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Mason Moor
Primary School

The Governing Body

Welcome from the governors of Mason Moor Primary School

As Chair of the Governing Body I would like to welcome you to Mason Moor Primary School.

Governors are volunteers who work strategically with the Headteacher and school leaders to agree school priorities and improve standards. Our governing body consists of a diverse group of people from different backgrounds. The different skillset that each governor brings to the group allows us to provide support and challenge, acting as a ‘critical friend’, with the aim of improving all aspects of the school and ensuring your child’s needs are met.

Whilst 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 and school grounds maintenance, the day to day operation of the school remains the responsibility of the Headteacher.

To enable us to carry out our work we have two committees, Finance and Resources and Teaching and Learning. We also have a Safeguarding Working Party. A table of dates for our meetings can be found below, as can a range of governance related documents.

We could not carry out this role, however, without the support and expertise of the Headteacher and the committed team of staff. We also try and visit school as often as possible to see for ourselves how the school is functioning.

Governors are also 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. Our children deserve the best possible chances in life and we believe that this is best achieved when there are strong, supportive links between home and school.

Children at Mason Moor are encouraged to enjoy their learning, in a safe and purposeful environment where positive behaviour management is practiced and staff have high expectations of and aspirations for our children. It is important that good behaviour and mutual respect is modelled by every member of the school community and that every member feels valued.

Feedback from parents is also important and the school asks parents to complete a questionnaire at parents evening. This questionnaire is based on the Ofsted survey which parents can complete at any time using the link below:

www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk

 

Finally, governors recognise that 2020 has seen us all face some unprecedented challenges, but the committed staff team at Mason Moor Primary School has risen to the task admirably. We are still living and working in uncertain times, but governors are proud of how the school has been led and how the staff team have worked hard to continue to educate your children and try to keep them safe. We look forward to normality returning as soon as possible!

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 and also a Safeguarding Working Party.  The dates for 2020\2021 academic year are listed below.

Whole Governing Body Teaching and Learning Committee Finance and Resources Committee Safeguarding Working Party
16:00 07:30 09:15 09:00

08/09/2020

13/10/2020

01/12/2020

02/02/2021

23/03/2021

18/05/2021

06/07/2021

29/09/2020

17/11/2020

19/01/2021

09/03/2021

04/05/2021

22/06/2021

 

29/09/2020

03/11/2020 (4pm start)

19/01/2021

09/03/2021

04/05/2021

22/06/2021

 

14/10/2020

09/12/2020

10/02/2021

28/04/2021

02/06/2021

07/07/2021

 

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 as does our Safeguarding Working Party. 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.

Links

  • Instrument of Government
  • List of governors including register of business interests
  • Code of Conduct
  • Committee and Working Party terms of reference
  • Governors’ attendance
  • Governor Induction Pack