Newly Appointed Chair of Governors

At the Full Governing Board meeting held on 22nd September 2016, Mr James Fordham was appointed Chair of Governors and Mrs Susan Thurston has now taken on the post of Vice- Chair, after having led the Governing Body for several years. As a school, we are grateful as always for the full commitment given by all the Governors and look forward to the journey towards outstanding teaching and learning under James’ guidance.

Letter from the Former Chair (Mrs Susan Thurston)

The excellent work of the Headteacher and staff of the school has ensured that our children achieve above and beyond their ability. A school like ours ‘adds value’. Whilst ‘Value added’ is a phrase which is used very liberally in education these days, St Augustine ‘s is a school where ‘value added’ is a reality. In other words, we can expect every child who comes to us to make progress over and above what might be expected in other schools. We also know that any child attending St Augustine’s will have access to a fantastic range of opportunities and experiences, whether this be related to music, art, drama, sport or the environment. The school provides much more than a basic educational diet. The Department for Education and Science and other agencies have recognised this fact with various accolades, of which there are too many to mention here, but I would single out the Award of Artsmark Silver and Eco Green Flag Award, Health Promoting School and Activemark as well as the continuing successes achieved at Peterborough Drama Festival. Whilst these awards celebrate the enthusiasm and commitment of the pupils, they also indicate the dedication of all the staff at St Augustine ‘s. We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful set of teachers and helpers. May I also commend the work of my fellow Governors, who support the school in so many ways, and our parents who attend so many school functions and encourage our youngsters to do their best. As you will see in many areas of this website, we are very proud of our school and regard it as a happy and successful place to be.

Susan Thurston Chair of Governors


 

Governors’ Annual Statement

During the past year the Governing Body have presided over the recruitment of the new Head Teacher, ensuring that the high standards of teaching that the school offers were maintained during a period of transition. We have supported the School Leadership Team in continuing to deliver outstanding teaching, resulting in (refer to last year’s levels in Literacy, Reading and Maths), whilst working to strengthen the Christian character of the school environment. We have supported the new Head Teacher to start to implement positive change in the school, based on a new School Improvement Plan.


 

Our School Governors

As a Church of England Voluntary Aided (VA) Junior School the governors are the schools employers and not the Local Authority. The governors are a critical friend and provide challenge and strategic direction to the school. They meet at school at least once in each term when the Headteacher reports on past activities and future programmes. Matters relating to health, welfare and safety and to the efficient running and upkeep of the school are dealt with and general school policies and finances are discussed, agreed and planned.

In the section ‘Our School’, you will see our Governors in the ‘Meet the Team’ section. Each Governor has shared with you his or her background and years of commitment shown to the school.

Governing Body Code of Conduct

The link below will take you through to the Code of Conduct which is adhered to by all Governors and reviewed and ratified every two years.

Governing Body Code of Conduct

Governors’ Attendance

The report summarises Governors’ attendance at Full Governing Board and Committee meetings throughout the academic year.

Governor attendance 2015-16

Governing Body Register of Pecuniary Interests

It is a statutory requirement for all Governors on the Governing Body to disclose whether they have pecuniary interests in any business, be it suppliers, third party providers etc. to the school. The register for 2016-2017 is attached below for your information.

St. Augustine’s Junior School Governing Body Register of Pecuniary Interests 2016-17

Further relevant information

  • None of our governors have relationships with the school staff (this includes spouses, partners and relatives)
  • The Rev William Gammon has business interests in both St Margaret’s Church and St Augustine’s Church in Fletton.
  • Philip Wing governs Brewsters Avenue Infants and Nursery School.
  • There are no other relevant business interests for our governors to declare.

Governing Body- List of Governors, Dates of Office and Responsibilities

Name of governor

Governor Category, appointing body, and dates of office

Committee membership and individual responsibilities

 

Jean Asher

Foundation Governor appointed by the Ely Diocese

Term of office: 16/03/16 to 15/03/20

Member of the Personnel and Curriculum Committee

Member of the Christian Character Committee

 

James Fordham

Foundation Governor appointed by the Ely Diocese

Term of office: 15/04/13 to 14/04/17

Chair of the Governing Body

Chair of Personnel and Curriculum Committee

Member of the Christian Character Committee

Appointed governor for safeguarding, children in care and SEND

 

Paul Fulstow

Elected Staff Governor

Term of office: 19/09/2016 – 18/09/2020

Member of the Finance and Premises Committee

Member of the Christian Character Committee

 

 

Rev William Gammon

Ex-officio Foundation Governor appointed by the Ely Diocese

Chair of the Christian Character Committee

 

David Kingdom

Local Authority Governor

Term of office: 27/07/14 to 26/07/18

Chair of the Finance and Premises Committee

 

Lesley Nightingale

Foundation Governor appointed by the Ely Diocese

Term of office: 15/04/13 to 14/04/17

Member of the Personnel and Curriculum Committee

Member of the Christian Character Committee

 

Nicola Pierce

Ex-officio Governor (Headteacher)

Member of the Finance and Premises Committee and member of the Personnel and Curriculum Committee

 

Susan Thurston

Foundation Governor appointed by the Ely Diocese

Term of office: 16/03/16 to 15/03/20

Vice Chair of the Governing Body

Member of the Finance and Premises Committee and the Personnel and Curriculum Committee

 

Clare Widmann-Dardis

Foundation Governor appointed by the Ely Diocese

Term of office: 25/03/14 to 24/03/18

Member of the Finance and Premises Committee

Member of the Christian Character Committee

 

Rozanne Williams

Elected Parent Governor

Term of office: 12/2/16 to 11/2/20

Member of the Personnel and Curriculum Committee

 

Philip Wing

Foundation Governor appointed by the Ely Diocese

Term of office: 16/03/16 to 15/03/20

Member of the Finance and Premises Committee

Member of the Christian Character Committee

Governor responsibility for health and safety

 

Hilary Hull

Elected Parent Governor

Term of office: 25/11/16 to 24/11/20

 

 

 

Recent Resignations

 

Kate Marsh-Baxter

Elected Parent Governor

Term of office: 09/10/12 to 08/10/16

Member of the Personnel and Curriculum Committee