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Governors

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.

Meet the Governors

 

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

 

Training Governor

Nature of Business: Southend United Community and Educational Trust Trustee

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 forward.  It is a privilege to be the Headteacher 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

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings

 2020-2021

3/3

 

Mrs Rosheena Ali

(Deputy Headteacher since January 2022)

Member of the Governing Body by virtue of position in school

Training GovernorNone

I was born, raised and educated in Central Southend and have a BSc in Psychology. I have served as a Staff Governor on two separate Governing Bodies and have had the pleasure of teaching and leading for several years in  local schools. My driving force is the education and well-being of every single child under our care and to ensure that our pupils get the very best start in life. 

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Curriculum and Pupil Outcomes Committee

Resources Committee

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings

 2020-2021

N/A

Mrs Debbie Docherty

Co-Opted Governor

Appointment Date: 02.07.15

Term Ends 13.07.23

 

Chair of Governors

Curriculum Governor

None

 

I enjoy my role as a Co-Opted Governor.  I have 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. 

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

 

Curriculum and Pupil Outcomes Committee

 

  Performance and Pay  Committee 

 

Resources Committee

 

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2020-2021

3/3

Mr Alex Thornton

Staff Governor

Appointment Date: 17.07.18

Term Ends 16.09.22

 

Health and Safety Governor

None

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. As a Staff Governor I represent the broad views and opinions of the staff and act as we all do; to ensure high standards of achievement for all children  in the school. 

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

 

Curriculum and Pupil Outcomes Committee

 

Resources Committee

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2020-2021

2/3

Mrs Jan Grover

Co-Opted Governor

Appointment Date: 28.03.18

Term Ends 27.03.22

Inclusion Governor

Safeguarding Governor

None

I have been a teacher for over 38 years; working in both mainstream and specialist schools, mainly in secondary education. I began as a teacher of English and gained my MBA and a diploma in management studies. I moved into Special Educational Needs, working in a specialist school and gaining a Diploma in Special Educational Needs and Psychology.
I have been an Assistant Head before moving into training and consultancy in SEN and coaching and I am a Master NLP practitioner.  .

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

 

Curriculum and Pupil Outcomes Committee

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2020-2021

2/3

Mr James Hargreaves

Parent Governor

Appointment Date: 02.05.18

Term Ends 02.05.22

Vice Chair of Governors

Personal  Development Governor

NoneI am a parent of one child at the school and have enjoyed joining the Barons Court community. I am a university professor where I teach university students and design and analyse data from research studies.  I conduct research on the health of young people and have written articles, worked with governments, charities and the World Health Organisation within this area. I also enjoy music and singing in bands.  

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

 

Curriculum and Pupil Outcomes Committee

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2020-2021

3/3

Mrs Esther Elegbede

Parent Governor

Appointment Date: 02.05.18

Term Ends 02.05.22

Emotional Well-Being and Mental Health Governor

 

Trustee Governor

Nature of Business: Barons Court Primary School Trustee.I have previously worked in project management, a profession which I thoroughly enjoyed. As a parent with two children who left the school last year  I feel extremely fortunate to be able to work in further partnership with the school. I am  a committed member of the Barons Court Fundraiser Group which enables me to work in close partnership with the school. 

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Curriculum and Pupil Outcomes Committee

Resources Committee

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2020-2021

3/3

Mr Andrew Scales

Co-Opted Governor

Appointment Date: 25.11.21

Term Ends 24.11.25

Finance GovernorNoneHaving spent the last 40 years or so in the accountancy profession I see my role as providing a general overview of the school's financial management as well as providing any support which may be required in connection with the monitoring of expenditure, budgeting and future projections. I look forward to working in partnership with the whole school community in my new role.

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Curriculum and Pupil Outcomes Committee

Resources Committee

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2020-2021

N/A

Mr Alex Milne

Co-Opted Governor

Appointment Date: 21.04.22

Term Ends 20.04.26

 NoneI was born and educated in Southend on Sea, before going on to study Music and Cultural Theory as a Combined Honours degree at University. I have worked for Southend YMCA for the last 11 and a half years which I have enjoyed immensely, working to manage projects in the arts and recreation for young people, bid-writing, funding and strategy, as well as IT and Technology transformation and SLMT/Governance. I am looking forward to being a Governor at Barons Court to bring my skills  where they are needed and having been involved with children and the community for the last decade, I’m glad to be part of a school who want the best learning opportunities and care for the children of Barons Court.

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Resources Committee

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2020-2021

N/A

Mrs Samantha Delaney

Parent Governor

Appointment Date: 21.04.22

Term Ends 20.04.26

 NoneI have worked in London for approximately 21 years for a Shipping company and now am a committed volunteer at Barons Court where I enjoy all aspects of volunteering and helping the school. I have experience of supporting children's needs and am very much looking forward to being a proactive Governor and a valuable part of the team which supports the wider school community. 

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Curriculum and Pupil Outcomes Committee

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2020-2021

N/A

Mr Nick O'Connor

Parent Governor

Appointment Date: 21.04.22

Term Ends 20.04.26

 NoneI am proud to be part of the Barons Court community and my current job in Further Education helps support the school with data analysis of outcomes and helping to implement strategic developments. As a Governor I am keen to support the school and all of its dedicated staff who work so hard to ensure the school continues to grow within the community. 

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Curriculum and Pupil Outcomes Committee

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2020-2021

N/A

Ms Emma Harding

Clerk to the Governing Body

I have worked as a Clerk to Governors since 2014 across both the primary and secondary sectors in community and academy schools. Working in a busy school environment, as part of a team with the aim of ensuring quality outcomes for pupils is both inspiring and engaging. I have a National Governors Association Clerking Accreditation and recently undertook a volunteer life coaching role to support young people to achieve their goals. 

 

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:

Curriculum and Pupil Outcomes Committee - (Julia Jones, Debbie Docherty, Jan Grover, Alex Thornton, James Hargreaves, Esther Elegbede, Samantha Delaney and Nick O'Connor)     

Chair: Debbie Docherty

 

Resources Committee - (Andrew Scales, Julia Jones, Debbie Docherty,  Alex Thornton, Alex Milne and Esther Elegbede) Chair: Alex Thornton

 

Performance and Pay Committee -  (Jan Grover, Julia Jones and Debbie Docherty) 

Chair: Debbie Docherty

 

 

Each of these committees 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 2021-2022

 

Full Governing Body meetings

Autumn 2021

Spring 2022

Summer 2022

Friday 24th September - 9.00 am

Friday 28th January - 9.00am

Friday 15th July – 9.00am

 

 

 

Curriculum and Pupil Outcomes

Performance and Pay 

Resources

Autumn Term 2021

Friday 3rd December 

Thursday 21st October

Wednesday 13th October

Spring Term 2022

Friday 4th March

Thursday 24th February

Wednesday 16th  March

Summer Term 2022

Wednesday 8th June

 

Wednesday 22nd June

Governors Information Board

Feedback from the Resources Committee – Wednesday 16th March 2022

The Governors’ Resources Committee meet termly to be given an update from the school’s Finance Manager and Headteacher regarding the in-year budget, health and safety, personnel matters and the asset management within the school.   The main focus of this meeting was to review the 2022-2023 budget which was approved and will be submitted to the Local Authority for final evaluation. The three-year budget forecast was also approved for submission to the Local Authority.   A robust Asset Management Plan was mapped to the budget to ensure the maintenance and upkeep of the school’s buildings and projects, such as improvements to the playground and outside learning spaces, were approved. The Autumn Term Health and Safety Audit, which was compliant and in line with Local Authority and statutory HSE practices, was presented to the Governors.   Current staffing structures were  also reviewed to ensure appropriate levels of staff are maintained and there is a continued focus on staff wellbeing.   The committee devoted time to reviewing the outcomes of the staff annual survey and they heard of the measures being taken to support staff and pupils  as we all adjust to life post COVID.   
                                                                                                     Mrs Debbie Docherty - Chair of Governors

 

Feedback from the  Curriculum and Outcomes Committee - Friday 4th March 2022

This committee meets every term and has a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education at Barons Court.  Increasingly, the Governors’ are keen to be out of the meeting room, actively monitoring our curriculum delivery in the learning areas, talking to all stakeholders and seeing how our children learn.  We feel this is essential to developing our understanding of the curriculum and that this is how we can support everyone to ensure an excellent quality of provision.  This meeting was no exception with its focus on active monitoring.
In an informative learning walk around the school with a focus on seeing the Maths curriculum in action, we saw different teaching sessions and, afterwards, we reviewed a selection of pupils’ books and learned how assessment and post-teach sessions work.  Also, a pupil gave the committee an enthusiastic and very confident demonstration of how the TT Rockstars Platform is used to learn times tables.  
Following this, a report on the recent Governor Reading Monitoring was presented to the committee.  Governors learned how the wide range of key texts were chosen, often to fit in with other subject areas, and how they are designed to develop confidence in reading.  The monitoring covered all aspects of delivery across the school including: Guided Reading, Whole Text Reading sessions and the daily ‘Talk, Toast and Tales’ sessions, following the Hygge philosophy.  The Governors really enjoyed seeing the learning taking place and the monitoring provided a valuable insight into reading across the school and showed the positive impact it is having on pupil outcomes.  
We appreciate the opportunities given to us to learn about how our curriculum is designed and would like to thank all the staff for their hard work and their dedication to providing excellent learning opportunities for all the children at Barons Court.
                                                                                                    Mrs Debbie Docherty - Chair of Governors

 

Feedback from the Performance and Pay Committee - Thursday 24th February 2022

A Governor’s meeting of the Performance and Pay Committee took  place on 24 February 2022.  Mrs Jones reported that coaching and mentoring sessions had taken place for staff throughout the Autumn and Spring terms to ensure a continued high quality learning environment for all pupils.  A review of the pay of non-teaching staff was undertaken and agreed in line with the Headteacher's recommendations and Mrs Jones informed the Governors of a new project which the School Council are supporting with regarding the redesign of the school playground, which we hope to share with the school community in the Summer Term.                                                                   Mrs Jan Grover - Chair of the Performance and Pay Committee
 

Feedback from the Full Governing Body Meeting - Friday 28th February 2022

As usual, our Full Governing Body meeting had a packed agenda where the main focus was hearing from the Headteacher about our progress against the School’s Development Plan. Mrs Jones answered the Governors’ detailed questions from her report and we heard about the initiatives designed to support and monitor the progress being made by different groups of pupils across our school. As Governors we evaluated the importance of good attendance and how this is linked to pupil success and experience - it is key to ensure that children arrive at school promptly, every day and we thank you for your help in this – it’s so important! We are excited to be involved in the upcoming Governor Reading evaluation morning which will give us the opportunity to review the provision of guided reading, individual reading and ‘Talk, Tales and Toast’ at Barons Court. We are very much looking forward to listening to readers and hearing how reading is taught across the school. In the next few weeks, we will be looking to recruit new parent Governors onto our team. Governors make a positive contribution to the education of all children in the school by offering supportive challenge to raise standards and monitor resources effectively. We work as a team and we bring a wide variety of different experiences to support the school. If you think you have the time, skills and expertise to offer then please do consider applying - further information on the role will be sent home after February half term. Once again we would like to give a big thank you to our parents and carers for all your support for the school and as Governors we are all looking forward to working in partnership with you over the next few months.

Mrs Debbie Docherty, Chair of Governors

Feedback from the  Curriculum and Outcomes Committee - Friday 3rd December 2021

In an interesting and varied meeting, the last of 2021, the Governors received an update on the new enquiry based curriculum from the Headteacher and learned how the curriculum mapping process, in different subject areas, is designed to show progress through the school from Year 1 to Year 6.  In a lively presentation, the Humanities Team came into the meeting, along with the pupils, and explained about the new enquiry questions.  The pupils were very enthusiastic and keen to show examples of their work.  The Governors recently  have also carried out a monitoring exercise to evaluate how the School's Vision and Values are understood by a range of stakeholders and they were heartened to hear that everyone is committed to embodying the Vision and Values within their professional practice. Future Governor monitoring was planned for next term with a focus on early reading development.  The training link Governor reported very favourably on the wide range of staff professional development provided and how this is appreciated by staff, with White Rose training for maths highlighted as being particularly relevant and useful. The Governors also received a detailed and thoroughly researched paper on how funds are being used to help improve the outcomes of our disadvantaged pupils and the impact of this funding. At the close of the meeting, Governors wished to thank all staff for their dedication and hard work this term in ensuring that pupils had the best experience in the face of the continued presence of COVID and the challenges it provides and would like to wish all of our families a lovely Christmas break. 
 

Debbie Docherty – Chair of Governors

Feedback from the Resources Committee - Wednesday 13th October 2021

The Governors Resource Committee met on Wednesday 13th October and received a termly update from the school's Finance Manager and Headteacher regarding the in year budget, health and safety and personnel within the school.  Throughout the meeting areas of school improvement were discussed and scrutinised including benchmarking and comparing our expenditure against other schools of a similar size and characteristics across the country – this helps to ensure value for money and can suggest areas where savings can be made.  The committee also discussed the school's development planning for the school site and buildings and agreed forecast expenditure over the next five years to ensure the maintenance and up keep of the school's buildings and grounds, which we know all the children and families enjoy so much!

Mr Alex Thornton - Chair of the Resources Committee

Feedback from The Full Governing Body - Friday 24th September 2021

Firstly, I would like to wish a warm welcome from the Governors to all the new families starting at Barons Court this term, and a welcome back to those who are returning. It has been so wonderful to see the children coming back in to the school and able to participate in activities that have not been possible for the last 18 months. I was lucky enough to be in school when the children were having a Friday afternoon outdoor assembly and it was very moving to see them laughing, singing and enjoying being together. Governors met last week and it was exciting to discuss the School’s Development Plan for the coming year. We heard about how the school’s ambitious curriculum is planned to inspire children and the high expectations that are held for every child in the school. As Governors, we will be monitoring this over the coming months.  In the next few weeks we will be looking to recruit two new parent Governors onto our team. Governors make a positive contribution to the education of all children in the school by offering supportive challenge to help raise standards and monitor resources effectively. Our Governing Body works as a team and we come from a wide variety of backgrounds. If you think you may have time, skills and expertise to offer then please do consider applying. 
A big thank you, as always to our parents and carers for all your support for the school and I will look forward to seeing everyone at the wonderful events that are being planned over the next few months. 
                                                                                                    Mrs Debbie Docherty - Chair of Governors

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