Governors

  • Mr Simon Munro

    Chair of Governors/Community governor

    Currently, my two daughters attend Elveden. I became a Governor in 2017 as I had an interest in the way the school ran, along with its unique partnership with Forest Academy. I also sit as the Safeguarding Governor across both schools.

    I would like to think that my day-job [as a Chief Inspector in the Police Service] and my experience can support and assist in developing the schools. I have previously undertaken secondments to the Home Office, the MOD and the National Police Chiefs’ Council. My current role is Head of Frontline Operations, which has a national commitment. Additionally, I sit as the Police Standards of Professional Behaviour Coordinator for the Police Service. It is funny how these roles map across into parts of school delivery and oversight, despite them being so different in function.

    Outside of my job, and being a Governor, I am passionate around health, lifestyle and wellbeing. I am a qualified personal trainer and I voluntarily co-manage and instruct at a gym in my spare time. It is great to work with the school in developing opportunities for the children around physical activity and wellbeing.

    I find the Governing role very interesting and fulfilling, as well as being an education in itself! It is a privilege to be part of two fantastic schools and I would encourage anyone interested to sit as a Governor.

  • Mr Max Fiddes

    Parent Governor

    I am a regional manager in the FMCG industry, working independently from home. This has provided me with a great deal of flexibility, allowing me to be involved in my children’s education. In addition, this has allowed my partner to study full time for a master’s degree. I have an interest in improving standards in many sectors, which has led me to applying for a position as parent governor having recently finished working on the board of a charity. I believe the skillset I have developed, together with my calm and persuasive manner will help ensure that the parents’ voices are heard. I would look to work with parents, teachers, governors and the educational body to help drive the continued improvement needed to provide our children with the best chance for success. I am enthusiastic, well-motivated and would relish the opportunity to making a difference to the education of Forest Academy students.

  • Mrs Claire Goldstone

    Vice-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.

  • 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!

  • Rev Paul Tams

    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.

  • Miss Helen Morley

    Staff Governor

 

Pecuniary Interest

Declaration of Pecuniary and Business Interests 

 

Date of Declaration

Number declared

April Grimes

12/11/2018

1

Lorna Rourke

15/11/2018

0

Claire Goldstone

12/11/2018

0

Rebecca Silkstone

12/11/2018

0

Mary Andrew

12/11/2018

0

Helen Morley

12/11/2018

0

Max Fiddes

28/02/2019

0

 

 

 

Governor attendance at Meetings 2017/18

 

Name

04/12/2017

26/02/2018

18/06/2018

 

A Grimes

Present

Present

Present

3/3

L Rourke

Present

Present

Present

3/3

M Andrew

Present

Present

Present

3/3

C Goldstone

Present

Present

Present

3/3

G Hodgkinson

Present

Present

Present

3/3

H Morley

Present

Present

Present

3/3

R Silkstone

Present

Present

Present

3/3

T Branch

Absent

Present

Absent

0/3

A Tilbrook

Absent

Absent

Absent

0/3

S Munro

Present

Present

Present

3/3

D Kane

Present

Absent

Absent

1/3

J Flack

Present

Present

Present

3/3

P Tams

Present

Present

Present

3/3

 

 

 

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body

September 2018

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 seven members. There remains various community and staff Governor vacancies for which the LGB will actively look to recruit, considering the skill areas identified within the academic year 17/18.

 

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 training for Governors, due diligence on the Schools’ membership to the Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust (DEMAT). We also held sub-committee meetings to consider different and specific aspects of the school in detail. At Forest Academy in the academic year 2017/2018 we held the following committees:

 

□          Finance

□          Building & 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.

 

The school has had a very busy year, in the main focussing on developing the decision to join a Multi Academy Trust, specifically, the Diocese of Ely. This aspect was by far the most important function fulfilled by the Governing Body during the 2017/2018 school year and consisted of undertaking a thorough affordability review and parental consultation. The result of this process was that the school has temporarily withdrawn from the membership process to DEMAT.

 

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 2018 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 (Mr Munro) has met with the school’s Safeguarding and Welfare Officer (Mrs Harris) to continue the oversight and support governing function. Furthermore, Mr Munro has undertaken the independent Nominated Safeguarding Governor training provided by Suffolk County Council.

 

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 KS1 results and writing and maths at KS2, being particular successes for the school against national averages.

 

The Finance committee met to consider the latest budgetary information and opportunities to examine the schools’ income and expenditure. The school’s budget for 2018/2019 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 design and installation of doorways into an existing classroom to enable better utilisation of space and accessibility to outside learning.

 

Governors have worked with Headteachers through their performance management reviews identifying school and personal objectives for the 2018/2019 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’, the introduction of the ‘Gifts & Hospitality Policy’, ‘Staff and Teachers Dress & Appearance’, along with the newly introduced ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ to ensure the school’s legal requirements to information handling are met.

Future plans for the Governors

Given the decision to withdraw from DEMAT membership, Governors will be working with Headteachers and the senior leadership team to identify opportunities this decision has created. 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 combing 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 Chair of the Governing Body, Gordon Hodgkinson, 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

 

 

 

 

 

Forest Academy Governing Body 2017/2018


Governor

Category

Committee Membership & Area of Responsibility

Gordon Hodgkinson (Chair)

DBE Governor

Academy Admissions Committee Appeals Committee

Finance & Risk Management Committee Premises Committee

Personnel (Leadership & Management)

Ethos, Personal Development, Behaviour and welfare committee

Audit Committee

Claire Goldstone (Vice Chair)

Parent Governor

Hearings Committee

Finance & Risk Management Committee

Quality of Teaching and Learning and Assessment of Pupils Committee

Audit Committee EYFS Committee EYFS

Rebecca Silkstone

Parent Governor

Academy Admissions Committee Appeals Committee

Quality of Teaching and Learning and Assessment of Pupils Committee

Personnel (Leadership & Management)

Ethos, Personal Development, Behaviour and welfare committee

EYFS Committee SEN

Link Governor LKS2

Mary Andrew

Community Governor

Appeals Committee

Finance & Risk Management Committee Premises Committee

Personnel (Leadership & Management) Headteachers’ Performance Review Group (Leadership and Management Committee) Audit Committee

Risk

Pupil Premium/Achievement for All

Helen Morley

Staff Governor

Online safety