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FGB Meetings

 

7th December 2021 

Tom Simmons was appointed as an Associated Member of the FGB. 

The Instrument of Government was reviewed and the governing body is to be reduced from 14 members to 12. 

The Headteachers Report included the School Development Plan, attainment data and attendance, including absences due to Covid 19. 

There will be a governor profile sent out once a month in the newsletter. 

Governors gave a brief report on their recent link visits including, English, RE, Safeguarding, History, Health and Safety, Maths, DT and Art, EYFS, PSHE and SEND.  

The quoracy of sub committees was reviewed and decided to be three members. 

There were reports from the Teaching, Leaning and Standards and Finance and Premises Committees. These included the two year rolling curriculum documents, property and priorities of what need to be done and parking. Policies were ratified from both of these meetings and the Admissions 2023/24 Policy was approved. 

Risk assessments were looked at for trips and had been updated with Covid measures, governors approved the risk assessments. 

Any other business included the CoHeadship and having a meeting to discuss future plans for the governing body.  

 

12th October 2021  

The FGB met for the first time in person since the start of Covid 19 restrictions in March 2020. 

The governors re-elected Michele Tayler as Chair and Patrick Weaver as Vice Chair. 

The Co-Headteachers presented their report to the Governors including school data, before and after school provision and the pupil premium strategy. The pupil premium strategy noted that although there is still a gap in pupil progress this has closed a little, how funds were spent was highlighted and the support for pupil premium children. More information can be found at here. 

The link governors were gone through and established in their different areas. 

The Admissions, Child Protection and Safeguarding, Health and Safety and Data Protection policies were approved along with the Parent Code of Conduct. 

The Covid 19 risk assessment was reviewed. Any other business included the lettings agreement for before and after school club. 

 

6th July 2021

Due to Covid 19 restrictions the meeting was held using Zoom.

Maria Bowey was welcomed as the new parent governor.

The Acting Headteacher presented her report including updates on staffing for 2021/22, the school development plan and training for September. It was reported the Rosie Harding would be the staff governor from September. A working group to discuss the Traffic-Parent Questionnaire was highlighted.

Reports were presented from the Teaching, Learning & Standards Committee, including presentations that were made about EYFS and Section 48 by the RE Subject Leader Maths report; and the Finance & Premises Committee, including catering and letting of the hall. Policies agreed at these committees were ratified by the FGB.

Any other business included, school uniform and the SEND report.

Marilyn Strevens and Sara Sampson were thanked for their contribution as foundation governors. The staff governor was thanked for their contribution this academic year.

The Chair of Governors thanked the Senior Leadership team and all staff for their hard work during the difficult academic year.

 

8th June 2021

Due to Covid 19 restrictions the meeting was held using Zoom.

The Extraordinary meeting was help for the Co-Headteachers to present their vision for how their partnership would work in the next academic year.

 

11th May 2021

Due to Covid 19 restrictions the meeting was held using Zoom.

The Acting Headteacher presented the Headteacher’s Budget Report including that applications for funding had been successful. The budget was approved by the governors. The Pupil Premium Spending Plan, Devolved Formula Capital Grant and Covid costs were presented to the governors. The Parent Code of Conduct was discussed and this would come back to another meeting. Any other business included, BANES financial support, infant playground, catch up funding, Covid 19 link governor visit, parking and governor terms of office.

 

23rd March 2021

Due to Covid 19 restrictions the meeting was held using Zoom.

The Acting Headteacher presented her report including 2021/22 admissions and the ongoing situation with Covid 19. Governors started talking about the skills audit for the governors. There was a report on collective worship and RE during Covid.

Catherine Edwards became the Chair of Finance & Premises Committee.

Link Governors reports for Safeguarding, Maths and EYFS were discussed. Reports were presented from the Teaching, Learning & Standards Committee, including a Maths report that was presented to the committee, and the Finance & Premises Committee, including money that would be able to be deployed for building maintenance in the next five to ten years. Policies agreed at these committees were ratified by the FGB.

The Looked after Children and SEND Policies were approved by the committee.

The Camino Multi Academy Trust initial proposals were discussed.

 

19th January 2021 - Extraordinary FGB

Due to Covid 19 restrictions the meeting was held using Zoom.

The meeting was held in response to the closure of the school to all but keyworker and vulnerable children. The risk assessment was presented by the Acting Headteacher and after due consideration was approved by the FGB. Addenda to the Attendance and Child Protection Policies were agreed.

The governors were updated on the home learning provision in place and plans for this going forward, as well as the Covid testing programme being rolled out to all staff.

1st December 2020

Due to Covid 19 restrictions the meeting was held using Zoom.

The Acting Headteacher presented her report, including updates on the measures in place in response to the ongoing restrictions and the instances of ‘bubble’ closures. The FGB discussed and agreed guiding principles in the case of reduced staff numbers due to isolation and illness.

Reports were presented from the Teaching, Learning & Standards Committee, including the use of the government ‘catch up’ funding, and the Finance & Premises Committee, including the impact of Covid 19 on budgets and expenditure. Policies agreed at these committees were ratified by the FGB.

20th October 2020

Due to Covid 19 restrictions the meeting was held using Zoom.

In the first FGB meeting of the academic year the governors welcomed Rhiannon Lampard as foundation governor designate, and re-elected Michele Tayler as Chair and Patrick Weaver as Vice Chair. The FGB voted to continue holding meetings online.

The Acting Headteacher presented her report. This included the outcomes of the assessments carried out of pupil progress following the extended period of partial closure of the school and the plans in place to tackle issues arising over the coming academic year. The FGB commended the work of the staff and the leadership team in the successful reopening of the school in the current circumstances.

The FGB approved the Standing Orders, Terms of Reference, Code of Conduct and Governor Action Plan. Link governor roles were discussed and the following policies were approved: Admissions, Child Protection & Safeguarding, Whistleblowing, Exclusion and Health & Safety. The Covid 19 risk assessment was reviewed.

 

14th July 2020 - Extraordinary FGB

Due to Covid 19 restrictions the meeting was held using Zoom.

The meeting was held to discuss and agree the plans to reopen the school fully in September, in line with government guidelines.

The revised risk assessment and associated documents were discussed in detail.

After due consideration the FGB approved the plans to reopen the school.

 

7th July 2020

Due to Covid 19 restrictions the meeting was held using Zoom.

The FGB welcomed Cheryl Hughes as LA Governor designate, and Catrin Geeson staff representative, pending her taking on the position of staff governor in the next academic year.

The Head Teacher presented her report including an update on the partial opening of the school and the continuing provision of home education. Governor roles and responsibilities were discussed, and reports were presented from the Teaching Learning and Standards and Finance and Premises committees.

Initial plans for the full reopening of the school in September were discussed, along with the draft risk assessment. Key points of these plans were discussed and agreement reached on points including the appropriate ‘bubble’ size and arrangements for clubs and lettings, subject to guidance in place at the time.

The following policies were approved: Safeguarding, Relationship and Sex Education, Admissions

  

27th May 2020 - Extraordinary FGB

Due to Covid 19 restrictions the meeting was held using Zoom.

The meeting was held to discuss and agree the plans to reopen the school on 1st June for year’s R, 1 and 6 in line with government guidelines.

The BANES return to school checklist, the Return to School risk assessment and School Reopening Plan were all discussed in detail. The FGB also considered the office and kitchen risk assessments, lunch provision and the amended behaviour policy. The Head Teacher provided an update on arrangements for continuing to provide home learning for pupils not in school and provision for key worker and vulnerable children in school.

After due consideration the FGB approved the plans to reopen the school.

 

 5th May 2020

Due to Covid 19 restrictions the meeting was held using Zoom.

The Head Teacher updated the FGB on the arrangements for home learning, provision of school meals to pupils at home and contact with pupils. The FGB were also updated on staff patterns of working at home and in school, and the arrangements for the small number of pupils in school.

Outline plans have been drawn up for reopening of school, pending government guidance

The safeguarding policy has been updated as required to take account of the current circumstances and this was approved. The FGB approved the budget for 2020-21, and approved the Pupil Premium spending plan. The potential redevelopment of the neighbouring Wansdyke business park was discussed and a preliminary response was agreed.

The leadership and staffing structure during the Head Teacher’s forthcoming maternity leave was discussed and agreed, along with plans to put this structure in place.

 

17th March 2020

The meeting was held prior to the government’s decision to close schools due to the Covid 19 outbreak.

The FGB welcomed Lizzie Creevy as clerk. The following policies and documents were approved: Staff Wellbeing policy, Continuity Plan, Science Policy, Safeguarding Audit. Schools Financial Value Standards submission. The Head Teacher’s report was received.

The majority of the meeting was then spent on plans regarding the Covid 19 outbreak, in response to guidelines in place on the day. The decisions made included the procedures whilst the school remained open, such as and increase in hand washing and suspension of collective worship and events involving parents. The staff to pupil ratios necessary to keep the school open in the event of staff illness or self isolation were agreed. Outline procedures were agreed for providing school work at home in the event of a school closure, along with expectations of staff and the core functions that are needed to continue.

  

3rd December 2019

The FGB welcome Cassie Reis as a parent governor, and Mike Summerfield as pending appointment as foundation governor.

The Head Teacher presented her report including progress against targets. In particular the introduction of ‘Gem Powers’ and attendance figures were discussed. Link governor roles were reviewed and updated and the FGB noted points from a number of link governor visits.

A report was received from the Finance and Premises committee regarding the budget position and maintenance priorities for the school building. An update was received on the Camino partnership, of which the Head Teacher is currently in role as the Chair. The admissions policy was approved in principle, to be ratified at a later date. The governors approved the risk assessment for the Skern trip

 

24th September 2019

In the first FGB meeting of the new academic year, governors welcomed Fr Christopher Whitehead to the governing body and re-elected Michele Tayler as Chair and Patrick Weaver as Vice Chair.

The Head Teacher presented her report and priorities for the forthcoming academic year were discussed, with the main new focus being on maths. The FGB approved the Standing Orders, Memorandum of Understanding, Terms of Reference and Governor Action plan, as well as reviewing and approving the land use agreement between the Diocese and the school regarding the new forest school area. Link governor roles going forward were discussed, the risk assessment for the forthcoming Kilve residential trip was approved and the following policies were approved: Health & Safety, Data Protection, SEN and school uniform

The FGB extended congratulations to the staff and Head Teacher for the result of the recent Diocesan RE inspection and thanked them and the relevant governors for their input into this.