The governors of John Stainer School come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some governors are from the school staff, some are parents, some are appointed by Lewisham Council and others are representatives from our local community. The governors work together as a group bringing their own particular experience to support the school and to ensure that the children are getting the best possible education. We have to make important decisions about issues such as the priorities for each year, the way the curriculum is delivered and the budget. Governors act collectively: once a decision is made we all stand by it. The governing body has two committees. At the Resources Committee we monitor income and expenditure to make sure that there is no overspend and that the budget is supporting the curriculum. At the Curriculum Committee we monitor the achievements of the children and make decisions about changes to the curriculum.
The latest set of full Governing Body Minutes is available here
JOHN STAINER COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL
GOVERNING BODY STRUCTURE
13 governor places
Nominated by the London Borough of Lewisham 1
Elected parents of pupils attending the school 4
Chair: Ms Valerie Fairbrass
Vice Chair: Ms Basi Adedoyin
Curriculum Committee – Chair – To be confirmed
Resources Committee – Chair – Ms Basi Adedoyin
Pupil Discipline Committee / Staff Discipline Committee / Capability Committee / Grievance Committee / Complaints Committee
Membership to comprise any three members of the Governing Body having regard to availability, personal knowledge or involvement in a case, and any advice from Lewisham Personnel regarding the appropriate make up of a committee.
Pay Appeals Committee
Membership to comprise non staff members of the Curriculum Committee.
Clerk to the Governing Body: Mrs Jackie Woods, Governors’ Services, 3rd Floor, Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, London SE6 4RU
Governors’ details (for each governor who has served at any point over the past 12 months)
|FULL NAME||CATEGORY||APPOINTED BY||DATE OF APPOINTMENT||TERM OF OFFICE
(NO OF YEARS AND END DATE)
|DATE RESIGNED||COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP||RESPONSIBILITIES||VOTING RIGHTS (IF ASSOCIATE MEMBER)|
|Ms Basi Adedoyin||Co-opted||Governing Body||8/12/16||4||7/12/20||Resources||Vice Chair
Chair, Resources Committee
|Mr Thomas Cabot||Parent||Parent election||3/2/14||4||2/2/18||Resources||Vice Chair of Resources Cttee|
|Ms Erin Essex||Co-opted||Governing Body||28/11/13||4||27/11/17||Resources||Link gov ICT|
|Mr Etienne Gouws||Staff||Staff election||10/10/16||4||9/10/20||Curriculum|
|Ms Caroline Taunt||Parent||Parent election||8/12/16||4||7/12/20||Curriculum|
|Ms Valerie Fairbrass||LA||Governing Body||28/11/13||4||27/11/17||Curriculum||Chair
Link gov Curriculum priorities
|Ms Sue Harte||Headteacher||N/A||April 2001||N/A||N/A||Curriculum
|Ms Sandra Lashley||Co-opted||Governing Body||17/11/15||4||16/11/19||–||Resources|
|Ms Jessica Lempp||Parent||Parent election||3/2/14||4||2/2/18||Curriculum||Link gov EYFS and SEN|
|Ms Mewe Mechese||Co-opted||Governing Body||4/3/14||4||3/3/14||Resources||Vice Chair of Resources Cttee
Link gov Safeguarding
|Ms Shermane Okorodudu||Co-opted||Governing Body||10/3/16 (associate member)
|Ms Emily Selencky||Parent||Parent election||4/3/14||4||2/3/18||Curriculum|
|Ms Stephanie Srivastava||Co-opted||Governing Body||28/11/13||4||27/11/17||Resources|
GOVERNORS’ ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS 2015/16
|NAME||GOVERNING BODY||CURRICULUM COMMITTEE||RESOURCES COMMITTEE|
|Ms Basi Adedoyin||ü||ü||ü||ü||–||–||–||ü||ü||x|
|Mr Thomas Cabot||ü||ü||ü||ü||–||–||–||ü||X||ü|
|Ms Erin Essex||ü||x||ü||x||–||–||–||ü||X||ü|
|Mrs Deborah Haddad||X||X||ü||ü||ü||x||ü||–||–|
|Ms Valerie Fairbrass||ü||ü||x||ü||ü||ü||ü||–||ü||–|
|Ms Sue Harte||ü||ü||ü||ü||ü||ü||ü||ü||ü||ü|
|Ms Teresa Hill||ü||N/A||N/A||N/A||ü||–||–||x||–||–|
|Ms Sandra Lashley||ü||ü||x||ü||–||–||–||x||ü||x|
|Ms Jessica Lempp||ü||x||ü||x||ü||ü||ü||–||–||–|
|Ms Mewe Mechese||ü||ü||ü||ü||–||–||–||ü||ü||ü|
|Ms Shermane Okorodudu||N/A||N/A||N/A||ü||–||ü||ü||–||–||–|
|Ms Harriet Quiney||ü||ü||X||ü||ü||ü||ü||–||–||–|
|Ms Emily Selencky||ü||ü||x||ü||x||ü||ü||–||–||–|
|Ms S. Srivastava||ü||x||ü||ü||–||–||–||ü||x||ü|
The governors of John Stainer are very proud of our school, its staff and pupils. The recent OFSTED report has confirmed our belief in it as a place where children experience outstanding educational opportunities within a supportive, exciting and caring environment. Our minutes are available here
Valerie Fairbrass (Chair of Governors)
Our Governing Body has recently reconstituted, and made two new appointments.
There are 13 governors on the school’s Governing Body made up of
- The headteacher
- 4 parent Governors
- 1 Local Authority Governor
- 1 staff Governor
- 6 co-opted Governors
Parent Governors are elected by the parents and normally serve for four years.
The Headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school, but as a group, the Governing Body is responsible for the strategic development and decisions. They may be involved in;
- Appointing staff
- Agreeing the aims of the National Curriculum and ensuring it is implemented
- Ensuring the funds are spent properly
- Deciding what charges should be made for activities outside normal school hours.
The Governors are responsible for overseeing the management of the school’s budget, and to ensure that the money is spent on the areas defined in the School Improvement Plan.
Our Governing Body was recently quoted by Ofsted as follows;
The governance of the school:
is highly effective as members of the governing body are closely involved in strategic decisions, such as the consultation on the recent and projected expansion of the school, the appointment of the deputy headteacher, the incentivising of staff performance, and how successful the school has been in eradicating inadequate teacher performance. Governors are kept very well informed by the headteacher, so have a good understanding of how additional funds, particularly for pupil premium, have helped to accelerate the progress of pupils, and how consistently outstanding teaching is leading to rapid gains in learning for all groups of pupils. They are familiar with how well the pupils’ progress compares with the national picture. All governors have received training on preparing for inspections, and those with specific responsibilities have up-to-date training in financial management and safeguarding. They ensure that all statutory requirements are met, including those relating to safeguarding.
The Governing Body has also recently been awarded the prestigious ‘Governormark’. They are the only school in Lewisham to have been successful! A link to that report is here.