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Welcome from the Chair of Governors

A very warm welcome to Chieveley Primary School .  I hope that through the information on our website you will get an insight into what a special place our school is. 

 

I have been Chair of Governors since 2019, having been part of the Governing Board team since 2017. We have a fabulous, committed, talented and knowledgeable group of Governors who all work very closely with Mr Marriott and all his staff to ensure your child has the best education and experience throughout their life at Chieveley.   

 

The Governing Board comprises of people with a vast range of expertise and experience in areas such as finance, education, Special Educational Needs, Management, Science and Environment.  We have an important role in overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring that money is well spent – working very closely with the Leadership team and Business Manager, Ruth Jones. Our wide skill set allows us to effectively support and challenge our Leadership Team as a ‘critical friend’.  All with the aim of improving all aspects of the school, including raising attainment and achievement, whilst ensuring all the wider needs of every child are met. 

 

As a Governing Board, our job is to shape vision and Strategic Direction of our school.  Since recruiting Mr Marriott as Headteacher in 2021, we have supported the Development of our new School Development Plan – the vision we have for your children is ‘Be Futureproof’.  Now more than ever, given the recent and ongoing challenges we all face, we believe it is our job to prepare our children for the future – whatever that might look like.  Of course it is important to master the basics of English and Maths, which is why we take a systematic approach to teaching from Early Years right through until they leave us in year 6, Secondary School ready.  By having this systematic, ‘little and often’, regular approach to the fundamentals, it allows more freedom to develop the wider curriculum.  For example, we now have time for more outdoor learning and have a fantastic teacher who is studying for her Forest School qualification.  We have a fabulous Early Years teacher who developing a modern foreign languages curriculum.  Science is high on our agenda and we are working on ways to make science more interactive, fun and real to help with every child’s learning.  Our aim is to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach their potential. 

 

We have a wonderful and committed team of teaching, support and office staff who make Chieveley School a wonderful place to be.  We are all aiming to support every child who leaves our school to believe they really can be anything they want to be. We are proud to be a leader in the Therapeutic Thinking approach, helping children to resolve their own conflicts and have exceptionally strong links in the Mental Health in Schools Team and Emotional Health Academy. 

 

Since I have been Chair of Governors, I have been part of several really ‘big events’ for the School.  Ofsted inspectors arrived earlier than expected in July 2019 and literally everyone, including the children, naturally demonstrated all those characteristics we are aiming to achieve – confidence, independence, inclusive, kind and being ready to learn.  I am very proud of our Ofsted report where we were deemed ‘Good’.  We then had the Covid pandemic to deal with and had to quickly pivot to remote learning, quick decision making and changes to approach.  During this period of lockdowns, the Board of Governors also appointed Mr Marriott as our Headteacher, and we have all been incredibly impressed and excited by everything he and the team have achieved so far and continue to strive for. I feel proud and privileged to be a part of this journey. 

 

Thank you for reading this welcome.  Please do have a look around our extensive website where you will find an array of information about all aspects of our school. 

 

Very best wishes

Torz Brown

 

 

The role of governors

The Governing Body oversees the running of the school in a non-executive capacity. Its role is to provide strategic direction for the work and improvement of the school in support of the headteacher and staff.

 

Tasks includes:

 

  • Discussing the vision and aims of the school and assisting in preparation of plans and policies
  • Acting as a critical friend to the school, asking questions, supporting the Headteacher, challenging proposals and monitoring progress on a wide range of issues
  • Being accountable and answerable to all stakeholders including parents, staff, pupils, the school community and both local and national government.

 

The full governing body is made up of parents, staff and members of the community.

 

    Structure of the Governing Body

    To ensure effective and efficient management in the school, the governing body has sub-committees and working groups responsible for key areas of the management of the school.

     

    Sub CommitteesWorking Groups
    Finance Committee
    • Business as usual
    • Curriculum and Development
    • Child and Staff protection & Wellbeing
    • Other working groups are formed as necessary

       

      Sub-committees and working parties report in to the Full Governing Body, which meets at least 6 times a year.  Minutes from these meetings can be requested from the school office.

       

      As at 24th November 2021, the governors and their responsibilities are as follows:

       

      Governor 

      Appointment body,

      date of appointment and

      term of office

      Committee and Working Group membership

      and responsibilities

      Victoria Brown

      Co-opted governor

      12/7/17 to 18/7/25

      Chair of governors

      Chair of Curriculum and development working group

      Finance committee

      Lucy Hislop

      Co-opted governor

      7/6/17 to 18/7/25

      Finance committee

      Business as usual working group

      Karin

      Carter Keall

      Local Authority governor

      13/8/20 to12/8/24

      Curriculum and development working group

      Vice chair Child and staff protection working group

      Angus Marriott

      Staff governor

      2/7/19 to 30/8/2021

      Headteacher

      from 1/9/20

      Finance committee

      Curriculum and development working group

      Business as usual working group

      Child and staff protection working group

      Sally Miles

      Co-opted governor

      13/8/20 to12/8/24

      Safeguarding and Wellbeing Governor

      Chair of Child and staff protection working group

      Graham Morrison

      Parent governor

      15/10/20 to 14/10/24

      Vice chair of governors

      Vice chair of Finance committee

      Richard Parker

      Co-opted governor

      29/1/2020 to 28/1/2024

      Vice chair of governors

      Chair of Finance committee

      Andrew Taylor

      Co-opted Governor

      13/10/21 to 12/10/21

      Chair Business as usual working group

      Sarah Theunissen

      Staff governor

      1/10/20 to 30/9/24

      Development working group

      Chair of Child and staff protection working group

      Business as usual working group

      Simon Collins

      Co-opted governor

      21/1/2021 to 20/1/2025

      Inclusion governor

      Curriculum and development group

      Kate Finch

      Co-opted governor

      21/1/2021 to 20/1/2025

      Business as usual working group,

      Finance committee

      Health and Safety governor

      Sarah Blundell

      Parent Governor

      12/10/21 to 11/10/25

      Development working group

      Jo Campbell

      Clerk  appointed 26/3/20

      Clerk to governors

      Clerk to Finance committee (from 21/7/21)

         

       


      REGISTER OF BUSINESS INTERESTS - SEPTEMBER 2021 TO AUGUST 2022

       

      Name of Governor

      Relevant business

      interests

      Relationships

      with the

      school staff*

      Victoria BrownSells hand sanitizer to schoolNone
      Lucy HislopNoneNone
      Karin Carter-KeallNoneNone
      Angus MarriottEmployee of the schoolNone
      Sally MilesNoneNone
      Graham MorrisonWife works for Ernst & YoungNone
      Richard ParkerNoneNone
      Andrew TaylorNone

      None

      Sarah TheunissenEmployee of the schoolNone
      Simon CollinsNoneNone
      Kate FinchNoneNone
      Sarah BlundellNoneNone
      Ruth JonesEmployee of the schoolNone
      Jo CampbellEmployee of the schoolNone
         
         
         

       

      ATTENDANCE REGISTER OF FULL GOVERNING BOARD

       

       

      Name of Governor

      Attendance 2021/22

      (meetings attended

       /total)

       

      Name of Governor

      Attendance 2020/21

      (meetings attended

      /total)

       Victoria Brown3/3 Victoria Brown7/8
       Lucy Hislop3/3 Nic Hamlin1/2
       Sarah Blundell3/3 Lucy Hislop7/8
       Simon Collins3/3 Leanne Hogburn2/2
       Karin Carter Keall3/3 Karin Carter Keall8/8
       Angus Marriott3/3 Angus Marriott7/7
       Sally Miles2/3 Sally Miles5/8
       Graham Morrison3/3 Graham Morrison 5/6
       Clive Nethersole1/1 Clive Nethersole4/8
       Richard Parker3/3 Richard Parker6/8
       

      Andrew Taylor

      3/3

       

      Andrew Taylor

      8/8

        Sarah Theunissen

      3/3

       

       Sarah Theunissen6/7
       Kate Finch3/3 Kate Finch3/4
          Simon Collins 4/4

      GOVERNORS WHO LEFT THE GOVERNING BOARD during academic years 2021/22 and 2020/2021

       

      GovernorAppointment body, date of leaving
      Leanne HogburnCo-opted resigned 10/11/2020
      Nic HamlinCo-opted resigned  13/10/2020
      Clive NethersoleCo-opted resigned 13/10/21

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