CLAVERING GOVERNING BODY

The contents of this webpage fulfil our statutory duties regarding the information that must be published on a school's website about the school's governing body. For further information or clarification, please speak to Miss O'Brien (headteacher) or Mrs McDowell (Chair of Governors).

The purpose and strategic functions of a governing body

The governing body has one key purpose: to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.

The governing body has three core strategic functions:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Ofsted 2014:

  • The governing body is effective and governors are determined to help the school to improve further.
  • They are well informed about all aspects of school life and have a good knowledge of the school, particularly about the achievement of pupils and the quality of teaching.
  • They monitor the school’s performance and ask challenging questions to promote further development.
  • Governors bring a range of skills which they use to good effect in carrying out their roles.
  • Where there are gaps in their knowledge and skills they make sure that they receive appropriate training.
  • They are ambitious for the further development of the school and the achievement and welfare of its pupils.
  • Governors are familiar with Teachers’ Standards and use them to help manage teachers’ performance and award pay increases for good teaching.
  • They oversee the spending of pupil premium funding and are aware of the positive impact this is having on pupils’ achievement.
  • They are also involved in planning the spending of the Primary School Sports funding and how its impact on the physical well-being of pupils will be measured.

Clavering Governing Body Membership List

The current chairperson of the Clavering Governing Body is Mrs Lesley McDowell.

The current vice chairperson is Mrs Julie Carter.

 

Current Clavering governors:

Miss Helen O'Brien - Headteacher - Term of office: 01.01.10 - Retirement - Appointing body: Ex officio

Mrs Julie Carter - LA Governor - Term of office: 13.09.16* - 12.09.20 - Appointing body: Local authority

Cllr Rob W. Cook - Co-opted Governor - Term of office: 01.09.15*-31.08.19 - Appointing body: Governing body

Mr Jon Hall - Parent Governor - Term of office 13.01.17-12.01.21 - Appointing body: Parental elections

Mr Nigel Horne - Co-opted Governor - Term of office: 01.09.15*-31.08.19 - Appointing body: Governing body

Mr Neil C. McAvoy - Co-opted Governor - Term of office: 01.09.15*-31.08.19 - Appointing body: Governing body

Mrs Lesley McDowell - Co-opted Governor - Term of office: 01.09.15*-31.08.19 - Appointing body: Governing body

Mrs Rachel Raine - Parent Governor - Term of office 13.01.17-12.01.21 - Appointing body: Parental elections

Mr Mark Rycraft - Parent Governor - Term of office 01.02.17-31.01.21 - Appointing body: Parental elections

 

*All of these governors were previously serving on the Clavering Governing Body. Their new date of appointment is because of the reconstitution in 2015.

Governors who have stepped down in the last twelve months:

Mrs Eira Ballingall - Staff Governor

Term of office: 14.09.16-13.19.20 - Appointing body: Staff elections - Date stepped down: 31.08.17 (Mrs Ballingall left Clavering)

Mrs Angela Elvin - Parent Governor

Term of office: 04.01.13-03.01.17 - Appointing body: Governing body - Date stepped down: 03.01.17 (term of office ended)

Mr Kevin Dunn - Parent Governor

Term of office: 15.11.12-14.11.16 - Appointing body: Parent elections - Date stepped down: 14.11.16 (term of office ended)

 

The Clavering Instrument of Government

The Clavering Instrument of Government is the document that sets out the constitution of the governing body. The contents are as follows:

  1. The name of the school is: “Clavering Primary School”
  2. The school is a community school
  3. The name of the governing body is: “The governing body of Clavering Primary School”
  4. The governing body shall consist of: 3 parent governors, 1 LA governor, 1 staff governor, 1 headteacher and 4 co-opted governors
  5. Total number of governors: 10
  6. This instrument of government comes into effect on 1st September 2015
  7. This instrument was made by order of Hartlepool Local Authority on 23rd June 2015
  8. A copy of the instrument must be supplied to every member of the governing body (and the headteacher if not a governor).

Link Governors

Safeguarding and Standards (including Pupil Premium Link Governor):

Leader: Miss H. J. O’Brien; Link Governor: Mrs L. McDowell

English and Languages:

Leader: Mrs R. Thèbé; Link Governor: Mrs L. McDowell

Mathematics:

Leader: Mrs A. Mackenzie; Link Governor: Cllr R. W. Cook

Science and Technology (including E-Safety Link Governor):

Leader: Miss N. Leighton; Link Governor: Mr M. Rycraft

Humanities:

Leader: Mrs K. Corr; Link Governor: Mrs R. Raine

The Arts and PE (including Sport Premium Link Governor)

Leader: Mrs L. Jorgenson; Link Governor: Mr N. Horne

Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (including Sport Premium Link Governor)

Leader: Mrs L. Jorgenson and Mr N. C. McAvoy; Link Governor: Mr M. Rycraft

Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND):

Leader: Miss N. Leighton; Link Governor: Mrs J. Carter

Early Years Foundation Stage:

Leader: Mrs K. Corr; Link Governor: Mrs R. Raine

 

Full Governing Body and Committee / Working Party Membership: Structure and Attendance Figures

 

Full Governing Body:

Mrs Lesley McDowell (Chairperson), Mrs J. Carter (Vice Chairperson)

plus:

Miss H. J. O’Brien, Mr J. Hall, Mrs R. Raine, Mr M. Rycraft, Cllr. R. W. Cook, Mr N. Horne and Mr N. C. McAvoy

Attendance:

2017-2018:

  • Mrs L. McDowell (Chairperson): 1/1
  • Mrs J. Carter (Vice Chairperson): 1/1
  • Miss H. J. O’Brien: 1/1
  • Mr J. Hall: 1/1
  • Mrs R. Raine: 1/1
  • Mr M. Rycraft: 1/1
  • Cllr. R. W. Cook: 1/1
  • Mr N. Horne: 0/1
  • Mr N. C. McAvoy: 1/1 

2016-2017:

  • Mrs L. McDowell (Chairperson): 4/4
  • Mrs J. Carter (Vice Chairperson): 4/4
  • Miss H. J. O’Brien: 4/4
  • Mr K. Dunn: 1/1; Mr J. Hall: 2/2
  • Mrs A. Elvin: 1/2; Mrs R. Raine: 2/2
  • Mr M. Rycraft: 1/2
  • Cllr. R. W. Cook: 2/4
  • Mr N. Horne: 2/4
  • Mrs E. Ballingall/Mr N. C. McAvoy*: 4/4 

2015-2016:

  • Mrs L. McDowell (Chairperson): 3/3
  • Mrs I. Greene (Vice Chairperson): 0/3
  • Miss H. J. O’Brien: 3/3
  • Mrs J. Carter: 3/3
  • Mr K. Dunn: 3/3
  • Mrs A. Elvin: 3/3
  • Cllr. R. W. Cook: 1/3
  • Mr N. Horne: 2/3
  • Mrs J. Winter: 3/3
  • Mr N. C. McAvoy: 3/3

2014-2015:

  • Mrs L. McDowell (Chairperson): 4/4
  • Mrs I. Green (Vice Chairperson): 2/4
  • Miss H. J. O’Brien: 4/4
  • Mrs J. Carter: 3/4
  • Mr K. Dunn: 3/4
  • Mrs A. Elvin: 3/4
  • Mr D. McIlveen: 4/4
  • Mrs C. Ridden: 1/2
  • Mr R. Snowball: 2/4
  • Cllr. R. W. Cook: 3/4
  • Mr N. Horne: 2/4
  • Mrs C. Mudd: 2/4
  • Mrs J. Winter: 4/4
  • Mr N. C. McAvoy: 3/4
  • Mr D. Southworth: 1/2

Raising Achievement Committee and Community Partnership Committee:

Mrs Lesley McDowell (Chairperson), Mrs J. Carter (Vice Chairperson)

plus:

Miss H. J. O’Brien, Mr J. Hall, Mrs R. Raine, Mr M. Rycraft, Cllr. R. W. Cook, Mr N. Horne and Mr N. C. McAvoy

Remit:

  • To liaise with the Headteacher over the preparation of the School Development Plan and monitor its implementation.
  • To review and monitor the ethos and school mission statement and make recommendations to the Governing Body.
  • To advise the Governing Body in establishing policy statements for sex and relationships education, religious education and collective worship.
  • To monitor and review the curriculum provision in school.
  • To consider and monitor the impact of staff policies/decisions on the curriculum.
  • To advise the Finance and General Purposes and Pupil and Personnel Committee of resources in the various curriculum areas.
  • To review and approve curriculum policies on behalf of the Governing Body on a rolling programme.
  • To receive internal and external monitoring reports on curricular areas.
  • To review the School Self Evaluation Form (SEF) as it relates to the committee.
  • To monitor the impact of the pupil premium on pupils' learning and attainment, including its use in supporting more able groups from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • To monitor the use of sport funding, including impact on raisings pupils’ achievement and physical wellbeing.
  • To consider the RAISEonline report.
  • To commission and receive reports from the school concerning curriculum in response to national, local and school needs.
  • To consider school self evaluation reports.
  • To review and recommend the Home School Agreement and ensure that appropriate consultation is carried out with parents.
  • To review the school prospectus and ensure that statutory information is included on the school website.
  • To receive reports on communication with parents including consideration of any analysis of questionnaires to parents and parental engagements and community links.
  • To monitor the development of Extended Schools.

Attendance:

2017-2018:

  • Mrs L. McDowell (Chairperson): 1/1
  • Mrs J. Carter (Vice Chairperson): 1/1
  • Miss H. J. O’Brien: 1/1
  • Mr J. Hall: 1/1
  • Mrs R. Raine: 1/1
  • Mr M. Rycraft: 0/1
  • Cllr. R. W. Cook: 1/
  • Mr N. Horne: 1/1
  • Mr N. C. McAvoy: 1/1 

2016-2017:

  • Mrs L. McDowell (Chairperson): 6/6
  • Mrs J. Carter (Vice Chairperson): 6/6
  • Miss H. J. O’Brien: 6/6
  • Mr K. Dunn: 0/1; Mr J. Hall: 4/4
  • Mrs A. Elvin: 2/2; Mrs R. Raine: 2/4
  • Mr M. Rycraft: 3/3
  • Cllr. R. W. Cook: 4/6
  • Mr N. Horne: 4/6
  • Mrs E. Ballingall/Mr N. C. McAvoy*: 6/6 

2015-2016:

 

  • Mrs L. McDowell (Chairperson): 6/6
  • Mrs I. Green (Vice Chairperson): 2/5
  • Miss H. J. O’Brien: 6/6
  • Mrs J. Carter: 5/6
  • Mr K. Dunn: 1/6
  • Mrs A. Elvin: 2/6
  • Cllr. R. W. Cook: 2/6
  • Mr N. Horne: 5/6
  • Mrs J. Winter/Mr N. C. McAvoy*: 6/6 

Finance and General Purposes and Pupil and Personnel Committee:

Mrs Lesley McDowell (Chairperson), Mrs J. Carter (Vice Chairperson)

plus:

Miss H. J. O’Brien, Mr J. Hall, Mrs R. Raine, Mr M. Rycraft, Cllr. R. W. Cook, Mr N. Horne and Mr N. C. McAvoy

Remit:

  • Day to day management of the budget to be delegated to the Headteacher.
  • To consider and monitor the school improvement plan and ensure that priorities are reflected in the annual budget.
  • To consider the budget allocation from the LA and to approve the annual budget.
  • To monitor spending against the agreed budget by examining financial statements during the year.
  • To monitor the allocation and spending of the Pupil Premium in supporting all pupils who are subject to family poverty.
  • To consider the outturn position for the school.
  • To consider medium term forward planning.
  • To vire between budget headings during the course of the year. If necessary, the Headteacher will be authorised to spend from the budget £3,000 per single item without reference to the Governing Body.
  • To receive benchmarking data on expenditure on an annual basis.
  • To ensure/review best value questionnaire.
  • To review the LA scheme for financing the school every two years.
  • To advise the governing body on the school’s Charging and Remissions Policy.
  • To consider school visit requests and to agree annual costs for residential and school visits.
  • To determine the charges for lettings (annually).
  • To review the audited accounts of any private school funds (annually).
  • To manage and enter into on behalf of the governing body and any contracts for work in line with the Local Authority’s related standing orders.
  • To liaise with the LA and Diocese in order to maintain/improve the building with the budget set by the governing body.
  • To liaise with the site supervisor in order to maintain/improve the standard of hygiene and cleanliness within the budget allocation.
  • To liaise with the grounds maintenance contractor in order to maintain/improve the grounds within the budget allocation.
  • To consider cost, prioritise and make recommendations on the long-term care and improvement of the buildings, grounds, furniture and fittings.
  • To consider and report to the Governing Body regarding health and safety matters.
  • To ensure implementation of the Health and Safety Policy Statement and review on an annual basis.
  • To ensure implementation and consider risk assessments in school.
  • To determine a Financial Procedures Policy and to monitor its implementation.
  • To review the Statement of Internal Control to reflect guidance issued by the DfE.
  • To ensure that a Financial Management Competencies Matrix for Governors is completed annually.
  • To determine the staffing levels and annual teaching staff establishment.
  • To determine a staffing structure that will identify the number and deployment of posts.
  • To be responsible for considering, amending and adopting policies and procedures to comply with the new employment legislation. To ensure that they fit into the overall school improvement plan and whole school Pay Policy.
  • To ensure that proper recognition of equal opportunities policies are maintained, thus preventing discrimination.
  • To receive reports in respect of workforce remodelling.
  • To receive reports on roles and responsibilities of staff.
  • To review the Whistle Blowing Policy on a three-year cycle.
  • To review and consult accordingly on the annual written statement of general principles of pupil discipline and report their recommendations to the full Governing Body.
  • To receive reports on attendance.
  • To ensure that the Self Review Audit Report for Safeguarding and Child Protection is completed and submitted to the Governing Body on an annual basis.
  • To review and monitor exclusions.
  • To consider reports on staff CPD.
  • To consider school self evaluation reports.
  • To review annually the school Admissions Policy.
  • To consider requests for admissions to the school.

Attendance:

2017-2018:

  • No meetings held yet this academic year. 

2016-2017:

  • Mrs L. McDowell (Chairperson): 4/5
  • Mrs J. Carter (Vice Chairperson): 5/5
  • Miss H. J. O’Brien: 5/5
  • Mr K. Dunn: 1/1; Mr J. Hall: 2/3
  • Mrs A. Elvin: 2/2; Mrs R. Raine: 3/3
  • Mr M. Rycraft: 2/3
  • Cllr. R. W. Cook: 3/5
  • Mr N. Horne: 3/5
  • Mrs E. Ballingall/Mr N. C. McAvoy*: 5/5 

2015-2016:

  • Mrs L. McDowell (Chairperson): 3/3
  • Mrs I. Green (Vice Chairperson): 3/3
  • Miss H. J. O’Brien: 3/3
  • Mrs J. Carter: 3/3
  • Mr K. Dunn: 2/3
  • Mrs A. Elvin: 3/3
  • Cllr. R. W. Cook: 0/3
  • Mr N. Horne: 2/3
  • Mrs J. Winter/Mr N. C. McAvoy*: 3/3  

Headteacher’s Performance Review Committee:

Mrs L. McDowell, Mrs J. Carter and Cllr. R. W. Cook

Remit:

  • To implement the Governing Body's Pay Policy for all staff and production of salary   statements for teachers and leadership group posts as required.
  • To review the pay of leadership group posts and other posts within the school in accordance with statutory criteria for the time being in force.
  • To review and recommend the Performance Management Policy and carry out any necessary consultation with staff.
  • To receive reports on performance management.
  • To meet with the School Improvement Partner and set Headteacher’s Performance objectives.
  • To monitor Headteacher’s performance objectives.
  • To review the salary of the Headteacher.

Attendance:

  • 2015-2016: Mrs L. McDowell 1/1, Mrs J. Carter 1/1, Cllr. R. W. Cook 1/1
  • 2014-2015: Mrs L. McDowell 1/1, Mrs I. Green 1/1, Cllr R. W. Cook 1/1

Pay Appeals Committee:

Mrs L. McDowell, Cllr R. W. Cook, Mr M. Rycraft

Remit:

  • To consider any appeals against grading from members of staff and determine whether the appeal can be upheld.

Attendance:

  • 2016-2017: Didn't need to meet
  • 2015-2016: Didn't need to meet
  • 2014-2015: Didn't need to meet

Staff Committees:

 

Initial/Nominating Committee:

Mrs L. McDowell, Mr M. Rycraft, Mr J. Hall

Remit:

  • To consider the overall staffing needs in the light of the school’s budget, desired staffing structure, management structure, curriculum requirements, etc.
  • To establish whether a potential redundancy situation exists.
  • To liaise and consult with unions and staff (via the Headteacher if the committee so determines) and consider any representations from staff and unions.
  • To consider any alternatives to redundancy.
  • To consider any applications for voluntary redundancy.
  • To determine the criteria which are to be used to select staff to be made redundant.
  • To set the overall timetable for redundancy.
  • To determine which employees it is proposed are to be made redundant on the basis of selection criteria set by the Initial Committee.
  • To arrange for employees selected to be notified (via the Headteacher) of this.

Attendance:

  • 2016-2017: Didn't need to meet
  • 2015-2016: Didn't need to meet
  • 2014-2015: Didn’t need to meet

 

Hearing Committee:

Mr N. Horne, Cllr R. W. Cook, non-Clavering governor

Remit:

  • Consider any representations made by a member of staff on the proposal that he/she be made redundant.
  • Determine whether the dismissal proposal should stand or not.
  • Arrange for the employee and LA to be informed in writing to the decision and the reason for it (via the Headteacher).
  • Where required, hear cases under Capability, Grievance, Disciplinary and other employment policies/procedures.
  • To deal with, in accordance with agreed procedures, any complaints received in school.

Attendance:

  • 2016-2017: Didn't need to meet
  • 2015-2016: Mr K. Dunn 1/1, Mr N. Horne 1/1, Cllr R. W. Cook 1/1
  • 2014-2015: Didn’t need to meet

 

Appeals Committee:

Mrs J. Carter, Mrs R. Raine, non-Clavering governor

Remit:

  • Consider any appeal made by a member of staff on the proposal that he/she be made redundant.
  • To hear appeals under disciplinary, grievance, capability and other employment policies/procedures.
  • Determine whether the appeal should be upheld or not.
  • Arrange for the employee and the LA to be informed of the decision (via the Headteacher).

Attendance:

  • 2016-2017: Hasn't needed to meet
  • 2015-2016: Didn't need to meet
  • 2014-2015: Didn’t need to meet

 

*Note: quorum rules for the ‘Raising Achievement Committee and Community Partnership Committee’ and ‘Finance and General Purposes and Pupil and Personnel Committee’ stipulate that only two staff members (including the headteacher) count; therefore, it was agreed that only Mrs E. Ballingall or Mr N. C. McAvoy (or Mrs Winter prior to 2016-2017 or Mrs C. Mudd in 2014-2015) need/needed to attend these meeting (i.e. not all members of staff are/were required).

 

Register of interests (relevant business and pecuniary interests)

  • Mrs Julie Carter: none declared.
  • Cllr. Rob W. Cook: governor at Barnard Grove Primary School and English Martyrs School and Sixth Form.
  • Mr Jon Hall: none declared.
  • Mr Nigel Horne: governor at Stranton Academy.
  • Mr Neil C. McAvoy: none declared. 
  • Mrs Lesley McDowell: none declared.
  • Mrs Racheal Raine: none declared.
  • Mr Mark Rycraft: none declared.
  • Mrs Julie-Ann Winter: none declared.
  • Miss Helen J. O'Brien: none declared.

Note: there are no material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff.