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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

 

EYFS 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

 2021-2022

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Mrs Rosheena Ali

(Deputy Headteacher since January 2022)

Member of the Governing Body by virtue of position in school

Quality of Education 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

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings

 2021-2022

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Mrs Debbie Docherty

Local Authority Governor

Appointment Date: 02.07.15

Term Ends 13.07.23

 

Chair of Governors

Leadership & Management Governor

Safeguarding Governor

None

 

I enjoy my role as a Local Authority 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 2021-2022

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Mr Alex Thornton

Staff Governor

Appointment Date: 17.07.18

Term Ends 15.09.26

 

EYFS Governor

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 2021-2022

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Mrs Jan Grover

Co-Opted Governor

Appointment Date: 28.03.18

Term Ends 27.03.22

Inclusion Governor

Personal Development & Behaviour and Attitudes Governor

None

I have been a teacher for over 39 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

Pay and Performance Committee

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2021-2022

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Mr James Hargreaves

Parent Governor

Appointment Date: 02.05.18

Term Ends 02.05.26

Vice Chair of Governors

Quality of Education 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 2021-2022

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Mrs Esther Elegbede

Co-Opted Governor

Appointment Date: 02.05.18

Term Ends 23.09.25

Personal Development & Behaviour and Attitudes 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 have now left the school  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 2021-2022

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Mr Andrew Scales

Co-Opted Governor

Appointment Date: 25.11.21

Term Ends 24.11.25

Leadership & Management 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.

Contributes to:

Full Governing Body

Curriculum and Pupil Outcomes Committee

Resources Committee

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2021-2022

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Mr Alex Milne

Co-Opted Governor

Appointment Date: 21.04.22

Term Ends 20.04.26

Leadership & Management GovernorNoneI 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 12  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 bringing 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

Curriculum and Pupil Outcomes Committee

Resources Committee

Governor Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings 2021-2022

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Mrs Samantha Delaney

Parent Governor

Appointment Date: 21.04.22

Term Ends 20.04.26

Personal Development & Behaviour and Attitudes GovernorNoneI 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 2021-2022

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Mr Nick O'Connor

Parent Governor

Appointment Date: 21.04.22

Term Ends 20.04.26

Quality of Education GovernorNoneI 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 2021-2022

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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, Andrew Scales, Samantha Delaney and Nick O'Connor)    Chair: James Hargreaves

 

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

 

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

Chair: Jan Grover

 

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 2022-2023

 

Full Governing Body meetings

Autumn 2022

Spring 2023

Summer 2023

Friday 23rd September - 9.00 am

Friday 20th January - 9.00am

Friday 14th July – 9.00am

 

 

 

Curriculum and Pupil Outcomes

Performance and Pay 

Resources

Autumn Term 2022

Friday 2nd December 

Thursday 20th October

Wednesday 12th October

Spring Term 2023

Friday 3rd March

Thursday 23rd February

Wednesday 22nd  March

Summer Term 2023

Friday 9th June

 

Wednesday 21st June

Governors Information Board

 

Feedback from the Autumn Term Meeting of the Performance and Pay Committee Meeting 20th October 2022

The Performance and Pay Committee met to receive an update on the school’s Pay Policy 2022-2023 and to review and approve the implementation of the annual review for pay and progression for teaching staff where the Headteacher provided the context.  The Governors have been informed of the decision making process and this has been factored into the school budget. 

There is a robust appraisal process for 2022-2023 where all staff are assessed against their objectives for the year, the teaching standards and overall performance. Following discussion, the Governors approved the annual pay review for teaching staff.

                                                      Debbie Docherty, Chair of Governors

 

Feedback from the Resources Committee – Wednesday 12th October 2022

The main purpose of the meeting on the 12th October was to review the school’s financial position and a presentation was given by the school’s Finance Officer. This included a comparison between the budget for the current financial year and the actual figures.

The budget was found to be largely on track however it was noted that, there are upward pressures, particularly on the cost of food and energy. The school’s energy costs are being closely monitored and the school is committed to finding value for money wherever possible.  It was noted that the new minibus was enabling considerable savings to be made on school trips and swimming which all of the children are enjoying.

Various other matters were also discussed at the meeting including a new Health and Safety assessment system, personnel matters and asset management within the school.

Andrew Scales – Chair of the Resources Committee

 

Feedback from the Full Governing Body Meeting – Friday 23rd September 2022

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.

This academic years first meeting of the Full Governing Body is an important meeting to review the outcomes for the past year and to set the agenda for the coming year.  The business of electing Chair and Vice Chair confirmed myself as Chair and James Hargreaves as Vice Chair for the forthcoming year. We are lucky to be supported by a full governing body who agreed their committee memberships and areas of responsibility in order to make best use of their expertise for the school this year.

The governors were thrilled to be presented with the summary of outcomes for last year which were strong in all areas of the curriculum. This is a fantastic achievement considering the obstacles that had to be overcome following the return to school after the pandemic.  We wish to say a big thank you to all involved; staff, parents and carers  and pupils for all your support and hard work. Following this, we discussed the School Development Plan for the coming year and took a tour around the school to witness how the new approach to Hygge is producing a calm, reflective learning environment, where children can enjoy their learning.

So again, a big thank you to our parents and carers for all your support for the school and I look forward to seeing people at events over the coming year.  

Debbie Docherty, Chair of Governors

 

Feedback from the Full Governing Body Meeting – Friday 15th July 2022

This lively, well attended meeting was the last of the full governing body meetings for this academic year. We were pleased to welcome our new Governors to a packed agenda where the main focus was hearing from the Headteacher about our progress, this year, against the School’s Development Plan.  It is pleasing to note that the new Governors are already making a positive contribution through use of their expertise and applying a fresh eye to raise standards and manage resources effectively.  It is heartening to see that, moving into next year, we have such a talented and motivated team of Governors to support the Headteacher and school. Due to the continuing presence of COVID, it has been a challenging year for both pupils and staff at Barons Court and it is pleasing to note that we have, despite this year’s challenges, ensured strong outcomes for pupils across our school. The Governors expressed their sincere gratitude for the efforts made by everyone at school to ensure that all pupils are given the best opportunities to succeed.    Mrs Jones answered the Governors’ detailed questions from her report and we looked at themes for next year to aid our strategic planning. Attendance will continue to be a priority, as good attendance is linked to pupil success and, to achieve this, your support remains invaluable.  We also spent time planning our Governor monitoring sessions for next year as these programmes are key to helping us understand how the curriculum is designed and delivered at Barons Court.  Other agenda items included receiving various reports, such as the Sports Funding Grant Report, Pupil Premium Impact Report and the SEND Information Report. The plans for next year’s club offer were also discussed and the residential visits for next year were confirmed. A big thank you to our parents and carers for all your support for the school this year and, again, to all staff for their hard work and dedication to providing excellent learning opportunities for all the children at Barons Court.

Debbie Docherty, Chair of Governors

 

Feedback from the Curriculum and Outcomes Committee - Wednesday 8th June 2022

We were pleased to welcome two new Parent Governors, to this terms meeting.  As Governors, our role is to support and challenge the Headteacher by gathering views, asking questions and discussing the next steps for the school.  Governors are required to play an active part in the decision making process of the school, getting involved in real issues - we do not merely ‘rubber stamp’ decisions. This week, we were paid a visit by our external School Support Partner, whose role is to support the Headteacher in evaluating the performance of the school. He dropped into our meeting to check that, as Governors, we are carrying out our function effectively. He asked us a variety of probing questions about our work and was complimentary of the work of the school and the Governing Body.  Another highlight of the meeting included hearing an account of the Reading Monitoring which was recently carried out by the Governors. This extended the Governors’ understanding of how reading is delivered across  the school through input from the subject leader and seeing a variety of strategies employed in class.  The Pupil Leadership Team visited the meeting to tell Governors about the projects they had undertaken to support reading in school such as reorganising the Library and the very successful Book Festival which included a week of activities and a visit from an author, Gareth P Jones. The Governors were impressed with the pupils’ confidence in reading aloud and their ability to discuss books with us. The pupils certainly passed on their passion for books and reading to the committee. It has, yet again, been a challenging year as we come out of the pandemic and the meeting closed with the Governors wanting to pass on their thanks to all staff for their support for pupils and the hard work and dedication that goes into ensuring that all pupils receive the best possible education at Barons Court.  

Debbie Docherty – Chair Curriculum and Outcomes Committee

 

Feedback from the Resources Committee - Wednesday 22nd June  2022

On Wednesday 22nd June, the Resources Committee of the Governing Body met. They received a presentation from a National Governance Leader on benchmarking our schools income and expenditure against similar schools from across the country. This training gave rise to a conversation around value for money, procurement and other financial matters which will support our school further in the new academic year. The committee received and reviewed financial information from the current financial year and ensured that all expenditure was within budget and following forecast for the coming year. 
The Governors also reviewed all current health and safety policies, analysed planned maintenance and repairs to be completed in the summer holiday and beyond. 

Alex Thornton - Chair of the Resources Committee
 

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.   
                                                                                                     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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