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Meet The Governors

Welcome from the Chair of Governors

 

The Local Governing Body are a voluntary group made up from parents (elected by you), staff representatives,  and members of the community.  We bring a broad spectrum of skills to enable us to offer the necessary challenge and support to school leaders and staff to ensure that all pupils at Great Malvern Primary School get the best education possible.  

 

We value your input and want to hear your views on school issues.  How can it be improved?  What information would you like to see included? 

What does the Local Governing Body do?

 

Great Malvern Primary School is part of Mercian Educational Trust. Information about the overarching governance of the Trust can be found here: 

 

Structure and Governance - Mercian Educational Trust (metacademies.org.uk)

 

The Structure of Governance

Mercian Educational Trust is a company limited by guarantee and is effectively ‘owned’ by the ‘Members’. The Members act much like shareholders in a company holding the Trustees to account and receiving the annual reports.

 

Formal governance of the Trust is performed by the ‘Trustees’. A full list of Trustees and Members can be found through the link above.

 

The Trustees delegate executive authority to the executive leadership team which is led by Dafydd Lawday, the CEO of Mercian Educational Trust, and includes the headteachers of the schools within the Trust.

 

Each school in The Trust has its own Local Governing Board. The Local Governors in Mercian Educational Trust are referred to as the Local Governing Body (LGB) The LGB provide support and challenge to school leaders and assurance to the Trustees Board. They ensure that educational standards are continually improving  and compliance to statutory practice. The LGB are accountable to Trustees.

 

Local Governing Body's Core Responsibilities

 

MET has high expectations of governing bodies. They are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education.  This is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.

 

The DfE Governance Handbook for governors in maintained schools, academies and free schools is a key document for governors and highlights their roles and responsibilities. In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

• ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction, and

• holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff

 

These functions are reflected in regulations for maintained schools (September 2013) and in the criteria Ofsted inspectors use to judge the effectiveness of a school’s governing body.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about school governing bodies, you might like to read:

Grewat Malvern Primary School Local Governing Body (LGB), part of Mercian Educational Trust (MET)

 

The LGB are committees of the trust board and is constituted in line with the Articles of Association, March 2021.

  1. 2 parent governors
  2. 2 staff governors
  3. 1 headteacher
  4. Co-opted governors (there is no definitive number, but no more than a third of the board should be staff governors)

The core strategic functions of MET LGBs are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school
  • Holding leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and headteacher performance management
  • Ensuring there are suitable arrangements in place to support children with SEND and that safeguarding procedures are robust
  • Stakeholder engagement

LGB’s meet six times per year.

Great Malvern Primary School LGB - Declarations of interest

Full Name of Governor/ Associate Member

 

 

Category

 

 

Initial start date

 

Start date for current term

End date

Appointing body

Declared Interests

 

 

Gill Rhymer (Chair)

Parent

08/03/2021

08/03/2021

08/03/2025

Parents

Member of the Institute of Mathematics and its applications (but not a position of control or management)

Kelly Davis

Staff

01/02/2022

01/02/2022

01/02/2026

Staff

None

Stephen Freeman

Co-opted

01/11/2019

01/11/2023

01/11/2027

Board

None

Peter Hoare (Vice-Chair)

Co-opted

20/11/2017

20/11/2021

20/11/2025

Parents

Wife - employed as music teacher by Severn Arts which provides music peripatetic services to MET schools

Alex Malm

Parent

01/11/2022

01/11/2022

01/11/2026

Board

None

Rachel Martin

Staff

02/03/2020

02/03/2024

02/03/2024

Staff

None

John Pilkington

Co-opted

08/11/2021

08/11/2021

08/11/2025

Board

None

Nicola Selby

Headteacher

N/A

N/A

N/A

Ex officio

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janet Mayne

Co-opted

01/09/2022

01/09/2022

Resigned 18/10/2023

Board

None

 

Governor attendance 2022-23

   Present

A  Apologies

X  Absent

 

 

 

 

10/10/22

28/11/22

16/01/23

06/03/23

15/05/23

10/07/23

Total Meetings

Gill Rhymer (Chair)

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/6

Kelly Davis

 

A

 

 

 

 

5/6

Stephen Freeman

 

 

 

 

 

A

5/6

Peter Hoare

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/6

Alex Malm

 

 

 

A

 

 

5/6

Rachel Martin

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/6

Janet Mayne

A

 

A

 

 

 

4/6

John Pilkington

 

 

 

 

 

A

5/6

Nicola Selby

 

 

 

 

A

 

5/6

 

 

If you want to contact the governors, please ask at the office or email Noleen Chapman, Clerk to the Governors:  gmpsoffice@metacademies.org.uk  

Governor Information incl. Attendance at Meetings