Governing Body of Acklam Grange School

Full Governing Body (FGB) consists of:

  • 16 governors in total
  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 1 LA Governor
  • 2 staff governors including the Headteacher
  • 11 co-opted governors of whom 2 are staff with 1 vacancy
  • 3 observers with no voting rights

 

Finance, Staffing and Resources (FSR) sub committee chaired by Mr Chris Jones

Raising Achievement and Strategic Planning (RASP) sub committee chaired by Mr Jeff Taylor

Headteacher’s Performance Management (HTPM) Committee chaired by Mr Jeff Taylor

Pay and Performance (P&P) committee chaired by Mr Jeff Taylor

 

Name of Governor

Category & Position of responsibility

Membership and attendance (2015-16) of Committees – see above for key

Appointed by & term of office

Nature of business interest/other educational establishments including governance roles in other educational institutions

Relation-ship to staff

FGB

4

FSR

3

RASP

4

HT

PM

2

P&P

1

Mr Jeff Taylor

Co-opted Governor

Chair of Governors

Chair of 1 committees

4/4

3/3

3/4

2/2

1/1

FGB

1/10/14-30/09/18

Voluntary Work – Park End Primary School, Middlesbrough

None

Mr Chris Jones

Co-opted  Governor

Vice Chair

Vice Chr of 1 committee

3/4

3/3

3/4

 

1/1

FGB

1/10/14-30/9/18

 

None

Mrs Carolyn Armitage

Parent Governor

4/4

 

 

4/4

 

 

Parent election

27/11/13-26/11/17

Parent Governor – Green Lane Primary School, Middlesbrough

None

Mr Majaid Hussain

Parent Governor

2/4

0/3

1/4

 

0/1

Parent election

27/11/13-26/11/17

Governor – Linthorpe Primary School, Middlesbrough

None

Cllr Mrs Jan Brunton

LA Governor

2/3

 

 

 

 

LA

25/6/16- 24/6/20

Executive Member for Education and Skills

Chair of Governors – Acklam Whin Primary School, Middlesbrough

Non-Executive Director – Kings Academy, Coulby Newham

None

Ms Anna Wass

Staff Governor

3/4

 

4/4

 

 

Staff election

7/07/16-6/07/20

Staff - Acklam Grange School

None

Ms Andrea Crawshaw

Staff Governor

Headteacher

3/4

 

3/3

3/4

 

1/1

1/9/11

Ex officio

Co-opted Governor – Linthorpe Primary School, Middlesbrough

None

Mrs Jane Darbyshire

Co-opted Governor

Teacher

4/4

1/3

 

3/4

 

 

FGB

1/10/14-30/9/18

Staff – Acklam Grange School

 

None

Mrs Emily Davies

Co-opted Governor

Teacher

1/4

0/3

3/4

 

 

FGB

1/10/14-30/9/18

Staff – Acklam Grange School

None

Mrs Linda Green

Co-opted Governor

4/4

3/3

4/4

2/2

1/1

FGB

1/10/14-30/9/18

Co-opted Governor – Whinney Banks Primary School, Middlesbrough

None

Mrs Samina Javed-Sarwar

Co-opted Governor

3/4

1/3

3/4

 

 

FGB

7/07/16-6/07/20

 

 

Mrs Sarah Lymer

Co-opted Governor

Primary Headteacher

2/4

2/3

2/4

 

0/1

FGB

11/12/14-10/12/18

Headteacher – Linthorpe Community Primary School, Middlesbrough

None

Mr Saeed Muhammad

Co-opted Governor

4/4

 

3/4

 

1/1

FGB

17/03/16-16/03/20

 

 

Mrs Ann Train

Co-opted Governor

Invigilator

4/4

3/3

4/4

 

1/1

FGB

1/10/14-30/9/18

Invigilator – Acklam Grange School, Middlesbrough

None

Mrs Anne Wright

Co-opted Governor

4/4

3/3

4/4

2/2

1/1

FGB

1/10/14-30/9/18

 

None

 

 

GUIDANCE ON DECLARATION OF INTERESTS

 

Governors and staff have a responsibility to avoid any conflict between their business and personal interests and the interests of the School/Academy.  This is essential for effective and accountable financial management of the School/Academy.

 

A Register of Business Interests is maintained to record all such interests.  The register is kept up-to-date by notification of changes through an annual review of entries and is made freely available for inspection by governors, staff and parents.

 

All governors and staff with budget responsibilities must provide information on any business interests that they or their immediate family hold (immediate family being spouse, children and parents).

 

To demonstrate that the governing body is operating with openness and transparency there is an opportunity at the beginning of meetings for members of the governing body to declare an interest before matters are considered.  This helps to identify potential conflicts of interest and the need to update the register.

 

Should a governor or member of staff believe that another governor or member of staff has a conflict of interest in an issue under discussion that has not been declared, they should draw this to the attention of the governing body.  It will be for the governing body to determine whether the individual with the alleged conflict of interest should withdraw from the meeting and not vote on a particular issue.

 

The register includes all business interests such as directorships, share holdings and other appointments of influence within a business or other organisation that may have dealings with the School/Academy.  The disclosures should also include business interests of relatives and other individuals who may exert influence.

 

All business interests should be declared that could result in a conflict of interest:

 

  • Financial - interests in a contract or proposed contract by direct or family connection.
  • Appointment - interests in the provision for sponsor governors or interests in someone’s appointment, reappointment or suspension from office as a governor or clerk to the governing body.
  • Pay and performance - interests in the pay or appraisal of someone working at the School/Academy in cases where the governor or staff member is also paid to work at the School/Academy.

 

 

What have governors done to support and challenge the school and its leaders?

 

Priorities 2017-18, which link to the School Development Plan 2016-2019:

  • Leadership & Management
    • Maintain outstanding leadership through a continued focus on and development of highly effective and rigorous accountability and quality systems
    • Develop sustainable resourcing to support whole school improvement
    • Refine and develop our communication strategy
    • Develop and deliver a co-ordinated response to education and government drivers
  • Teaching Learning & assessment
    • Develop highly effective AGS Success programme which consolidates and deepens students’ learning, develops resilience and equips them with independent learning skills
    • Redevelop the Acklam Grange Way to support GCSE reform, increased expectations and to ensure consistency in teaching and assessment
    • Continue to provide first class staff development to maximise student outcomes, retain and recruit exceptional staff and place Acklam Grange School at the forefront of innovation
    • To further improve the quality of Teaching Learning and Assessment through a more robust and accountable Quality Assurance system
  • Personal Development, Welfare & Behaviour
    • Ensure that students display excellent attitudes to learning and impeccable conduct that impacts positively on learning and student outcomes (behaviour for learning)
    • Continue to develop students’ PRIDE in their education by maintaining high levels of attendance which is consistently above average (attendance & punctuality)
    • Further embed students’ outstanding personal development and welfare in order to equip them to be thoughtful, caring and active citizens both in school and within their wider community
    • Guarantee that all students receive outstanding support appropriate to their individual needs to ensure that they feel safe, have high aspirations and are able to overcome any barriers to learning (ARC Services)
  • SMSC
  • Continually communicate the overall Pride vision throughout the year empowering students to understand and positively embrace all dimensions of AGS Pride
  • Build cultural capital to raise students’’ awareness of the world around them, where they fit and what they contribute.
  • Build social capital to secure and develop partnerships, creating opportunity for our whole school community.
  • Develop parental engagement in relation to SMSC messages
  • Student Outcomes
    • Secure substantial and sustained progress for all year groups leading to outstanding outcomes at Key Stage 4
    • Develop a world class curriculum which delivers outstanding outcomes for all (AFI1)
    • Develop effective transition to promote substantial and sustained progress in all key stages
    • Continue to support students and staff to respond to manage effectively educational change.

Impact of Priorities below:

 

  • 2017 Results – outstanding in all areas
    • Attainment 8                              5.34 (C+)   (above national average and highest in Middlesbrough)
    • Progress 8                                 0.61           (well above national average)
    • English & Maths (9-4)                74%           (above national average)
    • English & Maths (9-5)                47%           (above national average)
    • Ebacc 9-5/9-4                            30/32%%   (highest in Middlesbrough)
    • 3+A*/A/7-9                                 48%
  • Teaching is judged to be outstanding
  • Personal Development, Welfare is judged to be outstanding as is SMSC and Behaviour good
  • Leadership and management continues to be judged as outstanding
  • Overall Effectiveness - outstanding

 

Priorities 2016-17, which link to the School Development Plan 2016-2019:

  • Leadership & Management –
    • Maintain outstanding leadership through a continued focus on and development of highly effective and rigorous accountability and quality systems
    • Develop sustainable resourcing to support whole school improvement
    • Further promote and publicise Acklam Grange School – a good school with outstanding features
    • Maximise communications to enhance highly effective leadership and to promote efficient use of resources
    • Develop and deliver a co-ordinated response to the White Paper March 2016 – Educational Excellence Everywhere
  • Teaching, Learning & Assessment –
    • Develop highly effective AGS Success programme which consolidates and deepens students’ learning, develops resilience and equips them with independent learning skills
    • Redevelop the Acklam Grange Way to support GCSE reform, increased expectations and to ensure consistency in teaching and assessment
    • Continue to provide first class staff development to maximise student outcomes, retain and recruit exceptional staff and place Acklam Grange School at the forefront of innovation
    • To further improve the quality of Teaching Learning and Assessment through a more robust and accountable Quality Assurance system
  • Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare –
    • Ensure that students display excellent attitudes to learning and impeccable conduct that impacts positively on learning and student outcomes (behaviour for learning)
    • Continue to develop students’ PRIDE in their education by maintaining high levels of attendance which is consistently above average (attendance & punctuality)
    • Further embed students’ outstanding personal development and welfare in order to equip them to be thoughtful, caring and active citizens both in school and within their wider community
    • Guarantee that all students receive outstanding support appropriate to their individual needs to ensure that they feel safe, have high aspirations and are able to overcome any barriers to learning (ARC Services)
  • SMSC –
    • Develop AGS Pride in support of students’ growth mindset, ‘can do’ attitude and thirst for learning
    • Extend opportunities for students develop within and beyond the school day eg Pride Pledge, extra-curricular, STEM, KEF, Meserani, Duke of Edinburgh
    • Cultivate external partnerships enhancing opportunities and preparing students for life in modern Britain
    • Progress parental engagement in support of all aspects of school life
  • Achievement and Student Outcomes –
    • Secure substantial and sustained progress for all year groups leading to outstanding outcomes at Key Stage 4
    • Develop a world class curriculum which delivers outstanding outcomes for all
    • Develop effective transition to promote substantial and sustained progress in all key stages
    • Continue to support students and staff to respond to manage effectively educational change.

2015-16

 

Governors were assigned links related to our areas for improvement (AFIs) as a result of the Dec 2013 Ofsted Inspection.  On a termly basis, governors have met with key staff in school to monitor progress and hold staff and faculties to account in support of the leadership of the school.  In February 2016, the school was judged to be good with outstanding features ( outstanding Leadership and Management and Personal Development and Welfare of students)

Impact

 

  • 2016 Results – outstanding in all areas
  • Attainment 8                 5.56/B-   (well above national average and highest in Middlesbrough)
  • Progress 8                   0.65        (well above national average and top in Middlesbrough)
  • English & Maths           73%       (well above national average and top in Middlesbrough)
  • Ebacc                           25%     (highest in Middlesbrough)
  • Teaching is now judged to be at least good and much outstanding
  • Personal Development, Behaviour and welfare is judged to be outstanding as is SMSC
  • Leadership and management continues to be judged as outstanding