Governors

  • Rev Paul Tams

    Co-Chair of governors/Trustee

    I have been involved in education for many years and taught in a Middle School both before and after my ordination. My experience was not only in the classroom but also in school management, timetabling, budgets and policy.
    I am the adopted father of three children and so, have experienced schools as a parent of children with special educational and emotional needs.
    I was ordained in 1990 and am now Rector of three parishes, Elveden, Santon Downham and Lakenheath. I have a chocolate Labrador and enjoy walking, cooking and gardening.

  • Mrs Jo Wilson

    Community Governor

    My parents came from opposite ends of the globe, met in London and moved to Brandon where I grew up. Both my husband and I attended this school and since followed by our Children and now grandchildren.

    I have been a Young People's Adviser across Norfolk and Suffolk for several years, providing; information, advice and guidance, supporting them through their transition from adolescence to adulthood, enabling them to make their own informed decisions.

    As a Diversity Consultant, I am passionate about equality of opportunity. I want my family to grow in a society where diversity is celebrated, difference accepted and where community beliefs are valued.

    Over the years, I have built strong relationships with both Forest & Elveden schools, developing projects and facilitating training. Achievements include; gaining a Suffolk "Working Together" Award, Arts Award for Students and co-producing a film about the school community.

    I enjoy working with the children who never fail to surprise, motivate and inspire me.

  • Mrs Claire Goldstone

    Co -chair of Governors/parent governor

    I am a mum of 3 boys and have been coming to forest with minded children since 2008. I joined the governing body when my eldest was at forest as I wanted to have some input into my sons school and provide some support. I enjoy being involved in the financial side of governance and understanding just how much goes into ensuring our children have a great education and a wonderful environment to learn. I have a scientific background and have been part of several science weeks, providing children with new experiences.

  • Miss Helen Morley

    Staff Governor

  • Ms Mary Andrew

    Community Governor

    I am now retired with time on my hands - I have grandchildren at primary school in St Albans and thought I might be able to bring some of my business background into helping a school!

  • Mrs Naomi Brickett

    Parent Governor

    I am a Mum to 2 boys, who both attend Forest Academy. I have a keen interest in Fitness and Exercise, both for physical and mental health, and think it’s vital to support this in schools.

    Being active should be fun, making it accessible to all. Recognising the benefits of moving more and the benefits it can have on social, emotional and mental well being. My children have just started their educational journey, but I have worked and volunteered in schools before whilst studying for my Early Childhood Studies degree, as well as working with children and families in a number of prisons in Norfolk and Suffolk.

    I am keen to help promote activity and sport to help it be seen in schools as a priority and as important as other academic subjects. Health is paramount, so education to this is key to ensure our young people are aware of the benefits being active really has.

 

Pecuniary Interest

Declaration of Pecuniary and Business Interests 

 

Date of Declaration

Number declared

                                                   

April Grimes

16/10/2019

2

Relative is employed by the academy.  The appointment was made in open competition and A Grimes was not involved in the decision making process regarding the appointment.

Relative is paid within the normal pay scale for their role and receives no special treatment as a result of their relationship to A Grimes.

Relative is a Director of Ebac Plumbing and Heating Ltd.  A company used by the Academy.

Lorna Rourke

04/11/2019

0

 

Claire Goldstone

04/11/2019

0

 

Jo Wilson

04/11/2019

1

Employee of Unity in Diversity, a company used by the Academy.

Mary Andrew

04/11/2019

0

 

Helen Morley

04/11/2019

0

 

Paul Tams

17/10/2019

0

 

 

 

 

Governor attendance at Meetings 2018/19

 

Name

School

F- Forest

E - Elveden

12/11/2018  

25/02/2019  

17/06/2019   

 

A Grimes

F/E

Present

Present

Present

3/3

L Rourke

F/E

Present

Present

Present

3/3

M Andrew

F

Present

Present

Absent

2/3

C Goldstone

F

Present

Present

Present

3/3

G Hodgkinson

E/F

Present

Absent

Resigned

1/2

H Morley

F

Present

Present

Present

3/3

R Silkstone

F

Present

Resigned

Resigned

1/1

M Fiddes

F

Absent

Present

Resigned

1/2

K Barton

E

 

Present

Present

2/2

S Munro

E/F

Present

Present

Present

3/3

D Kane

E

Absent

Present

Present

2/3

J Flack

E

Present

Present

Absent

2/3

P Tams

E

Present

Absent

Present

2/3

N Gaine

E

 

Present

Present

2/2

L Bird

E

Present

Present

Present

3/3

 

 

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body

September 2019

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the core strategic functions of Forest Academy Governing Body are to:

 

• Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

 

• Hold the Headteachers to account for the educational performance of the school;

• Oversee the financial performance of the school, ensuring value for money;

 

• Promote the highest possible standards for Safeguarding.

 

Governance Arrangements

The Governing Body of Forest Academy is partnered with Elveden Church of England Primary Academy, Suffolk. This partnership allows best use of teaching time and resources for the schools, allowing with the provision of opportunities for mentoring and professional development for the staff and teachers. Equally, it allows the LGB to take a holistic look across the two schools in ensuring appropriate governance, support and challenge.

 

The LGB for Forest Academy is currently made up of five members. There remains various community and parent Governor vacancies for which the LGB will actively look to recruit, considering the skill areas identified within the academic year 18/19.

 

The full Governing Body met once each term with additional meetings held to update the Governing body member’s knowledge and understanding of key issues. Specifically, this consisted of updated Safeguarding, Elklan and data knowledge training for Governors. We also held sub-committee meetings to consider different and specific aspects of the school in detail. At Forest Academy in the academic year 2018/2019 we held the following committees:

 

  • Finance
  • Premises

 

There has been regular Governor attendance at the Schools Excellence Officer visits by Governors as well as the undertaking of mandated termly audits.

 

Attendance of Governors

Governors have excellent attendance at meeting. A separate document (end of year accounts) on the school’s website details the attendance of each individual Governor at these meetings.

The work that we have done on our committees and on the Governing Body.

 

Over this reporting period the Governors have undertaken several mandated safeguarding training sessions. This includes emerging and current distance learning on the PREVENT strategy. All Governors have been appraised and been provided with the part 1 Keeping Children Safe in Education revisions, following the Governmental issue of 2019 new guidelines.

 

Regular Single Central Records (SCR) audits have been held by the Governors in ensuring our continued commitment in ensuring school, staff and pupil safety and wellbeing. The nominated Governor for safeguarding (Rev Tams) has met with the school’s Safeguarding and Welfare Officer (Mrs Wright) to continue the oversight and support governing function

 

The termly SEO visits have been widely attended and allowed Governors the opportunity to become familiar with the School Development Plan and have oversight on the Headteachers and Senior Leadership Team delivery of school progress. Attainment targets for the end of Key stage 1 and 2 were also shared and discussed with KS2 results being particular successes for the school against national averages, along with significant improvements in progress scores.

 

The Finance committee met to consider the latest budgetary information and opportunities to examine the schools’ income and expenditure. The school’s budget for 2019/2020 has also been considered and agreed.

 

The Building & Premises committee met to discuss various issues across both schools to ensure our continued compliance to Health and Safety and school maintenance. Various issues have been raised including the improvement to the roof.

 

Governors have worked with Headteachers through their performance management reviews identifying school and personal objectives for the 2019/2020 school year.

 

Several Governor visits have been undertaken to observe teaching delivery across the Key Stages and reported back to the Governing Body.

 

Forest Academy and Governors have undertaken applications to enhance and develop the facilities for pupil sports and Physical Education.

 

Governors have continued to review and agree school policies. This year they have considered several key policies, including, the new ‘Safeguarding policy’, along with assuring continued compliance with the newly introduced ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ to ensure the school’s legal requirements to information handling is met.

 

Staff Wellbeing has been assessed with an in depth questionnaire, results have been collated and analysed and plans are being put into place to ensure we address this area and continue to support all staff to the best of our abilities.

Future plans for the Governors

Governors will be working with Headteachers and the senior leadership team to identify opportunities. One of which, is exploring greater financial opportunities to aid pupil learning and development, examples being maximising Pupil Premium and associated grants.

 

The LGB will actively support both schools in continuing and embedding a strong school partnership to Elveden Church of England Primary Academy. An example of which is to look at the benefits in combining both Forest’s and Elveden’s Governors into one Body to ensure a wide and diverse capability and ensure continued resilience to the support, oversight and governance function.

 

The current LGB will look to close off the Governor vacancies, utilising a structured and effective recruitment strategy to ensure a balance of critical skills and experience is brought to the developing LGB.

 

The LGB will be working with Headteachers to ensure appropriate succession planning is applied to the school’s staffing forecast and create career pathways for identified talented teachers and staff.

 

The LGB will continue to work with headteachers to ensure we meet suggestions made by SEO, improve progress for students and work towards an Ofsted Good rating.

How you can contact the Governing Body

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Co-Chairs of the Governing Body, Claire Goldstone and Paul Tams, via the school office. You can see more about the role of the LGB in the Governors’ section of the school website. www.forest.suffolk.sch.uk

 

Governor

Category

Committee Membership & Area of Responsibility

Paul Tams (Co-Chair)

Community Governor

 

 

 

Quality of Teaching and Learning and Assessment of Pupils Committee

Personnel (Leadership & Management)

(Leadership and Management Committee)

Child Protection Co-ordinator

Safeguarding

Ethos

Headteachers Performance Management

 

 

Claire Goldstone (Vice Chair)

Parent Governor

Academy Admissions Committee

Hearings Committee

Finance & Risk Management Committee

Quality of Teaching and Learning and Assessment of Pupils Committee

Ethos, Personal Development, Behaviour and welfare committee

Audit Committee

EYFS Committee

Link Governor

 

 

Jo Wilson

Community Governor

Hearings Committee

Quality of Teaching and Learning and Assessment of Pupils Committee

Ethos, Personal Development, Behaviour and welfare committee

Pupil Premium/Achievement for All

 

 

Mary Andrew

Community Governor

Academy Admissions Committee

Hearings Committee

Finance & Risk Management Committee

Premises Committee

Personnel (Leadership & Management)

(Leadership and Management Committee)

Audit Committee

Ethos, Personal Development, Behaviour and welfare committee

Risk

Headteachers Performance Management

 

 

Helen Morley

Staff Governor

Online safety

 

Forest Academy Constitution

 

 

Term Start

Term End

Community

Governors

 

  1. Ms Mary Andrew
  2. Rev’d Paul Tams
  3. Mrs Jo Wilson

19/05/2018

12/07/2019

04/11/2019

19/05/2022

12/07/2023

04/11/2023

Staff Governors

 

  1. Miss Helen Morley

06/11/2017

06/11/2021

Headteachers

  1. April Grimes
  2. Lorna Rourke

 

 

Parent Governors

 

  1. Mrs Claire Goldstone
  2. Mrs Naomi Brickett

10/10/2017

14/11/2019

10/10/2021

14/11/2023