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Governors

The Pioneer Academy Trust recognises the intrinsic link between high quality governance and the quality of leadership and management of the school. The Trust endorses the key qualities evident in the successful leadership of governors in general and chairs of governors in particular as highlighted by OfSTED:

  • Vision
  • Analytical Skills
  • Good Communication Skills
  • Energy
  • Decisive Action
  • Toughness
  • The Ability to Challenge
  • Enthusiasm

It seeks to develop the role of governors to provide robust support and challenge, judging the impact of school leaders and all staff through the outcomes for pupils.

The governors work to these key principles:

  • To provide challenge and support to the Head Teacher and staff of the school to raise standards and keep pupils safe
  • To champion high achievement for all pupils, with a particular focus on the ‘Corporate Parenting’ role held by all governors
  • To monitor all aspects of the school performance, with probity and integrity
  • To ensure they are trained to understand data and performance to give them insight into the progress the school is making
  • To bring and discuss the views and perspectives of pupils, parents, carers and the community
  • To take an active role in the committee structures, deploying key skills effectively to the benefit of the school and the Trust
  • To ensure proper practices and legal duties are discharged within the remit of the law and national guidance
  • To seek to optimise value for money services within the school and across the Trust schools

Governing Body

Stewart Fleming Primary School's Governing Body is currently made up of 1 parent governors; 3 staff governors (including the Head Teacher),  and 3 co-opted governors . We also have a clerk who is responsible for organising the meetings, taking minutes and making sure we follow correct procedures.

What do the Governors do?

Governors are very important in making sure that the school is fulfilling its purpose in providing an effective education for the children. The main aspect of the role is to be a “critical friend.” This is a bit of “governor speak” but describes the responsibility in that we are there to sense, check and monitor. Our job is to focus on those aspects that indicate the performance of the school, and also take a strategic view of where we want the school to get to. It is not focused on day-to-day running of the operational side or day-to-day issues.

The Governors do not intervene in the professional responsibilities of teachers, but they do agree policies which, when put into practice by the teaching staff, determine what is taught to children. These policies are available on the website or from the school office.

There are 3 key committees which make sure the Governors are able to carry out this role effectively: Resources, Achievement and Curriculum Pupils, Parents and Community.

Our work takes many forms: generating ideas in the committees, looking at the school action plan, understanding how targets are being met, monitoring the impact of our actions, ensuring the finances of the school are being properly managed and ensuring staff appointments are appropriate. Training is provided, normally by the Local Authority. There are lots of courses, ranging from general induction to specialised courses relating to the committees e.g. finance.

The full Governing Body meets at least once a term. Minutes of these meetings are displayed on a notice board by the school office.

How are Governors Elected?

The teacher governors are elected by and from the teachers at the school. They serve for four years. The parent governors are elected by the parents of all pupils at the school and must be the parent of a child at the school at the time of their election. If their child leaves the school before the end of their 4-year term of office, they do not have to stand down. When there is a vacancy for a parent governor, all parents will be notified, invited to nominate candidates, provided with information about the candidates and be issued with a ballot form.

Staff Governors

There are currently 3 staff governors: Emma Pape ( Interim Head of SchoolTeacher), Lydia Coss (Deputy Head Teacher) and Giles Dutton (Teaching Assistant)

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