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.
Dear Parents and Pupils,
Welcome to the Trinity St Mary's C of E Primary School Governors Page.
I am very proud to be the Chair of Governors here at Trinity St Marys' School and to be part of a fantastic governance team. Their individual contributions help to make our school a successful and happy environment for all of our pupils.
Regards and very best wishes to you all.
Chair of Governors.
Mrs Karen Munro (Foundation) - Chair
Revd. Carol Ball - Vice Chair
Mrs Christina Gooday (Headteacher)
Dr Nicola Campbell (Foundation)
Mrs Maureen Graham (Foundation)
Mrs Natalie Hatiris (Parent)
Mr Colin Marshall (Foundation)
Mrs Debbie Olsen (Foundation)
Mrs Margaret Partridge (Foundation)
Miss Maureen Ponton (Local Authority)
Mr Michael Smith (Parent)
Mrs Jenny Hull (Teacher )
Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocese of Chelmsford or the Parish Church Council. Parent Governors are elected from within the school by other parents.
Reception Class - Karen Munro
Class 1 Natalie Hatiris Class 2 Karen Munro Class 3 Colin Marshall
Class 4 Debbie Olsen Class 5 Maureen Graham Class 6 Margaret Partridge
Class Governors join their class on special days and accompany them on trips. Some are able to visit on a regular basis.
Governors are involved in subject monitoring in conjunction with curriculum subject leaders.
Some Governors attend termly committee meeting to discuss the strategic management of the school. These committees include Finance, Executive and Personnel, Curriculum and a Joint Premises committee together with Governors from St. Josephs School.
ANNUAL GOVERNANCE STATEMENT FOR THE GOVERNING BODY OF TRINITY ST. MARY'S CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL – 2015/16
In accordance with Government's requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of Trinity St. Mary's Church of England Primary School Governing Body are:
The Governing Body are extremely grateful for the hard work and commitment shown by our school community. The dedication of Mrs Gooday, all of the staff and our parents ensure that our pupils reach or indeed exceed, their potential in a caring, Christian environment.
There are 12 members of the Governing Body. It comprises 2 elected Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor, 2 staff Governors (including the Headteacher) and 7 Foundation Governors.
All Governors serve a 4 year term of office.
Foundation Governors are appointed by either the PCC of the Anglican parish of The Holy Trinity or the Diocese of Chelmsford. These Governors include family members of existing and past pupils, a member of the Methodist Church community and the Incumbent of the Anglican parish of The Holy Trinity.
When a vacancy arises, all Parents are entitled to stand for election as a Parent Governor.
The Governors work in committees to review the various aspects of our school, mostly at termly meetings. Presently these are divided into: Curriculum, Finance and Premises, Executive and Personnel, Pre-school Management and a School Admissions committee. If required, committees will meet to discuss matters relating to pupils and staff issues.
Governors may also be attached to a particular class. They participate in educational trips and with after school activities. Some, who have a teaching background, support learning groups in class.
GOVERNORS ATTENDANCE RECORD
Trinity St. Mary's Governors have an excellent attendance record, all meetings this year have been quorate. Details are attached.
GOVERNANCE SEPTEMBER 2015-JULY 2016
The Safeguarding of our pupils is of paramount importance, any issues that have arisen are fed back to Governors at our termly meetings by the Headteacher, Mrs Gooday, who is the Safeguarding lead. The nominated Governor for Safeguarding is Mrs Karen Munro who also reports to the governing body about safeguarding. Governors receive regular training and updates in all aspects of Safeguarding. Health and Safety walks have been undertaken termly by the Headteacher, School Business Manager and our designated Governor, Ms. Maureen Ponton.
The annual budget is prepared by the School Business Manager, Mrs. Sandra Stamp and our Headteacher. They work with the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that the priorities identified for the development of our school are costed and achievable within ever tightening Government financial constraints. On behalf of the Governing Body, the Finance Committee Governors agree, oversee and manage the budget. They receive monthly reports detailing spending and any budget deviation.
As Trinity St. Mary's is a Voluntary Aided school the Governors receive a small income by letting out our school hall. These funds are generally used to contribute towards building projects in the school. Governors are currently involved in a five year plan of contributions towards our Reception Class which was built in 2014.
The Headteachers, School Business Managers and 2 Governors from both Trinity St. Mary's and St. Joseph's Schools have met to discuss matters regarding buildings and premises which are of interest to both schools. Another joint project this year has been a Working Party who undertook a review of the Pre-School provision. The party membership consisted of members of staff and 2 Governors from both schools, who worked together with External Advisors.
The Curriculum Governors have discussed our pupils’ progress and attainment and any procedures and interventions that are in place to ensure that as many as possible meet, or indeed exceed, their age related expectations. Governors have received reports from Staff Subject Leaders which detail their monitoring work and leadership of their particular subject area. They have also carried out their own subject monitoring, with a specific focus to give detailed insight into the subjects. This year has also seen the embedding of our School Assessment system to ensure accurate tracking of pupil progress and attainment.
During this year 2 Governors, Reverend Carol Ball and Mrs. Karen Munro, have joined the School Inclusion team. Meetings are held each half term and focus on monitoring pupils’ progress, attainment and wellbeing within specific groups including those with Special Education Needs and those in receipt of the Pupil Premium. The spending and impact of the Pupil Premium funding is also closely monitored. Other members of this team are the Headteacher, School Inclusion manager and members of staff who are trained in Pupil Wellbeing.
In addition the Sports Funding is closely monitored to provide the best possible developmental and learning outcomes for our pupils. Details of how these funds are spent are given on the school website.
Admissions Committee Governors have met twice this year.
Governors have kept up to date with changes in legislation, through training sessions and via updates received from the Department for Education and Essex County Council. You will be aware that during this year debates have arisen relating to Schools becoming Academies and issues around School Attendance and term time pupil absence. Further government guidance on both is awaited.
School policies have been reviewed and agreed on a rolling programme and new policies introduced where required. Many are Essex County Council model policies.
Governing Body meeting minutes (apart from confidential items) are public documents. After they have been agreed as accurate, they may be viewed at the school office.
GOVERNORS PLANS FOR 2016/17