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Our Governors

ANNUAL GOVERNANCE STATEMENT

We have a fantastic Governing Body who keep a watchful eye over all that we do. They are in place to be a 'critical friend'. This means that they have the tricky job of constantly asking challenging questions about every aspect of school.

OUR ROLE:

In accordance with statutory requirements, the main functions of Ormesby Village Schools Federation's Governing Body are;

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • To hold the Headteacher and leaders to account for performance of the school;
  • To ensure effective and efficient use of school funds.

OUR GOVERNING BODY:

  • Headteacher: Mr. Bradley Young
  • Chair of Governors – Local Authority Governor: Mr. Clive Sillitoe (Finance, Pupil Premium & Resources)
  • Vice-Chair of Governors – Co-Opted Governor: Mrs. Julia Hawkins (Safeguarding, LAC, Resources & SEN)
  • Staff Governor: Mrs. Elizabeth Angel (Curriculum)
  • Parent Governor: Mrs. Karen Wacey (Teaching and Learning)
  • Co-Opted Governor: Mr. Craig Robertson (Curriculum)
  • Co-Opted Governor: Mrs. Carla Brightman (Finance & Community/Fundraising)
  • Co-Opted Governor: Mrs. Lauren Gardiner (Community)
  • Co-Opted Governor: Mr. Dean Crosbie (Community)
  • Co-Opted Governor: Mr. Anthony O’Connor (Community)
  • Co-Opted Governor: Miss. Annette McMylor (Safeguarding, Curriculum & Leadership and Management)
  • Clerk to Governors: Mrs. Rebecca Blakeway-Long (Educator Solutions Administration)

GOVERNANCE ARRANGEMENTS:

The Governing Board has 16 positions; 11 are filled and there are currently 5 vacancies:

  • Co-opted Governors – 6 filled and 5 vacancies
  • Headteacher – 1 filled
  • Local Authority Governor – 1 filled
  • Parent Governors – 1 filled and 1 vacancy
  • Staff Governor – 1 filled

To discharge the duties of governance, the governors have delegated responsibilities through committees: 

  • Finance Committee – Clive Sillitoe, Bradley Young and Carla Brightman
  • Teaching and Learning Committee – Annette McMylor and Karen Wacey
  • Community Committee – Julia Hawkins, Carla Brightman, Lauren Gardiner, Dean Crosbie and Anthony O’ Connor
  • Personnel & Resources Committee – Clive Sillitoe, Julia Hawkins, Anthony O’ Connor

In addition to the committees above, governors will meet as a panel to hear Appeals, undertake Headteacher Performance Management Review, and consider pupil discipline issues.

Governors make decisions collectively, but have individual responsibilities in relation to statutory requirements and curriculum subjects.

ATTENDANCE OF GOVERNORS:

All of our meetings this year have been quorate. Committees meet at least termly, with the Full Governing Board meeting half-termly. 

OUR WORK THIS YEAR:

Our work this year has really focussed on supporting our Headteacher, school leaders and children to achieve our SIDP vision and achievement targets; to become an "Outstanding” school. We have concentrated on supporting our school leaders to prepare for a COVID-Secure school environment and in making sure that we as a Governing Body are ready to support in any way we can as the "critical friend."

Each Governor has a role and leads the accountability for a topic / policy area for e.g. Safeguarding or SEND. Governors come into school at least once a term to see staff about their policy area and their link role. Governors also visit for Challenge Days looking at many different areas of the school. Governors are asked to write a brief report about their visit to inform the Governing Body of any issues. This might include the need for further resources or a change to policy. We think that this approach supports and strengthens our ability to challenge school leaders and ensure good use of resources.

This has included;

  • Refining data and bringing together data to show pupil progress.
  • Ensuring Governors understand the different data that is presented to us and the main trends and stories for our school. We have shared and analysed data in many different ways and have levelled challenge regarding it towards our school leaders.
  • Supported the external validation of our school leading up to Ofsted. 
  • We have supported the Headteacher in decisions to ensure the quality of teaching at our school is of the highest standard; investing in mixed-age and single form entry classes depending on the pupil numbers of each school; interventions and organisation of staff members to ensure that skills and experience were placed where they are most needed.
  • We have recently approved of the manner in which our Sports' Premium and Pupil Premium monies are being spent and challenged the legacy of the spend.
  • We agreed to redesign the way our schools taught Phonics and Writing and implemented new initiatives to enhance the learning provision in these areas for our pupils. 
  • In terms of budget and resources, our priority is to ensure both school sites are enhanced aesthetically and the Federation receives value for money regarding existing services and subscriptions.
  • Safeguarding and making sure that our safeguarding procedures continue to be robust and to the highest standard has been another regular key area of focus for the governing body.

FUTURE PLANS FOR THE GOVERNING BODY:

We will continue to challenge and support the school in their drive towards becoming “Outstanding," in particular, to support the Headteacher in their role as a local leader and to develop an improvement plan with the best interests of the children at the centre. We are implementing Challenge Days and have liaised with the Headteacher to ensure each day has a narrow focus tailored to the improvement targets from our School Improvement and Development Plan. This will enable us to have an even stronger understanding of improvement across the school. 

As a Governing Body, we will recruit non-staff members to fill our vacancies. We will also explore how we can better our committees and consider having all Governors together, instead of being in committees.

Please feel free to come and speak to the Governors at any time about any concerns you may have.

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, please write an email addressed to office@ormesbyinfant.norfolk.sch.uk or office@ormesbyjunior.norfolk.sch.uk marking in the subject reference, "CONFIDENTIAL CHAIR"

For further detailed information regarding the responsibilities and interests of our Governors, please see the attached document and table below.

Full Name

Category

Date of Appointment

End of Term Office

Pecuniary & Material Interests

Roles & Responsibilities

Roles on Other Governing Bodies

Attendance Record 2021-2022

Clive Sillitoe

Chair of Governors

13/04/2015

12/04/2023

None

Finance, Personnel, Resources

Governor at Caister Academy

100%

Julia Hawkins

Vice-Chair of Governors

13/04/2015

12/04/2023

Committee Member of Acle Tennis Club

Finance, Resources, SEN, Personnel & Safeguarding

None

83%

Karen Wacey

Parent Governor

13/04/2015

12/04/2023

None

Teaching and Learning & Personnel

None

67%

Elizabeth Angel

Staff Governor

13/05/2021

12/05/2025

Staff

Curriculum

None

33%

Annette McMylor

Co-Opted Governor

13/04/2015

12/04/2023

Staff

Safeguarding, Curriculum, and Leadership & Management

None

83%

Craig Robertson

Co-Opted Governor

27/01/2017

25/01/2025

Staff

Curriculum

None

83%

Lauren Gardiner

Co-Opted Governor

13/05/2021

12/05/2025

Director & Manager of Alternative Provision in Norwich

Community

None

100%

Anthony O' Connor

Co-Opted Governor

13/04/2015

12/04/2023

Staff

Community

None

83%

Carla Brightman

Co-Opted Governor

18/09/2015

17/09/2023

None

Community

None

33%

Kathryn Poll

Former Co-Opted Governor

18/09/2015

08/11/2021

None

N/A

None

100%

Bradley Young

Headteacher

01/09/2021

N/A

None

Headteacher

Academy Advisory Committee ENSFC

100%

Dean Crosbie

Co-Opted Governor

01/03/2022

28/02/2026

None

Community

Head of A-Levels & Academic Progress 

Paston College

100%