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4. Who are we?
5. Who is who?
9. Governor Minutes and Governor Attendance Register
1. Dear Parents and Carers
The Federation’s Governing Body is responsible for both Pinvin First and St. Nicholas Middle School.
We are often asked questions such as: What precisely is your role? How do you go about things? What authority do you actually have and to whom are you answerable? What have you been doing and how does it affect our children's education?
The following pages are intended to answer these kinds of questions. I hope you find them informative and helpful.
Chair of Governors, Pinvin Federation
2. What do we do?
As Governors we represent parents and the wider community in the running of our Federation’s two schools. We work in partnership with our Federation Head Teacher and her staff to ensure that each and every one of our schools’ pupils enjoys the highest possible standards of education and achieves to the best of his or her ability.
We do not get involved in day-to-day operational matters. These are the responsibility of our Federation Head Teacher and her team.
Our role is a strategic one, focusing very much on: where are we now, where do we want to be and how will we get there?
Our role has three main strands through which we are required, on behalf of parents, carers and the rest of the community, to
- Ensure that our schools have a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- Hold the Federation Headteacher to account for the educational performance of our schools and their pupils, and the performance management of staff.
- Oversee the financial performance of our schools, making sure the money is well spent.
- To see a short video about the work of Governors, please click here
3. How do we go about things?
We are the Federation's strategic decision makers and vision setters. We monitor and evaluate the Federation's performance and progress. We challenge where and when necessary and provide constructive feedback.
We meet as a full Governing Body at least once per term and carry out much of our work through three sub-committees which deal with specific aspects of the schools’ performance. In addition, individual and small groups of us regularly visit the Federation in order to explore and understand specific aspects of their work and meet pupils and staff.
The three sub-committees are:
School and Community (S&C) which ensures that arrangements for the well-being of pupils (including Safeguarding) and staff are implemented. It also fosters mutually beneficial relationships between the Federation and its stakeholders.
Resources (R) which ensures that the budgets of our two schools are managed in a robust and sustainable manner.
Pay (P) which ensures that the pay policy, including arrangements for performance management, is properly implemented.
The terms of reference for each of the sub-committees can be found at the foot of this page.
From where does our authority come?
Pinvin CE First School and St Nicholas CE Middle School belong to The Diocese of Worcester Multi-Academy Trust (DoWMAT) whose schools are deeply committed to implementing a collaborative approach to developing and securing excellent educational provision for pupils. The Trust Board as far as possible delegates the management of its schools to Headteachers and Local Governing Bodies with a view to retaining and respecting the individual identities of Trust schools. Roles continue to largely adhere to the statutory regulations and guidance issued by the Department for Education (DfE)
4. Who are we?
Some of us are appointed by the Diocese of Worcester. Others are elected by parents and staff or are either ex-officio or co-opted. We are all volunteers.
|Type of Governor||Number|
|Headteacher of Federation ex-officio||1|
|Elected member of staff||1|
1 Co-opted Governors are appointed to the Governing Body because they are judged to have the knowledge and skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of our schools.
5. Who is who?
Chair of LAB
Mrs Sandra Jennings
School and Community
Revd Claire Lording
|Foundation ex-officio||Ex-officio||Chair of School and Community||
Chair of Pershore Food Bank (Trussell Trust)
Chair of PCC St Nicholas, Pinvin
Mr. Richard Elliott
School and Community
Miss Lucy Smith
|08.10.2022||School and Community|
Mrs Jodie Whitfield Palmer
|Foundation||26.03.2021||Teacher at Abbey Park Federation|
School and Community
Safeguarding Governor. Interact Group at PHS.
Member of the Worcestershire Schools Appeals Panel
|Parent||22.11.2022||Pinvin Pre-School Business Manager|
|Co-opted||06.10.2023||School and Community||Governor at Tibberton CE First School|
- Revd Claire Lording has recently moved to Pershore and regularly leads Collective Worship at both schools.
- Richard Elliott is a long-term Governor having previously served on the Pinvin CE First School Governing Body before the schools Federated. Richard is always a willing volunteer for any events at school where an extra pair of hands are required.
- Jodie Whitfield Palmer is a Foundation Governor, who brings teaching experience to Governors based, as she is, at another local middle school.
- Lucy Smith is our elected member of staff and has worked at the Federation since September 2017 having previously taught at another school in Worcester for two years. She brings her experience and knowledge of the day to day workings of theschool to her role on the Governing body.
- Lucy Thornton is a retired police officer with 35 years of service. She has gained many skills involving children and families which she brings to the Governing Board. She is a mother of three and a grandmother of two.
- Victoria Clarke recently left a career in academic publishing where she was a commercial and operations manager. She is retraining to become a counsellor. She is a long term member of Pinvin Preschool management committee and takes an additional role on the safeguarding sub-committee. She has a daughter in PFS.
- Trevor Knight is a University senior manager with extensive experience of a wide range of area including; operations and resources, teachvigng quality assurance, academic policy, administrative services and student support. His son commenced Y5 at St Nicholas Middle School in September 2019.
- John Gardener brings both marketing and education expertise to the Governing body. John is also a governor at a feeder first school. He has one daughter in the middle school and another one joining next year
6. To whom are we accountable?
We are accountable to the parents and carers of our schools’ pupils, our pupils. our staff, the wider community and each other.
We regularly audit our expertise and experience and use self evaluation techniques to check the extent to which we are fulfilling our roles.
We follow a nationally recognised code of practice which sets out what is expected of us as individuals in terms of our roles and responsibilities, commitment, relationships, confidentiality and conflicts of interest.
In common with many other bodies and organisations we subscribe to the Nolan Committee’s Principles of Public Life: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty and Leadership.
OFSTED considers us to be an integral part of the schools’ leadership. We are, therefore, along with all other aspects of our schools’ life and work, inspected and judged by OFSTED.
In addition, as Church schools, we are subjected to regular SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspections.
7. Code of Conduct for the Governing Body of the Federation of St. Nicholas C of E Middle School Pinvin and Pinvin C of E First School
Click this link to see the DoMAT Code of Conduct
8. What have we been doing?
The newsletters that follow are a summary of what we have done since the start of the Federation in September 2015 and the impact which we have had on its development.
9. Governor Minutes and Newsletters