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Meonstoke CE Infant School

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Our Governing Body

Our School Governing Body

Governors are a voluntary body of people who guide and support the strategic direction of the school. They are members of the school team and their contribution to the running of the school is highly valued. The governors focus strongly on three core functions:-

 

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;

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

 

Final minutes of Full Governing Board Meetings are public documents and can be requested at any time by contacting the school office.

 

School Governing Body

Meonstoke CE Infant School has recently taken the decision to federate with Newtown Soberton Infant School which required us to form a new Governing Board across the two schools. The board comprises of representatives from several groups including parents, the community and businesses.

 

Our school is voluntary controlled. The instrument of government states that the federation governing body shall consist of:

● Two Parent Governors;
● One Staff Governor;
● One Executive Headteacher;
● One Governor nominated by the Local Authority and appointed by the Governing Body;
● Four Foundations Governors; and
● Seven Co-opted Governors appointed by the Governing Body.

Total of sixteen governors

 

The chair of the governing body is Nick Carter. The governing body has a resources committee (also acting as pay committee), chaired by Hugh Pringle, and a standards and improvements committee, chaired by Louise Vardy.

 

Financial Information

Please note that we do not have any employees with a gross annual salary of more than £100,000

Please Click here to view our school's financial data.

Meet Our Team

 

                                    

Nick Carter - Chair

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by: GB Board

Responsibilities / Committees: Chair of FGB, Development and Training, Resources Committee, Standards and Improvements Committee, English, Stakeholder Collaboration

Date Appointed: 31st March 2021 - 30 March 2025

Term of Office: 4 years 

Business, Personal & Pecuniary Interests: None

Governance roles in other educational institutions:

Meetings attended in previous academic year (FGB and Committee)

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Claire Hannah-Russell - Vice-chair

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by: GB Board

Responsibilities / Committees: Vice-Chair of FGB, Resources Committee, Standards and Improvements Committee, Development and Training, Wellbeing data, Stakeholder Collaboration, Head Teacher's Performance Management Committee

Date Appointed: 31st March 2021

Term of Office: 4 years

Business, Personal & Pecuniary Interests: None

Governance roles in other educational institutions:

Meetings attended in previous academic year (FGB and Committee)

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Emma Howell 

Executive HeadteacherResponsibilities / Committees: Executive Headteacher for Meonstoke CE Infant School and Newtown Soberton Infant School, Resources Committee, Standards and Improvements Committee, FGB

Appointed by: Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal

Date Appointed: 31st March 2021

Term of Office: N/A

Business, Personal & Pecuniary Interests: None

Governance roles in other educational institutions:

Meetings attended in previous academic year (FGB and Committee)

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James Leeper

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by: GB Board

Responsibilities / Committees: Standards and Improvements Committee, FGB, Safeguarding, SEND, Wellbeing

Date Appointed: 31st March 2021

Term of Office: 4 years 

Business, Personal & Pecuniary Interests: 

Governance roles in other educational institutions:

Meetings attended in previous academic year (FGB and Committee)

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Colin Light

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by: GB Board

Responsibilities / Committees: Standards and Improvements Committee, FGB, Maths

Date Appointed: 31st March 2021

Term of Office: 4 years 

Business, Personal & Pecuniary Interests: 

Governance roles in other educational institutions:

Meetings attended in previous academic year (FGB and Committee)

  • 66%

Hugh Pringle

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by: GB Board

Responsibilities / Committees: FGB, Chair of Resources Committee, Health and Safety

Date Appointed: 31st March 2021

Term of Office: 4 years 

Business, Personal & Pecuniary Interests: 

Governance roles in other educational institutions:

Meetings attended in previous academic year (FGB and Committee)

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The Reverend Antony Forrest

Foundation Ex-Officio Governor

Appointed by: Ex-officio foundation governor (appointed by foundation by virtue of the office they hold)

Responsibilities / Committees: Head Teacher's Performance Management Committee, Standards and Improvements Committee, FGB, Pupil Attendance and Outcomes

Date Appointed: 31st March 2021

Term of Office: N/A

Business, Personal & Pecuniary Interests: 

Governance roles in other educational institutions:

Meetings attended in previous academic year (FGB and Committee)

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    Catherine Butler-Harris

    Foundation Governor

    Appointed by: Nominated by other body and appointed by GB

    Responsibilities / Committees: FGB, Development and Training, Wellbeing

    Date Appointed: 31st March 2021

    Term of Office: 4 years 

    Business, Personal & Pecuniary Interests: Works at Newtown Soberton School

    Governance roles in other educational institutions:

    Meetings attended in previous academic year (FGB and Committee)

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    Louise Vardy

    Foundation Governor 

    Appointed by: Foundation/trust

    Responsibilities / Committees: FGB, Head Teacher's Performance Management, Chair of Standards and Improvements Committee, SEND

    Date Appointed: 31st March 2021 - 30th March 2025

    Term of Office: 4 years 

    Business, Personal & Pecuniary Interests: Governor at Hambledon Primary School, Husband works at Meonstoke & Newtown Soberton School

    Governance roles in other educational institutions:

    Meetings attended in previous academic year (FGB and Committee)

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    Angharad Heller

    Foundation Governor

    Appointed by: Parent appointed by foundation /trust

    Responsibilities / Committees: Resources Committee, FGB, EYFS, Pupil Capacity and Advertising, Safeguarding

    Date Appointed: 31st March 2021 - 30th March 2025

    Term of Office: 4 years 

    Business, Personal & Pecuniary Interests: 

    Governance roles in other educational institutions:

    Meetings attended in previous academic year (FGB and Committee)

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    Caroline Chadder

    Local Authority Governor

    Appointed by: Nominated by LA and appointed by GB

    Responsibilities / Committees: Resources Committee, FGB, Additional Funding Governor

    Date Appointed: 12 July 2021 - 11 July 2025

    Term of Office: 4 years 

    Business, Personal & Pecuniary Interests: Works at Curdridge Primary School

    Governance roles in other educational institutions:

    Meetings attended in previous academic year (FGB and Committee)

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    Gemma Robinson

    Parent Governor

    Appointed by: parents

    Responsibilities / Committees: Standards and Improvements Committee, FGB, Wellbeing

    Date Appointed: 31st March 2021

    Term of Office: 4 years 

    Business, Personal & Pecuniary Interests: 

    Governance roles in other educational institutions:

    Meetings attended in previous academic year (FGB and Committee)

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    Laurence Ellis

    Parent Governor

    Appointed by: parents

    Responsibilities / Committees: FGB, Resources Committee, Finance Governor, Wellbeing

    Date Appointed: 31st March 2021

    Term of Office: 4 years 

    Business, Personal & Pecuniary Interests: 

    Governance roles in other educational institutions:

    Meetings attended in previous academic year (FGB and Committee)

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    Elaine Kendall

    Staff Governor

    Appointed by: GB Board

    Responsibilities / Committees: Standards and Improvements Committee, FGB, Wellbeing data

    Date Appointed: 31st March 2021

    Term of Office: 4 years 

    Business, Personal & Pecuniary Interests: Works at Meonstoke School

    Governance roles in other educational institutions:

    Meetings attended in previous academic year (FGB and Committee)

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    Paul Griffiths

     

    Appointed by: GB Board

    Responsibilities / Committees: Standards and Improvements Committee, FGB, Wellbeing data

    Date Appointed: 29th September 2021

    Term of Office: 4 years 

    Business, Personal & Pecuniary Interests: 

    Governance roles in other educational institutions:

    Meetings attended in previous academic year (FGB and Committee)

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    Kelly Reid

    Clerk

    Date Appointed: 31/03/2021

    Alex Day resigned 25th May 2021 and Chris Warlow resigned 23rd July 2021

    Statement from the Governors

     

    The Meonstoke C of E Infant School governing body is a diverse group of people, all volunteers, with a common interest in the school, its staff, pupils and the community. Each Governor brings different strengths and skills to the Governing Board, but all have a commitment to helping the school. The Headteacher acts as a professional advisor to the governing body. The governors delegate the day to day responsibility for the management of the school to the Headteacher.

     

    The governors focus strongly on three core functions:

    1.    Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

    2.    Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the         performance management of staff;

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

     

    Governance Arrangements

    The full Governing Body meets twice a term as well as many periodic monitoring visits to the school in order to observe performance, ensure safeguarding is of upmost importance and see the teaching, learning (and fun) in action. We have committees who meet when required to consider staff appointments, performance management, finance, appeals and exclusions. We also ensure regular contact with parents, actively seeking feedback on their views of the school.

     

    Work done by the Governing Body

    So that we can be sure that the school is on track to fulfill its ambitious targets for all pupils, Governors discuss key data which give results of pupil achievement and progress. We also consider the outcomes of “vulnerable groups” of children and focus on how the Pupil Premium, Sport Funding and any other grant is being spent by the school and what impact this has on achievement and progress. Our full governing body training this year  will focus on Governor Monitoring and will be taking place virtually in July.

     

    Early in the Summer Term we approve the Budget Plan for the school and approve the revised budget every November. Governors also review and agree key school policies. We also annually review the school Attendance Policy to ensure it is in line with government legislation; we are pleased that attendance figures remain at the high end of similar schools. The minutes of Governing Body meetings are public documents and you can ask at the school office if you would like to see any of the minutes of our meetings.

     

    Future plans for the Governors

    We actively monitor the school in conjunction with the School Development Plan so that we can continually adapt and develop the quality of teaching and education. 

     

    Contact the Governing Body

    We always welcome suggestions, feedback, queries and ideas from parents or prospective parents – please contact the Chair of Governors – via the School Office. 

    The Meon Valley Federation Declarations of Interest

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