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Meet the Governors

What is the Governing Body, and what does it do?

 

The Governing Body is made up of parent governors (elected by parents), people co-opted from the local community, a teacher (elected by staff), and a local authority-nominated governor, as well as the Headteacher.

 

We're here to make the big strategic decisions about the school but we don't get involved in the day-to-day running of it.  We challenge and support the senior leadership of the school.  Above all we make sure the school is improving, maintaining good standards and working to be an outstanding school.  As well as regular meetings, governors visit the school regularly to meet with staff, sit in on lessons and talk with children to get an idea of how the school is running.

 

The Governors meet twice a term, and they also sit on sub-committees looking at particular issues around the curriculum and standards, finance and premises, and pay and personnel.  The names of the governors, the terms of their appointments, and the different committees on which they sit are given below.

 

Chair of Governors – Paul Julien

Vice chair – James Goodman

Name

Category

Appointed from

Appointed to

Curriculum & Standards

Finance & Premises

Pay & Personnel

Ms Susi Farnworth

Co-opted

4/12/14

14/12/16

X

 

 

Mr James Goodman

Vice-chair

4/12/14

3/12/18

Chair

 

X

Mr Paul Julien

Chair

4/12/14

3/12/18

X

 

X

Ms Jeanette Kwakye

Co-opted

4/12/14

3/12/18

 

X

 

Mr Joseph Lacey-Holland

Local Authority

12/15

12/19

 

X

Chair

Ms Rachel Lampard

Parent

1/10/14

30/9/18

X

Chair

 

Sara Schmidt

Staff

12/15

12/19

X

X

 

Mrs Julie Western-Dew

Co-opted

4/12/14

3/12/18

 

 

X

Mrs Marina Krumbholz

Parent

20/10/16

19/10/20

 

X

 

Mr Paul Ryan

Head teacher

1/9/08

 

 

X

X
Mr Jamie Hewitt Parent 17/11/16 16/11/20      
Mr Leon Jacob Co-opted 17/11/16 16/11/20      
Mr James Wragg Co-opted 17/11/16 16/11/20      
Mr Thomas McCelland Co-opted 15/12/16 14/12/20      

 

What we have done in the last year

 

Governors have focused on helping the school maintain its good standards, while working towards being "outstanding". This has been in the face of a number of challenges.

 

We've helped the school with several challenges imposed from the government – changes to the national curriculum and to the way Ofsted checks children's learning and inspects schools.  The Governing Body has worked with school leaders to ensure that the school is well prepared for these challenges, teachers are properly resourced, and children continue to receive an engaging and stretching curriculum.

 

Following a small but disappointing dip in reading results in the Year 6 tests in 2014, we have also worked with school leaders to focus on reading and writing. A reading action plan has included more personalised reading with children in greatest need, more resources for guided reading in class, further training for teachers and more reading volunteers who come in and read with children. Governors have encouraged these plans and looked for progress.  It has been encouraging to see the priority being given to reading across the school and this good work has now been reflected in this year’s results. 

 

We've also checked that in the face of these challenges, the school's ethos of caring about the whole child, is given priority. The school's aim is that academic progress and personal development go together to help children grow into resilient, happy and responsible people.  This year the Governing Body's work on this has included supporting school leaders in developing a lively and engaging new curriculum, making sure funding within the school for children who need additional support is spent well, and supporting work with families who require language or practical help.  We are also very grateful for the commitment of parents on the PSA (Parent Staff Association) who work to raise funds for school activities and help make the school a brighter, more fun place for the whole community.

Keeping in touch

 

The Governing Body has also worked with school leaders this year to increase ways in which the school communicates with parents. Parents are now invited to coffee mornings twice a term with the Headteacher and Chair of Governors where they can chat, ask questions and meet school leaders and other parents in a relaxed environment.

 

Parents who have a specific question are invited to a “surgery” with the Head and Chair; appointments can be made via the school office.  Dates for surgeries will be published on the school newsletter, Winns Weekly.

 

Specific questions or queries for the Chair of Governors can be emailed to chair@winns.waltham.sch.uk 

More general queries about the school can be sent to comment@winns.waltham.sch.uk and a senior member of staff will respond within seven working days. Parents are reminded that any questions about their child’s learning are best raised first with their class teacher.

Where next?

 

As a Governing Body we also constantly strive to improve the way we work. Last year we worked on making our meetings more effective, improving our use of the school’s academic data, preparing for inspection and identifying our training needs.  We have written a strategic plan for the next few years; this can be read below.

 

We hope this helps to explain what the Governing Body has been doing in 2014/15 so the Winns School maintains its good standards and works towards being an outstanding school. If you have any comments or questions please write to me via the school office or at chair@winns.waltham.sch.uk

 

Paul Julien

Chair of Governors

The Winns Primary School

Strategic Plan 2016 - 2019

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