MAYFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY
Chair of Governing Body: Mr M. Burge
Vice-Chair of Governing Body: Mrs J. Gillespie
Chair of Resources:
Chair of Standards & Effectiveness: Mrs M. Van De Kaa-Thomson
Chair of Pay Committee: Mrs J. Gillespie
Skills Audit & Action Plans:
SEND Governor: Ms J. Clarke
Pupil Premium: Mr M Burge
Safeguarding: Mrs G Becconsall/Mrs M Van De Kaa-Thomson
PSHE: Mr W Murphy
|Full Governing Body||Designation||Date Appointed Under Current Designation *|
|Mr C. Ballard||Co-Opted||20/03/18|
|Mrs G. Becconsall||Co-Opted||13/04/15|
|Mr M. Burge||Co-Opted||13/04/15|
|Ms J. Clarke||LA Governor||20/03/18|
|Mr G. Denton||Headteacher||01/09/19|
|Mrs E. Fleming||Co-Opted||13/04/15|
|Mrs J. Gillespie||Co-Opted||13/04/15|
|Mrs J. Miller||Staff Governor||17/07/20|
|Mr W. Murphy||Co-Opted||19/03/19|
|Mrs M. Van De Kaa-Thomson||Co-Opted||13/04/15|
* Due to LCC re-allocation: a number of governors were re-appointed on the 13/04/15 under a new term of office as a co-opted governor. Many of these had served previous terms under other designations.
The full governing body has three formal meetings per academic year. In addition to this, there is a Standards Committee (3 meetings per academic year), Resources Committee (3 meetings per academic year) & Pay Committee (2 meetings per academic year) - which meet on a regular calendar. In addition our specialist governors meet regularly with school leaders upon their specific areas.
GOVERNORS CURRENT WORK
The summary below captures our most recent, and current, actions in relation to training, accountability, challenge, strategic planning and preparation for the future.
1) SKILLS AUDIT & SIX AREAS OF EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE 'PEOPLE & EVALUATION'
The governing body evaluates and plans future work in line with six areas of effective governance. Our latest skills audit (or review of strengths and next steps) led to us taking the following steps to further enhance our work and act upon any areas where we felt we could/can improve. This means that work is logically undertaken and no time is wasted as we work alongside Mr Denton and his team. It is also helping us to increase capacity and create longer term continuity in our work and needs. Mr Murphy was recruited due to his financial skills and ability to add capacity in an area of need that we had identified. Mr Denton and his team have the philosophy of 'always start with why you are doing something'. We share this approach and have used this work to drive our next steps. We believe the governing body is more effective as a result.
2) GOVERNOR CHALLENGE & ACCOUNTABILITY EVENTS 'ACCOUNTABILITY'
Alongside Mr Denton, the governing body identied the need to create our own first hand evidence to judge the impact of the our school leaders development plan actions. Whilst we meet regularly and receive relevant information which forms the basis of questioning and analysis, we wanted to see impact and current position of school ourselves. We therefore devised challenge events where teams/pairs of governors visit classrooms, chat with learners, meet with staff, study the learning environment and any other relevant evidence to form what we call a three point 'or triangulated' body of evidence to form our own judgements about the progress of the school. It is not our role to judge the quality of teaching and learning - but is the role of governors to have enough evidence to hold leaders to account and to know the school's current position in order to support leaders work. An example of our challenge report template is attached below. We are already finding this work to be a huge step forward and intend to extend this further in the academic year ahead.
3) GOVERNOR STUDY GROUP 'PEOPLE'
During our evaluation of governance, we planned to increase our own training and knowledge by creating a study group that looks at aspects of Mayfield's work. We receive training, updates and then study items in a discussion forum. It is a deeper dive into those important areas of governance that our formal meetings do not always offer the time or chance to undertake. We still attend relevant central training and remain up-to-date but this is largely an 'in house' body of work which we can really personalise to what we need. We have most recently been studying the new approaches to teaching and learning that Mr Denton and his team have been driving through school. We have studied the 'learned helplessness' philosophy and its impact upon our school community and have studied the key data headlines by looking at DfE documents and our current internal data. Mr Denton always works with governors to share the current approach to staff development and progression. It is interesting work and is greatly enhancing the understanding of teaching and learning progress for the governors involved.
4) PARENT FORUM/VOICE ENGAGEMENT 'PEOPLE & EVALUATION'
We have been working on ways to develop our voice with families within the community. There is still work to do but our first actions have been to play an active role in our new Parent Forums. Governors attend these in order to be a visible presence, to listen to parent views and to offer any thoughts as required. This is a very practical step and, as virus restrictions allow, we have other actions around visibility and voice to implement in the coming months.
5) SCHOOL VISION & CURRICULUM 'STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP'
Since we appointed Mr Denton to the role of headteacher, he has worked alongside the governing body to re-imagine and re-energise our core vision and what it stands for. This has then moved into the whole school review and re-launch of the curriculum as 'When I Grow Up...'. We have offered our views, thoughts and aspects which we feel meet the needs of our families in our school community and from there have empowered Mr Denton and his team to make this happen. We will be spending time in Autumn Term looking at the initial work and impact as we plan for stage two.
6) REPORTING AND ACCOUNTABILITY 'COMPLIANCE, ACCOUNTABILITY & STRUCTURES'
Since Mr Denton's arrival we have worked alongside him to re-shape the kind of information we would like from him and how we would like him, and his team, to present this. A working group - alongside LCC advisors - created new ways to study our children's achievements, attendance and behaviour. We then received full training on this for all governors. This work has ensured that we are receiving the correct information, can ask the correct questions and inform our strategic role in school. We discuss this area constantly and have reviewed processes ready for the new academic year.