Governors

Governing Body 2017-2018

 

Governors' News – May 2018

 

On behalf of the Governing Body, I extend a warm welcome to our community at Robins Lane Community Primary School.

 

 

I have recently completed my first year in the role of Chair of Governors at the School along with Bill Roberts acting as Vice-Chair, Bill is also Chair of Resources and Buildings and I am Chair of Curriculum and Standards.

In the last term we commissioned a review of our Governing Body and as advised decided to reconstitute the Governing Body. During the process we recruited two coopted Governors. We now offer a welcome to our two Co-opted Governors:

Councillors Pat Jackson and Delyth Meirion-Owen.

Below you will find the full list of Governors; their attendance at last year's meetings; dates of meetings for this academic year and more information about what we do.

As individuals we bring a wide range of skills and experience to the Governing Body but we have a corporate goal: to ensure that Robins Lane Community Primary School continues to be recognised as a school providing the best opportunities for all the children. We want to support the school to drive forward the changes that will provide the widest range of achievements and experiences available to them. We welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents; so please feel free to contact me through the Clerk to the Governors Clare Roberts, clare.roberts@sthelens.org.uk

Best wishes

Nora Arnold

Chair of Governors

 

The Role of the Governing Body

The Governing Body of the School has a strategic and supportive role. We work in close partnership with the Headteacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of the school and staff.

 

As a governing body our core functions are:

  • Working with the headteacher, to establish the strategic direction of the School by:

  • Setting the vision, values, and objectives for the school

  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets

  • Meeting statutory duties

     

    Ensuring accountability by:

  • Appointing the headteacher

  • Monitoring progress towards targets

  • Performance managing the headteacher

  • Engaging with stakeholders

  • Contributing to school self-evaluation

     

    Ensuring financial probity by:

  • Setting the budget

  • Monitoring spending against the budget

  • Ensuring value for money is obtained

  • Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed

     

    As a full governing body we have at least three Business Meetings per year - one per term. However much of our business is completed through committees which have specific terms of reference and delegated authority on behalf of the Governing Body. Governors are expected to be a member of at least one sub-committee and attend committee meetings each term as required. A full list of these committees and who sits on them can be found below.

    Some governors also have a link role with subjects/aspects and meet with staff throughout the year for informal discussions about the subject/aspect, reporting back to the Governing Body.

    Governors are responsible for the recruitment and appointment of the headteacher and are involved in the recruitment of staff. We also support the school from time to time in less formal ways by having a presence in the school and attending events throughout the year.

    As governors we are expected to conduct our business in a professional manner and to maintain and respect confidentiality at all times. We have thus adopted a Code of Conduct and operate within agreed Standing Orders for the Governing Body.

     

Types of Governor

Parent Governors

Parents, including carers, of registered pupils at the school are eligible to be elected as governors at the school. Parent Governors are elected by other parents at the school by a process of nominations and a ballot if necessary.

 

Local Authority Governors

The Local Authority appoints LA Governors and any eligible person can be appointed to this role.

 

Staff Governors

Both teaching and support staff, who are employees at the school, are eligible to become Staff Governors. They are elected by the school staff.

 

Headteacher

The Headteacher is a member of the Governing Body by virtue of his/her office.

 

Co-opted Governors

Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Body on the basis that they have the necessary skills to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

All categories of governor are elected or appointed to serve a four-year term of office: governors may serve more than one term of office.

 

Instrument of Government

Robins Lane Community Primary reconstituted its Governing Body in March 2018 under The School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012. We completed this process and our new Instrument of Government came into effect from 26th March 2018.

Our Governing Body is now constituted as follows:

  • 2 Parent Governors

  • 1 Local Authority Governor

  • 1 Staff Governor

  • 1 Headteacher

  • 5 Co-opted Governor

  • 10 Governors in total

     

Meet Our Governors

Title

First Name

Surname

Type of Governor

Term of Office

Start Date

End Date

Mr

David

Spruce

Head Teacher

Ex-Officio

Ex-Officio

Mrs

Jennifer

Kilshaw

Staff

27/01/2016

26/01/2020

Mrs

Nora

Arnold

Local Authority (Chair)

30/03/2017

29/03/2021

Mr

Colin

Sweetlove

Co-opted

25/09/2014

24/09/2018

Mr

Bill

Roberts

Co-opted

19/05/2014

18/05/2018

Cllr

Patricia

Jackson

Co-opted

26/03/2018

25/03/2022

Ms

Delyth

Meirion-Owen

Co-opted

26/03/2018

25/03/2022

Mrs

Nicola

Dunsmore

Parent

26/01/2016

25/01/2020

Mrs

Jane

O'Shea

Parent

01/09/2016

31/08/2020

 

Resources and Building Planning

(Finance, Premises, Health & Safety, Salaries and Pay)

Title

Forename

Surname

Position

Mr

Bill

Roberts

Chair

Mrs

Nora

Arnold

 

Mr

Colin

Sweetlove

 

Mrs

Jennifer

Kilshaw

Staff

Cllr Mrs

Pat

Jackson

 

Mr

David

Spruce

Headteacher

Mrs

Clare

Roberts

Business Manager (Associate Member)

 

Curriculum and Standards

Title

Forename

Surname

Position

Mrs

Nora

Arnold

Chair

Mrs

Nicola

Dunsmore

 

Mrs

Jane

O’Shea

 

Mr

David

Spruce

Head

Mrs

Jennifer

Kilshaw

Staff

Mrs

Delyth

Meirion-Owen

 

Mrs

Clare

Roberts

Business Manager (Associate Member)

 

Link Governors

Responsibility

Link Governor(s)

Curriculum, Progress and Attainment

Nora Arnold, Jane O’Shea, Pat Jackson, Colin Sweetlove

Pupil Premium

Nora Arnold

Safeguarding

Nora Arnold

SEN

Nora Arnold, Delyth Meirion-Owen

Health & Safety

Bill Roberts

Local Authority

Nora Arnold

ICT Link

David Spruce

 

Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests 2017 / 2018

 

Name of Governor

Job Title (staff)

Details of Business Interests Declared

Details of any Business Interests of Immediate Family

Date of Last Declaration

Mrs Nora Arnold

(Chair)

 

None

None

March 2018

Mr David Spruce

Headteacher

None

None

March 2018

Mrs Jennifer Kilshaw

Deputy Headteacher

None

None

October 2017

Mr Bill Roberts

 

 

None

None

March 2018

Mr Colin Sweetlove

 

None

None

March 2018

Mrs Nicola Dunsmore

 

None

None

March 2018

Mrs Jane O’Shea

 

None

None

March 2018

Cllr Mrs Pat Jackson

 

None

None

March 2018

Mrs Delyth Meirion-Owen

 

None

None

March 2018

 

Declaration of Governance in other Schools

  • Mr W Roberts – Chair of Governors Merton Bank Primary

  • Mr C Sweetlove – Co-opted Governor Merton Bank Primary

     

    Resignations 2017 / 2018

  • Mrs Tracy Douglas, Mrs Sue Manning, Mrs Joanne Shaw, Mrs Carri McMenamy

     

    Attendance at Governors Extra-Ordinary Meeting 26th March 2017

  • Mrs N Arnold (Chair)

  • Mr W Roberts

  • Mr C Sweetlove

  • Mrs J O’Shea

  • Mrs N Dunsmore

  • Cllr Mrs P Jackson

  • Mrs D Meirion-Owen

  • Mr D Spruce (Headteacher)

  • Apologies Mrs J Kilshaw

 

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings

September 2017 – July 2018

Name

16/10/17

06/02/18

26/03/18

Mr D Spruce (Headteacher)

Y

Y

Y

Mrs J Kilshaw (Deputy)

Y

N

N

Mrs N Arnold (Chair)

Y

Y

Y

Mr C Sweetlove

Y

Y

Y

Mr W Roberts

Y

Y

Y

Cllr Mrs P Jackson

Not in post

Not in post

Y

Mrs D Meirion-Owen

Not in post

Not in post

Y

Mrs N Dunsmore

Y

X

Y

Mrs C McMenamy

X

Not in post

Not in post

Mrs T Douglas

X

Not in post

Not in post

Mrs J O'Shea

X

Y

Y

 

Governing Body & Committee Scheduled Meetings 2017/18

Full Governors

Day

Time

Date

 

Tuesday

4.30pm

16th October 2017

Now Passed

Tuesday

4.30pm

6th February 2018

Now Passed

Tuesday

6.00pm

15th May 2018

 

 

Resources and Buildings

Day

Time

Date

 

Tuesday

4.30pm

25th September 2017

Now Passed

Tuesday

4.30pm

15th January 2018

Now Passed

Tuesday

4.30pm

1st May 2018

 

 

Curriculum and Standards

Day

Time

Date

 

Tuesday

6.00pm

18th September 2017

Now Passed

Tuesday

6.00pm

8th January 2017

Now Passed

Tuesday

6.00pm

24th April 2018

 

 

 

 

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Contact the School

Robins Lane Primary School

Kinmel Street
Robins Lane
St Helens
Merseyside
WA9 3NF

Headteacher:
Mr David Spruce

Main Contact:
Mrs Clare Roberts - School Business Manager

Tel: 01744 678503
Fax: 01744 678504
robinslane@sthelens.org.uk