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Governing Body Information

 

 

The structure of the Governing Body.

Lapworth School has a Governing Body consisting of 15 Governors.  We are committed to the DfE’s advised three core functions prescribed for all Governing Bodies:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff; and

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

The Governing Body is chaired by Mary McKay and meets at least once a term.  To fulfil the expectations above and work as efficiently as possible, without duplication of time and effort, this governing body has decided to delegate almost all matters to its committees.  The main committees and their key responsibilities are set out below:

Committee

Chair

Responsibilities

Governing Body (GB)

Mary McKay

  • All Safeguarding matters
  • Approval of the annual budget
  • Appoint selection panel for Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher
  • Organisational structure and constitution of the GB and its committees

Performance and Standards

(P&S)

Ann Cotterill

  • School Improvement
  • Learning, Teaching and Curriculum
  • Pupil Welfare

Resources

Adam Marsden

  • Finance
  • Staffing
  • Health and Safety
  • Premises

Pay

Mary McKay

  • Pay policy
  • Staff performance
  • Annual pay decisions

Diocesan

Father Patrick Gerard

  • Maintaining the school’s ethos and identity as a church school
  • Promoting awareness of Christian belief and practice
  • Preparing for SIAMS inspections

 

In addition to the committees above, the Governing Body may also decide to establish working parties for specific projects and other areas which have a significant workload.  At present, we have one such group, the Communications Working Party.  This group, chaired by Stuart Baines, focuses on improving links and communication with parents to improve the overall accountability of the GB. 

 

 

 

Our Governors

The following Governors serve on the Governing Body during the school year 2016-17:

 

Name

Type of Governor

Date appointed

Appointed by

Declared business interests

Served for the full year

Mary McKay (Chair)

Local Authority

January 2015 *

Local Authority

Employed by WCC Governor Services

Judy McCluskey

Acting Head Teacher

September 2016

Ex-officio

None

Fr Patrick Gerard

Foundation

May 2010

Ex-officio

None

Patrick Hooper

Foundation

January 2015

Diocesan Board of Education

None

Debbie Thompson

Staff

September 2016

Staff

None

Ann Cotterill

Co-opted

April 2015 *

Governing Body

None

Clare Kimpton

Co-opted

April 2015 *

Governing Body

None

Keisha Eve

Parent

November 2015

Parents

 

Adam Marsden

Parent

November 2011

Parents

None

Kerry Newson

Parent

April 2016

Parents

None

Stuart Baines

Parent

September 2012

Parents

None

Karen Baker

Parent

July 2015

Parents

Business Manager at WCC School

Resigned during the year

Joyce Ludlow

Co-opted

Resigned July 2016

Governing body

1. Academy Counsellor at Oasis Community Learning

2. Edwin Ludlow (Husband) shareholder and recipient of annuities – Severn Trent Water

*These governors were re-appointed during the year as part of the re-constitution process.  All have already served on the GB for some time and are experienced governors.

Attendance at meeting       

 

Attendance Record 2015/16 Lapworth CofE Primary School        
               
Full Governing Body              
Name of Governor Date of meeting         Total attended 
  15-Oct-15 27-Jan-16 12-Apr-16 21-Apr-16 14-Jul-16    
Mary McKay 1 1 1 1 1 5 out of 5
Adam Marsden 1 1 0 1 1 4 out of 5
Ann Cotterill 1 1 1 1 1 5 out of 5
Fr Patrick Gerard 1 1 1 1 1 5 out of 5
Colette Hatton 1 1 0 1 1 4 out of 5
Judy McCluskey 0 1 1 1 1 4 out of 5
Stuart Baines 1 1 1 1 1 5 out of 5
Joyce Ludlow 1 0 1 1 1 4 out of 5
Keisha Eve 0 1 1 1 1 4 out of 4
Kerry Newson 0 0 1 1 1 3 out of 3
Karen Baker 1 1 1 1 1 5 out of 5
Clare Kimpton 1 1 1 1 1 5 out of 5
Patrick Hooper 1 1 1 0 1 4 out of 5
               
               
Performance & Standards            
Name of Governor Date of meeting     Total attended       
  16-Jun-16 08-Feb-16 05-Nov-15        
Ann Cotterill 1 1 1 3 out of 3    
Mary McKay 1 1 1 3 out of 3    
Colette Hatton 1 0 1 2 out of 3    
Stuart Baines 1 1 1 3 out of 3    
Joyce Ludlow 1 0 1 2 out of 3    
Keisha Eve 1 0 0 1 out of 2    
Kerry Newson 1 0 0 1 out of 1    
               
               
Resources              
Name of Governor Date of meeting         Total attended 
  09-Jun-16 14-Apr-16 17-Mar-16 21-Jan-16 17-Sep-15    
Adam Marsden 1 1 1 1 1 5 out of 5
Mary McKay 1 1 1 1 1 5 out of 5
Colette Hatton 1 1 1 1 1 5 out of 5
Judy McCluskey 1 0 1 1 1 4 out of 5
Karen Baker 1 1 1 1 0 4 out of 4
Patrick Hooper 0 0 1 1 1 3 out of 5
Haydn Frost 0 0 0 0 1 1 out of 1
               
Pay              
Name of Governor Date of meeting   Total attended        
  11-Nov-15            
Mary McKay 1   1 out of 1      
Colette Hatton 1   1 out of 1      
Adam Marsden 1   1 out of 1      
Patrick Hooper 1   1 out of 1      
               
Diocesan               
Name of Governor Date of meeting     Total attended      
  13-Apr-16 30-Jan-16 07-Oct-15        
Fr Patrick Gerard 1 1 1 3 out of 3    
Mary McKay 1 1 1 3 out of 3    
Judy McCluskey 1 1 1 3 out of 3    
Clare Kimpton 1 1 1 3 out of 3    
Keisha Eve 1 (as guest)            
               
               
Deborah Yardley              
Clerk to the Governing Body            

Nov-16

 

             
 

 

Mary McKay, Chair of the Board of Governors

 

In the autumn of 2013 I was privileged to be appointed to lead our governing body for the next three years.
I had two reasons for accepting this role.
 
The first is to do with my commitment to the school and to the wider community of Lapworth. Gordon and I moved here in 1981. Our sons were five and seven at the time and attended Lapworth school in the days before it moved into the current premises in Station Lane. Our sons loved their time at the school and were well prepared for their move to secondary education in Stratford. I want to make sure that the primary education experienced by my sons continues i.e. one which recognises the importance of academic achievement but also, crucially, provides a caring atmosphere in which all our pupils learn and grow.       
 
My second reason is about my being able to contribute something to the governance of the school and, therefore, support the continued improvement of our school. I continue to work all over the country in my chosen career in education – as a specialist in school governance - training, reviewing and supporting governing bodies.
 
As Chair I can tell you the governing body has as one of its priorities this year improving communications with parents so you should notice we are in touch with you more regularly keeping you up to date with what we all our work. These are exciting times for our school with plans for expansion well under way but this does not distract us from the main job of providing the best possible education for all pupils who attend our school.

 

Father Patrick

 

Fr Patrick has been an ex-officio Foundation Governor since his institution as Rector of Lapworth in May 2010. Fr Patrick has degrees in Mathematics and Theology. He worked for British Gas for 16 years, including postings in India and Brazil negotiating pipeline contracts. He entered full-time ordained ministry in 2006. Currently he is chair of the Diocesan
Subcommittee.

 

Ann Cotterill

 

I am a parent with one child at Lapworth Primary and joined the governing body in October 2011. I work at Warwickshire College as Director of Higher Education. In my work role I make reports to the college board of governors and thought it would be really useful to work as a governor to see both sides of the governance process.
On joining the GB I also became a member of the Performance and Standards Committee. This committee reviews pupil attainment and progress, among other things, and I have found this role very rewarding as it is an opportunity to see what good progress many pupils make at all levels. All pupil information is kept strictly confidential and only year level data is shared not individual pupil data.
On a more personal note, I am Australian and lived in a sunnier climate throughout my formative years. I studied chemistry and gained my doctorate from the University of Melbourne have lived in the UK (England and Wales) for around 20 years and in the local area for the last 10 years.

 

Stuart Baines

 

I joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor shortly after my eldest daughter started at Lapworth school and this year have all three daughters at Lapworth.  Working with the Governing Body has given me the opportunity to give something back whilst my daughters enjoy the community, activities and learning that the school provides to all pupils.

During my time on the Governing Body I have learnt so much more about Primary Education than I ever understood before.  From my role in the Performance and Standards Committee I have learnt about the teaching and monitoring of our pupils achievements.  Working on Communications I have assisted with the setting up of this website and learnt about the challenges of communicating with the large audience that take an interest in our school.  I hope to continue providing governance for Lapworth School in the exciting times that the proposed school expansion will bring.

Finally, some background, I have a degree in Engineering and work in Information Technology as part of a global team defining cloud technologies for business solutions.  Since graduating I worked in Cambridge & London for 8 years but happily moved toLapworth over 15 years ago.  I enjoy the rural surroundings and community in the village, taking advantage of the opportunity to walk to school some mornings with the Walking Bus on Station Lane.

 

Clare Kimpton

 

I joined the Governing body in September 2013 and have lived in Lapworth for nearly 40 years. Both my children went to Lapworth School, the youngest was in the last year to go all the way through in the old building.
 
I have been a teacher all my working life and, although no longer in schools, I run the Lapworth School of Speech and Drama and am an examiner for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art(LAMDA ) travelling to different types of schools and towns all over the country.
 
I'm very pleased to have the opportunity to be involved again in the work of Lapworth School.
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