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Meet the Governors

Meet our Governors and their Pen Portraits

 

Chair of Governors
Reverend Canon Dr Alan Bartlett  

'Alan Bartlett is Vicar of St Giles' Church and also Priest in Charge of Sherburn and Shadforth. Before this post, he was the postgraduate director at Cranmer Hall, St John's College, Durham. He has a strong and long interest in high quality (Christian) education. He is married to Helen and has 2 adult children and 2 rescue dogs. He enjoys gardening and walking and coming into St Hild's School.'

 

Vice Chair 

Mrs Julie Winkless   Term runs until 14/04/20

'With two boys at St Hild’s Julie was originally a Foundation Parent Governor, but since they’ve left she is now a Foundation Governor instead. She is part of the School and Community Committee and the Finance and Personnel Committee, and is a Monitoring Achievement governor, which involves looking at lots of numbers (she admitted to having studied maths). Julie is also the PCC Secretary for St Mary Magdalene Belmont. In her spare time Julie likes to sing, ring bells and do crosswords.'

 

Foundation Governors

Mrs Heather Troupe  Term runs until 10/02/20

'Heather became a governor at St Hild’s in 2015 and was delighted to have the opportunity for further involvement in the school and to help and support in its development. Heather has lived in Gilesgate since 1997 and has two children, both of whom currently attend the school. Professionally, Heather is a Teacher and has been teaching for 20 years. She previously taught in Year 1 and Year 2 and currently teaches a Reception Class which is extremely rewarding and challenging. Heather attends Durham City Baptist Church and was a helper at the Girls’ Brigade Company there before having her children.'

Mrs Jane Holmes         Term runs until 25/01/19

Before being asked to be a Governor, Jane was advised to send her children to St Hild’s for their primary education because it was such a caring school. All three of Jane’s children have been to St Hild’s and are now mostly grown up. She feels very firmly that as a Foundation Governor her prime role is to ensure the continuation of the Christian Ethos of the school. When she was asked be a Governor, her initial response was that she thought ‘you needed to be over 40 and rather boring!’. She now fits the first category and hopes not the second (too much).
Mr Tim Ferguson       Term runs until TBC

Mr Roger Ward       Term runs until TBC

 

Staff Governors

Mrs Alex Ryder     Term runs until 31/08/19 

'Alex is Headteacher at St Hilds College CE Primary School and before this was a Deputy Head Teacher and Advanced Skills Teacher. She is originally from North Yorkshire and graduated from Durham University in 2000. She then married and settled in the North East. Alex is passionate about children’s education and hopes to bring all her experience so far to help support the ethos and development of St Hild’s CE Primary into a successful and flourishing school. She is also mum to two young girls who keep her very busy when not at work!'   

 Mrs Marie Hann    Term runs until 21/04/18

'Marie Hann is the staff governor. She works as Foundation stage leader, reception class teacher and she is a member of the Senior Leadership team. She has taught across all key stages at St Hild’s over 32 years but has spent most of this time in Early Years. Mrs Hann knows many of the parents of the children in school having taught them when they were pupils here themselves. Both of her children attended St Hild’s for their Primary education and they still speak of it very fondly many years later.'

 

Co-Opted Governor

Mrs Julie Smith          Term runs until 31/08/19

'Julie is the School Business Manager at St Hild’s Primary School and has worked at the school since January 2000 starting initially as the school secretary. Julie enjoys being involved in all aspects of school life both in her job role and as a Co-opted staff member of the governing body. She strongly supports the Christian ethos of the school and was recently confirmed along with some of the children of St Hild’s in a ceremony at St Giles’ Church. Julie is married to Neil, has two grown up children and looks after her young grandsons when she is not at work.'

 

Local Authority

Councillor Katie Corrigan  Term runs until TBC

 

Parent Governors

Mr Andy Nicholson      Term runs until 11/05/20

'Andy is father of three children. Andy lives with his wife Lisa and chocolate lab Lyla in Hett Village. Andy’s education started at St Hilds and finished at the University of Leeds. Work-wise he manages a successful bar in Durham City Centre. Andy was born in Sunderland and is therefore blessed with Red and White blood.'

Mrs Julianne Thompson     Term runs until 04/05/20

I am very pleased to be part of the team as a parent governor. I have previously worked as a Special Needs Assistant in both a high school and a primary in Leeds and found it challenging and rewarding. I also enjoyed the challenge of setting up and managing a charity shop for St George’s Crypt. Building relationships with volunteers and customers, raising funds for the Crypt (Homeless charity in Leeds) and sharing God’s love in our local community was a great opportunity. I have 1 child in Key Stage 2 at St Hild's as my son and eldest daughter have now left. I have been a stay at home mum since James was born, but began to do some murals for schools and communities in 2011. I really enjoy art and am learning a lot by doing different projects. I volunteer at Durham Foodbank and also help to lead the 3-5 year olds group at Emmanuel Church Durham. The Prayer Space at school earlier this year was a great opportunity for children, staff, parents and carers to spend time in prayer for ourselves, our families, friends and community and the wider world! J Fantastic!

Annual Governance Statement for the

Governing Body of St Hild’s College CE Aided Primary School

September 2016

 

 

School Vision/Mission Statement

A warm welcome to St Hild’s College CE Aided Primary School. Our school vision is of ‘life in all its fullness', where everyone is supported and able to learn and grow to their full potential through a creative education. It is driven by our desire to offer the best possible education for our pupils in partnership with parents, churches and the local community that can stretch the mind and enrich imaginations, strengthen the body and enliven the spirit.

 

We aim to provide a happy and secure environment, where children think for themselves and use their own initiative as often as possible. The acquisition of the necessary basic skills is of great importance but we try to teach the children how to learn, rather than drill them with facts.

 

This school is for children between the ages of 2 and 11 years. Its existence ensures the right of parents to have their children instructed in the Faith of the Church of England, in a Christian atmosphere, within the family of the Church.

 

Pupils of faiths other than Church of England are welcomed at St Hild’s CE Aided Primary School. We are committed to promoting the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

 

St Hild's School Stands for:

Christian teaching and values

Creative learning in a caring environment

A commitment to fulfilling each child’s potential

 

Our school motto is:

‘We teach minds to think, hands to do and hearts to love.’

 

 

 

The Governing Body of St Hild’s College CE Aided Primary School has a strong

focus on its three core strategic functions:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

 

 

Governance arrangements

 

The Governing Body of St Hild’s was re-constituted in September 2015 and consists of the following members; The Headteacher, 1 staff governor, 2 elected parent governors, 1 Local Authority Governor, 1 co- opted governor and 9 Foundation Governors. Foundation Governors are appointed by the following Bodies:

1 ex officio, (The Incumbent or Priest in Charge for the time being of the Parish of St Giles, Durham City). 4 appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education, 3 appointed by the Parochial Church Council of Durham St Giles, 1 appointed by the Trustees of St Hild & St Bede Foundation.

 

The Full Governing Body meets once each term and we also have committees who meet to consider different aspects of the school in detail. Here at St Hild’s, we have a Finance and Personnel Committee, which focuses on finance, spending of pupil premium funding, premises and some personnel matters and a School’s and Community Committee who receive regular updates from subject leaders, as well as updates in relation to Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs, Attendance and policies. We also have committees that meet if required to consider pupil discipline and staffing matters.

 

Attendance record

Governors have excellent attendance at meetings and we have never cancelled a meeting because it was not “quorate” (the number of governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made).

 

The work that we have done on our committees and in the governing body and its impact

 

The Governing Body has had a particularly busy year so far, focusing on continuous school improvement and implementation of the assessment procedures in school. Governors are regularly updated with information packs based on the School Development Plan’s documentation. These form the basis of Governor monitoring visits. Governors follow a monitoring timetable where individual governors are responsible for monitoring Achievement, Teaching and Learning; Behaviour and Attendance; Safeguarding and SEND; Leadership and Management; and RE and Collective Worship. Governors actively monitor the implementation of the School Development Plan.

 

The Finance and Personnel committee looks at the maintenance and development of the school premises and makes decisions about how the school should use its budget. This year decisions have been made to re-design the Early Years entrance and reading area after the successful developments for the provision of 2 year olds which has been closely monitored by the EYFS Governor.

 

The school has recently accepted the County’s new Health and Safety inspection and Governors are updated on a termly basis in relation to Health and Safety/Security. They monitor and review the impact that Pupil Premium and Sports Premium spending is having and ensure that this is reported on the school website. Nominated safeguarding governors give a termly report to the governors about any safeguarding matters. A permanent SENCO was appointed in June 2016 and Governors have dealt with a variety of personnel issues throughout the year.

 

This year there have been changes to the role of the EWO and governors have monitored the implementation of a new attendance toolkit for school in line with County guidelines. As a result successful pro-forma letters were agreed by Governors.

 

One of the roles of the Schools Committee is reviewing and agreeing school policies, and this year we have considered a number of key policies. In November, a new Child protection policy was adopted. More recently the Schools Committee have discussed and agreed a new SEND, Inclusion, Homework, Attendance, Equality, Accessibility and Uniform policy all in line with current legislation. The Schools Committee discuss attendance at each meeting and are fully updated on actions that are in place to improve the attendance of some children with the support of the school’s Parent Support Advisor, noting the improved attendance of children as a result of the meetings. Overall school attendance improved to 95% this year.

 

This year the Schools Committee has examined in detail and questioned how sport premium money is spent. They have listened to children present their views on sport in school and questioned them about the positive impact children feel it has had on their well-being. They have noted the increase in pupil participation at after school sport clubs and the success of the family martial arts club.

 

The Schools Committee received a report from the School Council about their recent election and democracy and faith week in school. They heard children able to explain what democracy means for them.

 

This year governors have evaluated the impact of our Reflection Areas and pupils’ attitude to RE. They found that children listened to and respected one another, having personal opinions and a communal voice. They recognised that children speak openly and honestly about how Christian Values are represented in school and their own lives. Governors monitored and reflected on the Floor Books used to contribute to assessment in RE. A group of Governors spoke to the SIAM’s inspector during our successful inspection in February.

 

The governor responsible for behaviour and attendance talked to a group of children about the importance of regular attendance. Governors were impressed that children recognised that poor attendance and time keeping would have a negative effect on their education and would not be a good habit to have when they are older and want to find a good job.

 

Minutes of Governing Body and Committee meetings are public documents you can ask at the school office if you would like to see any of the minutes of our meetings.

 

 

 

 

Future plans for the Governing Body

  • To further develop the monitoring timetable for governors and to ensure that new Governors are up to date with the school development plans.
  • To continue to oversee and review the school’s new procedures for assessment and “life without levels”.
  • To measure the impact of changes made as a result of new appointments to the School Leadership Team.

 

 

 

Contact Details

The Governing Body welcomes suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents/carers. Please contact the Chair of Governors c/o the school office.

Current Members of the Governing Body

Please see school website

http://www.st-hilds.durham.sch.uk/meet-the-governors/

 


 

Register of Governors’ Interest

 

Governor

Category

Date Appointed

Term of Office

Committees

Business interests

Pecuniary Interest

Governance roles in other educational establishments

Attendance at Full Gov. Body Meetings

Attendance at Committee Meetings

Alexandra Ryder

Head Teacher

1.9.15

Time in Office

Finance & Personnel

School & Community

None

None

Yes

Wynyard Primary School

3 of 3

9 of 9

Marie Hann

Staff

22.4.14

4 years

Finance & Personnel

School & Community

None

None

No

3 of 3

2 of 8

Julie Smith

Co-opted

1.9.15

4 years

Finance & Personnel

School & Community

None

None

No

3 of 3

5 of 9

Andrew Nicholson

Parent

12.5.16

4 years

Admissions

Finance & Personnel

First/Pay Review

None

None

No

3 of 3

7 of 8

Jane Holmes

Foundation

13.12.16

4 years

Finance & Personnel

First/Pay Review

School & Community

None

None

No

 

2 of 3

3 of 9

Heather Troupe

Foundation

11.2.16

4 years

Appeals

School & Community

None

None

No

3 of 3

1 of 1

Julie Winkless

Vice Chair

Foundation

15.4.16

4 years

Appeals

Finance & Personnel

Head Teacher’s Performance

School & Community

 

Registered

None

No

3 of 3

9 of 9

Julianne Thompson

Parent

5.5.16

4 years

First/Pay Review

School & Community

 

None

None

No

2 of 2

1 of 1

Alan Bartlett

Chair of Governors

Foundation

 

7.1.09

 

Time in office

Admissions

Finance & Personnel

First/Pay Review

Head Teacher’s Performance

 

None

None

Yes

Ludworth Primary School

2 of 2

6 of 8

Tim Ferguson

Foundation

9.1.17 4 years Appeals None None No 2 of 2 No meeting to date
Roger Ward Foundation 18.5.17 4 years Appeals None None

Yes

Wynyard CE Primary School

2 of 2 No meeting to date
                   

 

 

St Hild’s College CE Aided Primary School

Code of Conduct for Governors

 

Aims

  • All Governors are expected to contribute to the development of the school in setting the strategic framework within which the school operates; determining the character, aims and ethos of the school and developing and monitoring school policies, plans and procedures. Governors have a responsibility to support, promote and uphold school policy and procedures with particular reference to Health & Safety, Child Protection and Safeguarding.

 

  • Governors need to have a clear understanding of their role and that of the head teacher and have an effective working relationship which facilitates good leadership and management.
  • The aim of the code is to therefore to provide Governors with a clear understanding of their role and provide a framework within which they will be able to carry out their duties effectively.

 

Commitment

  • Those accepting the office as a Governor will need to be mindful that the role does require a significant level of commitment. 
  • Governors will be expected to regularly attend meetings of the full Governing Body as well as Committees and Working Groups where necessary. Regular non-attendance at full Governing Body meetings can lead to disqualification.
  • Governors should ensure they attend meetings promptly and for the full duration whenever possible. When this is difficult Governors should give as much notice as possible to the Head teacher or Chair so that they can ensure that meetings will still be quorate and rearrange agenda items if necessary.
  • Governors should ensure they are prepared for meetings by reading all papers beforehand.
  • Governors should attend induction and other relevant training courses in order to aide their development and help them discharge their duties responsibly.
  • Governors should make every effort to get to know the school and involve themselves in school activities. 
  • All governors should involve themselves actively in the work of the Governing Body and will be willing to carry out their fair share of responsibilities including serving on Committees and working parties and taking on links with other areas of special responsibility.

 

Relationships

  • Governors should operate as a team and always in the best interests of the school.
  • Governors should recognise that each member of the governing body has equal status irrespective of their appointing body (i.e. parents, staff, LA, diocese or the governing body) unless particular responsibilities are conferred on them by the full governing body. This also applies to the chair and vice chair.
  • Governors should listen to and respect the views of others and be loyal to collective decisions made by the governing body.
  • Governors should develop effective working relationships with the head teacher, senior management team, teachers, support staff, parents, LA and other relevant agencies where appropriate.

 

Confidentiality

  • Decisions reached at governing body meetings are normally made public through minutes and reports, however, Governors should ensure confidentiality, when required, in respect of the discussions on which the decisions are based.
  • Individual Governors should observe complete confidentiality in all matters discussed at governing body meetings especially in relation to matters concerning staff or pupils and also any other matters agreed by the governing body. Failure to comply may lead to disqualification.
  • Governors should exercise the highest degree of caution when involved in sensitive issues arising outside the governing body which may have an impact on the work of the governing body or the operation of the school.
  • On ceasing to be a Governor individuals should ensure all information relating to the school is returned to the school for disposal as soon as possible.

 

Conduct

  • Governors must accept collective responsibility for all decisions taken by the governing body that is they do not have the legal authority to act individually except when the governing body has delegated authority for them to do so.
  • Governors should never speak out against decisions in public or in private, outside the Governing Body.
  • Governors have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice with the overall good of the school overriding any personal feelings or individual concerns they may have.
  • Governors should not use the governing body to enhance or influence the education of their own children or pursue personal agendas. This can cause conflict with the strategic role of the governing body. Governors with issues regarding their own children should raise the matter in the normal way for any parent.
  • Governors, when carrying out their monitoring role, should not make any judgements about the quality of teaching.
  • All governors’ visits to the school should be carried out within a framework that has been established by the governing body and agreed with the head teacher
  • When discharging their duties governors will need to be mindful of their responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of the school and acting the best interests of the school.
  • Governors have a specific responsibility to support and promote the development of a strong counter fraud culture in school including mechanisms to monitor and report inconsistencies and risks.
  • Apart from very specific instances where the chair has to actor take decisions on behalf of the governing body, governors should recognise that they have no individual powers and should only speak or action behalf of the governing body when specifically authorised to do so by the corporate body.
  • Governors should be able to express their views openly within meetings but should ensure that they relate to matters proper for discussion by the governing body. Discussion should be conducted in a respectful manner to ensure that any governor does not feel uncomfortable.
  • Governors will be required to declare any personal or financial interest on an annual basis by completing and returning to school, the Governor Declaration of Interest Form. A declaration may also be made arising from a matter before the Governors or from any aspect of governorship. In such situations the individual Governor should declare the interest and withdraw from the meeting. Governors should not use their position as governor to benefit them or other individuals or agencies.
  • When Governors are unable to attend meetings they should ensure that the Clerk to the Governors and the head teacher are notified in advance of the meeting.
  • Governors should be aware of the procedures established by the governing body for responding to criticism or complaint relating to the school, not allow themselves to be included personally. Instead refer parents to the General School Complaints Procedure.

November 2016


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