Governing Body Accountability
The Governing Body is corporately responsible for all its decisions, regardless of delegation.
• Teacher, staff and parent governors are representative teachers, staff and parents within the Governing Body. They are not representatives of delegates.
• Every governor is free to vote in accordance with their own views but decisions must be taken in the best interests of pupils.
• Effectiveness of the Governing Board is assessed by Ofsted
Annual report from Governors To Parents
One of the ways we continue to improve as a school is by encouraging feedback from our parents on a regular basis. Our ‘Parent Questionnaires’ are sent out annually and give parents the chance to communicate with the Governors to suggest ways in which the school can improve. As well as letting us know what the children have enjoyed, it also ensures we can continue to provide an exciting curriculum for our pupils. This annual questionnaire allows us to ‘temperature check’ progress in key areas . Previous questionnaires can be viewed on the ‘Parent View and Questionnaire’ tab.
Declarations of interest 2017
All about your Governors
Governing bodies have three main roles: to provide strategic direction for the school; to act as a critical friend to the headteacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school, and the school team; to ensure accountability. The governors meet as a full board four times a year. In addition each of the three sub-committees ( see below) meet three times a year.
How to contact the Governors
Governors can be contacted by letter. Please address it for the attention of the Chair of Governors LHPSN and put in a sealed envelope marked private and confidential. This should then be passed to the school office.
How the Governing body is made up
The governing body includes parents, staff from the school, people chosen by governors from the local community, people appointed by the Local Education Authority (LEA).
Some of our key objectives for 2017/18
1) in conjunction with staff and parents help to improve the performance of the school and the experience of its pupils.
2) to ensure that the management and financial systems are as effective and efficient as possible.
3) To improve communications between stakeholders (pupils, parents ,staff , governors and the local community).
Link Governors for school improvement 2017/18
Literacy – Dean Farmer
Maths – Claire Ferguson
Safeguarding – Steve Bimson
SEN – Claire Ferguson
Governor links to monitor funding and resources management 2017/18
PE – Claire Ferguson
Pupil Premium – Claire Ferguson
Areas linked to Governors Development Plan 2016- 2018
School Status – Helen Williams, Amanda Salisbury
IT Development – Emily Mayne
Smart Governance – Mario Claydon
Office Efficiency and Effectiveness – Emily Mayne
New Building (S106) impact – Steve Bimson
How have we been doing this?
The board of governors is allocated into three additional strands:
Teaching and Learning Strand
Strategic Lead – Paul Moore
The purpose of the strand is to discuss and monitor all aspects of the school’s work around pupil attainment and progress, which means how well children do in tests at the end of key stages and how much improvement they make between key stages.
Our role is to look at this for the pupil body as a whole, but also for groups of pupils, such as boys and girls, pupils from different ethnic backgrounds, pupils with a special educational need, etc. We use national comparison data to assess how well pupils are doing, compared with similar pupils nationally.
We meet every term to discuss issues such as how much progress children are making in their learning throughout the year, how the needs of children who need a little extra support in their learning are being met, and how the school is making good use of its pupil premium funding. (Pupil premium is a government initiative to provide additional funding for pupils whose families have a lower income; the eligibility for pupil premium is whether a child is or has been entitled to free school meals – even if they have a packed lunch instead.)
We don’t look at the data for individual children; we use the school’s own tracking processes to look at progress for each class as a whole, and for some groups of pupils within a class. Within the committee we have link governors for each of the areas on the School Improvement Plan.
The role of the link governors is to meet every term with the corresponding member of school staff and discuss progress in the action plans for each of these areas. In this way we have members of the governing body who become more knowledgeable about each area and are well placed to undertake their role as ‘critical friend.
Finance and Personnel Strand
Strategic Lead – Emily Mayne Deputy Strategic Lead – Dean farmer This strand meets termly to discuss financial and personnel matters facing the school. Governors participate in monthly budget reviews and provide challenge as to where the school spends its money, as well as the annual budget setting with the local authority.
We are pleased to inform you that the budget is healthy and that the school has a good financial foundation.
Health and Safety Strand
Strategic Lead – Steven Bimson Deputy Strategic Lead – Claire Ferguson
This strand meets to undertake premises inspections with the Site Manager and provide challenge to estate and health and safety issues. This committee also review safeguarding and ensures school is a safe place for all learners and families.
LHPNS Governing Body 2018 – 2019
I joined the governing body in 2011 and have held different governor roles during this time, including vice chair. By profession I am an engineer, now in senior project/program management. I have one child at school. I am passionate about standards and thrive on driving change and improvement. My experience in leadership and management helps me to support and challenge our team of governors and school management. Being chair is a great role and one which I enjoy immensely. I am delighted to say that the recent redesign of our governance structure is now in its second year and maturing well. Read on to find out about our skilled and talented governing body…….
EMILY MAYNE – (V.Chair)
A qualified chartered accountant who leads the Governing Body on financial matters and is vice chair. I have volunteered as a Governor since Autumn 2013 and really enjoyed being able to play an active role in developing the school and ensuring that we are on our journey towards delivering outstanding education for all pupils. Working for a National Accountancy Firm, I bring extensive public sector experience to the Governing body as well as having a personal interest as my two children currently attend Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Outside of work and school I play in a string quartet and enjoy reading, baking and gardening.
I live in Marlbrook, where I have lived for the past 17 years. I work for the Independent Office for Police Conduct, and have done for the past 6 years, prior to this I was a Police Officer. I have two boys who thoroughly enjoyed attending LHPSN, but have both moved to other schools now. I was elected to the Parent Governor role in September 2013, and I have become a co-opted governor, so that I can assist in carrying on the work of the school governing body.
I have had the privilege of being the Head teacher of Lickey Hills Primary and Nursery School since September 2013, this is my second headship and a vocation I enjoy immensely. I have one daughter Jess, who has just graduated in Psychology and Neuroscience from Nottingham University. I enjoy a very busy family life with my partner, his three grown up daughters and our dog Alfred. I am an avid reader and it’s my ambition to write at least one book.
I am the Deputy Head Teacher here at Lickey Hills Primary School and Nursery and a member of the school governing body. I have been teaching at the school for 14 years with experience in all Key Stages. Over the years I have taught in Nursery, Reception, Year One, Year Two, Year Four and Year Five. I have been a member of the Senior Leadership Team for 8 years and Deputy Head for the past 2 years. Within school now, among others things, I have responsibility for overseeing behaviour, safeguarding, staff CPD, lead student mentor and I lead the Early Years Foundation Stage. I have two children, one of whom is at LHPSN in Year 5 and one who is at Waseley High School in Year 9. I work with Amanda Salisbury to ensure standards of teaching and learning are of the highest possible standard with a continuous drive to move our school to Outstanding. We want all of our children to have the best possible education, encouraging them always to ‘Dream, Believe and Achieve’
I am new to the Governing body, having been elected as a parent governor in 2017. My daughter is currently in KS1 and my son is in EYFS. I’ve lived in Marlbrook with my husband and children since 2013 and I work as a consultant at the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull.I am looking forward to being more involved in the school, especially the opportunity to work alongside the board of governors, staff and parents to help all the pupils at Lickey Hills get the very best out of their education.
Originally from Halifax, I have lived in the Lickey/Barnt Green area for 33 years.
My background is in law and I worked for several years as a solicitor before taking a break to raise our three children, all of whom attended Lickey School in the 1990’s. I then changed direction, gaining a BA in humanities and also a qualification in teaching English language to adults. I currently teach academic English as part of a project with the NHS to retrain healthcare professionals from oversees (mainly asylum seekers and refugees).
I have recently served as a school governor at a secondary school and gained insight into and experience of the issues involved in school management and in being a ‘critical friend’ to the school. I hope to put my skills and experience to good use at Lickey.
My hobbies include reading, theatre and gallery visits, gardening, photography, walking and travel.
I have been teaching in secondary schools across the West Midlands for the past 17 years with 11 of those at Senior Leadership level. Since 2011 I have been Deputy Head Teacher at Sandwell Academy in West Bromwich. Sandwell Academy is a heavily oversubscribed 11-18 Academy serving various boroughs across West Bromwich, we are part of the Thomas Telford Multi-Academy Trust which also includes Walsall Academy and Madeley Academy. During my time at the Academy I have been involved in 3 Ofsted inspections which have all resulted in an Outstanding judgement, the most recent being in May 2017. My senior leadership roles at the Academy involve the leadership of Learning and Teaching and Quality Assurance processes, Management of Examinations, Pastoral Management of Year 11, overview of an extensive extra-curricular provision and as well as this I still teach History up to year 13. I have 2 sons who currently attend Lickey Hills, one in Yr6 and one in Yr2, and so welcome the opportunity to use my experience of working within education to support Lickey Hills in the coming years.
I joined the Governing Body in April 2018 and feel very privileged to be part of LHPSN. I have lived in Barnt Green for over 20 years and I am a retired Regional Sales Director having spent 40 years in financial services. When I’m not spending time with my family and playing Lego with my grandson, I enjoy DIY and gardening and I am a keen Aston Villa fan. My late wife worked in a number of schools as a Teaching Assistant; she was very dedicated and took enormous pride in giving children the best start on their educational journey. I would now like to play my part and support the staff and governors in ensuring all children access the best possible education with a focus on the motto ‘dream together, believe together and achieve together’.
Dr Melissa Kirby
I am a new member of Governing Body and have been teaching at Lickey Hills Primary school for the past 4 years. At school I am currently involved in developing the EYFS outdoors environment to allow opportunities for hands on learning, problem solving, physical development and learning about the world. Out of the classroom I enjoy spending time outdoors – mountain biking, camping and sailing with my husband and teenage sons.