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Welcome to our Governors’ section. 


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

THE SCHOOL’S GOVERNING BODY

 

Governors’ Report for 2015-16

During the 2015-16 school year, the Governors of Longford Church of England Primary School (“the Governing Body”) have met on eight occasions to discuss and consider ordinary or special items of business.  In addition, the Governors have held regular meetings of sub-committees focussed on key areas such as the curriculum, achievement & standards, finance, performance management and ‘governance’ matters.  Governors have also assisted in the organisation and running of the School by supporting the Headteacher and staff on specific matters which have arisen during the course of the year, such as in relation to safeguarding and the development of the School’s website, and by making a number of new staffing appointments.

 

The Governing Body has participated in the continuous improvement processes for the School, notably the formal School Improvement Plan (SIP), periodic reviews of the SIP and the School’s Self-Evaluation.  Through these processes, emphasis has been placed on (amongst other things) raising attainment and progress in reading, writing & mathematics and on achieving consistently high standards of teaching in the School.  An important area tackled by the School’s teaching staff during the year has been the embedding of an improved assessment and marking policy which ensures pupils have immediate teacher-feedback on their achievements and are set new personalised challenges to develop their learning and understanding. Further, following the ending of government-mandated monitoring processes, it has also been necessary for the School to identify and implement new pupil progress tracking systems.  The Governors have been kept fully informed of these developments by the School’s headteacher and through their own monitoring activities, and have also taken part in a number of relevant training programmes and events.

The covered, outdoor play facility for EYFS has been completed during the year and further general improvements have been made to classroom storage and furnishings to enhance the learning environment for pupils.

 

During the previous school year, a decision was made to re-organise the class structure in order to accommodate the number of pupils wishing to attend the School.  This re-organisation has been kept under review during the past year and produced positive results in pupil attainment and progress.  It has however been decided to modify this structure for the present school year in order to make it more flexible to meet pupils’ needs. 

 

The Governors believe that they have had a significant positive impact on the School during the year.  They continue wholeheartedly to support the vision for the School.  This is a vision where not only high standards and successful personal achievements are striven for and celebrated but also the religious, social & moral ethos of the School, empathy, respect & tolerance, generosity of spirit, personal confidence and responsibility, all in a safe environment where there is ‘fun in learning’, are very important.

 

The Governors would again like to express their thanks to the School’s Staff and pupils for all they have done during the year to contribute to its success and happy atmosphere, and also to the FTPA and parents for their generous support, both financially and otherwise.

 

Structure and remit of the Governing Body and its Committees

Under the legislation relating to the governance of maintained schools and guidance issued by the DfE, the main role of the School’s Governing Body is to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement, with a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • overseeing the financial performance of the School and making sure its money is well spent.

 

More information about the School’s vision and ethos can be found on the School’s website and in the School’s Prospectus. 

 

The Governing Body is made up of:

 

  • two foundation governors (one being the Rector of St Chads, Longford ex officio and the other being appointed by the Diocese of Derby);
  • three elected parent governors;
  • the headteacher of the school;
  • one staff governor (other than the headteacher);
  • one local authority governor; and
  • two other persons appointed as co-opted governors.

 

The Governing Body does not have any associate members.

 

The Governing Body has established the following main committees in order to carry out its functions:

 

Committee

Main areas of remit

TEACHING, LEARNING & ASSESSMENT

Matters relating to the School’s curriculum and the detailed review of attainment & progress

[Formerly referred to as ‘Curriculum Committee’]

RESOURCES

Overseeing the School’s budget, financial performance and financial resource allocation, audit and premises matters

PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

Performance management of the Headteacher

GOVERNANCE

Matters relating to the Governing Body’s own ‘governance’ and performance

DISCIPLINE & EXCLUSIONS

 

Matters relating to serious staff or pupil disciplinary matters

SAFEGUARDING

Carrying out Section 17 audit to evaluate practice and checking Safeguarding portfolio

 

WEBSITE MONITORING

Carrying out website audit against statutory regulations and inclusion of ‘desirable’ elements

 

Current members of the Governing Body

Details of the current members of the Governing Body (and any other governors who have served in the last 12 months) are set out in the following tables:

 

FULL NAME:

Sandra Pauline Austin

CATEGORY OF

GOVERNOR/ APPOINTED BY:

Governor appointed by Derbyshire County Council as Local Authority

DATE OF INITIAL APPOINTMENT (AND DATE OF CESSATION IF APPLICABLE):

2010 as Local Authority Governor (having previously been a parent governor since 2007) 

 

EXPIRY OF CURRENT TERM OF OFFICE:

February 2018

RELEVANT BUSINESS/ PECUNIARY INTERESTS OR GOVERNANCE ROLES IN OTHER SCHOOLS ETC:

None

RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER GOVERNORS AND SCHOOL STAFF:

None

ATTENDANCE RECORD AT FULL GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS (2015-16):

7 out of 8 meetings

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP AND ATTENDANCE RECORD (2015-16):

Resources

All meetings (4)

Governance

All meetings (3)

Performance Management

All meetings (1)

 

PEN PORTRAIT OF GOVERNOR:

I was previously a parent governor when my children attended the School and was appointed LEA Governor when they left.  I have previously worked in Banking, Accounting, Childcare and Sales Administration.

 

 

 

FULL NAME:

Reverend Philip Michael Bishop (Deputy Chair of Governors wef September 2016)

CATEGORY OF

GOVERNOR/ APPOINTED BY:

Foundation Governor Appointed by Diocese of Derby : ex officio appointment as Rector of St Chads, Longford

DATE OF INITIAL APPOINTMENT (AND DATE OF CESSATION IF APPLICABLE):

August 1996

 

[N.B. Reverend Bishop was Chair of Governors until September 2016]

EXPIRY OF CURRENT TERM OF OFFICE:

On cessation of appointment as Rector of St Chads

RELEVANT BUSINESS/ PECUNIARY INTERESTS OR GOVERNANCE ROLES IN OTHER SCHOOLS ETC:

Also a governor at Church Broughton (Church of England) Primary Schools & Long Lane (Church of England) Primary School

RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER GOVERNORS AND SCHOOL STAFF:

None

ATTENDANCE RECORD AT FULL GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS (2015-16):

7 out of 8 meetings

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP AND ATTENDANCE RECORD (2015-16):

Teaching, Learning & Assessment

All meetings (3)

Performance Management (Chair)

All meetings (1)

Resources (Chair)

3 out of 4 meetings

Discipline and Exclusions (Chair)

Cee not required to meet 2015-16

Safeguarding (Chair)

All meetings (2)

 

PEN PORTRAIT OF GOVERNOR:

A clergyman of the Church of England since 1971, appointed Rector of the parishes of Boylestone, Church Broughton, Dalbury, Longford, Long Lane, Radbourne, Sutton-on-the-Hill & Trusley in 1996.

A school governor in various schools since 1980 and chair of governors for some since about 2000.  Involved in the appointment of the present and previous headteachers of Longford School.

 

A bachelor.

 

                                                          

 

 

FULL NAME:

Jason Mark Buckler

CATEGORY OF

GOVERNOR/ APPOINTED BY:

Parent Governor elected by Parent Body

 

DATE OF INITIAL APPOINTMENT (AND DATE OF CESSATION IF APPLICABLE):

January 2014

EXPIRY OF CURRENT TERM OF OFFICE:

December 2017

RELEVANT BUSINESS/ PECUNIARY INTERESTS OR GOVERNANCE ROLES IN OTHER SCHOOLS ETC:

None

RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER GOVERNORS AND SCHOOL STAFF:

None

ATTENDANCE RECORD AT FULL GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS (2015-16):

7 out of 8 meetings

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP AND ATTENDANCE RECORD (2015-16):

Resources

2 out of 4 meetings

Governance

2 out of 3 meetings

Website (Chair)

All meetings (4)

 

PEN PORTRAIT OF GOVERNOR:

I am married with 3 children, the youngest 2 are currently at Longford. At present I am working at BUPA delivering on our purpose of longer, healthier, happier lives. I have significant experience in Stakeholder Management, Business Transformation, Change Management and Strategy Planning. I want every child to achieve their full potential in a high quality and continuously improving environment and most of all enjoy their time at school.

 

 

 

FULL NAME:

Andrew Peter Cree

CATEGORY OF

GOVERNOR/ APPOINTED BY:

Co-opted Governor appointed by remainder of  Governing Body

 

DATE OF INITIAL APPOINTMENT (AND DATE OF CESSATION IF APPLICABLE):

September 2013 (initially as Community Governor then re-appointed September 2015 as Co-opted Governor)

EXPIRY OF CURRENT TERM OF OFFICE:

August 2019

RELEVANT BUSINESS/ PECUNIARY INTERESTS OR GOVERNANCE ROLES IN OTHER SCHOOLS ETC:

None

RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER GOVERNORS AND SCHOOL STAFF:

None

ATTENDANCE RECORD AT FULL GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS (2015-16):

7 out of 8 meetings

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP AND ATTENDANCE RECORD (2015-16):

Resources

All meetings (4)

Governance (Chair)

All meetings (4)

Performance Management

All meetings (1)

Discipline and Exclusions

Cee not required to meet 2015-16

Website

2 out of 4 meetings

 

PEN PORTRAIT OF GOVERNOR:

Retired Solicitor having spent 20+ years as General Counsel in industrial concerns: experience of commercial law and "good governance" practices, property management, employment and regulatory affairs: served on Executive Committees and Board/Board Committees of UK listed companies and equivalents: had responsibility at various times for legal offices ranging in size from 6 to 25 personnel. Own children now adult and unconnected with Longford School.

 

 

 

FULL NAME:

Jessica Jane Laugharne

CATEGORY OF

GOVERNOR/ APPOINTED BY:

Parent Governor elected by Parent Body

 

DATE OF INITIAL APPOINTMENT (AND DATE OF CESSATION IF APPLICABLE):

March 2013

EXPIRY OF CURRENT TERM OF OFFICE:

March 2020

RELEVANT BUSINESS/ PECUNIARY INTERESTS OR GOVERNANCE ROLES IN OTHER SCHOOLS ETC:

None

RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER GOVERNORS AND SCHOOL STAFF:

None

ATTENDANCE RECORD AT FULL GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS (2015-16):

5 out of 8 meetings

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP AND ATTENDANCE RECORD (2015-16):

Resources

3 out of 4 meetings

Governance

All meetings (3)

 

PEN PORTRAIT OF GOVERNOR:

I have two children at Longford Primary and expect every child to benefit from the highest quality teaching and learning and feel an immense sense of belonging, wellbeing and happiness at their school. Formerly, I was a journalist in the BBC’s Current Affairs department producing live programmes and documentaries for Radio 4. Using my experience of in-depth research, analysis and scrutiny, I am committed to supporting Longford School and further developing its strengths.

 

 

 

FULL NAME:

Susan Plant (Chair of Governors wef September 2016)

CATEGORY OF

GOVERNOR/ APPOINTED BY:

Parent Governor elected by Parent Body

 

DATE OF INITIAL APPOINTMENT (AND DATE OF CESSATION IF APPLICABLE):

October 2009 (and since re-appointed)

EXPIRY OF CURRENT TERM OF OFFICE:

October 2017

RELEVANT BUSINESS/ PECUNIARY INTERESTS OR GOVERNANCE ROLES IN OTHER SCHOOLS ETC:

None

RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER GOVERNORS AND SCHOOL STAFF:

None

ATTENDANCE RECORD AT FULL GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS (2015-16):

All meetings (8)

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP AND ATTENDANCE RECORD (2015-16):

Teaching, Learning & Assessment (Chair)

All meetings (3)

 

PEN PORTRAIT OF GOVERNOR:

I have two children, one of whom is still at Longford and the other has just started at QEGS.  I am an experienced senior leader in secondary education.  I have been Vice Principal and Interim Principal at Landau Forte College, Derby, for four years, and currently work as a Multi-Academy Trust Associate Principal.  My expertise lies in improving teaching and learning, professional development of teachers & leaders and performance management.   Having been a governor at Longford for 7 years, I understand how the school operates, its aspirations and the focus on child-centered learning. As a parent and a teacher, I am delighted to use this expertise to support the school.

 

 

 

FULL NAME:

Philip Geoffrey Searson

CATEGORY OF

GOVERNOR/ APPOINTED BY:

Headteacher (ex officio governor)

DATE OF INITIAL APPOINTMENT (AND DATE OF CESSATION IF APPLICABLE):

September 2011

EXPIRY OF CURRENT TERM OF OFFICE:

On cessation of appointment as headteacher

RELEVANT BUSINESS/ PECUNIARY INTERESTS OR GOVERNANCE ROLES IN OTHER SCHOOLS ETC:

None

RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER GOVERNORS AND SCHOOL STAFF:

None (other than as fellow members of school staff)

ATTENDANCE RECORD AT FULL GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS (2015-16):

All meetings (8)

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP AND ATTENDANCE RECORD (2015-16):

Teaching, Learning & Assessment

All meetings (3)

Resources

All meetings (4)

Discipline and Exclusions

Cee not required to meet 2015-16

Safeguarding

All meetings (2)

Website

3 out of 4 meetings

 

PEN PORTRAIT OF GOVERNOR:

I started teaching in 1990 and have held two posts as a Headteacher since 2008. I have been a school Governor continuously since 1995 at the various schools where I have worked. I was appointed as Headteacher of Longford in 2011. I also currently do some work for the Derbyshire Local Education Authority as a School Improvement Advisor.

 

 

 

FULL NAME:

Carol Elizabeth Stubbs

CATEGORY OF

GOVERNOR/ APPOINTED BY:

Governor appointed by members of the School Staff

DATE OF INITIAL APPOINTMENT (AND DATE OF CESSATION IF APPLICABLE):

2005 (and since re-appointed)

EXPIRY OF CURRENT TERM OF OFFICE:

November 2016

RELEVANT BUSINESS/ PECUNIARY INTERESTS OR GOVERNANCE ROLES IN OTHER SCHOOLS ETC:

None

RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER GOVERNORS AND SCHOOL STAFF:

None (other than as fellow members of school staff)

ATTENDANCE RECORD AT FULL GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS (2015-16):

7 out of 8 meetings

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP AND ATTENDANCE RECORD (2015-16):

Teaching, Learning & Assessment

All meetings (3)

 

PEN PORTRAIT OF GOVERNOR:

Primary teacher since 1998 – appointed at Longford C E Primary in 1999. Science and Design and Technology Coordinator. Eco Coordinator. KS1 Moderator for 3 years supporting Derbyshire Advisory Service. Teacher governor 2005-2012, re-appointed 2013.

 

 

 

FULL NAME:

Robin Nicholas Tinker

CATEGORY OF

GOVERNOR/ APPOINTED BY:

Foundation Governor appointed by Diocese of Derby

DATE OF INITIAL APPOINTMENT (AND DATE OF CESSATION IF APPLICABLE):

June 2007 (and since re-appointed)

EXPIRY OF CURRENT TERM OF OFFICE:

May 2019

RELEVANT BUSINESS/ PECUNIARY INTERESTS OR GOVERNANCE ROLES IN OTHER SCHOOLS ETC:

None

RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER GOVERNORS AND SCHOOL STAFF:

None

ATTENDANCE RECORD AT FULL GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS (2015-16):

All meetings (8)

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP AND ATTENDANCE RECORD (2015-16):

Teaching, Learning & Assessment

All meetings (3)

Governance

All meetings (3)

Safeguarding

All meetings (2)

 

PEN PORTRAIT OF GOVERNOR:

I was appointed as Foundation Governor in 2007, and became a parent at the school in 2013. Previously I was a teacher for over 20 years and a Local Authority Advisor for over 10 years. I have also worked as a consultant, leading presentations, workshops and training throughout the UK, particularly on the subjects of Peer Support and Restorative Approaches. My interests in education have always been in Pupil Voice, Behaviour, Relationships and especially Peer Support in all its forms, where I have a long-standing interest and expertise. I am delighted that I have been able to use my professional experience and knowledge to help Longford School progress over the years.

 

 

 

 

 

FULL NAME:

Janice Victoria Walker

CATEGORY OF

GOVERNOR/ APPOINTED BY:

Co-opted Governor appointed by remainder of  Governing Body

DATE OF INITIAL APPOINTMENT (AND DATE OF CESSATION IF APPLICABLE):

29 June 2016

EXPIRY OF CURRENT TERM OF OFFICE:

28 June 2020

RELEVANT BUSINESS/ PECUNIARY INTERESTS OR GOVERNANCE ROLES IN OTHER SCHOOLS ETC:

None

RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER GOVERNORS AND SCHOOL STAFF:

None

ATTENDANCE RECORD AT FULL GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS (2015-16):

1 meeting [N.B. Appointed 29 June 2016]

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP AND ATTENDANCE RECORD (2015-16):

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

PEN PORTRAIT OF GOVERNOR:

I was a Teaching Assistant for fifteen years at a school in Harrogate, where my two daughters attended. I then had a complete change of career and worked for the NHS for twenty years.  Now happily retired, with my two granddaughters attending Longford Primary School.  So what better way to spend my spare time than coming into the School as a volunteer on a regular basis!

 

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