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Governors

Little Munden enjoys the services of a strong team of enthusiastic Governors with a wealth of experience and expertise from the teaching and business professions. There is representation from, and strong links with, the Friends of Little Munden (FoLM), the LA, the Parish Council, the Church, local business and the farming community.

The Governing Body is accountable to the LA for the overall management of the school including budgetary control, staffing, premises and curriculum. Additionally, we fully support the Headteacher and her staff in the day-to-day running of the school. It is our aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all our pupils.

The Governing Body of a school is responsible and accountable for all the major decisions about the school and its future.  We have a legal responsibility to make sure the school promotes high standards of educational achievement.  We are responsible for appointing and reviewing the performance of the Headteacher, and are usually involved in other staff appointments when necessary.

Together with our Headteacher, we set the future direction for the school, decide how the school’s budget should be spent and monitor and evaluate the school’s performance.  In doing this we make decisions on things such as performance targets, school policies, staffing, and the school’s development plan.  We provide the Headteacher with support and advice, drawing on our knowledge and experience from outside school.  We ask searching questions whilst respecting her position as professional leader of the school – this is often compared to acting as a ‘critical friend’.

The Governing Body recognises that it is a critical part of the Leadership and Management of the school.  As a whole, and within sub-committee it operates as a professional body, in accordance with the policies and guidelines defined in its Governor Handbook and with regard to the current Governors Guide to the Law.  Each Governor has signed up to and undertakes their duties in accordance with our Governor Code of Conduct.

Anyone over 18 with an interest in education can be a Governor.  We are all volunteers attending meetings and working to further the school’s development.  Our Governing Body is drawn from the school’s community and includes parents; school staff; representatives of the Local Education Authority and community governors plus Associate members.

Parents (including carers) of registered pupils at the school (including the nursery) are eligible to stand for election for parent governorship at the school.  ‘Parent’ is defined as including ‘any individual who has or has had parental responsibility for, or cares or has cared for, a child or young person under the age of 18’.  It includes a person who the child lives with and who looks after the child, irrespective of what their relationship is with the child, and must be someone involved in the full-time care of the child on a settled basis.

Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school.  If insufficient parents stand for election, the governing body can appoint parent governors.

Both teaching and support staff paid to work at the school are eligible for staff governorship.  Staff governors are elected by the school staff and must be paid to work at the school – volunteers are ineligible. Any election that is contested must be held by ballot.

Authority governors are appointed by the LA.  LAs can appoint any eligible person as an authority governor.  A person is disqualified from appointment as an authority governor if they are eligible to be a Staff governor of the school.

Community governors are appointed by the Governing Body to represent community interests. Community governors can be people who live or work in the community served by the school, or people who do not work or live close to the school but are committed to the good governance and success of the school.

The Governing Body can appoint associate members to serve on one or more Governing Body committees and attend Full Governing Body meetings.  The definition of Associate member is wide and pupils, school staff and people who want to contribute specifically on issues related to their area of expertise (for instance, Finance, HR and PR) can be appointed as Associate members.  Associate members are appointed as members of any committees established by the Governing body.  They are appointed for a period of between one and four years and can be reappointed at the end of their term of office.

Associate members are not Governors and do not have the statutory duties and responsibilities of a Governor.  If you feel that you have some expertise that would be of value to the School and Governing Body, but cannot commit to being a full Governor this could be your way to become involved.  Similarly, if you think you might like to become a Governor in the future this could be a way to ‘dip your toe in the water’.  We are always keen to welcome new people to the team, so, if you feel this role may be for you please contact the Governors or the Headteacher in the first instance.

There is a full governors meeting every term, and our committees meet separately to look at specific areas such as Finance, Curriculum and Resources.  The minutes of the meetings are available, on request from the School office or on our website.  Core Subject Governors visit the school termly on a planned basis and liaise with the relevant Subject Leader concerning the planning, implementation and assessment of that subject, in accordance with the School Development Plan.

We can be contacted directly by email, or through the School Office.  Our email address is chair.of.governors@littlemunden.herts.sch.uk .  Alternatively, the school office will pass on any messages or letters.  It is also normally possible to book an appointment to talk to a Governor at Parent Consultation Evenings.

Whilst we are always happy to hear from and talk with parents, the Headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school, so initially most queries and specific issues should be addressed to the Headteacher.  Because we have a specific responsibility for reviewing complaints and exclusions it is sometimes important that we should not involved in the first instance.

For example, if you had concerns about a specific behaviour incident at the school then you should discuss it first with the Headteacher.  If that failed to resolve the issue, or you were concerned about the general approach to behaviour management, then that would need to be discussed by the Governors and you should contact us.

In most cases the way we want the school to operate is set out in the various policies (such as the behaviour policy, uniform policy, complaints policy, etc) which we review on an annual or bi-annual basis.  A copy of current policies can be made available on request through the school office.  Statutory ones (Behaviour, Charging and SEND) are already available on the web site.

If you feel that a policy is not being followed, or it is unclear, or even simply not effective, then that should be brought to our attention.  If in doubt then please feel free to contact either the Governors or the Headteacher, and if necessary we will point you in the appropriate direction.

The Governors and Staff are all committed to making Little Munden School the best possible learning and development environment for the children and are always happy to answer any additional questions you may have.

Our Governors

Daniel Law
Daniel LawChair & Parent Governor
Marina Breeze
Marina BreezeHead teacher
Nicki Berry
Nicki BerryCo-opted Governor
Joanne Stephens
Joanne StephensCo Opted Governor
David Wells
David WellsFoundation Governor
Tovah Sutherland
Tovah SutherlandParent Governor
Debi Parkins
Debi ParkinsCo-opted Governor
Alex Petit
Alex PetitLEA
Diana Jennings
Diana JenningsStaff Governor

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors directly please e-mail: chair.of.governors@littlemunden.herts.sch.uk

Little Munden School: Committee Structure 2016/17

Committee Committee Members
Resources Chair: Alex Petit

Marina Breeze

Diana Jennings

David Wells

Dan Law

Jo Stephens

Curriculum Chair: Nikki Berry/Dan Law 

Marina Breeze

Tovah Sutherland

Jo Stephens

Exclusions  

Nikki Berry

Heads Performance Dan Law

Jo Stephens

Complaints As needed
Appeals As needed

 

Subject

Governors 2016/17

SEND/ G&T

Nicki Berry

Child Protection / Safeguarding/ CLA

Nicki Berry

Health and Safety

Dan Law

 

 

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Governor Updates

 5th December 2017

Dear parents and carers

The governing body under Steve Ford’s leadership has worked hard with Mrs Breeze, the teaching and support staff to ensure we are able to deliver a school environment and curriculum which helps your children to learn and reach their potential.

However Steve has has decided that with a new job and added commitments he was unable to lead the governing body and has stepped aside as Chair of Governors. On behalf of the board of governors I’m sure you will join me in thanking Steve for his considerable input into the role over the last couple of years.

Following on from our full governor body meeting on Monday 4th December I am delighted to have been elected the new chair of governors.

The Governing Body also welcomed Tovah Sutherland to the board as a parent governor and I’m sure she will add to the board’s role of challenging and being a ‘critical friend’ of the school to ensure the children reach their potential.

Already we are starting to see progress on our school development plan with a successful Art week, the planting of new trees by the children, weekly maths challenges, new challenges for children’s weekly reading, the choir performing at Haileybury College and Rocksteady about to begin their rock band sessions in January (ear buds at the ready!)

As a governing body we will continue to monitor and challenge the progress of the children, the staff and the school to ensure that Little Munden Primary School is able to create and sustain a rich learning environment in which each child can develop their full potential, intellectually, physically, socially and morally, building upon the skills which you have fostered in your child at home.

Finally on behalf of the governors I’d like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a successful 2018.

Kind regards
Dan Law

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope that you have all settled in well to the new academic year and would like to extend a warm welcome to our new pupils, parents and carers.

There has been so much to be proud of at Little Munden in the past year. We have recorded good progress in learning, aspects of the school have been judged as outstanding and we’ve seen a range of fantastic experiences for our children, such as their participation in the concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The children and staff have all done remarkably well, and their hard work is clearly reflected in their results.

Attention has now turned towards our school making further achievements and it was great to witness the vibrant and positive learning atmosphere first hand when Mr Law and I met with the School Council a couple of weeks ago. We were invited along to speak with the whole school about our roles and how governors use our own experiences to provide both support and challenges to Mrs Breeze and her team to ensure that each and every one of our children at Little Munden reach their potential. The children worked collaboratively in their House teams to compile a list of excellent questions for us, which they read out confidently and clearly.

Thank you Mr Willis…

At the end of last year we said good bye to our Vice-Chair, Tony Willis. Tony has always made significant contributions to the school during his time on our governing body, as well as supporting the school on premises improvements and school vacations, and we thank him for all of his hard work and commitment.

Your School Needs You!

This term we have an exciting opportunity for two individuals (parents or otherwise) to join our governing body. This is a fantastic chance to help us ensure that our school continues to provide an inspiring environment where children are encouraged to learn, be curious about the world and develop the desire to fulfil their potential. Any interest would be welcomed; perhaps come along and sit in on a meeting before committing if you wish?

If you would like to find out more about what is involved please contact me at steven.ford@hertfordshire.gov.uk or leave a message at the office for me to contact you.

Kind regards,

Steve Ford
Chair of Governors.

Message from the Chair of Governors.  April 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

Here we are already in the Summer Term and there are many things to be proud of at Little Munden School.

Just before the Easter break the Local Authority visited our school to carry out a Joint Annual Review (‘JARV’). The visit involves an assessment of all areas of the school and the feedback received has been very encouraging as we continue to strive for an outstanding status. The report includes comments such as:

“Pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare is outstanding”
“The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good”
“…the school is demonstrating an increasing number of outstanding traits”

Mrs Breeze and I met with the advisor and he was very complimentary about the confidence and excellent attitudes our children have, so well done to all. Actions have already been agreed as the focus now switches to improving further.
Last term Little Munden had already achieved two outstanding grades; firstly in the SIAMS inspection that assessed that the school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development very effectively. To achieve this is no mean feat as the assessment levels have been raised over the past few years. Secondly, the school received the highest grading in the County Council’s Health & Safety assessment of our premises.

In the coming weeks you will notice that the school building will be improved. All of the windows and doors will be replaced following a successful application to County for funding. The replacement windows will not only enhance the appearance of the building and save a considerable amount of money in energy costs but will also improve the comfort and quality of the children’s learning environment.

A recent focus for governors has been to review and approve the budget for the new financial year, something that will continue to be a challenge for all schools in the coming years. This term governors will continue to focus on raising standards and will monitor improvement through the priorities in the School Development Plan; it is our role to support and challenge.

We also welcome Jo Stephens on to the Governing Body. We are delighted Jo is on board and the skills set she brings are already proving to be valuable to the school.

Lastly, we value everyone’s thoughts and ideas and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the School Development & Learning Without Limits meeting at the school next Wednesday 27th April at 6.30pm.

Best regards
Steve Ford

Message from the Chair of Governors.  8th October 2015

Dear Parent and Carers

Firstly, I wish to take this opportunity to welcome all of our new parents, children and staff to the school, and for those of you returning I hope that you were all able to spend some enjoyable time with your families over the summer period.

The Governing Body, led by Simon Smith, worked hard last year to ensure we have an already GOOD school working towards an OUTSTANDING judgment the next time OFSTED come calling.

However, at the end of last term Simon felt it was time to step aside and, following a Governor’s meeting in September, I am delighted to have been elected as Chair of Governors at our school. I’m sure you will join me in thanking Simon for his efforts over the past few years.

All of our Governors have their own careers, parenting and day-to-day responsibilities but they voluntarily dedicate time to the school when they are able to. Together with Mrs Breeze and the teaching and support staff we are passionate about ensuring our children receive the best possible education available during the school year ahead; we will reflect on the last academic year, identifying what worked well, what could be better and to implement plans for improvements this year.

In addition, our role is to support the school to deliver an environment and curriculum that is fun and exciting for the children to learn, whilst also robustly challenging and being a ‘critical friend’ to ensure all of our children reach their potential.

Here’s to a successful and rewarding school year for everyone.

Best regards

Steve Ford