Governors

 

The Governors and Senior Leadership Team believe that our pupils are at the heart of our strategy for the school. We aim to ensure they receive the best education we can provide in a safe and welcoming environment in order to prepare them for their future.

 

Our Vision

The governors, staff and parents at The William Amory share a common goal – together we aim:

  • Towards ensuring that every child in our care can reach their full potential;

  • Towards giving the children the courage to challenge themselves and be confident in who they are.

  • Towards excellence – whether that be in the classroom, on the stage, the sports field or in a career not yet thought of.

We achieve this through partnerships between children, parents, carers, staff, governors and the wider community.

 

Strategic Goals

 

Our Strategy comes from this vision.

 

Development: We strive to get every child to their highest levels of personal achievement by providing opportunities for them to explore and develop skills and aspirations.

Be aware of community-wide changes and be mindful of the potential outcomes of these for our pupils.

 

Curriculum: We wish to encourage a desire to learn the drive to succeed in all our children by providing a broad and balanced curriculum.

Ensure that life skills are part of their experience so that they are best prepared to face their future.

 

Wellbeing: We aim to foster and maintain a caring and rich learning environment where children can make mistakes in order to learn from these, to develop resilience and independence on their journey through school.

Resources: We oversee and implement strong financial control to ensure the school teaching and environment reflect the very best of standards we can achieve.

 

School Governors acting as a “Critical friend” are one of the most effective ways of ensuring that a school strives to exceed it’s best. Our governors do more than take part in regular meetings. The are in school helping out and providing challenge and question where it is needed.

This is done through detailed and timetabled activity, designed to focus on the School Development Plan and working in conjunction with it. At present our members are:

  • Mrs Burton (Chair and member since formation of school. Co-opted. Has no pecuniary interests related to the school);

  • Mrs Rowe (Vice Chair and member since formation of school. Co-opted. Compass Group providing cleaning and catering services for the school);

  • Miss Baskeyfield (staff member and member since formation of school);

  • Mr Wilken (staff member and member since May 2011);

  • Mr Grattage (Co-Opted Governor and member since October 2015. Has no pecuniary interests related to the school);

  • Mr Henshaw, (Parent governor from November 2019. Has no pecuniary interests related to the school);

  • Mr Needham (Parent Governor and member since March 2017. Has no pecuniary interests related to the school);

  • Miss Tomkinson (Parent governor from November 2019. Has no pecuniary interests related to the school).

  • Mrs Fryer (Co-Opted Governor and member since May 2019. Previous teacher and volunteers in school with small groups).

The governor committees are (chairperson in bold):

  •  Teaching and Learning & – 2 nd half of term  (RN, GB, SB, JR, BW, LG, MH)

  • Leadership, Management & Policy – 1 st half of term (MF, GB, SB, JR, ET, BW, LG, RN)

  • Finance, Premises and H&S – meeting termly (JR, SB, GB, BW, LG, MH, ET)

  • Nursery  – meeting termly (GB, BW, JR, RN, LG, SB)

  • Staffing including Pay – meeting twice a year or more (GB, JR, ET,  – appeals panel  LG, RN, MH)

Governor Attendance (on full governing body meetings and appointed committee meetings)

Autumn 2019

  • Mrs Burton 100%

  • Mrs Rowe 100%

  • Miss Baskeyfield 100%

  • Mr Wilken 100%

  • Mr Grattage 100%

  • Mr Needham

  • Mrs Fryer – newly appointed – 100%

Spring 2020

  • Mrs Burton 100%

  • Mrs Rowe 66%

  • Miss Baskeyfield 100%

  • Mr Wilken 100%

  • Mr Grattage 100%

  • Mr Henshaw 100%

  • Mr Needham 100%

  • Miss Tomkinson 100%

  • Mrs Fryer 100%

Summer 2020

  • Mrs Burton 100%

  • Mrs Rowe 100%

  • Miss Baskeyfield 100%

  • Mr Wilken 100%

  • Mr Grattage 100%

  • Mr Henshaw 100%

  • Mr Needham 100%

  • Miss Tomkinson 100%

  • Mrs Fryer 100%

Autumn 2020

  • Mrs Burton 100%

  • Mrs Rowe 50%

  • Miss Baskeyfield 100%

  • Mr Wilken 100%

  • Mr Grattage 100%

  • Mr Henshaw 100%

  • Mr Needham 100%

  • Miss Tomkinson 100%

  • Mrs Fryer 100%

Spring 2021

  • Mrs Burton 100%

  • Mrs Rowe 100%

  • Miss Baskeyfield 100%

  • Mr Wilken 100%

  • Mr Grattage 100%

  • Mr Henshaw 100%

  • Mr Needham 100%

  • Miss Tomkinson 50%

  • Mrs Fryer 100%

Governors can be contacted via the school office or directly:

gburton@williamamory.staffs.sch.uk
jrowe@williamamory.staffs.sch.uk
rneedham@williamamory.staffs.sch.uk
Lgrattage@williamamory.staffs.sch.uk
mfryer@williamamory.staffs.sch.uk
sbaskeyfield@williamamory.staffs.sch.uk
headteacher@williamamory.staffs.sch.uk
etomkinson@williamamory.staffs.sch.uk
mhenshaw@williamamory.staffs.sch.uk

 

The following roles are:

  • Data Governor incl PP and SP – Mr Grattage

  • Child Protection & Safeguarding incl LAC (Prevent, Online Safety) – Mrs Tomkinson

  • Chairperson – Mrs Burton

  • Vice Chair – Mrs Rowe

  • English Governor – Mrs Rowe

  • Maths Governor – Mr Henshaw

  • Science and Technology Governor – Mr Needham

  • Special Educational Needs (SEND) Governor – Mrs Fryer

  • Looked After Children Governor – Mrs Rowe

  • EYFS Governor – Mrs Burton

  • Foundation Subjects Governor - Miss S Baskeyfield

  • Training and Development Governor - Mr B Wilken

  • Health and Safety Governor - Mr Henshaw

Governor Impacts

Governor impacts during covid are listed below. 

Summer 2020

During Covid the governors have reviewed the practices of the school to ensure that best practice is being carried out and that the welfare of the children is paramount in the minds of the leadership and staff of the school. The governors are satisfied that the school is providing its very best endeavours towards these.

Autumn 2020

The governors have continued to monitor practice in the school remotely to ensure that best practice continues to be in place to ensure the wellbeing and safety of the children. The governors have agreed that a school that remains open will be best placed to provide for children and our support of the staff when considering that correct course has so far helped ensure that The William Amory has remained open to all pupils with no class closures.

Autumn 2020 - Leadership and Management

As a consequence of this committee, the school has a strong vision to guide it. The production of a set of values and visions will help with leadership’s journey towards continued raising of standards for its children better education.

In addition, the production of a clear action plan for the next 12 months will ensure that governors have a much clearer picture of the school’s recovery programme.

Finally, the skills audit and corresponding identification of training requirements has placed the governing body in a stronger position to increase effectiveness.

Please see new format of Governor impacts below.

Governor Actions 2020/2021

 

Spring20/21 Activity and Impact Statements

Another extremely disrupted term and, for the safety of all, meetings held virtually.

Nursery

Activity

  • Catch up of where the nursery is and it's covid security arrangements.

  • Attendance looked at 

  • Staffing update

  • Finance update

Impact of Activity

  • Governors aware of procedures to keep children as safe as possible

  • Governors aware of need to increase local profile

  • Governors have oversight of the nursery budget and can see that, covid aside, it remains sustainable for the future.

Full Governors & Catch Up

Activity

  • Catch up of where the school is and it's covid security arrangements.

  • Information enquiry including safeguarding, harrassment, exclusions and attendance

  • Teaching and learning plan for Autumn and beyond

  • Leadership and management report including staff welfare 

  • Premises update

  • Finance update

Impact of Activity

  • Governors aware of procedures to keep children as safe as possible

  • Governors aware teaching and learning plan

 

SEND Governor/DSL meeting

Activity

  • Reviewed SEND practice.

Impact of Activity

  • Governors understand procedures.

  • Governors greater awareness of numbers and percentages of vulnerable children.

Extraordinary Governors

Activity

  • Reviewed finance options.

Impact of Activity

  • Governors approved strategies proposed by the headteacher.

Autumn 20/21 Activity and Impact Statements

Leadership and Management & Catch Up

Activity

  • Catch up of where the school is and it's covid security arrangements.

  • Skills Audit

  • Teaching and learning plan for Autumn and beyond

  • Leadership and management report including staff welfare 

  • School Development scrutiny

  • Values, ethos and goals reviewed

Impact of Activity

  • Governors established clear and substantive vision for school for next 5 years

  • Thanks to all staff for their committment to teaching in these times

Nursery

Activity

  • Catch up of where the nursery is and it's covid security arrangements.

  • Attendance looked at 

  • Staffing update

  • Finance update

Impact of Activity

  • Governors aware of procedures to keep children as safe as possible

  • Governors aware of need to increase local profile

 

Catch up Governors

Activity

  • Catch up of where the school is and it's covid security arrangements.

  • Information enquiry including safeguarding, harrassment, exclusions and attendance

  • Teaching and learning plan for Autumn and beyond

  • Leadership and management report including staff welfare 

  • Premises update

  • Finance update

Impact of Activity

  • Governors aware of procedures to keep children as safe as possible

  • Governors aware teaching and learning plan

Staffing Governors

Activity

  • Examined progress against School Development Plan

Impact of Activity

  • Governors agreed that the pandemic had made much of the last year's SDP redundant.

  • Governors approved HT performance.

Safeguarding Governor/DSL meeting

Activity

  • Reviewed safguarding practice.

  • Reviewed single redacted case study

  • Reviewed CIN, CP LAC and other vulnerable groups.

Impact of Activity

  • Governors understand procedures.

  • Governors greater awareness of numbers and percentages of vulnerable children.

  • Governors seen practice.

 

Governor Actions 2019/2020

Summer 19/20 Activity and Impact Statements

Clearly all committees were cancelled during this time, partly as a precaution and principally as the school was under considerable turmoil during the term – particularly the last half of Spring and first half of Summer.

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Committee

Extra Ordinary Report

24th & 30th March 2020

Activity

  • Reviewed progress of school actions during lockdown.

  • Considered Health and Safety in discussions.

  • Examined staffing and both in terms of risk and planning.

  • Examined provision of remote learning.

  • Examined safeguarding.

Impact of Activity

  • Governors have understood the steps that the leadership is making to ensure that the health and safety of staff and pupils on site is maximized.

  • Governors understood the provision of online learning and understand that it is having a positive reaction from parents.

  • Governors are satisfied that leadership has robust measures in place to ensure the safety despite a disappointing lack of advice or guidance from either SCC H&S or DfE.

  • Governors have ensured that leadership is monitoring children who might possibly be at risk.

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Committee

Extra Ordinary Report

19th & 21st May 2020

Activity

  • Reviewed progress of school actions during lockdown including selection criteria and ‘bubble’ organisation

  • Reviewed actions of leadership to ensure the wellbeing of staff and pupils on site.

  • Examined remote learning provision.

  • Examined Safeguarding.

  • Budget reviewed.

Impact of Activity

  • Governors are satisfied that the leadership is complying to both the spirit and the letter of the governments partial reopening of schools.

  • Governors are satisfied that robust measures are in place to keep staff and children safe.

  • Governors are satisfied with the provision for remote learning to ensure it continues for those outside school.

  • Leadership is monitoring children at risk and governors are satisfied that they are being encouraged to attend school.

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Committee

Full Gov’s Meeting

3rd July 2020

Activity

  • Reviewed progress of school actions during lockdown.

  • Examined balance of in school education and remote learning.

  • Agreed to extend “Sanity Sessions”

Impact of Activity

  • Governors are satisfied that the school has provided effective learning within school and remotely.

  • Governors are satisfied that leadership has paid all due diligence with regard to safety of staff, pupils and those in remote settings.

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