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Governing Body

(December 2017)

The Island Learning Trust 'board of trustees' took the decision to combine both Minster Primary and Halfway Houses Primary Learning Governing Body so they now work across both schools as part of the academy setup.

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What governors do?
Governors make a difference. They have a strategic role supporting and challenging the Headteacher.

And it is more than having something that looks good on a CV.
You have to put some time in. The exact amount of time depends on the particular circumstances of your school.

It needn't be daunting and it can be an interesting and rewarding experience.
Working for the best interests of the children, the school and the wider community.
Governors work as a team, in the best interests of the children and the school, to raise educational standards.

More specifically, they
Appoint the headteacher, who has day to day responsibility for everything that happens in a school and is accountable to them.
Agree how the school's money is allocated.
Agree policies about the way the governing body and the school work.
Ensure new initiatives and guidelines from the Department for Education and the education authority are put in place.
Community involvement
More widely, schools are increasingly becoming a focal point in the community they serve.

Some open their sports facilities to the community while others offer education and life improving chances for adults.

So you could influence community involvement with your school.
Accountability
A governing body is not a supporters club. Governors are not there to 'rubber stamp' decisions.

You have to be prepared to give and take and be loyal to decisions taken by the governing body.

You may become involved in confidential matters and must respect that confidentiality.
School inspections
When a school is inspected by the Office of Standards in Education (Ofsted), the effectiveness of the school and its governors is taken into account.
Meetings and time as a governor
The full governing body usually meets at least once a term and to be effective and remain a governor, you should attend.
Committee meetings
Most of the governors' work is done in committee meetings when financial, staffing, curriculum and premises issues are discussed in detail.

You would be expected to join one or two of the main committees and they would also meet at least once a term.

They may meet more often if, for example, there is a lot of building work going on.

And there are other occasional committee meetings that you might be asked to join, from time to time.
Time in post
Governors are usually in post for four years and may serve for longer.

If you need to give up because your circumstances change, the governors may be sorry to lose you, but will understand.

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All appointments are for a 4 year period

REGISTER OF BUSINESS INTERESTS 2019/20

Name of governor

Relevant business interests

Any other educational establishments governed

Relationships with the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives

 

Date Appointed and by whom

Number of  LGB meetings attended  September 18/Aug 19

Ms Davina Savage

(Chair of Governors)

 

Director, Edenbrook

None

None

January 2018

Trust appointed

4/5

Mrs Sally Cheesbrough

None

None

None

January 2018

Parent appointed

5/5

Mrs Nicola Molloy

None

None

None

April 2018
Trust appointed

4/5

Mrs Kirsty Pearn

None

None

 

None

January 2018

Trust appointed

5/5

Mr Timothy Pye

None

None

None

January 2018

Staff appointed

5/5

Mr Jonathan Smeeton

None

None

None

July 2019
Trust Appointed

0/0

Mrs Felicity Walsh

None

None

None

July 2019
Staff appointed

0/0

Resigned

Category of Governor

Date of resignation

 

 

 

Mr Kevin Figg

Trust appointed

April 2018

 

 

 

Mr Vaughan Chambers

Trust appointed

April 2018

 

 

 

Mrs Sarah Appleby

Parent

April 2019

 

 

 

Mrs Wendy Chambers

Trust appointed

January 2019

 

 

 

Mrs Lindsay Fordyce

Staff

June 2019

 

 

 

Mrs Jemma Tate

Parent

June 2019

 

 

 

Mrs Colleen Owen

Trust appointed

August 2019

 

 

 

REGISTER OF BUSINESS AND PECUNIARY INTERESTS 2019/20 OF MEMBERS AND TRUSTEES

Name of Member or Trustee

Name of business/ charity/educational institution governed

Nature of interest

Date when the
interest began

Relationships with the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives

Category of Member or Trustee

Appointed

Trustee and Member meetings attended

Mr Matthew Cheesbrough

None

N/A

N/A

None

Member Appointed December 2018

1/1

Mr Lee Havill

None

N/A

N/A

None

Member Appointed December 2018

1/1

Mr Gary Jeffery

None

N/A

N/A

Married to Mrs M Jeffery

Father to Mr O Jeffery

Member Appointed December 2018

Trustee Appointed February 2019

1/1

Mrs Heidi Pye

None

N/A

N/A

Step-Mother of Mr T Pye

Member Appointed December 2018

1/1

Mr Nicholas Pye

None

N/A

N/A

Father of Mr T Pye

Member Appointed December 2018

1/1

Ash Rehal

Improving Outcomes and Solutions Ltd

Selling Church Buildings Trust

Director

 

Trustee

 

2012

 

2017

 

None

Trustee Appointed May 2019

1/2

Kenneth Ingleton

Halfway Conservative Hall Ltd

Sheppey Heritage Trust Ltd

Bluetown Remembered Ltd

Sheerness Enhancement Assoc

Friendship House Trust

Minster in Sheppey Primary School

Sheppey Local History Society

Minster Working Men’s Club

Sheppey District Scouts

Thistle Hill Community Trust

Sittingbourne & Sheppey Conservative Assoc

Swale Borough Council

Lower Medway Internal Drainage Board

Minster on Sea Parish Council

The Rotary Club of Minster on Sea

Director

Director Chair

Director Chair

 

Director

Trustee

Governor

 

Trustee Chair

Trustee Chair

Trustee Chair

Member

 

Member

Member

 

Member

 

Member

Member

1998

2002

2010

2011

1964

 

1984

 

1984

2000

2010

2010

 

1979

1979

 

1982

 

2001

2006

None

Trustee
Chair of Trustees

5/6

Jeremy Bede-Cox

None

N/A

N/A

None

Trustee Appointed December 2017

4/6

Howard Fisher

Head at St George’s CEP School

Executive Head Archbishop Courtenay Primary School

Head 

Executive Head

2009

2018

None

Trustee
Appointed December 2018

3/6

Ian Fidge

Trustee at Partners in Learning Trust

Trustee

2018

None

Trustee Appointed May 2019

2/2

Lee Glover

None

N/A

N/A

None

Trustee Appointed December 2017

1/6

Aaron Janes

Governor at Eastchurch CEP School

Chair of Governors

2015

None

Trustee Appointed May 2019

1/2

Ms Hannah Truelove

None

N/A

N/A

Sister of Mr T Pye

Trustee
Appointed December 2018

3/5

Debbie Wheeler

Minster in Sheppey Primary School

Head Teacher

2009

Head Teacher

Chief Executive Officer

6/6

 

Resignations

Mr Russell Kitto

 

Resigned from Trust Board September 2017

         

Mr Ryan Driver

 

Halfway House Primary School

Resigned from Trust Board December 2017

         

Mrs R Waller

Resigned from Trust Board
April 2018

         

Mrs Kirsty Pearn

Resigned as a Member July 2018

         

Ms Davina Savage

Resigned as a Member December 2018

         

Mrs Kate Barton

Resigned as a Member December 2018

         

Mrs Wendy Chambers

Resigned as a Member December 2018

         

Mrs Janis Wigg

Resigned as a Trustee September 2018

         

Mrs Clare Walker

Resigned as a Trustee December 2018

         

Mr Chris Roberts

Resigned as a Trustee May 2019

         

Mrs Judith Schultz

Resigned as a Trustee May 2019

         

Mrs Debbie Wheeler

Resigned as a Trustee July 2019

         

 

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