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Kingsclere CE Primary School

Happy, confident, successful, responsible children with a lifelong love of learning
"Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good" (Hebrews 10:24)

As a Church of England school we welcome families of all faiths
Headteacher Mr Steve Wells
"A Good School with Outstanding features" - Ofsted

Chair of Governors Welcome

Dear Parents and Carers

On behalf of the Governors, I would like to warmly welcome new parents or visitors to our school community and thank our current parents for their continued support and loyalty.

Being a Governor at Kingsclere CE Primary School is a privilege and honor. We are lucky to support, challenge and work collaboratively with the Headteacher, Leadership Team and Staff to provide an outstanding school experience and excellent standards of academic achievement, for all of our children.

We are all volunteers and represent a cross section of the community including the Church, Local Authority, Parents, Staff and Co-opted Governors with a broad range of skills including, Finance; Health & Safety; Legal; Compliance; IT; Education; Business.

One of our primary roles is to ensure the safeguarding of children in all aspects of school life. We do this through the following ways:

  • Our Chair is trained to Designated Safeguarding Lead standards, to ensure vigor and compliance in the safeguarding processes and protocols. This exceeds the legal requirement.
  • Our Governors ensure compliance to safeguarding regulations in the recruitment process for staff.
  • In matters of safeguarding we ensure not only that policy is followed, but make sure the child’s needs are met fully and supported and actions followed through.
  • We monitor the engagement of contractors and third parties for compliance to insurance, enhanced disclosures and risk assessments.
  • We have 2 Governors who are professional NEBOSH Health and Safety advisors.
  • We carefully scrutinise and review all trips and visits before approving them.
  • We receive annual refresher safeguarding training as a team, including the Government sponsored Prevent initiative to combat radicalisation.
  • One of the team audits us annually to ensure safeguarding compliance procedures are met and reports this to the Local authority.
  • As a team we evaluate our own professional development, skills and ensure our knowledge remains current through specialist training.
  • We monitor attendance of our children.
  • We review and monitor internet safety and IT controls.
  • We pupil conference a large proportion of children from across each year group twice a year, this includes talking to children about their feelings of safety and learning.
  • A number of Governors are regularly in school ensuring compliance to policies including medicine control, behavior, safety and monitoring the record of control for the register of staff, volunteers and contracts known as the single central register.
  • Annually we meet with the Local Authority property team to ensure the safety of our building fabric and environment.
  • We monitor and attend fire drills to ensure children are prepared in the event of an emergency

Another key area for us to monitor is the quality of our curriculum and the quality of our teaching. We achieve this through engaging professional advisors in subjects across the curriculum to scrutinize and review the quality of provision. The leadership team receives regular improvement visits from local authority advisors who challenge and support them to ensure there is outstanding provision across the whole school. The Headteacher conducts his own continuous improvement initiatives and regularly reviews the quality of teaching and learning in each year group. The school has a 5 year plan for development and a school improvement plan which we use to monitor the performance and progress of the school.

We continue to hold the performance of teachers to account through a rigorous performance management process and finally we seek parental feedback at parents evening through an electronic survey and take actions as appropriate.

The Governing body meets 5 times a year as a minimum. We have 2 additional committees; Finance and Resources including Personnel and Performance responsibilities and Curriculum both meet twice a term. We also have a Data Group that meets once a term to monitor all the children’s academic progress.

There is always a Governor available at every school function and termly feedback forums are notified to parents each academic year. We can be contacted through the school office should you wish to speak to us. We also actively ask you to participate in the parent survey annually to ensure your views and comments are part of our planning and review process. Anybody who feels they can contribute to the Governing Body, please contact the School office for a discussion with our Chair.

For your information our Governor team is listed below. Our 5 year plan, pupil conferencing and parent survey results can be found in our governor section.

We wish you an amazing school experience that gives your children many happy memories in the care of Mr. Wells and his team; and look forward to seeing you in school, where you will find incredible happy children!

Tracey Stratton, Chair of the Full Governing Body

Yours sincerely

Tracey Stratton
Chair of the Full Governing Body.

Governors' Details Academic Year 2018-2019

Name Category Appointed By Term Of Office (no. of years & end date) N.B. Since the reconstitution in 2014 Committee membership Responsibilities Voting Rights (if Associate Member)
Stephen Wells Headteacher Ex officio 4 Not applicable Finance & Resources Headteacher x
Tracey Stratton Local Authority Local Authority 4 30/09/2020 Finance & Resources Chair, Safer Recruitment Yes
Susan Watson Co-opted Full Governing Body 4 13/07/2022 Finance & Resources Vice Chair, Chair of Finance & Resources Committee, Safer Recruitment and Training Liaison Yes
Phil Auld Co-opted Full Governing Body 4 09/12/2018 Finance & Resources Yes
Matthew Kirby Parent Parents 0 21/07/2022 Finance & Resources Yes
Trevor Pitman Co-opted Full Governing Body 4 31/08/2022 Finance & Resources Forum representative Yes
Benjamin Read Foundation Ex officio 1 Curriculum Yes
Romin Tehrani Parent Parents 0 10/07/2022 Finance & Resources Yes
Jennifer Thwaite Co-opted Full Governing Body 0 31/08/2022 Curriculum Safeguarding Yes
Nicola Wallace Staff Staff 3 07/0/2019 Curriculum Yes
Ben White Co-opted Full Governing Body 1 07/02/2021 Curriculum Yes
Derek Wiles Co-opted Full Governing Body 3 30/03/2019 Curriculum Yes
Janet Doling Clerk School 0 Not applicable Clerk to all committees, FGB and Data Group Clerk No

Governors' Details Academic Year 2017-2018

NameCategoryAppointed ByTerm Of Office (no. of years & end date) N.B. Since the reconstitution in 2014Committee membershipResponsibilitiesVoting Rights (if Associate Member)
Stephen WellsHeadteacherEx officio 3Not applicableFinance & ResourcesHeadteacherYes
Tracey StrattonLocal AuthorityLocal Authority330/09/2020Finance & ResourcesChair, Safer RecruitmentYes
Susan WatsonCo-optedFull Governing Body313/07/2018Finance & ResourcesVice Chair, Chair of Finance & Resources Committee, Safer Recruitment and Training LiaisonYes
Phil AuldCo-optedFull Governing Body309/12/2018Finance & ResourcesYes
Tim HargreavesParentParents317/07/2020CurriculumYes
Helen JonasParentParents321/07/2018Finance & Resources AND CurriculumSafer RecruitmentYes
John LiddeattFoundationDiocese330/09/2017CurriculumYes
Trevor PitmanCo-optedFull Governing Body313/07/2018Finance & ResourcesForum RepresentativeYes
Rev. Benjamin ReadFoundationEx officio6 mthsNot applicableCurriculumYes
Nicola WallaceStaffStaff207/07/2019CurriculumYes
Derek WilesCo-optedFull Governing Body230/03/2019Curriculum and when required by Finance & Resources' Pay and Personnel CommitteeYes
Charlotte Williams Foundation Diocese 6 mths 08/02/2021 Curriculum   Yes
Ben White Co-opted Full Governing Body 6 mths 08/02/2021 To be determined   Yes
Harriet Spencer-HealeyObserverNot applicable3Not applicableCurriculumDeputy HeadNo
Jayne TolhurstClerkSchool3Not applicableClerk to all committees, FGB and Data GroupClerkNo

Governors' Details Academic Year 2016-2017

NameCategoryAppointed ByTerm Of Office (no. of years & end date) N.B. Since the reconstitution in 2014Committee membershipResponsibilitiesVoting Rights (if Associate Member)
Stephen WellsHeadteacherEx officio2Not applicableFinance & ResourcesHeadteacherYes
Tracey StrattonLocal AuthorityLocal Authority230/09/2020Finance & ResourcesChair, Safer RecruitmentYes
Susan WatsonCo-optedFull Governing Body213/07/2018Finance & ResourcesVice Chair, Chair of Finance & Resources Committee, Safer Recruitment and Training LiaisonYes
Phil AuldCo-optedFull Governing Body209/12/2018Finance & ResourcesYes
Katie DinmoreCo-optedFull Governing Body209/12/2018CurriculumYes
Tim HargreavesParentParents217/07/2020CurriculumYes
Helen JonasParentParent221/07/2018Finance & ResourcesSafer RecruitmentYes
John LiddeattFoundationDiocese230/09/2017CurriculumYes
Trevor PitmanCo-optedFull Governing Body213/07/2018Finance & ResourcesForum RepresentativeYes
Rev. Benjamin ReadFoundationEx officio0Not applicableTo be determinedYes
Nicola WallaceStaffStaff107/07/2019CurriculumYes
Derek WilesCo-optedFull Governing Body130/03/2019Curriculum and when required by Finance & ResourcesYes
Charlotte Williams Foundation Diocese 0 08/02/2021 To be determined   Yes
Ben White Co-opted Full Governing Body 0 08/02/2021 To be determined   Yes
Harriet Spencer-HealeyObserverNot applicable2Not applicableCurriculumDeputy HeadNo
Jayne TolhurstClerkSchool2Not applicableClerk to all committees, FGB and Data GroupClerkNo

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