Governance

School Governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. They direct the work of our school. They are volunteers and are part of one of the biggest volunteer work forces in the country.  Our  governing body is made up of a team of enthusiastic and skilled volunteers. This makes them special and dedicated people. 
 
The role of the Governing Board is key to the effectiveness of a school and our drive to be good in all that we do. Our governors provide:
  • strategic leadership: ensure the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction and set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and hold the Head of School to account for educational performance here
  • oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well managed and spent appropriately
  • carry out assurance and accountability activities to make sure the school is compliant with all the financial frameworks, legal and contractual terms that apply to it
  • be a source of challenge and support to the school 
Governors may not act independently to the rest of the Board; decisions are a joint responsibility.
 
Each governor is a member of our Board, which is established as a Charitable Company limited by guarantee.  This means that we are both a company and have charitable status. 

Governor categories

There are the following categories of governor in our school:

  • Full Governors - these are proposed to join the board because they can provide a specific expertise to the school. They come from all walks of life. They need to be 18 or older and cannot be disqualified from being a Company Director. They will also need an enhanced DBS to work in our school. 

  • Staff Governors - Staff governors consist of the Headteacher and other members of staff. The role for other staff is unique in that, by definition, staff are involved in the day to day running of the school and yet are asked as governors to put this to one side and be ‘strategic managers’. The role of the staff governor offers an opportunity to make a real contribution to the strategic management of the school, providing an interesting and rewarding dimension to work. They are proposed and nominated by other staff within the school.    

  • Parent Governors are proposed and nominated by other parents within the school. Parent Governors are representative of the school community but do not formally represent the school's parents on the Governing body; they are an individual with skills to offer who also happen to be a parent.

  • Co-opted Governors are people from the community who have skills to offer that can make a difference to the school and its pupils. Co-opted Governors are especially useful appointments if there is a particular skill or expertise needed for a Governing Body, whether for the short term or for a longer period of time. 

  • Local Authority (LA) Governor – On a non-maintained special school governing board there should be one LA governor. They do not have to work for or be an elected member of  the local authority but their appointment is always approved by the local authority. 

The Governing Body and Sub Committees Structure and Terms of Reference

In addition to the overall Governing Body,we have a number of sub-committees that help us to govern the school. These sub-committees are designed to undertake delegated duties from the governing body in relation to specific areas. All work undertaken in these sub-committees is reported back to the governing body. 

In addition some sub committees have groups that meet on an “as required” basis during the year to manage specific issues. 

The Governing Body agrees the terms of reference for all sub committees and groups when they are established. The terms of reference are set out below in the sections on each of our sub-committees. 

The structure of the Governing Body is set out below.


The Governing Body

Purpose: The Governing Body needs to take a strategic role, act as a critical friend to the school and be accountable for its decisions. It should set aims and objectives and agree, monitor and review policies, targets and priorities. 

Meetings: Not less than termly

Terms of reference:

  1. To agree constitutional matters*, including procedures where the Governing Body has discretion. To carry out an annual review of the Governing Body and make recommendations for any changes.

  2. To recruit new members as vacancies arise and appoint new governors* where appropriate. To suspend or dismiss a governor where appropriate*. 

  3. To hold at least three Governing Body meetings a year*.

  4. To appoint or remove the Chair and Vice Chair*. To appoint or remove a Clerk*.

  5. To decide which functions will be delegated to sub-committees (including exceptional working arrangements) and establish the sub-committees, terms of reference and review annually. 

  6. To receive reports from any individual or committee and to monitor the progress of work being undertaken by committees and individuals, and consider any further action by the Governing Body*.

  7. To agree early in the summer term, the annual programme of work and meetings for all governors based on known cycles of place planning, EHCP, school improvement, financial management, staffing, curriculum and communicating with parents.

  8. To ensure the school has a clear long term vision, ethos and strategic direction and set the aims, objectives, policies and targets for achieving the vision

  9. To oversee formulating and monitoring the school’s business plan, self assessment and development plan (our improvement plan)., evaluate progress and hold Senior Leadership Team to account 

  10. To manage the Governor and oversee the school response to Ofsted and external reports as necessary, ensuring that school improvement stays the focus of the governors’ and staff’ work.

  11. To oversee financial performance and ensure money is well managed and spent appropriately

  12. To carry out assurance and accountability activities to make sure the school is compliant with all the financial frameworks, legal and contractual terms that apply to it

  13. To ensure that pupils, parents and community are involved, consulted and informed and aid in shaping the school 

  14. To participate in the appointment and performance management of the Headteacher 

  15. To respond to matters of particular difficulty, sensitivity or emergency and offer advice and support to the Headteacher. Be a source of challenge and support to the school

  16. To audit individual and collective development needs and promote appropriate training.

  17. To monitor the effectiveness of the policy framework of the school and to receive and approve all school policies including setting the Pay Policy for the school.

  18. To keep Health and Safety Policy and practice under review and make revisions where appropriate.

*these matters cannot be delegated to either a committee or an individual

Membership: All governors appointed as per the Memorandum of Association. Governors may not be involved in or vote on agenda items in which they have a personal interest and must declare any such interest in advance of the start of any discussions. 


Current members are set out in the table below 

Role

Name

End of Term in Office

Chairman

Mr Andy Roberts

23/04/2022

Governor (Vice Chair)

Mr Nick Bassarab

31/08/2023

Head Teacher Governor 

Mrs Alex Blackburn

Duration of employment

Governor 

Mrs Zoe Frais

24/04/2022

Governor 

Mr Ian Gallagher

31/08/2024

Governor 

Ms Alison Moon

31/01/2023

Governor (Co-opted)

Mr Peter Gilson

22/06/2023

Governor (Co-opted)

Ms Alison Collins

22/06/2023

Governor

Mr Geoffrey Purves

22/06/2023

Governor 

Mr Stewart Evans

31/08/2023

Local Authority Governor

Cllr Veronica Jones

12/06/2022

Staff Governor

Mr Andrew Chipchase

01/07/2023

Parent Governor

Ms Charlotte Webb

01/07/2023

Clerk 

Ms Heather Tanner

Duration of employment

Clerking services are also provided by Northumberland County Council

Quorum: Not less than one third of the number of Governors in post 


The Finance Sub Committee

Purpose:  Oversees the financial performance of the school and makes sure its money is well managed and spent appropriately. Carries out assurance and accountability activities to make sure the school is compliant with all the financial frameworks, legal and contractual terms that apply to it.

Meetings: Not less than termly

Terms of reference:

  1. To elect a Chair and appoint a Clerk. 

  2. To meet at least three times, spread throughout the year to monitor progress against the Finance priorities in the School Development Plan and the overall resources needed to run the school

  3. To make regular reports to the Governing Body. 

  4. To monitor monthly expenditure. 

  5. To approve the first formal budget plan of the financial year.

  6. To establish and maintain an up-to-date three year financial plan. 

  7. To benchmark school financial performance against similar schools. 

  8. To monitor and evaluate the management of the School Fund and Donations Accounts. 

  9. To consider a budget position statement, including virement decisions, at least termly and to report to the Governing Body any significant anomalies from the anticipated position

  10. To ensure that the school operates within the financial regulations applying to it, including Companies Act 2006, financial controls for charities, and the contractual terms of the ESFA.

  11. To appoint accountancy and financial advice as required.

  12. To appoint external auditors and ensure the timely submission of annual accounts to Companies House and the Charities Commission. 

  13. To appoint insurers and ensure the school’s insurance arrangements are sufficient including keeping an accurate schedule of insurance. 

  14. To review annually charges and remissions policies and expenses policies. 

  15. To make decisions in respect of contracts for service and service level agreements. 

  16. To make decisions on expenditure following recommendations from the Headteacher or the Governing Body

  17. To allocate sufficient funds in the annual budget to provide for pay increments as recommended under performance management/ appraisal arrangements. 

  18. To act as the pay committee of the Governing Body to decide all pay matters. The committee will have full powers to make decisions within the pay policy adopted by the Governing Body. 

  19. To ensure that the requirements of the Schools Financial Value Standard in Schools (SFVS) are being maintained or worked towards. 

  20. To keep under review the financial impacts of the long term development of the school. 

  21. Maintain and update annually a file of pecuniary interest declarations

  22. Review, adopt and monitor a governors’ expenses policy and curriculum policy

  23. To ensure that the Pay Policy Group are directed to carry out their terms of reference in a timely manner. 

Membership: All governors appointed by the Governing Body to act on the sub committee, plus any staff members directed by the Chair of Governors and Headteacher. 


Current members are

Ian Gallagher (Chair), Alex Blackburn, Alison Moon, Peter Gilson, Alison Collins

Quorum: Not less than two of the members of the sub committee, one of which must be a Governor.


The Pay Policy Group

Purpose: To meet annually and to have the full powers to make decisions and implement the criteria agreed within the Pay Policy adopted by the Governing Body. 

Meetings: Annually

Terms of reference:

  1. To apply the criteria set by the policy, including linkages with the school Appraisal Policy, in determining the pay of each member of staff. To receive evidence of staff progress (or otherwise) towards achieving objectives including lesson observation, pupil progress, work scrutiny records and teachers’ standards relevant to career stage expectations.

  2. To observe all statutory and contractual obligations. 

  3. To ensure that the policy complies with the most recent School Teachers’ Pay & Conditions Document.

  4. To ensure that all pay decisions have regard to the legislation outlined in the school’s Pay Policy. 

  5. To recommend the annual pay budget, including pay progression at all levels. The Governing Body recognises that funding cannot be used as a criterion to decide performance pay progression. 

  6. To minute clearly the reasons for all recommendations / decisions and to report these to the full Governing Body. 

  7. The full Governing Body will receive the report of the Pay Award Committee in the confidential section of the agenda. Once endorsed the Pay Award Committee will ensure that each member of staff receives, by 31st October each year, a written statement of the breakdown of pay as at 1 September. 

  8. To ensure that staff know the procedure for making an appeal against pay decisions. 

  9. To ensure that there are clear job descriptions for each post at the school, so that additional allowances can be awarded in a fair, equitable and consistent manner. 

  10. To keep abreast of developments influencing pay considerations and to advise the Governing Body when the pay policy needs to be reviewed.

Membership: All governors appointed by the Governing Body to the Finance Sub Committee. The Headteacher will be entitled to attend all meetings in an advisory capacity, except matters relating to their own pay award in which case they must withdraw from the meeting.  No Governor may participate in discussions leading to recommendations / decisions in which he / she has a pecuniary interest. 


Current members are

Andy Roberts (Chair), Zoe Frais, Ian Gallagher, Alex Blackburn

Quorum: Not less than one third of the number of Governors in post. 


Safeguarding and HR Sub Committee

Purpose: The function of the sub-committee is to consider matters relating to Health and Safety, Safeguarding and Prevent, child protection, student welfare / pastoral care. In addition the sub-committee is to consider matters in relation to employment matters and staff welfare. 

Meetings: Not less than termly

Terms of reference:

  1. To ensure that staffing procedures (including recruitment procedures) follow current employment and equalities legislation and safer recruitment practices.

  2. To annually review procedures for dealing with staff discipline, capability, absence management and grievances and make recommendations to the governing body for approval.

  3. To take part in and manage HR cases as required by the policies of the school. 

  4. To ensure that the school is staffed sufficiently for the fulfilment of the school‘s development plan and the effective operation of the school. In consultation with staff, to oversee any process leading to staff reductions.

  5. To establish and oversee the operation of the school’s Appraisal Policy – including the arrangements and operation of the school’s appraisal procedures for the Headteacher. To ensure that the Headteachers Performance Group are directed to carry out their terms of reference in a timely manner. 

  6. To make recommendations to the Governing Body on the Pay Policy for all categories of staff.

  7. To agree and monitor a policy on Health and Safety which meets all provisions determined by legislation and contract to ensure health, safety and welfare of students, staff and others

  8. To agree and review the Food Safety and Accident Reporting policies

  9. To receive reports in relation to Health and Safety issues and make recommendations to the Governing Body.

  10. To agree, monitor and review the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, and the Anti-Bullying Policy

  11. To monitor the pastoral care of students and review any policies in relation thereto.

  12. To review and monitor policies and initiatives relating to digital Safeguarding in school. 

  13. To elect a governor champion for Safeguarding and Child Protection and Anti Bullying. 

Membership: All governors appointed by the Governing Body to act on the sub committee, plus any staff members directed by the Chair of Governors and Headteacher. 


Current members are

Zoe Frais (Chair), Alison Moon, Alex Blackburn

Quorum: Not less than two of the members of the sub committee, one of which must be a Governor.


Headteacher Performance Group 

Purpose: To meet annually to carry out the Headteacher appraisal and make recommendations to the Pay Policy Sub Group in relation to Pay Awards as per the policy adopted by the Governing Body.

Meetings: Not less than annually

Terms of reference

  1. To arrange to meet with the External Adviser to support the review of the Headteacher’s performance targets.

  2. To decide, with the support of the External Adviser, whether the targets have been met and to

  3. set new targets annually.

  4. To carry out the appraisal with the Headteacher in a timely manner, and agree the schedule of additional meetings during the year to monitor the performance of the Principal against the targets.

  5. To make recommendations to the Pay Policy Sub Group in respect of increments for the successful meeting of targets set.

Membership: The Governing Body may appoint two governors and an External Adviser to be reviewers. The following are disqualified from the membership: Staff Governors. The Headteacher will attend the appraisal meeting held with the group membership. 


Current members are

Andy Roberts (Chair), Zoe Frais. 


The External Adviser currently is Mrs Angela Davies, School Improvement Partner (SEN), Northumberland County Council.

Quorum: All members of the group and the External Adviser must be in attendance. 


Curriculum and Learning Sub Committee

Purpose: The function of the sub-committee is to consider matters relating to pedagogy and child development, medical needs and SEN needs of pupils, curriculum intent, implementation and impact including the achievement of standards.  In addition the sub-committee is to ensure that admissions and pupil behaviour groups are convened as required. 

Meetings: Not less than termly

Terms of reference:

  1. To organise the Admissions Group and their terms of reference.. 

  2. To approve a clear Attendance Policy

  3. To review, monitor and evaluate the curriculum offer ensuring there is a clear intent statement for all key stages, a clear implementation plan and satisfy themselves that the curriculum includes the national curriculum and in sixth form follows the 16-19 study programmes guidance.

  4. To advise the resources committee on the funding priorities necessary to deliver the curriculum.

  5. To set the policy for the promotion of the cultural development of pupils. To ensure that the school sets out and meets the PE, RE and SRE requirements paying due regard to the The Children and Social Work Act 2017, and parents right to withdraw their child from SRE. 

  6. To monitor and evaluate rates of attendance, progress and standards of achievement by pupils, including any underachieving groups including vulnerable children e.g. looked after children

  7. To set priorities for quality of education improvements, and monitor and evaluate the actions taken

  8. To review and monitor the effectiveness of Pupil Premium and PE and Sports Premium and any other funding received on education standards or raising attainment of specific pupils or groups of pupils

  9. To monitor and evaluate the impact of quality of teaching, learning and assessment on rates of pupil progress and standards of achievement 

  10. To monitor and evaluate the impact of professional development on improving staff performance

  11. To ensure that the special needs of pupils are being met, as laid out in the Code of Practice, and receive termly reports from the headteacher/SENCO.

  12. To review and develop the Assessment Policy and to ensure the policy is operating effectively.

  13. To oversee arrangements for educational visits, including the appointment of a named co-ordinator.

  14. To approve a clear Behaviour Policy on the standards of behaviour that are expected of students, how to provide these standards and how to tackle unacceptable behaviour

  15. To receive reports of any suspensions and exclusions of students, ensure that they are in accordance with legislation, and organise the pupil discipline group to meet as appropriate.  

  16. To receive reports from SMT and Subject Leaders within school to gain an understanding of activities and performance at the school and provide support and challenge towards achieving excellence in the quality of education. 

  17. To monitor the impact of any partner, extended or in house services provided to improve pupil attendance, behaviour and achievement. To recommend additional services and support for pupils to ensure their needs are met.

Membership: All governors appointed by the Governing Body to act on the sub committee, plus any staff members directed by the Chair of Governors and Headteacher. 


Current members are

Stewart Evans (Chair), Charlotte Webb, Alex Blackburn, Andrew Chipchase

Quorum: Not less than two of the members of the sub committee, one of which must be a Governor.


Pupil Discipline Group

Purpose:  To ensure that legislation on school exclusions is complied with including the arrangement of alternative provision for any fixed-period exclusion of more than five school days. To consider exclusion cases in school and to consider appeals and representations from parents / carers. 

Meetings: As required

Terms of Reference:

  1. To review the head teacher’s exclusion decision.

  2. To ensure that the governing body considers the reinstatement of an excluded pupil within 15 school days of receiving notice of the exclusion if:

  • the exclusion is permanent;

  • it is a fixed-period exclusion which would bring the pupil's total number of school days of exclusion to more than 15 in a term; or

  • it would result in a pupil missing a public examination or national curriculum test (where reasonably practicable the governing body should consider this before the examination or test is due to take place).

  1. To ensure that the governing body considers the reinstatement of an excluded pupil within 50 school days of receiving notice of the exclusion if parents make representations and the exclusion is for a fixed-period for more than five but less than 15 school days in the term. 

  2. To ensure the following parties are invited to a meeting of the governing body and allowed to make representations:

  • parents (and, where requested, a representative or friend);

  • the head teacher; and

  • Note: although we are not a maintained school, we believe it is good practice to include a representative of the local authority from schools or SEN team to be invited. 

  1. To ensure that in the case of a fixed-period exclusion which does not bring the pupil's total number of days of exclusion to more than five in a term, the group considers any representations made by parents, but it cannot direct reinstatement, and is not required to arrange a meeting with parents.

  2. To ensure that the group is directed to prepare for the consideration of an exclusion by not discussing the exclusion with any party outside the meeting, asking for any written evidence in advance of the meeting (including witness statements and other relevant information held by the school such as those relating to a pupil’s SEN) and circulating it to all those who will be present and to all parties at least five school days in advance of the meeting;

  3. To ensure that all reasonable adjustments for people who use the school and consider what reasonable adjustments should be made to support the attendance and contribution of parties at the meeting and identify the steps they will take to enable and encourage the excluded pupil to attend the meeting and speak on their own behalf or how the excluded pupil may feed in their views by other means if attending the exclusion meeting is not possible.

  4. To consider whether it would be appropriate for the governing body to exercise its discretion to allow an excluded pupil onto the premises for the sole purpose of taking an examination or test.

  5. To consider, where the governing board is legally required, reinstating an excluded pupil by assessing whether the interests and circumstances of the excluded pupil, the circumstances in which the pupil was excluded, the interests of other pupils and people working at the school, representations from parents and the Headteacher (and the LA where relevant). To ensure that in establishing the facts in relation to an exclusion the governing board applies the civil standard of proof; i.e. ‘on the balance of probabilities’ rather than the criminal standard of ‘beyond reasonable doubt’.

  6. In the light of its consideration, the governing board either declines to reinstate the pupil; or directly reinstates the pupil immediately or on a particular date. Where reinstatement would make no practical difference because the pupil has already returned to school following the expiry of a fixed-period exclusion or the parents make clear they do not want their child reinstated, the governing board must still consider whether the pupil should be officially reinstated. All parties should be asked to withdraw from the decision making part of the meeting. In reaching a decision on whether or not a pupil should be reinstated, the governing board should consider whether the decision to exclude the pupil was lawful, reasonable and procedurally fair, taking account of the head teacher’s legal duties and any evidence that was presented to the governing board in relation to the decision to exclude. Where present, a clerk may stay to help the governing board by reference to their notes of the meeting and with the wording of the decision letter.

  7. To provide a written response without delay to all relevant parties in the form of a decision letter. If the governors decide against reinstatement of a pupil who has been permanently excluded to outline to parents that the decision is permanent and their right to request an independent review. The conditions of the review must be clearly set out and must follow the guidance set out in statutory guidance. 

  8. To ensure that clear minutes are taken of every meeting as a record of the evidence that was considered by the governing board. These minutes should be made available to all parties on request. The governing board should note the outcome of its consideration on the pupil's educational record, along with copies of relevant papers for future reference. In cases where the governing board considers parents’ representations but does not have the power to direct a pupil’s reinstatement, it should consider whether it would be appropriate to place a note of its findings on the pupil’s educational record.

  9. To ensure that records are retained for at least six months or the period of retention set out in the consitions of grant from the ESFA, in case claims of discrimination to the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability), in relation to disability, or County Court, for all other forms of discrimination, are made up to six months after the discrimination is alleged to have occurred. 

  10. To ensure that the governing body removes a pupil's name from the school admissions register if 15 school days have passed since the parents were notified of the governing body’s decision to not reinstate the pupil and no application has been made for an independent review panel; or  the parents have stated in writing that they will not be applying for an independent review panel. Where an application for an independent review panel has been made within 15 school days, the school must wait until the review has been determined, or abandoned, and until the governing board has completed any reconsideration that the panel has recommended or directed it to carry out, before removing a pupil’s name from the register. 

Membership: At least 3 governors. If a governor has a connection with the pupil or the incident that could affect their ability to act impartially they should not serve at the hearing. 


Current members are

Andy Roberts (Chair), Nick Bassarab, Stewart Evans, Zoe Frais, Ian Gallagher, Alex Blackburn

Quorum: At least 3 governors. 


Admissions Group

Purpose:  The Admissions Committee is delegated to act on behalf of the Governing Body in setting the admissions policy, considering appeals for admission to prospective pupils where admission has been rejected by the Headteacher. 

Meetings: Annually, and for appeals as required

Terms of Reference:

  1. Review and determine the school’s admission arrangements on an annual basis, taking account of statutory requirements

  2. Determine the admission number for each year group. 

  3. Send agreed arrangements to the Local Authority, ESFA and post on the school’s website in keeping with statutory requirements

  4. Ensure that the school website and printed literature is ready early in the autumn term in order that parents may have full information as soon as possible for making applications

  5. Delegate the day to day responsibility for offering places day to day to the Headteacher, ensuring that those who are not offered a place are informed of their right of appeal

  6. Where appropriate to prepare and carry out appeals to admit pupils and delegate a member to attend appeal hearings. Make arrangements for appropropriate supporting materials to be shared prior to appeal meetings and enable parent representation where relevant. 

  7. To ensure that if the school is likely to be in breach of the requirements of the Regulations for Non Maintained Schools because the admission of a child with an EHC plan would mean that the school would exceed the maximum agreed number of pupils; or the child is no longer within the registered SEN designation of the school; or a child to be admitted is under or over the agreed age limits, then the school must write to the ESFA setting out the position.

  8. With ESFA permission, where oversubscription occurs, to make arrangements to effectively manage a waiting list and review the list regularly to see whether a decision to offer a place can be made in-year. 

  9. To keep accurate records of the admissions decisions made. 

Membership: At least 3 governors. For appeal hearings, if a governor has a connection with the pupil applying to be admitted to the school or there is a connection or knowledge that could affect their ability to act impartially they should not serve at the hearing. 


Current members are

Andy Roberts (Chair), Nick Bassarab, Stewart Evans, Zoe Frais, Ian Gallagher, Alex Blackburn, Alison Moon

Quorum: At least 3 governors. 


Properties Sub Committee

Purpose: To provide support and guidance for the governing body and the headteacher on all matters relating to the maintenance and development of the premises and grounds, including Health and Safety.

Meetings: Not less than termly

Terms of Reference:

  1. To ensure that a termly inspection of the premises and grounds takes place and a report is received identifying any issues. 

  2. To ensure that the annual programme of statutory and maintenance testing is carried out. This includes but is not limited to electrical testing (including PAT), water hygiene, security and energy. 

  3. To inform the governing body of the report and set out a proposed order of priorities for maintenance and development, for the approval of the governing body.To ensure that all duties to carry out high priority or emergency works are discharged without delay. 

  4. To arrange professional or specialist surveys and emergency work as necessary.

  5. The headteacher is authorised to commit expenditure without the prior approval of the committee in any emergency where delay would result in further damage or present a risk to the health and safety of pupils or staff. In this event the headteacher would normally be expected to consult the committee chair at the earliest opportunity.

  6. To create a project committee where necessary to oversee any major developments.

  7. To set the vision and action plan for improving and managing the estate of the school including establishing and keeping under review an Accessibility Plan and a Building Development Plan / Asset Management Plan.

  8. To review, adopt and monitor a Health and Safety policy and make recommendations to the governing body.

  9. To ensure that the governing body’s responsibilities regarding litter, refuse and dog excrement are discharged according to Section 89 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, so far as is practicable.

  10. To liaise with and keep informed, the Landlord of Nunnykirk Hall, of any developments, repairs or maintenance

  11. To ensure that the conditions of Grade 1 listed building status are complied with at all times. 

  12. To manage any residential tenancy within the building.  and ensure that all works are carried out in order to comply with the lease conditions and legislation in relation to residential tenancies.

  13. To prepare specifications and decide on tenders (using the criteria set out by the school) for repairs and maintenance.

  14. To make recommendations to the Finance Committee on the spending plans for the Devolved Formula Capital Funding and School Capital Allocation. To liaise with the FInance Committee on any proposals for lending in relation to capital property developments and improvements. 

  15. To ensure that correct procedures are in place to ensure the safeguarding of children, with particular

reference to contractors on site/site security and safety.

  1. To prepare minutes and provide reports at the full governors meeting. 

Membership: All governors appointed by the Governing Body to act on the sub committee, plus any staff members directed by the Chair of Governors and Headteacher. 


Current members are

Nick Bassarab (Chair), Alex Blackburn, Geoffrey Purves, Alison Moon, Caroline Tulett (staff)

Quorum: Not less than two of the members of the sub committee, one of which must be a Governor.

Our Governors
 
Chairman - Mr Andy Roberts
Vice Chairman (Buildings) - Mr Nick Bassarab
Head of School - Mrs Alex Blackburn
Governor (Safeguarding and HR) - Mrs Zoe Frais
Governor (Finance) - Mr Ian Gallagher
Governor (Business) - Ms Alison Moon
Governor (Curriculum and OT adviser) - Mr Stewart Evans
LA Governor - Cllr Veronica Jones 
Staff Governor - Mr Andrew Chipchase
Parent Governor - Ms Charlotte Webb
Clerk -  Ms Heather Tanner
 
Clerking services are also provided by Northumberland County Council
Could you be an effective school governor?
 
There are no specific qualifications needed to be a governor. You may find the following information useful to help you decide whether or not you have got what it takes to be a school governor. Experience has shown that for governing bodies to be able to carry out its duties all their governors need:
  • a strong commitment to the role and this includes dedicating your time regularly to carrying out your duties
  • a strong commitment to making sure there are high aspirations for all the children and a commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes for them
  • to be naturally inquisitive and have the ability to question and analyse
  • have a willingness to learn
  • good inter-personal skills
  • appropriate levels of literacy in English and sufficient numeracy skills to understand basic data
  • the skills to understand the particular ethos of the school and its implications for the way it is governed
  • to work constructively in committees
  • to carry out the role to the highest standards and to adhere to the seven principles of public life, which are selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership
  • be absolutely committed to safeguarding, health and safety and equality and diversity
Governing bodies also look to make sure that some of their governors have the expertise and experience in specific areas like:
  • analysing performance data in budgeting and driving financial efficiency
  • performance management and employment issues, including grievances
  • managing buildings and resources
If you are interested in becoming a governor or would like to explore the role and responsibilities of a governor more, please contact the school clerk at secretary.nunnykirk@gmail.com.