Welcome to our Governing Body
The Governors at Pirton Hill Primary School are very proud to take an active part in school life. Our aim is to ensure that the pupils at Pirton Hill are able to achieve to the best of their ability. and have a wonderful experience of the school.
The Governing Body works with the senior leaders in the strategic development of the school. They support the Headteacher and staff as well as offering constructive challenge ensuring that the school achieves the very best it can for all pupils.
The four core functions of the Governors are:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff.
Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
Ensuring the voices of stakeholders are heard.
As Governors, a critical part of our role is to ensure we develop and maintain strong links with parents, staff and pupils. To support this, we can often be found in and around school, attending meetings and experiencing the many different activities that take place in school. We also try to attend as many school functions as we are able.
The role of Governor is carried out on a voluntary basis. As a Governor, you can:
You don't need to be an experienced professional - it's about attitude as well as expertise. The Governing Body needs skilled people to help them run effectively, but hard and soft skills are needed around the table, such as, problem solving or negotiation as much as specific expertise.
If you would like to join our Governing Body, please contact Grace Sentamu-Baverstock, Chair of Governing Body at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Governing Body will monitor in detail areas such as Finance, Personnel, Premises (which includes Health & Safety) and the Curriculum. We also ensure that legally required policies and documents are held and are available for Staff, Pupils, Governors, Parents and Carers and any visitors to school when and where relevant.
We receive a report from the Headteacher once a term which keeps us up to date with pupil’s academic achievements, staffing, attendance, special projects, school life in general and other legally required reports. We support and challenge the Headteacher and make crucial decisions about the school in our Governing Body meetings.
The Department of Education requires the Governing Body to have a number of statutory policies in place at the school. The Governing Body regularly ensures that all relevant school policies are kept up to date and in line with the latest local and national guidance.
A list of all DFE statutory school policies can be found at:
We also ensure that we are aware of what is taking place within the ever changing world of Education and Governance. We do this by attending courses held by the Local Authority and other educational organisations, and by being affiliated to the National Governors Association, The Key for School Leaders and The Key for School Governors.
Through the Headteacher and Staff, we are kept informed of all aspects of school life. Each Governor is linked to a subject and/or school development area. We have meetings with Key Stage and Subject Leaders to discuss how the National Curriculum is being followed and adapted to meet the needs of our pupils. We meet with the Senior Leadership Team to discuss areas of school development for the future. Link Governors provide feedback from these meetings at the Governing Body meetings. The Link Governor document was recently updated. The Full Governing Body ratified the updated document at the meeting held on 27th April 2022.
Our focus is very much the future of the school for the benefit of the pupils. The Governing Body membership is currently 8 Governors and we aim for our governance membership to grow to 12 Governors.
Grace Sentamu -Baverstock is our elected Chair of Governing Body and she brings a wealth of governance experience to our Governing Body. If you would like to contact our Chair, please email email@example.com
The Instrument of Government outlines the constitution of the Governing Body. The Local Authority considers whether it complies with the relevant legal requirements.
The Instrument of Government for Pirton Hill Primary School Governing Body was ratified by the Local Authority and last reviewed by the Governing Body on 29th September 2021.
The Governing Body reviews the document annually to ensure the constitution of the Governing Body remains relevant and meets the needs of the school's governance.
The Governing Body meets at least six times per an academic year to consider the strategic aspects impacting the school and the pupils.
The Quality of Education Committee meets three times per academic year. The core functions are to oversee the educational performance of the school, including matters relating to pupil progress and achievement, the quality of teaching and learning, teaching staff further development, and the development and delivery of the school curriculum offer. The Chair of the Quality of Education is Samantha Blank.
The Resources Committee meets three times per academic year. The core functions are to oversee and monitor compliance with statutory obligations under School Governance, DfE, Luton Borough Council and Data Protection. This includes the financial performance (value for money) of the school, human resources issues (efficient, effective employment/deployment), premises, health and safety and, general organisation and administration of the school including GDPR, data protection and freedom of information. The Resources Committee is granted delegated authority to authorise in-year amendments /revisions to the school budget plan, virements between budgetary headings, purchases and contracts in line with the scheme of delegation. The Chair of the Resources Committee is Mahmood Iqbal.
The Pay Committee meets once per academic year, in the autumn term, to assist in setting the school's pay policy, determine staff remuneration and review the targets for performance related pay. The Chair of the Pay Committee is Grace Sentamu-Baverstock.
The Headteacher's Appraisal Panel meets once per academic year, in the autumn term, to set objectives for the Headteacher, appraise the performance of the Headteacher and assess their performance in the role against the Headteacher Standards and their performance objectives. The Chair of the Headteacher's Appraisal Panel is Grace Sentamu-Baverstock.
There are four Committees that meet on an adhoc basis linked to discipline and appeals for both pupils and staff. At Pirton Hill Primary School, these Committees rarely meet but form part of the governance structure.
The Governing Body must agree the Terms of Reference for the Governing Body and its Committees annually. The Terms of Reference outlines the tasks and decision-making powers assigned to a Committee. The Full Governing Body ratified the documents at the meeting held on 29th September 2021. Further reviews and updates took place during the autumn term 2021.
The Governing Body keeps track of all governors who attend or are absent from Governance meetings. It is important for the development of the Governing Body that governor absence from meetings is kept to a minimum.
Governors are forbidden from being involved in decision making relating to the purchases by the school of goods and services from themselves, their relatives or any organisation in which they or those close to them have significant interest. The Governance Clerk is required to maintain a register of such interests.
A Declaration of Interests Form is completed annually by all Governors to declare such interests. If interests change, a new form is completed.
At every governance meeting, Governors declare as to whether they have any pecuniary interests related to the agenda items listed for the governance meeting.
The Register of Pecuniary Interests was ratified by the Governing Body on 13th October 2021. The Register is reviewed at every meeting and was last updated after the FGB Meeting held on 27th April 2022.
If you would like to contact a member of our Governing Body, please do so by sending your written correspondence to: Chair of Governing Body, Grace Sentamu -Baverstock, Pirton Hill Primary School, Butely Road, Luton, LU4 9EX.
Alternatively, you may wish to email:
Grace Sentamu -Baverstock, Chair of Governing Body at firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Devine, Governance Professional at email@example.com
The Governing Body currently has Parent Governor, Local Authority Governor and Co-opted Governor vacancies. If you would like to obtain further information on how you can support the school by joining the Governing Body, please contact the Governance Professional, Michelle Devine at firstname.lastname@example.org
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