The Governing Body at Ercall Wood is made up of volunteers from different walks of life who represent different stakeholders of the school such as parents, staff and community members. We meet regularly both as a whole group and through smaller committees which are responsible for specific areas of governance. In July each year we meet specifically to review our own performance and impact over the previous twelve months. The outcome of the self review forms the basis of our report to you, considering our actions, our impact on the school and how our governance meets the requirements of Ofsted guidance. We visit school regularly to meet staff and pupils.
In February 2015 we reconstituted our governing body which was a requirement of recent legislation. In order to ensure that the governing body was fit for purpose, governors completed a skills audit so that any gaps in skills and knowledge could be identified and addressed. A working party met to look at the results of the audit and to consider whether the governing body needed to change its membership. One conclusion was that the membership could be reduced from 18 to 15 members. It was identified that the governing body did not have any industry links represented. As a result we have appointed a partnership governor form Fujitsu, with whom we have a Business Link Partnership.
The full governing body has met termly to consider business items, to meet statutory duties and to approve priorities. This year this has included meeting the needs of students with medical conditions and new requirements for students with special educational needs. At these meetings we have also considered progress against Ofsted action points, challenging senior leaders where needed to ensure that progress is sufficient and momentum maintained. We have also challenged actions taken as a result of the fall in GCSE results in 2014.
We have also received and discussed the school’s own self-evaluation for key priorities which this year has been completely reviewed. This ensures that in conjunction with the Headteacher, we steer the strategic direction of the school, maintaining clarity of vision and ethos. A key priority for governors is safeguarding of students and staff. Several governors have undertaken child protection training to develop their own skills and understanding and we continue to have governors who have safer recruitment training involved in recruitment of new staff. This year, training has also been undertaken for FGM and preventing extremism and radicalisation in line with the government’s PREVENT strategy. Through the full governing body a panel of governors is appointed for the performance management of the Headteacher.
Three committees currently meet regularly. They are:
Finance, Buildings and Personnel Committee
This committee has responsibility for the budget, buildings/health and safety and personnel matters including pay. Regular monitoring of the budget ensures solvency and robust discussions around financial decisions ensure that best value is achieved and that the funds delegated to the school are managed with probity. Allocation of Pupil Premium funds is considered. Any expenditure over £5,000 must be approved by this committee. Pay decisions are linked to the appropriate pay guidance for different groups of staff.
|Category of Governor||Name||Term of Office End date|
|Partnership||Mr K Wagstaffe (Chair)||31/08/2018|
|Mr J Ferrington||31/08/2018|
|Mrs K Macpherson||03/03/2017|
|Mr P M Teague||06/07/2017|
|Co-opted||Mrs J Mills||26/02/2019|
|Mr S Whitehouse (Vice Chair)||26/02/2019|
|Mr P D Gregory||26/02/2019|
|Headteacher||Mr C Davis|
|Parent||Ms S J Beswick||07/05/2016|
|Mrs R Ali||25/01/2016|
|Mrs A Fordham Barnes||19/05/2019|
|Mr T J Wills||19/05/2019|
|LA||Mr R Haseley||30/09/2017|
Business and Finance
Learning and Teaching
Discipline and Complaints
Partnership and co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body. Parent governors are appointed by election with all parents and carers invited to vote. Similarly, staff governors are elected by staff. The headteacher is a governor by virtue of his office. The LA governor is appointed by the LA.
All governors can be contacted via the Clerk to Governors, Mrs R Moore, via the school.