Governors’ Annual Statement

Last school year at St Augustine’s was one of real achievement.
The report the school received from Ofsted following inspection in July of this year was very positive, and came as a direct result of the work I see the Headteacher and her staff putting in day-in day-out throughout the school year. During recent months, I have seen first-hand how the teaching staff have identified learning priorities for individual children, and how they have worked as a team to ensure the children receive the highest possible standard of teaching at all times.
The outstanding rating that the school achieved in our SIAMs church school inspection earlier in the year came as a result of many months of hard work by many members of staff, and is a reflection of the school’s deep Christian core.
The Head and her team, with the guidance and support of Rev. William Gammon (Father Bill) and our new Christian Character Committee, place Christian values at the centre of the school day, and this can be seen in so many different ways in daily school life – in how the children are encouraged in class, in the number of enriching, extra-curricular activities and clubs available to them, in the school’s very diligent approach to child protection, in the children’s behaviour. The children are challenged to achieve their best, in a caring, supportive environment where Christian fellowship shines through. Governors embrace those same Christian values in our dealings with the school and receive support and encouragement for our work in return. The work that Rosa Ashby has done this year in developing the RE curriculum and putting RE assessment standards in place across the school was a major factor in achieving the outstanding rating.
At Governors’ meetings, of course it’s important that we analyse data and the academic results the school is achieving at a general level. For me, that data only tells a small part of the story at St Augustine’s – whenever I come into school, I am impressed by the breadth of activities I see children getting involved in, by the care and concern the staff demonstrate for the children, and by the children’s respectful attitude.
I have been a governor at this great school for many years, and 2016-17 has made me prouder than ever.
James Fordham, Chair of Governors

 

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