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Welcome to the Governor parent information page of our school Website. Here you will find listed all the Governors and their individual areas of responsibility as well as a copy of our annual Governance Statement.

 

We are all volunteers who have joined the Governing Board to try and give something back to the school community and support the school in our “critical friend” role to hold the head teacher and school leaders to account. Some of us are parent governors and some are co-opted governors; there is also one staff governor, two associate governors and one Local Authority governor. We come from a variety of different backgrounds to try and ensure we have the skills the school needs.


The role of governors involves;

  • Setting the strategic direction of the school
  • Holding the Headteacher and Senior Leadership of the school to account through Performance Management, reading prepared papers, monitoring visits and asking questions
  • Attending meetings to discuss personnel, finance, premises or curriculum and pupil related matters, as well as full governing board meetings.

There are also opportunities for us to take part in further training to support us in our roles and it can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

 

Governors also undertake school visits to monitor the implementation of the school development plan and to see first hand the policies and procedures being put into action. This gives us the opportunity to see staff and children at work and to take part ourselves in the full and varied opportunities on offer at Broomgrove Infant School. You may well see us at sports days, Christmas plays, Bonfire night, class open mornings, or at the Christmas and Summer Fairs but most of our work for the school happens during the school day or at our Full Governing Board meetings on Monday evenings.

 

From time to time we have vacancies on the governing body and anyone interested in being part of our committed team is more than welcome to discuss this with myself or Mrs Grigg.

 

All Governors are committed to working in close partnership with parents, carers, and the wider community. Should you want to contact us or discuss any issues with us, then please feel free to leave a message at the office and we will do our utmost to respond promptly. You can also contact the governors by e-mail on: governors@broomgrove-inf.essex.sch.uk

 

Governing Board Chair

 

 

MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS:

Chair of Governors

Mr James Wadley

 

Governor of Finance

Mr Chris Rhodes

 
 

Mrs Alison Grigg (Head teacher)

Mrs Louise Worth (Staff Governor)

Mrs Gill Black

Ms Karen Bowlby

Mr Giles Job

Mrs Laura Traill

 

 

Associate Governors

 

Rev Erwin Lammens

  

 

 

  

We currently have a vacancy for a Co-opted Governor. If you are interested in the position, please contact the school office, or complete the application form below.

 

 

GOVERNOR STATEMENT FOR 2021

Governor Statement for 2021

Annual Governance statement for the Governing Board of Broomgrove Infants School

September 2021

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all Governing Bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the Broomgrove Infant School Governing Board are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it is well spent.

 Governance arrangements

The Governing Board of Broomgrove Infants School is currently constituted of 9 governors: the Headteacher, 1 staff governor, 4 parent governors, 2 co-opted governors and 1 associate governor.

Unfortunately, we had two Governors resign last year which has opened up some vacancies within the team.  Throughout the summer we have been actively advertising to fill these roles and the Full Governing Body (FGB) will be looking at all applications submitted at its September planning meeting and as a recurring agenda item moving forward. We are confident of filling the vacancies, with highly skilled, hardworking new Governors.

To ensure effective oversite across all of our roles and responsibilities, we have agreed that all members of the board should sit on the FGB through which all of our Governing business is conducted.  In addition, a few extra meetings are required such as the Head Teacher appraisal, the pay committee and the Schools Financial Value Standard review. Additionally, the Joint Interest Committee (JIC) with Broomgrove Junior School meets to ensure effective partnership and strategic working across the two schools in the best interests of our pupils and their families.

I have included some further detail of these meetings and areas of responsibility below:

The Full Governing Board

The FGB ordinarily meets seven times a year. The first of these meetings is the planning meeting which occurs at the beginning of the academic year. It reviews the work of the Governing Board in the previous year, identifies training needs of the governors and any gaps in skills of our members, allocates responsibilities and plans the work of the governing body (including monitoring visits) for the rest of the year.

Throughout the remainder of the year we hold a FGB meeting half termly, the Early Term FGB meetings has a focus on school performance and the Late Term FGB covers the end of term financial review.

Throughout the academic year we undertaken monitoring visits which include statutory responsibilities such as Safeguarding, Equalities and Health & Safety, as well as monitoring progress on the School Development Plan.  The School Development Plan is accessible on the school website and a paper copy is available to read in school.

Individual Governors have undertaken training relating to their areas of responsibility as well as supporting the school at events throughout the academic year and collecting feedback from stakeholders.

Finance and Premises

A key purpose of the Governing Board is to look at the financial operation of the school, Human Resources, the staffing structure and the upkeep of the premises and grounds. Working with the schools’ Financial Consortium Manager we agree the budget and then monitor its implementation.

With increasing strains on school’s budgets alongside continuing uncertainty following the impact of Covid-19, we will continue to focus our work around maintaining a balanced budget, helping to identify savings, and support initiatives that produce additional revenue.

Curriculum & Pupil Related Matters

Throughout the year we review pupil progress across the school in all subject areas, in particular in relation to the Reception Baseline Assessments, Year One Phonics Screening and Key Stage One SATS tests. We do this to ensure that the school is meeting their objectives and fulfilling the needs of the whole school community.

The FGB is also responsible for examining the results of spending in relation Pupil Premium and Sports Premium funding. We monitor the school’s progress in fulfilling the aims of the School Development Plan and are responsible for reviewing and updating a range of school policies.

The Joint Interest Committee

This group meets to discuss matters that affect both the Infant and Junior Schools three times a year. Examples of this are catering facilities, the use of the Bungalow, premises and grounds. The Committee also looks at areas where the two schools can work in tandem for the benefit of the pupils, such as handwriting, English, Mathematics and SEND; processes which enhance consistency and continuity, enabling the children to enjoy a smooth transition between both schools. The Committee is made up of the Headteacher, Chair of Governors and Vice-Chair, together with their opposite numbers in the Junior School.

This year, as well as discussions listed above, we will be working with the Broomgrove Schools Association (BSA) to support the fund-raising effort for the repair, development, and ongoing maintenance of the swimming pool facilities.

The Academic Year and Going Forward

Covid-19 brought a particularly challenging 2020-2021 academic year for the school and our families.  Our attention, as a Governing board, moved from monitoring school progress to reviewing the risk assessments and planned measures required to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of both children and staff.  A massive thanks must be given to Mrs Grigg and her team for going above and beyond what is expected of them over this very difficult period.

In 2021-2022 we are expecting to move back to some kind of normality with a focus on the core role of a Governing Board, and while most Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted the school is still required to put significant effort into maintaining risk assessments, monitoring government Covid-19 guidance, and being prepared for worst. 

On behalf of the Governing Board I would also like to thank the parents for your continued support of Mrs Grigg and her team throughout this difficult time.  There is still a possibility that advice and guidance may change at short notice and we would appreciate your understanding and continued cooperation with any decisions that are made.

If you would like to get in touch with us, please either send me an email governors@broomgrove-inf.essex.sch.uk or drop a note off at the school office.

 

Kind regards,

James Wadley – Chair of Governors

The Governors bring a wide variety of relevant knowledge, skills and experience to the Board. As of the 1st September 2021, membership of the Governing Board is:

 

James Wadley – Chair of Governors / Health & Safety - Parent

 

Chris Rhodes – Chair of Finance - Parent

Gill Black – co-opted

Karen Bowlby - parent

Giles Job – co-opted

Laura Traill - co-opted

Erwin Lammens - associate

Louise Worth – staff

Alison Grigg – Head Teacher