Governors at Carden

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. Diversity data is collected and analyzed by the board and, where possible, used in recruitment and training to ensure governors reflect the communities they serve. However this data not published due to reasons of confidentiality.

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.

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 does at least one 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.  For information on Governor annual attendance data, see here. Please refer enquiries to the Clerk of Governors via the school office.

Full Governing Body                         

28th September 2023 – 4.30pm   6th December 2023 – 4pm   13th March 2024 – 5.00pm   11th July 2024 – 5.00pm

Health, Safety & Welfare Committee

31st October 2023 – 8.30am

Development and Resources   

1st February 2024 – 4.00pm   8th May 2024 – 4.00pm

Curriculum Learning and Achievement  

12th June 2024 – 4.00pm

Full Governing Body 

22nd September 4.00pm   13th December  4.00pm    23rd March 5.00pm 5th July 5.00pm

Development and Resources 

23rd November  8.30am     9th February 8.30am    25th May  4.30pm

Curriculum Learning and Achievement 

17th November  8.30am (CANCELLED)  7th March  8.30am       21st June  8.30am

Health Safety and Welfare 

5th October  8.30am (CANCELLED)        25th January  4.00pm    16th 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)

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 – 07.10.26

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 -17.7.2026

Roles of Responsibility and Committee Membership

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

Term of office

23.9.2023 – 22.9.2027

Roles of Responsibility and Committee Membership

  • Link Governor – Health and Safety
  • Chair of Health, Safety and Welfare Committee
  • 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

23.3.24 – 22.3.28

Roles of Responsibility and Committee Membership

  • Chair Development and Resources
  • Vice Chair
  • Curriculum Learning and Achievement Committee member
  • Link governor for Ofsted

Term of office

10.12.20 – 9.12.24

Roles of Responsibility and Committee Membership

  • Chair of Curriculum Learning and Achievement Committee
  • 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)

Term of office

24.01.23 – 23.01.27

Roles of Responsibility and Committee Membership

  • Health, Safety & Welfare Committee Member
  • Tbc

Term of office

24.01.23 – 23.01.27

Roles of Responsibility and Committee Membership

  • Curriculum, Learning & Achievement Committee Member
  • Link Governor for Marketing and Environment
  • 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
  • Meraud Davis             Co-opted     16.7.19 – 13.12.22

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 alistairmcnair@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.