Governors' Information and Duties

The Governing Body’s core functions are to ensure high standards of achievement for all children by:

·       Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction

·       Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the schools and its pupils

·       Overseeing the financial performance of the school, ensuring probity and value for money

Following a structural review of our Governing Body in 2015, it reconstituted. The Full Governing Body now meets six times a year, with additional meetings if required.

An agenda is set in advance to ensure we discuss the full range of issues concerning the school and fulfil our statutory duties. The governors monitor specific aspects of the school and its performance, reporting their findings to the full Governing Body. Specific themes covered through the school year include, but are not limited to:

·       School curriculum, including provisions for special educational needs

·       Safeguarding

·       Staff ethos

·       Student ethos

·       School Finances

·       Premises and buildings, including Health and Safety-

In addition to these activities, the governors support the school in disciplinary matters, including complaints, appeals and exclusions.

The Governing Body:-

·       Is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community

·       Plans the school’s strategy and future direction

·       Appoints the Head teacher and monitors his/her performance

·       Makes decisions on the school’s budget and staffing

·       Ensures the national curriculum is taught

·       Influences how the school encourages students’ spiritual, moral and social development

·       Makes sure the school provides for all its students, including those with special needs

The governing body is not responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school; this is the responsibility of the Head teacher.

 

The Swadelands Governing Body – 11th May 2016

Name

Category

Appointed by

Term of office 3yrs

 

 

 

Start

End

Mr V Ashdown

Co-opted

Governing Body

03-Mar-2016

03-Mar-2019

Ms J Taylor

Co-opted - Chair

Governing Body

09-May-2016

09-May-2019

Mrs J Derrick

Co-opted

Governing Body

03-Mar-2016

03-Mar-2019

Mrs S Pink

Co-opted

Governing Body

03-Mar-2016

03-Mar-2019

Mr J Smith-Davies

Co-opted

Governing Body

30-Sep-2015

29-Sep-2018

Mr C Stevens

Co-opted

Governing Body

09-May-2016

09-May-2019

Mr D Izatt

Co-opted

Governing Body

09-May-2016

09-May-2019

Mr S Phillips

Co-opted Governing Body 03-Oct-2016 03-Oct-2019
Mr N Mackinnon Parent Governor Parents/carers 11-Jan-2017

10-Jan-2018

 

Governors’ Register of Business Interests

Name of Governor

Date of declaration

Interests to declare

Interest 1 – Governor

Interest 2 – Spouse or partner

Interest 3 – any other interests

Mr V Ashdown 03-Mar-2016   Trustee of Valley Invicta Academies Trust (VIAT)    
Ms J Taylor 09-May-2016   Director & Trustee of Valley Invicta Academies Trust (VIAT)   Chair of VIAT Primary Local Governing Body until July 2016
Mrs J Derrick 03-Mar-2016   Director of Valley Invicta Academies Trust (VIAT)   Governor of Valley Invicta Primary Schools (Aylesford, Kings Hill, Leybourne Chase, Holborough)
Mrs S Pink 03-Mar-2016   Director of VIAT; Director of Pink Accountancy Ltd; Company Secretary of J A Warner Ltd    
Mr J Smith-Davies 30-Sept-2015 Nil      
Mr C Stevens 09-May-2016   Director & Trustee of Valley Invicta Academies Trust (VIAT)    
Mr D Izatt 09-May-2016   Director & Trustee of Valley Invicta Academies Trust (VIAT)    

Mr S Phillips

30-Sept-2015

 

Chartered Librarian, Morgan Stanley (Investment Bank)

Receptionist – NHS Sydenham House Surgery

Trustee Godinton Academy (Primary)

 

Governors' who have left the Governing Body over the last year

Name

Category

Appointed by

Term of office 3yrs

Left Governing Body

 

 

 

Start

End

 

David Johnson

Local Authority

Local Authority

23-Apr-13

22-Apr-16

Resigned 21/03/16

Philip Jarvis

Co-opted

Governing Body

01-Sep-15

31-Aug-18

Resigned 21/03/16

Richard Greenwood

Co-opted

Governing Body

01-Sep-15

31-Aug-18

Resigned 21/03/16

Alan McIntyre

Co-opted

Governing Body

01-Sep-15

31-Aug-18

Resigned 21/03/16

Alan McKendrick

Co-opted

Governing Body

01-Sep-15

31-Aug-18

Resigned 21/03/16

Andy Healy

Parent

Parents/carers

04-Nov-15

15-Jan-16

Resigned 15/01/16

James Coare

Staff

Staff

01-Oct-12

30-Sep-15

End of term

Stevielee Cairns

Staff

Staff

06-Nov-15

05-Nov-18

Resigned 21/03/16

Anthony Taylor

Local Authority

Local Authority

27-Apr-14

26-Apr-17

Resigned 30/09/15

Elizabeth Hoult

Community

Governing Body

29-Oct-13

28-Oct-16

Resigned 30/09/15

Tracey McHugh

Community

Governing Body

09-May-13

08-May-16

Resigned 24/07/15

 

Contact via Ms S Adams, Clerk to the Governors c/o Swadelands School, Ham Lane, Lenham, Kent, ME17 2LL.