Our Governing Body

 

The Governing Body of Ashover Primary School comprises 3 Parent Governors, 4 Co-opted Governors, 1 Authority Governor, 1 Staff Governor and the Head Teacher Governor, a total of 10 governors. Our Instrument of Government, under which the Governing Body is constituted, is available on this website.

The 3 core responsibilities of the Governing Body are ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and for the performance management of staff; and overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. These 3 principal responsibilities have been sub-divided by our Governing Body into 15 detailed responsibilities.

Our Governing Body has 4 committees: Ashover Governors Extended Services (AGES) Committee, Education & School Performance Committee, Finance & Staffing Committee and the Head Teacher Performance Management Committee. At the start of each academic year the Governing Body implements a Scheme of Delegation and approves Terms of Reference for each Committee, ensuring that each Committee clearly understands their own areas of responsibility. At the same time the Governing Body appoints members to each committee and appoints the Chair of each committee. Our experience is that this is the most efficient and effective way of carrying out our responsibilities. The Governing Body remains responsible for all decisions and the Committee Chairs report to each meeting of the Governing Body.

Through having several different governors holding positions of responsibility (the Chair and Vice Chair of the Governing Body plus 3 Chairs of Committees) the workload is shared, which we believe leads to more effective and focused governance.

At the start of each academic year the Governing Body appoints individual governors to be responsible for liaising with the teachers who co-ordinate each subject, Subject Governors. Subject Governors gain an understanding of how each subject is taught across school or an understanding of one aspect of school life.

Each meeting of the Governing Body is held in a different class room, with an opportunity at the start of each meeting for governors to learn about teaching in that class, helping improve governors’ understanding as to how the learning environment changes across the year groups.

 

Governor Reports

Governance Statement 2014-15

Governing Body Report 2016

   

Current Governing Body membership

 

Governor

Category

Method of Appointment

Current Term in Office

Andrew Mark Coates

Parent Governor

Elected by Parents

12/10/17 to 11/10/18

Annie Rhodes

Staff Governor

Elected by Staff

29/06/17 to 28/06/18

Johanne Boulding

Co-opted Governor Appointed by Governing Body 06/12/16 to 05/12/18

Ellen Hardwick

Parent Governor

Elected by Parents

20/01/14 to 19/01/18

Helen Elizabeth Timmins

Parent Governor

Appointed by Governing Body

28/03/14 to 27/04/18

Katie Elizabeth Hirst

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Body

06/06/17 to 05/06/19

Kieran Mark Phelan

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Body

06/06/17 to 05/06/19

Vicky Buxton

Authority Governor

Appointed by Local Authority

17/07/13 to 16/07/17

Victoria Anne Spender

Head Teacher Governor

Automatic on becoming Head Teacher

Whilst Head Teacher

 

 

Current membership of Governing Body and Committees

 

Governor

Governing Body Member

Ashover Extended Services (AGES) Committee

Education & School Performance Committee

Finance & Staffing Committee Member

Head Teacher Performance Management Committee

Andrew Coates

Yes

Yes*

Yes

Yes

Yes

Annie Rhodes

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

Ellen Hardwick

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

Helen Timmins

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Johanne Boulding

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

Katie Hirst

Yes

Yes*

No

Yes

No

Kieran Phelan

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

Vicky Buxton

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Vicky Spender

Yes

Yes*

Yes

Yes

No 

* These governors are also directors of Ashover Governors Extended Services Limited.

 

Governors who ceased to hold office during 2015-16 and during the current academic year

 

Governor

Category

Method of Appointment (for final term ending on cessation date)

Term in Office (final term ending on cessation date)

Ceased to hold office

Reappointed

2015-16 academic year

 

 

No governors ceased to hold office during 2015/16 

 

 

 

 

 

2016-17 academic year

(information up to date at 20.06.17)

 

 

Elizabeth Woodthorpe

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Body

07/12/15 to 05/10/16

On resignation

N/A

Ian Hayes

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Body

01/06/15 to 27/09/16

On resignation

N/A

Katie Hirst

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Body

01/06/15 to 31/05/17

At end of term

06/06/17 as Co-opted Governor

Kieran Phelan

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Body

01/06/15 to 31/05/17

At end of term

06/06/17 as Co-opted Governor