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Governance

We feel very lucky to be part of a supportive school

Parent of two pupils at the school

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Parent of two pupils at the school

It’s an environment that encourages positive growth of character as well as academic achievement

Parent to three pupils at the school

2017-05-03T15:17:22+01:00

Parent to three pupils at the school

Friendly welcoming and inclusive. Everyone is valued.

Parent to two pupils.

2017-05-03T15:32:51+01:00

Parent to two pupils.

There is a great community feel to the school

Parent of year 5 pupil

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Parent of year 5 pupil

I love the family feel that pervades through the school

Parent of year 2

2017-05-12T13:38:10+01:00

Parent of year 2

We are very proud of our school and our Christian ethos is the basis for every decision we make. The governors, together with our Head teacher, Teaching and Support Staff, all work extremely hard to ensure every child has the help and support they need to reach their full potential.

The Pinnacle Federation Governing Body is made up of a group of highly motivated volunteers who have been elected to provide strategic direction in line with our vision and values. Governors work incredibly hard to support the Executive Head and other staff across the federation and are dedicated to ensuring every child has an inspirational experience and access to fantastic opportunities within a happy and secure environment.  

 

Responsibilities

The Governing Body has the final accountability to the Secretary of State for Education for the running of the school. We set, agree and oversee budgets, monitor the implementation of changes in the law, ensure the national curriculum is being taught, ensuring all pupils having equal access to education as well as helping to formulate the vision and aims of the school.   We ensure that we are well informed by subscribing to the National Governors Association and scrutinising internal, local and national information ensuring the school and its resources are utilised well to provide the best outcomes for all our children.

Our Governors meet regularly throughout the year, as a Full Governing Body and in sub-committees (Resources, Ethos and Standards and Achievements).  The Governors have a close relationship with the Head Teacher and staff in order to provide a source of support and challenge. Governors are often in school, formally and informally, keeping in touch with school life.

Contact with Governors

Governors can be contacted for issues causing concern to parents or for any other reason. If there are general issues with the running of the school, governors are always open to approaches, please feel free to speak informally. However, the role means that governors are remote from day-to-day running and it may be more beneficial to contact your child’s class teacher or the Head Teacher. Letters should be directed via the school office and are, of course, treated with utmost confidentiality.

The Pinnacle Federation Governing Body consists of:

  • 1 Executive Head teacher
  • 1 Staff governor
  • 2 Parent governors
  • 1 Local Authority governor
  • 4 Foundation governors
  • 7 Co-opted governors
  • Associate Governors

 

The majority of Governors do not have an educational background, however, they bring experience and expertise from their home and work lives which the school finds invaluable.

  • Parent Governors are self-nominated and elected by a vote across both schools.  As well as carrying out governor activities they offer a parent perspective in all discussions.  Their term of office is 2 years.
  • The Local Authority governor is nominated by the one of the Local Authorities to represent them in the governing body. They do not have to work for a local authority but their appointment is always approved by them .  Their term of office is 2 years.
  • Foundation Governors are appointed by the Dioceses of both Bristol and Gloucester and represent the Church in the governing body.  They are appointed to ensure that Christian ethos is preserved and developed within school and that religious worship reflects the tradition of the Church of England. Their term of office is 4 years.
  • Co-opted governors are people from the community who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the federation. The term of office for each co-opted Governor is 2 years from date of appointment.
  • Associate Governors are also appointed by the Governing body, and are allowed to attend meetings and sit on Committees.  Their usual term of office is 2 years.

Execution of Responsibilities

 The Governing Body elects a Chair and Vice-Chair annually with the term of office being 1 year. Our Full Governing Body is additionally supported by three sub-committees – Resources, Standards and Ethos.

 

Resources

The Resources Committee is responsible for overseeing budgets, finances, staffing, health & safety and matters relating to the premises of each school. This committee completes an annual evaluation – the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) – confirming that all processes and procedures are sound and that the school leadership team and the governing body appropriately ensure financial control and best value in all aspects of each school’s affairs.

 

Standards

The Standards committee is responsible for all matters relating to the delivery of the curriculum, subject leadership, achievement, attainment and behaviour.   It also monitors progress of the School Development plan and the implementation of Pupil Premium and SEND spending to ensure that attainment of disadvantaged or vulnerable children is maximised.

 

Ethos

The Ethos committee is responsible for promoting a Christian ethos and British values across both schools.  It monitors the content and impact of RE and Collective Worship to ensure pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is nurtured and that they gain an understanding of the Christian faith in its fullest context. It also promotes the links between the schools, local Churches and the wider community.

We set, agree and oversee budgets, monitor the implementation of changes in law and ensure the national curriculum is being taught such that all pupils have equal access to education.  To do this we meet regularly throughout the year, as a Full Governing Body and in sub-committees (Resources, Standards and Ethos).  We also maintain a close relationship with the Executive Head and staff in order to provide a source of support and challenge.  

 

If you wish to contact a Governor, for any reason, please do so via the school office.

Further info

Click Here for Constitution Of GoverningBody

Governor Information for Website Oct 2020

Record of Attendance at meetings 2020-21

Governor Attendance 2019-20

Governors Guide To The Law May 2012

Here at the Pinnacle Federation we are lucky enough to have a very dedicated and hardworking team of Governors with a wide and varied skill set. Currently we do not have any vacancies.

 There is good training and support for all governors ensuring that all aspects of school governance are covered.

If you are interested in becoming a school governor  in the future or would like any further information please do contact either school enquiries@ironactonprimaryschool.co.uk  enquiries@hawkesbury.org.uk or see https://www.sgoss.org.uk/

We would love to hear from you.