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Governors

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

 

Governors: What are they and why do schools have them?
 
Behind the scenes of our school are eleven volunteers who work tirelessly to support our staff in their work. These volunteers form our Governing Body.
 
There are different categories of governors.
At St Nics’ we have:
  • 2 Parent Governors - elected by the parents/carers of the children currently in school
  • 1 Staff Governor - elected by all staff employed at school
  • 7 Foundation Governors - As a Voluntary Aided school we have governors appointed by the Diocese or St Nicolas’ Parish Council, and one appointed by All Saints Parish Council. 
  • 1 Local Authority-The LA governor represent the LA on the governing body.
  • The Head Teacher is also a governor
 
So why do schools bother having a Governing Body?
Leading a school is a complicated and demanding role for anyone. The Head Teacher is responsible for the day-to-day internal organisation, leadership, management and control of the school, and for advising the Governing Body. Both Head and Governing Body work in partnership to promote the school’s mission and ethos, and to foster school improvement and high quality education.
 
Governors have three main roles:
  • To provide strategic direction for the school
  • To act as a critical friend to the headteacher
  • To ensure accountability
 
They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:
  • Determining broadly how the school's budget is spent
  • The appointment of certain staff
  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour
  • Making sure the site is safe
  • Setting and monitoring certain school policies, including collective worship
  • Monitoring the quality of educational standards
 

Governor Organisation 

Governors operate a  'flat style' of governance. Each governor has a clear area of responsibility to monitor and to report back on to the FGB.  Half termly meetings have a focus on either Finance, Premises and Resources or Children, Learning and Community and agendas reflect these aspects of school provision and work.

 

There are panels to manage Headteacher Performance Management, School Admissions and Teachers’ Pay Review. Ad Hoc panels or working parties will be convened as required, e.g. Complaints, pupil /parent surveys etc.

 

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Governor Information

 

Name

Term of Office

Type

Office

Responsibility

Panel

 Elaine Joyce01/09/2023 - 31/08/2023Appointed by Local AuthorityChair of GovernorsSafeguardingHTPM
 Father Neil   Roberts01/09/2022 - 31/08/2026Foundation: Incumbent of St. Nicolas CoE ChurchEx OfficioChristian DistinctivenessAdmissions HTPM

Kirsty Ayers

15/03/2023 - 14/03/2027

Appointed by Local Authority

 

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Pay Review

Admissions

Ben Evans

20/04/2022 - 19/04/2026

Foundation: Appointed by Guildford Diocese

 

Behaviour, Personal Development, Well Being

Pay Review

Helen Gregory

Not Applicable

Headteacher St. Nicolas CoE Infant School

Ex-officio

Communication from School to governors

 

 Hannah   Melville -   Smith19/10/2023 - 18/10/2027 Elected by Parents EYFS 

Dina Pandis

26/9/2023 - 25/9/2027

Elected by School Staff

 

 

 

Robin Holdsworth

01/09/2022 - 30/11/2026

Foundation: Appointed by PCC All Saints. Onslow Village

 Vice-ChairPremises and Health & SafetyAdmissions

James Armstrong

01/10/2022 - 30/09/2026

Foundation: Appointed by St. Nicolas PCC

 

Finance & Resources

Pay Review

 David

 Sharpin

20/04/2022 - 19/04/2026Foundation: Appointed by Guildford Diocese Leadership/SDPHTPM
Caroline Coleman01/03/2024 - 29/02/2028Foundation: Appointed by St. Nicolas PCC   

 

Declared Governor Interests

Name

Name of Organisation

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Date Declared

Elaine Joyce  Married to trustee of ELT12/9/2023
Fr. Neil Roberts  Rector of St Nicolas CoE 
Emma SmartSt. Nicolas CoE Infant SchoolSchoolHead Teacher of St. Nicolas CoE Infant School12/06/2023
James ArmstrongITC Global Security Ltd None14/09/2022
Robin HoldsworthAllSaints Church Parish Councillor. All Saints Church19/06/2023
Benjamin Evans  None31/05/2023
David SharpinParochial Church Council 

Parish Stewardship Promoter and 

wife - ordinand to St Nicolas church

11/10/2023
Kirsty Ayers  None11/06/2023
Hannah Melville-Smith  None02/11/2023
Dina PandisSt. Nicolas CoE Infant School Teacher St. Nicolas Infant School26/09/2023
Caroline Coleman  None07/03/2024

 

Governor Attendance 2023/24

Full Governing Body

 

Name

Nov 2023

Jan 2024

Mar

2024

May

2024

Overall %

Elaine Joyce 

Yes

Yes

Yes

 Yes

100%

Helen Gregory

N/A

N/A 

N/A

Yes

100%

Robin Holdsworth

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

100%

Father Neil Roberts

No 

Yes 

 No

 No

25%

James Armstrong

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

100%

Ben Evans

No 

No 

Yes

Yes

50%

Dina Pandis

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes 

100%

Hannah Melville-Smith

Yes

Yes

Yes 

Yes

100%

Kirsty Ayers

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes 

100%

David Sharpin

Yes

Yes

Yes 

Yes 

100%

Caroline ColemanN/AN/ANoNo50%

 

 

 

 

 

 

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