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Governance

As well as driving up the standards of achievement and attainment, every governing body has three core functions which are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the executive leadership to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governance arrangements at Valley End

We meet as a full governing body each term to look at:

  • what has been achieved against the School Development Plan
  • information about the school
  • ensuring our statutory duties are being met
  • challenging the school and ourselves
  • ensuring the strategic direction of the school will meet all pupils’ needs

We also meet as committees to look at different aspects of the school.

Children and Learning Committee

We have a Children and Learning Committee where we support and challenge:

  • how well all children are progressing
  • how new strategies are making learning better for children
  • how well children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities are being supported
  • how the More Able children are being challenged
  • how the children’s behaviour for learning is evidenced and the impact it has on progress
  • attendance and how the high attendance ensures good progress
  • how the school engages with parents
  • what the children think about the school
  • how effective safeguarding is in school
  • how children are given other opportunities to learn and grow through the school plays, sports day, educational visits

Resources Committee 

We have a Resources Committee where we support and challenge:

  • how the budget is spent and the impact of the expenditure
  • how staff are part of the appraisal process and the impact of the objectives set
  • what training and development the staff take part in and the impact it has in the classroom
  • how we keep the school building and grounds safe and secure
  • how we keep children safe children in our school and grounds

 Pay Review Committee 

Decisions about salary based on the information gathered over the year about the performance of the teaching staff.

Headteacher’s appraisal panel 

The Headteacher’s appraisal panel ensure that:

  • an external advisor is appointed annually to ensure that objectives set are fair, attainable and will move the school forwards
  • there is a termly meeting to support and challenge the Headteacher and gather evidence of progression against objectives set
  • there is an annual recommendation about salary progression

Governors also:

  • ensure that policies are reviewed and updated to underpin the school’s work
  • are linked to subjects and visit the school to speak with staff and children about the work in that area
  • ensure that all statutory duties are being met
  • attend training both in and out of school to increase their knowledge about governance
  • prepare for each meeting by reading information to be able ask the challenging questions which help the school show that there is a continuous drive for improvement in all aspects of school life

Being a governor requires commitment and time; but is very rewarding. If you have any further questions or want to find out more about school governance, please contact Yvonne McLeod, Chair of Governors, via the school or email ymcleod@valleyend.surrey.sch.uk

Governor Information

The governors at Valley End meet termly as a Full Governing Body. The following committees meet termly or as necessary:

Children and Learning
Resources
Pay Review
Headteacher Appraisal

The Valley End constitution is: 3 parent governors, 3 Foundation governors, one of whom is the incumbent, 3 Co – opted governors, 2 staff governors, one of whom is the Headteacher and 1 Local Authority governor. Please see our governing body structure and committees overview document. Please also see our register of interests overview document.

Governing Body 2022-2023

Name

Category

Appointed by

Date appointed

End of term of office

Philip Graeme Baillie

Foundation

Diocese

01.06.2021

31.05.2025

Rev’d Daniel Stork Banks

Foundation

Diocese

05.11.2019

Ex officio

Elaine Margaret Scawn

Foundation

PCC/ Diocese

14.03.2019

13.03.2023

Samantha Harbord

Co Opted

Governing body, Valley End

28.11.2020

27.11.2024

Yvonne McLeod

Co Opted

Governing body, Valley End

01.01.2019

31.12.2022

Caroline Emma Nickson

Co Opted

Governing body, Valley End

09.03.2019

08.03.2023

Thomas Michael Pembrey

Parent

Elected by parents

28.05.2021

27.05.2024

Luis Felipe Manzatucci

Parent

Elected by parents

08.02.2022

07.02.2025

Victoria Marie Vignon

LA

LA

08.02.2021

07.02.2025

Kate Harper-Cole

Staff

Governing body, Valley End

01.09.2021

Ex officio

Governors served during 2021 2022

Christopher Paul Smith

Parent

Elected by parents

14.05.2019

13.05.2022

Governing Body 2021-2022

Name Category Appointed By  Date Appointed End of term of office 
Phillip Graham Baillie Foundation Diocese 01/06/20201 31/08/2025
Rev'd Daniel Stork Banks Foundation Diocese 05/11/2019 Ex Office
Elaine Margaret Scawn Foundation PCC/Diocese 14/03/2019 13/03/2003
Samantha Harbord Co-Opted Governing Body, Valley end 28/11/20 27/22/2004
Yvonne McLeod Co-Opted Governing Body, Valley end 01/01/2019 31/12/2022
Caroline Emma Nickson Co-Opted Governing Body, Valley end 09/03/2019 08/03/2023
Thomas Michael Pembury Parent Elected by parents 28/05/2021 27/05/2024
Luis Felipe Manzatucci Parent Elected by parents 08/02/2021 07/02/2025
Victoria Marie Vignon LA LA 08/02/2021 07/02/2025
Kate Harper-Cole Staff Governing Body, Valley end 01/09/2021 Ex Office 

Governors served 2020-2021

 

Name Category Appointed By  Date Appointed End of term of office 
Christopher Paul Smith Parent Elected by Parents 14/05/2019 13/05/2022