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The table below lists the members of the school's Governing Board and any interests that they have declared.

Southwood Primary School - Members of the Governing Board (March 2019)

Name of Governor or Associate Member

Category of governor & terms of office

Appointing Body

Membership of Committees

Position of responsibility and link governor roles

Relevant business interests that could present a conflict of interest

Personal relationship with member of school staff

Mr J Goate

Co-opted to 05.12.20

Governing Body

Resources

Chair of GB, Chair of Resources Committee, Leadership & Management

None

None

Mrs L Lawrence

Co-opted to 04.12.22

Governing Body

Curriculum & Achievement

Vice Chair of GB, Chair of Curriculum & Achievement Committee

Barking and Dagenham School Improvement Partnership (BDSIP)

None

Rev. D Horncastle

Co-opted to 04.12.22

Governing Body

Children, Families & Community

Chair of Children, Families & Community Committee,

Safeguarding & Online Safety Governor

None

None

Cllr E Kangethe

LA representative to 05.10.20

Local Authority

Children, Families & Community

Cultural Education Governor

Governor at Trewern Outdoor Education Centre

None

Mrs C Grove

Co-opted to 26.11.19

Governing Body

Curriculum & Achievement

SEN/Inclusion Governor

Deputy Headteacher at William Bellamy Primary School

None

Mr R Leighton

Co-opted to 04.12.22

Governing Body

Resources

Leadership & Management

Chief Executive Officer, Partnership Learning

None

Vacancy

Co-opted

Governing Body

 

 

 

 

Vacancy

Co-opted

Governing Body

 

 

 

 

Mr F Ahmed

Parent Governor to 18.03.23

Elected

to be confirmed

 

None

None

Ms R Lalescu

 

Parent Governor to 18.03.23

Elected

to be confirmed

 

None

None

Mr S Halliwell

Headteacher

Governing Body

Attends all committees

 

Headteacher, Director of Primary Alliance of Collaborative Engagement (PACE) Limited, Governor at Theydon Bois Primary School

None

Ms J Tyler

Staff to 29.01.23

Elected

Children, Families & Community

 

Staff Member

None

Mrs J Tripp

Associate Member to 04.12.22

Governing Body

Attends Curriculum & Achievement

 

Deputy Headteacher, Governor at Becontree Primary School

None

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Board of Southwood Primary School 2017/2018

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing boards, the 3 core strategic functions of the Southwood Primary School Governing Board are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

The Governing Board of the School is made up of 2 staff Governors (including the Headteacher), 2 elected Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor and 7 Co-opted Governors.

 

The Governing Board are people who, in the opinion of the Governing Board, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. The Deputy Headteachers are associate governors, attending Full Governing Board meetings and appropriate Committees. Other members of staff are also invited to present to Committees as needed. The Full Governing Board meets four times a year (twice in the Autumn term).

 

We have recently changed the committee structure to consider different aspects of the school in detail. We now have a Resources Committee, a Curriculum and Achievement Committee and a Children, Families and Community Committee, together with Pay and Performance Management Committees convened as required. The new committee structure allows the governors to monitor and evaluate what is happening at the school in terms of curriculum and achievement, finance, premises and personnel as well as a stronger focus on safeguarding, attendance, behaviour and well-being. The structure allows us to challenge and support the successful leadership team and staff more effectively.

 

During the past year the Governing Board has continued to work with the Headteacher to embed the leadership structure, particularly developing middle leaders. This has allowed the school to make changes to the core curriculum, particularly in reading and to review the tracking system to ensure more meaningful data informs decision making throughout the school year. The school has continued with its positive and forward-looking culture and continues to drive to close the attainment gap to national averages at the end of Key Stage 2 and for disadvantaged pupils.

 

We continue to work with local schools across the PACE partnership. This partnership involves the sharing of expertise in teaching and learning and also brings financial benefits through negotiating contracts as a group of schools. In 2017/18, the PACE schools have commissioned a new school improvement advisor and embarked on a 3 year partnership with Bow Arts. The school has also become a member of the new Barking and Dagenham School Improvement Partnership (BDSIP), which provides a range of services to local schools that were previously provided by the Local Authority.

 

We have continued to monitor and evaluate progress towards the priorities identified in the School Improvement Plan at Governing Board meetings. In doing so, we have considered key pupil data and agreed ambitious targets. We have also received information from our school improvement advisor relating to local and national priorities.

Within Curriculum and Achievement Committee meetings, data on the progress and attainment of groups of pupils, including vulnerable groups, including those receiving targeted interventions, is evaluated together with the effectiveness of the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. This year, there has been a stronger focus on the design of the school’s curriculum, particularly of reading and inclusion and updated curriculum maps for all year groups have been discussed and reviewed.

 

At the Resources Committee we have been ensuring high quality service and value for money from service level agreements and approving decisions and policies relating to pay, staffing and performance management.

 

The Children, Families and Community Committee was introduced this year so that governors are able to review and evaluate the school’s strategies for attendance, behaviour, safeguarding and well-being. The Chair of the Committee was involved in the external safeguarding audit that took place in January 2018.

 

Governors visit the school in order to see for themselves the impact of the decisions they are making. Information from these visits is reported back to the rest of the Governing Board. Each governor has a specific responsibility, such as safeguarding, inclusion or a whole school priority and meets with the relevant member of staff when they visit.

 

Future plans for the governors

The governors are continuing the drive, in collaboration with the school’s leadership team, to become a great school that fully implements our school vision. As a Governing Board, there will be more focus on the key priorities for the school, especially achievement in Key Stage 2. Governor visits will reflect this, for example when the school is working with an external consultant to implement a mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics. There will also be a review of the skills of the existing members and a governing board development plan for the next 12 months and beyond.

 

How you can contact the Governing Board

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents and carers – please contact the Chair of Governors, Mr J Goate via the School Office.

Southwood Primary School

Governor Attendance for the academic year 2017/18

 

 

Full Governing Board

Curriculum & Achievement Committee

Resources Committee

Children, Families and Community Committee

Full Governing Board

Curriculum & Achievement Committee

Resources Committee

Children, Families and Community Committee

Full Governing Board

Curriculum & Achievement Committee

Resources Committee

Children, Families and Community Committee

Full Governing Board

Governor

Governor Type

18 Sep 2017

17 Oct 2017

01 Nov 2017

08 Nov 2017

28 Nov 2017

31 Jan 2018

21 Feb 2018

06 Mar 2018

21 Mar 2018

09 May 2018

23 May 2018

20 Jun 2018

11 Jul 2018

Mr Johnson Aina

Parent

 

 

 

 

Y

 

 

N

Y

 

 

Y

Y

Olukemi Fapohunda

Co-Opted

 

 

 

 

 

Y

 

 

Y

N

 

 

Y

Jamie Goate

Co-Opted

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

 

Y

 

Y

 

Y

 

Y

Cindy Grove

Co-Opted

Y

Y

 

 

Y

Y

 

 

Y

N

 

 

Y

Scott Halliwell

Headteacher

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

David Horncastle

Co-Opted

Y

 

 

Y

Y

 

 

Y

Y

 

 

Y

Y

Elizabeth Kangethe

Authority

Y

 

 

N

N

 

 

Y

N

 

 

N

Y

Mrs Liz Lawrence

Co-Opted

Y

Y

 

 

Y

Y

 

 

Y

Y

 

 

N

Mr Roger Leighton

Co-Opted

Y

 

Y

 

Y

 

N

 

Y

 

Y

 

N

Mrs J Morley

Co-Opted

N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humaira Sajid

Co-Opted

 

 

 

 

Y

 

Y

 

N

 

Y

 

Y

Chris Speller

Associate Member

N

Y

 

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Keith Syers

Associate Member

 

 

 

 

Y

 

NS

 

N

 

Y

 

Y

Sana Tariq

Staff

N

N

 

 

N

N

 

 

Y

Y

 

 

Y

Jane Tripp

Associate Member

Y

Y

 

 

N

Y

 

 

Y

Y

 

 

Y

Salina Yasmin

Parent

Y

 

Y

 

N

 

 

Y

N

 

 

N

N

Terms of Reference for Committees

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