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Welcome to the Governors' section!

 

The Governing Body of Sunnymede Infant School is committed to working in partnership with Mrs Eades and her team to promote outstanding educational achievement and excellent pastoral care.

Who are the governing body?

There are 14 governors representing different sectors, 4 Parent governors, 1 Local Authority appointed governors, 2 staff governors (of which the Head teacher must be one),  5 Co-opted Governors and 2 Trust appointed governors.

 

Sunnymede Infant School Governing Body

 

Name of Governor Governor Category Expiry of term of office

Richard Sains (Chair)

Parent  Governor

26.03.2018

Melissa Eades (Head teacher)

Staff Governor

N/A

Zoe Williams

Parent Governor

25/11/2019

Margaret Kingston (Training Link)

Co-opted Governor

31/01/2019

Damien Pye

Local Authority Governor

24/04/2016

Christine Logan

Staff Governor

17/5/2021

Nicki Webb (Vice-chair)

Parent Governor

25/11/2019

Linda Salisbury

Co-opted Governor

31/01/2019

Robert Seward

Trust Governor

31/01/2019

Scott Smith

Parent Governor

26/03/2018

Dan Pierce Co-opted Governor 04/10/2020

Tony Ward

Trust Governor

26/9/2021

Vacancy Co-opted Governor  
Vacancy Co-opted Governor  

 

 

The Term of Office of each category of Governor is 4 years. The Governing Body was re-constituted with a new Instrument of Governance effective from 1st February 2015.
 
We currently have 2  Governor vacancies and are seeking to appoint persons with appropriate skills to enhance our breadth of experiences on the board. 

 

What do we do?

 
We work in conjunction with the school and particularly the leadership team to support the success of the school and raise standards.  We have five main tasks which are:
 
·         To set the strategic direction, objectives and targets of the school
·         To assist in the management of the school budget
·         To monitor progress against the budgets, plans and targets
·         To act as a ‘critical friend’ to support the Head teacher and school
·         Ensure that the school is accountable to the children and parents it serves
 
Each governor is assigned to a particular class within the school enabling us to build relationships with the class teacher and children so we can gain a better understanding of the way in which the school works.
 
Individual governors are also responsible for particular areas such as Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs and various subjects within the curriculum.
 
Governors meet once every half term, and the agenda and minutes of these meetings are available in the school office for you to read should you wish to do so.
 
When can parents contact a governor?
 
Anytime!
 
The governors are always keen to talk to parents and hear their views on the school, the school can only be really successful if the school, governors and parents work together.   
 
Governors can help with issues that affect the whole school, such as policies and targets.   If you have any questions about one of the school’s policies, or feel that some changes are needed, you are welcome to raise this with a governor.   All communication and correspondence is treated with confidentiality and a response will be given to any issues raised.

If you have a specific concern or complaint we would encourage you to speak to a teacher or the Head first, but if you are unwilling to do this, for any reason, please speak to a governor.
 
How do parents contact a member of the governing body?

Governors attend all major events such as Harvest Festivals, Christmas Productions, Class Assemblies, World Book Day, Arts Week, Open Evening and some school trips.  In addition a governor attends the termly Parent Partnership Group meeting which is an opportunity for parents to work with the school on some of the strategic goals of the school. You can also use the contact form below.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Contact the Governors

Use this link to contact our Governors or you can email them directly at: governors@sunnymede-inf.essex.sch.uk

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Sunnymede Infant School

July 2017

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the Sunnymede Infant School Governing Body are:

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

 

Governance arrangements

The governing body of Sunnymede Infant School was re-constituted in February 2015 and is made up of 2 staff governors (including the headteacher), 4 elected parent governors, 1 Local Authority governor, 2 Trust governors (both are parents of the school) and 5 co-opted governors. Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body and are people who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. The full governing body meets once each half term and one meeting each term focuses on pupil progress and attainment, and the other on finance, personnel and premises issues. We have separate committees to discuss Pay and Performance and Admissions.  We also have committees that meet if required to consider pupil discipline and staffing matters.

 

Attendance record of governors

Governors have excellent attendance at meetings and we have never cancelled a meeting because it was not “quorate” (the number of governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made). See grid above for details of individual governors’ attendance at meetings.

 

The work that we have done on our committees and in the governing body

The governing body has had a particularly busy year, focusing on school improvement and an impending Ofsted inspection.  We have also welcomed an additional class to our reception year, and have looked at the impact of the Free School Meals Service and the alterations needed to the premises to provide the best quality of food to the children.  The lift in the foyer is also a welcome addition, giving full access to all of our pupils, as well as other visitors, and governors are involved in making these spending decisions to enhance the school in accordance with our budget.

The governing body have received regular reports regarding the introduction of the new curriculum and we also discuss key data giving the results of pupil achievement and progress, so that we can be sure that the school is on track to fulfil its ambitious targets for all pupils. Governors also visit the school on a regular basis to monitor this performance so we can see for ourselves the excellent progress the children are making.  We are also concerned about our “vulnerable groups” of children and focus on how the Pupil Premium Grant is being spent by the school and what impact this has on their outcomes.  We also looked at how the Sports Funding was used and were delighted that the school was awarded the Sports Award in recognition of their hard work and commitment.

Governor’s priority always is the safety of the children and adults, and we have a nominated governor for safeguarding (Mrs Hassall) who brings her professional expertise to this vital role and who gives a termly report to the governors about any safeguarding matters. At the end of the Spring term, the governing body approved the 2014/15 budget plan for the school: we are pleased to report that the school is in a healthy position financially, enabling us to make additional provision for our SEND children.  

One of the roles for the governors is reviewing and agreeing school policies, and this year we have considered a number of key policies, including Safeguarding and Behaviour Management. Discussions with the Parent Partnership Group suggested how parents would like to receive feedback about Behaviour Management which the school are putting in place. 

Minutes of governing body meetings are public documents – you can either find them on the governors’ page of our website or you can ask at the school office if you would like to see any of the minutes of our meetings.

 

Future plans for the governors

The governing body is looking forward to another year, building on some of the successes and embedding the new curriculum to all year groups, as well as supporting the new members of staff joining us in September.  We are also looking to recruit new governors to help us support the school.

 

How you can contact the governing body

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors via the school office. You can see the full list of governors; their attendance at meetings; reports from Governors and more information about what we do, on this website.


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