Watermore Primary School

Frampton Cotterell, Bristol

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Committees & Chairs

Personnel & Communications Committee

The primary role of this committee is to support the Headteacher and the staff at Watermore to ensure that they are a happy and committed team as this makes a better learning environment for the children. However we are concerned with everything related to staffing within the school and communication to parents.

As part of our roll, we have responsibility for, staff planning – including recruitment/selection and contracts, ensuring staff receive regular and adequate training, plus we make recommendations to the finance committee regarding the annual budget for pay scales. We are also responsible for establishing and regularly reviewing personnel policies and procedures which include: - performance management, disciplinary procedures (for misconduct or leave of absence), disciplinary rules, personal information, equal opportunities, grievance procedure, redundancy, harassment and Health and Safety.

The other major roll of this committee is to ensure that there is good communication between the school, parents and the wider community.

Please feel free at any time to contact this committee should you have questions, concerns or comments regarding the school - good or bad.

 

The Finance and Premises Committee

• The Finance and Premises Committee consists of five governors and the Head teacher and meets six terms a year to review all aspects associated with the schools management of finance and premises, which in our case includes both the buildings and grounds on the Woodend Road and Lower Stone Road sites.

• The management of the schools finance is a primary function of this committee, setting the budget provision and monitoring expenditure and value for money during the year.  There are over 100 areas of school finance, from staff and building costs to stationery and teaching resources, all of which require careful management throughout the year.  The committee reports to the full governing body, making a recommendation on the future budget setting provision, in conjunction with the Head teacher and Senior School Administrator.  The committee are responsible for ensuring that the school can operate a balanced budget within the strict guidelines produced by the Local Education Authority.  These are challenging times with finite financial resources and therefore it’s of great importance that all school budgets are well managed to ensure the school remains viable going forward.  In addition there are also a number of finance policies that the committee reviews on an annual basis, such as Charging Policy, Purchasing Policy, Letting Policy, Governor Allowances Policy and agreeing the limits of expenditure for staff and managers within the school.
 
• The school buildings and sites require on-going management to ensure strict adherence to all health & safety legislation.  This requires regular inspections of the sites by a dedicated premises governor, who is able to identify issues requiring urgent action.  It is for this reason that the premises and finances are managed within the same committee, as running two sites also impacts on the schools finances.  The school is also supported by the Local Authority Property Dept on all aspects of future planned maintenance, through a 5 yearly condition survey.  The committee is also responsible for reviewing health and safety policy and all matters associated with risk assessments across the sites.
 
• The school and governors maintain their ambition of bringing the whole school community onto a single site and this committee continues to liaise with the Local Authority to make that a reality.
 
Curriculum and Standards Committee

The Curriculum and Standards Committee comprising of seven Governors meets four times a year to discuss, develop, review and make policy determinations regarding all aspects of the School’s curricular provision.

Through a process of support and challenge, as well as the monitoring of the progress of curricular actions within the School Development Plan, the committee monitors both curricular and extra-curricular opportunities across the school. This is achieved through:

  • Visits to the school to talk to the pupils about different aspects of their learning
  • Discussions with subject leaders and the development of their curricular areas
  • Subject leaders’ presentations, updates and new initiatives to the committee

Analysis of data and pupil progress across the whole school is one of the many functions of this committee, which also includes the monitoring of provision for vulnerable groups including SEND and challenging the school where pupil outcomes do not meet targets.

The committee meets prior to a Full Governing Body meeting to ensure minutes are presented for approval.

At all times the Governors of this committee remain focused on ensuring the best possible learning opportunities and outcomes for all pupils across the school and this remains the key function of this sub-committee.

Pecuniary and Business Interest 2018 - 2019

   

 

 

Name

 

Register of interests

 

Business

& Pecuniary Interests

Governor at another educational establishment

Relationships with staff members

Dan Tapscott

Neighbour to Orchard site, spouse school letting, child at school

No

No

Linda Porter

None

No

No

Jennifer Coles

None

No

No

Janet Hoyle

None

No

No

Janet Ilieva

Child at school

No

No

Colin Thompson

Child at school

No

No

Nicolas Harris

None

No

Yes

Andy Dyer

Child at School

No

No

Linda Hanney

Grandparent to child in school

No

No

Peter Halliday

None

No

No

Fionnuala Costello

Child at school

No

No

Christine Marshall

School Improvement Partner – Wiltshire

No

No

Ivan Gregory

None

No

No

Chris Hotchin

None

No

No

Governor Attendance 2017-2018

Committee

FGB

C&S

F&P

P&C

Daniel Tapscott

5/5

 

3/3

 

Linda Porter

4/5

 

3/3

4/4

Linda Hanney

5/5

 

 

4/4

Jennifer Coles

4/5

4/4

 

 

Janet Hoyle

5/5

3/4

3/3

4/4

Janet Ilieva

4/5

 

 

3/4

Colin Thompson

4/5

 

1/1

4/4

Nicolas Harris

5/5

3/3

2/3

 

Mandy Cole

2/2

1/1

 

 

Andy Dyer

5/5

 

3/3

 

Christine Marshall

4/5

4/4

 

 

Peter Halliday

4/5

 

1/3

 

Ivan Gregory

1/1

 

 

 

Emma Vowles

0/1

1/1

 

 

Fionnuala Costello

2/2

 

 

 

Margaret Robbins

5/5

3/4

 

 

Karen Mitchell

0/3

 

 

1/2

Patricia Hockey

3/3

3/3