Foster's Primary School and Nursery

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Governors

Governors work closely with the Head Teacher and the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that children receive the best education and achieve their individual maximum potential during their time at Foster’s. School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability and while they do not manage the day-to-day running of the school, they do appoint the Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher as well as hold the Head Teacher accountable for the progress of  children in the school. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make decisions about balancing resources.

 

The governing body at Foster’s includes a mix of experienced and new governors representing a variety of professional backgrounds, expertise and skills. Click on the link above to go to our 'Meet the Governors Page' to find out more about each governor).

 

The role of the governing body is a strategic one and can be summarised by the following:

•             set the aims and objectives for the school

•             set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives

•             set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives

•             monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives

•             be a source of challenge and support to the Head Teacher (a critical friend)

 

(The Head Teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.)

 

Committee Structure

Governors attend full Governing Body meetings once a term and sit on one of two sub-committees (curriculum or resources), which take responsibility for particular areas of School business .

 

Chair of Governors: Scott Wilkins

Vice-Chair of Governors: Ken Scottow

Interim Executive Head Teacher: Lesley Fisher-Pink

Interim Headteacher: Jason Hemley

 

Foster’s Foundation Governing Body

We have a second set of Governors who are Foundation Governors. They meet separately to discuss charitable works in the area and have strong ties with the main Governing body as they have two representatives on it. Foster’s is fairly unique in that, even though we have Voluntary Controlled status, we are not affiliated to any religious organisation. Click here to go to the Foster's Educational Foundation page.

 

Governors’ Interests

Governors are required to declare any direct or indirect interests. The document below shows all declared interests and other required information about the Governors at Foster’s.

 

DECLARATION OF INTEREST STATEMENT 

 

Foster’s Primary School Governing Body

 

 

Name

Term of Office

Category of Governor

Committees

Direct Interest

Indirect Interest

Voting Rights

Date Form Completed

Mr S Wilkins

(Chair)

14/04/2020 -13/04/2024

Fundation

Resources

Curricullum

Deputy Head Selection Panel

 

Pupil Discipline Committee

 

Deputy Head Selection Panel

 

Governor with responsibility for KS2

 

Pupil Voice (School Council) Governor

 

None

 

 

Governor at Leigh Academies Trust

Yes

 

Mr K Scottow (Vice Chair)

07/09/2021 - 06/09/2025

Foundation

Resources

Curricullum

Deputy HT Selection Panel

 

Governor for HTs PM

 

Governor responsible for  Child Protection/Safeguarding

 

Governor responsible for Health and Safety

 

None

None

Yes

 

Mrs Lesley Fisher-Pink

06/09/2021 - 

Executive Head Teacher

Curriculum

Resources

 

None

 

 

Yes

 

Mr J Hemley

 

01/09/2021 - 

Interim Headteacher

Curriculum

Resources

None

 

Yes

 

Ms A Boorer

28/01/2021 - 27/01/2025

Co-opted

Resources

Curriculum

 

Deputy Head Selection Panel

 

Governor responsible for Pupil Premium (including LAC)

 

KS1 Link Governor

None

Children attend the school.

Senior Structural Drafter

Yes

 

Ms V Thompson

28/01/2021 - 27/01/2025

Parent

Resources

Curriculum

 

Governor Responsible for SEN

None

Children attend school

Yes

 

Ms E Burca

01/09/2017 to 31/08/2021

Observer

 

None

None

No

No form

Mrs Shona McCharty

05/11/2021 - 04/11/2025

Parent

Resources

Curricullum

 

Literacy link Governor

None

Children attend school

No

 

Mr Matthew Barrett

06/05/2021 - 05/05/2025

Local Authority

Resources

 

Curricullum

 

Governor responsible for Safeguarding and Child Protection

None

Works for Welling School

No

 

Mr Ryan Debono

09/11/2020 - 08/11/2024

Staff

Resources

 

Curriculumm

None

Staff

No 

 

 

 

 

    FOSTER’S GOVERNORS’ ATTENDANCE 2020/21

 

 

Full

Governing Board

Curriculum/

Resources Committees

Term of office

Type of Governor

Pecuniary Interest

Non-pecuniary interest

 

Name

 

24/09/20

12/11/20

04/03/21

17/06/21

24/09/20

28/01/21

13/05/21

 

 

 

 

Anna-Louise Boorer

28/01/2021-27/01/2025

Parent

None

None

Bruce Fletcher

02/09/2019- 01/09/2023

Headteacher

None

None

Jason Hemley

11/01/2018-10/01/2022

Co-opted

None

None

Laurence Lum

14/11/2019-13/11/2023

Co-opted

None

None

Ken Scottow

20/07/2017-19/07/2021

Foundation

None

None

Joanne Surguy

R

-

-

-

R

-

-

14/11/2019-13/11/2023

Co-opted

None

None

Victoria Thompson

28/01/2021-27/01/2025

Parent

None

None

Scott Wilkins

14/04/2020-13/04/2024

Co-opted

None

None

Ryan Debono

-

-

12/11/2020-11/11/2024

Staff

None

None

Natalie Turner

-

-

-

-

-

17/06/2021-16/06/2025

Co-opted

None

None

Matthew Barrett

-

-

-

-

-

17/06/2021-16/06/2025

LA

None

None

 

      ü = Present     Ap = Apologies sent     Ab = Absent     - = Not applicable      R= Resign

 

 

 

 

Types of governors explained:

  • Local Authority (LA) Governor: appointed by the Local Authority that maintains the school.
  • Co-opted Governor: appointed by the governing body to represent the community. A co-opted governor does not need to have any previous experience or knowledge of education, nor do they need to have children in the school.
  • Parent Governor: elected onto the governing body by other parents from the school, and are usually parents of children in attendance at the school.
  • Staff Governor: elected onto the governing body by staff at the school.
  • Associate Governor: invited to attend full and committee meetings to support the governors to make informed decisions. Associate governors do not have voting rights.
  • Foundation Governor: (see ‘Foster’s Foundation Governing Body’)

Annual Governance Statement 2021-22

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