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Roundwood Primary School has an active and committed team of Governors who play an important role in school life.

Purpose of the Governing Board

There are three main roles that the Governing Board fulfils. These are to:

  • provide a strategic direction for the work and improvement of the school
  • support, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school
  • hold the school to account for the standards achieved and the quality of education.

At Roundwood Primary School the Governing Board’s main focus, working with the leadership team is to:

  • conduct a self evaluation of the school’s performance and review the annual School Improvement Plan (SIP) developed by the Senior Leadership Team.
  • ensure appropriate Staffing and other resources to meet, as far as possible, the pupils’ educational needs
  • ensure the curriculum delivered develops in line with Government guidance and the pupils’ educational needs
  • ensure the school manages its activities within the income provided and thus maintains its financial viability
  • ensure the school meets all health and safety requirements and has robust safeguarding practices
  • act as a link between the neighbourhood, the school and the County Council.

Each Governor also has a subject link and key stage link to relevant Staff in order to gain a better understanding of activities, successes, developments and issues relating to each area.

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Who are we?

We currently have 14 Governors who form the Governing Board. The list of names below shows a mix of Local Authority, Co-Opted, Parent, Teaching and Associate Governors. You can find out more about each person by viewing their short bios. Please click the “Our Governors” tab at the top of the page.

Local Education AuthorityCo-Opted GovernorsParent Governors Teaching & Non-Teaching StaffAssociate Governors
Damiano SogaroRosemary HancockHelen LoganKate HooftIan Hawkins
Catherine MarkeYan NichollsHeather Brennan
David PendleburyLanna Shaw
Tracey PritchardGraham Kirk
Amy Morley
Paul Cocker
Kamru Miah

Positions held within the Governing Body

  • Chair: Rosemary Hancock
  • Vice Chair: Catherine Marke
  • Clerk: Maria Taylor

How are Parent Governors Elected?

Elections for parent Governors are held when necessary; if there are more nominations than vacancies a secret ballot is held. Parent Governors stand for a period of up to four years after which they may seek re-election. You may continue as a Parent Governor even after your child has left the school, subject to a maximum of four years.

Meetings & Committees

The Governors meet formally for a full Governing Board meeting once a term with additional meetings when necessary.

There are 2 main sub-committees which also meet at least termly:-

1. School Improvement Committee – chaired by Helen Logan (also responsible for SEND)
This committee is responsible for supporting and challenging the school to drive overall improvement in standards across all areas.

Key responsibilities include
• ownership of the School Improvement Plan and any OFSTED action plan.
• improving academic achievement of all pupils in terms of both their attainment and progress.
• ensuring effective use of Pupil Premium and Sports Premium funding.
• improving the quality of teaching and oversight of pupil behaviour.
• advising on the school’s curriculum statement and the statutory obligations regarding the National Curriculum.

2. Resources– chaired by Catherine Marke with Amy Morley responsible for Safeguarding and Ian Hawkins responsible for Health & Safety
This committee is responsible for overseeing, challenging and supporting the effective deployment of resources within the school.

Key responsibilities include:
• approving the budget for the year, taking into account longer term financial plans and school improvement priorities. Monitoring spend throughout the year
• approving financial reports that are submitted to County
• ensuring there is an appropriate Staffing structure and suitable working conditions
• reviewing that there is an effective performance management process together with relevant training and development of Staff
• ensuring appropriate policies and procedures are in place
• reviewing the results of any reviews, inspections and audits and ensuring any actions are taken as may be required
• governance; including an annual Governing Body Self Evaluation.
• undertaking an annual health & safety audit, ensuring that we are fully compliant with health & safety legislation timely development and deployment of the school safeguarding policy (reporting annually)
• identifying and prioritising capital projects

Within these main subcommittees, there are several distinct areas of focus, which particular governors are aligned more closely to. Separate meetings are held with relevant members of the GB and school staff with examples of these include Safeguarding, Health & Safety and Finance.

Governors’ Subject and Age Phase Links

All Governors are linked to a Subject area or Age Phase. During Governors’ visits to school, they meet with subject leaders and class teachers, observing lessons and discussing the actions for development as part of their role in supporting, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the school. The School Improvement Plan is discussed with the relevant members of staff and this provides good focus and useful insight.