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As a group the Governors are loyal and hardworking and increasingly more so due to the raft of Government changes.

The day to day running of the school is the responsibility of the Head teacher. It is the Governing Body's role to ensure that things are done correctly and each child receives his or her educational entitlement, as well as their whole needs being met.

As Chair I work closely with the Head teacher and the Senior Leadership Team covering all aspects of school life.

In 2014-2015 the Full Governing Body will meet four times during the year to discuss whole school issues and adopt policies The Head teacher presents a report on behalf of his Team. Feedback from committees and Governor Link reports also feature.

There are four Sub Committees which meet throughout the year with each Governor attending at least one set of meetings:-

  1. Human Resources
  2. Standards and Curriculum
  3. Finance and Premises
  4. Pastoral

Other sub committees meet when necessary.
Finally Governors are encouraged to establish specific staff links within school, reporting on visits several times a year. Governor training is also on offer during the year.

Governor code of conduct

Key priorities for the governing body in 2014/15 and assessment of impact

Priority 1- To further raise standards and achievements in Key Stage 4

Impact-5ACEM at 76.4% (Best entry), improved from 2015. Overall 5A*-C pass rate highest in last four years at 85.5%, showing the contribution of all subjects to the school’s strong overall performance. ISV significantly reduced, 32 of 34 subjects achieved more than 75% A*-C.

Priority 2- To continue to raise standards and achievements in Key Stage 5

Impact-15% A*, 34% A*/A, 61.4% A*/B- all increases on previous 7 years (A*/B pass rate is 10% higher than the 2014 and national figure of 52.8%). Outcomes at post 16 now positive-value added score of 0.2.

Priority 3-To exceed levels of progress and achievement at Key Stage 3 and enhance literacy & numeracy

Impact- New tracking system introduced to stretch and challenge KS3 pupils. Introduced Assessment without levels system for new Year 7. Accelerated Reader programme introduced to all KS3 pupils. Assessment of the impact in 2015/16

Priority 4- Close the gap between vulnerable cohorts and the whole school

Impact- Lowest gap between PP and non-PP since PP funding commenced. Enormous success with Pupil Premium students on every measure (5ACEM, English/Maths 3 & 4 LOP, EBacc, Average Capped PS) the gap has narrowed significantly. The school target for PP students’ 5ACEM was 66% and the school achieved 66.7%.

Priority 5- To exceed national attendance figures

Impact-2014-2015 attendance was 95.12% showing an improvement of 0.35% from 2013-2014

Priority 6- To ensure behaviour is at least good to support our vision for excellence

Impact New behaviour policy adopted and in place from September 2015. Key change is a focus on rewarding positive behaviour as well as a new structure for sanctions.  Impact assessment to take place at end of 2015/16

Priority 7The teaching in all Key Stages and across all subjects ensures at least good and much outstanding learning

Impact Key focus on new whole school marking policy to improve quality of marking and feedback.  98% of lessons graded as good or outstanding (up by 1.8% on 2013/14), 47% as outstanding.

Priority 8- To ensure leadership at all levels is at least good and supports positive outcomes for students

Impact- Two year ML training programme implemented. QA framework devised and implemented to ensure MLs raise standards within departmental areas. Impact assessed in 2015/16

Full Governing Body
Chair - Mrs J Richards (16.10.13 to 15.10.15)
V Chair - Mrs A Osbeldiston (16.10.13 to 15.10.15)

Finance and Premises Committee
Mr J Thompson (Chair)
Mrs J Richards
Mrs A Mather
Mr D Brown
Mr M Haworth
Mr S White - Head Teacher
Mr P Bridge - Associate Member
Mrs J Turner - Finance Manger

Curriculum & Standards Committee
Mr R Holdsworth (Chair)
Mrs J Richards
Mrs C Brooks
Mrs L Hearn
Mr S White – Head Teacher
Mr M McElvaney - Associate Member

Human Resources Committee
Mrs A Osbeldiston (Chair)
Mrs J Richards
Mr D Holgate
Mr M Robson
Mr S White – Head Teacher

Strategic Working Group
Mrs J Richards (Chair)
Mrs A Osbeldiston
Mrs L Hearn
Mrs C Dennis
Mrs A Mather
Mr J Thompson
Mr H Haworth

Redundancy/Staff Dismissal Procedures
Initial Committee
Mr J Thompson Mr M Robson

Nominating Committee
Mrs A Mather Mr D Brown Mrs C Dennis

Hearing Committee
Mrs J Richards Mrs A Osbeldiston Mr D Holgate

Appeals Committee (inc. Pay Appeals)
Mrs K Rogers
Mrs L Hearn
Professor R Holdsworth

Pastoral Committee
Mrs J Richards
Mrs K Rogers
Mrs C Dennis
Mrs L Hearn
Mr S White – Head Teacher

Staffing Appointments Panel
Mrs A Osbeldiston
Mr J Thompson
Mrs J Richards
Mrs J Graham - Associate Member

Pay Review/ Performance Management Committee
Mrs J Richards (Chair)
Mrs A Osbeldiston Mr J Thompson Mr D Holgate

Complaints Committee
Mrs J Richards Mr D Holgate Mrs A Osbeldiston

Pupil Care & Discipline Committee
Mrs J Richards
Mrs A Osbeldiston

Name, Category & Appointing Body

Term of Office

Committees

Official Responsibility

Attendance at
Governing Body

Attendance at  
Committee

Nature of Interest

Resignation Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pecuniary (you or a close connection – see point 1)

Governor in another school/education establishment

Spouse, partner or relative working in school or with business interests (see point 2.)

 

 

Mrs J Richards
Co-opted Governor
Appointed by GB

01.04.15 – 31.0.19

FP
CS
HR
PAS
PAY/PM
COMP
PCD
HEARING

Chair

5/5

3/3
3/3
3/3
2/3
1/1

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

Mrs A Osbeldiston
Co-opted Governor
Appointed by GB

01.04.15-31.03.19

HR
PAY/PM
COMP
PCD HEARING
APPEALS

Vice Chair

5/5

3/3
1/1

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

Mr S White
Headteacher

N/A

FP
CS
HR
PAS

Headteacher

5/5

3/3
2/3
3/3
3/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

Mr D Brown
Local Authority Governor
Appointed by the LA

20.04.14-19.04.18

FP
NOM

N/A

5/5

3/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

Mr M Haworth
Staff Governor
Appointed by Staff

01.03.13-28.02.17

FP

N/A

5/5

3/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

Mrs C Brooks
Co-opted Governor
Appointed by GB

01.04.15 -31.03.19

CS
HEARING

N/A

5/5

3/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

Mr D Holgate
Co-opted Governor
Appointed by GB

01.04.15 -31.03.19

PAS
PAY/PM
HEARING

N/A

3/5

3/3
1/1

Nil

Nil

Son – Sound 2 AV- Sound & Lighting

N/A

Mrs A Mather
Co-opted  Governor
Appointed by GB

01.04.15-31.03.19

FP
NOM
APPEAL

N/A

3/5

2/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

Mr J Thompson
Co-opted Governor
Appointed by GB

01.04.15 -31.03.19

FP
HR
PAY/PM
INITIAL
CS
HEARING

N/A

5/5

3/3
3/3
1/1

3/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

Mrs C Dennis
Parent Governor
Elected by Parents

10.01.13-09.01.17

PAS
PCD
NOM

N/A

3/5

3/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

Mrs L Hearn
Parent Governor
Elected by Parents

11.06.14-10.06.18

CS
PAS
APPEALS

N/A

5/5

3/3
3/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

Prof R Holdsworth
Parent Governor
Elected by Parents

16.12.13-15.12.17

CS
APPEALS

N/A

3/5

3/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

Mr M Robson
Parent Governor
Elected by Parents

22.12.14-21.12.18

HR
INITIAL

N/A

1/5

0/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

N/A

Mrs K Rogers
Parent Governor
Elected by Parents

03.10.13-02.10.17

PAS
HR
APPEALS

N/A

4/5

2/3
2/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Mrs J Graham
Associate Member
Appointed by GB

01.04.15-31.03.19

HR with voting rights

N/A

5/5

 

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Mr M McElvaney
Associate  Member
Appointed by GB

01.04.15-31.03.19

CS

N/A

2/5

3/3

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

REGISTER OF GOVERNOR INTEREST GUIDANCE

Governors must declare any relevant business interests as well as the details of any other educational establishments they govern.  The register must also set out any relationships between governors and members of the schools staff including spouses, partners and relatives.  It is important to address any perception of a conflict of interests by making clear where such potential personal or pecuniary interests might apply; this might be a conflict between personal interests and the interests of the school or the Council when dealing with outside organisations or individuals.

Note 1. Pecuniary interest includes current employment, businesses (of which partner/proprietor), company directorship, charity trusteeship and other conflict.
Note 2. Personal Interests can also include business involvement/company directorship or trusteeships or family or close connections to the governor (for example a company the school might have contracts with).

Examples (potential conflicts):

  • A governor whose spouse/partner is employed by the school – Should not take part in discussion regarding theschool’s pay policy or any staffing matter that might impact on their partner.  Both direct and indirect decisions might impact on the salary range of senior staff e.g. increasing pupil numbers.
  • A governor involved with any committee group, business or after school club who hire part of the school – Should not be party to discussion involving the use of the school or their charging policy.
  • A governor who is a supplier of goods or services to the school – Should not take part in decisions regarding the letting of contracts for that type of goods or services where a sub-contract relationship might exist.

The register of governor interests must also include details of attendance record at the governing body meetings and committees over the year and reviewed and updated on an annual basis indicating also when a governor steps down.
Associate governors must be included on the register and it should be clear when they have voting rights.
The school is required to maintain a similar register of staff interests that should also be reviewed annually – as specified in the NCC code of conduct.  Staff had previously been included with the governor’s declarations but in light of the governing body register of interests being required to be published on the school web site, a separate register should be drawn up.  Staff governors will need to be included on both registers.

DAVID BROWN
Local Authority Governor: 27/09/2010 to Present
Professional Details: HSEQ Manager for Steetley Dolomite Ltd in Ferryhill, Co. Durham, with a Diploma in Safety management
Association with Egglescliffe School: started by moving to live in Eaglescliffe, and becoming a sponsor governor whilst working for a local manufacturing company. My wife and both children are past pupils of the school.
Reason for being a Governor: Interest in education and the school began with my childrens’ development at the school, and remain keen to maximise potential of all young people attending Egglescliffe school
Other relevant roles: Active member of the governing body serving on a number of committees including Health and Safety and Self Assessment.

ALISON OSBELDISTON
Co-opted Governor: 10/10/2008 to Present
Professional Details: Personnel Officer with Department of Work and Pensions. Based in Stockton but work throughout Tees Valley.
Association with Egglescliffe School: I have an (almost) lifelong association with Egglescliffe School. I am a loyal, committed and enthusiastic Governor with a sound knowledge of current personnel practice as well as knowledge of the local labour market and links with employers.
Reasons for being a governor: I am interested in education and would seek to support the school in any way that I can. I consider that strong links between home and school are important to education and development of young people
Other relevant roles: In the past I have worked with primary school children in achieving cycling proficiency and I am now a volunteer in the school’s Special Needs department.

JOAN GRAHAM (Associate Governor)
Associate Governor: 04/08/2010 to Present
Professional Details: I had a career in banking and accountancy for twenty years, Associate Member
Association with Egglescliffe School: Parent of 4 ex pupils, now married with families (2 children at this school). Ex member of PTA for many years. Area involvement with school music – TVMS and Youth Orchestra. Accounts of ECCA (previous youth organisation of school and community) Governor link to the Arts.
Reasons for being a governor: Education has been an interest for many years and the development of the curriculum a special interest, especially the value of the Arts in youngsters’ development.
Other relevant roles: Long standing involvement with feeder primary schools as RoSPA examiner for Road Safety and organiser of cycling proficiency teams in all feeder schools (voluntary)

Prof ROBERT HOLDSWORTH
Parent Governor: 25/02/2011 to Present
Professional Details: Professor Robert Edmund Holdsworth FGS, FGSA University academic since 1986 based at Durham University Dept of Earth Sciences. Former Head of Department (2005-10). Currently Professor of Structural Geology.
Association with Egglescliffe School: I am an experienced academic from the Department of Earth Sciences at Durham University where I have served as Head of Department (2005-10). My eldest son finished his A-Levels in 2012 and two of his younger brothers are presently at school and one more is on the way. I bring expertise and perspectives from Higher Education sector and wish to support and strengthen teaching in all the sciences and geography-geosciences.
Reasons for being a Governor: 1) Wish to contribute expertise and perspectives from Higher Education sector; 2) strengthening of school links to regional Universities, especially in geosciences; 3) interested in supporting and strengthening teaching in all the sciences; 4) interested in promoting links with local companies and employers.
Other Relevant Roles: 1) Energy perspectives: member of Office of Nuclear Regulation Expert Panel for Seismic Risk and Climate Change (Nuclear New Builds). 2) Knowledge Exchange Fellow for the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC).

MATTHEW HAWORTH
Staff Governor: 24/10/2008 to Present
Professional Details: I read music at Southampton University to M.A level and then undertook my P.G.C.E course at Durham University.
Association with Egglescliffe School: Head of Music, Egglescliffe School. Member of Staff for 13 years.
Reasons for being a governor: As a longstanding member of staff and a school governor for a number of years I take a keen interest in the success of the school and the broader whole school issues that effect pupils and staff.
Other relevant roles: I am the Secondary school representative on the Tees Valley Music Service Management Committee which is a shared service managed by Stockton Borough Council.

DEREK HOLGATE
Co-opted Governor: 29/02/2012 to Present
Professional Details: Former Sales Director and major share holder of a major supplier of injection mouldings based in Eaglescliffe, Scotland and South Wales
Association with Egglescliffe School: My association with the school is via my two step-children and my youngest son, all of whom are now enjoying successful careers
Reasons for being a governor: I have a keen interest in helping children develop both intellect and the right attitude to maximise their chances in the future.
Other relevant roles: President of Stockton and District Motor Club
Chief Safety Officer of the Jim Clark International Rally
Joint Clerk of the Course of the Tour of Hamsterley Rally and Chairman of Teesside Motor Sports Group

JANET RICHARDS
Co-opted Governor: 01/09/2010 to Present
Professional details: I am a qualified primary school teacher, working as a part-time supply teacher in Stockton Borough.
Association with Egglescliffe School: I have lived in Eaglescliffe for the last twenty years and all three of my children have successfully passed through the school. I was an active member of the P.T.A. from 1993 until 2009
Reason for being a governor: An interest in education and a desire to help maintain the smooth running of an Outstanding School for the benefit of the local community has led me to become a key member of the Governing Body.
Other Relevant Roles: Setting up and running a playgroup

JOHN THOMPSON
Co-opted Governor of long standing 18/09/2014 to Present
Professional details: Chartered Electrical Engineer – retired. Previously having worked in the local steel and port industries before working as an engineer consultant.
Assocation with Egglescliffe School: I am a long serving governor, having initially been elected as a Parent Governor and subsequently appointed as a co-opted Governor.
My deep commitment to the school and years of experience as a governor coupled with the financial, managerial and engineering skills gained as a Chartered Engineer enable me to make a positive contribution to the governance of the school.
Reasons for being a Governor: I have a long interest in training and am keen to contribute to the school and community that gave my children a good education and hence an excellent start in life.

AILEEN MATHER
Co-opted Governor – 01/04/2015 to present
Association with Egglescliffe School: I currently work in a primary school however prior to that I spent 20 years working in the finance industry. The skills I bring to the governing body are a substantial knowledge of both educational and financial matters which I feel enables me to make sounds judgements when necessary.

CHRISTINE BROOKS
Co-opted Governor – 01/04/2015 to present
Association with Egglescliffe School: As a Primary school teacher I have a good understanding of current education policy and special educational needs. In my volunteer roles with Girlguiding I chair meetings and lead and manage various teams, organise events and projects, act as a supportive mentor, manage finances and have experience of strategic planning.

LIZ HEARN
Parent Governor – 11/06/2014 to present
Association with Egglescliffe School: I work in in Stockton as an Optometrist and have been involved with the PTA and Friends of Egglescliffe Music since 2012. Since becoming a parent governor in 2014 I have become the link governor for the Special Educational Needs department and for looked after children. I am committed to supporting the continued development of teaching and learning for all students and passionately believe in pupils having access to a wide range of experiences and extracurricular activities.

CAROL DENNIS
Parent Governor – 10/01/2013 – to present
Association with Egglescliffe School: Born and bred in Eaglescliffe, I am very community minded and seek to serve as a governor to use skills gained from working in schools to the benefit of Egglescliffe School. I have expertise and qualification's relating to children with special educational needs I have the time, motivation and energy needed to fulfil this important role.

MICK ROBSON
Parent Governor – 22/12/2014 to present
Association with Egglescliffe School: My daughters Annabel and Elizabeth joined Egglescliffe in September. We chose the school because it’s a community with the wellbeing of the children at its heart. I believe that good education is assisted by effective pastoral care and is fundamental to raising healthy and emotionally strong children in preparation for adult life. I am a senior police officer used to managing change and improving the services provided to the public and am keen to use my experience and enthusiasm to help the new head steer the school through continuous improvement giving all our children the best start in life.

KAY ROGERS
Parent Governor – 03/10/2013 to present
Association with Egglescliffe School: I have a great interest in bringing the children of Egglescliffe school the best education and care possible. As a parent governor, I can offer objective views on what I believe is important to the running of the school and challenge any inefficiencies from a parental point of view.