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Governors

Latest from the Governing Body

The governing body was delighted to welcome Mr White to the school as acting Head Teacher in November and we are pleased that he is continuing to support the school in the absence of the substantive headteacher. We’re grateful to all the parents/carers who responded to Mr White’s survey just before Christmas as it has provided some incredibly useful feedback. The introduction of Yammer has helped to better connect all in the school community, including governors, and we’ve been delighted to see the updates from staff on reading, RE, trips, extra-curricular activities and other things that the staff and children have been involved in over the last few weeks. Membership of the governing body has changed over the last few months with several long serving governors moving on.  We thank them for their service and commitment to the school. You can see the current membership of the governing body below and we will keep this updated as vacancies are filled and any other changes occur.

About the Governing Body

Woodborough Woods is a voluntary aided foundation school, within the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham, which ensures that the religious character of the school is maintained. The school is funded through the Local Authority, although the governing body must pay at least 10% of the costs of any capital work.

The governing body is the school’s legally accountable body and, in the case of a voluntary aided school, is the admissions authority and employer of the staff. The governing body has three key functions: 

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • holding school leaders to account for the educational performance of pupils as well as the effective and efficient performance management of staff;
  • and overseeing the financial performance of the school(s) and making sure that its money is well spent.

The Wood’s governing body is constituted as follows:

 

Term

Committee membership

From

To

Pupils & Strategic Development

Personnel, Finance & General Purposes

Foundation governors*

Dennis, Samantha

28.04.22

27.04.26

 

 

Foster, Linda (Chair) 

12.01.21

11.01.25

YES (Chair)

YES

Giles, Anthony (Ex-officio) – absent

08.12.06

-

 

 

Hill, Annie

19.09.20

18.09.24

YES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vacancy

-

-

 

 

Vacancy

-

-

 

 

Vacancy

-

-

 

 

Co-opted governors

White, Deborah

12.01.21

11.01.25

 

YES

Vacancy

-

-

 

 

Local authority governors

Bathgate, Diane (Co-Vice Chair)

18.03.22

17.03.26

 

 YES

Parent governors

Hollier, Lee

12.10.21

11.10.25

 

YES

Painton, Damian (Co-Vice Chair)

23.07.21

22.07.25

YES

YES (Chair)

Staff governors

Vacancy

-

-

 

 

Ex-officio governors (members by virtue of their role in the school)

 

 

 

 

 

Associate Governors

Aske, Mark

23.03.22

22.03.24

 YES

*In line with all voluntary aided foundation schools, the governors appointed by the foundation must outnumber all the other governors.

All governors are required to declare any and all pecuniary and business interests. The most up to date register is available here.

Governors also undertake a range of ‘link’ responsibilities, working closely with school staff who lead those areas.

The latest governing body financial statement (for 2021/2022) is here.

Committees and Meetings

The governing body operates two main committees; membership (including the chair) is indicated above. There is a scheduled meeting of each committee and a meeting of the full governing body every term. Occasionally, extraordinary meetings of a committee or the full governing body will be called. The scheduled meeting dates for the current academic year are as follows:

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Pupils & Strategic Development (PSD) committee

12.10.21

08.03.22

09.06.22

Personnel, Finance & General Purposes (PF&GP) committee

02.11.21^

15.03.22

17.05.22

Full Governing Body

16.11.21

23.03.22

20.07.22

^postponed and took place 15.12.21

There are also some additional committees, for Admissions and Pay, that meet as required.

Approved minutes from all governing body meetings (including committees) are available on request via the school office. Please note that, because minutes are approved at the next meeting of that committee or of the full governing body, they are usually available the term after the meeting has taken place.

A summary of governor attendance to meetings for the current academic year is available here.

Contacting the Governing Body (including the Chair of Governors)

The governing body is always keen to hear from families or members of the local community. You can write to the governing body via the school office. However, it is important that, if you have a concern about the school, you seek to address this first with a member of staff or the Head Teacher in line with the school’s complaints policy (which is available on the policies page here).

With covid-19 restrictions, opportunities for the community to meet with members of the governing body have been limited. However, we hope that as restrictions ease, Governors will once again be present at some school events.