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The Trust Board

School Board

Local Governance is undertaken by local people with elected parents and staff on each School Board. A key principle that drives The Pioneer Academy, is that each school will be as autonomous as the quality of education it provides dictates. The key role of the School Board is the ongoing monitoring at individual school level to ensure the key performance indicators are achieve.

The School Boards have a minimum of 10 members. The Chair and majority of these governors (six in total per school) will be appointed by the Trust Board to ensure sufficient oversight and control of the strategic direction of the school from the sponsoring trust, The Pioneer Academy. The remaining governors will include:

  • Two elected parent governors
  • Two elected staff governors (one teaching, and one non-teaching)
  • The Head Teacher

Core Functions

The School Board has four core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the School Development Plan (SDP) and reviewing the annual Self-Evaluation Report (SEF)

The School Board members are carefully selected, using the National Governance Association skills audit and skills matrix.  As a member of the School Board, local governors would be expected to take on a specific responsibility for one of 9 special interest areas detailed below.

 

1.            SEND/Disadvantaged (including Pupil Premium)

2.            Finance/Premises

3.            Safeguarding/Health and Safety

4.            Curriculum

5.            Attainment & Progress

6.            Teaching Standards

7.            Staffing

8.            Parents, Children and Community

9.            Attendance & Behaviour

Each special interest role will be allocated in line with the School Board Governor’s individual skillset and will also undergo bespoke training via The Pioneer Academy’s Training and Development Programme, which is aligned to the DfE’s Governance Handbook and Competency Framework for Governance –

   

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/governance-handbook

What do the Governors do?

School Board Governors are very important in making sure that the school is fulfilling its purpose in providing an effective education for the children. The main aspect of the role is to be a “critical friend.” This is a bit of “governor speak” but describes the responsibility in that we are there to sense, check and monitor. A School Board Governor’s job is to focus on those aspects that indicate the performance of the school, and also take a strategic view of where we want the school to get to. It is not focused on day-to-day running of the operational side or day-to-day issues. The School Board Governors do not intervene in the professional responsibilities of teachers, but they do agree policies which, when put into practice by the teaching staff, determine what is taught to children. These policies are available on the website or from the school office.

The School Board meets at least once a term. Standing items on all School Board meeting agendas will be SEND, safeguarding, pupil progress (including of pupils with EAL, SEND, LAC and FSM), finance, health and safety as well as school culture.  Minutes of these meetings are displayed on a notice board by the school office.

The Pioneer Academy seeks to develop the role of School Board Governors to provide robust support and challenge, judging the impact of school leaders and all staff through the outcomes for pupils.

The School Board Governors work to these key principles:

  • To provide challenge and support to the Head Teacher and staff of the school to raise standards and keep pupils safe
  • To champion high achievement for all pupils, with a particular focus on the ‘Corporate Parenting’ role held by all governors
  • To monitor all aspects of the school performance, with probity and integrity
  • To ensure they are trained to understand data and performance to give them insight into the progress the school is making
  • To bring and discuss the views and perspectives of pupils, parents, carers and the community
  • To take an active role in the committee structures, deploying key skills effectively to the benefit of the school and The Pioneer Academy
  • To ensure proper practices and legal duties are discharged within the remit of the law and national guidance
  • To seek to optimise value for money services within the school and across the Trust schools

How are Governors Elected?

The Chair and majority of these governors (six in total per school) will be appointed by the Trust Board to ensure sufficient oversight and control of the strategic direction of the school from the sponsoring Trust, The Pioneer Academy. The two staff governors are elected by and from the staff at the school. They serve for four years. The two parent governors are elected by the parents of all pupils at the school and must be the parent of a child at the school at the time of their election. If their child leaves the school before the end of their 4-year term of office, they do not have to stand down. When there is a vacancy for a parent governor, all parents will be notified, invited to nominate candidates, provided with information about the candidates and be issued with a ballot form.

The Scheme of Delegation

South Norwood Board of Governors

Who are we?

Ruth Shanks - "I am a parent governor with one child as the school, my background is in HR and Payroll within Financial Services. I became a governor as I believe that when parents and schools collaborate, it can serve to achieve the best possible outsome for students".    

Lizzie Parkes - "I have spent more than 20 years in education and schools, starting my career in  teaching and now working with a large number schools to support their tracking and analysis of pupil- and school-level data". 

Lisa Hodson - I am new to the role of Governor but have over 10 years’ experience working in primary schools and children centres.  I wish to use my knowledge and skills to give back to the community in which I live, to enable children to have the best start in life.   School governance is vital to ensure a school has an impartial view on its direction and challenge leadership to enable the school to thrive and deliver excellent outcomes for children.  I hope I am able to be part of the school’s journey in achieving outstanding results in the years to come.” 

Gail Clarke - "I have just recently become a Governor at South Norwood Primary. I grew up in Croydon, lived in South Norwood for many years and my own children went to school locally. I have worked in education for nearly 18 years. My background includes Mentoring and Nurture, working closely with both children and families. I am Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead at Broadmead Primary School, The Pioneer Academy."

The Chair of the Academy Governing Body at South Norwood is Ms Ruth Shanks. 
The Clerk to the Governing Body, Miss Angie FIsher, can be contacted on 0208654 2983 or via email at afisher@southnorwood.croydon.sch.uk

Governors Register 2018/19 

Name

Date of appointment

Date of resignations

Term of office

Appointed As

Role

Business and Pecuniary Interests

Meetings Attended 2018-19)

Lee Mason Ellis

24/9/18

n/a

Ex officio

Ex officio

Executive Head

CEO of The Pioneer Academy

1 of 4

Melody Berthoud

24/9/18

n/a

Ex officio

Ex officio

Head of School

CEO of The Pioneer Academy

1 of 4

Ruth Shanks

24/9/18

n/a

4 years

Parent Governor  and Chair

Finance, Premises & Health & Safety

 

Staffing

None

1 of 4

Lizzie Parks

24/9/18

n/a

4 years

 

SEND

 

Teaching Standards

None

1 of 4

Lisa Hodson

24/9/18

n/a

4 years

 

Safeguarding and Health & Safety

 

Attainment & Progress

None

1 of 4

Gail Clarke

24/9/18

n/a

4 years

 

Safeguarding and Health & Safety

 

Gail Clarke

None

1 of 4

Robert Atkinson

24/9/18

n/a

4 years

Parent Governor

Curriculum

None

1 of 4

Joy Omotode

24/9/18

n/a

4 years

Staff Governor

Attendance & Behaviour

Class Teacher

1 of 4

Sarah-Kay Fizul

24/9/18

n/a

4 years

Staff Governor

Attendance & Behaviour

Class Teacher

1 of 4

Date of School Board Meetings

September 24th 2018

January 22nd 2019

May 23rd 2019

July 15th 2019

This is well thought out and carefully developed. Further details regarding the scheme of delegation and other key governance documents may be found on The Pioneer Academy Web Site:

https://thepioneeracademy.co.uk/bexley/primary/pioneeracademy

 

Governance

Members

Trust Board

Regional Board

School Boards

Executive Central Team

Head Teacher

To review and amend

The Articles of Association

 

To change the name of the Academy Trust

 

To receive an annual report from the Trustees and the CEO on the Academy Trust’s performance

 

To appoint Trustees

 

To determine the educational character, mission and ethos of the Academy Trust

 

 

 

 

 

To provide Trust overview, scrutiny and challenge of academy education, financial performance and risk management

 

To review and amend

  • The terms of reference for the Trust Board
  • The Constitution and Terms of Reference of Regional Boards and their sub committees
  • The Constitution and Terms of Reference of the School Boards
  • These roles and functions

 

To determine effective communication systems.

 

To determine the Board’s Reserved Matters.

 

To ensure the educational character, mission and ethos of the Academy Trust

 

To appoint a Trust Company Secretary

 

To appoint a Clerk to the Trustees

 

To review and approve the policies of the Academy Trust

 

Oversight and evaluation of the Strategic Plan

 

Determine statutory policies in accordance with Scheme of Delegation

 

To set the times of Academy sessions and the dates of Trust terms and holidays and INSET days

To provide Regional overview, scrutiny and challenge of academy education, financial performance and risk management

 

To support Regional and local contacts and communication with:

  • Chairs of School Board
  • Head Teachers

 

To ensure there is effective communication between the Trustees and the School Boards

 

To support the Chairs on the leadership of their respective School Boards

 

To consult with the School Boards on any governance proposals

 

Review and evaluate the schools Strategic Plan

 

Review and evaluate the SEF

 

To monitor the impact of the pupil premium in the Region

 

 

To champion the Trust mantra and principles in the schools and to ensure the wellbeing of all pupils

 

To ensure that the school has a medium to long-term vision for its future and that there is a robust strategy in place for achieving its vision

 

To recommend appointment(and to remove) from its number: Chair, Vice Chair and School Board Governors with specific responsibilities

 

To review and amend the school determined policies (in line with any Academy Trust prescribed policy)

 

To implement a means whereby the Academy can receive and react to pupil, parent and staff feedback

 

To establish and maintain a relationship with members of the local community

 

Monitor and evaluate the schools Strategic Plan

 

Monitor and evaluate the SEF

 

To monitor the impact of the pupil premium in the school

 

To ensure effective arrangements are in place for pupil support and representation at the School Councils

To attend meetings of the Regional Board to provide reports where necessary

 

To secure professional advice on behalf of the Trustees as maybe requested

 

To support Trustees and Schools in the preparation of Trust-wide and School specific policy requirements

 

Oversight and evaluation of the Strategic Plan

 

To implement and embed the educational character, mantra and principles in line with the Trust

 

To attend meetings of the School Board and to provide a Head Teacher’s report

 

To tailor Trust-wide policies to Schools as recommended by the Executive Team through the Head Teacher Board.

 

Prepare and monitor the School Development Plan

 

To ensure effective deployment of the Pupil Premium and to monitor its impact

 

Oversight and evaluation of the Strategic Plan