St. Giles CE Primary School

St. Giles Church of England (Aided) Primary School

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Governors

Thank you for visiting this page. The Governing Body of our school is made up of our Head Teacher, one other member of staff, and volunteers appointed by either the church or the parents of our pupils. We all work very closely together to support the school in achieving the best possible outcomes for our children.

The core functions of our Governing Board are as follows:

  1. To set and ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. To hold leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff
  3. To oversee the financial performance of the school, to ensure finances are well managed and well spent in the most effective manner so that all resources enhance pupils’ learning
  4. To ensure the school engages well with parents and all stakeholders

One of our major responsibilities in achieving these core functions is to ensure that the school has and is implementing a School Development Plan that addresses all the statutory academic requirements and priorities for further development. St. Giles is described by Ofsted as a good school and we strive to maintain this and aspire to being an Outstanding school. The curriculum and everything that happens in school is underpinned with the strongest of Christian principles ensuring our children leave us with the best possible academic outcomes, an all round education and an understanding of Christian values.

We hold regular meetings to monitor all aspects of the performance of the staff and pupils. The Full Governing Body meet each half term and governors also visit the school for specific purposes in line with the school’s development priorities. All these meetings and school visits help governors to understand what is happening in school, to know how children are progressing with their learning, in order to ensure the best provision for all children and to carry out their core functions. As Governors, our aim is to ensure every child’s safety, well-being and learning are at the forefront of our activities and decisions. In everything we do we put Christian values at the forefront so our school will always be an environment of nurture through loving care and that our children will know the meaning of Christ's teaching as they gain in confidence and academic excellence.

Each Governor is linked to an area of the Ofsted Framework as below:

Quality of Education: Christine Holmes-Elener, Rachel Amos, Neil Parker, Jo Shackleton

Behaviour and Attitudes: Russ Windle, Fiona Leyshon, Christine Holmes-Elener

Personal Development including Christian Distinctiveness: Reverend Helen, Fiona Leyshon, Russ Windle

Leadership and Management: Christine Holmes-Elener, Jill Baldwin, David Weston, Rachel Amos, Reverend Helen Guest

Early Years Foundation Stage: Michell Shaw, Chris Beach

There is also a Governor linked specifically to the following areas:

Safeguarding: Reverend Helen Guest

Special Educational Needs and Pupil Premium: Rachel Amos

Sport Premium: Vacancy

Anti-Bullying: Christine Holmes-Elener

Elsewhere on this website you will see how well the school is performing and evidence of the Christian influence on our activities. If you have any questions for the governors about any aspects of the school please feel free to make contact via the school office. Your views are extremely important to us as we work together, staff, parents and governors, for the best education for your children. Whilst we must always maintain confidentiality we will ensure that you are provided with honest answers to any questions you may have.

We continually work to uphold the school’s vision and values where every child matters and all children at St. Giles Church of England Primary School can through God’s love, learn, succeed and flourish in a safe, nurturing and happy environment.

Christine Holmes-Elener

Chair of Governors

Structure of Governing Board 

Governors meet 6 or 7 times per year, although there may be additional, extraordinary meetings as well as these. In 2018-19, the Governing Body adopted more frequent Full Governors meetings, and stopped the several Committee meetings that used to take place. Now, all Governors are involved in all of the decisions and discussions that the Committees used to focus on as part of a wider Full Governors agenda for each meeting. Therefore, Standards, Finance and Christian Distinctiveness are standing agenda items for every meeting, as well as Premises/Health and Safety when appropriate. The number of meetings has therefore decreased, but individual Governors attend a similar number of meetings as before, as there used to be 3 full meetings, plus a similar number for Committees. This has, however, reduced the number of meetings for the Chair, Headteacher, Clerk and Staff Governor. The Chair and Headteacher meet frequently outside of the Full meetings, and Link Governors meet with relevant staff periodically throughout the year.

Scheme of Delegation

The Local Governing Body was appointed in line with the constitution of the maintained LA predecessor school. The Academy remains largely autonomous but DDAT retain appropriate powers in the Scheme of Delegation to ensure delivery of any required school improvement measures.

Please click the Scheme below for full details. St Giles is Category 2 within this scheme:

St Giles Governing Body Scheme of Delegation

Area

 

Purpose

Full Governors 

Key roles:

·         To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

·         To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff

·         To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent

Full Governors also carry out a number of other statutory and important duties (e.g. appointing staff, hearing appeals and grievances, standards of pupil behaviour).

Standards

Pupil achievement and data; target setting; whole school curriculum; standards.

Finance 

Finer detail of the school budget and how it is spent, aligned to school priorities; deployment of resources; staff pay.

Premises/Health and Safety

Health and Safety of the school grounds and building; any improvements/construction work.

Christian Distinctiveness 

The school’s Christian character; Collective Worship; RE; community links.

Governing Body (click on highlighted names for profiles)

Governors &

Terms of Office

Governor Type

Appointed by

Any pecuniary/financial interests

Special Responsibilities

LINK GOVERNOR:

Position on any other Governing Boards

Attendance at meetings 2019-20 and 2020/21 

 

Christine Holmes-Elener

Appointed: 30 November 2020

End of office: 29 November 2024

Foundation

Derby Diocese

Chair of Governors

 Christian Distinctiveness

English Link 

 Quality of Education

Leadership and Management

Anti-Bullying

 2/2 (100%)

 

Governor at Bolsover Junior School

Revd Helen Guest

 

N/A - Ex-Officio

 

 

 

Foundation

Ex-officio

Derby Diocese

Child Protection 

 Christian Distinctiveness

Personal Development

 

9/9 (100%)

Mr David Weston

Appointed: August 1999

End of office:

September 2024

Foundation

Derby Diocese

 Christian Distinctiveness

Leadership and Management

Premises/Health & Safety

7/9 (78%)

 

Mr Matt Loader

N/A - Headteacher

Headteacher

Derby Diocese

 

9/9 (100%)

Mrs Joanne Shackleton

Appointed: September 2016

End of office:

November 2024

Teaching Staff

Staff election

Quality of Education 

 

 

8/9 (89%)

Mrs Christine Beach

Appointed: April 2015

End of office:

March 2023

Foundation

Derby Diocese

 

 Christian Distinctiveness

EYFS Phase

 

9/9 (100%) 

Mrs Rachel Amos

Appointed: September 2018

End of office:

July 2022

Foundation

Derby Diocese

Quality of Education

SEND/LAC

Leadership and Management

Pupil Premium

8/9 (89%)

Mr Neil Parker

Appointed: September 2014

End of office:

September 2022

Foundation

Derby Diocese

Quality of Education

Computing

9/9 (100%)

Mrs Jill Baldwin

Appointed: September 2018

End of office:

July 2022

Foundation

Derby Diocese

Finance

Leadership and Management

9/9 (100%)

Mrs Michelle Shaw

Vice Chair

Appointed: November 2018

End of office: November 2022

Parent

Parent election

 

EYFS Phase

5/9 (56%) 

Mrs Fiona Leyshon

Appointed: November 2018

End of office: November 2022

Foundation

Derby Diocese

 

Christian Distinctiveness

Behaviour and Attitudes

Personal Development

5/7 (71%)

Vacancy

Parent Governor

Parent governor election process underway June/July 2021 

 

Second2None School Support Ltd

 

Clerk to Governors

 

5/5 (100%)

 

Mr Russell Windle

Appointed: January 2014

End of office:

May 2021

 

Ex-Parent Governor

Parent election

 

 

7/9 (78%)

Mr Don Jones

Appointed: September 2016

End of office: 29 November 2020

Ex-Chair of Governors

 

8/8 (100%)