Playing a part...


Our Governing Body. Playing a part - Making a difference.

Making a difference...

" One thing that is different about our school is how involved our governors are. They are always in helping with big events but also come in during school time to help teachers with 1:1 reading and interventions. They really are a part of our team. "

Staff opinion

As a community school Worple has a governing body made up of parents, staff and local community representatives. The governors help steer the school’s direction, set goals and policies, oversee spending, make senior staff appointments, support and promote Worple and provide the challenge required to constantly improve the quality of teaching and learning.

As a Worple governor you work closely with the Headteacher and senior leadership team. Although you are not involved in the day-to-day running of the school, it is an excellent opportunity to make a positive impact on the outcomes for all the children at Worple.

As a governor you need to get to know your school well and to be aware of its strengths and areas for development. You will be required to attend meetings to contribute to the school's development plan as well as monitoring such vital elements as the budget, the impact of teaching and the progress and attainment of all the children across the school.

You are able to help construct the school ethos, suggests ways of improving the school and its relationships with wider community and to explain policies and procedures to other parents.

The full Governing Body meets once a term, but we also have sub-committees that meet regularly. Governors in specific monitoring roles will also visit the school throughout the year.

All Governors sit on at least one of three sub-committees - Finance, Curriculum or the Buildings, Behaviour, Health & Safety committee. The Local Authority's Governing Bodies Support Section offers training for governors too.

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Who are Worple’s Governors?

Governor Information and Duties

We are required to publish information about each governor’s business interests, financial interests and governance roles in other schools.

 Parent Governors
  Duties Interests Other Schools
Paul Needham Finance, Pay & Personnel Committee,
Buildings, Behaviour & Safety Committee.
Software Developer/Business Analyst n/a
Caroline Thompson Co-chair of Governors,
Early Years Governor,
Safeguarding Governor,
Curriculum Committee.
Owner of Mini Me's Pre-school for 2-5 year olds n/a
 Headteacher & Staff Governor
  Duties Interests Other Schools
Mrs Nicola Fosker Child Protection Lead,
Finance, Pay & Personnel Committee,
Buildings, Behaviour & Safety Committee.
Headteacher n/a
Alice McArdle Staff Governor,
Curriculum Committee.
n/a n/a
 LA Governor
  Duties Interests Other Schools
Camela Gurprashad Stevenson Link Governor,
Finance, Pay & Personnel Committee,
Buildings, Behaviour & Safety Committee.
n/a n/a
 Co-opted Governors
  Duties Interests Other Schools
Sue Carleton Key Stage 1 Governor,
Curriculum Committee,
Headteacher's Pay & Performance Panel.
Retired Headteacher n/a
Rev Richard Frank Deputy Child Protection Governor,
Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Governor,
Curriculum Committee.
Church of England Vicar
(All Souls, Northcote Road)
The Blue School, Isleworth
Ed Mann Key Stage 2 Governor,
Curriculum Committee
Teacher n/a
Stu Fyles Co-chair of Governors,
Finance, Pay & Personnel Committee,
Buildings, Behaviour & Safety Committee.
Software engineer n/a
Yvette Meyers Finance, Pay & Personnel Committee. HR contractor n/a
Cordie Wingrove Health & Safety Governor,
Finance, Pay & Personnel Committee,
Buildings, Behaviour & Safety Committee.
Headteacher’s Pay & Performance Panel
Company Secretary
(Texfield Services Ltd)
n/a

Meeting Attendance:

Full Governing Body attendance

Future meetings

  • Autumn: 13th December 2017
EGM 23rd May 2017 - Headteacher Ratification
Governors present Rob Kemp (Chair), Stu Fyles, Sue Carleton, Rev. Richard Frank, Paul Needham, Caroline Thompson, Cordie Wingrove.
Also present Yvette Mayers (HR capacity)
Apologies Camela Gurprashad Stevenson
Absent  
12th July 2017
Governors present Rob Kemp (chair), Donna O'Connor (HT), Sue Carleton, Rev. Richard Frank, Stu Fyles, Carmela Gurprashad Stevenson, Hannah Joy, Paul Needham, Caroline Thompson, Cordie Wingrove.
Also present Becky Millward (AHT), Jill Sanders (correspondent).
Apologies Ed Mann, Yvette Mayers.
Absent  
22nd March 2017
Governors present Rob Kemp (chair), Donna O'Connor (HT), Sue Carleton, Rev. Richard Frank, Stu Fyles, Carmela Gurprashad Stevenson, Hannah Joy, Paul Needham, Cordie Wingrove.
Also present Luke Redman (AHT), Becky Millward (AHT), Jill Sanders (correspondent).
Apologies Laureen O'Brien, Yvette Mayers, Ed Mann, Caroline Thompson.
Absent  
7th December 2016
Governors present Rob Kemp (Chair), Donna O'Connor (HT), Samia Ahmad, Sue Carleton, Rev. Richard Frank, Stu Fyles, Hannah Joy; Ed Mann, Yvette Mayers, Becky Millward, Camela Stevenson, Caroline Thompson, Cordie Wingrove, Paul Needham.
Also present Luke Redman (DHT), Jill Sanders (correspondent).
Apologies Laureen O'Brien.
Absent  
5th July 2016
Governors present Rob Kemp (Chair), Donna O'Connor (Headteacher), Sue Carleton, Stu Fyles, Elizabeth Knight, Paul Needham, Laureen O'Brien, Camela Guprashed Stevenson.
Also present Luke Redman, Jill Sanders (clerk)
Apologies Cordie Wingrove, Richard Franks, Caroline Thompson, Samia Ahmad.
Absent Ed Mann.
EGM 20th April 2016 - Staff Restructre Ratification
Governors present Rob Kemp (Chair), Donna O'Connor (Headteacher), Sue Carleton, Richard Frank, Stuart Fyles, Paul Needham, Cordie Wingrove
Also present Jill Sanders (Correspondent)
Apologies Samia Ahmad, Ramez Hamade, Elisabeth Knight, Edward Mann, Laureen O'Brien, Caroline Thompson
Absent  
16th March 2016
Governors present Rob Kemp, Chair; Donna O'Conner, Headteacher; Richard Frank, Stu Fyles, Elizabeth Knight, Edward Mann, Paul Needham, Laureen O'Brien, Caroline Thompson, Cordie Wingrove, Samia Ahmed.
Apologies Camela Guprashed Stephenson, Sue Carleton, Ramez Hamade
Absent  
2nd December 2015
Governors present Rob Kemp (Chair), Liz Knight, Donna O'Connor (Acting Headteacher), Samia Ahmad, Sue Carleton, Stuart Fyles, Ramaz Hamade, Ed Mann, Laureen O'Brien, Caroline Thompson, Cordie Wingrove, Richard Frank, Paul Needham.
Also present Rebecca Millward (Observer - Acting AHT), Tony Pilmer (Correspondent), Luke Redman (Observer - Acting AHT), Camilla Stevenson (Observer - Potential LA Governor - items 1-6).
Apologies  
Absent  

Finance Committee attendance

Future meetings

  • Summer: TBA
  • Spring: TBA
24th November 2016
Governors present Donna O'Connor, Cordie Wingrove (chair), Rob Kemp, Camela Stevenson
Also present Luke Redman (DHT) as an observer.
Apologies Paul Needham, Stu Fyles.
Length of meeting 2¼ hours
16th November 2016
Governors present Donna O’Connor, Cordie Wingrove (chair), Rob Kemp, Paul Needham, Stu Fyles, Camela Stevenson
Also present John Bowden (school bursar) - 16.11.16
Apologies None
Length of meeting 2 hours
Budget - 9th June 2016
Governors present Cordie Wingrove (Chair), Donna O'Connor (Headteacher), Paul Needham, Rob kemp, Sue Carleton
Also present Jill Sanders, (Clerk)
Apologies Liz Knight, Stuart Fyles, Richard Frank
Length of meeting  
15th June 2016
Governors present Donna O'Connor, Cordie Wingrove (chair), Rob Kemp, Laureen O'Brien, Stu Fyles, Paul Needham (arrives at 1:30pm)
Also present  
Apologies Richard Frank
Length of meeting 2⅓ hours
25th May 2016
Governors present Donna O'Connor, Cordie Wingrove (chair), Richard Frank, Stu Fyles, Laureen O'Brien
Also present  
Apologies Rob Kemp, Paul Needham
Length of meeting 1¾ hours
2nd March 2016
Governors present Donna O'Connor, Cordie Wingrove (chair), Rob Kemp, Paul Needham
Also present  
Apologies Richard Frank, Laureen O'Brien, Samia Ahmed
Length of meeting 2 hours

Buildings, Behaviour, Health & Safety Committee attendance

Future meetings

  • Summer: June 28th 2017
  • Spring: March 15th 2017
16th November 2016
Governors present Chair: Rob Kemp (RK) (correspondent) Camela Stevenson (CS), Stu Fyles (SF), Cordie Wingrove (CW), Donna O'Connor (HT).
Also present Peter Lawler (Site Manager (SM) - attended for part of meeting).
Apologies Laureen O'Brien (LOB)
Length of meeting  
22nd June 2016
Governors present Chair: Ramez Hamade. also Rob Kemp (correspondent) Camela Guprashad Stevenson, Stu Fyles, Cordie Wingrove, Donna O'Connor (HT)
Also present Peter Lawler (Site Manager - attended for part of meeting)
Apologies Laureen O'Brien
Length of meeting  
9th March 2016
Governors present Stuart Fyles (chair). Ramez Hamade (correspondent) Donna O'Connor (HT), Camela Gurprashad Stevenson, Cordie Wingrove, Laureen O'Brien
Also present  
Apologies  
Length of meeting  
25th November 2015
Governors present Ramez Hamade (chair) Rob Kemp (correspondent) Donna O'Connor (HT). Stu Fyles, Cordie Wingrove
Also present  
Apologies  
Length of meeting  

Terms of Reference:

Terms of Reference - Full Governing Body

Rev Date Description
1 27/06/2016 Initial version

Membership

The governing body shall consist of:

  • Two parent governors
  • One LA governor
  • One staff governor
  • One headteacher
  • Eight co-opted governors.

The total number of governors is 13.

The term of office of all categories of governor is 4 years (with the exception of the headteacher, who is an ex officio governor.

Quorum

According to the School Governance (Roles Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013 - Part 4 meetings and proceedings of the governing body.

The quorum for a meeting of the governing body and any vote on any matter at such a meeting, is one half (rounded up to a whole number) of the membership of the governing body.

The membership of the governing body does not include vacant positions on the governing body.

Every question to be decided at a meeting of the governing body is to be determined by a majority of the votes of the governors present and voting on the questions.

Meetings

The governing body must hold at least three meetings in every school year. Other delegated committees will also hold at least one meeting per term.

Advice given by governors at this school is incidental to their professional expertise and is not being given in their professional capacity.

Terms

Conducting the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.

Ensuring that the school operates within statutory safeguarding regulations.

Approving appropriate targets for pupil achievement.

Monitoring the school development plan.

Monitoring and approving the school's budget.

Monitoring the curriculum to ensure it is balanced and broadly based, and in particular that the International Primary Curriculum is taught, and receiving curriculum assessments and examination results.

Responsibility for appointment of the head and assistant head teachers and regulating staff conduct and discipline.

Drawing up an action plan after a statutory inspection in co-operation with the LA.

Terms of Reference - Finance, Pay and Personnel Committee

Rev Date Description
2 25/05/2016 Reformatted after finance committee policy review
1 01/05/2014 Initial version

Purpose statement

To ensure that the school is a professional learning community with strategic plans in place to allow every pupil to develop as a learner and achieve the very best they can, within the school budget, and to ensure that decisions regarding finance, pay and personnel contribute to the achievement of the school's current priorities for development, and which are listed by the school development plan.

In particular, the committee will focus on:

  • To ensure Pupil Premium is applied to increase attainment and accelerate progress, particularly in mathematics.
  • Monitor the impact of sports premium.
  • Ensure performance related pay is robust and implemented effectively.

In relation to the above priorities, the committee will hold termly meetings to:

  • Monitor the impact of the school's financial and personnel decisions on pupil progress and attainment.
  • Receive and discuss a report from the head teacher on the quality of teaching in the school and monitor the impact of professional development on teaching staff, including appropriate evidence from appraisal and capability procedures.
  • Support and challenge the school's capacity to sustain improvement and monitor the impact of professional development on leadership staff.
  • Governors will ensure that meeting agendas address current school priorities and the progress towards success criteria, and that meeting minutes and governor visit reports record the level of challenge, key discussions held and identified action points.

Further terms of reference

Finance

To review and agree financial policies and procedures in accordance with school priorities and local and national changes, and to oversee their implementation.

To consider the school's ongoing school development plan and self-evaluation, as relating to financial matters, and to oversee the longer-term strategic planning of the school's finances.

To oversee budget setting, and to receive and discuss a report from the head teacher and bursar at each committee meeting on the school's income and expenditure, showing variances from the budget estimates.

To present a financial report to the governing body at least once a term (in the form of minutes from committee meetings) and to recommend the final budget for approval to the full governing body.

To review annually the best value statement and its focus, and to oversee the school's arrangements for obtaining quotations and tenders in accordance with the statement.

To ensure statutory audit procedures are carried out.

To authorise all write-offs and disposals of surplus stock and equipment above a value of £500.

To authorise all budget spend on single purchases above £5,000.

To authorise all movement of funds exceeding £5,000 from one budget heading to another.

To respond to financial consultations issued by the local authority on behalf of the governing body.

To agree the school's submission for Schools Financial Value Standard.

To monitor aspects of the school budget that are affected by the South Isleworth Children's Centre and ensure that there are no negative implications.

To make decisions in respect of service agreements and contracts.

To determine whether sufficient funds are available for pay increments.

Pay

To review and agree a whole school pay policy in accordance with school priorities and local and national changes, and to oversee its circulation and implementation.

To use delegated powers to consider and decide all matters concerning pay within the pay policy and to be accountable for those decisions.

To review the school's unit totals and group size for organisational and salary purposes in accordance with STPCD.

To ensure annual pay reviews are held for all staff, and that these are in line with the school's teacher appraisal and capability policy.

To make decisions on leadership pay on behalf of the whole governing body.

To report all decisions on pay to the governing body.

To ensure that detailed records are kept of all matters and minutes relating to pay and that these are stored securely to maintain confidentiality.

To monitor expenditure against the salaries budget.

To identify the criteria for progress up the pay spine and for withholding progress, and award of discretionary allowances (e.g. management allowances).

To provide each member of the teaching staff with a written statement confirming his/her salary with effect from 1st September each year and at any other time when a decision on pay is made in respect of a particular teacher.

Personnel

To review personnel matters relating to the school and to agree relevant personnel policy and procedures.

To ensure each member of staff has a clear job description and an annual appraisal.

To ensure that all staff have appropriate opportunities for professional development, in line with their personal goals and school priorities.

To ensure that the school complies with any changes in legislation concerning the workforce.

Quorum

A minimum of three committee members.

Terms of Reference - Buildings, Behaviour and Safety Committee

Rev Date Description
3 16/01/2017 Expands terms to include safeguarding remit
2 25/11/2015 Amendment to include punctuality
1 01/03/2012 Initial version

Terms

To maintain a strategic overview of behaviour and safety including:

  • children’s attitudes to learning and conduct in school
  • children’s behaviour and levels of respect for each other and adults, including freedom from all forms of bullying
  • teachers’ ability to manage behaviour and maintain expectations to ensure equal opportunities to learn in an atmosphere of respect and dignity
  • children’s own ability to assess and manage risk and keep themselves safe
  • the ability of the whole school to ensure systematic and consistent management of  behaviour.

To receive and discuss a termly behaviour overview and review the steps being taken to address any issues.

To receive and discuss a termly overview of attendance and punctuality, and review the steps being taken to address any issues.

To review safeguarding, safety and behaviour policies most relevant to current school priorities as outlined in the school development plan.

To monitor health, safety and safeguarding issues relating to site construction, ensuring that contractors have met the required vetting procedures.

To receive an annual safeguarding audit and ensure compliance with it.

To monitor the school’s duty as determined in the ‘Prevent’ guidance and documentation.

To monitor all aspects of children’s e-safety.

To monitor the needs of looked after children and the support that the school must provide.

To oversee arrangements for repairs and maintenance, taking into account the local authority’s asset management plan and the governing body’s liabilities.

To monitor the condition of the school’s premises and report to the local authority any issues within the asset management plan which are the local authority’s liability.

To make recommendations to the finance, pay and personnel committee on premises-related expenditure.

To oversee premises-related funding bids, in consultation with head teacher and the finance, pay and personnel committee.

To oversee arrangements, including health and safety, for the use of school premises by outside users, subject to governing body policy.

To prepare a summary of the school’s policies regarding security and any reviews or action taken to improve the security arrangements for staff and children.

To establish and keep under review a building development plan.

To carry out an annual health and safety review.

To establish and keep under review an accessibility plan.

To promote all reasonable efforts to ensure that school premises support healthy lifestyles.

Quorum

A minimum of three committee members.

Terms of Reference - Curriculum Committee

Rev Date Description
2 02/03/2016 Reviewed without change
1 10/12/2014 Initial version

Terms

To support the school's improvement priorities with particular reference to:

  • Accelerating progress and attainment.
  • Quality of teaching and learning.
  • Progress of specific, identified groups.

To monitor the effectiveness of the school's assessment and tracking systems and pupil achievement.

To observe and monitor evidence of the impact of interventions on pupils' progress.

To appoint governors to monitor and support teaching and learning in the Early Years, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.

To monitor and observe evidence of pupils' access to a wider curriculum.

To advise the governing body on priorities and changes in the composition and delivery of the National Curriculum and to ensure that the school complies with any such changes.

To review and agree curriculum related policies annually within the current Primary Curriculum framework.

Partners, Funding & Accreditation

We strive and collaborate in order to succeed and improve

...for our commitment to competition, school sport and PE...

...for children to develop good speech, language and communication skills.

"...to improve standards, raise achievement and enrich children's educational experiences."

A high level of participation and engagement in active travel across the whole school community.

Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund for their support in creating Worple’s new outdoor play equipment!

Thanks to the Rugby Football Union World Cup Legacy fund for their support in creating Worple’s new outdoor play equipment!