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Northmead Junior School

Northmead Junior School

School Governance

Welcome from the Chair of Governors

As governors of Northmead Junior School we work together with the school and our academy Trust (Learning Partners Academy Trust) to help every pupil to be able to ‘try more, learn more and achieve more’. At Northmead every child is valued as a unique individual and as governors we support the school in helping every child to reach their potential.

We help set the vision and strategic direction of the school and monitor the progress of the school against it over the year. We therefore hold the head teacher and senior leaders to account for educational outcomes and act as sounding boards for new initiatives.

Furthermore, we ensure that the school’s financial resources are well spent and benefit the children’s education.

Apart from our six local governing body meetings during the academic year we are conducting classroom visits and meet with teachers to have some first-hand experience of how children are educated at our school.

If you are interested to find out more about what it means to be a governor, please contact me at chair@northmead.surrey.sch.uk.

Yours sincerely,

Konstanze Hild

(Chair of Governors at Northmead Junior School)

Local Governing Body Constitution: Northmead Junior School (01/01/22)

 

 

Full Name

Start of (Vice) Chairmanship

DD/MM/YY

 

Years as Chair

 

Years as Vice-Chair*

Chair Konstanze Hild 04.07.18 3  
Vice-Chair Sarah Fothergill 22.09.21 0  

 

 

Constitution by Governor Type (Number)

 

Full Name

 

First Term of Office Start Date

DD/MM/YY

 

Current Term of Office Start Date

DD/MM/YY

 

Years in Office*

 

Current term of Office Ends

DD/MM/YY

Full LGB Meeting attendance last academic year

 

Current Governors

           
Headteacher Debbie Brown 30.06.02       6   100%
Parent Governor

Debbie Gooch

 

Daniel Little

06.07.21

 

 

24.11.21

06.07.21

 

 

24.11.21

0

 

 

0

05.07.25

 

 

23.11.25

1   100%

 

 

 

 

Community Governors

Mike Cubitt

 

Charlotte Lacey

 

Konstanze Hild**

 

Sarah Fothergill

05.03.14

 

 

26.09.19

 

 

04.12.13

 

 

27.09.19

05.03.18

 

 

26.09.19

 

 

04.12.21

 

 

27.09.19

7

 

 

1

 

 

7

 

 

1

04.03.22

 

 

25.09.23

 

 

03.12.25

 

 

26.09.23

6   100%

 

 

6   100%

 

 

6   100%

 

 

6   100%

Staff Governors Denise Lewis 01.09.15 01.09.19 6 31.08.23 6   100%
TOTAL            
Governors leaving office since the beginning of prior academic year: 3
  Paul Croft 10.05.17 10.05.20 3 09.05.21 2     50%
  Sarah Dunnett 25.09.19 25.09.21 1 24.11.21 6   100%

 

Victoria Blatchford** 20.08.18 20.08.21 3 24.11.21 6   100%  
Mike Cubitt 05.03.14 04.03.22 8 04.03.22 6 100%

*As of 1st September 2021

**Formerly a Parent Governor

The Governing Body of Northmead Junior School consists of

Parent Governors (2)

Staff Governors (2)

Community Governors (3 - 8)

Parent Governors

Parents and carers of registered pupils at the school are eligible to stand for election for parent governorship at the school and are elected by other parents/carers at the school.   If insufficient parents/carers stand for election, the governing body can appoint in the following order:

  1. Any parent of a registered pupil at the school, or if that is not possible.
  2. Any parent of a former pupil at the school, or if that is not possible
  3. Any parent of a child of, or under compulsory school age.

If a position of parent governor becomes available a letter will be sent home to every parent along with nomination forms and if a ballot proves necessary ballot papers will be issued and will be subject of a count when returned.  As soon as possible following the count, the school will notify the results.

Staff Governors

Staff governors are elected by the school staff.  The Headteacher is a member of the governing body by virtue of their office and counts as a member of the staff category.  At least one staff governor must be a teacher, but if no teacher stands for election, a member of the support staff can be elected.

Community Governors

Community governors are appointed by the governing body and in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

They are recruited via the following means:

  1. Referrals to us
  2. People approaching us directly
  3. Networking with existing governors
  4. Approaching local business who may have individuals with a skill set we value
  5. SGOSS: Governors for schools.

Code of Conduct 

As governors we follow the trust’s code of conduct, of which are few highlights are below: 

  • We will encourage open governance and will act appropriately.
  • We will actively support and challenge the school and executive leaders. 
  • We will accept and respect the difference between strategic and operational leadership, ensuring that we work collectively for the benefit of the organisation.  
  • We will consider carefully how our decisions may affect the school and local community, as well as other schools. 
  • We have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as we have responsibility for staff, we will fulfil all that is expected of a good employer.
  • We accept collective responsibility for all decisions made. This means that we will not speak against majority decisions outside meetings. 
  • We agree to adhere to any rules, policies and procedures agreed within the trust or as required by the law. 
  • We will always be mindful of our responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of the trust and its schools.  

Registers of Interest 

We manage personal relationships with related parties to avoid both real and perceived conflicts of interest, promoting integrity and openness in accordance with the seven principles of public life.  

We publish this information on our trust and school websites.  Please find below our most recent register of interests for the local governing body: 

Becoming a Governor 

Becoming a governor is an incredibly rewarding experience.  You will be joining a movement of over 250,000 people nationwide and team of over 100 Learning Partners’ governors, all skilled individuals who give their time freely to support children and young people in their community. 

Please consult our trust website page on becoming a governor and contact our Chair of Governors for more information. 

 

Links / Responsibilities

Mike Cubitt

Finance, History, MFL

Sarah Fothergill

Maths, Health & Safety

Debbie Gooch

SEND

Konstanze Hild

Safeguarding, Science, Music, Strategy and Leadership, Data, Pupil Premium

Daniel Little

PE, Sports Premium

Charlotte Lacey

Reading, Communications

 

Try more, learn more, achieve more!