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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.

 

The Governing Body

 

The Governors are a group of volunteers from different professional backgrounds who have a variety of links to the school and the local area. The Governors oversee the strategic direction of the school and evaluate progress towards goals intended to improve the school. They do this through regular Committee Meetings which look at educational standards and the contents of each curriculum, the premises, the school and local community, personnel, and finance. They also meet six times each academic year as a whole Governing Body.

 

As part of their work they make regular visits into school to look at pupil progress, safeguarding, SEND, teaching and learning, and many other aspects of the school. They do this by monitoring data, talking to the children and staff, and observing the everyday working of the school.

 

Our Governors

 

Parent Governors:

Mr. Christopher Barrett;

Ms. Danielle Bayes.

 

Parent Governors are elected by the parent body.

 

Staff Governors:

Mrs. Fleur Greaves (ex officio);

Miss Emma Leake.

 

Staff Governors are elected by the teaching and non-teaching

staff of the school.

 

Local Authority Governor:

Mrs. Helen Willis.

 

Local Authority Governors are appointed by the Local Authority.

For Banners Gate Primary School, this is the Education Department

of Birmingham City Council..

 

Co-opted Governors:

Mr. Emerson Barr;

Dr. Tracy Cattell;

Mrs. Pennie Davis;

Mr. Michael Webb.

 

Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Body.

 

Chair of Governors:

Dr. Tracy Cattell.

 

Vice-Chair of Governors:

Mr. Michael Webb.

 

Clerk to the Governing Body:

Mrs. Leisa Johnson.

 

Committee Membership and Responsibilities:

 

In 2017, our Governing Body reconstituted and restructured its committees to be more closely aligned with the core functions of governance. We now have two committees which meet at least every term. The Standards & SMSC Committee focuses on educational standards, extra-curricular opportunities and the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of the children. The Resources Committee focuses on ensuring that the educational needs of the school are served by its principal resources: its budget, its staff, its premises, and its teaching and learning equipment.

 

To contribute efficiently to the governance of the school, each of our Governors undertakes specific responsibilities and is linked to various aspects of the school or the curriculum. Our Link Governor system is the principal way in which we discharge our monitoring responsibility outside of GB meetings, and through this system we provide independent evidence on key areas of the school development to the rest of the Governing Body. Our link and leadership roles are listed below.

 

Mr. Barrett and Ms. Bayes joined the GB in March 2018 and will be supported to undertake link responsibilities following their induction and initial training processes.

 

Mr. Barr is Vice-Chair of our Standards & S.M.S.C. Committee, and is Link Governor for Assessment and Link Governor for Numeracy.

 

Dr. Cattell chairs the Standards & S.M.S.C. Committee and is Chair of Governors. She is Link Governor for Literacy, Religious Education and Collective Worship, and is also Link Governor for Safeguarding. Dr. Cattell also sits on the Resources Committee and the School Governors Discipline Committee. In June 2016, she was designated as a National Leader of Governance by the National College for Teaching & Leadership, an executive agency of the Department for Education.

 

Mrs. Davis is Vice-Chair of the Resources Committee, and is Link Governor for Inclusion and Vice-Link Governor for Safeguarding. Mrs. Davis also sits on the Standards & S.M.S.C. Committee and the School Governors Discipline Committee.

 

Mrs. Greaves is Head Teacher of Banners Gate Primary School. As Head Teacher, she is an ex officio Governor, which means that she sits on the Governing Body by virtue of her office. Mrs. Greaves sits on the Standards & S.M.S.C. Committee and the Resources Committee in addition to the Full Governing Body, and provides a termly Head Teacher's Report to the Governing Body.

 

Miss Leake is the school's Deputy Head Teacher, and is the elected Staff Governor. She provides a termly report to the Standards & S.M.S.C. Committee and the Full Governing Body in relation to her leadership of Assessment.

 

Mr. Webb chairs the Resources Committee and is Vice-Chair of Governors. He is Link Governor for the Early Years Foundation Stage and Link Governor for Key Stage One. Mr. Webb also sits on the Standards & S.M.S.C. Committee and the School Governors Discipline Committee.

 

Mrs. Willis sits on the Standards & S.M.S.C. Committee and the School Governors Discipline Committee. She is Link Governor for Key Stage Two and Link Governor for Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development.

 

Terms of Office of our Current Governors:

 

The Governors of Banners Gate Primary School hold office for a fixed period from the date of their election or appointment, subject to the following paragraphs from the School Governance Constitution Regulations (England) 2012:

  • A person who is a Governor by virtue of being Head Teacher of the school may not hold office for longer than the position from which the governorship derives is held by that person.
  • The regulations do not prevent a Governor from:

(a) being elected or appointed for a further term,

(b) resigning from the office of governor in accordance with Regulation 19(1);

(c) being removed from office under Regulations 20 to 25; or

(d) being disqualified, by virtue of any provision of the regulations, from holding or continuing to hold office.

  • An associate member may hold office for a period of four years, or such shorter period (not being less than one year) as may be determined by the governing body at the date of the appointment.
  • Nothing in the regulations prevents an associate member from being reappointed at the expiry of the associate member's term of office.

 

Our Local Authority Governor and Co-opted Governors serve a four-year term of office. Our Staff Governor and Parent Governors serve a two-year term of office. Our Governing Body reconstituted under the 2012 regulations (revised 2016) in July 2017, and our new Instrument of Government came into effect on 1st September 2017. The GB previously reconstituted on 1st December 2014 and 1st January 2012.

 

Governor:

Category:

Term Began:

Term Expires:

Mr. E. Barr

Co-opted Governor

18th Jan 2018

17th Jan 2022

Mr. C. Barrett

Parent Governor

26th Feb 2018

25th Feb 2020

Ms. D. Bayes

Parent Governor

26th Feb 2018

25th Feb 2020

Dr. T. Cattell

Co-opted Governor

5th Dec. 2014

4th Dec. 2018

Mrs. P. Davis

Co-opted Governor

1st Jan. 2016

31st Dec. 2019

Mrs. F. Greaves

Ex Officio Governor

1st Jan. 2012

upon retirement

Miss E. Leake

Staff Governor

15th Jan. 2016

14th Jan. 2020

Mr. M. Webb

Co-opted Governor

5th Dec. 2014

4th Dec. 2018

Mrs. H. Willis

LA Governor

11th July 2017

10th July 2021

 

Our Governing Body currently has no vacancies.

 

Record of Attendance.

 

This register sets out the attendance records of our Governors for the last three years. Possible Attendances takes into account the total number of meetings of all of the committees on which each Governor sits. A very small number of possible attendances indicates that the beginning or end of a term of office fell within that year, or (in the case of Associate Members) that few attendances are required of them.

 

2016 - 17:

 

Name of Governor:

No. of Possible Attendances:

No of Actual Attendances:

Attendance Percentage:

Mr. E. Barr:

11

9

82%

Mr. M Carrington:

6

5

83%

Dr. T. Cattell:

15

15

100%

Mrs. P. Davis:

15

11

73%

Mr. M. Dobson:

12

3

25%

Mrs. F. Greaves:

15

14

93%

Miss E. Leake:

8

7

88%

Mr. M. Webb:

10

10

100%

Mrs. L. Worledge:

5

5

100%

 

 

 

 

Mrs. C. Cotterill:

3

2

67%

Mrs. S. Painting:

3

2

67%

Mr. D. Quirk:

4

2

50%

 

2015 - 16:

 

Name of Governor:

No. of Possible Attendances:

No of Actual Attendances:

Attendance Percentage:

Mr. M. Carrington:

15

12

80%

Dr. T. Cattell:

18

15

83%

Ms. D. Curtis:

3

2

67%

Mrs. P. Davis:

18

12

67%

Mr. M. Dobson:

18

8

44%

Mrs. F. Greaves:

18

18

100%

Mrs. L. Karimi:

5

1

20%

Miss E. Leake:

10

9

90%

Mr. C. Thomas:

15

3

20%

Mr. M. Webb:

10

10

100%

Mrs. L. Worledge:

13

13

100%

 

 

 

 

Mrs. C. Cotterill:

2

2

100%

Mrs. S. Painting:

3

2

67%

Mr. D. Quirk:

10

5

50%

 

2014 - 15:

 

Name of Governor:

No. of Possible Attendances:

No of Actual Attendances:

Attendance Percentage:

Mr. M. Carrington:

16

14

88%

Dr. T. Cattell:

20

17

85%

Mrs. P. Davis:

20

14

70%

Mr. M. Dobson:

1

1

100%

Mrs. F. Greaves:

18

18

100%

Mrs. L. Karimi:

12

7

58%

Mr. C. Thomas:

12

9

75%

Mr. M. Webb:

13

10

77%

Mrs. L. Worledge:

11

10

91%

 

 

 

 

Mrs. C. Cotterill:

4

4

100%

Mrs. A. Hague:

1

4

25%

Miss E. Leake:

11

11

100%

Mrs. S. Painting:

6

4

67%

Mr. D. Quirk:

4

4

100%

 

Register of Interests.

 

This register sets out the relevant business interests of our Governors and details of any other educational establishments which they govern. The register also sets out any relationships between Governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives.

 

Mr. E. Barr:

Business Interests: none.

Membership of any other Governing Body: none.

Relationship to any member of school staff: none.

 

Mr. C. Barrett:

Business Interests: none.

 

Membership of any other Governing Body: none.

 

Relationship to any member of school staff: none.

 

 

Ms. D. Bayes:

Business Interests: none.

 

Membership of any other Governing Body: none.

 

Relationship to any member of school staff: none.

 

Dr. T. Cattell:

Business Interests: Freelance stage manager, lecturer, and language tutor (sole trader); governance consultancy through NLG role.

 

Voluntary Interests: Banners Gate Community Association.

 

Membership of any other Governing Body: Associate Member of Highfield

Nursery and Children's Centre GB.

 

Relationship to any member of school staff: none.

 

Mrs. P. Davis:

Business Interests (indirect): Married to proprietor of local

company, Phil's Valeting Service.

 

Membership of any other Governing Body: none.

 

Relationship to any member of school staff: none.

 

 

Mrs. F. Greaves:

Business Interests: none.

 

Voluntary Interests: Banners Gate Community Association

 

Membership of any other Governing Body: none.

 

Relationship to any member of school staff: none.

 

 

Miss E. Leake:

Business Interests: none.

 

Membership of any other Governing Body: none.

 

Relationship to any member of school staff: none.

 

Mr. M. Webb:

Business Interests: none.

 

Voluntary Interests: The National Trust.

 

Membership of any other Governing Body: none.

 

Relationship to any member of school staff: none.

 

 

Mrs. H. Willis:

Business Interests: none.

 

Voluntary Interests: Banners Gate Neighbourhood Forum;

Midland Potters Association.

 

Membership of any other Governing Body: none.

 

Relationship to any member of school staff: none.

 

Our Accountability.

 

A key way in which the Governing Body holds the school to account is through the reports it requests from senior leaders. We also recognise our own accountability, to our stakeholders and in law. Our stakeholders are our fellow Governors, the school's teaching staff, the pupils, their parents, and the residents and organisations of the Banners Gate community. To support this, each of our committees presents an annual report to the Governing Body; the Governing Body presents an annual report to stakeholders, and we now additionally post a bi-annual report on the work of the GB and its committees on this website (see Governor Reports tab on the left). You can follow links from this website to reports which the Governing Body have produced. We hope that you will find them informative.

 

Our Code of Practice.

 

Since 2014, our Governors have adopted and agreed to abide by the following Code of Practice, based on the recommended code of practice from the National Governors Association. Every Governor who joins us is asked and expected to sign up to abide by it, and the Clerk to the Governing Body maintains the list of signatures.

 

BGPS Governor Code of Practice

 

This code sets out the expectations on and commitment required from the Governors of Banners Gate Primary School in order for the Governing Body to properly carry out its work within the school and the community.

 

The purpose of the Governing Body.

 

The Governing Body is the school's accountable body. It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The Governing Body aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being.

 

The Governing Body:

  • Sets the strategic direction of the school by:
  • Setting the values, aims and objectives for the school.
  • Agreeing the policy framework for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Setting statutory targets.
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes approving the budget and agreeing the staffing structure.

 

  • Challenges and supports the school by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating:
  • The implementation and effectiveness of the policy framework.
  • Progress towards targets.
  • The implementation and effectiveness of the school improvement strategy.
  • The budget and the staffing structure.

 

  • Ensures accountability by:
  • Signing off the school�s own Self-Evaluation Report.
  • Responding to Ofsted reports when necessary.
  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the performance of the school.
  • Ensuring parents and pupils are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate.
  • Making available information to the community.

 

Appoints and performance-manages the Head Teacher, who will deliver the aims (through the day-to-day management of the school, implementation of the agreed policy framework and school improvement strategy, and delivery of the curriculum) and report appropriately to the Governing Body.

 

For governing bodies to carry out their role effectively, Governors must be:

 

  • Prepared and equipped to take their responsibilities seriously, including being committed to acquire new skills where appropriate;
  • Acknowledged as the accountable body by the lead professionals;
  • Supported by the appropriate authorities in that task; and
  • Willing and able to monitor and review their own performance.

 

The role of a Governor.

In law the Governing Body is a corporate body, which means:

 

  • No Governor can act on her/his own without proper authority from the full Governing Body;
  • All Governors carry equal responsibility for decisions made, and
  • Although appointed through different routes (i.e. parents, staff, Local Authority community, foundation), the overriding concern of all Governors has to be the welfare of the school as a whole.� In accordance with the School Governance Constitution Regulations of 2012, in any vote held, elected Governors (such as Parent and Staff Governors) must vote as individuals and not in the way which they believe their electing body might wish them to vote.

 

General.

We understand the purpose of the Governing Body and the role of the Head Teacher as set out above.

 

  • We are aware of and accept the Nolan Seven Principles of Public Life, which are attached at Appendix One.
  • We accept that we have no legal authority to act individually, except when the Governing Body has given us delegated authority to do so, and therefore we will only speak on behalf of the Governing Body when we have been specifically authorised to do so.
  • We have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as we have responsibility for staff, we will fulfil all that is expected of a good employer.
  • We will encourage open governance and will act appropriately.
  • We accept collective responsibility for all decisions made by the Governing Body or its delegated agents. This means that we will not speak against majority decisions outside the Governing Body meeting.
  • We will consider carefully how our decisions may affect the community and other schools.
  • We will always be mindful of our responsibility to maintain, promote, and develop the ethos and reputation of our school. Our actions within the school and the local community will reflect this.
  • We will refrain from engaging in posts on social media sites which relate to the school, and will not comment about the school in any way on any social media site.
  • In making or responding to criticism or complaints affecting the school we will follow the procedures established by the Governing Body. At Banners Gate Primary School, these can be found in the school Complaints Policy document.

 

Commitment

  • We acknowledge that accepting office as a Governor at Banners Gate Primary School involves the commitment of significant amounts of time and energy.
  • We will each involve ourselves actively in the work of the Governing Body, and accept our fair share of responsibilities, including service on committees or working groups.
  • We will make full efforts to attend all meetings, and where we cannot attend, explain in advance in full why we are unable to. There is no obligation on the Governing Body to accept apologies for absence, and the validity of reasons for absence may be considered before apologies are accepted.
  • We will get to know the school well and respond to opportunities to involve ourselves in school activities.
  • Our visits to school will be strategic (designed to contribute to a particular aspect of school improvement), arranged in advance with the staff, and undertaken within the framework established by the Governing Body and agreed with the Head Teacher. At Banners Gate Primary School, the process is to arrange visits directly with the teacher to be visited, to make the Head Teacher aware that a visit has been arranged (electronic mail is acceptable for this purpose), and to submit a completed Governor Visit Form to the Chair of Governors following the visit so that it can contribute to evidencing the work of the Governing Body.
  • We will consider seriously our individual and collective needs for training and development, and will undertake relevant training.
  • We are committed to actively supporting and constructively challenging the Head Teacher and senior leadership.
  • We may be held to account for any failures to fulfil these commitments or for acting against the school's interests in any way.

 

Relationships

  • We will strive to work as a team in which constructive working relationships are actively promoted.
  • We will express views openly, courteously and respectfully in all our communications with other Governors, including those who are also members of the school staff.
  • We will support the Chair in their role of ensuring appropriate conduct both at meetings and at all times.
  • We are prepared to answer queries from other Governors in relation to delegated functions and take into account any concerns expressed, and we will acknowledge the time, effort and skills that have been committed to the delegated function by those involved.
  • We will seek to develop effective working relationships with the Head Teacher, staff and parents, the Local Authority and other relevant agencies and the community.
  • We will respect the Head Teacher's position as the leader of the school community to which we affiliate, and will not convene any meeting of the Governing Body, on or off the premises, without the knowledge and consent of the Head Teacher.
  • The Head Teacher has the right to attend any meeting convened by members of the Governing Body, and any meeting convened without the knowledge and consent of the Head Teacher shall be invalid.

 

Confidentiality

  • We will observe complete confidentiality when matters are deemed confidential or where they concern specific members of staff or pupils, both inside or outside school.
  • We will not comment on or reveal the details of privileged information relating to the school, which we have acquired through membership of the Governing Body, to any other person.
  • We will exercise the greatest prudence at all times when discussions regarding school business arise outside a Governing Body meeting.
  • We will not reveal the details of any Governing Body vote.

 

Conflicts of interest

  • We will record any pecuniary or other business interest that we have in connection with the Governing Body's business in the Register of Business Interests.
  • We will declare any pecuniary interest in a matter under discussion at a meeting and offer to leave the meeting for the appropriate length of time.
  • We will declare any personal interest which could give rise to or be perceived as a conflict of interest in a matter under discussion at a meeting and offer to leave the meeting for the appropriate length of time.
  • Where a conflict of interest arises between our role as a Governor and any other role which we fulfil in relation to the school (for example, as a member of staff, parent, or contractor as a result of professional skills), we will offer to withdraw from the Governing Body until the resolution of the matter giving rise to the conflict of interest.

 

Breach of this code of practice

 

The Governing Body will seek to resolve disputes in a constructive way, but reserves the right to suspend or remove a Governor acting against the interests of the school or otherwise in serious breach of this Code of Practice. Serious breach may mean a single serious act or the breach of multiple clauses within the code.

 

  • If we believe this code has been breached, we will raise the issue with the Chair and the Chair will investigate.
  • Should it be the Chair whom we believe has breached this code, another Governor, such as the Vice Chair, will investigate.
  • Should it be a Vice Chair acting as Chair, in the absence or incapacity of the elected Chair, who is believed to have breached this code, representations may be made to the Clerk of the Governing Body to invoke a suspension and convene an extraordinary meeting to consider the allegations.
  • We understand that any allegation of a material breach of this Code of Practice by any Governor shall be raised at a meeting of the Governing Body, and, if agreed to be substantiated by a majority of Governors, shall be minuted and can lead to suspension from the Governing Body.
  • We are aware that, in addition to being a sanction following the substantiation of allegations by a majority of Governors, suspension whilst investigations are carried out is a neutral act to enable as many details about the matter to be gathered as fully and quickly as possible in order to bring the matter to a swift resolution.
  • We are aware of the provisions of regulation 15(1) of the School Governance (Procedures) (England) Regulations 2003, as amended, which pertain to the grounds for suspension as a school governor and of Schedule 6 to the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2007 relating to the disqualifications from the role of school governor (held as a separate document).

 

 

The Governing Body of Banners Gate Primary School adopted this code of practice on 3rd April 2014. All Governors sign to the following undertaking:

 

  • As a member of the Governing Body I will always have the well-being of the children and the reputation of the school at heart in all of my actions
  • I will do all I can to be an ambassador for the school, publicly supporting its aims, values and ethos.
  • I will never say or do anything publicly that would embarrass the school, the Governing Body, the Head Teacher, or staff.

 

Appendix One: The Seven Principles of Public Life

(originally published by the Nolan Committee: The Committee on Standards in Public Life was established by the then Prime Minister in October 1994, under the Chairmanship of Lord Nolan, to consider standards of conduct in various areas of public life, and to make recommendations).

 

Selflessness

Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.

 

Integrity

Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.

 

Objectivity

In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.

 

Accountability

Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.

 

Openness

Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.

 

Honesty

Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.

 

Leadership

Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

 

Our Governing Body also adopted the Birmingham Model Code of Conduct for Governing Boards in December 2016, the revised Birmingham Model Code of Conduct for Governing Boards in September 2017, and the Department for Education's Competency Framework for Governance in January 2018.

 

External Evaluations of Governance:

 

The Governors are the strategic leaders of the school, and governance is judged as part of the Leadership & Management of the school when it is inspected by external bodies such as the Local Authority or the Office for Standards in Education. The following extracts are from recent evaluations of governance at Banners Gate Primary School.

 

External Review of Governance, January 2018:

 

Governors make sure that the school's arrangements for safeguarding are effective and meet national requirements.

 

Ofsted, January 2015:

 

  • Governors make sure that the school's arrangements for safeguarding are effective and meet national requirements.
  • Governors visit the school regularly, ask searching questions, and use school data effectively to make sure leaders are raising standards. They ensure that the appraisal system only rewards teachers whose pupils achieve well, and know that it is contributing to the good quality of teaching.
  • The Governors are very supportive. They ask challenging questions to make sure that senior leaders continually improve teaching and achievement.
  • Governors manage the school's finances well. They track how the Pupil Premium is supporting disadvantaged and make sure that it is helping them to keep up with their peers.
  • Governors know that the sports funding has improved pupils skills. Through discussions with pupils, Governors appreciate that it had increased their enthusiasm and engagement.
  • Under the dynamic leadership of the Chair and Vice Chair, Governors have developed robust systems to check the school's performance. All Governors are fully involved and form a strong team.
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