Governors at Carden

Carden Nursery & Primary School Governing Board is seeking a new co-opted governor

Scroll down this page to ‘How are govenors appointed’ and find out more.

Carden Primary School is thriving. This is an exciting school to be a governor; an inclusive school at the heart of a strong and diverse community.  A recent monitoring visit by Ofsted, the schools’ inspector, confirmed that Carden Primary is still a good school. ‘Parents are very pleased with the school (and) appreciate the care and attention staff give to their children.  Almost all those who completed Ofsted s survey, Parent View, would recommend the school.’

We are proud of our inclusive ethos, where everyone’s views are represented and everyone has a voice. We would like to encourage applicants from BAME or White other background or those who identify as disabled or LGBT to join the governing board to enhance the representation of these groups. We would also welcome parents who have a child with special educational needs.

Being a school governor is a challenging but rewarding role.  There is no requirement to understand the education system.  Governors just need to have life skills, the time to share their experience, an enquiring mind and the confidence to ask questions.  Above all, governors have to have a genuine interest in supporting the school and helping us to achieve the best outcomes for children.  Excellent governor training, support and resources are provided.

If you have any questions or are interested in becoming a governor, please contact the Clerk: zoeheaton@carden.brighton-hove.sch.uk

What do governors do?

Governors are essential to the work of the school and are legally responsible for it.  They are not, however, involved in the day to day running of the school which is managed by the Senior Leadership Team.  This leaves governors free to focus on their core functions of:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding the headteacher to account for the education performance of the school and its pupils and the management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Governors act as a sounding board for issues being reviewed within the school and work with the senior leaders to raise standards of achievement.  They approve the school budget and appoint the Headteacher. They work as a team and make collective decisions, abiding by an agreed code of conduct.

As you would expect they need to gain an understanding of the school and its overall performance in order to explain its decisions and actions.  This is done by attending regular meetings and carrying out school visits.  They also attend training in order to keep up to date with the requirements of the role.  More information about the role of governors can be found in the Governors’ Handbook 2020.

Governing Body at Carden Primary School

Constitution

The governing body reconstituted in March 2015 and the number of governors on their instrument of government is now set at 12. This twelve is made up of different categories of governors.  There are 7 Co-opted governors, 1 Headteacher staff governor, 1 staff governor, 1 Local Authority governor and 2 parent governors.  The term of office for each governor (other than headteacher) is for four years, although being a voluntary position, governors may resign at any time.

Structure of the Governing Body

The majority of the work of the governing body is delegated to committees. At Carden Primary there are three listed below. Clicking on the links will download a Word document with the committee’s Terms of Reference:

There are also two associate members, appointed by the governing body to assist them should a panel of governors be required to hear a case.

Meetings

The full governing body meet at least once a term as do each committee. The minutes from each meeting, showing who attended and what went on, will be posted in this section when they have been agreed at the next meeting. Non-confidential agenda papers may also be available to view. Please refer enquiries to the Clerk of Governors via the school office.

Full Governing Body 

22nd September 4.00pm   13th December  4.00pm    23rd March 5.00pm 13th July 5.00pm

Development and Resources 

1st November  8.30am     9th February 8.30am    25th May  8.30am

Curriculum Learning and Achievement 

17th November  8.30am  7th March  8.30am       21st June  8.30am

Health Safety and Welfare 

5th October  8.30am         25th January  4.00pm    9th May  8.30am

Full Governing Body       

16th September 8.30am  2nd December 8.30am   24th March 5.00pm    5th July 4.00pm

Development and Resources 

12th October 8.30am       9th February 8.30am     25th May 8.30am

Curriculum Learning and Achievement 

11th November 8.30am      3rd March 8.30am        21th June 8.30am

Health Safety and Welfare   

21st October 5.00pm      25th January 4.30pm  10th May 4.30pm

Full Governing Body     

29th September 2020  December 10th 2020   11th March 2021  16th July 2021

Development & Resources 

6th October 2020  11th February 2021  13th May 2021

Curriculum, Learning & Achievement   

26th November 2020  24th March 2021  8th July 2021

Health, Safety & Welfare 

3rd November 2020 (Cancelled) 26th January 2021  25th May 2021 (Cancelled)

Full Governing Body                         

24th September 2019    27th November 2019 7.45am   24th March 2020   31st March 2020

12 May 2020 (Confidential)    26 May 2020  9th June 2020  1st July 2020   15th July 2020

Development and Resources   

13th November 2019 4.30pm  25th February 2020 4.30pm    5th May 8am (Cancelled)

Curriculum Learning and Achievement  

11th December 2019 4pm  11th March 2020 8am    2nd July 2020 8am (Cancelled)

Heath Safety and Welfare 

5th December 2019 4pm    22nd January 4.30pm   10th June 2020 4.30pm (Cancelled)

Governors - current and in the last 12 months

Term of Office 

2.9.22 to – present

Roles of Responsibility and Committee Membership 

  • Headteacher
  • Member of all committees

Term of office

08.10.18 – 07.10.22

Roles of Responsibility and Committee Membership

  • Chair of Governors
  • Link Governor – Curriculum, RE and PSHE
  • Member of all committees

Term of office

18.7.18 -17.7.2022

Roles of Responsibility and Committee Membership

  • Link Governor – Wellbeing
  • Health, Safety and Welfare Committee member
  • Development and Resources Committee member

Term of office

24.9.19 – 23.9.2023

Roles of Responsibility and Committee Membership

  • Link Governor – Health and Safety
  • Health, Safety and Welfare Committee member
  • Development and Resources Committee member

Term of office

15.7.21 – 14.7.2025

Roles of Responsibility and Committee Membership

  • Curriculum Learning and Achievement Committee Member

Term of office

24.3.20 – 24.3.24

Roles of Responsibility and Committee Membership

  • Chair Development and Resources
  • Vice Chair
  • Curriculum Learning and Achievement Committee member

Term of office

16.7.19 – 15.7.23

Roles of Responsibility and Committee Membership

  • Health, Safety and Welfare Committee Member
  • Link Governor – SEND / Safeguarding

Term of office

10.12.20 – 9.12.24

Roles of Responsibility and Committee Membership

  • Curriculum Learning and Achievement Committee Member
  • Link Governor – Curriculum data

Term of office

16.04.21 – 15.04.25

Roles of Responsibility and Committee Membership

  • Health, Safety and Welfare Committee Member
  • Link Governor  – SEND  / Safeguarding (in training)
Amanda Mortensen LA 10.12.20 -5.7.22
Hayley Mallipoudy Parent 12.3.18 -11.3.2022
Kamilya Stedman Co-opted 12.1.18 – 11.3.21

How are governors appointed?

The majority of governors are now in the ‘co-opted’ category.  When vacancies arise, new governors can be appointed by the governing body as co-opted governors based on the skills they offer.

Co-opted governors can come from the general public and may include those eligible to stand for other categories, although there is a limit on the numbers that can be drawn from the staffing body.

At present the governors would be particularly interested in applicants who have any of the following attributes:

  • an minority ethnicity
  • experience in the building industry
  • might aspire to become a Chair of Governors.

Training is provided.

An application form is available here which should be completed along with a skills form here and returned to the Clerk to the Governors via the school office, or to the Chair of Governors amandamortensen@carden.brighton-hove.sch.uk  who would be happy to answer any queries.

The staff governor is elected from and by the staffing body.

Parent governors are elected from and by the parent/carer body.

The Local Authority governor is chosen then appointed by the governing body from candidates put forward by the Local Authority.

The Headteacher decides whether to take up the Headteacher staff governor position. Associate members are appointed by the governing body.

All governors and associate members need to meet certain eligibility criteria and confirm annually that these continue to be met.

Register of Interests

Governors and associate members declare any pecuniary or other interest, which includes membership of other governing bodies, at the time of application or appointment, annually and at each meeting.

Should the governing body consider there would be a conflict of interest that governor withdraws from that part of the meeting and does not vote on that item.  The register of interests is reviewed at least annually and  is published here. It includes the term of appointment for any associate members.