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Grangetown Primary

GPS Governors

Governing Board

"Governance is effective. Governors are astute and insightful and committed to the vision of the school.     OFSTED.

What do Governors do?

Governors have three main roles:

  • To work with the HT & senior leaders in providing strategic direction for the school - this is linked to 'vision', ethos and longer term forward planning
  • To provide support & challenge to the HT and senior leaders
  • To ensure accountability.

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Ensuring - strategically - that the school budget is wisely spent
  • Making strategic decisions about staffing, as well as being involved in the appointment of key staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Working with senior staff to form policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school's overall aims and key policies .

Click here for an NGA leaflet, on the role of Governors.

The DfE Governance Handbook - here - also has information setting out the roles of school governors.

Meet our Governors

Name Role / Type of Governor Current Term of Office runs until Committee Membership
Mr S Briton
Mr L McAnaney
Mr C Payne
Mrs A Hall
Mr C Jones
Ms Sharon Boyd
Mrs J Maven
Miss R Forster
Mrs L Russell

Committees

We have 3 main Committees, as shown below, which each meet termly. Other committees meet as and when required.

Committees will be reviewed for September 2021-22, with the likelihood that APLE will be incorporated within TLCP - that committee will then be re-named. We have also reviewed Committee membership to provide greater balance between the two main committees. This page will be updated as soon as decisions are finalised.

Achievement, Progress, Leadership and Evaluation Committee (APLE)
S Briton
S Boyd
L McAnaney (HT)
L Russell - DHT (observer)

Teaching, Learning, Curriculum, and Pastoral Committee (TLCP)
C Jones
S Boyd
A Hall
C Payne
R Forster
L McAnaney (HT)
L Russell (DHT)

Staffing, Budget, and Site Committee (SBS)
S Briton (Chair)
J Maven
L McAnaney (HT)
L Russell (DHT)

Attendance at Meetings

Autumn 2021

TLCP Committee
Date

SBS Committee
Date
Full GB
Date
S Boyd
S Briton
R Forster
A Hall
J Maven
L McAnaney
C Payne
L Russell

Notes for Autumn Term (above):

  • ✓- present
  • ✓v - present virtually (Teams, Zoom, etc)
  • N/A - not a member of this committee
  • Apols - Apologies submitted
  • Abs - absent
  • R - resigned
  • T - term of Governance has ended 

Attendance for meetings held during 2020-21 is set out on this PDF.

Link Governors

Each Governor takes a special interest in one or more particular aspects of school, mainly curriculum related. Governors then meet on a regular basis with the member of staff responsible for that area. Link Governors report back to the full Governing Body and to Committees.

Area Link Governor Staff Member
Leadership, Strategy, Budget, Staffing S Briton L McAnaney
SEND L Russell
Safeguarding & CP L Russell
EYFS V Hanlon
English

N Stabler

S Hunter

Mathematics L Millican
Science K Beetham
PE C Jones N Bracknall

Ofsted comment on Governance at GPS

"Governance is effective. Governors share the Headteacher's moral purpose and commitment to pupils and the wider community. The governing body has an effective combination of specialist insight and close community awareness that enables them to hold the school to account well. Governors are astute and insightful and committed to the vision of the school. They have the expertise to hold leaders to account for key aspects of performance. Governors have regular updates on pupils’ progress and meet middle leaders to gauge the impact of improvement strategies. Governors visit the school regularly to check the accuracy of the information they receive. They review the impact of improvement plans, such as their recent review of actions to promote a stronger interest in reading. They are rightly proud of the school and of the action that teachers take to promote strong links with families" (OFSTED, June 2017).