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Governors

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 2016-17

 

Introduction

During the 2016-17 school year, the Governors of Longford Church of England Primary School (“the Governing Body”) have met on six 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 teaching & learning, 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 further development of the School’s website, and new staffing appointments.

 

OFSTED & Church Inspections

In December 2016, the School was subject to a formal inspection by OFSTED and members of the Governing Body participate in the preparation for this inspection and during the course of the inspection itself, including interview by the OFSTED Inspector. In January 2017, the School was also subject to a statutory inspection by the Church of England Education Office and again members of the Governing Body were involved in this process.

 

The Governing Body was delighted therefore that the outcome of these two inspections was that the School was rated ‘Good’ by OFSTED and ‘Outstanding’ by the Church of England Inspector. Copies of the inspection reports are available on the School’s website. Both processes were helpful to the School in identifying areas for further improvement and these are being addressed through the School Improvement Plan.

 

Participation in School processes

The Governing Body has continued to participate 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 this year on (amongst other things) raising attainment and progress in reading, writing & mathematics, pupil well-being and safeguarding. Further, as reported last year, following the ending of government-mandated monitoring processes, the School has continued to implement and embed new pupil progress tracking systems. The Governors have been kept fully informed of progress against plan and in these developments by the School’s headteacher and through their own monitoring activities. Members of the Governing Body have also taken part in relevant training programmes and events themselves.

 

Headteacher’s appointment as a National Leader in Education

Mr Searson, the School’s Headteacher, has for a number of years been working as an Associate Schools Inspection Advisor (ASIA) and Local Leader in Education (LLE). The Governing Body is delighted to report that he has now also been appointed as a National Leader in Education (NLE), a leading professional role – of which there are only about 600 in the country  and to have the School under the direction of such a highly skilled and experienced head. The Governing Body has given its full support to his work under these appointments, not only because of the financial benefit they bring (as commented on further below) but also because of the teaching & learning improvement and professional standards and development opportunities which they bring back to the School itself.

 

Update on School finances, admissions and Numbers-On-Roll

The School is, obviously, a primary school with its 75 or so pupils spread over seven years (Reception to Year 6) but physical constraints limit it to three classrooms. Employee costs for teaching, ancillary and support staff represent four-fifths or more of the School’s expenditure.

 

  1. it is important to note that there is not a straight-line relationship between employee costs and NOR. In other words, if pupil numbers drop in one year by, say, 10%, it is not possible to reduce employee costs by corresponding a 10%: the smaller number of children in the relevant classes still require 100% staffing coverage, the School still requires non-teaching support just the same, and so on. Similarly, most of the other expenditure items for the School are also ‘fixed’ or virtually ‘fixed’ and do not reduce (or increase) directly in line with pupil numbers.

 

How has the School balanced its books?

The problem of expenditure exceeding income has been resolved so far in a number of ways.

 

Firstly, the School has over several years implemented a number cost-saving initiatives which have contributed to balancing the books and providing annual accounting ‘surpluses’. These include new arrangements for school meal provision, the organisation of staff training events and prudent purchasing. However the scope for implementing additional income/reduced expenditure initiatives is, if not exhausted, not thought to be very great.

 

Secondly, as mentioned above, in his capacity as an ASIA, LLE and (now) NLE, our Headteacher has undertaken advisory work in other schools in the district and this has provided an additional income stream to the School. As all schools’ budgets progressively tighten however, the extent to which it will be possible to sustain this additional income in the future is uncertain.

 

Thirdly, and not least, the School benefits greatly from the committed and generous support provided by the School’s active FPTA, especially in relation to purchasing equipment and resources for the School.

 

Through the above, the School has built up a cumulative budget surplus with DCC and this has been carried forward each year to offset the excess of expenditure over income, putting the School in a relatively healthy financial position for the time being. However, with core expenditure exceeding core income by about 10-12%, and with uncertainty over the future of other income sources, this surplus could soon significantly erode - and in less much time than it takes for a pupil to progress through the School - unless the School’s overall income continues to be maximised.

 

Despite the above, and subject to the comments below about NOR, the Governing Body (and DCC) is at present reasonably confident of the School’s financial viability for at least the next few years. However, keeping these matters under close review is one of the Governing Body’s core functions.

 

Maximising Numbers on Roll

For the reasons outlined above, it is clearly essential that School maximises its ‘per pupil’ income, since this provides the highest, firmest income line for the School going forward and so is vital to the medium and longer term financial viability of the School. For example, a reduction in NOR by 6 pupils would reduce the School’s income by about £15,000 year-on-year but not reduce its corresponding expenditure. Given the excess of expenditure over income each year, a reduction in income of such a small amount would therefore accelerate the erosion of the accumulated budget surplus significantly, even if - as hoped - the other income sources/cost savings referred to above were sustained.

 

NOR and admissions

  1. School has increased its NOR from 65 in 2011 to the current level of around 75 (which is about as many as the School can accommodate). Because of the School’s success and popularity, applications to join the School in recent years have been oversubscribed (and opportunities for in-year transfers have also been very limited). School’s current forecast NOR is for it to remain at about this level for a number of years, with an annual new intake of 10 per year.

 

This healthy position on NOR, vital to the viability of the School organised with three classes and the corresponding staffing required as explained above, of course brings its concerns when it comes to applications for admissions and class sizes. An infant class size is not permitted to exceed 30 pupils.

 

Admissions are not in fact determined by the School but by DCC which follows a ‘pecking order’ policy. In broad terms and special cases aside, the priorities run as follows: (1) children within catchment with siblings already at the school; (2) children out of catchment with siblings already at the school; (3) children within catchment; and (4) children out of catchment. Within a category, if there is competition for places, the children in closest proximity to the School take priority. Against this background, the School itself would generally seek to accommodate children within catchment if it was able to do so within the constraints it has.

 

The problem of admissions was particularly acute for the School for 2015-16, as previously reported on by the Governing Body. That year the number of applications to the School was 15, of which 9 were from siblings (in and out of catchment), 4 from new catchment pupils and 2 out of catchment. A number of these applicants in turn had younger siblings which in itself is important for the longer-term viability of the School. As the School was organised at that time, given the fixed restriction on infant class sizes, only 10 of these applicants would have been successful and thereby a number of in-catchment children would have to have been rejected, which neither the Headteacher nor Governing Body as a matter of principle wished to do if it could be avoided.

 

The difficult decision was taken therefore by the Headteacher and supported by the Governing Body to re-organise the class structure such that all 16 applicants could be taken (and so accepting all in-catchment children). This has resulted in a year size of 16 (but not class sizes exceeding 30). Results show that this has had no adverse impact on the assessed achievement and progress performance of this group, which has in fact been at or better than ‘Expected’.

 

Summary

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 currently vacant, 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, behaviours and related matters

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 [This Committee has ceased to operate as a committee of the Governing Body following the implementation of the new website.]

 

 

 

 

Current members of the Governing Body

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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