The Governing Body

About the Governing Body

Governors are part of the largest volunteer workforce in the country; they play a key role in helping the school provide the best possible education for all its pupils.

Dove Bank Primary School has a very committed team of governors, who promote high standards across the school. Their role is to support and challenge the Headteacher, to help set the vision and strategic direction of the school and to ensure that our school is the very best it could be.

 

Governors have a wide range of responsibilities.  These include tasks such as:

  • Ensuring that the school meets its legal responsibilities
  • Setting the school budget
  • Making decisions about the school building and premises
  • Setting school policies
  • Appointing staff and making decisions about current staffing
  • Looking at how well groups of pupils are performing and ensuring action is taken if there are any concerns

 

The Governing Body is drawn from various sections of the Community (numbers for Dove Bank are shown in brackets):

Parent governors: (2)

Staff governor: (1)

LA appointed governors: (1)

Co-opted governors elected by the governing body to represent the local community and businesses: (5)

The Headteacher (1)

 

The Governing Body must exercise its functions with a view to fulfilling a largely strategic role in the running of the school. It establishes the strategic framework by: setting aims and objectives for the school; adopting policies for achieving those aims and objectives; setting targets for achieving those aims and objectives.

 

The governing body monitors and evaluates progress of its strategy and regularly reviews the framework for the school in the light of that progress. When establishing the strategic framework and reviewing progress, the governing body considers advice given by the Headteacher, Local Authority and other agencies.

The Governors, in partnership with school staff draw up a School Improvement Plan which provides the main mechanism for the strategic planning.

 

To carry out their responsibilities, governing bodies must hold at least three meetings per school year.

 

Meetings are convened by the clerk who takes directions from the Governing Body and the Chair. Part of the Agenda is set nationally, part by the Local Authority and part by the school itself.

 

Some Governors’ business is also conducted at Committee Meetings.

 

Dove Bank has 2 regular committees: ‘Management and Finance’ and ‘Teaching and Learning’. Each committee usually meets termly. All Governors on these committees have full voting rights.

 

There are also some committees which meet when required, for example: Complaints, Disciplinary, Performance Management, Pay and the School Improvement Working Party.

 

Governors visit the school regularly so that they kept are informed of all aspects of school life. Each Governor is responsible for a subject or ‘key’ area.

 

The Headteacher and Governing Body work in close partnership. The Headteacher discusses all the main aspects of school life with the governing body and expects the governing body to both challenge and support the school. Acting as a ‘critical friend’, the governing body offers support and constructive advice; governors question proposals and seek further information to enable them to make sound decisions.

 

Governors’ Code of Conduct

Please click on the link below to see our Code of Conduct for Governors at Dove Bank Primary School

http://www.nga.org.uk/Guidance/Legislation,policies-and-procedures/Model-Policies/Code-of-Practice.aspx

 

To contact the Governing Body

Please address all correspondence either to the Chair of Governors, or to a named governor, via the school office.

 

Communicating with Parents

One of our priorities over the last year has been to improve the way that governors communicate with parents/carers.

Please click on the links below to read our newsletter to parents.

Spring 2017 Governor Newsletter

autumn-2016-governor-newsletter

 

Governor Newsletter Summer Term 2016 

Governor Newsletter Spring 2016

Governor Newsletter Autumn 2015

 

Dove Bank Governor Pen Portraits

 

Chair of Governors/Co-opted Governor – Sarah Pennelli

Term of office: 1.5.2015-30.4.2019

Appointed by: the Governing Body (Co-Opted)

Committee Membership: Management & Finance (Chair) and Teaching & Learning

Nominated Governor for: SEND, Inclusion, LAC & Young Carers; Pupil Premium/Sports Funding; Maths

Attendance at Meetings during 2016-17: Full Governors: 3/3           Management and Finance Committee: 2/2

Teaching and Learning Committee: 3/3

Attendance at Meetings during 2015-16: Full Governors – 3/3          Management & Finance Committee Meetings – 2/3

Teaching & Learning Committee Meetings – 3/3

Attendance at Meetings during 2014-15: Full Governors – 3/3          Committee Meetings – 3/3

No business interests to declare, not a Governor at any other school and is no relation to anyone working in the school.

I live in the village of Nailstone with my husband and our 7 year old son who attends Dove Bank School.

Having qualified as an accountant over 20 years ago I have worked for companies such as Caterpillar and the RAC, leading teams performing both accounting roles and also working with customers as a commercial accountant. For the last five years I have worked for Blaby District Council and am now the Chief Finance Officer having responsibility for all the Council’s finances. I enjoy my role at Blaby immensely and the experience I have gained assists me in my role as governor in a number of ways such as; delivering services with less money, asset management, health and safety requirements, safeguarding and vulnerability. I’m passionate about all individuals reaching their full potential in life and I’m the sponsor for the staff development at Blaby. At Dove Bank I’m the governor with a special interest in maths. I believe that school should be an enjoyable experience for all children and that we all learn best when things are made interesting and fun.

 

Vice Chair of Governors/Co-opted Governor – Ray Hale

Term of office: 1.5.2015-30.4.2019

Appointed by: the Governing Body (Co-Opted)

Committee Membership: Management & Finance

Nominated Governor for: Finance; Health & Safety/Premises; Behaviour & Discipline

Attendance at Meetings during 2016-17: Full Governors: 3/3             Management and Finance Committee: 2/2

Teaching and Learning Committee: n/a

Attendance at Meetings during 2015-16: Full Governors – 2/3           Committee Meetings – 3/3

Attendance at Meetings during 2014-15: Full Governors – 2/3           Committee Meetings – 4/4

No business interests to declare, not a Governor at any other school and is no relation to anyone working in the school.

As a Chartered Public Finance Accountant I spent 20 years as Treasurer of Leicestershire County Council and a similar period as Treasurer of Leicestershire and Rutland Police. During this time I was fully involved in educational finance. I am currently treasurer of Leicester University Medical Research Foundation and treasurer and company secretary of Mosaic-shaping disability services (a large Leicsester disability charity).I have spent 15 years as a Parish Councillor and hope that this level of public service involvement will be useful in my duties as a Governor of Dove Bank.

 

Co-opted Governor – Ann Melville

Term of office: 1.5.2015-30.4.2019

Appointed by: the Governing Body (Co-Opted)

Committee Membership: Management & Finance and Teaching & Learning

Nominated Governor for: Safeguarding & Child Protection; Performance Management & Pay; Finance; Assessment; PSHE & RE

Attendance at Meetings during 2016-17: Full Governors: 3/3            Management and Finance Committee: 2/2

Teaching and Learning Committee: 2/3

Attendance at Meetings during 2015-16: Full Governors – 3/3           Management & Finance Committee Meetings – 3/3

Teaching and Learning Committee Meetings – 2/3

Attendance at Meetings during 2014-15: Full Governors – 3/3           Committee Meetings – 3/4

No business interests to declare, is a Chair of Governors at another school (secondary) and is no relation to anyone working in the school.

I have a background in community and mainstream education and retired in 2007 from my post of Assistant Executive Director of Children’s Services in Liverpool. When I moved to Leicestershire I wanted to remain involved in Education and was delighted to be appointed as a LA Governor at Dove Bank Primary School.
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LA Governor – Joy Crane

Term of office: 28.2.2014-27.2.2018

Appointed by: the Local Authority

Committee Membership: Management & Finance and Teaching & Learning

Nominated Governor for: Safeguarding & Child Protection; Performance Management & Pay; Personnel & HR; Art; Dt; Music; French; History & Geography; Community Cohesion and Parental Engagement

Attendance at Meetings during 2016-17: Full Governors: 3/3         Management and Finance Committee: 2/2

Teaching and Learning Committee: 2/3

Attendance at Meetings during 2015-16: Full Governors – 3/3        Finance Committee Meeting – 3/3

Teaching & Learning Committee (to make quorum) – 1

Attendance at Meetings during 2014-15: Full Governors – 3/3        Committee Meetings – 4/5

No business interests to declare, not a Governor at any other school and is no relation to anyone working in the school.

I am the previous Chair Person of the Governing Body at Dove Bank School. I have many years’ experience as a school governor in both the primary and secondary school sectors. I have skills in leadership and management, public speaking and have a very good understanding of the needs of children and young people.

 

Parent Governor – Donna Newman

Term of office: 7.10.2015-6.10.2019

Appointed by: Parental Vote

Committee Membership: Teaching & Learning

Nominated Governor for: Science; PE; Website Content

Attendance at Meetings during 2016-17: Full Governors: 1/3           Management and Finance Committee: n/a

Teaching and Learning Committee: 3/3

Attendance at Meetings during 2015-16: Full Governors – 2/3        Committee Meetings – 2/2

Attendance at Meetings during 2014-15: Not Applicable (newly appointed)

No business interests to declare, not a Governor at any other school and is no relation to anyone working in the school.

My name is Donna Newman and I have a son, age 7, who attends Dove Bank Primary School. Professionally, I hold a BA(Hons) in Accounting and Finance and am a qualified Management Accountant with vast experience of financial, strategic and general management in businesses of all sizes, from small and local to large global multinationals. In my spare time, I am a trustee for the Bagworth Community Centre Trust (BCCT). In this capacity, I cover a variety of management tasks, especially in relation to finance and legal areas. As part of my role with the BBCT, I have recently completed a number of training courses which will be useful in my role of governor, including safeguarding training and a Food Hygiene certificate. I believe that the skills and experience I have gained from both my professional and voluntary roles, as well as my commitment to continuous improvement, enables me to add significant value as a friend of Dove Bank School, building further on the strong foundations already in place.

 

Parent Governor – Vicky Coombes-Truman

Term of office: 25.4.2017-24.04.20

Appointed by: Parental Vote

Committee Membership: Teaching & Learning

Nominated Governor for: TBC

Attendance at Meetings during 2016-17: (Newly Appointed) Full Governors: 1/1        Management and Finance Committee: n/a

Teaching and Learning Committee: 1/1

No business interests to declare, not a Governor at any other school and is no relation to anyone working in the school.

 

Staff Governor – Sarah Wallis

Term of office: 1.10.2013-30.9.2017

Appointed by: the Governing Body and Staff

Committee Membership: Management & Finance

Attendance at Meetings during 2016-17: Full Governors: 3/3         Management and Finance Committee: 2/2

Teaching and Learning Committee: n/a

Attendance at Meetings during 2015-16: Full Governors – 3/3        Committee Meetings – 3/3

Attendance at Meetings during 2014-15 (on maternity leave): Full Governors – 1/3       Committee Meetings – 1/2

No business interests to declare, not a Governor at any other school and is no relation to anyone working in the school.

 

Co-opted Staff Governor – Dawn Davies

Term of office: 1.5.2015-30.4.2019

Appointed by: the Governing Body (Co-Opted)

Committee Membership: Teaching & Learning

Attendance at Meetings during 2016-17: Full Governors: 3/3             Management and Finance Committee: n/a

Teaching and Learning Committee: 3/3

Attendance at Meetings during 2015-16: Full Governors – 3/3            Committee Meetings – 3/3

Attendance at Meetings during 2014-15: Full Governors – 2/3            Committee Meetings – 1/3

No business interests to declare, not a Governor at any other school and is no relation to anyone working in the school.

  

Fiona Shields – Headteacher

Term of office: 8.4.2013-7.4.2027

Committee Membership: Teaching & Learning/Management & Finance

Attendance at Meetings during 2016-17: Full Governors: 3/3         Management and Finance Committee: 2/2

Teaching and Learning Committee: 2/3

Attendance at Meetings during 2015-16: Full Governors – 3/3        Committee Meetings – 6/6

Attendance at Meetings during 2014-15: Full Governors – 3/3       Committee Meetings –6/6

No business interests to declare, not a Governor at any other school and is no relation to anyone working in the school.

 

Governors  resigned

Parent Governor – Rebecca Taylor

Term of office: 1.2.2013-31.1.2017

Committee Membership: Teaching & Learning  (Chair)

Nominated Governor for: Literacy & Phonics; Link Governor for Training and Development

Attendance at Meetings during 2016-17: Full Governors: 0/1          Management and Finance Committee: n/a

Teaching and Learning Committee: 0/1

Attendance at Meetings during 2015-16: Full Governors – 3/3        Committee Meetings -1/3

Attendance at Meetings during 2014-15: Full Governors –  1/3  Committee Meetings – 1/2

No business interests to declare, not a Governor at any other school and is no relation to anyone working in the school.

 

Parent Governor – Pamela Miles

Term of office: 7.10.2015-6.10.2019              Resigned: July 2016 (children left the school)

Committee Membership: Teaching & Learning               Nominated Governor for: Science & PE

Attendance at Meetings during 2015-16: Full Governors – 3/3             Committee Meetings – 2/3

Attendance at Meetings during 2014-15: Full Governors – 3/3             Committee Meetings – 2/2

 

Co-opted Governor – Neville Thompson

Term of office: 1.5.2015-30.4.2019                Resigned: July 2016 (to pursue retirement activities)

Committee Membership: Management & Finance          Nominated Governor for: Finance; Personnel & HR

Attendance at Meetings during 2015-16: Full Governors – 3/3               Committee Meetings – 2/3

Attendance at Meetings during 2014-15: Full Governors –  3/3              Committee Meetings – 2/2

 

Parent Governor – Nicola Geary          Term of office: 1.6 2014 – 31.5.2018                          Resigned 4.1.2015

Attendance at meetings during 2014-15: Full Governors – 0/1; Committee Meetings -1/1

 

Parent Governor – Robert Williams           Term of office: 26.2 2012 – 26.2.2016        Resigned 1.10.2015

Attendance at meetings during 2014-15: Full Governors -1/3; Committee Meetings – 2/3

 

Roger Stead – Clerk

Term of office: 27.8.2012-26.8.2026

 

Relevant business and pecuniary interests:

Anne Melville – Chair of Governors at another educational establishment

No other business of pecuniary interests expressed within the Governing Body.