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Welcome to Summer 2-School is open for Key Worker/Vulnerable Children. We have also welcomed back Year 6 children and Year 5 children. Our Year 3 and Year 4 children are coming for some sports sessions starting next week. Stay Safe and we look forward to seeing you all as soon as possible x

Governors

We have 2 spaces for Parent Governors and we welcome any interested party to contact us at school to discuss this opportunity further.

 

What is a parent governor?

Parent governors are a core part of a school’s Board of Governors. The role is voluntary , and will appeal to parents who want to make a positive impact on their child’s education and school life. The outcome is indirect, since the governor role has little interaction with the pupils or with daily school life, but is much more “behind the scenes”.

As well as parent governors, a school’s Board of Governors consists of:

  • Staff governors
  • Local authority governors
  • Foundation governors
  • Partnership governors
  • Co-opted governors
  • Associate members

 

The exact make-up of the Board of Governors depends upon individual schools, within certain parameters, and this includes a minimum requirement of two parent governors on the board at all times.

 

What do parent governors do?

Parent governors bring their wealth of experience and knowledge, contributing to the successful running of their child’s school. Being a governor is a "hands off" role – decisions made by the board influence the whole school, but governors are not responsible for, or involved in, the day-to-day running of the school. The role is a necessary part of ensuring the good functioning of school leadership. Governors set the ethos of the school and drive for continuous improvement, and they also oversee financial performance and ensure money is well-spent. Governors commission the head teacher and other school leaders to act on their behalf in putting their ideas into practice, and they ensure that the school leadership is held to account in doing so.

 

As you can see, school governors have both a creative and managerial remit. They develop ideas and strategies for putting those ideas in to practice, but also hold leaders to account and offer them constructive feedback on their performance.

Responsibility does not rest with any one individual. Decisions are made by the board as a whole, and individual governors are not held to account for collective decisions.

 

How big a commitment is being a parent governor?

The term of office is usually four years, though it can be decided when parents are elected to the board, and it may extend beyond their child’s time at the school if their child graduates or changes school during the four-year period. During this time, you would be expected to attend and contribute thoughts and ideas to the governing board’s meetings.

There will be 2 meetings per term (1 Committee Meeting and 1 full Governing Body Meeting)

 Additionally, you will be expected to visit the school as part of your duties in order to monitor and evaluate as you gain understanding for your role, and take on training for the role through the Local Authority (LA).

 

You may also be invited to school events such as sports days to increase the visibility of the governing board to parents and represent your school to the community. Under current employment law, employers must allow employees to undertake their duties at school, but this may be paid or unpaid, so speak to your employer and find out what their policy is.

 

What skills do parent governors need?

There is no set skillset that marks out an ideal parent governor. So long as you are over 18 years of age and have a child at the school you can express an interest in becoming a parent governor for the school. It falls to the judgement of the board that any parent wishing to act as a governor has the relevant skills and experience to govern effectively and contribute to the success of the school. Prospective candidates should be given as much information about the responsibilities and expectations of the role before putting themselves forward for election. There’s also a legal requirement for parents to be DBS checked before starting their post as a governor.

 

What's in it for parents?

There's plenty of opportunity to learn new skills, working with others to help to develop useful policies that will benefit the education of children. The role may sound formal, but governors play a vital role in the running of the school and most people enjoy their time as a governor, as well as appreciating the sense of duty and opportunity to show loyalty to their school. You may also progress to being a chair, which brings added responsibility. The experiences of school governorship look great on any CV, and can even create career opportunities.

Not only that, but you will also get to know your child’s school, especially in terms of its strengths and weaknesses. You will gain a great understanding of how the school is run, and this will have a positive knock-on effect on your child’s education, academic outcomes and school life.

 

How do you become a parent governor?

If you are interested in becoming a parent governor, speak to the Headteacher who will arrange a meeting with the Chair of Governors.

 

How are parent governors appointed?

Schools fill parent governor roles through elections. Parent governors are elected by other parents, who can vote for candidates. Any parent with a child at the school is eligible to apply for the position of governor, but there is no guarantee of being elected to the board.

 

What about conflicts of interest?

Objectivity is essential to the role. Parent governors must promote the best interests of all children at the school, and have a duty to maintain good relations with and be available to the other parents. Parent governors should not use committee meetings to raise issues affecting their own child at the expense of others. They can withdraw from meetings where they are concerned that they could not be impartial, or would stand to gain by the outcome of a resolution.

It is not possible to stand as a parent governor if you are an elected member of your Local Authority (LA) or if you are employed by the school.

RAMJS Governing Body

 

Ribbleton Avenue Methodist Junior School is run by a governing body, which works with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to ensure pupils receive a good education.

School governors have a wide range of responsibilities. They are in charge of planning the future direction of the school and can thereby help raise the standards of pupil achievement and progress.

 

The Governing Body at RAMJS meets at least three times every term to discuss a wide range of issues including buildings and finance, staffing and standards of learning and teaching.

 

The Governing Body are also responsible for setting the policies and procedures of the school, and becoming a governor can be a rewarding way of utilising existing skills or developing new areas of expertise

 

Chairperson/Resources Chair

Mr Ken Wales (LA Gov)

 

Standards and Effectiveness (SEC) Chair

Mrs Susan Penrith (Vice Chair)

 

Mrs Fran Nickson (Headteacher) 

Mrs A Isherwood (Staff Gov) 

Ruth Millwood Hopkins (Co-opted Gov) 

Mrs Margaret Dilworth (Co-opted Gov) 

Mrs Farrah Babar-Akram (Parent Gov) 

Mrs Susan Penrith (Foundation Gov) 

Mr John Atkins (Foundation Gov) 

Vacancy (Parent Gov) 

Dr Tony Andrews (Foundation Gov) 

Vacancy (Co-opted)

All governors have signed the Register of Business Interests (2018)

No Governor has a business interest relevant to the school.

Mr Wales is a Governors at another school.

No Governor is related to any member of school staff. 

 

Sub committees 

 

In RAMJS there are two sub-committees:

Standards and Effectiveness (SEC) - this committee looks at the standards in school, the curriculum and the school record of self evaluation (RoSE). It meets 3 times per year and reports to the full governing body termly.

Members: Mrs Sue Penrith (Chair), Mrs Ruth Millwood Hopkins, Mrs Margaret Dilworth, Mr John Atkins and a Mrs Angela Isherwood.

 

Resources committee.

The Resources committee looks at finance, staffing, buildings and health and safety. It also meets three times per year and reports to the full governing body termly:

Members: Mr Ken Wales (Chair), Mrs Farrah Babar-Akram, and Dr Tony Andrews.

Mrs Fran Nickson (Headteacher) and (DHT) attend both committees.  

Governor information 2019/20

https://get-information-schools.service.gov.uk/Establishments/Establishment/Details/119354#school-governance

 

Name

Appointed by

Responsibilities/

committees

Appt.

ends

Business interests

Governor at another school

Related to staff

Mrs Fran Nickson

Headteacher

 

04/05/22

No

No

No

Mrs Angela Isherwood

Staff Gov (14/11/19)

SEC

Resources

14/11/23

No

No

No

Mr Ken Wales

LA

(24/08/18)

Chair

Chair of resources committee

Perf. Man comm

CP governor

23/08/22

No

Yes

No

Mrs Margaret Dilworth

Co-opted

(06/11/13)

SEC

04/11/22

No

No

No

Mrs Susan Penrith

Foundation

(14/10/15)

Perf. Man comm

SEC

13/10/19

No

No

No

Mr John Atkins

Foundation

(15/11/12)

SEC

14/11/20

No

No

No

Dr Anthony Andrews

Foundation

(03/12/14)

Resources

02/12/18

No

No

No

Vacant

 

Parent

 

Resources

 

 

 

 

Mrs Farrah Babar-Akram

Parent

(06/11/13)

Resources

05/11/21

No

No

No

vacancy

Co-opted

 

SEC

 

 

 

 

 

Governor information 2018/19

 

Name

Appointed by

Responsibilities/

committees

Appt.

ends

Business interests

Governor at another school

Related to staff

Mrs Fran Nickson

Headteacher

 

04/05/22

No

No

No

Mrs Kathryn Hutchins

Staff Gov (01/09/16)

SEC

Resources

31/08/20

No

Yes

No

Mr Ken Wales

LA

(24/08/14)

Chair

Chair of resources committee

Perf. Man comm

CP governor

23/08/18

No

Yes

No

Mrs Moira Bentley

Co-opted

(06/11/13)

Chair of Standards and Effectiveness Committee (SEC)

SEN governor

Perf. Man comm.

04/11/22

No

Yes

No

Mrs Margaret Dilworth

Co-opted

(06/11/13)

SEC

04/11/22

No

No

No

Mrs Susan Penrith

Foundation

(14/10/15)

Perf. Man comm

SEC

13/10/19

No

No

No

Mr John Atkins

Foundation

(15/11/12)

SEC

14/11/20

No

No

No

Dr Anthony Andrews

Foundation

(03/12/14)

Resources

02/12/18

No

No

No

Mrs Sophia Iqbal

Parent

(25/11/15)

Resources

24/11/19

No

No

No

Mrs Farrah Babar-Akram

Parent

(06/11/13)

Resources

05/11/21

No

No

No

vacancy

Co-opted

 

SEC

 

 

 

 

Governor attendance at meetings:

2019/2020        

Governor

Committees

Aut

Spr

Sum

Mrs F Nickson

 

Full Meeting

SEC

Resources

   

   

   

Miss R Musa ( DHT Observer)

 

Full Meeting

SEC

Resources

Apols

   

Apols

   

   

Mr K Wales

 

Full Meeting

Resources

   

Apols

   

Mrs R Millwood Hopkins

 

Full Meeting

SEC

   

   

Mrs S Penrith

 

Full Meeting

SEC

   

   

Mr J Atkins

 

Full Meeting

SEC            

   

   

Mrs M Dilworth

 

Full Meeting

SEC

   

Apols

   

Mr A Andrews

 

Full Meeting

Resources

   

   

Mrs F Haq

 

Full Meeting

Resources

Apols

   

   

 

2018/2019        

Governor

Committees

Aut

Spr

Sum

Mrs F Nickson

 

Full Meeting

SEC

Resources

Mrs K Hutchins

 

Full Meeting

SEC

Resources

Apols

Apols

Mr K Wales

 

Full Meeting

Resources

Mrs M Bentley

 

Full Meeting

SEC

Apols

Apols

Mrs S Penrith

 

Full Meeting

SEC

Mr J Atkins

 

Full Meeting

SEC            

Apols

Apols

Apols

Mrs M Dilworth

 

Full Meeting

SEC

Apols

Mr A Andrews

 

Full Meeting

Resources

Mrs S Iqbal

 

Full Meeting

Resources

Apols

Apols

Apols

Apols

Apols

 Mrs R Millward-Hopkins  Full Meeting    

Mrs F Haq

 

Full Meeting

Resources

Apols

Apols

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