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Governors

Local  Authority

The Local  Authority serving Sturminster Marshall First School is:

Dorset Council, Children’s Services, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester DT1 1XJ. Tel: 01305 251000

Requests for admission for out-of-area children should be made to the School Admissions Section at the above address. 

The Role of the School Governors

Under the 1988 Education Reform Act the Governors are responsible for the effective running of the school, both financially and educationally.  They also appoint staff to the school.

Governors have organised themselves into committees which are responsible for finance and resources and curriculum and school improvement.  They report to the whole governing body, which meets at least once a term to discuss the Headteacher's report and all matters having a direct bearing on the school.  A copy of the Agenda and the Minutes of meetings are available in the school office for you to see.  

 

2019-20 Register of Business Interests 

2019-20 Governor Attendance

 

Sturminster Marshall First School Committees 2019-2020

Finance & Resources Committee

Alex Cannon (Chair)

Louise Everett

Derek Jones

Damien Watt

 

Terms of Reference of Finance & Resources (F&R) Committee

The purpose of the F&R Committee is to discuss finance, personnel issues, and all matters relating to the buildings and site of the School.

 Membership:

The F&R Committee will comprise of at least 3 Governors plus the Head Teacher (or Deputy Head Teachers).

The F&R Committee may co-opt additional, non-voting members.

The Chair and the Vice Chair of the F&R Committee will be elected annually at the first Autumn term meeting.

When the Chair and Vice Chair are absent, members of the Committee will elect an acting Chair.

 Quorum:

In order for business to proceed, 2 non-staff Governors of the committee and the Head Teacher (or Deputy Head Teachers) need to be present.

 Meetings:

The Committee shall meet as necessary but not less than once per term. The Chairperson will liaise with Head Teacher (or Deputy Head Teachers) prior to the Committee meeting to agree agenda. An agenda and paperwork will be circulated at least 7 days before the Committee’s meeting date. Committee meetings will be no longer than 1.5 hours duration. Each meeting of the Committee will be minuted by the School Clerk. These minutes will record any decision taken by the Committee and will be circulated to all members of the Governing Body before the next full Governing Body Meeting. Minutes from the F&R meetings will be shared with all Governors. Any member (voting or non-voting) will withdraw from a meeting where they have a pecuniary interest in the matter under consideration.

 The Governing Body delegates the following responsibilities to the F&R Committee:

  • To annually review and update all statutory finance, personnel and health & safety policies
  • To work together with the Head Teacher to prepare the school budget for approval by the Governing Body at the start of the financial year
  • To receive termly reports from the Head Teacher, approve action when expenditure is at a variance with the budget and inform the Governing Body if there is any possibility of overspending
  • To approve all individual virements above £5,000 (the limit placed on expenditure by the Head Teacher). Any spend over £3,000 to be discussed with the Chair of the Committee verbally.
  • To approve expenditure above £5,000 up to £49,999 (the limit placed on expenditure by the Head Teacher being £5,000). Expenditure above £50,000 can only be approved by the full Governing Body.
  • To review the completed Self Assessment Form (SFVS) and ensure it is returned to the Local Authority.
  • To annually review levels of charging for lettings other than those community groups subsidised by the Local Authority.
  • To assist the Head Teacher in investigating “Value for Money” transactions
  • Review the level of staffing within the school in consultation with the Head Teacher.
  • Be involved in the recruitment and appointment of staff
  • Ensure that the Governing Body has appropriate Appeals Procedures
  • To consider all matters relating to the building and site of the School
  • To undertake H&S walkrounds termly
  • Ensure that the Governing Body has and operates a Pay Policy, which is updated to reflect any changes as necessary
  • To hold a Pay Committee and Head Teacher Performance Management Panel annually by a delegated sub-group of the Governing Body (no fewer than two governors) supported by an external advisor.

 Review:

These Terms of Reference will be reviewed annually at the Autumn Term Meetings.

 

 

Curriculum & School Improvement Committee

 Lee Marchant (Chair)

Rory Farwell

Sue Jones

Patsy Barnes

Damien Watt

 

 Terms of Reference of Curriculum & School Improvement (CSI) Committee

The purpose of the CSI Committee is to discuss raising standards through teaching, learning, monitoring, evaluation and the school development plan.

 Membership:

The CSI Committee will comprise of at least 3 Governors including the Head Teacher (or Deputy Head Teachers)

The CSI Committee may co-opt additional, non-voting members.

The Chair and the Vice Chair of the CSI Committee will be elected bi-annually at the first Autumn term meeting.

When the Chair and Vice Chair are absent, members of the Committee will elect an acting Chair.

 Quorum:

In order for business to proceed, 2 non-staff Governors of the committee including the Head Teacher (or Deputy Head Teachers) need to be present.

 Meetings:

The Committee shall meet as necessary but not less than once per term. The Chairperson will liaise with Head Teacher (or Deputy Head Teachers) prior to the Committee meeting to agree agenda. An agenda and paperwork will be circulated at least 7 days before the Committee’s meeting date. Committee meetings will be no longer than 1.5 hours duration. Each meeting of the Committee will be minuted by the School Clerk. These minutes will record any decision taken by the Committee and will be circulated to all members of the Governing Body before the next full Governing Body Meeting. Where there is an even number of committee members and a vote is tied, the Chair of the Committee will have the deciding vote. Minutes from the CSI meetings will be shared with all Governors. Any member (voting or non-voting) will withdraw from a meeting where they have a pecuniary interest in the matter under consideration.

 The Governing Body delegates the following responsibilities to the CSI Committee:

  • To monitor, evaluate, review and update all statutory Teaching and Learning policies
  • To monitor and evaluate the Key Issues of the School Development Plan
  • To review and monitor the Governors ‘Action Plan
  • To discuss relevant curriculum issues, which may become priorities of subsequent Development Plans.
  • To review and evaluate progress against National and Local Authority targets using school assessment data and analysis and ASP (Analyse School Performance)
  • To ensure the SEF (or alternative) is up-to-date and to develop sections relevant to this committee
  • To review and evaluate the quality of teaching
  • To review and evaluate the quality of provision in Early Years, monitor relationship with the on site Pre-school
  • To review and evaluate attendance and behaviour
  • To review and evaluate pupil involvement and pupil wellbeing
  • To monitor and review SEND provision
  • To be responsible for the completion of the Safeguarding Audit and return to the Local Authority.
  • To monitor pupil premium funding impact and sports funding impact

 Review:

These Terms of Reference will be reviewed annually in the Autumn Term.

 

 

GOVERNOR TYPES

TYPE OF GOVERNOR

NUMBER ALLOWED

GOVERNOR’S NAME

HEADTEACHER

1

Mr A Joyce

STAFF

1 Mr R Farwell

LOCAL AUTHORITY

1

Mr D Jones

PARENT

3

Mr D Watt (Chair)

Ms L Everett

Mr A Cannon (Vice Chair)

CO-OPTED

5

Mr L Marchant

Mrs P Barnes

Mrs S Jones

Rev C Couzens

ASSOCIATE MEMBER

2

Mr C Perry

Mrs N Charman

CLERK

1

Mrs J Ramsay