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Welcome to our Governors’ section. 


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor. 

Name of Governor

 and

 Date of Appointment

Category of Governor and term of office expiry

Term of office is four years except where indicated*

Appointing body

Position of responsibility including membership of committees (if any)

Relevant business interests that could present a conflict of interest. Including whether a governor at another school.

Personal relationship (if any) with members of school staff e.g. spouse, partner or relative.

Governor Attendance during last academic year 2018/2019

Meetings – LGB x 7;

Pay Committee x 1

Robert Middleton

 

Appointed 18/09/2018

Trust Governor

 

Term ends 17/09/2022

Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust

  • Vice Chair of Governors from 16/1/2020
  • Pay Committee from 17/9/19
  • Finance
  • Maths & Science
  • Training Link
  • Civil Servant

 

None

 

LGB - 100%

Pay Committee – 100%

Adam Sarfas

Appointed 14/09/2020

Trust Governor

Terms ends 13/09/2024

Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust

      N/A

 

Robert DaCosta

 

Appointed 28/09/2018

 

Parent Governor

 

Term ends 27/09/2022

Elected by Parents

  • Pay Committee from 17/9/19
  • Curriculum Foundation subjects
  • None

None

 

LGB - 100%

Pay Committee – 100%

 

Samantha Davies

 

Appointed 09/01/2021

Trust Governor

 

Term ends 08/01/2025

Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust
  • Chair of Governors from 16/1/2020
  • Vulnerable & Disadvantaged Pupils
  • Pay Committee
  • Headteacher Performance Management
  • Husband a Governor of Chigwell School and of Davenant School
  • Brother a director or trustee of Edenfells and Children's Air Ambulance

None

LGB - 100%

Pay Committee – 100%

Judith Hodges

 

Appointed 16/11/2020

Trust Governor

 

Term ends 15/11/2024

Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust    

None

 

Emma Heggie

 

Appointed 16/11/2020

Parent Governor

 

Term ends 15/11/2024

Elected by Parents        

 

Kirsty Johnson

 

Appointed 17/10/2018

 

 

 Headteacher

 

Ex-officio*

 

Ex-officio

  • Headteacher
  • Headteacher

 

None

100%

 

Malcolm Pearse

 

Appointed: 28/01/2019

 

Staff Governor

 

Term ends 

Elected by Staff

 

  • Physical Education lead at Alderton Junior School

None

N/A

Governors who have left during the last twelve months

 

Matthew Harrison

 

Appointed: 28/01/2019

 

Staff Governor

 

Term ended: 16/11/2020

Elected by Staff

 

  • Technology Lead at Alderton Junior School

None

84% (5/6)

Martin Green

 

Appointed 18/09/2018

 

Trust Governor

 

Term ends 16/11/2020

 

Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust

  • Safeguarding/Child Protection
  • Reading & English
  • Primary School Deputy Headteacher 
  • Education consultant – Primary Collection

None

66% (4/6)

       

 

Committee 

Minimum Numbers 

Membership 

Pay Committee 

S Davies 

R Middleton 

R DaCosta 

Headteacher’s Performance Management Review Panel 

S Davies 

R DaCosta 

(Plus Advisor) 

Pupil (Exclusions) Discipline Committee 

Eligible governors as required 

Staff Discipline/Dismissal Committee 

Eligible governors as required 

Appeals Committee 

Eligible governors as required 

 

Alderton Junior School joined Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust from 1 September 2018.

 

Local Governing Body Constitution since 1 September 2018 comprises of - Parent Governors x 2; Trust Appointed Governors x 4; Staff Governor x 1; Headteacher, ex-officio.

It usually meets as a full Governing Body each half term and there is a committee which meets annually to deal with pay matters.

There are currently vacancies for two Trust Appointed Governors.

Full Local Governing Body Membership Details

A downloadable PDF version of most recent governor statement

A downloadable PDF version of the Governance Statement

Governors Annual Statement July 2018

 

Governors Objectives - The major objective for the governors is ensuring that our pupils progress appropriately in their education and appreciate that for this to happen the pupils must be supported by a well led, enthusiastic, professionally competent and motivated staff all working together within a safe, supportive, expecting environment. Governors appreciate too the requirements of our children’s parents and carers and their need to be satisfied about the overall leadership and management of the school and how it affects safety, learning and enjoyment of their children. To achieve their objectives governors too must continually evaluate the role they have played within the life of the school and publish relevant information to all interested parties. This statement is part of that evaluation and publication process.

Multi Academy Trust - The biggest decision Governors made this year was join a MAT. This decision was made after several discussions and research.

 

School Improvement and Development Plan (SIDP) – Governors work co-operatively with the head teacher and senior management in the writing and monitoring of the School Improvement Plan. The School Improvement Plan sets aims for the forthcoming year. The current SIDP is based on priorities identified from data, school self-evaluation and Ofsted priorities. The SIDP is set out with clear aims, the key tasks which will be completed to achieve these aims and the success criteria in order to measure outcomes. The SIDP is monitored and reviewed termly, with an evaluation overview being completed and presented to governors alongside the HT report.

 

Ofsted - The School had an Ofsted Inspection, the report of which can be located on the school website. A post inspection action plan to address recommendations in the report was produced and its implementation continues to be monitored by the Governing Body.

 

Governor visits – Governors visit the school as part of their monitoring of the SIDP and of specific issues and these are considered a valuable opportunity for governors to be able to work closely with staff members across the board and speak with the pupils. Governors follow a cycle which sets out the monitoring activities which they will be undertaking with the staff leader. Visits have included Health and Safety, Safeguarding, SEN/D. Guidance in terms of the roles and responsibilities of statutory link governors are provided to relevant governors and regular training is available in order to up skill our team. Training has included Finance, Data, Safeguarding and GDPR. Governors also came into school to invigilate for the SATs.

 

Data analysis – Data is made available to governors through termly meetings with verbal and written presentations followed by question and answer sessions with the Headteacher thus the governors are able to benchmark their data against schools nationally to ensure the schools standards and expectations are high and are able to be closely scrutinised, particularly on pupil progress across all ability groups including vulnerable groups and on the effective use of the Pupil Premium, Governors have attended Pupil progress meetings .

 

Policies – Governors continue to review all relevant policies on a programmed basis to ensure that all guidance is current and up to date. Policies that have been updated in the last academic year have included Attendance, Behaviour and Discipline, Safeguarding and SEN/D. New policies that have been added include a Gift Policy and an Abusive Person Policy.

 

Financial Management –The Governors work with school staff to achieve 'The Schools Financial Value Standard and Assurance' (SFVS) on an annual basis. The impact of the governors’ role in the

school ensures that the budget is well managed and improvements are effective and continuous. External audits confirm that finances are well managed. Financial delegation was returned to the Governing Body following the cessation of the Strategic Intervention Board.

 

Staff Recruitment – The Headteacher and the Safeguarding Governor are trained in “Safer Recruitment”. Governors are involved in the recruitment and selection of the Senior Leadership Team and use the appointment process to ensure that high quality staff who share the schools mission statement and aims are appointed.

 

Governor Meeting Attendance– Governor attendance has, as always, been of a very good level, with any absences having been fully explained and accepted and approved by the governing body. There are no causes for concern at the level of commitment shown by any current member of the governing body.

 

Governor Development Plan – The Governing Body re- structure has worked well but a few tweaks need to be made to ensure we are as effective as we can possibly be. The new structure, has no committees, it allows for all Governors to have an understanding of all issues, in particular the core subjects. The Headteacher’s termly Report will have a more specific focus, for example, on Pupil Premium Grant impact and expenditure, quality of teaching, safeguarding and data.

 

How you can contact the governing body?

The Chair of Governors, Mrs S Davies, can be contacted via the School Office or email chairofgovernors@alderton-jun.essex.sch.uk

 

From January 4th, all schools are closed due to Covid-19. For enquiries, please contact the school office via email or visit the Covid-19 tab.
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