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 School’s Mission

A school where each child is encouraged to explore and expand their potential.

More about our school's vision, goals, success measures, strategy and values can be found on the "About Our School" page. These were formed in collaboration with the staff and governors of the school.

 

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);

  • Vacancy, (Parent governor);

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

  • 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, Vac, 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, Vac)

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 – Vac

  • 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 - Vac

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

Governor Attendance (on full governing body meetings and appointed committee meetings. Attendance based on membership of committees not total attendance).

Attendance

Previous attendance available on demand.

Summer 21/22

Mrs Burton %

Mrs Rowe %

Miss Baskeyfield -%

Mr Wilken %

Mr Grattage -%

Vac -%

Mr Needham -%

Miss Tomkinson %

Mrs Fryer -%

Summer 20/21

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 21/22

Mrs Burton 100%

Mrs Rowe 100%

Miss Baskeyfield -50%

Mr Wilken 100%

Mr Grattage -100%

Vac -%

Mr Needham -100%

Miss Tomkinson 100%

Mrs Fryer -100%

Spring 20/21

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 21/22

Mrs Burton 100%

Mrs Rowe 100%

Miss Baskeyfield -0%

Mr Wilken 100%

Mr Grattage -100%

Vac -%

Mr Needham -100%

Miss Tomkinson 100%

Mrs Fryer -100%

Autumn 20/21

Mrs Burton 100%

Mrs Rowe 33%

Miss Baskeyfield -0%

Mr Wilken 100%

Mr Grattage -100%

Mr Henshaw - 33%

Mr Needham -100%

Miss Tomkinson 100%

Mrs Fryer -100%

Governor Reflection & Impact of Activity

Summer 21/22

Governors...

Spring 21/22

Full Governors:

  • Reviewed strategic priorities

  • Reviewed the school development plan

  • Reviewed 7 key themes of leadership of the school

  • Reviewed the school community make up

Full Governors reflected on their involvement and are aware that they need to become more involved in the work of the school as Covid measures become less critical. Meetings including dates for Nominated/Link Governors are being set to ensure that Governors are holding the school to account.

 

Leadership and Management:

  • Reviewed the vision for the school

  • Reviewed progress against the school development plan

  • Reviewed School monitoring and Scrutiny

  • Reviewed School staff meeting agendas

  • Reviewed roles of staff

  • Reviewed CPD

The Leadership and Management committee has now reinstituted itself as a distinct committee from this time on as we believe it is now appropriate to examine the school development and progress of the school in more discrete manner.

The governors have included Leadership and Management overview within other committees over the last 12 months as it has been important to see the school as a whole entity during this challenging year. The impact of governors with regard to the leadership, management and vision of the school have been identified in those committees and minutes.

Governor reviewed Safeguarding with DSL

Governor review of SEND with SENCO delayed as result of Covid

Autumn 21/22

Full Governors:

  • Reviewed strategic priorities

  • Reviewed the school development plan

  • Reviewed Safeguarding and Wellbeing

  • Reviewed the school community make up

Full Governors reflected on the detailed work carried out by the Governing Board Committees and the ratification of that work by the Full Governing Board. Full & detailed information had been made available to them by the Headteacher in his report & they unanimously agreed that they were kept fully informed on all matters. Governors were pleased with the performance of the school and that the children were provided with challenges and suitable education to ensure thy made good progress. 

 

Finance, Premises and H&S Governors:

  • Reviewed long term development of catchment including school expansion to accommodate increased demand

  • Reviewed School Budget

  • Reviewed Premises actions

  • Reviewed H&S

Finance Governors continue to have oversight of the budget to ensure that spending remains within budget. The governors approve the expenditure on new reading books as these will enhance learning in both key stages and will be a good investment in the future of our children’s provision. The governors have approved migration from Capita HR to Stoke HR. Whilst the governors accept that this has little financial value, the benefits of service quality will ensure a more efficient operation in school.

The governors would like to thank the staff for continuing to work within their budget. In particular, the governors would like to thank Mrs Lowndes for her work managing the accounts and monitoring spending, particularly given the complex nature of Capita HR setup and the inability to make contact with any individual within that organisation to support work request.
 

Nursery Governors:

  • Reviewed staffing

  • Reviewed occupancy and finance

  • Reviewed Management, Curriculum, CPD and other aspects of management

  • Reviewed Safeguarding and H&S

Nursery Governors: would like to thank nursery staff and Mrs Buckley from school for the additional work required to operate an after school club at nearly 120% of its capacity. In addition, the nursery operating at 82% occupancy places further demand on the staff. Thanks to your efforts and care the children clearly enjoy going and the parents are confident that their children are well looked after.

The governors have tasked the nursery’s leadership to claw back the deficit after last year’s disrupted income stream. It seems likely that current income will very significantly reduce or eliminate that deficit and ensure that 22/23 brings a clean sheet to the balance. The governors have tasked the nursery’s leadership to focus on speech and language strategies to ensure that children are able to reach their potential and meet age related expectations for children of EYFS phase. The governors require feedback and progress on actions that are set in place and the impact they have on the children. Governors have stressed the importance of assessment and tasked the school with deploying an assessment tracker to ensure staff can measure progress for further informed planning.

SEND governor reviewed SEND with SENCO

 

Summer 20/21

Full Governors:

  • Reviewed use of catch up premium

  • Reviewed Covid measures and actions

  • Reviewed Covid impacts

  • Reviewed Safeguarding & Wellbeing

  • Reviewed Changes to the Curriculum and assessment

  • Reviewed the school community make up

  • Reviewed progress against the school development plan

Nursery Governors:

  • Reviewed the curriculum

  • Reviewed Staffing & Training

  • Reviewed Occupancy and finance

Nursery Governors continue to oversee the operation of the nursery to ensure its sustainability. Governors have put structures in place to monitor progress of learning provision in Nursery (and EYFS) to ensure that the curriculum has a clear intention, a clear set of expectations and is progressing as planned.

Spring 20/21

Full Governors:

  • Reviewed performance management

  • Reviewed Covid measures and actions including remote learning

  • Reviewed Covid impacts incl attendance

  • Reviewed Safeguarding & Wellbeing including safer recruitment and social media

  • Reviewed parent interaction during Covid

  • Reviewed Return to school protocols

  • Reviewed the school community make up

Full Governors reflected on the detailed work carried out by the Governing Board Committees and the ratification of that work by the Full Governing Board. Full & detailed information had been made available to them by the Headteacher in his report & they unanimously agreed that they were kept fully informed on all matters. Governors were pleased with the performance of the school and that the children were provided with challenges and suitable education to ensure thy made good progress. 

 

Finance Governors:

  • Reviewed the school budget

  • Reviewed H&S

  • Reviewed premises actions Covid measures

Finance Governors continue to have oversight of the budget to ensure that spending remains within budget. The governors approve the expenditure on new reading books as these will enhance learning in both key stages and will be a good investment in the future of our children’s provision. The governors have approved migration from Capita HR to Stoke HR. Whilst the governors accept that this has little financial value, the benefits of service quality will ensure a more efficient operation in school.

The governors would like to thank the staff for continuing to work within their budget. In particular, the governors would like to thank Mrs Lowndes for her work managing the accounts and monitoring spending, particularly given the complex nature of Capita HR setup and the inability to make contact with any individual within that organisation to support work request.
 

Nursery Governors:

  • Reviewed Staffing & Training

  • Reviewed Occupancy and finance

Nursery Governors would like to thank nursery staff and Mrs Buckley from school for the additional work required to operate an after school club at nearly 120% of its capacity. In addition, the nursery operating at 82% occupancy places further demand on the staff. Thanks to your efforts and care the children clearly enjoy going and the parents are confident that their children are well looked after.

The governors have tasked the nursery’s leadership to claw back the deficit after last year’s disrupted income stream. It seems likely that current income will very significantly reduce or eliminate that deficit and ensure that 22/23 brings a clean sheet to the balance. The governors have tasked the nursery’s leadership to focus on speech and language strategies to ensure that children are able to reach their potential and meet age related expectations for children of EYFS phase. The governors require feedback and progress on actions that are set in place and the impact they have on the children. Governors have stressed the importance of assessment and tasked the school with deploying an assessment tracker to ensure staff can measure progress for further informed planning.

Autumn 20/21

Full Governors 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.

Nursery Governors have tasked the nursery’s leadership to focus on speech and language strategies to ensure that children are able to reach their potential and meet age related expectations for children of EYFS phase. The governors require feedback and progress on actions that are set in place and the impact they have on the children. Governors have stressed the importance of assessment and tasked the school with deploying an assessment tracker to ensure staff can measure progress for further informed planning. The governors have tasked the nursery’s leadership to claw back the deficit after last year’s disrupted income stream. It seems likely that current income will very significantly reduce or eliminate that deficit and ensure that 22/23 brings a clean sheet to the balance. 

The governors would like to thank nursery staff and Mrs Buckley from school for the additional work required to operate an after school club at nearly 120% of its capacity. In addition, the nursery operating at 82% occupancy places further demand on the staff. Thanks to your efforts and care the children clearly enjoy going and the parents are confident that their children are well looked after.

 

Leadership and Management Governors:

  • Combined with T&L governors

  • Reviewed school curriculum

  • Reviewed strategy to 2025

Leadership and Management governors - 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.

Previous actions available upon request.

Web Page updated March 2022