Welcome to the governor section of Breadsall Hill Top Primary. I do hope that you enjoy browsing through our governor section and learning more about our role as Governors.
We believe strongly that ‘together we will exceed expectations’ and ‘together we will govern’.
We are very passionate and ambitious for our children, our staff and our wider community. We joined Transform Trust in the summer of 2017 and together we are on a journey of improvement to make our school the best it can be.
We are striving for quality first teaching to ensure that our children have access to learning that is stimulating, engaging, exciting and fun. We want our children to believe in themselves and achieve their dreams. We want staff to feel invested in and supported and we will challenge them to ensure that our children are successful. Finally, we want our parents/carers to be confident and secure that their child is getting the best possible education and learning experience.
School Governance – our role
“The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance”.
“Boards must be ambitious for all children and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focussed on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination”, DfE Governance Handbook, January 2017
As well as our Full Governing Body meetings we have two Committees which are the main conduit for the work of the Governors. Our structure is:
· Full Governing Board – this is where we ensure that we are fulfilling our statutory duties, monitoring progress against the school priorities, safeguarding, health & safety, risks and reviewing how effective we are as a governing body.
· Standards – this is where we look at all things data in terms of how the school is doing based on children’s attainment and progress, quality of teaching and learning, attendance and behaviour etc.
· Finance and Resources – this is where we look at all things to do with the school finances, including ensuring that we have an appropriate staffing structure in order to deliver our curriculum, how we spend our pupil premium and sports premium and how we ensure that we are meeting financial regulations and achieving best value.
Details of which Governors are on which Committee are given in the document section below.
When do we meet?
The Full Governing Board normally meets once a term. Our Committees also meet at least once per term. Dates of our meetings are also given in the document section below.
What do we actually do?
We will support the school with developing its vision, setting the purpose and aims of the school and agreeing school priorities within an agreed policy framework.
We also, along with the Trust, appoint and conduct the performance management of the Headteacher. We also serve on a range of different panels that may be needed for appeals such as school admissions, pay and disciplinary matters for both children and staff.
We monitor the school and evaluate the work by undertaking school visits to see evidence in practice and we then review these at our meetings, feeding back to the Headteacher on our findings.
Speak to the Governors:
If you have any questions you would like to speak to the governors about - please email to email@example.com and one of the governors will contact you directly.
The Government has clearly outlined the core functions for school governors:
It also launched in January 2017: ‘A Competency Framework for Governance’. This document outlines the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for effective governance, but in brief can be shown as:
Governors email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet our Governors
Mr Malcolm Staley - Chair of Governors
Malcolm has remained as chair of governors at the school through the transition to an academy. His working life has been spent in local government, many years of which were at a senior management level, and he therefore has substantial experience in how schools work within the overall public sector environment.
As a grandparent to six children Malcolm believes passionately in children being given the opportunity for the best possible education as a precursor to their adult years.
Malcolm feels that the qualities that he brings to his role centre around support to the Head teacher and the school generally, organisation of the governors and their roles, monitoring the direction and progress of the school and listening to the views of parents.
Mr Adrian Sutton - Co-opted and Health and Safety Governor
I have been a governor at Breadsall Hill Top since Oct 2017. I initially joined the school as a parent governor but having now moved out of the area I have become a co-opted governor.
I am passionate about education and believe that all children should have the best start in life. Having been involved with the appointment of the new head teacher I truly believe we have a leader who can take us on a positive journey and enable the school to become one that the children and community deserve.
I currently work for a Swedish bank that specialises with High net worth individuals and corporate businesses and this gives the expertise required for my role on the finance committee.
Mrs Sarah Heesom - Standards Chair and Pupil Premium Governor
I am Development Director at Transform Trust and Teaching School and am responsible for the CPD and support that is provided to schools. I am passionate about bringing out the very best in people. I have worked in Education Partnerships for 20+ years as well as having experience of setting up and running a charity and my own business. When I am not at work you will find me listening to music, ideally at a festival. I have a son who is a full-time sportsman and a daughter at university.
Mrs Julie Nellist - Parent and Safeguarding Governor
I'm one of the parent governors and also the designated safeguarding governor. I have two children, one still at Breadsall Hilltop. I have volunteered at the school for many years across various year groups, I know many of the children and staff and know the school well. I work for a local University and enjoy spending time outdoors with my family in my spare time.
Ms Meghann Cummins - Parent Governor
My name is Meghann. I am a parent Governor at Breadsall Hill Top Primary. Two of my children currently attend this school. I also work in the After School Provision run by the Play and Learn After School Club Ltd. I’m really enjoying being a part of the school community in both of my roles.
Mr James Osbaldaston - Parent Governor
My name is James and I am one of the parent governors at Breadsall Hilltop Primary School and I have recently joined the Finance Committee.
My daughter attends Breadsall Hill Top Primary and my son will be attending in the next academic year, so I am keen to take up an active role in the life of the school. Making a contribution to the day to day running of the school is a pleasure and I am passionate about supporting the school and helping the school to be the very best it can. I enjoy helping in school where I can and I’ve recently helped out with KS2 SATs and school trips.
I currently work in the local area for Sky. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, watching football and getting out and about.
Mr Matt Lawrence - Head Teacher Governor Breadsall Hill Top Primary School
Mrs Gemma Fisher - Teacher and Staff Governor