‘Clapham Terrace is a high-performing school. Everyone takes great pride in their work and staff put pupils first. Leaders and governors have worked effectively to bring about many significant improvements.’ – Ofsted 2018
The Governing Body at Clapham Terrace Community Primary School and Nursery comprises 12 members, including the head teacher. There are 4 parent governors elected by parents and carers of children at the school, 1 governor nominated by the Local Authority, 1 staff governor elected by members of staff and 5 ‘co-opted’ governors nominated by the Governing Body. The term of office for all governors is 4 years. 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.
‘Governors pay particular attention to scrutinising the support provided to any vulnerable learners.’ – Ofsted 2018
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. We oversee and review numerous school policies, most of which are available on this website. (See Policy section.)
‘Governors know the school well.’ – Ofsted 2018
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. Most years, governors make about twenty 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 on our website. In the minutes, evidence can be found of the Governing Body asking challenging questions and holding the school to account in areas such as:-
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 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 feel privileged to be governors at this school and are proud of its many achievements. We 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, as well as to see our annual programme of governor business, please click on the links below:-
The Governing body are:
Dan Johnston (since 2017)
Phil Robbins (Vice-Chair since 2017)
Ian Stevens became a Parent Governor in 2104 and moved over to be a Local Authority Governor in March 2019. He is father to 3 children and stepfather to two girls, now at Southam College, who both attended Clapham Terrace from Reception through to Year 6. Ian 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. Ian is currently the governor responsible for Health and Safety.
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, and Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee.
Dan was a Parent Governor from 2013-19 and is now a Co-opted Governor (March 2019). Dan has been involved with Clapham Terrace for 8 years; his two sons have now left. Dan lives very close to school and, as the current Chair of Governors is in school frequently. He has been a Leamington resident for 16 years, and is a pilot with British Airways.
Co-opted Governor since 2015. He is a recently retired Planning Officer with Warwick District Council. Resident in Leamington for over 35 years.
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 38 years. Phil is currently the governor overseeing special educational needs and inclusion, and oversees the performance management of staff, including the headteacher.
Saskia became a Co-opted Governor in 2016. She has three children who have attended Clapham Terrace over the past 12 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.
Anna has been a Parent Governor since July 2015, with two children at Clapham Terrace (currently in Year 5 and Year 2). She is an academic historian, having taught in higher education for more than eleven years. Anna now runs a history journal and charitable foundation which supports students and scholars.
Jo has been a Parent Governor since March 2019, with a child at Clapham Terrace (currently in Year 2).
Helena has been a Parent Governor since September 2013. Her eldest son has moved on to secondary school, and her younger son is now in Year 6. She has been a regular volunteer in Early Years, where she was then employed part time as a Teaching Assistant, she is now employed in the school office. Helena is currently Chair of the People, Resources and Premises Committee.
Helen has been a Parent Governor since March 2019. She has a son in Year 2 and a daughter in Nursery.
Lisa has been our elected staff governor for 5 years, and is currently our Reception class teacher and Early Years Foundation Stage 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, is also a member of 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 2018-2019: