The Role of the Governors
Governors are strategic leaders working in close partnership with school leaders. Their purpose is to:
‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’
Strong focus on 3 core strategic functions:
a. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
b. Holding the executive leader to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its
pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff
c. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Key features of Effective Governance:
1. Strategic leadership – sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy
2. Accountability – drives up educational standards and financial performance
3. People – right skills, experience, qualities and capacity
4. Structures – defined roles and responsibilities
5. Compliance – statutory and contractual requirements
6. Evaluation – to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance
THE CHAIR OF THE LOCAL GOVERNING BODY AT HOLYOAKESFIELD FIRST SCHOOL
The chair of our Local Governing Body is Sue Irwin
The Clerk to the Governing Body is Marie Tomkins.
The Local Governing Body has established three committees to carry out some of its governance functions. Where this includes making decisions, those decisions will be deemed decisions of the Local Governing Body.
Our committees are;
Initial oversight and management of the annual budget drawn up by the school; Ensures the school maintains an appropriate system of internal financial control; Agrees priorities for revenue and capital funding.
OPERATIONS AND COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE
This committee ensures strategic oversight of the operational aspects of the school including safeguarding arrangements and Health and Safety. This committee also functions to ensure that the school is compliant with statutory regulations and statutory guidance.
EDUCATION, STAFFING AND STANDARDS
Primarily drives standards and performance via the analysis of the School Development Plan (SDP). The committee makes recommendations to the LGB as required.
The Headteacher has responsibility for the operation of the school.
The Headteacher leads the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) of the School. The Headteacher may delegate management functions to the SLT but remains accountable to the Local Governing Body for the performance of the SLT.
|Tasim Koser||Office of Headteacher||Ex-officio Headteacher|
|Sue Irwin||18.06.22 – 17.06.26||Appointed by GB/board|
|Bryan Allbutt||25.11.23 – 24.11.27||Appointed by GB/board|
|Michele Clack||25.11.21 – 24.11.25||Appointed by GB/board|
|Faisal Khawaja||18.5.21 – 17.5.25||Appointed by GB/board|
|Justine Fitzer||4.10.21 – 13.10.25||Appointed by GB/board|
|Glenn Jones||1.9.22 – 31.8.26||Elected by school staff|
|Francesca Hughes||1.9.22 – 31.8.26||Elected by school staff|
|Karen Allen||13.1.23 – 12.1.27||Elected by parents|
BUSINESS AND PECUNIARY INTERESTS
To adhere to the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, Holyoakes Field First School is required to maintain a register of business interests. The main purpose of maintaining a register is to ensure that the Governors and staff act impartially.
Register of Business Interests
The Local Governing Body of Holyoakes Field First School and staff members have a responsibility to avoid any conflict between their business and personal interests and affairs and the interests of the school. A register of business interests is maintained for both Governors and school personnel with significant financial responsibilities.
The register includes all business interests such as directorships, share holdings and other appointments of influence within a business or other organisation that may have dealings with the school. The disclosures also include business interests of relatives and other individuals who may exert influence. Holyoakes Field First School ensures the register is up to date and complete, includes all Governors and relevant staff and in this regard signed and dated. Individual records are maintained for each governor and relevant member of staff and where there are no business interests to declare a nil return is kept.
For each governor who has served at any point over the past 12 months; a list of business and personal interests, pecuniary (financial) and non-pecuniary of the Governors and any immediate family is presented below.
Pecuniary of the Holyoakes Field Governing Body
|Name of Governor||Position held||Declaration of Pecuniary or other material interest|
Chair of Worcester Diocese Board of Education
Trustee of Worcester Diocese Board of Finance
Director of Worcester Diocese Academies Trust
Director of Spire Multi-Academy Trust
Batchley First School
With a service level agreement with Birchensale Middle, Holyoakes Field First and St Lukes First
Director: Just Maths (Education)
Director: School Scanner (Education) Director: Just A Roo LMT
Contact details for governing body:
Marie Tomkins – Clerk to Governors
Holyoakes Field first School