A welcome from the Governing Body of St Peter in Eastgate Church of England (controlled) Infant School.
The school’s vision is to encourage and support every child to develop their talents and skills in a stimulating, secure and happy environment based on the understanding that we are all made in the image of God and loved by him through his Son Jesus Christ.
‘Live a life of love, just as Christ loved us’ - Ephesians 5:2
In carrying out our work as a Governing Body, at the heart of what we do are the school’s Kingdom Values of: Friendship, Respect, Responsibility, Courage, Trust, Forgiveness
What do governors do?
As school governors, we provide strategic leadership and accountability within the school.
Governors appoint the head teacher; hold the main responsibility for finance in the school and work with the head teacher to make the decisions about balancing financial resources.
Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body; all decisions made are the joint responsibility of the governing body.
Our role as the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:
- 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 towards achievement of its aims and objectives;
- be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher.
The role of Mrs Marshall as head teacher is operational: the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.
We meet as a full governing body four times a year, every three months during the school year. In addition, we have a separate Finance Committee to approve and monitor the school budget. This also meets four times a year; three governors plus the Head Teacher and School Business Manager sit on this separate committee. Depending upon the needs of the school, additional committees may be formed if necessary. During the pandemic over the last two years, we held several Strategy Meetings to support Mrs Marshall as regulations changed. We currently continue to meet remotely by Zoom.
Who are the governors?
The Instrument of Governance Order 2015 requires the governing body shall consist of: three parent governors, one Local Authority governor, one staff governor, the head teacher, three foundation governors (who are appointed by the church linked to the school) and up to four co-opted governors, so a maximum of 13 people. Our governing body is made up of people from various walks of life; many have had children at the school, some are current parents. All governors commit considerable amounts of time and energy to the school and are committed to the aims and values of the school.
- Mrs Julia Marshall
Julia is our Head Teacher and a former parent at the school
- Miss Louise Gardiner
Louise is the School Business Manager, who provides input on all financial matters and is the link between the governing body and the non-teaching staff as a co-opted Governor. Whilst the staff governor is in vacancy Louise also acts as the link between the governing body and the teaching staff.
- Miss Margaret Ford
‘Miss Margaret’ is a co-opted Governor and the schools Bishops Visitor, the official link between the school and the Diocese of Lincoln.
- Revd Richard Steel
Richard is the interim priest in charge at St Peter in Eastgate and St Peter in Carlton and is the ex officio Foundation Governor
- Mrs Karen Richardson
Karen is our longest serving governor as a former parent at the school and is experienced as the SEN Governor and has the role of Local Authority Governor.
- Mrs Jane Smith
Jane is a co-opted Governor and is Co -Chair of the Governing Body.
- Mrs Debbie Wallis
Debbie is a former parent at school, has the role of Parent Governor and is a Co-Chair of the Governing Body.
- Mr Chris Clay
Chris is a current parent at school and chairs the Finance Committee
- Ms Ashley Vrettos
Ashley is a current parent at school.
- Mr Simon Pouncey
Simon is a former parent at school.
- Staff governor – in vacancy
Our Clerk to Governors is Mrs Karen Malpass. Karen prepares the agendas for the meetings, takes the minutes and ensures governors have all the information they require.
What are the school’s strategic aims and objectives which will be monitored by the governors this year?
These are set out in the School Development Plan for the school year 2021 to 2022 and can be summarised as follows:
- Objective 1
leadership and management – Aim - All leaders, including governors, are ambitious for all pupils.
To revisit the school vision and values with all stakeholders.
To ensure governors and senior/middle leaders have a full realistic picture of the impact of school improvement priorities using an increased range of monitoring processes to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum is taught.
- Objective 2
Quality of education – Aim - Teaching over time in all year groups is outstanding never less than good.
To ensure quality first teaching is in place and addresses key gaps in learning with targeted intervention to improve combined outcomes in Reading/Writing/Maths.
To ensure a consistent approach to phonics teaching across the whole school.
To ensure all groups of children make sustained progress overtime.
- Objective 3
Personal development – Aim- All children to feel safe, secure and supported through all aspects of school life.
To ensure the mental health of our pupils and staff is a high priority.
To establish a curriculum that extends beyond academic provision and provides for pupil’s broader development and personal growth.
- Objective 4
Effectiveness of Early Years – Aim- To provide a high quality EYFS curriculum to inspire young minds
To embed the new Early Years curriculum and robust systems for assessing learning in EYFS.
How will we monitor these aims and objectives?
- Covid concerns continue to overshadow school activities. We have considered how best to monitor the aims and objectives this academic year whilst ensuring school remains a Covid safe environment for children and staff.
- Individual governors are linked with individual staff members and their Subject Leader areas. Governors monitor the intent, implementation and impact of the curriculum on the children’s learning as follows:
- Early Years and DT
- science and art
- phnics, English, PHSE, RE
- SEN, histry, music and computing
- maths, gegraphy, PE, collective worship
- Teaching Assistants (supprting all children, 1-1 roles)