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Governors

Loose Primary School Governing Body

In all schools, day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher but the Governing Body is responsible for overseeing all aspects of school life and has 3 statutory responsibilities:

  • Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Our Governing Body comprises 11 governors, all of whom (apart from the Headteacher) are volunteers. We work closely with the Headteacher to achieve our shared Vision of securing outstanding educational provision which gives every child at the school the best possible start in life.

We are appointed or elected in a number of different governor categories, representing the various groups with an interest in the school. We bring different skills and experience to the Governing Body (co-opted governors are appointed specifically for the skills they offer) and share a keen interest in the education of the children at Loose and an enthusiasm to help achieve the school’s Vision.

Information current at  September 2017

Our current governors are:

Name

Category

Position

Term of office

Area(s) of monitoring responsibility Business or other interest declared

Attendance record at meetings

2016/17

(5 FGB and 6 Strategy Team)

Carole Hardy

Co-opted

Chair of Governors (19/07/16 - 18/07/18)  & Strategy Group member

01/09/17 - 31/08/19

Priority 4 Leadership & Management

 

  10/11

Alan Chell

Authority (KCC)

 

01/09/14 - 31/08/18

Priority 1 Achievement & Inclusion

Priority 2 Quality of Provision

  5/5

Darren Webb

Headteacher

 

 

Chair of Strategy Group Governor at Coxheath Primary School 11/11

Michelle Garrett

Parent (elected)

Strategy Group member

16/17

01/09/14 - 31/08/18

Priority 3 Behaviour & Safeguarding

 

  10/11

Emma Eldridge

Parent (elected)

Strategy Group member 17/18

01/09/14 - 31/08/18 

Priority 1 Achievement & Inclusion   5/5

Peggy Murphy

Co-opted

Vice Chair of Governors 19/07/16 - 18/07/18

Strategy Group Member

01/09/17 - 31/08/19

Priority 4 Leadership & Management

 

HT Governor at Five Acre Wood School 10/11

Eunice Awosika

Co-opted

 

02/03/16 - 01/03/18

Term Expired

Priority 3 Behaviour & Safeguarding   2/5
Andrew Maitland Co-opted   16/05/2018- 15/05/2020 Priority 5 Resources   4/5
Dorothy Lucas Co-opted   23/11/16 - 22/11/18 Priority 5 Resources   5/5
Laura James Staff (elected)   01/07/15 - 30/06/19     5/5
Vacant Co-opted          
Vacant Co-opted          
Andy Lacey Associate (School Business Manager)   29/06/16 - 28/06/18     11/11

Information on governors who left the Governing Body in the past year is contained in minutes published on this website.

There are several models to guide Governing Body organisation and as of May 2015 we have adopted the following way of working:

 The Full Governing Body meets 4 times a year (in terms 2, 4 and 6 plus a meeting specifically to discuss and approve the school budget) to receive and discuss reports and ask questions of the Headteacher, senior staff and fellow governors. Minutes of these meetings, minus any confidential discussions, are published on the governor page of the school website.

A small group of governors joins the Senior Leadership Team to form a Strategy Group, which meets in terms 1, 3 and 5 to discuss strategic matters and to focus in depth on progress made in each priority area of the School Improvement Plan. Strategy Group reports back to each Full Governing Body meeting when all governors may ask questions about progress and plans. All governors are invited to the final Strategy Group meeting in Term 6 when overall progress during the year is discussed and evaluated and plans are made for the year ahead.

In addition to attending meetings, all governors make regular monitoring visits to the school to meet staff and children and check progress against the school’s plans, and we also attend events and celebrations at the school.

We are always keen to hear from parents, carers and others interested in the progress of the school or perhaps interested in joining the Governing Body. If you would like to contact the Governors for any reason, or would like more information on how we manage Governing Body business, please write to us at the school (address your envelope to the “Clerk to the Governing Body”) or send a message to the following address:

governor@loose-primary.kent.sch.uk

This address is checked weekly and we will respond as quickly as possible.