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The Governors of Portway Junior School

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions and ultimately to represent the school community.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteacher, staff and the local authority. Whilst the Headteacher is, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

 

Governing Body meetings

The Governing Body has 5 full Governors meetings a year to meet and review the progress of the school.  The Full Governors meetings for the year 2018/2019 are:

  • Wednesday 26th September 2018
  • Wednesday 5th December 2018
  • Wednesday 13th February 2019
  • Wednesday 10th April 2019
  • Wednesday 10th July 2019
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Governing Body committees

The Governing Body also has Committees to deal with specific details of governing the school.  These committees report to the Full Governing Body meetings.  The committees and their remits for review and challenge are as follows:

  • Pupils, Learning & Personnel – curriculum, teaching, learning and pupil attainment, progress and staffing
  • Finance & Operations – school budget and ensuring the school is held to account in providing value for money, buildings, site maintenance and development and Health and Safety issues
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Nominated Governors

A number of governors are also ‘Nominated Governors’ with responsibilities to review curriculum and other areas of the school’s role.  Each nominated governor meets staff in school who are responsible for that area.

 

Governing Body Information

In December 2014 the governing body elected to reconstitute under ‘The School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012’.   The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

 

The Chair of Governors is Mrs Claire Brown who can be contacted via the school. The Vice Chair is Mrs Elizabeth Dark.

The Governing body is made up of 16 governors divided into 5 governor categories

 

Category of Governor

Headteacher

Name

Karen Puszczynska

Appointed by

Governing Body

Term of office

Not applicable

Governor Committees served on:

All Committees

Responsibilities on governing body

Headteacher

Relevant Business/Pecuniary Interests

None

Governor of any other Educational establishments

No

Relationships between governors and any other staff members

None

 

Category of Governor

Co-opted Governor (7)

Name

Mrs Claire Brown

Appointed by

Governing Body

Term of office

01.12.2014  - 30.11.2018

Governor Committees served on:

Finance & Operations

Headteacher Performance

Responsibilities on governing body

Chair and nominated Governor for Child Protection, Safeguarding and Looked After Children and Pupil Premium

Relevant Business/Pecuniary Interests

None

Governor of any other Educational establishments

Trustee of proposed Multi Academy Trust

Relationships between governors and any other staff members

None

 

 

Name

Mr Dave Semararo

Appointed by

Governing Body

Term of office

01.12.2014  - 30.11.2018

Governor Committees served on:

Pupils, Learning & Personnel

Responsibilities on governing body

Nominated Governor for numeracy

Relevant Business/Pecuniary Interests

None

Governor of any other Educational establishments

No

Relationships between governors and any other staff members

None

 

 

Name

Andy Ward

Appointed by

Governing Body

Term of office

30.11.2016 – 29.11.2020

Governor Committees served on:

Finance & Operations

Responsibilities on governing body

Nominated Governor for science

Relevant Business/Pecuniary Interests

None

Governor of any other Educational establishments

No

Relationships between governors and any other staff members

Related by marriage to an employee of Portway Junior School

 

 

 

 

Name

Andy Flaherty

Appointed by

Governing Body

Term of office

30.11.2016 – 29.11.2020

Governor Committees served on:

Finance & Operations

Responsibilities on governing body

 

Relevant Business/Pecuniary Interests

None

Governor of any other Educational establishments

No

Relationships between governors and any other staff members

None

 

Category of Governor

Staff Governor (1)

Name

Mrs Joanne Barnett

Appointed by

Elected by Staff members

Term of office

26.09.2018 – 25.02.2022

Governor Committees served on:

Finance & Operations

Responsibilities on governing body

Communications to staff and parents

Relevant Business/Pecuniary Interests

None

Governor of any other Educational establishments

No

Relationships between governors and any other staff members

Teacher in school

 

Category of Governor

Local Authority Governor (1)

Name

Mrs Elizabeth Dark

Appointed by

Nominated by LA, appointed by Governing Body

Term of office

28.09.2016 – 27.09.2020

Governor Committees served on:

Pupils, Learning & Personnel (Chair)

Responsibilities on governing body

Vice-Chair, Nominated Governor for PE and SEN&D

Relevant Business/Pecuniary Interests

None

Governor of any other Educational establishments

None

Relationships between governors and any other staff members

None

 

 

Category of Governor

Parent Governors (6)

Name

Collette Curd

Appointed by

Elected by Parents

Term of office

27.09.2017 – 26.09.2021

Governor Committees served on:

Pupils, Learning & Personnel

Responsibilities on governing body

Nominated governor for literacy

Relevant Business/Pecuniary Interests

None declared

Governor of any other Educational establishments

No

Relationships between governors and any other staff members

None

 

 

Name

Mrs Catherine Sellars

Appointed by

Elected by Parents

Term of office

25.02.2015 – 24.02.2019

Governor Committees served on:

Pupils, Learning & Personnel

Responsibilities on governing body

 

Relevant Business/Pecuniary Interests

None

Governor of any other Educational establishments

No

Relationships between governors and any other staff members

None

 

 

Name

Mrs Lisa Dobbs

Appointed by

Elected by parents

Term of office

02.12.2015 – 01.12.2019

Governor Committees served on:

Pupils, Learning & Personnel

Responsibilities on governing body

 

Relevant Business/Pecuniary Interests

None

Governor of any other Educational establishments

No

Relationships between governors and any other staff members

None

 

Governor Resignations in 2017/18

Lilian Gornall

Yvonne Exley

Philip Butcher

Madonna Simon

Melanie McQuade

Adrian Brannan

 

As of 1st October 2018, there are the following vacancies on the Governing Body:

 

Parent governors x 3

Co-opted Governor x 3

The Clerk to the Governors is Mrs Kim Meakin.

 

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