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Winnall Primary School

Meet The Governors & Newsletters

Hello.  Welcome from the governors of Winnall Primary School. 

 

This page tells you about who we are and what we do.

 

What is our role in the school?

Working together with the Headteacher, we are responsible for the high-level and long-term decisions about the school to ensure that:

  • the school’s ethos and ambitions reflect the community’s needs;

  • high educational standards are set and are achieved; 

  • the finances of the school are in good order and are focused to benefit the children; and

  • everyone is safe.

We also appoint the Headteacher and consider any complaints that haven’t been resolved by the Headteacher.

 

All the day-to-day decisions for the running of the school are undertaken by the Headteacher and staff and all routine enquiries should therefore be referred to them. However, we are always pleased to hear your views about the school.  You can contact us via the Headteacher or the school office.

 

How do we conduct our business?

We oversee the school’s business, mainly through a number of formal meetings.

  • The Full Governing Body meets each half-term to consider the main business of governors.

  • Two committees -- Curriculum and Finance & Resources -- meet each half-term to look at particular matters in detail.

  • The Headteacher’s performance and staff pay matters are considered by special committee meetings twice a year.

 

We also regularly come into school to meet with staff and pupils and have a timetable of monitoring visits. Our link governors meet on a termly basis with the staff member responsible for their area and then report back to the full governing body. These contacts help us consider the school's progress and its future needs. We meet regularly with the Junior Governors (an elected group of pupils) where we discuss the curriculum and well-being of the pupils in the school. 

 

We issue a brief report on our recent activities and give our assessment of the school's performance in December and July each year (see below or the Newsletters page).

 

Each governor tries to attend as many meetings as their other commitments allow, and we always seek to ensure our governing body and committee meetings have well over the 50% attendance necessary under our constitution.  

 

We frequently attend training sessions on routine and developing issues including those related to our individual interests and responsibilities, e.g., safeguarding, behaviour management, SEN and finance. These are provided by Hampshire Governor Services. The Full Governing Body also commission an annual joint training session of wider interest. 

 

Our current strategic priorities

Although we secured a 'Good' rating in our latest Ofsted inspection we are keen that the school develops further and so we have identified a number of actions for ongoing improvement.

These relate to​ improving;

  • teaching and learning;
  • pupil outcomes;
  • curriculum development;
  • early years and foundation stage;
  • behaviour and welfare; and
  • safeguarding

 

Our Constitution:

We have up to 12 official governor positions. These are:

  • The Headteacher

  • A staff governor who is nominated / elected by the staff

  • A local authority governor who is nominated by Hampshire County Council.

  • Two parent governors selected from the school’s pupils’ parents. These may be subject to competitive election when there are more applicants than vacancies.

  • Seven co-opted governors who are elected by the whole governing body to widen our skills and contacts.

 

We can also appoint non-voting Associate Members to assist us with their expertise in certain topics.

  

Who are we? 

Each governor is appointed for a term up to four years. We each bring different skills and perspectives from a wide range of backgrounds, interests and involvement in the local community.  

Nicki Elks

Chair of Governors and Local Authority Governor

Date Appointed: 23 March 2021

End Date: 23 March 2025

Responsibilities:

Finance & Resources Committee

Pay Committee (Chair)

Development & Training

Safer Recruitment

SFVS Financial Control Checks

Governor Forum

Interests:

My involvement in Winnall Primary School as a governor seemed like an obvious choice. I am a retired teacher, I have lived in the area for 40 years and I was the local councillor, so I knew what a great job the school was doing and the benefits it was bringing to the community. I am very proud to have been part of the school as it made improvements and I am committed to supporting the future aspirations of the staff and headteacher of Winnall in “achieving our best together”.

Paula Ferguson

Vice-Chair and Co-opted Governor

Date Appointed: 28 April 2020

End Date: 27 April 2024

Responsibilities:

Finance & Resources Committee

HT Performance Review Committee (Chair)

SEND Link

Interests:

 

 

 

 

Callum Barnes

Co-opted Governor

Date Appointed: 27 September 2022

End Date: 26 September 2022

Responsibilities:

Curriculum Committee (Joint Chair)

HT Performance Review Committee

Safeguarding Link

Safer Recruitment

Interests:

 

 

Sam Feltham

 

Parent Governor

Date Apppointed: 28 September 2021

End Date: 27 September 2025

Responsibilities:

Curriculum Committee

HT Performance Review Committee

Junior Governors

Interests:

 

 

 

Clive Gosling

Co-opted Governor

Date Appointed: 23 March 2021

End Date: 22 March 2025

Responsibilities:

Health & Safety

Interests:

 

Jamie Gough

 

Co-opted Governor

Date Apppointed: 11 July  2019

End Date: 26 September 2022

Responsibilities:

Finance & Resources Committee

Pay Committee

Pupil Premium

Interests:

 

 

Laure Gournay

Parent Governor

Date Apppointed: 23 March 2021

End Date: 22 March 2025

Responsibilities:

Curriculum Committee (Joint Chair)

Early Years Link

Interests:

 

 

 

 

Name

Role

Date appointed (first appointed)

End date

Interests

 

Chair of Governors and Local Authority Governor

23.03.2021 (first appointed 24.03.2017)

23.03.2025

 

Callum Barnes

Co-opted Governor27.09.202226.09.2026 

Patrick Elliott

Staff Governor

08.12.2021

07.12.2025

Employee of the school

Sam Feltham

Parent Governor

28.09.2021

27.09.2025

 

Paula Ferguson

Vice-Chair

Co-opted Governor

28.04.2020

27.04.2024

 

Clive Gosling

Co-opted Governor

23.03.2021

22.03.2025

Employee of Lanterns Nursery School

Jamie Gough

Co-opted Governor

11.07.2019

10.07.2023

 

Laure Gournay

Parent Governor

23.03.2021

22.03.2025

 

   

 

 

Alison Rhodes

Headteacher

n/a

n/a

Employee of the school

Joanna Robinson

Co-opted Governor

 

28.09.2021(as Associate Member). Co-opted Governor from 12.07.2022

27.09.2025

 
     

Rosemary Walker

Associate Member*

12.07.2022

11.07.2026

 

 

*An associate member is not a governor but is appointed to help the governing board fulfil its duties and responsibilities. An associate member does not have voting rights at full governing board meetings.  

 

Governors who have resigned in the last 12 months

    
    
    
    

Governor Responsibilities

The key responsibilities taken by our governors are set out below.

 

Responsibility / Position

Governor

 Full Governing Body Chair

 Nicki Elks

 Full Governing Body Vice Chair

 Paula Ferguson

 Curriculum Committee  

 Callum Barnes 

 Laure Gornay  (Joint Chairs)

 Sam Feltham

 Sally Peckett

 Finance & Resources Committee

 Joanna Robinson   (Chair)

 Nicki Elks

 Paula Ferguson

 Jamie Gough

 Sally Peckett

 Rosemary   Walker*

 HT Performance Review Committee

 Paula Ferguson (Chair)

 Callum Barnes

 Sam Feltham

 Pay Committee

 Nicki Elks (Chair)

 Jamie Gough 

 Joanna Robinson

 Development & Training Governor

 Nicki Elks

 SEND Link

 Paula Ferguson

 Early Years Link  

 Laure Gournay

 Safeguarding Link

 Callum Barnes

 Safer Recruitment

 Nicki Elks

 Callum Barnes

 Sally Peckett

 Health & Safety

 Clive Gosling

 SFVS Financial control checks

 Nicki Elks

 Pupil Premium  Jamie Gough
 Junior Governors Sam Feltham
Governor Forum Nicki Elks

       

*Associate member with voting rights on the Committee                                               

Register of Governor Interests

The governing body is required to publish a listing of any business interests of the governors relating to the school, details of any other educational establishments they govern and any relationships with members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives. 

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