

80%

 

 

100%

  

 If any parent / carer would like to contact the Governors, please telephone or leave a message with the school office.

 

Our school number is: 01603 749 550