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 – 2019/2020
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.
There have been no changes to the governing body during 2019-2020. 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 2019 - 2020
During this year of turmoil governors have been kept informed during the Coronavirus pandemic by the headteacher. In line with Government guidance, the governors have been aware of all precautions taken to ensure health and safety within the school . Most meetings have continued virtually. Governors attended a session to familiarise themselves with the new Ofsted Framework. Governor training has continued for Safer Recruitment practices and The Effect of the Lockdown on Church Schools.
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. Presently Governors have no income as there are no long term lettings of the school premises. The allocation of Sports Premium and Pupil Premium funding has been closely monitored. During this year significant problems with underground heating pipework have been discovered. This will necessitate a major building project over the summer break. Governors contribution to the cost will be met by repayments to the Diocese over five years .
Governors were able to meet in the Autumn and Spring terms to plan for the forthcoming year. Discussion included: data relating to previous pupil outcomes, curricular progression, subject monitoring and the enrichment benefits gained from clubs outside of school hours. Governors participated in the RE working party, some specific subject monitoring was undertaken and a team spent a day in school to monitor pupil behaviour, which was found to be good throughout the school. Governor plans were curtailed during the Spring term due to the Lockdown situation.
No admissions meetings were required this year.
TRINITY ST MARY’S CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY 2020/2021
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 2023
Mrs Maureen Graham October 2020
Mrs Margaret Partridge Vice Chair October 2023
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 - 2019/2020
All apologies for absence submitted were accepted.
CURRICULUM (2 meetings held) FINANCE (3) EXECUTIVE & PERSONNEL (3)
Dr N Campbell (2) Chair Mrs M Partridge (3) Chair Mrs K Munro Chair (3)
Mr M Williams (2) Mr M Williams (3) Mr M Williams (3)
Mrs M Partridge (2) Ms M Ponton (3) Mrs M Partridge (2)
Mr C Marshall (2) Mrs M Graham (3) Mrs M Graham (3)
Miss J Hoy (2) Rev C Ball (3) Dr N Campbell (2)
Mrs K Munro (2) Mrs K Munro (3)
Miss K Peach (3)
FULL GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS 2 Meetings held
Mrs K Munro (2) Chair Mrs M Graham (2)
Mrs M Partridge (1) Vice Chair Mrs G Humphries (1)
Rev C Ball (2) Mr C Marshall (1)
Mr M Williams (2) Mrs D Olsen (2)
Miss J Hoy (2) Ms M Ponton (2)
Dr N Campbell (2) Miss Katie Peach (1)
A full Governing Body meeting due to be held in the Spring term had to be cancelled due to the sudden implementation of Lockdown regulations. In lieu, a Headteacher report was circulated, following which governors submitted questions - the answers were recorded and well be held with the governor minutes.
A group of govenors met in May to discuss the wider re-opening of the school on 1st June 2020. In attendance were Mrs M Graham, Ms M Ponton, Mrs K Munro and Mr M Williams.
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
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 2020-21
The pipework building project may continue into the new academic year. Governors will monitor the situation. The main priority for this year must be to settle all our pupils back into school and ensure their wellbeing and that they will be working towards their best personal outcomes.
The governors may be contacted through the Chair, Mrs Karen Munro, via the school office.