GOVERNANCE

Attendance Register – February 2017

Attendance

 

Governor Information

The role of the Governors is very wide and covers all aspects of school life. To enable us to manage all this effectively we all have different areas of interest/responsibility, so each governor will generally arrange monitoring visits or other activities to look into their area of responsibility and produce a report for the rest of the governors. Some areas, such as pupil progress and finances, are monitored by the whole group.

The main areas of responsibility are:

  • To share in the vision and ethos and strategic direction of the school
  • The safety, well-being and security of pupils
  • To monitor the effectiveness of the school and contribute to development plans.
  • To ensure each child makes good progress in all aspects of their education
  • To monitor the appraisal of staff and ensure staff are respected and given every opportunity to further their educational practice and career.
  • To monitor the finances of the school
  • To make sure the school premises are well managed, safe and secure and that the children enjoy a really good learning environment.
  • To agree all policies and monitor their implementation
  • To be involved in the employment of staff and monitor the implementation of current policies in relation to employment
  • To monitor the use of Pupil Premium money.

It has been a busy year, as usual! Nothing stays the same for long, and this year has been dominated by a new curriculum and a different method of assessment. We are fortunate at Stead Lane to have such forward thinking, hard working staff because this year they have proved to be leaders in both areas, and the children certainly benefit. Governors have attended sessions to learn about these initiatives and are now in a position to monitor the progress children make more effectively.

This year we have introduced half-termly “learning walks” for all governors. These last about half a day and we look at a particular aspect of learning each time, for example we watch Maths and English lessons, look at pupil books, talk to pupils and generally monitor the progress of children.

We have special meetings to look at financial aspects and approve the budget, to review how well the school meets targets, as well as to be trained in safeguarding, the curriculum and assessment, to give just a few examples.

Individual governors have visited to look at

  • the safety and well-being of children,
  • Maths, English and other subject curriculum and planning,
  • the use of pupil premium money,
  • the school website, links with parents
  • the maintenance, safety and security of the school buildings and grounds
  • staff appraisal
  • employment of staff

This is in addition to our regular termly meetings and committee meetings. We have three committees

  • The Curriculum
  • Staffing and Financial
  • Buildings and Premises

All governors try to attend all the committee meetings, because we have found this helps keep all governors properly informed and allows more discussion than we have time for at the termly formal meeting.

Parent Governor

Parent governors are elected by parents for a term of four years. At the end of that time the position will be advertised through school and parents asked to apply, with a vote of parents if there are too many candidates for the positions available.

Co-opted/ community Governor /associate Governor

Generally, when a position becomes vacant, the governors look for a person from the community who has the expertise, experience or qualities needed to help with the work of the body.

If you are interested please contact the school.

We represent parents, we aim to give a parents perspective on how the school is run, to make sure the school provides the best possible provision for our children.

We welcome parent ideas and suggestions. We are always happy to talk and listen; however, we cannot comment on any individual complaints but can advise you of the correct procedures to take.

Parent Governors:  

Joanna Kingdon 
joannakingdon@fsmail.net

Ivan Hewitt  
iandkhewitt@btinternet.com

Naomi Forrest

naomiforrestmusic@gmail.com

 

Governor Pen Portraits

Karl Reid - Local Authority Governor

I am married with two children and live in Bedlington, so am familiar with the local community and schools in the local area. I am a Chartered Chemist and work as the Technical Director of a laboratory & inspection body.

I do not have a background in education but form part of a governing body which has a wide variety of backgrounds and skills.

I am currently a Local Authority governor and my term of office is four years (having renewed a previous 4 year term as Local Authority governor in 2016). In this role, I am appointed by the local authority but govern in the interests of the school and do not represent or advocate the political or other interests of the local authority.

Previously, I have served as a parent governor of Stead Lane and have been familiar with the school for many years, both of my children having attended the school.

I am one of the governors with responsibility for pupil premium.

I have no financial or business interest in the school or staff, and have no personal relationship with any member of staff.

I attend virtually all the planned meetings of the governors in school, as well as training sessions. In addition, I have attended a number of Local Authority training sessions, including pupil premium training.

 

Joanna Kingdon - Co-Opted Governor

I have worked in Education for over 12 years in the capacity of Extended Services Coordinator and currently a Science Technician at a Secondary School. I have two children, one child currently at Stead Lane Primary School and the other at a local Secondary School.

I am a Co-opted Governor.

I attend Full Governing Body Meetings as well as Sub-Committee meetings discussing, Curriculum, Staffing & Finance and Premises.   I also attend training sessions required by Governors from time to time.

My Governor Responsibilities are to oversee: Attendance and School Website.

I have no financial or business interest in the school and do not have any personal relationship with any members of staff.

This is my third term of office as a Governor serving over 8 years with around 2 years remaining.

Paula Johnstone - Community Governor

I am currently a community governor and my term of office is 4 years. I was appointed to this role by the governing body after previously serving as a patent governor. I have no financial or business interests in the school or staff, although I do have 3 children who currently attend stead lane so I am very familiar with the school and the surrounding area.

I have worked in the finance industry for the past 14 years and as a governor I have responsibility for monitoring maths throughout the key stages. I attend as many full and sub committees as work and family commitments allow.

Ivan Hewitt - Co-opted Governor / Chair of Governors

I am a Co-opted Governor.

I have one son, Arran, at Stead Lane, Arran is 9 and in Year 5.

I work for Northumberland County Council as LEADER Programme Officer – LEADER is a method of delivering rural development through a local community led approach. It is a European Union initiative and forms part of the Rural Development Programme for England.

Before becoming Chair of Governors I was involved particularly with Health and Safety and Pupil Premium and I have found being a governor interesting and rewarding.

As the current Chair of Governors I attend planned meetings and make frequent visits to the school. I also attend briefing sessions for chairs and vice-chairs of governors organised by the local authority.

I have no financial or business interest in the school or staff, and have no personal relationship with any member of staff

Jamie Bell - Associate Governor

I am married with a 3 year old son and and have worked at Bedlingtonshire Community High School for 13 years, so am familiar with the local community and schools in the local area. I am a head of house at my current school and was previously an Assistant Headteacher in charge of transition so am aware of the issues and needs in a primary school and how this then impacts on a students secondary education.

I have recently joined the governing body of Stead Lane and hope to serve for many years. My educational philosophy is that all students have the right to the best possible education regardless of their situation or background.

I am an experienced pastoral professional having been a head of house/head of year for 8 years and am responsible for the safeguarding and SEND within the school.

I have no financial or business interest in the school or staff, and have no personal relationship with any member of staff.

I attend virtually all the planned meetings of the governors in school, as well as training sessions. In addition, I have attended a number of Local Authority training sessions, including child protection training. In addition I have attended many educational training sessions in my current role.

Samantha Gray - Co-Opted Governor

I currently work at a local secondary school as a lead practitioner, responsible for the the development of new staff and trainee teachers. I have worked within education for the past 8 years, spending 7 of these in Northumberland.

I have decided to serve as governor within the Bedlington partnership so that I am able to support and guide our students to the best outcomes.

I have a 9 year old daughter and as a result I can understand the worries we have as parents and the concerns we have when it comes to our children’s education. As a governor i hope to support you as a parent as well as our pupils, to ensure they develop, grow and fulfill their potential.

Naomi Forrest - Parent Governor / Vice Chair

I am married with two children, one of whom attends Stead Lane, as I did when I was young. I am a recently qualified teaching assistant with plans to progress into teaching, having taught piano and singing for several years.

I am currently a parent governor, with one child in the school and another one who will attend in future. I have recently taken the role of vice-chair and am looking forward to moving forward in this position.

I am one of the governors with responsibility for English.

I have no financial or business interest in the school or staff, and have no personal relationship with any member of staff.

I attend virtually all the planned meetings of the governors in school, as well as training sessions. In addition, I will be undertaking further training to expand my knowledge of my role as vice-chair of the governing body.

Vicky Rowley - Staff Governor
I have had 13 very happy years at Stead Lane Primary where I have thoroughly enjoyed my roles as Early Years Lead and a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
I am committed to helping the children in our school achieve their potential through high quality education and  a strong focus on emotional health and wellbeing.
Becoming a member of the governing body will add another dimension to my new role as Deputy Headteacher and provide further opportunities for me to contribute to the strategic vision of the school.

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