The Farmilo Primary and Nursery School Board of Governors
Question 1 - What does the School’s Board of Governors do?
Answer - The Board of Governors has three main strategic functions and Ofsted make judgements against these objectives as part of their inspection of the school :
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and direction for the school – including engaging with stake holders and meeting statutory/legal duties.
Holding the Head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils – using data to provide challenge and hold leaders to account for teaching, achievement, behaviour and safety. Strengthen school leadership and the skills of Governors. Performance managing the Head teacher. Contribute to school self-evaluation and evaluating the broad of Governors impact.
Overseeing the finance performance of the school and making sure it's money is well spent:- Solvency and effective financial management. Use of pupil premium money and other resources to overcome barriers to learning.
Question 2 - How do Governors know what is happening at our school?
Answer -The Full Board of Governors is made up of volunteers who are all passionate about helping Farmilo Primary be the best it can be - for your children.
We meet each term to undertake the legal duties and responsibilities of a Board of Governors. We also have 3 sub committees which also meet each term to focus on the priorities and monitor and evaluate the impact of our strategies. We do this by working with the Head teacher, Mrs Tryner, and receive progress reports from the staff and other data and evidence.
We use the data available to set challenging targets for performance at all levels, including achievement, teaching and senior leadership work.
We take part in learning walks during class time to see the progress and impact for ourselves and we have link governors who come into school to look at subjects across the school and talk to children and teachers.
Question 3 - What are they key areas for improvement at the school?
In our last Ofsted inspection the School received a good with outstanding features and we feel that the school has the capacity and drive to improve even further. It is important that we build on our strengths and identify and deal with areas of weakness. One of our key areas for development is to improve the achievement of writing and we have a strong strategy and intervention support in place which we monitor the impact of closely. We have a summary of the school improvement plan available on this web site for you to see but this is a working document and changes regularly so please speak to the Head teacher, Mrs Tryner for more details.
Question 4 – How can parents and Governors work together?
Answer - We really want to hear your views - representatives from the Board of Governors attend all parent’s evenings so that you have an opportunity to talk to us face to face during the year. We also try to use newsletters and questionnaires to keep you up to date and gain your views.
We have Parent Governors on the Board of Governors and if you feel you would like to be part of our team and have the skills and experience to help us do this, we would love to receive an application from you - when we have a vacancy.
Please remember - if you have any concerns or compliments please raise them directly with the Head teacher, Mrs Tryner, or the Chair of Governors, Carol Brierley, directly, so that we can try to resolve any confusion or issues that might have arisen or deal with any concerns as quickly as possible.
It’s always great to hear about all the good things we do - so please let us know how you think we could improve further and make our school event better.
It is also the responsibility of the Board of Governors to make sure all parents are aware of the Ofsted web site Parent View where you can share your views of the school –. Please go to https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/
Farmilo Board of Governors with Responsibilities
Mrs Suzanne Tryner- Head
Mrs Carol Brierley- Chair- Foundation Stage, Safeguarding & Achievement
Mr David Stocker- Vice Chair- training governor, Pupil Premium & English, Finance
Mrs Rebecca Daysh- staff- SEND, English
Mr Roger Walton- Health & Safety, English & SEND
Mrs Julie Marsh- Curriculum, Maths
Miss Vanessa Blore- Staff- PP, EYFS
Mrs Louise Hart- KS1, curriculum
Mrs Rachelle Lawson- curriculum
Mrs Caroline Gill - Governor
COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP for GOVERNORS
Chair and Vice-Chair Duration of Office agreed at 4 years.
Chair and Vice-Chair – Current Holders by Election reviewed bi-annually.
Pupil, Personnel and Finance Committee- Chair Mr D Stocker
Strategic Development & Curriculum Committee- Chair Mrs Carol Brierley
Quoracy (See Decision Planner)
Full Governing Body
50% of the governors in post.
P, P and F, SD & C Committees
3 of the governors in post.
All Governors except the headteacher and any member of staff be they a staff or co-opted governor.
Any 3 governors except any Governor involved previously nor the Complaints Governor if involved in the issue previously nor the headteacher and any member of staff be they a staff or co-opted governor.
Chair or in their absence the Vice-Chair
First Appraisal / Pay Appeal Panel
3 Appointed Governors who are not part of the P&P & Finance Committee
Second Appraisal / Pay Appeal Panel
3 Governors who are not part of the P, P & F Committee
Chair, Vice Chair and 1 other QA Governor
Farmilo may use Governors from the Collaboration schools to deal with complaints and appeals.