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St Sebastian's CofE Primary School

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Meet the Governors

The Grantham Villages' Church of England Primary Schools Federation Governing Body 

Chair of Governors

Mrs S Kirton

Vice Chair

Mr G Cannon

 

The Clerk to the Governing Body - Mrs Debra Davenport.

 

You can contact the Governing Body by message or by letter via the school office or by sending an e-mail for the attention of the Chair or Clerk via: amy.parnham@gvsf.school 

 

Telephone:  01476 565896

Our Governors

Our current Governing Body is made up as follows:

NameGovernor TypeAppointed byStart DateEnd Date

Gordon Cannon

Foundation

PCC  LDBE

09.03.2020

08.03.2024

Stephanie KirtonFoundationPCC  LDBE01.11.202131.10.2025

Rebecca Leong

Foundation

PCC  LDBE

06.07.2020

05.06.2024

Anne Schaanning

Foundation

PCC  LDBE

01.01.2020

31.12.2023

Revd Stuart Hadley

Foundation

LDBE

01.01.2020

Ex Officio

VacantFoundationPCC LDBE  
VacantFoundationPCC LDBE  

Lucy Jones

Parent

Parent/Carers

01.01.2020

31.12.2023

Jane Hall

Parent

Parent/Carers

20.04.2021

19.04.2025

Tom Mapp

Local Authority

LCC/FGB

08.12.202107.12.2025

Kiala Burton

Staff

Staff

01.01.2020

31.12.2023

Michelle Waddell

Executive HT

Governors

01.01.2020

Ex Officio

Governors who served within the last 12 months 

NameType of GovernorAppointed By

Start of Office

End of Office

Julia MetcalfFoundationLDBE & PCC7.10.2020Resigned 16.5.2020
Marie JacksonFoundationLDBE & PCC01.01.2020Resigned 06.05.2022
Stephanie KirtonLocal AuthorityLCC10.01.2020Resigned 10.11.2021

Governors' Register of Interest 2021-2022

Name

Relevant Business

&

Pecuniary Interest

Links to Other

Education

Institutions

Personal Relationships

Relevant Business Interests

of spouse/partner and close relatives

Kiala BurtonNone DeclaredNoNo None Declared
Gordon CannonOpenreach - TelecomsNoNoNone Declared
Stuart HadleyNone DeclaredBarkston & Syston CE Primary School GovernorNoNone Declared
Lucy JonesLJB Music - teach whole school worship singingBrant Broughton Primary SchoolNoNone Declared
Steph KirtonNone DeclaredNoNoNone Declared
Rebecca LeongNone DeclaredNoNoNone Declared
Tom MappNone DeclaredNoNoNone Declared
Jane HallNone DeclaredNoNoNone Declared
Anne SchaanningNone DeclaredNoNoNone Declared
Michelle WaddellNone DeclaredNoNoNone Declared

 

Register of Panels, Working Panels and Areas of Responsibility

Name

 Panel  

Area of Responsibility

Kiala Burton

OFSTED

Safeguarding and Child Protection

Gordon Cannon

Pay Review Panel

OFSTED

Food in Schools

Curriculum - Maths

Staff Recruitment

Stuart Hadley

RE/SIAMS

HT's PM

RE 

SIAMS

Jane Hall

RE/SIAMS

Finance

Pupil Premium

Catch Up Premium

Lucy Jones

OFSTED

Mental Health & Well Being

Websites

Curriculum

Steph Kirton

HT's PM Panel

OFSTED

RE/SIAMS

Health & Safety

Staff Recruitment

Curriculum

Rebecca Leong

RE/SIAMS

Equality & Diversity

PSHE/SRE

Tom Mapp P.E. & Sports Premium

Anne Schaanning

Pay Review Panel

OFSTED

RE/SIAMS

Safeguarding & Child Protection

Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND)

Looked After Children (LAC)

OFSTED

Curriculum

Michelle Waddell

OFSTED

RE/SIAMS

Monitoring

 

2021-2022 Governors' Attendance at Meetings

 Responsibility and Authority of the Governors

  • The responsibility for educating pupils falls primarily on the staff and the day-to-day running of the school is the responsibility of the executive Headteacher, but it is the Governing Body that is ultimately responsible for the school's performance.
  • The Governing Body executes its responsibilities collectively. It may assign specific tasks to a panel or a working group, but individual governors do not have any authority or right to act on behalf of the Governing Body.
  • Action falling to the Governing Body that cannot wait for a previously arranged meeting of the Governing Board (or for an Extraordinary Meeting) is taken by the Chair of Governors or by the Vice-Chair if the Chair is not available. This is only in circumstances where delay is likely to be seriously detrimental to the interests of the schools, a pupil, parent or a member of staff.

What Do Governors Do?

The governing body helps to run the school by making strategic decisions about finances, premises and curriculum and offers support and guidance to the Executive Headteacher and the staff. The day-to-day running of the school is done by the Executive Headteacher and the staff and the governing body rely on the Executive Headteacher to advise them.

Circle of Governance - Whole Governing Board Approach

The Governing Body elected to operate the Circle Model of Governance, in which all Governors attend all Governing Body meetings. These meetings are held 1 per term (6 meetings per year) and have alternating focus: Finance & Resources (F&R) and Curriculum & Standards (C&S).  

The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. The Governing Body has resolved to conduct all its business as a full Governing Body, and to work collectively without committees.

The Governing Body has three strategic core functions:

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

This involves:

  • Helping to decide the school's strategy for improvement;
  • Supporting and strengthening the leadership of the Executive Headteacher;
  • Monitoring and evaluating the schools' effectiveness;
  • Asking challenging questions and pressing for improvement;
  • Receiving reports from the Executive Headteacher and other staff on the schools' performance;
  • Discussing and questioning the Executive Headteacher's proposals and strategies;
  • Answering to parents and to the wider local community for the actions of the Governing Body and the schools' overall performance.

How Do Governors Work

The Governing Body is made up of a number of different types of governors and the normal term of office is four years. We reconstituted in December 2019 and our Instrument of Government is for a Board of 12 members made up as follows:

  • 2 Parent Governors;
  • 1 Local Authority Governor;
  • 1 Staff Governor;
  • 1 Headteacher;
  • 7 Foundation Governors.

After four years, any governor who wishes to remain on the Governing Body can offer to stand for a further term of office and (if no-one else has expressed an interest in the position) be re-elected or reconfirmed in his/her position.

  • Parent Governors: If you are a parent of a pupil(s) at the school or the primary carer, you can stand for election as one of the 2 parent governor positions (once a parent governor post becomes vacant). If more than one parent expresses an interest in filling a vacancy, elections are held in which all parents can vote. Parent governors do not formally represent parents on the Governing Body although they are a link between parents and the Governing Body and will be in tune with parents' views. However, individual parent governors have no authority - authority rests with the Governing Body as a whole.
  • Local Authority Governor: A Governor normally nominated by the local education authority (i.e. Lincolnshire County Council) then appointed by the Governing Body.
  • Staff Governor: A member of staff paid to work at the schools and elected by the staff.
  • Executive Headteacher: An ex-officio member of the Governing Board i.e. a Governor by virtue of their job. If the Executive Headteacher elects not to be a Governor than his/her place cannot be taken by anyone else.
  • Foundation Governors: A Governor normally appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education or the local Parochial Church Council (PCC)  and is a member of the St Mary's (Marston) or  St Sebastian’s (Great Gonerby) church community to ensure the school preserves its Christian character.

More information can be found on the Lincolnshire County Council website  and Diocese of Lincoln Board of Education

  • We meet as a full Governing Body once every term. Extraordinary meetings are arranged if circumstances warrant such action.
  • We have elected a Chair and Vice-Chair from amongst the existing members of the Governing Body (employees at the School cannot be elected to these positions).
  • The Governing Body also has a Clerk who advises the Governing Body on the nature of its functions, arranges its meetings, circulates the agenda and papers, takes minutes of full meetings of the Governing Body, and circulates information to Governors from the Local Authority.

 

Vacancies on the Governing Body

The Governing Body of Grantham Villages' CE Primary Schools Federation currently has no vacancies.

 

Minutes of Governing Body Meetings

Minutes of Governors' meetings are available on request from the school office.

 

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