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Mason Moor
Primary School

The Governing Body

Welcome from the governors of Mason Moor Primary School

As governors we are committed to working closely with the Headteacher and school staff and welcome the opportunity of also working with parents and our partners to ensure the best possible education for and personal development of children at Mason Moor.

We are grateful for members representing the local authority, staff and parents who volunteer to serve on the Governing Board.  Every member brings different attributes and skills to the governance of the school.

Whilst we work strategically to agree school priorities, improve standards and provide a range of challenge and support, we also recognise and are grateful to the parents who support school life, whether it is listening to children read, helping with events or activities, or serving on the Friends of Mason Moor.  There are always opportunities to participate and we would encourage everyone to get involved and have a great time by helping our children to grow and develop.

Children at Mason Moor are encouraged to enjoy their learning, in a safe environment where positive behaviour management is practiced and staff have high expectations of, and aspirations for, our children.  We are thankful for the “clear and determined sense of direction” provided by our Headteacher, Mrs Kerrigan-Draper and the support of her dedicated staff team in delivering it.  This is a direct quote from the report of our School Improvement Officer who also noted the “calm, purposeful atmosphere” in school during her last visit.

The school and Governing Board are always keen to have feedback from parents and this can be done in one of two ways:

  • We would very much like to hear from you directly through existing procedures if you wish to raise concerns or express satisfaction\dissatisfaction.
  • Alternatively, there is the survey you can complete on the Ofsted website to give your views about the school.

www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk

Finally, Governors are often in school for a variety of reasons and we look forward to meeting with you and serving our school to the best of our abilities.

Tina Selby

Chair of Governors

 

Roles & responsibilities

The role of the Governing Board is strategic, working together with the Headteacher, governors are responsible for strategic and long-term decisions about the school.  Our responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined.
  • Ensuring that the Headteacher performs his or her responsibilities for the educational performance of the school.
  • Ensuring the sound, proper and effective use of the school’s financial resources.

Governors are involved in a range of areas such as the curriculum, staffing, finance, performance management, health and safety, school events, ratification of policies and buildings\grounds maintenance.

The Headteacher’s responsibilities include:

  • The internal organisation, management and control of the school.
  • The educational performance of the school.
  • Day to day running of the school.

Arrangements

We operate two committees, Finance and Resources and Teaching and Learning, which meet once every half term followed, two weeks later, by a whole governing body meeting.  The dates for 2016\2017 academic year are listed below.

Whole Governing

Body

Teaching & Learning

Committee

Finance & Resources

Committee

18:00pm 7:30am 13:00pm

4 October 2016

22 November 2016

24 January 2017                          

14 March 2017    

16 May 2017    

18 July 2017                        

20 September 2016

8 November 2016

10 January 2017

28 February 2017

2 May 2017

4 July 2017

 

22 September 2016

10 November 2016

12 January 2017

2 March 2017

4 May 2017

6 July 2017                                                                                                               

Each governor is required to comply with a Code of Conduct which includes declaring relevant business and pecuniary interests.  Each Committee has terms of references. These documents are available in the links section.

Types of governor

The Governing Board has a membership that complies with an Instrument of Government which came into effect on 7TH July 2015.  The appointment to a position is made on the basis of the commitment and skills required to achieve good governance of the school.  The term of office is normally 4 years and all appointments are made subject to satisfactory vetting by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Governors are drawn from different parts of the community to ensure the Governing Body has sufficient diversity of views and experience.  At Mason Moor Primary School our Governing Body is made up of staff, parents, a governor nominated by the Local Authority and co-opted members of the Community. Further information on different types of governor is listed below.

  • Parent Governors

Two parent governors are elected by and from among the parents of registered pupils currently at the school.  Parent governors are entitled to serve out their term of office even if their child has left the school.  Parents who are elected members of the Local Authority or employed by the school for more than 500 hours in the school year are disqualified from being a parent governor.

  • Co-opted Governors

Seven co-opted governors can be appointed from the wider community on the basis of the skills that can be brought to the governance of the school and the independent perspective of decision making undertaken by the Governing Body.

  • Local Authority Governor

One Local Authority governor is appointed by Southampton City Council as the school is wholly maintained and receives all funding through the local authority.  A member of staff at the school may not be appointed as a local authority governor.

  • Staff Governors

The Head Teacher has the option of being appointed formally as a Governor and would in any case normally attend meetings of the Governing Body.  One other staff governor is appointed through an election by and from the teaching and non-teaching employees of the school.  Staff governors may not continue to be governors if they cease to be employed by the school.

In addition to the above roles a Governing Board needs an experienced Clerk and we are fortunate to have a professional Clerk in place.

Are you interested in becoming a Governor?

We currently have vacancies for co-opted governors and would love to hear from you.  Please do not be put off by what you may have read in this section of our website; governance is very much a team effort and you do not need to have worked in a school\education environment to be able to make a valuable contribution.  Indeed, the government believes the most effective Governing Boards have members from a variety of backgrounds.   

Each governor has a link role and may visit to the school to meet with staff and pupils to discuss our areas of responsibility and to consider the school’s progress and future needs.  Visit reports are submitted to the Governing Body. We also undertake ‘Learning Walks’ for governors to see the whole school in operation and attend school events and functions to meet parents.

In terms of professional development, we subscribe to an organisation called Newport Educational who provide training, at no cost to individual governors, on a range of subjects.  We are also fortunate to be part of the Redbridge & Lordshill Federation of schools who also support Governing Boards by offering training on relevant issues.  In addition, briefings are arranged for governors by our Headteacher on a range of topics.

If you are interested in finding out more and would like to come and observe one of our meetings as a first step, or to speak with our Headteacher or Chair of Governors, then please e-mail the school at info@masonmoorprimary.co.uk.