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"Members of the governing body have a very broad range of skills and a thorough knowledge of provision and performance. They ask searching questions and are robust in discharging their statutory responsibilities, ensuring that the views of all stakeholders are considered in any decision they make."

Ofsted, November 2011.

 

Balshaw Lane Governing Body

The Governors play a vital role in the school community. They challenge the leadership team in order to evaluate the school's progress and to drive forward school improvement. Our governors are experienced, proactive and highly committed to the school. Several have experience from their own work which is valuable to the school, for example, with financial expertise. Many of them were governors during the last inspection when the governing body was judged to be outstanding.

Please see below to see further details of the governors' roles and responsibilities.

 

The aims of the Governing Body

  • To challenge the leadership team of the school to ensure that standards are continually high.
  • To drive forward school improvement.
  • To ensure that legal regulations are met.
  • To ensure that safeguarding measures are effective and children are safe.
  • To monitor and evaluate learning provision.
  • To ensure that the curriculum is engaging, vibrant and prepares the children for modern life.
  • To recruit the very best staff.
  • To make best use of all available funding, focused on learning outcomes.
  • To develop the school site and buildings to meet the needs of the children.

 

Meetings

The full Governing Body meets once a term, receiving reports from all the committees. Action points are followed up and further action proposed where necessary. The full GB meeting has an agenda informed by the local authority in order to keep abreast of national and local developments. These full GB meetings are minuted by the clerk from the local authority.

Minutes of the full GB meetings are on display in the entrance area of school. Please feel welcome to read them.

Extraordinary meetings may be called if required.

 

There are three main sub committees which meet at least once a term: Resources (Finance and staffing), Curriculum (Teaching, learning and welfare of pupils), Premises (Buildings, health and safety). Please see below for members of these committees. There is also a Pay Committee and Headteacher's Performance Management Committee.

 

Monitoring Visits

The governors visit school each term to observe actions which are being taken towards School Improvement Plan priorities. They use their observations and increased awareness to ask the leadership team challenging questions in committee and full GB meetings.

 

Head and Chair's Surgery

Mr Fielding and Ms Gregson hold an 'open surgery' at least once a term. This is a drop-in session for parents to come and discuss any concerns they may have in an informal way. Any concerns are taken seriously and, where necessary, followed up with staff.

Please check the newsletter for the next surgery date.

 

Our school governors are:

Mr K Fielding (Chair of Governors)

Mr S White (Vice-chair of Governors)

Mrs V Chamberlain
Mrs S Mercer
Mrs C Sharrocks

Mrs S Foster

Mrs D Platt

Mrs M Collings

Mr I Barker

Mrs E Rumball

Mrs A Kos

Mrs E Miller

Headteacher  Ms H Gregson
Deputy Head  Mr W Woodrow (observer)

Our Governors

Our Governors 1 Mr Fielding, Chair of Governors
Our Governors 2 Mr White, Vice-Chair of Governors
Our Governors 3 Mrs Chamberlain
Our Governors 4 Mrs Foster
Our Governors 5 Mrs Platt
Our Governors 6 Mrs Collings
Our Governors 7 Mr Barker
Our Governors 8 Ms Gregson

Governing Body Roles and Responsibilities 2017-18                                       

Name

Category of governor

Which body appointed

Term of office

Committees

Responsibility

Business and/or financial interests.

Relationship to school staff/ if a governor at another school.

Keith Fielding

Co-opted

Governing body

16/06/15 to 15/06/19

Premises

Resources

Curriculum

HT PM

Chair of Governors.

 

Safeguarding and CLA.

None

Married to Sue Fielding, TA at our school.

Chair of Governors at Parklands high school.

Steve White

Co-opted

Governing body

27/06/16 to 26/06/20

Curriculum

Premises

Resources

Pay

Vice Chair of GB & Chair of Premises & Curriculum

None

 

Val Chamberlain

Co-opted

Governing body

16/06/15 to 15/06/19

Curriculum

HT PM

Pupil Premium

None

 

Catherine Sharrocks

Co-opted

Governing body

16/06/15 to 15/06/19

Resources

 

None

 

Sandra Mercer

Co-opted

Governing

Body

16/06/15 to 15/06/19

Premises

Resources

Pay

 

None

 

Debra Platt

Local authority

Local authority

04/01/15 to 03/01/19

Premises

Pay

 

None

 

Sandra Foster

Co-opted

Governing body

16/06/15 to 19/06/19

Resources

Chair of Resources

Also a TA at our school.

 

Machala Collings

 

Parent

Parents

24/04/15 to 23/04/19

Curriculum

SEND

None

Governor at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Chorley.

Ian Barker

Parent

Parents

 

10/07/15 to 09/07/19

Resources

 

None

 

Angela Kos

Parent

Parents

07/11/16 to 07/11/20

Resources

 

None

 

Emily Miller

Parent

Parents

 

07/11/16 to 07/11/20

Curriculum

 

 

None

 

Elizabeth Rumball

Staff

Staff

11/11/13 to 10/11/17

Curriculum

Resources

 

Teacher and member of SLT at our school.

 

 

Helen Gregson

Head

Governing body

30/6/14-30/6/17

All

Head

Head of the school

 

Governors' Attendance at Meetings 2016-17

 

Full Governing Body Meetings

 

07/11/16

20/03/17

03/07/17

Keith Fielding

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Steve White

apologies

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Val Chamberlain

apologies

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Catherine Sharrocks

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apologies

 

Sandra Mercer

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Debra Platt

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Ian Barker

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Machala Collings

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Angela Kos

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Emily Miller

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Sandra Foster

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Elizabeth Rumball

apologies

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Helen Gregson

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Will Woodrow

(observer)

apologies

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Helen Parkinson

(Clerk to Govs)

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Resources Committee Meetings

 

24/10/16

06/02/17

07/03/17

08/05/17

 

Sandra Foster

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Keith Fielding

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Steve White

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Catherine Sharrocks

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apologies

apologies

 

Sandra Mercer

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Ian Barker

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apologies

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Angela Kos

apologies

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Elizabeth Rumball

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Helen Gregson

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Will Woodrow

(observer)

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Pay Committee

 

Pay Committee

Autumn 2016

HT PM Meeting

Autumn 2016

Keith Fielding

 

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Val Chamberlain

 

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Steve White

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Debra Platt

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Sandra Mercer

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Helen Gregson

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Lynsey Austen

(LA adviser)

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Curriculum Committee Meetings

 

06/10/16

19/01/17

16/05/17

 

Keith Fielding

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Steve White

apologies

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apologies

 

Val Chamberlain

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apologies

 

Ian Barker

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Machala Collings

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apologies

 

Emily Miller

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Elizabeth Rumball

apologies

apologies

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Helen Gregson

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Will Woodrow

(observer)

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apologies

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Premises Committee Meetings

 

14/10/16

24/02/17

24/04/17

 

Keith Fielding

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Steve White

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apologies

apologies

 

Sandra Mercer

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Debra Platt

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Helen Gregson

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Governors’ Development Group

 

Autumn 2016

Keith Fielding

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Steve White

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Val Chamberlain

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Machala Collings

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Helen Gregson

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Governors’ visits to school

Keith Fielding

Monitoring visits 27/10/16 and 26/01/17

Regular meetings with HG to discuss ongoing issues

Expansion meetings

Chair and HT Surgeries for parents each term

Safeguarding and CLA updates with HT.

Steve White

Expansion meetings

Val Chamberlain

Monitoring visits 27/10/16 and 26/01/17; visit to discuss Pupil Premium with HT; visit to see curriculum connectors.

Machala Collings

Monitoring visits 27/10/16 and 26/01/17; visit to discuss SEND with HT

Sandra Mercer

Monitoring visits 27/10/16

Emily Miller

Monitoring visits 27/10/16 and 26/01/17

Sandra Foster

Monitoring visits 27/10/16

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