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Each school in the state system has a Governing Body. The Governing Body plays a key role in helping oversee the strategic direction of the school and works in partnership with the Head Teacher and Senior Management Team. The main aim of a Governing body is to ensure the delivery of a high standard of education for all pupils in its care.
The Governing Body sets the general direction of the school, looking at how it should best develop and improve. This is done by reviewing and agreeing policies, setting targets and priorities and monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives.
The Governing Body works with the Head Teacher and creates a clear understanding of the challenges faced in managing the school. The governing body's role is to question and challenge. A good working relationship is essential as a real critical friendship is only achieved where there is trust and mutual respect.
The Governing Body has a professional attitude and uses their collective skills to benefit our learners. It gathers views, asks questions and decides what is best for the school and the children. They hold full meetings each term and assign specific tasks and responsibilities to individual governors as listed below. We hold a general meeting each term, which covers strategy, buildings/finance, personnel and curriculum. We also hold a separate meeting each term which has a specific focus on Finance and Buildings.
Please click here for the Terms of Reference of the Governing Body and for the Finance & Buildings sub committee and Individual roles. Other Terms of Reference are available on request from the school office for Appeals, Discipline Committee, Head Performance Management, Hearings Committee.
The Governing Body here at Meadows First School is made up of the following volunteers from Parents, Staff, Local Education Authority (LEA) and the community.
Mr A Lynch (LEA) - Chairman - Safeguarding, Performance Management
Mrs C Tilsley (Community) - Vice Chair, Performance Management
Mrs J Baker (Community) - SEN
Mrs J Barrow (Community) - Supporting SEN
Mrs L Beck (Staff)
Mrs G Chancellor (Parent) - Health & Safety
Mr M Jones (Community) - Finance and Buildings Representative
Mrs W Dwyer (Staff) - Staff Representative
Dr E Parker (Parent) - Maths and Pupil Premium
Mrs S Preece (Parent) - English
Mrs P Reed - (Parent) - Sports Premium and Early Years
Mr S Sanderson (Parent) - e Safety and finance
Mrs C Taylor (Parent) - SMSC
Mrs S Archer – Clerk to Governors
Register of Interest for all our Governors reads as follows:
Name Appointed Term Ends Current Employment/ Income details Directorship Relative Disclosure
Jane Baker 15/09/2014 Sep 2018 Retired Teacher & governor at LickeyEnd None Supply Teacher
Jane Barrow 21/09/2017 Sep 2021 SENCO at The Meadows Primary, Birmingham None None
Louise Beck 05/01/2004 Jan 2021 School Secretary at Meadows None Secretary at Sch
Georgina Chancellor 15/09/2014 Sep 2018 Solicitor, Gowling WLG None None
Martin Jones 15/09/2014 Sep 2018 Retired Police officer, TA at Meadows None TA at Sch
Miles Jones 08/07/2013 Sept 2021 Commercial Finance Mng - NEC Ltd None Father in Law audits Sch Fund
Andi Lynch 23/01/2012 Jan 2020 Castle High Sch and Edexel Exam board None None
Elisa Parker 02/03/2015 Mar 2019 Finance Asst - Bitters'n'Twisted None None
Samantha Preece 27/05/2011 May 2019 Head Marketing - G Tech Co-Director at Millbrook Solutions - Software provision to Education (Not Meadows) None
Polly Reed 21/09/2017 Sep 2021 Business Services Manager - WM Police & Crime Commission None None
Scott Sanderson 02/03/2015 Mar 2019 Fly by Nite Conferences Ltd None None
Caroline Tilsley 18/01/2010 Mar 2019 Avon Freight Group None None
Carol Taylor 24/09/2015 Sep 2019 TA Whitton Middle Sch None None
Attendance records for our governors are as follows:
Jane Baker - 2015/16 = 7 from 11. 2016/17 = 5 from 7 2017/18 = 2 from 6
Jane Barrow - 2017/18 = 5 from 6
Louise Beck - 2015/16 = 3 from 5. 2016/17 = 2 from 4 2017/18 = 2 from 3
Georgina Chancellor - 2015/16 = 4 from 5. 2016/17 = 5 from 7 2017/18 = 3 from 6
Wendy Dwyer - 2015/16 = 5 from 5. 2016/17 = 5 from 4 2017/18 = 5 from 3
Martin Jones - 2015/16 = 5 from 5. 2016/17 = 6 from 4 2017/18 = 2 from 3
Miles Jones - 2015/16 = 8 from 9. 2016/17 = 7 from 7 2017/18 = 5 from 6
Andi Lynch - 2015/16 = 8 from 8. 2016/17 = 5 from 4 2017/18 = 5 from 3
Elisa Parker - 2015/16 = 11 from 11. 2016/17 = 6 from 7 2017/18 = 5 from 6
Samantha Preece - 2015/16 = 7 from 8. 2016/17 = 3 from 4 2017/18 = 3 from 3
Polly Reed - 2017/18 = 5 from 6
Scott Sanderson - 2015/16 = 10 from 11. 2016/17 = 7 from 7 2017/18 = 3 from 6
Carol Taylor - 2015/16 = 9 from 11. 2016/17 = 3 from 7 2017/18 = 4 from 6
Caroline Tilsley - 2015/16 = 5 from 8. 2016/17 = 5 from 7 2017/18 = 4 from 6
Please click here for details of our specific Governors Training details. All of our Governors also attend an annual Impact of Governance training event with Martin Allan from Worcestershire Governor Services and an overview of Academy Status on 2nd February 2017.
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