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School Governors

The Governing Body at Clapham Terrace Community Primary School and Nursery comprises 12 members, including the head teacher. There are 4 elected parent governors, 1 governor nominated by the Local Authority, 1 staff governor and 5 ‘co-opted’ governors.  No governors are paid for their governance role, but, rather, are volunteers with a wide range of experience and backgrounds, not necessarily in the world of education.

The Governing Body has a statutory responsibility to oversee and monitor the operation and effectiveness of the school, including the appointment of staff and the setting of the school's budget.  The Governing Body has sole responsibility for the selection and appointment of the head teacher.  Governors are responsible for ensuring that the school fulfils all its statutory responsibilities, for example, those relating to child protection and safeguarding, health and safety, equality legislation and provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).  They are responsible for ensuring the proper and effective spending of public funds.  Working closely with the head teacher and the senior leadership team, the Governing Body sets the strategic direction of the school and ensures that there is a well-focused and effective School Improvement Plan.

Individual members of the Governing Body, as well as the group as a whole, are involved in monitoring school performance, particularly in relation to children's learning and progress.  This involves supporting the school by agreeing improvement strategies, allocating budget resources and general involvement, wherever appropriate, in the life of the school.  The role of Governors also crucially involves holding the head teacher and other staff to account for the quality of the education which our school provides, and challenging school policy and practice when the outcomes for children are not as good as they should be.  Over the last two years, individual governos have made about 40 monitoring visits to the school, each of which results in Monitoring Form being completed and submitted to the Chair of Governors and the Head Teacher. The Governing Body carries out the annual appraisal of the headteacher's performance, and oversees the appraisal of other staff.

Currently, our Governing Body has four full meetings each year.  There are also three committees: ‘Curriculum and Standards’, and ‘People, Resources and Premises’, which meet termly, and a ‘Pay Committee’. All meetings are minuted, and the resulting minutes are publicly available.  In the minutes evidence can be found of the Governing Body asking challenging questions and holding the school to account in areas such as:-

  • The achievement of different groups of pupils
  • The impact of budget allocations - eg:  The Pupil Premium Grant and the PE Grant
  • Changes in curriculum and assessment arrangements
  • Impact of spending on particular resources
  • Staff Organisation
  • Changes in policies
  • Safe Guarding procedures

We also use various working groups or panels as required. Governors receive frequent and regular reports from the head teacher, as well as other members of staff, and make frequent visits to school to understand the daily running of the school and to help monitor its effectiveness.  The Chair of Governors sends parents and carers a brief termly Newsletter, summarising governor business for the term.

As a Governing Body, we are totally committed to Clapham Terrace School, and do all we can to ensure that the well-being of our children is the school's over-riding purpose.  We are proud of our school, and never cease to be amazed at the wonderful learning which takes place there, and of the uniqueness, potential and achievements of each and every one of the children in our school.

Our Governing Body has a ‘Code of Conduct’, a ‘Governors’ Allowances Policy’ and a ‘Register of Business Interests'.

To download copies of the above documents please click on the links below:-

Code of Conduct

Governors Allowance Policy

Register of Business Interests

Instrument of Governance

Attendance Register

 

The Governing body are:


Chair

  • Phil Robbins (since 2013)

Vice Chair

  • Helena Paxton (Vice-Chair since 2014)

Local Authority Governor

  • Matt Western

Local Authority Governor since early 2013.  A local resident, in the Clapham Terrace area and County Councillor for the local ward (elected in May 2013).  Career in industry working in advertising, marketing, finance and procurement.

 

Co-opted Governors

  • Pat Dorling

Co-opted Governor since 2014.  She is retired Primary School Headteacher who, earlier in her career was Deputy Head at Clapham Terrace, and lives in the local community.  Pat is an experienced school governor.  Pat is currently the Governor overseeing Safeguarding and Child Protection.

  • Annie McAteer

School Business Manager

  • John Edwards

Co-opted Governor since 2015.  He is a recently retired Planning Officer with Warwick District Council.  Resident in Leamington for over 35 years.

  • Phil Robbins

Phil became a Community Governor in 2011 and is now a Co-opted Governor.  He is a retired Primary School Headteacher and Local Authority School Inspector in Warwickshire, with a background in special educational needs.  He has governor experience in several local schools. Resident in Leamington for over 30 years.  Phil is currently the governor overseeing special educational needs and inclusion.

  • Saskia Watkin

Saskia became a co-opted governor in 2016.  She has three children who have attended Clapham Terrace over the past 10 years.  Her working experience is as an environmental charity manager, specialising in developing the arts in the community, an independent arts consultant and teacher of African dance and music.

 

 

Parent Governors

  • Anna Bayman

Anna has been a Parent Governor since July 2015, with two children at Clapham Terrace (currently in Year 3 and Reception). She is an academic historian, having taught in higher education for more than ten years.  Anna now runs a history journal and charitable foundation which supports students and scholars.

 

  • Dan Johnston

Dan is a Parent Governor who has now been involved with Clapham Terrace for 7 years.  His eldest son left Year 6 last year and his youngest will be in Year 5 in September 2016. Dan lives very close to school and can often be found in the playground at drop off and pick up times.  Health and Safety is currently under Dan’s remit.  Leamington resident for 14 years.

  • Helena Paxton

Helena has been a Parent Governor since September 2013.  Her eldest son moved on to secondary school this year, and her younger son is now in Year 4.  She has been a regular volunteer in Reception class and is now occasionally employed in the school as a teaching assistant in Early Years.

  • Ian Stevens

Ian is father to 3 children and stepfather to two girls (Year 6 and Year 4) who have been at Clapham Terrace from Reception.  He is an engineer with over 30 years experience in the aerospace industry, and is now employed locally at Jaguar Land Rover.  Ian is passionate about music and art, including being lead singer and guitarist in local Leamington based band.

 

Staff Governor

  • Lisa Clarke

Lisa has been our elected staff governor for three years, and is currently our Reception class teacher and Early Years and Key Stage 1 leader.  She has taught at Clapham Terrace since 2004 in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.  Prior to this, she taught in Rugby and in British schools in Saudi Arabia.

 

  • Julie Miles, headteacher, also sits on the Governing Body.
     

If you would like to contact any of the Governing body then please leave a message with the school office.

 

Dates of Full Governing Body Meetings in 2016-2017:-

  • 22nd September 2016
  • 06th December 2016
  • 28th March 2017
  • 11th July 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why we love Clapham Terrace

I feel that this school is fun and exciting.  There are lots of people to play with.  The teachers are very good at teaching. - Lajla - Year 5

Fundraising at Clapham Terrace

We have a strong support network of staff and parents who are dedicated to raising extra funds to buy the things that school budgets can't stretch to.  From redesigning the school library to making over the playground the HSA (PTA) are always on the look out for new fundraising ideas.

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