Governors

Welcome:

We are very proud to be school governors of The Beacon CE Primary School, an outstanding school, recognised by OFSTED as such in 2014 and SIAMS in 2016.

On the 1st December 2017, our school joined the Liverpool Diocesan Schools Academy Trust (LDST). 

As a Local Governing Body (LGB), within the Multi Academy Trust (MAT), we have delegated powers under the LDST Scheme of Delegation to oversee the running of the school and have responsibility for day to day operational matters. Some of these powers have been delegated to committees or to the Headteacher but with the understanding that the ultimate responsibility lies with the LGB. 

The school is accountable to us as the LGB and we are accountable to the Board of Directors of the Trust

Governance arrangements

Under the LDST Scheme of Delegation, our LGB consists of 15 members -

  • 1 Staff governor – elected by staff
  • 3 LDST foundation governors (appointed with particular reference to their Christian faith)
  • 4 Parent governors – elected by parents
  • 6 Co-opted governors – appointed by governing body
  • Headteacher - Ex-Officio member

Our foundation governors, together with other governors, have a responsibility to preserve and develop the school’s religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England. 

Our close links with St George’s Parish Church are a crucial part of maintaining, delivering and developing our Christian ethos and identity and ensuring that the school’s Mission Statement, Christian Values and Aims are embedded in all aspects of school life.

The SIAMS INSPECTION in March 2016 judged the school to be outstanding in all areas.

A Chair and Vice Chair are elected annually by the LGB and formally approved by the LDST. The Chair in 2018 is Mr Neil Lockwood and the Vice Chair is Mrs Margaret Rowlands. 

The Clerk to the Governors, Mr Terry Brown, is employed through a Service Level Agreement with the Local Authority. The Clerk works closely with the Headteacher and Chair, arranges the agendas for the meetings, takes and distributes minutes and advises on procedural matters.

Governing Body Structure as of January 2018

Name

Category of Governor

Appointed By

Term of Office

Roles & Committees

Declaration of Interest

Mr Neil John Lockwood

Co-opted

Governing Body

22/11/14 - 21/11/18

4 Years

Chair of Governors

None

Ex Officio member of all committees

Chair of Staffing and Pay

Maths Link

Mrs Sally Aspinwall

Headteacher

Governing Body

N/A

Ex Officio member of all committees (except Discipline and Grievance)

Employee of the school

Mrs Irene Linda Sutter

Foundation

Diocese / St Georges PCC

21/07/14 - 20/07/18

4 Years

Christian Distinctiveness

SENDco Governor

Rights respecting Schools Link Governor

None

Miss Jennifer Anne Jarman

Foundation

Diocese / St Georges PCC

 

01/05/17 - 30/04/21

4 Years

Christian Distinctiveness

Safeguarding Governor

None

VACANCY

Foundation

 

 

 

 

Miss Cynthia Margaret Carmichael

Co-opted

Governing Body

 

18/09/17 - 17/09/21

4 Years

Pay & Staffing, Finance & Premises Committees

None

Mrs Ann Nicola Charters

Co-opted

Governing Body

10/10/16 -  09/10/20

4 Years

Finance & Premises Committee

Employee of the school

Ms Suzanne Romano

Co-opted

Governing Body

14/10/17 - 13/10/21

4 Years

Pay and Staffing, Discipline Committee,

None

Mrs Margaret Rowlands

Co-opted

Governing Body

29/01/18 - 28/01/22

4 Years

Vice Chair of Governors

Pay & Staffing, Finance & Premises Committees (Chair)

Discipline Committee (Chair)

None

Interim Health and Safety Governor

Pupil Premium Governor

Mr J Morrin

Co-opted

Governing Body

19/3/18

-

18/3/22

4 Years

 

Employee of St Michael's High School

Miss Jo-Anne Cashmore

Parent

Parent Election

02/11/16 - 01/11/20

4 Years

Curriculum Link

None

Mr Simon Mark Till

Parent

Parent Election

23/06/16 - 22/06/20

4 Years

Pay & Staffing Committee

None

Appointment confirmed May 2018 

Parent

 

 

 

 

Appointment confirmed May 2018 

Parent

 

 

 

 

Mrs Jacqueline Donoghue

Staff

Staff Election

01/12/14 - 30/11/18

4 Years

 

Employee of the school

 

         

Committees 2018 

The Governing Body has a number of committees who meet to consider different aspects of the school in detail. These committees work to agreed Terms of Reference and are accountable for their actions to the LGB and ultimately to the Trust.

The Christian Distinctiveness Committee: Ensures the vision and ethos of the school is consistent with the distinctive Christian vision of LDST. 

Chair of Committee 2018: TBC

The Finance and Premises Committee- The Committee is responsible for operating the Trust and school’s finance policies, for managing the school’s budget and for holding regular monitoring meetings. The committee also considers and monitors the premises and health and safety aspects in school.

Chair of Committee 2018: Mrs Margaret Rowlands

The Staffing and Pay Committee– The Committee 

  • is responsible for setting the overall staffing structure
  • monitors the appraisal of all teaching staff and agrees pay progression
  • agrees governors toappraise the performance of the Head Teacher annually and within pay limits decides on pay discretions based on this appraisal. The Governors are supported by an external advisor from the Trust.
  • agrees and monitors all Trust and school level staffing and pay policies

Chair of Committee 2018: Mr Neil John Lockwood

The Discipline Committee- The Committee is the formal discipline committee which deals with matters of pupil exclusion. The Headteacher is not a member of this committee.

Chair of Committee 2018: Mrs Margaret Rowlands

In addition, we also have an Appeals Committee which meets when necessary. 

Individual governors have been appointed to closely monitor: 

  • Health and Safety – Interim responsibility Mrs M Rowlands
  • Pupil Premium - Mrs M Rowlands
  • Special Educational Needs – Mrs I Sutter
  • Safeguarding – Ms J Jarman

We have link governors for:

  • Curriculum– Miss J Cashmore
  • Maths – Mrs N Lockwood
  • Right’s Respecting School – Mrs I Sutter

Governance Review for 2016-2017.

Autumn Term

  • A full analysis of the school’s results enabled the Governors to agree the School’s Improvement Plan.
  • In September, we were asked by the Local Authority and the Dioceses’ and agreed to support another Diocese school (Bishop Martin C of E Primary). This has enabled both staff and governors to work collaboratively to share good practice and ensure the staff, governors and children of both school’s benefit from working together. 
  • The Governors were involved in discussions to be involved as a school in the first Liverpool Diocese’s MAT (Multi Academy Trust).
  • We discussed raising our admission numbers with the Local Authority.
  • Plans were drawn for the construction of new classrooms 
  • Staffing and Pay Governors met to monitor the school’s performance management and appraisal of teachers and agreed any pay progressions.
  • Headteacher’s appraisal was completed with advice from a Local Authority School Improvement Partner.
  • Safeguarding Governors met with the Senior leadership team
  • Pupil Premium Governor met with the Assistant Headteacher to discuss the Pupil Premium Strategy and impact from previous year.

Spring Term

  • The Governing Body agreed to be involved in the first wave of the Liverpool Diocesan Multi Academy trust (DMAT).
  • Governors met parents to discuss the proposed acadamisation. 
  • Parent views on the school were sought via a questionnaire and forum meeting. A full response to parental views was sent to all parents, identifying any actions to be taken. This letter is available on the school’s website under the parents tab.
  • Governors completed the Headteacher’s half termly appraisal.
  • The staffing structure for 2017-18 was agreed. A governor attended interviews for new staff and Teaching and Learning responsibility appointments.
  • The School’s Financial Value Standard (SFVS) was completed and submitted to the LA – this standard helps us in ensuring we have secure financial management systems in place.
  • Pupil Premium Governor met with the Assistant Headteacher to discuss progress on the strategy
  • SENDCo and Sports Lead reported to Finance Governors on the impact of the funding received.

Summer term

  • One of the roles of the Governing Body is reviewing and agreeing school policies and the Governing Body has ensured that all statutory policies have been or will be reviewed within the next year and that the webpage is compliant.
  • A three-year budget was agreed and submitted to the LA
  • The plans for the new extension were submitted to planning
  • At the end of the school year the Governing Body began the process of analysing assessment data for 2017 and agreeing the priorities for the 2017/18 School Improvement Plan. 
  • Governors continued to be fully involved and informed on the developments in the Liverpool Diocese Multi Academy Trust.
  • Governors completed a skills audit, this identified the skills and knowledge across the Governing Body as well as identifying any skills gaps which might require further training to be put in place.
  • Governors attended and presented awards at the end of year Awards Celebration.

Governors’ future plans

  • In addition to the established monitoring and evaluation schedule the Governing Body will also: 
  • Continue to focus on our pupils’ attainment and well-being.
  • Support and challenge on the school’s improvement plan
  • Continue to be involved in the establishment of the DMAT
  • Continue to develop and strengthen the working relationship with our partner school
  • Plan for further extension to the school building to accommodate increasing pupil numbers.

How you can contact the Governing Body 

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors, Neil Lockwood, via the school office. 

a.mcgurk@beacon.liverpool.sch.uk

Information on Governors 2016-2017

Reverend Kate Wharton left St George’s at the end of the 2017 academic year. Kate has been an excellent Chair of Governors, has supported the school and led the Governors in too many ways to list. We wish her well in her new Parish but she will be sorely missed by the whole school community and by all the Governors.

Name

Category of Governor

Business and Pecuniary Interests

Full Board

Finance Pay Staffing Discipline

HT Appraisal

Number of meetings     6/6 5/5 1/1 2/2 2/2 2/2
Mr Neil John Lockwood Co-opted None declared 6/6 5/5 1/1 2/2

 

2/2

 

2/2
Mrs Sally Aspinwall Headteacher

Headteacher of the school

Executive Headteacher of Bishop Martin CE School

6/6 5/5 1/1 2/2

2/2

2/2
Rev Canon Kate Wharton

Foundation

Resigned 31/08/17

None declared 2/5          
Mrs Irene Linda Sutter Foundation None declared 6/6          
Miss Cynthia Margaret Carmichael Co-opted None declared 6/6 5/5 1/1      
Mrs Ann Nicola Charters Co-opted Employee of the school 6/6          
Miss Lynsey Gobin

Co-opted

Resigned 31//08/17

Employee of North Liverpool Academy 3/5          
Ms Suzanne Romano Co-opted None declared 6/6   1/1 2/2 1/2  
Mrs Margaret Rowlands Local Authority None declared 5/6 5/5 1/1 2/2 2/2 2/2
Miss Jo-Anne Cashmore Parent None declared 5/6          
Ms Gemma Budgen

Parent

Resigned 31/08/17

None declared 3/6          
Mr Simon Mark Till Parent None declared 6/6     2/2    
Mrs JacquelineDonoghue Staff Employee of the school 6/6          
Miss Jennifer Anne Jarman 

Foundation

Appointed within the year

None declared 5/6          
Rev. Ashley Ross

Associate

Resigned 01/05/17

None declared 0/3          
               

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