Governing Board

School Governors

Millbrook Primary School and Nursery - Governing Board

The main responsibilities and drive for Governors at Millbrook Primary School and Nursery has been to continue the positive progression of the school throughout the year. The governing body works with the head teacher to achieve the following strategic goals:

  • set the overall vision and direction of the school

  • oversee the budget

  • help recruit staff

  • monitor the performance of the school, for example in examinations and key stage tests

  • holding senior staff to account for school improvement

  • advise on school policies and procedures

    Governors are therefore relentless in their focus to drive forward school improvement in partnership with the Senior Leadership Team. The governors have therefore performed the following tasks and observations throughout the year.

     

    Below you can see who is a school governor at Millbrook:

 

 Name

 Governor Status  Committees / Roles  Term of office length  Term of office end date Link responsibility 
Crispin Barker (Chair)  Co-opted

Strategic

Finance, Personnel and First

Performance Management

 4 years  31 December 2022 Literacy

Max Jones (Vice- Chair)

 Co-opted

Strategic

Finance, Personnel and First

 4 Years  31 December 2022 Attendance
 John Bowdler Co-opted  Strategic

Finance, Personnel and First

Performance Management

 4 Years  31 December 2022

Safeguarding

SEN

LAC

Dr Sharon Oates  LA  Strategic  4 Years  9 May 2021

Pupil Premium

Sports Premium

Vacancy

Parent   Strategic  2 years    
Vacancy

Parent

 Strategic

2 years    
 Mrs A Hewitt

Staff

 Strategic

Health and safety and premises

 4 years  12 September 2022  
 Mrs J Edwards  Co-opted

Strategic

Health and safety and premises

 4 years  31 December 2022  
 Mr M Lightwood  Head teacher

 Strategic

Finance, Personnel and First

Health and safety and premises

 n/a  n/a  

 

Below is a table which shows the governors' attendance record for the current school year:

 Name

1st October

2018 

10th December

2018 

11th February

2019 

8th April

2019 

20th May

2019 

15th July  

2019 

1st October

2019

 Crispin Barker Yes                                                       
 Max Jones Yes             
 John Bowdler Yes             
 Sharon Oates Yes            
Vacancy n/a            
Vacancy n/a            
 Mandy Hewitt Yes             
 Joanne Edwards Yes             
 Martyn Lightwood Yes             

 

Click on the link below to see the Governors' Declaration of Interests form for this year.

 Governors' Declaration Form

 

Millbrook Primary School and Nursery - Annual report on the activities of the governing board 2017/18.

The main responsibilities and drive for Governors at Millbrook Primary school has been to continue the positive progression of the school throughout the year. The governing body works with the head teacher to achieve the following strategic goals:

  • set the overall vision and direction of the school

  • oversee the budget

  • help recruit staff

  • monitor the performance of the school, for example in examinations and key stage tests

  • holding senior staff to account for school improvement

  • advise on school policies and procedures

Governors are therefore relentless in their focus to drive forward school improvement in partnership with the Senior Leadership Team. The governors have therefore performed the following tasks and observations throughout the year.

Autumn 2018

Governors reviewed and updated safeguarding, anti-bullying and welfare policies in line with government requirements. Governors continually monitor and review school policies to ensure that they are compliant with the most up to date legislation and/or guidance available.

Governors have questioned middle leaders about their roles and have looked at evidence in the books. Governors can see links across subject areas developing and subject knowledge and fluency improving. They have reviewed the teaching and learning of maths in school including visits to lessons and discussions with pupils.

Children’s workbooks were reviewed alongside senior leaders to check that good progress is being made. Governor ‘book-looks’ confirm that pupils are coming into school ready to learn, with high expectations and are capable of delivering consistently high quality work.

Governors scrutiny of latest available data and detailed reports from Senior Leaders regarding pupil progress, aims and expectations enable them to be fully aware of the strengths and areas for development. Governors listened to leaders’ plans for improvement and checked the impact of these plans by looking at available data as well as examples of pupils’ work

Governors have established a committee to carry out the Head teacher’s Performance Management appraisal and will ensure that targets set for the forthcoming year are tightly aligned to the School Development Plan.

Spring 2018

Governors have conducted a review of school attendance. The review had incorporated a meeting with the school’s Attendance Officer to identify areas of weakness and how the school addresses these. Cultural diversity plays a significant role in school attendance. As a result of this activity, governors are assured that the school follows best practice advice and is applying the attendance policy in accordance with the school’s vision, aims and values. The Attendance Officer is making positive headway to address the issues, particularly around cultural diversity.

Governors met in the strategic review group to question leaders about the teaching of reading. They visited the school to review the learning and concluded that the school remains a vibrant learning community.

Governors have reviewed the scheme of financial delegation and are satisfied that the current limits are adequate at the present time. They discussed and agreed to a significant investment from school surpluses as a contribution to the new nursery project.

Governors have reviewed and approved a number of policies and procedures. The policies are fit for purpose and reflect the latest statutory regulations and LA guidance.

Summer 2018

Governors reviewed the pupil outcomes for the year in July and have worked with the senior leadership team to set strategic priorities for the 2018 / 19 school year. These will be written up into the school improvement plan that governors can monitor progress against and hold senior staff to account for progress made.

Governors played a full part in the Ofsted inspection in May 2018, meeting with the inspector and discussing their role in school improvement. Governors also played a significant role in the appointment of new teaching staff for September 2018.

Governors have ensured the budget and spending is aligned to priorities identified in the Strategic Plan. They ensure that the additional funds are being used effectively and are having an impact on pupil progress. In particular, the decision to employ a PE coach with a swimming teaching qualification is having a significant impact on children learning to swim within the allotted sessions allocated within the curriculum.

Governors continue to monitor progress towards achievement of the performance management targets for the Head teacher and ensure that these remain tightly aligned to the School Development Plan. There is evidence to support a huge shift in culture and ethos across the whole school as staff have taken ownership of improving outcomes for all children.

Governors continued to conduct regular visits to the school to monitor internal data, books and accompany staff on learning walks.

Governors have viewed a wide range of pupils’ books and can see evidence of good progress over time.

Governors have attended parent evenings to engage with parents to evaluate their satisfaction with the progress children are making at the school.

Governors have considered the projected budget and are satisfied that it is in line with the priorities identified within the strategic plan.

Governors have continued to attend a range of training to help them fulfil their statutory duties. In particular this term, training on safeguarding and SEN has been undertaken.