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This page introduces the Fleckney School Governors. It includes the statutory information which schools are required to make available about the governing body and the roles and responsibilities of governors in school. The different categories of governor and details on how to become a parent governor are also included.  For further details about the school governors contact the Chair of Governors Mrs Linda Marshall either by email lindam27@fleckney.leics.sch.uk or via the school office.

Meet the Fleckney School Governors

Miss K Trotman

Mrs G Turner

Governors' News

Update October 2016

Linda Marshall was elected  for a further term of office as Chair of Governors and Father Philip O’Reilly was re-elected as Vice Chairman at the meeting of the full Governing Body on 6th October 2016. Deborah Carvell and Michelle Hughes completed terms of office as parent governors in January 2017. They were appointed as Co-opted Governors at a meeting of the governing body on 16 January 2017. A parent governor election to fill 3 vacancies will be conducted in the summer term 2017.

From the Autumn term 2015, we are required to provide new information on the school website including details of the Constitution of the Governing Body, terms of office, committee membership and other positions of responsibility for each governor, attendance at meetings for the last academic year and the Register of Interests. 

The Role of the Governing Body

The Governing Body has a strategic and supportive role and we work in close partnership with the Headteacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of the school and staff. Our aim is to provide a strategic view, ensure accountability and be a critical friend to the school. 

Governors have general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to providing high standards of education in an environment where all pupils feel safe and can fulfil their potential.

In particular, we have responsibility for:

  • ensuring that there are appropriate systems and procedures in place to cover all aspects of the Safeguarding agenda, including safe recruitment, to ensure all our pupils are safe
  • approving and managing the school’s budget 
  • agreeing and setting appropriate targets for pupil achievement 
  • improvement in pupils’ progress, standards of achievement in the school and scrutiny of school data 
  • making sure a broad and balanced curriculum gives all pupils the opportunity make good progress, to be taught and learn well in our school
  • ensuring the ethos of the school promotes our Christian and British Values.

The Governing Body and individual Governors are expected to conduct our business in a professional manner, with the focus on the best outcomes for children at the heart of all that we do and to maintain and respect confidentiality at all times. We have adopted a Code of Conduct and operate within agreed Standing Orders for the Governing Body. Some of our work is conducted through our committees which have specific terms of reference and delegated authority on behalf of the Governing Body

Governors at Fleckney School are expected to attend 3 Business Meetings and 3 Development, Training and Information meetings each year – one of each per term – and these are held in the evening. Governors are also expected to be a member of at least one sub-committee or working group and attend committee meetings each term as required.

Governors also meet with staff for informal discussions about development plans for each subject at least once a year and we make  a curriculum-based visit each term working closely with a lead teacher, reporting back to the Governing Body. This enables us to have a confident overview of the school and its priorities and helps to ensure that our decisions about the school are made with knowledge and understanding.

Governors are responsible for the recruitment and appointment of the Headteacher and are involved in the recruitment of staff. We also support the school from time to time in other less formal ways - for example by attending assemblies, church services, school performances and sports days and other special days in the life of the school.

Linda Marshall
Chair of Governors

Categories of Governor

Parent Governors
Parents, including carers, of registered pupils at the school are eligible to be elected as governors at the school. Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school by a process of nominations and a ballot if necessary. If insufficient parents stand for election, the Governing Body can appoint parent governors

Staff Governors
Both teaching and support staff, who are paid to work at the school, are eligible to become Staff Governors. They are elected by school staff.

The Headteacher
The Headteacher is a member of the Governing Body by virtue of his/her office. If the Headteacher decides not to be a governor, he/she must inform the Clerk to the Governing Body in writing. His/her position remains reserved and cannot be taken by anyone else.

School staff who are eligible for election cannot serve as Local  Education Authority ( LEA) or Community Governor. They may however vote in parent governor elections if they are a parent or carer of a child at the school.

Local Education Authority Governors
The Local Authority appoints LEA Governors and any eligible person can be appointed to this role. A person cannot be appointed if they are eligible to be a Staff Governor.

Co-opted Governors
Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Body on the basis that they have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. 

Foundation Governors
Foundation Governors are appointed by the school’s Founding Body – in our case, the Diocese of Leicestershire as we are a Church School. They may hold office in an ex-officio capacity if they are the holder of an office specified in the Instrument of Government, for example the Parish Priest.  The Foundation Governors are required to uphold, preserve and develop the religious character of the school.

All categories of Governor are elected or appointed to serve a four-year term of office: governors may serve more than one term of office.

Instrument of Government

All Governing Bodies were required to reconstitute by 31 August 2015 under The School Governance (Constitution)(England) Regulations 2012. We completed this process during the last academic year and our new Instrument of Government came into effect from 1st April 2015. The Governing Body is now constituted as follows:

  • 4 Foundation Governors ( one of which is ex-officio )
  • 7 Parent Governors
  • 1 Local Authority Governor
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • 1 Headteacher
  • 5 Co-opted Governors ( which may include no more than 2 who are also a parent of a child at the school and 1 who is a member of staff.)
  • 19 Governors in total

Governor Training

There is a variety of training for Governors of all levels and experience. This can take the form of formal courses, provided by the Local Authority Governor Development Services (GDS), and ‘on the job’ internal training, mentoring and support in school. TheTraining & Development Governor on the Governing Body is there to offer advice and support about training that is available and to consider the development and training needs of governors.

 All new Governors are encouraged to attend the GDS Induction Course which introduces them to the key roles of the School Governor:

The strategic role of governors.

Safeguarding

How to be a ‘critical’ friend to the school.

Ensuring accountability of the school.

Improving standards of achievement in school.

 The cost of governor training is covered within the school budget.

Election of Parent Governors

The parents of registered pupils at the School elect parent governors. The definition of parent includes any person having all the rights, duties, powers, responsibility and authority which a parent of a child has by law, or who has care of him or her. Depending on the circumstances, therefore, a "parent" may include not only a child's natural parents but also others such as step­parents, relatives, co-habitees of either natural parents and foster parents.

Governing bodies are responsible for a wide range of matters, which include ensuring that pupils receive high quality education and planning for the future development and improvement of the School.  Parent governors play an important role as members of the governing body and are welcomed as valued members of the team. They play a vital role in ensuring the governing body is aware of the views of parents and the local community.                  

The governing body works together as a group. If you become a governor you would be expected to attend a minimum of three governing body meetings per year and a number of committee meetings.

If you would like more information about how and what the governing body does at this school please contact the headteacher/principal.

You are not eligible to serve as a parent governor if you:

  • work at the School for more than 500 hours in a year. The year commences 1st August and ends 31st July. are an elected member of Leicestershire County Council. 
  • are under 18 years of age at the date of this election or appointment;
  • are an un-discharged bankrupt, had a sequestration of your estate awarded and not been discharged, had a composition or arrangement with, or granted a trust deed for, your creditors which has not been discharged;
  • are liable to be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983; 
  • have, in the five years prior to becoming a governor, received a sentence of imprisonment, suspended or otherwise, for a period of not less than three months without the option of a fine;
  • have, in the twenty years prior to becoming a governor, been convicted as aforesaid of any offence and had passed on you a sentence of imprisonment for a period of not less than two and a half years; 
  • have, at any time, had passed on you a sentence of imprisonment for a period of not less than five years;
  • have been fined, in the five years prior to becoming a governor, for causing a nuisance or disturbance on education premises;
  • are subject to a disqualification order under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 or to an order made under section 429(2)(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986; 
  • have been removed from the office of trustee for a charity by an order made by the Charity Commissioners or the High Court on the grounds of any misconduct or mismanagement or, under section 7 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990, from being concerned in the management or control of any body;
  • are included in the list (List 99) of teachers and workers with children or young persons whose employment is prohibited or restricted under section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1999 or subject to a direction of the Secretary of State under section 142 of the 2002 Act;
  • are disqualified from working with children under sections 28 and 29 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000;
  • are disqualified from being the proprietor of any independent school or from being a teacher or other employee in any school; 
  • unwilling to make an application for Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check if asked by the clerk to the governors
  • already hold a governorship at the same School.

Governors Statutory Information

Every maintained school must publish specific governor information on its website to comply with The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012. Click on a link to read our information.

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings & Committees 2015/16

Code of Conduct

Constitution of the Governing Body. Members & Terms of Office

Governing Body Fleckney CE Primary School Register of Interests 2016/17

Governor Committees and Governor Leads Structure

Standing Orders

Subject and Governor Leads 2016/17

Written Statement of Behaviour Principles