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Meet our Governors

 

Governors Name Type of Governor Term Started Term Ends
Katrina Culyer Chair of Governors (Parent Governor) 30/11/2017 30/11/2021
Neil Morris-Clarke Vice-Chair of Governors (Co-opted Governor) 20/04/2015 20/04/2019
Jude Hawthorn Co-opted Governor 31/08/2015 31/08/2019
Hugh Embleton Co-opted Governor 30/06/2016 30/06/2020
Joan Nicholson Local Authority Governor 28/02/2017 28/02/2021
David Walker Co-opted Governor 09/11/2017 09/11/2021
Dawn Henderson Staff Governor 14/05/2017 14/05/2021
Jordan Curtis Parent Governor 25/09/2016 25/09/2020
Gary McCallum Parent Governor 03/04/2017 03/04/2021
Ian Keeler Parent Governor 11/05/2017 11/05/2021
Donna Caterer Associate Member 11/05/2017 11/05/2021
Lynne Fawcus Co-opted Governor 09/11/2017 09/11/2021
Andrea English Executive Head Teacher 20/03/2018 20/03/2022

 

Former Governors (Last 12 months)

Name

Designation

Mr Thomas Nearney (To March 2017)

LA / Community Governor

Mrs Sharon Common (To July 2017)

Co-Opted Governor

  Mr Simon Adams (to January 2018)   Head Teacher

Associate Governors

Mrs Donna Caterer - Parent Associate Governor

Governing Body Register of Business Interests

 

Governor Business Interest

Other

Establishments

Governed

Relationships with

Staff / Governors

Neil Morris-Clarke None None None
Katrina Culyer None None None
David Walker None None Parent of Staff Member
Lynne Fawcus None None None
Jude Hawthorn School employee, and School Business Manager None None
Hugh Embleton None None None
Joan Nicholson None None None
Dawn Henderson None None None
Jordan Curtis None None None
Gary McCallum None None None
Ian Keeler None None Husband of staff member
Donna Caterer DCC Staff None None
Andrea English School Employee and Acting Executive Head Teacher South West Durham Learning Federation None

 

Committee Structure - Terms of Reference

Committee(s) and Members

 

Finance

Gary McCallum (Chair)

Katrina Culyer

Hugh Embleton

Joan Nicholson

David Walker

By Invitation: Jude Hawthorn (School Business Manager - non-voting)

 

Personnel

Donna Caterer

Katrina Culyer

Lynne Fawcus

Jude Hawthorn

Neil Morris-Clarke

Joan Nicholson

 

Children's Committee

Ian Keeler (Chair)

Katrina Culyer

Hugh Embleton

Lynne Fawcus

Neil Morris-Clarke

 

School 

Katrina Culyer (Chair)

Donna Caterer

Dawn Henderson

Ian Keeler

Jordan Curtis

 

Community Committee

Katrina Culyer (Chair)

Joan Nicholson

Hugh Embleton

Dawn Henderson

 

First / Pay Review Committee

Katrina Culyer (Chair)

Joan Nicholson (Vice Chair)

Donna Caterer

Lynne Fawcus

Gary McCallum

 

Appeals

Neil Morris-Clarke (Chair)

David Walker (Vice Chair)

Jordan Curtis

Hugh Embleton

Ian Keeler

David Walker

 

Governing Body Meeting Dates - September 2017 to July 2018

 

Committee

Meeting Frequency

Approximate Length of meeting

Date of Meeting

Attendance

Full Governing Body

 

All meetings begin at 3:30pm

Autumn

120 Minutes

Thursday 09 Nov 2017

KC NMC SA  IK JC GM JN JH DH HE DC DW LF

Spring

120 Minutes

Thursday 19 April 2018

GM DW IK DC KC DH JH AE 

Summer

120 Minutes

TBA

 

 

 

School

 

All meetings begin at 2:30pm

Autumn

60 Minutes

Wednesday 13 Sep 2017

NMC  KC  SA  IK  JC

Spring

60 Minutes

Wednesday 24 Jan 2018

Cancelled

Summer

60 Minutes

Friday 11 May 2018

 

 

 

Finance & Premises

 

All meetings begin at 3:30pm

Autumn

60 Minutes

Wednesday 20 Sep 2017

JN HE JH SA

Spring

60 Minutes

Thursday 10 May 2018

 

Summer

60 Minutes

Wednesday 07 June 2018

 

 

 

Children's

 

All meetings begin at 2:30pm

Autumn

60 Minutes

Thursday 21 Sep 2017

DC KC NMC SA, VE

Spring

60 Minutes

Thursday 25 Jan 2018

Cancelled

Summer

60 Minutes

Friday 04 May 2018

 

 

 

Appeals

As required

As required

Wednesday 11th October 2017

GM, JC, JN, SA

 

 

Hearings/First

As required

As required

Wednesday 28th June 2017

SA, KC, HE, JN
      Thursday 20th July 2017 SA, KC, JC, IK
  November (Performance Management) 60 minutes Thursday 16th November 2017 SA, IK, KC, DC

 

 

HT’s Perf Management

Autumn Term 2017

60 Minutes

October 20th  2017

KB (Education Development Partner), KC

 

 

Annual Governance Statement - September 2017

 

The Governing Body of Croft Community School has a strong focus on its three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring the clarity of vision
  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and it's pupils, the performance and management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school ad making sure its money is well spent

 

Governance Arrangements

The full Governing Body and the various committees meet once each term, unless there is a need to hold additional meetings.

  • Finance, Buildings & Staffing Committee; Meets termly to discuss all financial matters.
  • Curriculum Standards Committee; Meets termly, focus on curriculum policies.
  • Personnel Committee; Meets termly, focussing on staffing matters, recruitment and performance management.

In addition there are the following committees:

  • Pay Review Committee
  • Appeals Committee
  • Head Teachers Performance Committee

 

During the past year the Governing Body has changed significantly, with Katrina Culyer elected as Chair of Governors and welcoming Hugh Embleton, Jude Hawthorn and Sharon Common as new co-opted Governors.

 

In addition to being committee members, Governors at Croft Community School are also linked to aspects and or subjects of the school.  The Head Teacher and Chair of Governors meet monthly to discuss the schools current position as part of the schools monitoring process. 

 

Each year Croft Community School holds a school led Governors Conference.

 

All Governing Body meetings are productive, and on most occasions, well attended.

 

Key Issues faced by the Governing Body

The Governing Body of Croft Community School has fulfilled its duties in terms of monitoring areas of the schools work whilst simultaneously offering support and appropriate challenge through agreed agendas of both committee and Full Governing Body meetings.

  • Agreeing and monitoring the use of Pupil Premium
  • School monitoring Governor visits implemented termly
  • Governors meetings scheduled regularly with Curriculum / SIP and Link Governors
  • Providing opportunities for growing leaders through budget by developing an effective Middle Leadership Team, ensuring rigor throughout the curriculum
  • Monitoring of pupil progress across the school including the review of the Curriculum and new qualifications to KS4
  • Recruitment of skilled staff to meet the needs of the expanded school

 

Assessment of Impact

Governors provide a high level of challenge to the Head Teacher and the school.  Governors consider a range of documents and data provided by the school in order to make informed accurate judgements of strategies implemented within the school.

 

The implementation of the monitoring calendar has provided a more co-ordinated framework for both Governors and staff.  As a result, Governors have:

  • Increased their knowledge of the school by meeting with relevant staff
  • Governors have asked challenging questions using forums and meetings with a variety of school staff
  • Governors have carried out Learning Walks monitoring the impact of specific resources purchased
  • Governors have scrutinised a variety of data and have attended LA training and information sessions
  • The above has led to a greater ability when challenging the Head Teacher and holding the Head Teacher to account
  • Feedback from both parents and pupils has been gathered at regular intervals

 

Future plans for the Governing Body

  • To review committee structure and implement any necessary changes regarding members
  • Continue with school monitoring as detailed in the school monitoring calendar 2016/2017
  • To continue to hold the school to account, ensuring the best possible outcomes for pupils are achieved and / or exceeded
  • To continue to move the school forward to secure a 'GOOD' in our next OFSTED inspection

 

Contact Details

Croft Community School welcomes suggestions, feedback and ideas from Parents / Carers.

Contact our Chair of Governors, Katrina Culyer, via the school office or using the 'Contact' form below.

 

 

Contact our Chair of Governors

Paper copies of meeting minutes are available to Parents / Carers on request.

 

Copies should be requested from either School and Governor Support Service or School and must be made in writing.

 

Contact details for School and Governor Support Services as follows:

School and Governor Support Services

Children & Young People’s Services

County Hall

Durham

DH1 5UN

 

Email: SGSS.administration@durham.gov.uk

Tel: 03000 265704 / 705