Governors

What is the role of the Governing Body?

Our main role is to support the Headteacher and Staff.  We help to set and reach targets and strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of Academy life.

The Governors are volunteers whose key responsibilities are:

  • Setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
  • Setting the Academy's visions and aims
  • Monitoring and evaluating the Academy's  performance
  • Managing the Academy's finances and property
  • Employing staff

We do not deal with the day to day running of the Academy but aim to act as a 'critical friend', challenging and supporting the Headteacher.

We attend training sessions to keep us up to date and well informed to help us to do our job more effectively.

We also go into the Academy to meet with the Headteacher, other members of Staff and pupils to gather evidence that we are achieving our targets and identify areas to improve.

Yearly the Headteacher with the Governing Body will formulate a School Development Plan which plans a strategic direction for the year which helps provide focus for the staff and Governors.  The Governors use this as a tool for planning visits and gives clear information on the activities to be undertaken to help improve provision during the academic year.

Who are we?

The Governing body is currently made up of 10 members.

Governing Body members and responsibilities 2016-17

Debbie Sedgwick

Headteacher, ex-officio

Business interests declared: trustee for Rutland Music Hub since 2015
Emma Speirs Chair of Governors; Chair of Admissions & Marketing Committee; member of Finance, Personnel & H&S; Curriculum & Standards; Pay; and Performance Management Committees; responsibility for EYFS and English
Term of Office: 1.2.17- 31.1.21 
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 4/4
Business interests declared: employed as a teacher at Catmose Federation since 2016 and Director RSAcademics since 2007; husband Managing Director of RSAcademics since 1997
Barney Sturgess Vice-Chair of Governors; Chair of Finance, Personnel & H&S; member of Performance Management; and Pay committees
Term of Office: 1.2.17- 31.1.21 
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 4/4
No relevant business interests declared
 

 

Chris Merricks

Community Governor; responsibility for Gifted & Talented, and Training & Development; member of Admissions & Marketing; and Pay Committees

Term of Office: 1.2.17- 31.1.21 
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 3/4
No relevant business interests declared
Sarah Gullan-Whur

Community Governor; responsibility for Safeguarding & Children Looked After, Science and Sport; member of Admissions & Marketing; Curriculum & Standards; and Performance Management committees
committees,

Term of Office: 1.2.17- 31.1.21 
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 4/4
No relevant business interests declared
Alex Boyd-Williams

Community Governor; Chair of Curriculum & Standards Committee; responsibility for Arts and languages

Term of Office: 1.2.17- 31.1.21 
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 2/4
No relevant business interests declared
Stephen Langford

Parent Governor; responsibility for Computing

Term of Office: 1.2.17- 31.1.21 
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 2/4
No relevant business interests declared
Lynn Gant

Staff Governor; responsibility for SEN; member of Admissions & Marketing; and Curriculum & Standards Committees

Term of Office: 1.2.17- 31.1.21 
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 4/4
Business interests declared employed as a teacher at the school since 2006
Vicky Craven

Staff Governor; responsibility for SEN and Maths; member of Finance, Personnel & H&S Committee

Term of Office: 1.2.17- 31.1.21 
Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 4/4
Business interests declared employed as a TA at the school since 2014

We have a constitution which states the number of Governors we have at one time and the proportion of different categories of Governor.  Our Governing Body consists of the Headteacher, at least one representative Governor, parent elected Governors and co-opted Governors who can be elected onto the Governing Body to fill any skills gaps or vacancies we may have.

How often do the Governing Body meet?

We meet once a term but much of the work is done through committees which have specific roles and responsibilities.  All committee decisions are ratified by the full Governing Body.  Our committees are:

Curriculum Committee

Health and Safety Committee

Finance Committee

Admissions Committee

Complaints and Appeals

What is an Academy?

Leighfield became an Academy in February 2017.  Leighfield joined Discovery Schools Academy Trust which means it has become a charitable company for which we entered a funding agreement with the Secretary of State.  This means that the Academy is now funded directly by the government, to whom it is therefore accountable, rather than the local authority.  Academies, therefore, have more freedom than other state schools to make autonomous decisions.

How can I have a say in the school?

We are always willing to hear from parents whether it is good or bad!  We are keen to look at ways to improve and need your input and support to be able to work together to achieve this.  We have conducted parents' surveys and feel free to chat to us, we really value your opinion.

 

 

 

  1. 2015-16 governor attendance
  2. Governor News Dec 2016
  3. Item 9 Scheme_of_Delegation-DSAT-draft v9
  4. Item 10 DSAT Governor Expenses Policy
  5. Item 10 DSAT Governors School Visits Policy