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Welcome to the Governors' section.

 

Governor Membership                          
 

Governor and Associate Members

Category

(see notes)

 

Term

of Office
Start Date

Term

of Office
Expires

Body Appointed or

Elected by

Position of

Responsibility (if any)

Committee

Membership

(see notes)

Attendance at FGB

Attendance at Finance & Premises Committee

Mr Monu Aggarwal

Parent

01.09.2016

20.09.2017

P

 

 

1/4

 

Mr Marc Atkinson

C

13.09.2016

13.09.2020

GB

 SEND

CS

2/3

 

Cllr Margaret Beck

LA

11.03.2017

11.03.2021

LA

 

FR/CS/C/HTA

2/3

P1/2  FR0/2

Mrs Jamie Bell

C

09.07.2015

09.07.2019

GB

Chair FP, Vice Chair FGB

Numeracy / Health & Safety

FR/PD/C

2/3

P1/2  FR2/2

Mrs Julie Cattanach C 28.06.2017 28.06.2021 GB Child Protection / LAC / E-Safety NA 1/3  

Mrs Julie Chalk

C

09.07.2015

09.07.2019

GB

Chair FGB, Chair P, Chair CS

Safer Recruitment / Early Years 

FR/CS/HTA

2/3

P2/2  FR1/2

Rev Paul Child

C

13.09.2016

13.09.2020

GB

Religious Education

FR

2/3

P1/2

Mr Gilbert Crossley

C

24.09.2015

24.09.19

GB

 Chair PD Committee / Staffing

FR/PD/NA

2/3

P1/2

Mrs Lynne Halliday

C

09.07.2015

09.07.2019

GB

SBM

FR

2/3

FR2/2

Mr John Howe

HT

04.12.2014

 

EO

Head Teacher

FR/CS

2/3

P2/2  FR2/2

Mr Chris Marshall

C

09.07.2015

09.07.2019

GB

Chair C Committee

CS/C/HTA

1/3

 

Mrs Sarah Pavlou

P

08.06.2016

08.06.2020

P

Gifted, Able & Talented / Disadvantaged Children / Literacy

CS

1/3

 

Mr J Pichal P 30.01.2018 30.01.2022 P     1/1  

Miss Maxine Purdy

HT

01.09.2000

31.08.2018

EO

 

FR/CS

3/3

P2/2  FR2/2

Mr John Seager Co-Opted 28.06.2017 20.09.2017 GB        

 

Notes
Head Teacher (HT)

Staff (S)

Parent (P)

Co-opted (C)

Foundation (F)

Local Auth (LA)
Associate (A)

 

 

Notes
Diocese (D)
Local Authority (LA)
Governing Body (GB)
Parents - elected (P)
Staff - elected (S)
Head Teacher =

Ex Officio

 

 

Notes

Finance & Resources - FR

Personnel - P

Curriculum & SIP - CS

Pupil Discipline - PD

Complaints - C

Head Teacher Appraisal - HTA

Personnel Appeals - all governors not on the original decision making committee

None Attendance - NA

 

GOVERNOR REGISTER OF PECUNIARY INTERESTS

Disclosures by members of the Governing Body of Seaburn Dene Primary School of pecuniary interest in contracts, proposed contracts or other matters

 

 

Name of Governor

 

Date

of Disclosure

 

Whether Disclosure made

At Governors’ Meeting or

Other Occasion

 

Nature of Interest / Business Relationship with

Company, or personal

(including membership of other Governing Bodies and relationships with members of staff)

 

Signed

ATKINSON, Marc 12 December 2017 In School None Marc Atkinson

BECK, Margaret

29 November 2017

Governors’ Meeting

None

Margaret Beck

BELL, Jamie

17 October 2017

Governors’ Meeting - FP

None

Jamie Bell

Cattanach, Julie 29 November 2017 Governors’ Meeting None Julie Cattanach

CHALK, Julie

17 October 2017

Governors’ Meeting -FP

None

Julie Chalk

CHILD, Paul 4 December 2017

In School

None Paul Child

CROSSLEY, Gilbert

29 November 2017

Governors’ Meeting

None

Gil Crossley

HALLIDAY, Lynne

17 October 2017

Governors’ Meeting - FP

None

Lynne Halliday

HOWE, John

17 October 2017

Governors’ Meeting -FP

None

John Howe

MARSHALL, Chris

5 December 2017

In School

None

Chris Marshall

PAVLOU, Sarah

13 December 2017

In School

None

Sarah Pavlou

PICHAL, Jeroen 20 March 2018 Governors’ Meeting None Jeroen Pichal

PURDY, Maxine

17 October 2017

Governors’ Meeting - FP

None

Maxine Purdy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCING OUR GOVERNORS

 

Julie Chalk-Chair of Governors

I have been Chair of Governors at Seaburn Dene School since 2009 and a Parent Governor since 1999 when my son joined the Nursery school. I have worked in Education since the late eighties and currently work in a Secondary School in Sunderland. One of the most enjoyable parts of my role there, is the Duke of Edinburgh Award and taking Students on the Challenge Expeditions to different countries Tanzania, Cambodia and next July we are taking students to Costa Rica  to support a conservation project protecting Turtle’s eggs and then onto Nicaragua to help in a Primary school.

As Governors we support the headteacher and staff in a variety of ways to ensure your child has successful learning experience and enjoys school.

I know Seaburn Dene staff are committed to the teaching of children and achieving the best results they can, but they also develop in children a ‘Can Do’ attitude and encourage them to take part in a number of activities to enhance their learning both in school and after school clubs.

 

The headteacher and governing body have high aspirations for pupils. They are driving improvements in the quality of teaching so that an increasing number of aspects are outstanding. As a result, achievement is rising (Ofsted September 2014)

 

Jamie Bell-Vice Chair of the Governing Body

I am a civil servant and accountant, although I've held a variety of roles within the civil service throughout my employment. It was through the civil service that I first heard about becoming a school governor, I have a lot of colleagues that also hold a Governor role and they cannot speak highly enough of the experience they have had. I live in Seaburn Dene and decided to look for local opportunities to make a difference to the area where I live, using some of my "day job" skills to benefit the school and the children.  

I was lucky enough to obtain a community governor position with Seaburn Dene Primary school in May 2014 and I also sit on the Finance and Premises Committee. I have been struck by the huge amount of commitment from all staff at the school, to provide the very best for the children. 

I have a two year old daughter who will attend this school when she becomes eligible and I am looking forward to helping shape the direction of the school in the future. 

I enjoy the diverse nature of the Governing body, all bringing their own skills and experience and working together to achieve the best outcome for the children. 

If I could sum myself up in three words they would be: hardworking, kind and tired (tired due to aforementioned and very energetic 2 year old!)

 

 

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR THE GOVERNING BODY OF

SEABURN DENE PRIMARY SCHOOL

SEPTEMBER 2017

 

 

Introduction

 

The following is not a definitive statement of responsibilities but is concerned with the common understanding of broad principles by which the Governing Body and individual governors will operate.

 

The governing body has the following core strategic functions: 

 

Establishing the strategic direction, by:
-    Setting and ensuring clarity of vision, values, and objectives for the school
-    Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets 
-    Meeting statuary duties

 

Ensuring accountability, by:
-    Appointing the head teacher
-    Monitoring the educational performance of the school and progress towards agreed targets 
-    Performance managing the head teacher 
-    Engaging with stakeholders 
-    Contributing to school self-evaluation 

 

Ensuring financial probity, by:
-    Setting the budget
-    Monitoring spending against the budget
-    Ensuring money is well spent and value for money is obtained
-    Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed 

 

As individuals on the board we agree to the following:

 

Role & Responsibilities
•    We understand the purpose of the board and the role of the head teacher.
•    We accept that we have no legal authority to act individually, except when the board has given us delegated authority to do so, and therefore we will only speak on behalf of the governing board when we have been specifically authorised to do so.
•    We accept collective responsibility for all decisions made by the board or its delegated agents. This means that we will not speak against majority decisions outside the governing board meeting.
•    We have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as we have responsibility for staff, we will fulfil all that is expected of a good employer.
•    We will encourage open governance and will act appropriately.
•    We will consider carefully how our decisions may affect the community and other schools.
•    We will always be mindful of our responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of our school. Our actions within the school and the local community will reflect this.
•    In making or responding to criticism or complaints we will follow the procedures established by the governing board.
•    We will actively support and challenge the head teacher.
•    We will accept and respect the differences in roles between the board and staff, ensuring that we work collectively for the benefit of the organisation.
•    We will respect the role of the head teacher and their responsibility for the day to day management of the organisation and avoid any actions that might undermine such arrangements.
•    We agree to adhere to the school’s rules and policies and the procedures of the governing board as set out by the relevant governing documents and law.
•    When formally speaking or writing in our governing role, we will ensure our comments reflect current organisational policy even if they might be different to our personal views.
•    When communicating in our private capacity (including on social media) we will be mindful of and strive to uphold the reputation of the organisation.

 

Commitment
•    We acknowledge that accepting office as a governor the commitment of significant amounts of time and energy.
•    We will each involve ourselves actively in the work of the governing board, and accept our fair share of responsibilities, including service on committees or working groups.
•    We will make full efforts to attend all meetings and where we cannot attend explain in advance why we are unable to.
•    We will get to know the school well and respond to opportunities to involve ourselves in school activities.
•    We will visit the school, with all visits arranged in advance with the head teacher and undertaken within the framework established by the governing board.
•     When visiting the school in a personal capacity (i.e. as a parent or carer), we will maintain our underlying responsibility as a governor.
•    We will consider seriously our individual and collective needs for induction, training and development, and will undertake relevant training.
•    We accept that in the interests of open governance, our full names, date of appointment, terms of office, roles on the governing board, attendance records, relevant business and pecuniary interests, category of governor and the body responsible for appointing us will be published on the school’s website.
•    In the interests of transparency we accept that information relating to governors will be collected and logged on the DfE’s national database of governors (Edubase).

 

Relationships
•    We will strive to work as a team in which constructive working relationships are actively promoted.
•    We will express views openly, courteously and respectfully in all our communications with other governors, the clerk to the governing board and school staff both in and outside of meetings.
•    We will support the chair in their role of ensuring appropriate conduct both at meetings and at all times.
•    We are prepared to answer queries from other board members in relation to delegated functions and take into account any concerns expressed, and we will acknowledge the time, effort and skills that have been committed to the delegated function by those involved.
•    We will seek to develop effective working relationships with the head teacher, staff and parents, the trust, the local authority and other relevant agencies and the community.


Confidentiality
•    We will be observe complete confidentiality when matters are deemed confidential or where they concern specific members of staff or pupils, both inside or outside school.
•    We will exercise the greatest prudence at all times when discussions regarding school business arise outside a governing board meeting.
•    We will not reveal the details of any governing board vote.
•    We will ensure all confidential papers are held and disposed of appropriately.


Conflicts of interest
•    We will record any pecuniary or other business interest (including those related to people we are connected with) that we have in connection with governing board’s business in the Register of Business Interests, and if any such conflicted matter arises in a meeting we will offer to leave the meeting for the appropriate length of time.
•    We accept that the Register of Business Interests will be published on the school website.
•    We will also declare any conflict of loyalty at the start of the meeting should the situation arise.
•    We will act in the best interests of the school as a whole and not as a representative of any group, even if elected to the governing board.

 

Ceasing to be a governor
•    We understand that the requirements relating to confidentiality will continue to apply after a governor leaves office.


Breach of this code of conduct
•    If we believe this code has been breached, we will raise this issue with the chair and the chair will investigate; the governing board will only use suspension/removal as a last resort after seeking to resolve any difficulties or disputes in more constructive ways.
•    Should it be the chair that we believe has breached this code, another governing board member, such as the vice chair will investigate.


Adopted by the governing body of Seaburn Dene Primary School on 21 September 2017.
 

 


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