Governors

Whipton Barton Federation Annual Governance Statement 

The Department for Education Governance Handbook (March 2019) states that: 

All boards, whether in the maintained or academy sector and no matter how many schools they are responsible for, have three core functions:  

.  Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; 

Governors are responsible for setting the school’s strategic framework, identifying priorities for school improvement and monitoring progress towards these goals. Governors are also responsible for setting a school ethos of high expectations of behaviour, progress and attainment of all pupils and of conduct of staff and governors. 

2.        Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; 

Governors must provide challenge to the school and hold the Headteacher and senior leaders to account for improving the quality of teaching and learning and school performance. Governors do this through questioning and through regular monitoring and analysis of data on children’s performance and progress. Governors hold the Headteacher to account for the performance management of teachers. The performance management of the Headteacher is conducted by governors together with an external advisor. 

3.        Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it’s money is well spent. 

Governors look at financial statements and ask questions to ensure that the school makes efficient use of its budget and provides best value for money.  

 

Governance Arrangements 

The table below outlines the Governor names and their roles. 

Type 

Name 

Appointed by Office Term

Committee(s)

Registered Interests

Executive Head teacher 

Gary Read 

Ex Officio N/A N/A

Resources & Teaching and Learning

None

Associate 

Gemma Wills 

Governing Board N/A 1 Year from 12.09.2017

Head of School/ Teaching and Learning 

Committee 

None

Co opted 

Jo Stranks 

Governing Board N/A 21.04.2015 - 20.04.2019

Teaching and Learning Committee 

None

Co opted 

Sarah Norcliffe 

Governing Board Chair of Pay & Performance Committee 06.12.2016 - 05.12.2020

Teaching and Learning Committee, Pay & Performance Committee

None

Foundation 

 

Mike Beresford 

Ted Wragg Trust Co- Chair of Governing Board 13.04.2015 - 12.04.2019

Resources committee, Pay & Performance Committee

None

Foundation 

Bob Hooper 

Ted Wragg Trust Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee 23.11.2015 - 22.11.2019

Teaching and learning Committee 

None

Foundation 

 

Bethan Jones 

Ted Wragg Trust N/A 25.01.2016 - 24.01.2020

Resources committee, Headteacher Performance Management

None

Foundation 

Beck Ramsdale 

Ted Wragg Trust N/A 23.11.2015 - 22.11.2019

Resources Committee 

Teacher at Federation
Foundation Vacancy Ted Wragg Trust        
Foundation Vacancy Ted Wragg Trust        
Local Authority Vacacny

Local Authority

 

       

Parent 

 

Stacey Andrew 

Elected by parents Co-Chair of Governing Board 13.04.2015 - 12.04.2019

Teaching & Learning Committee, Headteacher Performance Management Safeguarding Lead Governor

None

Staff Governor 

 

Vacancy

Elected by staff    

 

 

Clerk to Governors 

Jessica Benger 

     

 

 

Over the last year, we have had governors attend various training including: 

  • Introduction to Governance 

  • Safeguarding 

  • Prevent training 

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education 

  • Achieving Good in OFSTED 

 

Attendance record of Governors 

All Governors are aware of the importance of attending meetings. We have never had to cancel a meeting due to not being quorate. All details of Governor attendance can be found in the Full Governing Body meeting minutes on the Federation website at: www.whiptonbartonfederation.co.uk/minutes 

The Full Governing Body meets twice a term. The Teaching and Learning committee and Resources committee also meet twice a term. We have yearly Pay and performance and Headteacher Appraisal meetings. We have other committees to handle complaints, staff matters and pupil discipline as these arise. 

Full Governing Board Meeting Attendance 2017-18
Governor Name AGM 12.09.2017 17.10.2017 05.12.2017 06.02.2018 27.03.2018 22.05.2018 10.07.2018
Gary Read Yes Yes Yes Yes      
Stacey Andrew Yes Family Commitments Yes Yes      
Mike Beresford Yes Yes Yes Yes      
Oliver Birley Yes Yes Yes Yes      
Bethan Jones Maternity Leave Maternity Leave Maternity Leave Ill health      
Sarah Norcliffe Yes Yes Yes Yes      
Mike Beresford Yes Yes Yes Yes      
Beck Ramsdale Yes Yes Yes Yes      
Bob Hooper Yes Yes Yes Yes      
Jo Stranks Yes Yes Yes Yes      
               
               
               
Full Governing Board Meeting Attendance 2016-17
Governor Name

AGM

13.09.2016

18.10.2016 06.12.2016 07.02.2017 28.03.2017 23.05.2017 11.07.2017
Gary Read Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stacey Andrew Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mike Beresford Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Oliver Birley N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bethan Jones Holiday Yes Yes Yes Work Commitments Yes Work Commitments
Sarah Norcliffe N/A N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes
Beck Ramsdale Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bob Hooper Holiday Yes Yes Yes Work Commitments Yes Yes
Jo Stranks Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Work Commitments
Vicky Smith Yes Yes No Yes

Family Commitments

Yes Yes
Jamie Wordsworth Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A N/A
               
               

 

The work that we have done 

 

 

Future of Governors  

 

 

School Improvement Planning 

Governors have high aspirations for the school and believe it will achieve great things in the future. The key aims and priorities as set out in our improvement plan for 2019-2020 are: 

1. 

2.

3.

4. 

 

 

Contacting the Governing Body 

We welcome any questions or comments and can be contacted at: chairs@whiptonbarton.org 

If you would like to write to the governors you can use the following address

Chair of Governors

c/o Whipton Barton Federation

Hill Lane

Exeter

EX1 3JP 

 

Governing Board  Minutes

Below are the meeting minutes of the Full Governing Board. If you would like to review the minutes of the Teaching & Learning Committee or the Resources Committee please contact the school or the Clerk to Governors.