Dear Parents/Carers 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. We are extremely fortunate to have a governing body who are committed, together with the staff, to achieve the very best outcomes for all of our pupils.
Regards and very best wishes to you all.
Chair of Governors.
ANNUAL GOVERNANCE STATEMENT OF THE GOVERNING BODY OF
TRINITY ST. MARY’S CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL – 2018/2019
In accordance with Government requirements for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of Trinity St. Mary’s Church of England Primary School Governing Body are:
There are 12 members of the Governing Body who all serve a 4 year term of office. They consist of; 1 Local Authority Governor, 2 Staff Governors (including the Headteacher,) 2 elected Parent Governors and 7 Foundation Governors. School Governors are part of one of the largest volunteer forces in the UK.
Foundation Governors are appointed to represent either the Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity or the Diocese of Chelmsford. They include a member of the Holy Trinity Methodist community, family members of past and present pupils, and the Incumbent of the Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity. All parents are invited to stand when a Parent Governor vacancy arises.
During this year, Mr Mike Smith resigned as a Parent Governor, the Governing Body are grateful to Mike for his contributions to the life of our school, particularly in the area of sport. A Parent Governor election was held in which we were fortunate to have 4 candidates. After a closely fought contest Miss Katie Peach was duly elected.
Governor committees look at the many aspects of school life. Business is divided into; Pre-school Management, School Admissions, Finance and Premises, Curriculum, and Executive and Personnel. Most hold termly meetings. Discussions and meetings relating to staff and pupil matters are held if required. Governors who have a teaching background may support pupils in classes, both individually, and in groups. Governors also join and assist with trips and visits outside of school and are fortunate to attend events held during the school year.
GOVERNANCE SEPTEMBER 2017-JULY 2018
Keeping pupils safe is a high priority at Trinity St. Mary’s, it is highlighted at every Governor meeting. Any specific Safeguarding issues are treated with confidentiality. A level 2 Safeguarding update session was held for Governors in the Autumn term. The Safeguarding lead is Mr Williams, with Miss Hoy as deputy lead. Mrs Karen Munro is the nominated Governor. All have attended specific Safeguarding training and updates during this year.
FINANCE AND PREMISES
The annual school budget was drawn up by the School Business Manager and Headteacher. In a challenging financial climate, they identified development priorities for the forthcoming year. Finance Governors agree, oversee and manage the budget on behalf of the Governing Body. Deviations from budget predictions and detailed spending reports are circulated monthly. The Governors receive a small income from lettings of the school hall. During recent years the main financial commitment has been to a project which renewed the domestic water system and boilers. This liability is being met by repayments over 5 years. Work to enhance Fire Protection in the school has been undetaken, this was a joint project with our neighbours, St. Joseph’s.
The allocation of Sports Premium and Pupil Premium funding has been closely monitored.
Curriculum committee members have discussed the teaching and learning of various subjects. Rigorous discussions regarding the progress of all pupils have been held, and attainment data has been thoroughly reviewed to ensure the best possible outcomes. Specific subject monitoring by governors has taken place.
2 Admissions committee meetings have been held during this year.
TRINITY ST MARY’S CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY 2017/18
Governor designations and terms of office
FOUNDATION (Diocesan Board of Education)
Mrs Karen Munro Chair of Governors August 2022
Rev Carol Ball Whilst in post
Mrs Debbie Olsen August 2020
Ms Maureen Ponton January 2022
FOUNDATION (Holy Trinity Anglican Parochial Church Council)
Dr Nicola Campbell October 2019
Mrs Maureen Graham October 2020
Mrs Margaret Partridge Vice Chair October 2019
Mr Colin Marshall November 2020
Mr Michael Williams Headteacher Whilst in post
Miss Janet Hoy Deputy Headteacher September 2021
Mrs Geraldine Humphries March 2021
Miss Katie Peach March 2023
GOVERNORS WHO ALSO SERVE ON THE GOVERNING BODIES OF OTHER SCHOOLS
Ms Maureen Ponton Christ the King Federation (St. Joseph’s & St. Francis Catholic Primary)
Dr Nicola Campbell William de Ferrers
Mr Colin Marshall William de Ferrers
Governor attendance in brackets
All apologies for absence submitted were accepted.
CURRICULUM (3 meetings held) FINANCE (3) EXECUTIVE & PERSONNEL (3)
Dr N Campbell (3)Chair Mrs M Partridge (3) Chair Mrs K Munro Chair (3)
Mr M Williams (3) Mr M Williams (3) Mr M Williams (3)
Mrs M Partridge (3) Ms M Ponton (3) Mrs M Partridge (3)
Mr C Marshall (2) Mrs M Graham (3) Mrs M Graham (3)
Miss J Hoy (3) Rev C Ball (0) Dr N Campbell (3)
Mrs K Munro (3) Mrs K Munro (3)
Miss K Peach (1)
ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE (2 meetings held)
Mrs M Graham (2) Chair Mrs M Partridge (2)
Mr M Williams (2) Mrs K Munro (2)
FULL GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS 3 Meetings held
Mrs K Munro (3) Chair Mrs M Graham (3)
Mrs M Partridge (3) Vice Chair Mrs G Humphries (3)
Rev C Ball (2) Mr C Marshall (2)
Mr M Williams (3) Mrs D Olsen (3)
Miss J Hoy (3) Ms M Ponton (3)
Dr N Campbell (2) Miss Katie Peach (2)
DECLARATIONS OF GOVERNORS BUSINESS INTERESTS
Ms Maureen Ponton - Facilitator of the Woodham Ferrers Partnership of Schools.
Dr N Campbell - Business Director, RJC UK Ltd/ TMAR Ltd, Cahrity Trustee for William De Ferrers School
Mrs Margaret Partridge - External adviser for NQT Management
Miss Katie Peach - Member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Anglia Ruskin University
Mrs K Munro, Rev C Ball, Mr Williams, Mrs M Graham, Mr C Marshall, Mrs D Olsen, Mrs G Humphries, Miss Hoy
GOVERNORS PLANS FOR 2019-20
No large building works are currently planned, however routine maintenace will be completed. Governors will continue to meet their financial commitments towards earlier projects.
Training sessions in the new Ofsted framework and Safeguarding will be held. Governors will be updating their methods of monitoring to align them with the new framework.
The governors may be contacted through the Chair, Mrs Karen Munro, via the school office.