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Governing Body

 Letter from Chair of Governors

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

First, a warm welcome to new children and parents in Foundation and any other children and parents joining the school. As governors we work closely with the head teacher to make key decisions vital to the successful running of the school. We are there to help shape the school’s future direction and focus but not the day to day management of the school which is the responsibility of the head teacher.

The task for Governors can be divided into two main roles – providing a strategic overview and acting as a critical friend. In order to fulfill those roles we meet termly and attend the following committees: Full Governing Body committee meets three times a year Finance, Personnel, Pay & Premises committee meets three times a year Standards, Curriculum & SEND committee meets three times a year. Apart from meetings we also visit the school in order to be well informed about aspects of how children are taught and provision of resources.

There are 9 Governors made up of: • Head teacher • 1 Staff Governor (appointed by the staff) • 1 Local Authority Governor • 2 Parent Governors • 4 Co-opted Governors Co-opted Governors are selected so we get a balance of skills.

We are very proud to be Governors of Mendell and are all very committed to getting the best education possible for your children. In the last school year the Governors were very involved in the strategic direction of the school not least in the appointment of a new Head teacher Mrs O’Neill Edwards and Mr Cowley as Deputy Head teacher. After sixteen years, Mrs McCallum sadly retired on ill health grounds and we wished her well for the future and thanked her for her great efforts on behalf of the children at Mendell. Mrs Morris, who was Deputy, also left for promotion to Headship after being Acting Head. We were also involved in the Ofsted inspection in October and the report recognises the good work of the Governors in supporting the school and in asking questions to make the school fully accountable which we will continue to do.

We welcome your views and look forward to meeting you at events and around school.

Barry Dawson

Chair of Governors

Part of a school governing body's responsibilities are to: 

• Promote high standards of educational attainment.
• Agree the School Improvement plan.
• Set an annual budget detailing planned spending.
• Approve a staffing structure.
• Make sure that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, in particular that the National Curriculum and Religious Education are taught, and report on pupil's achievement in National Curriculum assessments and examinations results.
• Draw up an action plan following an Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) report.
• Produce policies on a number of issues including Sex Education, SEN.
Appoint staff, ensuring the implementation of a range of personnel procedures.
• Secure high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour.
• Ensure the health & safety of pupils and staff.
• Develop the strategic plan for the school, acting as a critical friend and ensuring accountability.
• Deal with complaints against the school.

 

 

Essentially, governors work in partnership with the Head Teacher and staff to oversee the work of the school to make sure that it provides high quality education for its pupils. For details of who is on our Governing Body, see the table below.

Category &

Position on governing body

Name

Body that appoints them

Term of office

Names & position of committee – NB: All our governors sit on all committees *

Voting Rights

Pecuniary register of interests / conflicts

Headteacher

Mrs Catherine O’Neill Edwards

Governing Body

1/9/17 to

Full Governing Body

YES

None

Co-opted Governor

Chair of Governors,

Mr Barry Dawson

Governing Body

24/6/14 to 23/6/18

Full Governing Body

YES

Vice Chair at Park Primary (Wirral)

LA Governor

Safeguarding / Child Protection

Councillor Chris Carubia

Governing Body

29/5/14 to 28/5/18

Full Governing Body

YES

None

Parent Governor

 

Mr Mohammed Al Blushi

Parents

6/11/17 to 6/11/21

Full Governing Body

YES

None

Parent Governor

 

Ms Erin Roberts

Parents

2/10/17 to 2/10/21

Full Governing Body

YES

None

Co-opted Governor

Maths, Health & Safety

Mr Graham Seagrave

Governing Body

14/12/15 to 13/12/19

Full Governing Body

YES

None

Staff Governor

Theme

Mrs Dionne Sanati

Staff

1/9/16 to 1/9/20

Full Governing Body

YES

None

Co-opted governor

Mrs Hayley Archer

Governing Body

To 2.4.21

Full Governing Body

YES

None

Co-opted governor

Vice Chair, SEND & Pupil Premium

Mrs Helen Penfold

Governing Body

8/9/14 to 7/9/18

Full Governing Body

YES

None

Associate Governor

Deputy Head Teacher

Mr Justin Cowley

Governing Body

1/9/17 to

Full Governing Body

NO

None

Clerk To Governors

Mrs Carolyn Totty

Governing Body

 

Full Governing Body

NO

None

* Mendell Primary School has two committee meetings per term; finance committee and curriculum/SEND committee.

 

Finance Committee

  • Chair: Mr Barry Dawson
  • Vice Chair: Mr Graham Seagrave

 

Curriculum / SEND Committee

  • Chair: Mr Barry Dawson
  • Vice Chair: Mrs Helen Penfold

 

Governor's Attendance 2017/2018

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