The Governing Body
Welcome from the governors of Mason Moor Primary School
Autumn Term 2018 sees us welcome our new Headteacher, Miss Kristy Wharton, to Mason Moor.
Recruiting a new Headteacher is one of the most important and daunting tasks a governing board will undertake. Our priority was to appoint someone who would work hard to help our children achieve their academic potential through a combination of challenge, support, encouragement and praise, so they can progress confidently into the next phase of their education.
Alongside this, it was also important that our Headteacher would ensure that our children were provided with enrichment experiences and that they possessed the necessary values to enable them to be positive members of the community.
As governors we work strategically with the Headteacher 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. Our children deserve the best possible chances in life and governors 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 once every year 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:
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.
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.
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 2018\2019 academic year are listed below.
|Whole Governing Body||Teaching and Learning Committee||Finance and Resources Committee||Safeguarding Working Party|
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.
- 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