The Governing Board play an integral part in the running of St Margaret's at Hasbury Church of England Primary School.

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing boards, the three core strategic functions of St. Margaret’s at Hasbury, Church of England Primary School Governing Board are:
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos, values and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governance Arrangements

The Governing Board was re-constituted in 2013 and is now made up of twelve governors and also the Head teacher:

Mr Andy Cleary - Chair of Governors (July 2013 - July 2017 - re-elected Autumn ’17) Local authority governor

Mrs Fran Hunter - Vice Chair of Governors (July 2013 - July 2017 - re-elected Autumn ’17) Foundation governor

Foundation governors:
  • Mrs Fran Hunter – Chair of People, Premise and Finance Committee (July 2013 - July 2017- re-elected Autumn ’17)
  • Mr John Layton (September 2013 - July 2017 - re-elected Autumn ’17)

Community governors:
  • Mrs Janet Ingram– Chair of Curriculum Standards Committee (Nov 2013 - Nov 2017 - re-elected Autumn ’17)
  • Mr John Maher (July 2013 - July 2017 - re-elected Autumn ’17)
  • Mr Marwan Bakaili (Apr 2015 - Apr 2019)

Elected parent governors:
  • Mr Andrew Sumner (Nov 2014 - Nov 2018)
  • Mr Andrew Hendley (Dec 2017 - Nov 2021)
  • Mrs Elizabeth Keenan (Nov 2017 - Nov 2012)

Staff governor:
  • Mrs Susan Layton (Nov 2014 - Nov 2018)
  • Father Rob Hall - ex-officio governor (Nov 2013 - Nov 2017 - re-elected Autumn ’17)
  • Mrs S Shepherd – Head teacher
The Full Governing Board meets at least once each term.

We also have two main committees to consider different aspects of the school in detail which also meet at least one each term:
  • A People, Premise and Finance Committee, which focuses on finance, premises and personnel matters. Governors who attend this are: Mrs Fran Hunter, Mr Andy Cleary, Mr John Layton, Mr John Maher and Mrs Shepherd;
  • A Standards Committee which focuses on the learning provision and achievement of children across the school. All governors attend this committee.

We also have sub-committees which meet as appropriate:

Pay Committee and Staff Disciplinary
  • Mr Andy Cleary
  • Mr John Layton
  • Mr John Maher
Pay Appeals and Staff Disciplinary Appeals
  • Mrs Fran Hunter
  • Mrs Janet Ingram
  • Fr. Rob Hall
Pupil Disciplinary
  • Mrs Fran Hunter
  • Mrs Janet Ingram
  • Fr. Rob Hall

Pupil Appeals 
  • Mr Andy Cleary
  • Mr John Layton
  • Mr John Maher

Our key focus is always on whole school improvement and its impact on pupil outcomes.

Our last Ofsted inspection was in Autumn Term 2015 where we were judged a ‘good’ school overall with a number of outstanding features.

Following a comprehensive analysis and review of pupil outcomes, based on external and internal assessment data, we have agreed the school’s evaluation judgements of being a ‘good’ school moving towards ‘outstanding’ in its provision, practice and outcomes for children.

The Governing Body is working with the Head teacher and staff to implement the priorities the School Improvement Plan

The key priorities of the plan are to ensure:

  • Standards of achievement expected for all pupils across the school at least match and increasingly exceed national figures
  • The successful implementation of the 2014 national curriculum and new assessment and tracking procedures
  • Attainment gaps between disadvantaged/vulnerable children with their peers are closed.

The Standards Committee has spent time discussing with senior leaders and staff, the teaching and learning implications of the introduction of a new national curriculum and different assessment arrangements needing to be implemented and developed. Ensuring the effective implementation of these significant changes will be a key priority for governors to ensure standards are not only maintained but improved upon as the school meets the higher challenges and demands of the new curriculum.

Senior staff have presented and discussed with governors external and internal data that evidences pupil attainment and progress so that, as governors, we can be sure that the school is on track to fulfil its targets for all pupils.

We have also focused on how the Pupil Premium and Sports Funding is being spent by the school and what impact this has on raising standards. Pupil outcomes are telling us we are spending these funding streams wisely. Statements outlining Pupil Premium and sports spending are published on the school web site.

Closing attainment gaps between groups of children is the most challenging priority for the school. Data shows us that the majority of children in receipt of pupil premium are progressing well and attainment gaps are closing. However, the attainment gap between our ‘any other ethnic’ group, made up mainly of our Yemeni children, is too large and improving the outcomes for this group of children will be closely monitored and scrutinised by governors to ensure the school is doing all it can to narrow these wide attainment gaps.

Governors take seriously their safeguarding duties and holding the school to account to ensure all children are safe and that they feel safe. This includes ensuring child protection policy and procedures are in place and rigorously adhered to. Our “nominated governor” for safeguarding is Father Rob Hall and the designated safeguarding lead is Mrs S Shepherd, the Head teacher. Mrs Shepherd reports to governors each term about any safeguarding matters and what action has been taken.

The People, Premise and Finance Committee looks at the employment, deployment, professional development and welfare of staff; the maintenance and development of the school premises, and makes recommendations to the full governing body about how the school budget should be set and spent. Mr Layton and Mr Maher are responsible for Health and Safety. They carry out checks of the premises with Mr Davis, the school’s site manager.

In the spring term, the full governing body approved the yearly budget plan for the school: it is a balanced budget with an appropriate contingency fund that is managed & reviewed by the PPF committee each term. Budget spending is focused on the priorities of the school improvement plan in supporting the school to raise the standards and outcomes for all children.

The governing body is responsible for school policies & procedures. These are held under review and are updated and amended in accordance with new legislation, government requirements and the needs of the school to run effectively and successfully. All policies are available for viewing by parents from the school office and those policies that the DfE require to be on our website can be viewed there.

We were delighted with parents’ support of the universal free school meal offer for our early years’ children introduced in September 2014. The school kitchen staff have provided high quality hot and cold meals to over 93% of our early years children. Parents have been invited into school to join their children at lunch time for a meal and feedback has been very positive from adults and our children alike.

The foundation governors are particularly responsible, along with other governors, to “preserve and develop the school’s religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the church at parish and diocesan level” as well as to “encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promote Christian values through the experience it offers to its pupils”.

The Head teacher and the whole school community work with Father Rob and the congregation of St. Margaret’s to ensure our learning principles and Christian values underpin all the work we do. School acts of worship and school lead Church services are regularly attended by governors.

We had our SIAMs inspection in the autumn term 2016, where we were had an ‘outstanding’ judgement.

The implementation of the new national curriculum from September 2014 has been embraced by school staff who are now working to embed pupil tracking and assessment procedures to comply with the new national curriculum end of year/ key stage expectations. Our School Improvement Plan ensures these major changes are being successfully implemented.

We will continue to challenge the school in its effectiveness in closing attainment gaps between groups of children.

Major changes have also taken place around provision for children with special educational needs and disability. The school’s policy, provision and local offer can be viewed on the website. Parental feedback from our recent questionnaire evidences clearly the school’s strength around inclusion for all groups of children, ensuring each child feels valued, nurtured and safe irrespective of his/her starting points and individual needs. As governors we will be monitoring the impact of these significant changes to ensure children with special educational needs are achieving well relative to their starting points.

To this end, we are delighted to inform parents that the full time speech and language base will remain at Hasbury as a result of the support families showed during the local authority consultation period where alternative proposals were put forward. This ensures our commitment to inclusion continues for children with speech and language difficulties.

Governors have excellent attendance at all meetings. We have never cancelled a meeting because it was not “quorate” (the number of governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made).

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact our Chair of Governors, Mr Andy Cleary, via the school office.

Publication of Governor's Details and Register of Interests

All of our governors have signed to say that they have no registered business interests or governance interests at other schools.

 Governors Information document