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The Role of the Governing Body

 

Our Governing Body:
• Sets the broad strategy for the school's development.
• Is accountable to those who fund the school, the parents and the wider community.
• Must act in accordance with the requirements laid down in Acts of Parliament, statutory regulations and the school's Instrument of Government.
• Must at all times act fairly and without prejudice.

 

Name of Governor

Governor Responsibility

Register of Interest

Information

Mrs Julia Jones

(Headteacher since April 2013)

Member of the Governing Body by virtue of position in school

 

Link and Training Governor

None

Having being educated in Southend as a child and then spending my teaching career in the local area I became Headteacher at Barons Court in April 2013 and since then we have worked together to continue to move the school forwards. Before joining the school I worked as a class teacher in Upper Key Stage 2  and then became a Teaching and Learning Consultant for the Local Authority. I have also worked as a Deputy Headteacher in Shoebury for 9 years and helped support the successful move to a brand new school building. I love working at Barons Court where we have a dedicated team who work hard to ensure an exciting learning curriculum. Our children are fantastic and are at the heart of everything we do.

Sits on all Committees and Working Parties

Governor Attendance at Pupil Outcome Committee 2015-2016

4/4

 

Miss Sarah Richardson

(Deputy Headteacher since September 2016)

Member of the Governing Body by virtue of position in school

 

None

I joined Barons Court as an NQT and have had the privilege of working here for the past five years. I have been part of the schools transformation from an infant school into a primary school, creating and designing the Barons Court creative curriculum and developing our school environment. Since joining Barons Court I have had many roles from teaching KS2, leading P.E, Maths and History, leading phase 4 to my recent appointment as Deputy Headteacher. I endeavour to work with the whole staff, children, parents, governors and wider community to ensure the high standards of achievement continue and that all children get the best education possible. 

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Pupil Outcome Working Party

Pastoral Working Party

Finance and Premises Committee

 

Governor Attendance at Pupil Outcome Committee 2015-2016

(new to role)

Mrs Jessica da Silva

Local Authority Governor

Appointment Date:30.06.06

Term Ends 04.02.20

 

Chair of Governors

 

Pupil Premium Governor

 

Trustee Governor

 

None

I have been a governor for 10 years since my oldest son started at Barons Court.  I have a background in finance with a business studies degree and having worked in the City in the money markets for 15 years before I left to have my children. Although not working at present, my days are very full with volunteering and helping out as a financial adviser for Essex WI , I also support with  some life coaching at one of the secondary schools in the area, as well as my governor duties and looking after my sons! My other interests include music (playing flute and piano) and anything related to food! I really enjoy my work as a governor and have learned so much about the school, its ethos, and how a school which is innovative and forward thinking can achieve great results and happy balanced children. It is a real privilege to be a governor at Barons Court.

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Pupil Outcome Working Party Pastoral Working Party

Finance and Premises Committee

Personnel Committee

Pay Committee

Governor Attendance at Pupil Outcome Committee 2015-2016

4/4

Dr Maria Caunce

Co-opted Governor

Appointment Date: 13.09.12

Term Ends 13.09.20

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Vice Chair of Governors

 

Safeguarding Governor

Nature of Business: Course Leader at the London School of Osteopathy.

 

I have been a Governor since September 2012 and have  been incredibly impressed with the energy, enthusiasm and commitment to learning of all those involved in the school and am very excited to be able to play a part in its continuing development. My professional background is in University education, specifically  in the education of healthcare professionals and I used to sit as a local Councillor for Milton Ward where the school is based. I enjoy cooking, sewing, gardening and sailing when time allows.

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Pupil Outcome Working Party

Pastoral Working Party

Personnel Committee

 

Governor Attendance at Pupil Outcome Committee 2015-2016

4/4

Mrs Sarah Mills

Parent Governor

Appointment Date: 07.10.10

Term Ends 07.10.18

 

Inclusion Governor

 

Looked After Children Governor

None

I am a mum of four, with three children currently at Barons Court. My professional background is in health research and project management, and I have just returned to this field. I am a member of the Westcliff-on-Sea Women's Institute, which I was instrumental in setting up with a group of friends a few years ago. I was president of it for three years, and remain an active member. I sing in a community choir and I'm in two book groups. I love the community aspect of Barons Court, particularly the CLIC where I have been an enthusiastic participant on a wide variety of courses.

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Pupil Outcome Working Party Pastoral Working Party

 

Governor Attendance at Pupil Outcome Committee 2015-2016

4/4

Mr Alex Thornton

Staff Governor

Appointment Date: 18.09.14

Term Ends 18.09.18

 

Health and Safety Governor

Nature of Business: Finish Line Fund - Charity Trustee

Having been a parent at Barons Court, worked in a number of industries outside of education, and now a teacher I feel that I bring a unique perspective to the role of Staff Governor. I have had previous experience sitting on the Governing Body of another local primary school for three years, a role I enjoyed enormously, found fulfilling and during which time I hope that I acted as the critical friend that the Governor role requires. As a Staff Governor I intend to represent the broad views and opinions of the staff and act as we all do; to ensure high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school. I look forward to helping Barons Court achieve the best that it can for all our children

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Pupil Outcome Working Party Pastoral Working Party

Finance and Premises Committee

 

 

Governor Attendance at Pupil Outcome Committee 2015-2016

3/4

Mrs Debbie Docherty

Co-Opted Governor

Appointment Date: 03.07.15

Term Ends 03.07.18

 

None

I enjoy my role as a Co-Opted Governor.  I have recently retired from my post as Head of Faculty of Business and Enterprise at South Essex College, a large Further and Higher Education College.  I have many years experience in education, albeit in a different sector, and am keen to explore further how I can help Barons Court to maintain high standards for all its pupils. I have always been active in the local community being, in the past, treasurer of a local playgroup and chairperson of the National Childbirth Trust. Currently, I am a member of the WI, a local running group and a book club. 

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Pupil Outcome Working Party Pastoral Working Party

Pay Committee

Governor Attendance at Pupil Outcome Committee 2015-2016

4/4

Mrs Vicky Jones

Parent Governor

Appointment Date: 04.02.16

Term Ends 04.02.19

  Nature of Business: Family business owner I am a full time working mum of one who is currently at Barons Court and have lived in the Westcliff area for around 25 years. My professional background started in Travel working locally in Westcliff from school, I then moved to London to work in the Corporate Travel area.  In Corporate travel I have worked for Lawyers, Oil Companies, Insurance and at the Bank of England.  My role now is in Travel Technology and the running of Global programs, the work is diverse and can be from presentations to budgets.  I get involved in a lot of charity work within Morgan Stanley which ranges from building playgrounds to running cycling events from London to
Paris.  I love reading when I have time and enjoy fitness, my biggest
achievement was to complete the London Marathon in 2014.  I am enjoying  using my career experience to help the children who attend Barons Court now and in the future.

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Pupil Outcome Working Party Pastoral Working Party

Finance and Premises Committee

Governor Attendance at Pupil Outcome Committee 2015-2016

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Mrs Sian Ovel Parent Governor

Appointment Date: 04.02.16

Term Ends 04.02.19

  Nature of Business: Financial Administration owner (Just So Administration) 

I have been part of the Barons Court community for 5 years and have two children at the school, currently in years 3 and 5.  I greatly admire the drive and ethos of the school and believe passionately that all children should have the opportunity to achieve to the best of their ability in a happy, caring and safe environment.

I have 20 years experience in financial services specialising in pensions, investments and cashflow modelling. In  2007 I set up my own company providing independent research for Financial Advisers.

A self confessed tree hugger, I enjoy being outside hiking, horse riding and running. I also love to watch live bands play and feel that music is a very powerful tool. 

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Pupil Outcome Working Party Pastoral Working Party

Finance and Premises Committee

Governor Attendance at Pupil Outcome Committee 2015-2016

2/2

Mrs Anne Purdham

Clerk to the Governing Body

I've been involved with Barons Court since my daughter started in the nursery in 1998 – following on from terms of office as a Parent Governor and Local Authority Governor I am now proud to be acting as clerk to the Governing Body.

 

The Structure of our Governing Body

 

The Full Governing Body of Barons Court Primary School and Nursery meets at least once a term. Much of the work takes place in meetings of smaller groups of governors, which concentrate on managing specific areas of the school linked to school improvement.

 

These smaller groups which also meet at least once a term are the:

Pupil Outcome Working Party - (Jessica daSilva, Maria Caunce, Julia Jones, Sarah Mills, Debbie Docherty, Alex Thornton, Sarah Richardson, Sian Ovel and Vicky Jones)     Chair: Jessica daSilva

Pastoral Working Party -  (Jessica daSilva, Maria Caunce, Julia Jones, Sarah Mills, Debbie Docherty, Alex Thornton, Sarah Richardson, Sian Ovel and Vicky Jones)    Chair: Sarah Mills

Finance/Premises Committee -  (Julia Jones, Jessica daSilva,  Alex Thornton , Vicky Jones, Sian Ovel, Sarah Richardson- joined by Alison Overton: Finance Manager)     Chair: Sian Ovel

Personnel Committee -  (Julia Jones, Jessica daSilva, Maria Caunce, Debbie Docherty)     Chair: Debbie Docherty

Pay Committee - (Julia Jones, Jessica daSilva, Debbie Docherty)     Chair: Jessica daSilva


Each of these working parties have a defined role to support school improvement. Governors are all volunteers, and the numbers and types of governors are set out in the Instrument of Government for the school. The composition of the Governing Body reflects a wide range of groups in the community. The Governing Body has a business of interest register which is reviewed and updated termly.

Timetable of Meetings 2016-2017

 

Full Governing Body meetings

Autumn 2016

Spring 2017

Summer 2017

Friday 16 September  - 9.00 am

Friday 9 December -  9.00 am

Friday 31 March – 9.00am

Friday 14 July – 9.00am

 

 

 

Pupil Outcomes

Pastoral

Finance/

Premises

Personnel

Pay

Autumn Term 2016

Thursday 10 November

Friday 14 October

Thursday 29 September

 

Friday 21 October

Spring Term 2017

Thursday 2 March

Friday 3 February

Thursday 23 March

 

Friday 13 January

Friday 3 March

Summer Term 2017

Friday 7 July

Friday 19 May

Thursday 8 June

Friday 26 May

 

Annual Governance Statement

Governors Information Board

Following parental feedback we are pleased to see that many of our parents find the information provided by our Governors on their role and work highly beneficial. We will continue to use our newsletters for regular updates on the work of our Governing Body. Please see the welcome from our Chair of Governors below:

“I would like to introduce myself as the Chair of Governors.  I have been a Governor for 10 years now and was the Vice Chair of Governors for a year before becomg the Chair of Governors. I have been working in the school kitchen as a volunteer  and both of my children have attended the school.

I am proud and excited to be working with an enthusiastic team of governors who are striving to ensure high standards of achievement for all the children in our school, so that each child leaves the school emotionally and academically ready for the challenges of secondary school.  

As Governors we have 3 main roles:-

  • Helping to set the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

We have continued to re-structure the governing body to try to make it even more effective and focused on the areas that have been identified for development. We will be reporting to parents regularly through the newsletter and via the website, as well as through the parent council where governors, the headteacher and parent representatives will work on school projects in line with school development plans. Look out for more updates coming soon.

Jessica daSilva – Chair of Governors

Feedback from the Governor Personnel Committee

The Personnel Committee met on Friday 26th May. The main focus of this committee is to review the school's personnel issues and it is a priority, at this time of the year, for the governors to meet with the headteacher to look at the staffing needs for the forthcoming academic year.

The governors were pleased to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all staff this year with the resulting excellent Ofsted report. They agreed with the headteacher that her continued focus should be to develop the effective staffing structure based on the strengths of individual staff members in order to ensure that we provide the best learning experience for all our pupils next year. It is also important for staff to be able to develop and progress within their roles so that their experience and expertise can be utilised. This ensures that we continue to provide a strong, innovative curriculum and help to ​develop our collaborative working community even further.

To support these changes, the committee is keen to continue with a healthy programme of CPD and professional development for all staff.

Finally, the governors, themselves, will not escape scrutiny! It was decided that they will carry out a skills audit which will be aligned with the new Competency Framework for Governors. The outcomes will be used to evaluate the impact of the governing body and to ensure that there is an effective structure of working parties for the new academic year.

Debbie Docherty, Governor

Feedback from the Pastoral Working Party - Friday 19 May 2017

On Friday 19th May the Pastoral Working Party held its third and final meeting of the academic year. This committee focuses on the equality, safeguarding, inclusion behaviour and pastoral care and support processes provided by the school. One area of inclusion that we closely monitor is SEND (special educational needs and disabilities). Individual support plans are created for children and we are glad to report that children with SEND make outstanding progress at Barons Court. As governors we closely monitor the provisions in place and the targets set to ensure that all children can achieve their full potential. New interventions are being investigated, including the use of lego therapy. You can find lots of information about how the school supports its pupils with SEND on the website. Another area reviewed at the meeting was the Equality Objectives and Action Plan. At Barons Court we seek to foster warm, welcoming and respectful environments which allow us to question and challenge discrimination and inequality. We looked at the strengths of the school and what it does well and identified further priority areas for development. This will be an exciting project and we will welcome input from parents and pupils. Again, there is lots of information on the school’s website if you want to investigate further. A very important area that we monitor is attendance. We look at this by different groups of pupils and compare to national averages and our own targets. Please indulge me while I quote from our latest Ofsted report!

‘Attendance is consistently above national averages. Pupils rarely miss a day. Persistent absenteeism is very low for all groups of pupils.’

Good attendance is really a matter of providing children more and better opportunities to learn. Too many absences can hinder learning. In fact, just two or three absences a month can add up to too much lost time in the learning space. While some absences, especially those due to illness, may be unavoidable, it is important to get children to school as often as possible. Poor attendance can have an impact on learning as early as nursery. We thank our parents for understanding the importance of building a habit of good attendance from the beginning of school life and ensuring excellent attendance for the children at our school.

Chair of Governors – Mrs Jessica da Silva

Feedback from the Full Governing Body meeting - Friday 5 May 2017

“What a busy term it has been!

Last Friday we had our termly meeting of the Full Governing Body. This term is a time for the governing body to monitor children’s progress and to look at the finances of the school.

At the meeting we received a very detailed report from Mrs Jones which gives information on the progress against priorities in the school development plan. Current progress and achievements of the pupils, as well as information on their personal development and behaviour are reported, and Governors will ask challenging questions to ensure that the school is doing all it can to get the best for every pupil.

Pupil progress and achievement continues to be strong across all year groups and we congratulate all pupils and staff for the hard work and effort that goes into ensuring these outcomes and the wonderful learning experiences. The support received from home is another very important factor in successful outcomes for children, so special thanks goes to all parents and carers for working in full partnership with our school.

Another area discussed at the meeting is our own training as governors as well as that undertaken by staff. This is to make sure we are all equipped with the skills and knowledge to continue to drive school improvement, and to provide effective support and challenge.

The budget was approved and, as I’m sure you are all aware, funds continue to require extremely effective management. Most of our budget at Barons Court goes on staff as they are our greatest asset and make such a difference to the experiences of all of our children. I am sure we will continue to work as a close team to provide the best education for our pupils and be creative about how we can generate future income.

A big thanks to our fundraising committee and to all parents who are doing great work in organising and supporting events to raise money for all the extra activities, such as subsidising swimming lessons for all children from reception to year 6 and providing outdoor learning resources and sports tournament kits. This fundraising becomes ever more important, so look out for future events and please do drop in at the office if you think you can help out at any events, or indeed would like to join the committee.”

Jessica da Silva - Chair of Governors

Feedback from the Governor Pupil Outcome Working Party – Thursday 2nd March 2017

“I would like to report back to you on a governors meeting held on Thursday 2nd March. This is a meeting of the Pupil Outcomes working party which is held once a term and involves all governors. This group closely monitor the standards of teaching and outcomes for different groups of pupils across the school. At this meeting we heard that the school had received another letter from Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards, congratulating the school on its standards in writing at the end of Key Stage 2. The school is in the top 1% of all pupils in the country. Another fantastic result and we are right to feel incredibly proud of our school, and of all the work put in by teachers, pupils and parents.

During the meeting we looked at current standards and progress across the school and saw that all phases are on track to meet their targets to be working at or above national expectations by the end of this year. We have very high expectations for everyone in the school to achieve at the highest level they can, and governors and staff will continue to monitor progress and attainment for all groups of children to ensure that this is the case. We learned about the work that Barons Court is doing with other schools in the borough and across the country to ensure that we are using the best practise possible in educating our children. We are a learning community and we are always hungry to find what works well in other schools and to explore its value for our own.

The Pupil Leadership Team presented their report on the work of the school with regards to our Equality and Diversity where we were provided the opportunity to tour the school to see the impact of this project. We have been reviewing the website and also making sure that we listen to the views of our staff, pupils and parents.

At Barons Court, the input of our families is hugely valued and we welcome your feedback and thank you for your continued support. It really makes all the difference.”

Jessica da Silva – Chair of the Pupil Outcomes Working Party

Feedback from the Pastoral Working Party - Friday 3rd February 2017

The Pastoral Working Party held its second meeting of the academic year on Friday 3 February 2017. There was a focus on pastoral support by Governors at the meeting, with reports on the school’s safe use of images policy, the annual safeguarding report, and outcomes of the recent health and safety assessment of the school. As Governors we monitored all the processes of the school to ensure the best possible outcomes and safety of our pupils.

 

Governor monitoring also focused on inclusion, specifically for those children with special educational needs. The working party heard that children are making strong progress at the school with regular reviews to ensure provision closely matches the needs of the individual child. Several members of the working party will be conducting further monitoring in early March, led by the school's special educational needs coordinator.

 

Finally, the group was updated on behaviour and attendance at the school. We were pleased to hear that standards of behaviour across the school continue to be excellent, reflecting our ethos of respect and kindness. Attendance remains above national expectations making Barons Court one of the top schools in the borough for attendance – Well Done Everyone!

Sarah Mills, Chair, Pastoral Working Party

 

Feedback from the Full Governing Body - Friday 9th December 2016

"As always at Barons Court last term was another busy and exciting term! At the end of the term we had our termly meeting of the Full Governing Body. We heard reports of the monitoring of the two main sub-committees focusing on the school’s key priorities and areas for development for the year. These committees are currently: Pupil Outcomes, which monitors standards of teaching and outcomes for all groups of pupils and Pastoral which focuses on the equality, safeguarding, inclusion, behaviour and pastoral care and support processes provided by the school. Other committees including finance/premises, Personnel and Pay also report into this meeting. At every full governing body meeting we receive a very detailed report from Mrs Jones. This is broken down into sections of information regarding

  • The overall effectiveness of the school
  • The outcomes of pupils
  • The quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • Leadership and management.

As governors we have a chance to ask questions about this report and this helps us to clarify what we are doing well as a school and areas that we are focusing on for development.

One very powerful message that is clear is that the teachers and staff know each child so well and tailor their education at Barons Court to ensure that everyone reaches their full potential. At the meeting we discussed the progress and achievements of pupils across the school so far this year, and we congratulate all pupils and staff for the huge amount of hard work that everyone put in last term we also thank-you too as parents and carers for your continued enthusiasm and support for the school. Barons Court as a school is never standing still and we look forward to working together as a team in 2017 to improve the experiences and outcomes for every child."

Jessica da Silva, Chair of Governors

 

Feedback from the Governor Pupil Outcomes Working Party - Thursday 10th November 2016

“I would like to report back to you on a governors meeting held on Thursday 10th November. This is a meeting of the Pupil Outcomes working party which is held once a term and involves all governors. This group closely monitor the standards of teaching and outcomes for different groups of pupils across the school. At this meeting we heard that the school had received a letter from Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards, congratulating the school on its phonic screening results. The school is in the top 8% of all pupils in the country. What a fantastic result and it is testament to the hard work of staff, pupils and parents, especially through the effective provision we provide for our pupils through Read, Write, Inc.

We looked at attainment outcomes across the school and saw that all phases are working above national levels. Again the hard work and dedication across all school stakeholders is having a fantastic impact. There are, of course, always areas where we can affect greater improvements. We are constantly re-assessing the school development plan to make sure that we are focused on the right areas to ensure that every child in the school achieves to their absolute best and has an outstanding experience of school which will equip them for their future. Based on the school’s priorities we also look at the professional development needs of the staff and at the views of staff, pupils and parents to ensure that any worries and any suggestions for improvement are addressed as well as celebrating achievements and acknowledging what is working well. We welcome your feedback and thank you for your continued support. It really makes a difference in securing the best outcomes for everyone in the Barons Court family.”

Jessica daSilva, Chair, Pupil Outcomes Working Party

 

Feedback from the Governor Pastoral Working Party - Friday 14th October 2016

“The Pastoral Working Party aims to ensure that Barons Court provides an inclusive, accessible, equitable and enriching education for all its pupils. As such, we ensure that the views of all the school’s stakeholders are considered in the governance of the school and that we have a positive and welcoming community culture.

In our first meeting this academic year, governors reviewed and reported on a number of key school policies, namely Equality, Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs (SEN), Behaviour, Exclusion, Attendance and Complaints. All these policies are accessible via the school website. We also evaluated current whole school attendance levels and targets.

The working party carried out a work scrutiny of pupil’s school books to gain an understanding of the marking policy and to monitor its implementation. Several members of the working party will be participating in a learning walk of the school in early December to observe the school day from both the pupil and teacher perspective.

We heard a report on the Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED) initiative that has already had an impact on enhancing children’s vocabulary and is proving very popular with the families involved.

Finally, we were very proud to hear that the school had received a letter from Dr Tim Coulson, Regional Schools Commissioner for East of England and North-East London, personally congratulating the school on its excellent KS2 results under the new Department for Education system introduced earlier this year. Well done to all at Barons Court!”

Sarah Mills, Chair, Pastoral Working Party

 

Feedback from the Full Governing Body Meeting on Friday 16th September 2016

Firstly, I would like to wish a warm welcome from the governors to all new families starting at Barons Court this term, and a welcome back to the families who are returning.  As always at Barons Court it’s been a busy and exciting start to the new year!

On Friday we had a meeting of the Full Governing Body. Two sub-committees have been formed to focus on the school’s key priorities and areas for development for the year. These committees are currently: Pupil Outcomes, which monitors standards of teaching and outcomes for all groups of pupils and Pastoral which focuses on the equality, safeguarding, inclusion, behaviour and pastoral care and support processes provided by the school.

There are also committees still on-going which are Finance/Premises, Personnel and Pay.

At Friday’s meeting we discussed the strong outcomes achieved by pupils across the school last year and we congratulate all pupils and staff for the huge amount of hard work that enabled this to happen.

We looked too at the school’s priorities for the coming year, including working to further raise standards in writing and maths skills across the school. Staff will continue to work tirelessly on developing a deep, broad and balanced curriculum to excite and inspire the children. I’m sure you will all be hearing lots of feedback on this from your children as they develop new skills and embrace new experiences.

As governors we will monitor these priorities and work with our extremely dedicated Barons Court staff to ensure that all learners are given the tools to become creative, confident and fully equipped academically, intellectually, physically and socially for life in modern Britain.

Workshops for parents on different aspects of the curriculum are being planned for later in the year, so look out in the newsletter for more information. 

Many thanks to all parents and carers for your continued support of your child’s learning, and of the work of the school to achieve the best outcomes for every child.

Mrs Jessica daSilva – Chair of Governors

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